Our unwanted “guest”

On a quiet, normal day, Diesel sits in the living room playing a game with Choo-choo before leaving for work. I go out to the mudroom to start a load of dirty clothes in the washing machine. I open the dryer and washer doors. Out of the corner of my eye, I see something small and brown. I think it’s a chipmunk or squirrel that got into the house and figure I will tell Diesel about it when I take the clean clothes into the living room.

Then it moves. Not only does it move, but it Continue reading “Our unwanted “guest””

Garden surprises

Lately, we have been finding surprises in the most unexpected places.

We have let our plants, flowers, and weeds (that look like flowers) that are close to the house grow in order to watch the birds, bees, and butterflies enjoy them. We also feed the birds with sunflower seeds, thistle, a corn/seed mix, and suet in our many bird feeders. Continue reading “Garden surprises”

Bird watchers

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Watching birds with a two year old is a fascinating activity, to say the least. Honestly, before Choo-choo was born, Diesel and I never really gave a second thought to the birds in our yard. We often made bird feeders and houses for our loved ones but never added the same to the outside of our house.

Then came our son. When he was about four months old, Choo-choo started noticing things outside our large picture window. It was winter at this time, and the cardinals were very noticeable in the bleakness of empty branches. Diesel decided to finish our lighthouse bird feeder for Choo-choo, as it has a solar light that glows after sunset. It was an instant hit.

From there, we added several other feeders, including one specifically for woodpeckers, one for orioles, and one for hummingbirds. Choo-choo became enthralled with each birds’ activity. We can even bribe him out of bed in the morning now with promises of watching the birdies eat their breakfast.

Choo-choo often reminds Diesel when the birds need more food and happily offers to help him refill the feeders. After it rains, we are also gifted with the sight of the robins bathing in the puddles outside.

It’s so cute to hear Choo-choo calling out their names, too. “Cardinal! Woodpecker!” Diesel and I even bought a guidebook so all three of us can learn which tiny visitors we have in our yard. Choo-choo will stand at the window and see a bird fly by or land in his view. “I look it up,” he will say, grabbing the guide and flipping through until he finds what he is searching for.

This week, we even had a new development. Diesel took Choo-choo out to the garage to see the robin’s nest up in the rafters. Choo-choo was never big enough before because it’s so high up that Diesel has to stand in the bed of his truck and hold him up there.

Seeing the robin’s nest was the only thing Diesel and I used to pay any attention to when it came to our birds. We checked on the nest all spring until the eggs hatched then checked every so often to see the babies grow. I love that we can now make this a family tradition every year.