I’m not feeling too well yet, though I’m planning on feeling better very soon. Meanwhile, the world is changing around me. The summer warm weather disappeared last night and today it’s cold. Uxbridge is officially listed at a town at serious risk of being overcome by COVID and there will be no holidays this year. My indoor garden is beginning to bloom. The cactus is in full bud and the orchid is beginning to grow. I’m taking pictures, usually early in my day — before even the coffee — because that’s when the birds and squirrels are very active.

Bird and red squirrel

Bright bird and red squirrel

I’m too tired to get very writerly at the moment. I’m really tired. I think I had the longest sleep of this year last night. Maybe another tonight. I’m hoping I feel better really soon. REALLY soon.

Bright little bird with fluffy red squirrel

It’s kind of neat how the rose breast on the bird so well matches the red fur on the squirrel.


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14 replies

  1. Hope you’re going to be OK Marilyn! You are one tuff duck.
    Well .. we’ve had snow here for a couple of weeks now. Shovelling a bit. BUT in Alberta we do get those Chinook Winds that can brighten up any winter. One is heading in right now so I figure I’ll have a couple off nice days off.
    Covid? Most of the country is in lock down as numbers have spiked up. People need to realize that it’s THEM that have to step up to beat this thing. The government can’t do everything.


    • It’s the battle that is going on here, too. You had your Thanksgiving in October and that’s what began your current spike. Ours is coming in another week. Your spike which occurred almost exactly two weeks after your Thanksgiving will be ours if people don’t — with all the regrets in the world — give up those holiday plans. The current suggestion is if we all want to live to see Christmas, we might want to skip Thanksgiving.
      No one is ready to even TALK about Christmas. Meanwhile, I’ve got a granddaughter who doesn’t wear a mask most of the time!

      I’m so used to being alone at this point, I don’t expect anything from the holiday season, though it would have been nice to just share a dinner with family and a close friend or two.

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  2. I hope this is a reaction to the shot….on the way to making you feel better. I have to laugh at the size of the bird compared to the squirrel. Hooray for the little guy sticking to his feeding.

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  3. Continue to get rest so you’ll be feeling better soon.

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    • Ironically, the shots ARE working — on my back. What they are doing to my gastrointestinal sector is another issue. But being as steroids are pretty much what’s left, putting up with the side effects for the larger gain of a spine that intermittently works is probably worth it. I with this were a cure and not a temporary solution, but it does feel better. For how long? That is the big question.

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  4. I do hope you feel better and better! And I love the paring of these two critters on your feeder. I guess I’m going to have to get up even earlier myself. I’m barely awake but while I was writing this, I looked up and saw a huge, unfamiliar bird on my feeder. I turned to grab my camera…turned back and it was gone. Looked like a giant Flicker or something. Gotta be faster!

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  5. I hope you’re feeling much better soon, Marilyn, and I’m sending you all good wishes. In the meantime, fabulous pictures as always, and it’s lovely to see the two species sharing the feeder for once! 🙂


    • The red squirrels seem less hostile than the big gray ones. We have both. Usually, the gray ones drive out the red ones, but so far, they are all co-existing without visible rancor. We’ll see if that lasts into the winter months — which are now beginning to let us know they are very near. It was summer a few days ago and now, it’s definitely the beginning of overcoat weather.

      My back does feel better. Not as much better as I hope it will in a few more days. It does take time for the injections to settle in. It’s the side effects of massive steroid injections that are getting me right now. All I can do it put up with them since there’s no alternative therapy. And how LONG these shots will last is another big questions. For some people, they last a very long time, but six weeks is so far the longest they ever worked — and they weren’t as massive as these shots were. I guess I’ll see — and meanwhile, I’ll wait.

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