Yesterday was an official holiday. These days, being retired and all, we don’t pay a lot of attention to most holidays, but we’ve had a run a really bad weather since June. This is the first time in almost a year we’ve had a really nice day that is also a holiday, so we made the best of it.

Owen was home from work (!) and he had a friend over. Garry and I are always here. Owen did his manly barbecue thing and produced some of the best hamburgers I’ve ever had. Now that summer is coming to an end, he’d finally gotten a grip on where the cool and hot spots of on the gas grill.

In related irony, all the really expensive grills we couldn’t afford at the beginning of the summer have now gone down in price and cost what we already paid for the grill we’ve gotten. It’s a good little grill, but doesn’t have the world’s best control over the gas fire within. Considering how much it cost — more than it should have which is what you pay when you want it when everyone else is buying the same tool — we’ll keep using it as long as we can. I think we’ll get a few years out of it. Pity I don’t have the money to replace it with one of the fancy grills now on sale just about everywhere.

Meanwhile, though, I baked banana bread while Owen broiled meats. The birds were very cheery because I just bought fresh food with some fancy extras including bits of fruit and other squirrel and bigger bird favorites. And dried corn.

I’m thinking about getting new flat feeders including one really big one that stands on its own so the larger, non-perching birds (okay, doves), squirrels, and the occasional chipmunk will have their own special spot. Maybe I’ll put it on the table. There’s no where to hang anything more and I have to replace the flat feeders anyway. It turns out when the feeders go empty, the squirrels get annoyed (“WHERE’S OUR FOOD!!”) and take big bites out of it. I thought it was the woodpeckers, but I actually saw the squirrels tearing pieces off of it, so I guess they now feel we OWE them a healthful dinner. And a lot of it, too.

The squirrels eat five times more food than the birds, but they only like the bigger pieces — the black sunflower seeds and dried corn especially — so they mostly leave the cage feeders alone. Since they are the earliest eaters in the morning, by midday, the flat feeder is empty and they are getting very pushy about MORE FOOD.

I don’t feed them multiple times a day anymore. I can’t afford it and this time of year, if they want food, they can go get some. There are millions of acorns all over the woods as well as plenty of seeds from just about everything.

They just like THIS restaurant better. It’s probably our great service!

Categories: Anecdote, Animals, birds, Gallery, Holidays, New England, Photography, Squirrel, Wildlife

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3 replies

  1. I love the bird/squirrel photos! They remind me of older restaurants we used to go to years ago that had photos of the movie stars that had eaten there hanging on their walls. You should frame these around your deck…. 😆 ‘Marilyn’s Place–we fly in from everywhere to eat here’


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