30 Days of Thanks – November 3

Hey, I’ve blogged for three days straight! Is that considered a streak?

Today, gratitude seems easier for some reason. Maybe because it’s Friday.

I work from home and my office is in a front bedroom that faces our front porch. My husband has put up bird feeders so I can watch the birds while I work. (I have to say, it really takes the sting out of a bad conference call). It’s a lovely way to bring a little bit of nature into my workday.

This morning as I started up my laptop, there was a line of birds, small and large, sitting on the porch rail looking into the office as if to say “Hey lady, it’s kinda cold out here and we’re hungry.” I refilled the feeders and very quickly, they were filled with hungry birds enjoying their breakfast.

It’s funny, when you spend time this close with wild creatures. (They are literally outside my window, about 5 feet from where I sit). You start to see that individuals have their own personalities, and you start to see the differences between species. For example, the reputation that doves have for being associated with peace seems to be well-deserved. They are the only larger birds that share the feeders with the little birds instead of driving them away. A dove will land on the feeder, it swings a bit due to the weight, and pretty soon all of the birds, large and small, go back to enjoying their communal meal.

I also get the occasional visit from a squirrel, who hangs upside down while he eats, and then comes to sit on the windowsill and watch me work for a few minutes.

Today I am grateful for this little bit of nature that lightens up my work day.

Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. ~ John Muir




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