Kia hora te manno
Kia whakapapa paumamu te moana
Kia tere te Karohirohi

May the calm be widespread
May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Monday, January 03, 2011

And so it has begun

A brand New year full of promises, and surprises of good and not so good to come. We have to take the good with the bad and make the most of it.

We have had a couple of weeks of dry very cold weather with the temperatures in the 20's and below, but the forecast this morning is for rain coming up, and temps. in the balmy 40's

Whoo hoo!!, bring it on.

First thing every morning, as the coffee brews, I switch out the humming bird feeder. I swear the hummers are hanging out close by watching for me to hang the unfrozen sugar water filled feeder .
No sooner than the feeder is in place, than I hear the whirrr of wings as they zoom in for food. Poor wee things, it must be tough for them during the coldest of days.

Then the feeders are filled and suet put out for the other birds, who also seem to know my schedule, and wait eagerly for breakfast.

Even the shy little nuthatch isn't slow in making an appearance at the suet feeder, as he seems to zoom in as soon as my back is turned as I make my way back indoors, for my first cup of nice hot coffee. Brrrrr! I will be happy when it warms up again.

Last night the Christmas trees were finally de-nuded of their finery and are ready to be dismantled and carried downstairs to be stored until November, when we will drag them back upstairs and decorate once again for the Christmas season. I have begun to wonder, how many more years I am going to be able to go through all this ritual, as I am not getting any younger. Sighhhh! it is going to be a sad day when I can no longer be able to decorate the way I do now.

I kept a couple of sturdy dinnerware boxes which have handles, to store some of my most delicate glass tree decorations, these still need to be taken downstairs. At least all the trips up and down those stairs can be counted as exercise, as I sure can do with some after all the goodies I consumed over the holidays *grin*

Here I am wondering how much longer I will be able to decorate to the extent I now do, and what have I done? I confess, I bought more decorations at 75% off at the end of year sale, that's them still in the plastic shopping bag on the shelf with some of my other boxed decorations neatly stored downstairs.

I nearly forgot to mention, part of my morning ritual is to toss bread out the door for our resident population of semi- tame rabbits. These guys/gals come running, um, I mean, hopping as soon as they hear the door open.

So, as I said, new beginnings, changes in the lives of the critters and our lives. Things to get done in preparation for the planting season, like go through seed catalogs and order what we need, plan our gardens, which I have already, well kind of. I have thought about making changes in the way I set up and plant some of the vegetables, and I am going to be making changes in the flower garden too, which isn't something new, but I want to make it less labor intensive by planting more perennials and less annuals.
Happy New year everyone.


Jan@Thanks for today. said...

Hi Jennifer, Happy New Year. I hope it's filled with more good than not so good...but yes, we do have to make the most of whatever comes our way. Glad you're enjoying the birds, it's a great way to spend the winter--watching them in the yard through the window. My husband is carrying up the boxes of Christmas stuff to our attic, as I write this, in fact. He's off from work one last day before he has to face the music. I'm already at the point where climbing up the ladder with heavy boxes to take to the attic is just too much. We keep wondering why we don't just get rid of it all...but then, once it's up, we do enjoy it! When my husband can no longer do this work, we'll have to thin things out even more than we already have--and keep it all on the first floor level! Take care and Happy New Year to you and yours;-)

Peggy said...

Happy New year to You and Yours, may 2011 be happy and productive in all you undertake!
Best wishes

Kim and Victoria said...

I'm always amazed when I see hummingbirds showing up when it is cold out. We would never see one around here during the winter.
Glad to see you bought some more Christmas decor. Can you really ever have enough especially when it's on sale? :-)

meemsnyc said...

Wow, you have hummingbirds and rabbits trained! LOL. Totally awesome.

Carrie said...

beautiful post and don't you worry you'll be decorating for christmas for many years to come - oh how exciting to have even more pretty, new things for next year :)