Peace and Tranquility is Fleeting

Thursday afternoon was spectacular. I carved out an hour at the end of the day to enjoy the view from my Adirondack chair. The yard teeming with birds flying every which way provided plenty of entertainment.

goldfinches

A couple of pair of goldfinches dominated the bird feeder usually staked out by the chickadees.

pheobe

This little phoebe was doing a good job with bug control. I wonder if I’m seeing more pheobes because of the flies the ducks and chickens seem to attract? Good thing, flycatchers.

yellow rumped warbler

This little yellow-rumped warbler (I think!) was a new addition to my backyard bird sighting list.

birds-376

And then there was Paul. Watching him get the critters settled for the evening was entertaining all on its own.

This hour by the pond was a welcome respite from a crazy week. However, peace and tranquility seem to be a fleeting commodity here.

I abandoned my work on this post Thursday evening because Hannah was in distress. Struggling with a cold for the better part of a week, she was suddenly in agony with pain in her ears. I hadn’t seen her in such discomfort, unable to soothe her, since she’d been a toddler. Nothing I did for her seemed to work. Ultimately, we packed her up and headed to the emergency room – something I hate to do, but I was desperate to help her. Although they couldn’t isolate the problem, they were able to help her with the pain – which ultimately, on Friday, was diagnosed as a bi-lateral ear infection. Poor kid.

Home again, it was after midnight when I finally shut my computer down, that golden hour by the pond all but forgotten.

This entry was posted in and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

You might enjoy these other recent posts...

Summer Solstice

On this Summer Solstice, I went in search of Lupins. The tall spired flowers are my favorite thing about June. Seas of purply blossoms fill the landscape, brightening fields, providing … Continue reading

Hummingbird Feeder Cleaning

I hate cleaning my hummingbird feeders, but I do it every weekend. I’ve read it should be done more often, but my time during the week is so limited that … Continue reading

Gone

For more than seven years I’ve passed this blueberry field on the way to work. A solitary tree rising above the blueberry barren like a sentinel, creating focus, depth, and … Continue reading

Showing Off Pigeon Hill

My folks made the trip from Pennsylvania for Hannah’s high school graduation. Their visit was short and we didn’t have a lot of free time, but I did my best … Continue reading

Creating Memories

I’m not a foodie and you’ll find more “oops” stories here at Downeast Thunder Farm than you will recipes. In planning for Hannah’s graduation celebration, I found these little graduation … Continue reading

graduation storm trooper masks Graduation!

It’s been a wildly crazy couple of weeks. Watching Hannah wrap up her high school career has been bitter-sweet. Happy for her accomplishments, and sad that this chapter of her … Continue reading