It rained all night and most of the day today. I did not mind in the least. I slept late and then spent a leisurely morning doing leisurely morning things and then started working on Maggie's doll.
I had started making her a doll a month or so ago and didn't finish it and when I showed it to her in its unfinished and unimpressive form, she barely registered an interest at all and so I put it in a closet and forgot about it but when I was talking to her on the phone the other day, she asked if I had finished it yet.
So I pulled it out of the closet today and sat down to work on it again. Y'all. It's a mess.
So I was content to do things with yarn and a needle and scissors and happy to be at home doing homey things.
I did read something disturbing in the local news today about a new bird flu that affects wild birds and domestic birds. It is advising people to keep their chickens inside a shelter and not to feed wild birds where the domestic birds can get to the seeds which may have been infected. Well hell.
Our chickens are out all day, of course, and I can't see not letting them run. We should stop feeding the wild birds because our chickens love nothing more than pecking up the seeds the birds scatter as they eat. I hate to think about that but I suppose we really should.
Right now I can see crows, cardinals, and wrens. I have seen red-headed woodpeckers today as well as finches and blue jays. The hawks have been calling for weeks now, soaring overhead. I hear one right now along with a mockingbird trilling. Although I rarely think of it in these terms, birds play a huge role in my life and that's not even considering what they do for the environment that I take totally for granted.