27 April 2009

Rooms for Rent

The family went off to church yesterday and I stayed home. It was really good to just be. I sat outside with some tea and my bible and read. I read in 1 Thessalonians and in the Psalms and thought about my grandparents. Yesterday was their wedding anniversary. It would have been 57 years. Later, while I was praying, I heard a thunk, thunk. It seemed to be coming from our bird hotel.

When Pops and I were dating, he helped me build a CD storage tower. It was quite nifty. But in recent years, we've gone mostly digital and decided it was time to re-purpose it. Pops and Peter cleverly removed the knobs, drilled some holes, and attached it to a lone post out by the playhouse and the snowball bush. We all got a good giggle over it and didn't think it would really appeal to our feathered friends. Apparently, we were mistaken.

I pulled out my Stokes Field Guide, and determined that these two industrious parents are Black-capped Chickadees. They are flitting about the yard and readying their nursery with great enthusiasm. I'm not sure how big of a brood they are anticipating, as they are preparing the top two rooms for occupation.

"Good Morning!" they seemed to chirp to me. "Would you like to watch our little burgeoning family?"

Why, yes. Yes, I would.


  1. Anna, your photos are so beautiful and peaceful. I am so happy that you had some meditation time with the Lord.

    I always look forward to your posts :)

  2. I remember that CD case!! What a great idea to create a hotel! I love the simple joys in life, I am so glad you enjoyed your morning!

    P.S. Where you watching them because you have similar legs... Birdie?

  3. Oh, what sweet photos! I love chickadees.

    Our pastor is taking us through 1 Thessalonians right now and I've enjoyed it so much. The Psalms are always a source of comfort for me.

    I'm glad that you had a quiet morning of private worship, some time to reflect on your loved ones and your Savior, and that you got to witness a small piece of His handiwork.

    Even in sorrow, God is good.

  4. I am praying for you and your family. I love your new neighbors, cute. I have a humming bird living in tiny tree in by my bedroom window. I will post a photo of him tomorrow. Have a blessed day.

  5. I love birds and birdhouses. I forgot to clean mine out early this spring so I did not get a visitor. Your photos made me smile. Thanks.