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Just Outside My Door 06/21/12

June 27, 2012
By ELAINE G. COLE - CORRESPONDENT ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

The first day of summer, according to the calendar, arrived yesterday, but we already had had a number of summer-like days in June and even in May. Although we had some rain two weeks ago, it was still quite dry as of June 15. My flowerbeds did not do well until I began watering them. Now they are all doing much better. My New Dawn roses on the backyard fence are covered with pink blooms and their fragrance wafts on the breeze.

The flowers in our yard are not all that is growing well for the weeds keep trying to surpass them. Every time I go outside I pull a few of the later, but they seem to keep coming. Hopefully my trusty gardener will soon get the much down on the beds to deter the weeds.

Although I greatly enjoy the summer flowers, they do necessitate considerable labor which my body complains about. Thus I am very thankful for our backyard friends that visit us daily. They bring us great joy and all I have to do is fill the feeders and keep the birdbath filled. Presently we have gray and red squirrels, chipmunks, Mr. Crow, woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, sparrows, cardinals, red-breasted grosbeaks, blue jays, mourning doves, finches, black birds - which are not as welcome - orioles and more.

Some birds are not as colorful as others, but they are still pretty, dressed in more subdued colors. Then there are others dressed in beautiful colors. The orioles are a good example with their orange and black attire. I've seen as many as three orioles so far. I'm not sure if one is a fledgling, but they are devouring the jelly container daily. They also dine at the humming bird feeders. I love watching them especially because they spend less time with us because they leave sometime towards the end of July.

I could sit on our back porch and watch our birds and animals all day. I have learned a lot about them just observing all their actions. One can soon recognizes the voices of the various birds as they come to the feeder. Some just chatter while others have a particular call as they fly in to the feeders. It's wonderful to eat, read or just sit and enjoy the quietness along with the bird conversation among themselves and an occasional sweet melody from a grosbeak, robin, song sparrow or cardinal. I can't thank God enough for the beauty I find just outside my door every season of the year. He created it all for our enjoyment.

If you haven't been watching the birds and all the other things that are lovely this time of year, take time as they say to "stop and smell the roses."



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