We built a new deck last fall. I enjoyed it during the fall and hated for winter to arrive. Eagerly I waited and waited for winter to end and spring to arrive. We had several false starts here in Georgia, but finally it’s here.
I couldn’t wait to get back to the deck, to sit out and enjoy my morning coffee. To sit at my pretty white Bistro table and enjoy my breakfast. You see, this is the first Spring in my adult life that I’ve been able to do what I want, when I want. The reason? I retired at the end of the school term of 2014. I spent the first six months catching up on all those things I’d left for when I retired. Finally caught up and ready for a more leisurely pace, I eagerly awaited those crisp Spring morning and finally they arrived.
I made my coffee, added my favorite flavored creamer and went out to sit on the deck. It was quiet and peaceful. I sat in one of rocking chairs and sipped my coffee. Then I saw it, a small stick laying on the deck rail. My hubby bought me a battery powered leaf blower and I’ve been very good about keeping the leaves and twigs blown off the deck. I wondered how this particular stick found its way to the deck rail.
I finished my coffee and went inside to get the leaf blower. When I returned I noticed there were other twigs on the deck. I looked up and several twigs hung from the rafters of the roof. Hummm, something was up. I took the leaf blower back inside and sat in the sunroom looking out on the deck. That’s when I saw her. A Robin, and she carried a piece of tree branch in her beak. It looked way to big for her to carry, but she flew up to the rafter with it.
Nest building 101
I’m sure this was her first nesting season because nest building was very challenging for her. I watched her for two weeks as she struggled to build her first nest.
With many false starts, set backs and challenges, still she persevered.
She worked for two weeks on her nest. She’d get it started, then knock all the straw off and have to start over. But she was patient and persistent. She finally got her nest built. Up high, not on the banister. She sits out there on her nest every day. I haven’t looked to see if there are any eggs, but I’m sure there must be.
Now I must take a lesson from her and be patient, persistent and dedicated. Time to use my lovely deck for the purpose my hubby intended, for my container flower garden and my writing nook. I am blessed to have such a thoughtful husband.What about you? Where will you be writing this Spring?