|Visitor to our meadow.|
|(Jack Frost) Kids have given him this name. He|
visits us at the feeder by our bedroom deck.
It has been nice outside lately, like this morning when awaking. Our temperatures were around 59 degrees, mostly because we live next to the forest. The woods act like a natural air conditioner allowing cool area to drop down to lower areas where our house is located. On the other hand, we have to raise crops in our gardens that must acclimate to the cooler temperatures, and less sunlight due to the trees and 600 plus foot bluffs surrounding our homes. We do not have the sunlight as much as they that live on the prairie above us have, but most people do not complain due to the tradeoff of cooler mornings and evenings in the summer, and shelter from the snowstorms in the winter.
Along with the trees and wildflowers comes also the added benefit of the wildlife around our home. Although the occasional skunk makes an appearance, all in all we have pretty nice animal neighbors. Once in awhile though, we do get an unexpected guest around our house, or should I say, “on” our house. When we were building our home, I always had the dream of having a skylight window above my bed. I wanted to be able to see the stars when lying on my pillow at night. So, consequently I put a skylight over where Anne and I were to have our bed. Now I get to watch the stars at night and enjoy the pitter-patter sounds of raindrops above my head as well. This has brought much enjoyment for me when lying in bed either in the evening, or that of waking up, to see the beautiful blue sky above my head, (with no mosquitoes.)
|A fairy visiting our meadow.|
This enjoyment of having the luxury of a skylight is special for me since I grew up in a basement bedroom. There are not always enjoyable aspects of having a skylight though. In the winter the snow accumulates on the glass overhead, and so enjoying the view is very minimal. At other times, there is excess condensation that drips from the glass above; consequently I then have my artificial rainstorm right over my face. Times like this are a strong message to self to turn on the air conditioning. Although there are drawbacks at times, overall I cannot complain.
|Making a new friend.|