You know I suffer from wanderlust. I’m a lot like Katie that way; give me a place to go and I’m ready. If I had my way there would be somewhere new to visit every weekend; errands, housework and the yard responsibilities would melt away. Some people, particularly someone I’m married to, probably think I’ve already abandoned all household responsibility. He would be close to correct.
The road calls me constantly and it’s hard when I’m out not to just keep going. So I found it refreshing Sunday afternoon to feel content and happy just standing on our deck watching the birds swoop in and out of our freshly filled feeders.
My brave little titmice were first to zoom in, even before I retreated from filling the feeder.
The chickadees soon followed…
…and the goldfinches, now a subdued green were happy with the full thistle feeder.
And as soon as I was inside a whole gang of cardinals arrived to party.
It’s good to know that I can be content here too. Even if it’s only for an evening. I know that the call of the road will be singing loud again soon.
But for a moment it was good to be home.
November 4, 2013 at 6:08 am
The birds were VERY busy at my feeders too. Still no juncos though 😦 Home is good.
I love the idea of traveling, and would love to go many places, but I am the worst traveler! The whole time i’m gone, I’m counting the hours until I can head back home. Luckily, I had the opportunity to travel a lot when I was younger, when I didn’t mind leaving home so much. Maybe once I retire I won’t stress about traveling and will get out and explore more.
Jeff decided yesterday that we should work five more years, then sell our houses, buy an RV and move to Alaska. I have to say the idea is very tempting to me. Even though I’m usually happier at home than I am anywhere else, the idea of making my home in such vast wilderness is enticing.
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November 4, 2013 at 6:40 am
He wants to live in an RV in Alaska? Or just use it to get to Alaska? Seems a bit cold in winter in a RV…but a very cool plan….
November 4, 2013 at 6:43 am
I think he’d just use the RV, until permanent shelter could be found/built.
November 4, 2013 at 7:20 pm
Would be a cool trip…but I really love where you live already.
November 4, 2013 at 7:07 am
I love to go away and visit New places. I love the feeling of coming home too.
I often think I’d enjoy coming home more if I’d had a housekeeper while I’d been away though. 😀
November 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm
Would love a housekeeper! I’m never ready to come home from a great trip.
November 4, 2013 at 8:08 am
Pretty birdies. Mommy always gets excited when she sees 1 cardinal bird in the yard. I think she would go nuts if she saw a whole bunch of Cardinals together like in your picture.
November 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm
It WAS pretty cool!
November 4, 2013 at 8:16 am
For me this wanderlust thing is new. We traveled around so much when I was growing up, I have been content to be home, to have roots, to dig those roots deeper during most of my adult life. Lately, however, I have wanted to go, go, go – see new things, experience new things, take pictures of new things. For me, it could be escapism . . .
November 4, 2013 at 8:42 am
Probably escapism for me too Carol.
November 4, 2013 at 9:21 am
Dawn, did you notice a sharp uptick in birdsong yesterday (Sunday) morning? When Sarah and I went out for her first sortie, it sounded almost like spring.
I have not had even an overnight getaway for about 14 months, so I can relate to your wanderlust. But here — home — is beautiful, too. And as I get lazier, not only housework but also the effort of traveling seems like more than I want to do much.
November 4, 2013 at 7:23 pm
Definitely PJ…the birds were crazy busy Sunday. I even went and bought more oilers because they seemed frantic and I was out. I hope you get a trip in soon…even a long weekend is helpful, and you’ve had lots of stress this year.
November 4, 2013 at 9:23 am
You know I can relate! Sometimes it’s good just to hang out at home though and enjoy the life you’ve cultivated. The birds certainly don’t hurt.
November 4, 2013 at 7:24 pm
I know I SHOULD be happy with all I have here, I have a lot…but still I want to see EVERYTHING!
November 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm
Me. Too. !
November 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm
I love filling the bird feeders and watching the hungry diners come! At this time of year, if we don’t do it, they might starve. And I couldn’t bear that!
November 4, 2013 at 7:24 pm
Me either. I’m always watching them. I think they sit in the trees when I”m outside if the feeders are empty and chirp at me. They probably think of me as that food dispenser thing.
November 4, 2013 at 4:35 pm
So nice to see the birds at the feeders! I neglected mine for the summer, would probably be nice of me to fill mine again as this cool weather is moving in. I understand that wanderlust, I have it, with very little opportunity/chances to do anything about it at this point in my life.
November 4, 2013 at 7:25 pm
I feel your pain Karma…though I’m probably a little freer to go at the moment. You need to get some feeders filled! You’ll enjoy them, and they’ll love you for it too! 🙂
November 4, 2013 at 5:23 pm
Last week, I looked out my back window and there must have been 20 Cardinals. It was so beautiful I forgot about the camera and just stood memorized taking it all in. They stayed for a long time. I don’t fed the birds (for many reasons) but they still find lots to eat in the mulch. I called my dad ( an avid birder) and he told me I must have been on the migration path. They migrated on but we still have a few that will still around throughout the winter.
Nature had a way of making you feel content, I think. Love the titmice.
November 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm
I guess bird seed would invite unwanted yard guests…it does here to some extent….but not so much this year, don’t know why. Skunks, raccoons, rabbits, deer, possoms, you name it. Weren’t the flock of cardinals cool! It was wonderful I thought maybe it was a family with a lot of young males. Hard to say.
November 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm
I suffer from wanderlust too. Yet, oddly, in the last year or so, home feels more and more comfortable. But I still want to travel. 🙂