Monday, May 19, 2014


One of my favorite things to of a morning is sit outside with a cup of coffee and watch my world brighten as the sun rises. It centers me and fills me with peace and contentment. I can face my day much better fortified by morning sun and birdsong. 

Granted, sometimes the sun is rising before I do, but most mornings I watch the ribbons of sunlight embrace my world to the accompaniment of hundreds of birds. My flying flowers. They sing up the sun, you know. You hear the liquid warble of the Red Wing Blackbirds, the raucous cry of the crows, the inquisitive queedle-queedle of Blue Jays calling out, and the piercing call of various hawks looking for breakfast. I have a front row seat. There's nothing like watching a hawk drop like stone in the field across the way and the magnificent play of wings as they back swing stretching their talons out to grab their breakfast--mostly mice, unwary squirrels on the ground, and the occasional rabbit. We have a series of tall hills surrounding that field and if you look closely you can see their nest high up in one the oaks, pines, or even woven in a bare lightening struck tree.

In the yard I have several feeders. You'll hear the soft coo of the doves long before they fly in to eat. Proper little puffs of gray wandering under the feeders picking up sunflower seeds and chortling to each other. Bright flashes of yellow finches and those of softer yellow green of the females, a few pairs of rosy finches. Lots of Cardinals. I have a few large red headed woodpeckers that feed early morning and again in the afternoon. They eat sunflower seeds but I also put out peanuts for them and the Jays. Since the spring has been very cool I've kept the suet out for all. It seems they all have their assigned feeding times.

Blue Jay nest & eggs. wiki commons
When the Blue Jays decide to descend on the feeders everyone else leaves. Blue Jays don't like to share. They love oak trees, acorns are one their favorite foods (or at my house, cat food and dog food), and although they usually choose pines and cedar for nests, I discovered I have a pair nesting in the big oak out front. I spotted the tell tale signs of sticks, twigs, and this pair also grabbed strips of bright blue and yellow from our dog food bags to weave in. I've watched the male bring food to his mate sitting on the nest. Today, they both are flying to the nest and feeding the babies that just hatched. 

I love Mockingbirds and we have two very fine musicians on either end of the yard. One is nesting near my bedroom window and I love to listen to him sing throughout the day.

There's a lot of work ongoing at the McKye domicile. I sometimes wonder if we'll
ever catch up. We've been doing quite a bit of clearing of tree brush from the three trees we had to cut down. The pile was much larger than this before Dan went to work on it. We've also cleared a lot of deadwood piles from the tornado downed trees.

I've also been planting tomatoes and other veggies as well as flowers. My Iris and roses are going to be blooming together--which is rare. Rosebuds should be opening in the next couple of days. My cats seem to love the mulch and so it often looks like I'm planting cats as well. I love the look of the mulch, too, but I'm going to have to move some of it and lay down a black weed mat fit them around the existing plants to keep some of the persistent weeds from growing through the mulch.  Sigh...that's another job.

I've been doing a little bit of planting everyday. Going easy on the shoulder and on my work breaks I get outside in the sun and plant something. I'm like a sunflower soaking up the sunlight.

So what have you been doing this spring? Planting? Or just enjoying the sun?


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Mark Koopmans said...

Aloha :)

I have never heard birds described as "flying flowers."

*That* is an awesome line... totally made me smile :)

PS: Sounds like you're healing, so thank goodness for that... here's hoping to see you pitch Game 7 of the World Series... between your Blue Jays and those Cardinals :)

Have a great week and here's to many more seasons of flying flowers :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love this post so much. Morning is my absolute favorite time of day by far. I love the sound of the birds in the morning. It's like a musical symphony filling the air! Oh, and the coffee is awesome too :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome you can sit and watch the world wake up. And your flowers are way ahead of ours. We're just getting tulips. Looking forward to planting my flowers next weekend.

Liza said...

I was living your morning though this blog post, and so enjoying it. Then I found my name at the bottom as a winner! Well, now you have really made my Monday. I'll send you my email. Thank you so very much!!!

Karen Walker said...

What a beautiful place you have, Sia. So glad you are feeling better. And I loved the writing in this post, BTW.

Jo said...

Flying flowers, what a wonderful description. I love doing the same in the morning, but no longer - our balcony doesn't quite fit the atmosphere. Apart from which, right now it still isn't really warm enough. I do miss the Carolinas when we used to do that regularly and watch the feeders and nesting boxes not forgetting the squirrels.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We have a lot of the same birds here.
Glad you're getting back into the swing of things now.

Kat Sheridan said...

Oh, what lovely descriptions! Just the sort of peaceful thing I neeeded before my house descends into chaos for the next few days with visiting relatives. Glad to hear you're healing. It takes time, but sipping coffee and listening to the birds should help speed it along!

Stephanie Faris said...

So far I haven't spent much time outdoors. I just write, write, write--winter, spring, summer, and fall!

cleemckenzie said...

This was perfect. "I can face my day much better fortified by morning sun and birdsong."

I love the idea of planting cats, too. It seems like a wonderful idea. Water. Lots of catnip. And you've got a ver special garden.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Sorry everyone, I left the house at 6 this morning and didn't get home until 30 minutes ago. Critters all fed, coffee in front of me.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Alas, Mark no pitching for me. Actually I can pitch with my right arm but I'm so rusty I'd not do you proud. Lookin' forward to Baseball season too!

When you think about it, all those bright colors flashing by with a wing--don't they look like flying flowers? Okay, I'm strange. :-)

Keith Early morning, sunshine and coffee--gives you time to think and contemplate. Certainly appreciate the feast of the senses laid before you.

Sunset is also a wonderful time. Lightning bugs, peepers, whippoorwills, and the soft hoot of the owls. In the distance the cray of the coyotes calling the pack to hunt. By the end of next month I'll be hearing the excited yips of this years babies joining the hunt. Can you just imagine their excitement? Bet they can't sit still either, lol!

~Sia McKye~ said...

NatalieAmazing the difference 6-8 hours south makes. I'm about 90 minutes SW of St Louis. Both the daffodils and tulips just finished actually. Late start. There is a certain renewal of spirit when we get our hands in the dirt and then see the fruits of our labors bloom. Enjoy!

Liza Glad I made your morning. Congratulations! I'll forward your email to Carolyn and thank you for sending it!

Karen Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it and yes I do have a beautiful spot to live in. :-)

Ah, JO there is nothing like the Carolinas for birds and beauty.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Alex I still have my moments but over all doing good for less than 2 months post op. Range is coming back, yay! I could see you outside making music and the birds doing a counterpoint. The creator is amazing with his blessings!

Kat I remember sitting outside by the pool at your house and listening to all the birds you have. You have a lovely spot there. Hugs. This month will be over soon.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Stephanie nothing wrong with all the writing but taking time out to soak up the beauty that lives around you is a good way to clear the mind and refresh the creative well.

Lee Thank you for the compliment.
*Planting* cats is special, lol! They keep me company when I sit outside--usually curled up around my feet. If I walk around I'm like the pied piper with a line of cats walking behind me or ranging out to the side. Kinda cool. :-)

Al Diaz said...

Your comment about planting cats made me chuckle. The cat looks really nice there, though. You describe a paradise of birds. Grandmother dragon loved birds and when I hear them sing, I remember her. Hope your shoulder gets well soon. Dragon hugs!

Tina said...

What a beautifully written post. I love birds and the outdoors...but alas my allergies are getting the best of me this year.
The Engineer, my husband, has planted a small garden, and before I was banished inside, I was working on my front flower beds...
Thanks so much for the book!
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~Sia McKye~ said...

Al, I think I would have enjoyed sitting and sharing coffee or tea outside with Grandmother Dragon.

I love dragon hugs!

Gina Gao said...

This post is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Gina I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I wanted to give a glimpse of the beauty of the early morning I see Over Coffee!