With much anticipation and little fanfare, Irwin & I packed a bag or two, grabbed Charlie and headed for the hills last week to spend some much needed time in the country. This is what we live for and we celebrate our good fortune every day that we are able to spend in our home surrounded by nature.
Of course, the first thing I did upon arrival was walk the property and check on our seasonal guests. I was so excited to see the nest that had been built Memorial Day and had eggs hatched on the longest day of the year now housed a robust brood of six babies that were preparing to depart, leaving us as “Empty Nesters” once again. The added pleasure of finding that a beautiful pair of cardinals had built a precious nest of birch bark in our beloved lilac bush almost sent me over the top.
Five of six of our latest brood
From the beginning our house has attracted wildlife, a topic I have addressed in previous posts and am constantly in awe of. Irwin and I often joke about how we have willed the arrival of our feathered and furry friends and perhaps we have.
It could be argued that our purchase of a painting of a large black dog, initiated the arrival of Charlie, our big black dog and the sketches of birds nests along with the glass eggs in nests displayed in our home have heralded the abundance of nests on our property.
the painting that heralded charlies arrival
One could further agree that a sketch of a raccoon, the only valuable gift left by the previous owner of our house, was single-handedly responsible for last summer’s Raccoon-Fest, and finally, the placement of the wooden bunny in our “Wish Basket” which to our utter shock and amazement, brought bunnies to our property.
our raccoon sketch
We believe that the universe will give you what you ask for if you put it out there so our wish basket is always on display in the den. We keep the wooden bunny and Charlies broken collar in it at all times as a reminder of the enormous wishes we have been granted.
Now I’m not saying that we always get exactly what we wish for, I did NOT ask for a woodchuck, especially after last summer’s raccoon-fest and our sealing up all the openings under the porch, but nevertheless, Woody, as we’ve come to call him, not only resides on our patio in a gargantuan cave he has built, but has an extended family of baby woodchucks living under our porch.
I’ve also put several small winning lottery tickets and handfuls of dollar bills in the basket and have yet to win Mega-Millions or Powerball but there is always the possibility.
So why not make a wish or two? Who’s to say how messages are communicated in the universe or how things are heard in the heavens? What is important is that we put our message out because…you never know.
We just added our latest wish in the basket….I’ll keep you posted!
our latest wish is in the basket