The past couple of weeks we went from freezing your butt off, to help me I’m melting usually, all in one day.
Sunday morning, when I stepped outside I was surprised by the warm air and hazy grey skies heavy with moisture. Saturday night the weatherman had announced. “It would be cold in the morning and a warm-up was coming in the early afternoon.” I was glad he got it wrong. It was gorgeous!
It was only eight o’clock in the morning. The warm air and a barrage of happy birds flitting from tree to tree helped Uriah talk me into taking a walk out back.
The path had drained off, but that downed tree still lay across my path. I followed Uriah as he walked around it and closer towards the fence.
Along the northern side of the path, the older Blog Willows grew, with their dark brown tangled tops reached upward. Maybe in few days, when I can take the tractor out, I will be able to push that tree out of the way… Even as that thought skimmed by, I knew from experience, that once the ground was able to hold the weight of the tractor, those roots will be stuck in the ground like cement.
I carefully stepped over the exposed roots and tangled dried grass that held a death grip on the base of the tree. I could see a hole underneath exposing roots and rich black dirt. Pieces of moss clung to the roots.
I mumbled out loud. “There may be an animal’s den in that hole!”
I watched as Uriah stuck his nose close to the hole then stepped back quickly. Using his normal ten second thought process, he caught a different scent and raced ahead of me. I glanced back at the tree and promptly followed Uriah’s lead.
By the time I caught up to Uriah. He was circling an evergreen. The fur on his back was straight up. He was kicking dirt out behind him as he scrapped at the ground. From the corner of my eye I saw something move across the empty field. I couldn’t make out what it was, possibly a deer. The large animal disappeared quickly into a grove of Oak trees. Uriah made a move to chase, but first he looked at me. Now it’s not like Uriah to listen, or ask permission. He knew he would be in trouble if he chased after the animal. Most days he didn’t care. Today, he hesitated. Hmmm! Uriah knew that whatever that was would hurt him and he just wanted me to tell him no. Which I did! Saving face, Uriah happily pranced back to my side.
By the time I circled the path I was heading west and home. Uriah took off in the trees to my right. He never got out of my sight. He even stopped and waited while I watched a flock of starlings in the trees above me. They fanned out then regrouped in a wave of wings and chattering. As soon as they settled in the tops of the trees one bird would rise up and the rest followed in a massive flow of feathers. Red Winged Blackbirds, Robins, Doves, Sparrows, Cardinals, sang around and above me. The noise level was incredibly loud.
The trees that hadn’t budded last week were budding green this week. The grass was growing at odd heights. I sidestepped a fairy circle and headed to the dog kennel.
Uriah panted as he ran up. He stepped into the kennel for water and a mouth full of his kibble. Which I was glad to see wasn’t touched by the birds, or that rat.
Suddenly! Everything fell silent! I checked the skies for signs of the Hawk. I couldn’t hear the Hawk’s high pitch screech. I was positive a predator had to be nearby! All the birds stopped talking… Just as quickly, they started up again. The bird’s voices rose once more to a manic pitch and the wave of sound rolled over me.
I watched as Uriah crunched his biscuits. He nosed around in the grass for every last morsel. My stomach growled! Time for my own breakfast …I wanted you guys to see; Kenshin and Sano are hot on case of, “The Mice in the Garage!” Will they catch them, or not stay tune!