Monday, August 04, 2008


We all have those technically challenged days, and I've been having one. First I got an email stuck in my Outlook outbox. In the past I've spent a large part of a day on this problem, because I couldn't email anything. Couldn't find my instructions to fix this, but luckily, I remembered what to do. Then, for the first time in the history of our site, I couldn't get to the site. Never had this happened before. I'm calling our techie, Will Hall, and he sees no problem with the site. Must be on my end. That's kind of like calling the city to find out the sewage stop up is on your end of the line. Aaargh! I hate this. If it weren't for the wonderful distractors outside my window, I think I would have stomped off from my desk about two hours ago.

For instance I have a spirited band of hummingbirds at the feeder, one of which is enjoying giving chase to a Chickadee, three times his size. Then I just sighted at Black and White Warbler, the likes of which I've only spotted several times in my life.

The birds have come back by the way. Its a broiling 101 degrees today, and the birds have been absent for several weeks now. I quit feeding them because all I was doing was fattening up the chipmunks around here. One morning a couple of weeks ago, I went out to chase one off and to my chagrin, he/she did a terrible belly flop to the ground. I was so upset that I might have caused this little cherub to hurt himself. So I threw up my hands and quit feeding the birds. Now they are back in full force, and the chipmunks and squirrels stay at bay. Such are the fascinating cycles we have around here.

Guess what, a live update from Norton fixed my computer, and I'm back in business again. Thank God for nature and its distractions. Now back to work...Ruth Mitchell

No comments: