Phat Birdhouses… and lazy days

We all have bad days health wise, and we know we have to adapt to get by.  When I have a bad health day, I will sit and watch my backyard.  I have homemade birdhouses, and feeders all around the home, and sometime will sit for hours just watching and listening.  I’ve chosen a home away from other homes, four miles from the nearest post office or small grocery.  It’s a 3 hour drive just to find a Wal-Mart, Costco, or Mall.  Not that I care, but it scares a lot of people away when they can’t just hop in the car and go shopping.  Those same people think I’m crazy for spending all that time ‘just watching & listening to birds’ I think of it as medicine, and believe it or not, I value those bad days at times.

A river runs through my backyard, and I spend lots of time sitting on the bank, snuggled up with the tall grasses to view my surroundings.  We just had our annual snow melt runoff, which floods to within 30 feet of the house.  A lot of trash and wood builds up during this time and when I can, I gather the wood I think I can use to build my bird feeders and houses.  Yesterday I recycled wood to build a needed front porch wood box for firewood.  A piece of plywood that washed up will get some padding and a cover to make a padded seat cover for the wood-box.  Then, I can sit in comfort and watch my front yard for activity.

A partial list of birds I have viewed this month include these varieties: Bald Eagle, Brown Eagle, Peregrine   Falcon,  Turkey Vulture, Wild Turkey, Osprey, Belted Kingfisher, Snow Geese, Canadian Geese, Mallards, Cinnamon Teal, Buffleheads, Loons, Coots, Great Blue Herons, Sandhill Cranes, Calliope Hummingbirds, Rufous Hummingbirds, Downy Woodpecker, Stellers Jay, Raven, Magpies, Mountain Bluebird, Western Bluebird, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Redwinged Blackbirds, Western Tanager, Townsend’s Warbler, Swainson’s Warbler (rare in these parts), American Redstart, American Goldfinch, Dark-eyed Junco the list  grows daily!  A pair of binoculars and a field guide to the Birds of North America sits next to my camera, near the desk that overlooks the backyard which stretches on forever! I take a picture when needed to help identify what I’m looking at The same goes with other ‘wildlife;” this month I’ve watched a lone mother wolf with two pups, elk, deer, bobcat, fox, and beaver.

As you can see I have a lot of ‘medicine’ to help me get through each day, yet the most important one is my Medical Marijuana, because without it I would not even be able to enjoy the wildlife or birds that I value as medicine.  A year ago my health was in such critical condition,that when my doctor prescribed Advair for my emphysema, he told me it would effect my glaucoma, and my eyesight would fail, his comment to me was:  “Would you rather breathe or read a book?”  I told him I wanted to do both, and he chuckled saying it couldn’t happen.  You know what it can happen!  I stopped seeing him as my doctor, got off all the meds, and a year later, I still try and take pictures daily, bird watch, and even read a book from time to time!  I do have to limit time I spend on this laptop, to help the eyes.  That explains why I usually post around the same time, I must limit my time spent online to ease the stress on the eyes, so I can watch my birds.

Medical Marijuana has given me hope and a way to improve my health in a holistic way, that I can afford.  I’d be stupid NOT to use it, NO, I’d be dead if I didn’t use it!

Looking up I see a family of Yellowheaded Blackbirds at the bird feeder, the contrast of color between the male, female and juvenile birds, is like a sunburst of color amongst the Redwinged Blackbirds, Bluebirds, and the Lone Steller’s Jay they are sharing seed with!  Time to walk the dogs down to the river and count the Canidian Geese that bedded down last night near one of the hot springs that keeps the ground warm at night on the river.  Yesterday there were only three pair, the day before there was at least a hundred pair hunkered down in the morning fog and dew; some days even more. 

Just back from the river on our early walk and there were at least 15 pair of nesting geese keeping a watchful eye on us.  The morning dew was lighter than any time of late, yet the clouds were thickening and darkening as the walk continued.  I can handle the rain, but, please wind take a nap today!

I can’t help but, stop and take time to thank GOD for the opportunity to enjoy this beauty, and solitude each day!  I thank GOD for marijuana and it’s healing powers which allow me to enjoy life as much as I do!  Today is a good day!

Keep it phat!

Fat Larry

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