Preference is a good thing

It is good that we have preferences, if we all preferred the same things there would be a lot of things neglected. Lawns with no weeds, beautiful green grass and beautiful weed free flowerbeds are something I enjoy seeing and have been in awe at the beauty of some.

But as for me I prefer my yard to be a haven for wildlife. It is rare I can look out my window any time of the day and not see some wildlife activity going on. I have loved animals all my life, both wild and tame.

One of the three rabbits that stay at my place. Mama and baby are usually out in the evening hopping around looking for their favorite grass. This the other one that comes out in the afternoon to eat. I don’t know if it is male or female.

The squirrels are good at keeping me entertained. They are so smart and funny and even mischievous at times. It amazes me how they know exactly where they buried acorns to get them through the winter. This one is digging up an acorn under the oak tree.

There are many birds at my place and they have no problem finding plenty to eat. This Northern Flicker is most likely looking for ants since they make up almost half of their diet. They like suet so I see them at the suet feeder quite often.

These little finches like the majority of the other birds at my place prefer to have their meals ready to eat, so they head for one of the several bird feeders that has their favorite seed.

Watching all the wonderful wildlife in my yard and keeping the feeders filled was a real blessing during the year I was home bound because of the pandemic. They kept me busy and still do…busy is good.

A little of what I have learned in 2020

Some people I thought I knew well; I don’t know at all.

That more human beings than I could ever have thought or dreamed are so cruel to others.

Doves are not always peaceful like I thought…they fight other birds over food and take over bird feeders. One or two will sit on the feeder from morning until night to keep all birds but doves off.

Blue Jays not only protect their young, but they warn the songbirds of pending danger and will squawk loudly when danger is near to help keep them safe.

Politics and our voting system are all messed up and there is a slew of things that need changing.

More politicians than I would have thought care about themselves and not others, nor do they care about the good of our country and democracy.

Relationships broken because of politics. It is heartbreaking that some care more about politics than their family and friends.

Millions of people believe lies that don’t even make sense and lie when the truth would serve them better.

That there are thousands if not millions of people who hoard items that many needs and cannot get because the hoarders don’t think about others.

In some neighborhoods one has to be careful about what they put in their yards because of the possibility of being shot.

Although I have voted in every election for many years, I never imagined I would be as involved in keeping up with politics like this year.

That so many refuses to do such a simple thing as wearing a mask to protect others and themselves.

If one wears a mask in public, they risk being verbally or physically abused. If one chooses to not wear a mask in public, they are also at risk for the same kind of abuse.

There are still some people around the world that care about others, show respect, have empathy and use common sense.

Thankfully there are still some people who care about our democracy, our country and what happens around the world.

Blessings and good things can be found, sometimes it just takes a little more time to see or hear about them than in times past.