Bird Watching


We have a wooden bird feeder pole with a flat top.  Birds visit us quite often, and occasionally we get to see something different.  One recent morning, we saw a baby downy woodpecker along with an adult.  The adult grabbed a sunflower seed, took it to the top of the bird pole, and cracked it open while the baby watched.  Then the adult hopped over to the baby and fed it the seed.  It did this several times.  By the next week, the baby downy was feeding itself.

Our children are learning by watching us.  It’s the parents’ responsibility to raise their children, not the schools or the government.  Education is good, but a life in Christ with great love is what is needed.  We can see how God works in His creation!


Swimming at the YMCA


I go swimming with Badona maybe once a week.  The last time I went there was a different lifeguard. She was a young lady who likes to talk to you while you are swimming.  She had all kinds of suggestions about how to improve my swimming.  Being polite and hard of hearing, I had to stop swimming to listen to her.  Badona said that she was flirting with me.  I said she’s not interested in someone as old as me.  Badona said, “Your hair doesn’t look gray when it’s wet.”

When our exercise time was up, the young lady held the door for Badona to go to the ladies’ locker room, and then she came running to the men’s locker room door to hold the door for me.  That’s the first time a young lady held the door for me!  Either she was flirting or I was so worn out I looked like I needed for someone to open and hold the door.  Old age has some advantages!

Mount Sugarloaf


After our visit to Springfield, Massachusetts, we drove over to Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield.  The road was open so we didn’t have to hike up.  It was a clear day, and we were able to see the great view.  But it was cold and extremely windy at the top.  In fact, as we were driving up the narrow road, we could see the wind blowing leaves in a circle.  Lorraine called it a Tasmanian devil. After enjoying the view, we returned to the parking area and saw that two small trees had been twisted off and were lying across the road.  We were glad that they hadn’t fallen on Lorraine’s Jeep, but I think that the caretaker could have pulled the trees off the road all by himself.  Instead, he raced down the road in his golf cart to block the entrance.  No one else would be driving up the road after that.  They would have to walk up!