Starlings are building a nest in the eaves of our house just outside our bedroom window. This was the racket we woke to this morning. They are not graceful or quiet or lovely. They found loose pieces of hay leftover from my potato tower and used that for building materials. Of course they will be evicted, forced to set up house somewhere else.
It was a glorious morning to be at home. I spent some time correcting schoolwork then took my baby chicks outside. They enjoy the grass and bugs so much and I like that I can put them in their coop and it acts as a sort of playpen, keeping them safe and confined while allowing them to "play". While they enjoyed the morning sunlight I set about to water my garden and various containers and flowers.
The joy I reap at home is beyond measure. I love my kitchen and the things I create there. I love watching my garden grow. I love having dogs at my feet. I love watching the birds that visit the feeders. I love watching my boys grow and learn. I love laying on the kitchen floor with chicks at my side eating cornmeal out of the palm of my hand. There is peace here. There is joy here.
Blake is off to the grocery store for me to pick up some sour cream. I'm making beef fajitas tonight with green pepper, red onion, avocado, tomato, and lettuce. Soon, I'll be able to harvest the tomato and lettuce from my very own garden!
As I type this I'm sitting on the back step, looking up now and again to see birds and watch the full dandelion heads sway. A neighbor is mowing. A dog is barking. The breeze is perfect. And my heart is full.