The month of June has been busy here and a Sontheim update is long overdue.
The bird breeding season is in full swing and there are nests all around the house, in the bushes, in the trees, the meadows and in the prairie. There even is a new swallows nest attached to the light fixture high above the front door.
Our hummingbird population has more that doubled with the first batch of fledglings that arrived at the feeders in mid June. It is pure pleasure to watch these fat little jewels congregate for a drink of sugar-water. At this stage in their development, the baby Hummers are very sociable. Only later do they become protective of their turf. I suppose there is a similarity to human behavior in that. The Hummer moms are busy with their second set of eggs and will soon again have hungry chicks to feed.
Two days ago, before the big heat hit, we enjoyed a romp through the meadow. Sammy and Lilly way ahead of Sophia and me. My Berner girl and I could be considered slow-pokes when it comes to sprinting along the path. And I watch with fascination when the dogs stop at their favorite places to chomp on tall leaves of grass. And I wonder what Walt Whitman would have made of that.
Now, that the tropical heat has us confined indoors there is ample time to sit at the computer and attend to our blog.
A big part of our recent silence is the effort it took to form a much-needed MS support group for our neck of the Wisconsin woods. 🙂 And I am happy to report that the group is well on its way to host monthly meetings that will commence in August. Our website is up and the PR effort is in full swing. But more of that later.
And speaking of Multiple Sclerosis, it is always good NOT to take NO for an answer. Instead there is the YES I CAN as Janet Echelman demonstrates so beautifully through her art.