I spy with my little eye... Ever play that game as a child or with a child? Of course you have! It's fun! What did you see today? The first thing I spied with my little eye, was a whale in the sky. No, no, I had not been hitting the tequila! Jeez! Dear Reader, give a blogger the benefit of a doubt would ya? Mia, our younger daughter, saw it too! The whale we saw in the sky, emerging through the clouds was actually the moon. At first it looked like a fish but in the space of time it took us to pull into the driveway of her school, a full whale emerged! Lets call him Monty. Monty was there and then, just like that, he was gone like a flash.
Lately, I rarely carry my three pairs of glasses about with me so I hear with my little ear more than I spy with my little eye... I hear a symphony of bird calls and the dull whir of traffic sounds. I hear the drip, drip, dripping of condensation from my roof and Lolly, our dog, dreaming in the next room. Since I am a hard-of-seeing "Peeping Mary," I keep a pair of binoculars on the window sill so I can peep on the critters that visit my yard. Yes, the critters are who I peep. Now, if you're thinking I am some sort of "perv" that is not nice. I have zero interest in the goings on of my neighbors. I respect their privacy as they respect mine. (My yard is surrounded by a fence and tall mongoloid tree-bush things that block anything that might generate a pervy interest. For the record, I only peep in and at my yard. Besides, I thought there was no judging here at Mary's Kitchen? Ever.)
Now that we have established no pervy peeping is going on, and all kidding aside, do you peep? If you do peep, as I do, why? The answer to that question why we peep is simple, curiosity. We want to learn. We want to become familiar with who visits our yards and neighborhoods.
I peep to keep a peep out for the dreaded ground hog whose favorite activity is drilling down below my garden, gorging on my vegetables and then lounging about my yard! He/she lazes about, fat and full, all because of my hard work! (Groundhogs are nasty, no good, S.O.B.'s!) I keep an eye out for chipmunks, who love to taunt and tease Lolly. They run up the drain pipe and she barks. They run down the drain pipe and she chases them. They run up the drain pipe and she barks... (This can go on for a while. I swear, the little chipmunks are laughing right along with me the entire time!) On occasion, I see Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Hummingbirds always make me smile because they remind me of my mother, Ellen. (Like my mother, hummingbirds never sit still and seem to spread joy wherever they go.) I see vibrant red Northern Cardinals (my husband, Russell's, favorite bird) and Brown-Headed Cowbirds. (Brown-Headed Cowbirds are one of our least favorite birds because they lay their eggs in other birds nests. Brown-Headed Cowbirds are lazy and mean.) I get cheered when I see Black-capped Chickadees, House Finches, American Goldfinches and Morning Doves on the wire behind our house. I even see Downy Woodpeckers, Hawks and Blue Jays. All this from my work desk window. Why? I see all this because I peep.
Share the things you peep in your yard. (Keep it clean Dear Readers.) It will be fun to learn about who visits the various yards and neighborhoods. Share what you hear in your neighborhood too.
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