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Kevin has put a lot of effort into making our backyard as inviting to me as possible, and while I do not myself actually go in the backyard when he is not home (I get lost in our bathroom, it just isn't a good idea for me to go outside where I can get lost in a several miles large park), he has also made it inviting to the many birds that live in the park behind our home.  We now have a large variety of birds who spend several hours a day eating from the various bird feeders and swimming in the not really bird baths that Kevin has set up (they are actually $3 plastic dishes that are supposed to go under flower pots but they were the right size and depth).

As we have spent more an more time watching these birds we have noticed that a couple of them have been injured at some point along the way to finding out backyard and making it home.  We have asked the local wildlife rescue group if they were okay to stay in the wild and they said that so long as they could fly/feed/and get to safety, they were fine, so basically as long as we keep seeing them.  In many ways I am glad we get to keep seeing these two visitors because they remind me that despite having a disability (one has a lame leg, the other is blind in at least one eye and we are not sure if he can see out the other one but somehow he always manages to land on the feeders after a bit of aerial acrobatics) they are still very much alive and still very much living.  The one with the lame leg may never eat off the feeders, relying on what has fallen to the ground because he just cannot land up on them, but he is the biggest and the loudest of his type of bird.  The one with a missing eye and the other injured only ever eats from the feeders, probably worried that if he landed on the ground he would be easy prey, but he sits on the feeders for several minutes, several times, each day and noms away very happily chirping up a storm to his fellow finches. 

It is remarkable what you can learn from watching birds.  I have learned that some types of birds are very social and will try to help others of their own kind, while some types, not so much.  I have watched an adult male house finch feed an adult female house finch because for some reason she couldn't feed on her own, although we still haven't quite figured out why.  I have also watched the mourning doves chase each other around the backyard trying to lay claim to the largest pile of seeds on the ground despite the fact that there is enough seed for 10 times the number of birds that actually visit our yard.

Provided it is not a heavy light sensitivity day for me I can watch these light  birds for hours on end and often find that I have missed most of the day because of it.  I always listen for their chirping when I am stuck in bed for the day, happy knowing that they are still doing well and able to find food easier because we have put out so much seed and in so many different types.  Before the disability I always thought birds were pretty, but I never would have thought I would spend so much time watching them and caring about the safety and welling being of the birds that visit our backyard.
 
 
 
 
 
 
It is amazing how inspirational animals can be. Edmon, our tripod cat never seems to let his missing leg slow him down. He is every bit as great of cat as those will four legs. Your special heart is an inspiration to me, because so many would just be rude all the time if they suffered with the health issues you do. You have such a wonderful loving heart and I am lucky have your love in my life.
Edmon is a perpetual source of inspiration and amusement.

I am lucky to have you in my life, you handle the pressures of living with someone with a disability very well. For some I imagine it would have been too much. I know there are times when it can be overwhelming, but you always do all that you can to help me and I have never doubted your love for me.
I bet that watching the birds is really pleasant and relaxing.
The birds can be a real help; they are so lively and amusing. The sparrows that come and bath in the birdbaths are usually the funniest as they puff up like little balls of fluff and splash water well over a foot in every direction.
Your backyard sounds lovely. We get quite a few birds ourselves. The honey eaters and parrots are very fond of my small fig tree. Each year they come to eat the figs and every year my friends lament over the eaten figs lol, but I don't like figs myself so I'm happy the birds do. :)

I should spend some more time outside myself. I've had a hard dose of flu and it's really tanked my energy-what I had of it. Hope you are doing as well as can be expected.
Parrots would be fun to see :-) I have suggested to Kevin, that once we are no longer renting and are able to by a home, I would like to plant bushes that produce berries since that is just about the only thing our backyard is missing. I don't think I have ever eaten a fig, but I would probably be just as happy to have the birds eat them as trying to save them for myself.

We try to spend some time outside each week, unfortunately sunlight seems to be one of the things that triggers migraines and weakness, so we have to be careful about how much is spent outside at once. I am doing as well as I can be, I have decided that so long as I can find something to smile about each day that is good enough for me.

Hope you are fully recovered from the flu and get your energy back soon.
i think you and kevin are really cute and i like when he posts backyard pictures on fb.
i think it's nice to be able to find inspiration in nature and that it helps your day go better.
Aww, thank you :-)