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Open the Windows

Did you know that the birds surrounding the wooded areas of our rural home start singing to one another at 4:24 a.m. I know this for a fact because we have turned the corner on welcoming spring through open windows.

I don’t know about you, but I am enjoying these pre-summer days and nights with the windows unsealed from their winter positions.

The spring ritual of washing windows and installing screens is the ultimate way to kick winter to the curb.

The benefits of this brief time between fickle spring temperatures and summer’s steamy climate are immediate.

A slight breeze in through the windows in the morning will give me all the weather information I need to dress for the day. A light sweater in the morning will ultimately be shed by afternoon.

Before daylight seeps through the open blinds, a variety of nature’s creatures urge me awake. In addition to the songbirds, the turkeys have been quite vocal during their mating rituals.

A strange, mournful cry woke me the other night.

I strained my eyes peering into the darkness in an attempt to see what creature was in the area, but it remained hidden in the predawn hour. Eventually the cry faded as whatever was causing it moved away from the yard.

The cool night air is perfect for sleeping. I have learned to be quick to close the windows when the rain kicks up in the middle of the night. It’s amazing how quickly the once bare trees have filled out nicely in their fresh green coverings. The canopy of leaf-ladened trees has returned to our rural roads and trails.

The hummingbirds have had no trouble finding their way back to the feeders and my homebrew nectar I have prepared for them.

Their antics of swooping through the air keep us amused from our lawn chair vantage points.

Some new entertainment has joined the hummers as several Baltimore Orioles are enjoying the grape jelly feeder now securely in place near my soon-to-be-planted flower garden.

These beautiful birds with their orange and black markings are truly wonders of nature. I just hope their sweet feeder doesn’t attract unwanted visitors from the raccoon family that has been rolling around the garbage can at night.

The grass is growing at a record pace with the recent rains.

My spouse has reported sighting a snake in the yard. This is a good thing, he tells me, as snakes have purpose in nature’s plan. I’d prefer to spot a handsome turtle but will allow the snake his space.

Spring has never been my favorite season, but with the windows open, it’s growing on me. Enjoy it now.

Heather Ziegler can be reached via email at hziegler@theintelligencer.net.

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