Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

When is here good enough?

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You know I suffer from wanderlust.  I’m a lot like Katie that way; give me a place to go and I’m ready.  If I had my way there would be somewhere new to visit every weekend; errands, housework and the yard responsibilities would melt away.  Some people, particularly someone I’m married to, probably think I’ve already abandoned all household responsibility.  He would be close to correct.

The road calls me constantly and it’s hard when I’m out  not to just keep going.  So I found it refreshing Sunday afternoon to feel content and happy just standing on our deck watching the birds swoop in and out of our freshly filled feeders.

My brave little titmice were first to zoom in, even before I retreated from filling the feeder.

Brave little guys

Brave little guys

The chickadees soon followed…

What you lookin at?

What you lookin at?

…and the goldfinches, now a subdued green were happy with the full thistle feeder.

Greedy goldfinches.

Greedy goldfinches.

And as soon as I was inside a whole gang of cardinals arrived to party.

Party!

Party!

It’s good to know that I can be content here too.  Even if it’s only for an evening.  I know that the call of the road will be singing loud again soon.

But for a moment it was good to be home.

Supper!

Supper!

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Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

22 thoughts on “When is here good enough?

  1. The birds were VERY busy at my feeders too. Still no juncos though 😦 Home is good.

    I love the idea of traveling, and would love to go many places, but I am the worst traveler! The whole time i’m gone, I’m counting the hours until I can head back home. Luckily, I had the opportunity to travel a lot when I was younger, when I didn’t mind leaving home so much. Maybe once I retire I won’t stress about traveling and will get out and explore more.

    Jeff decided yesterday that we should work five more years, then sell our houses, buy an RV and move to Alaska. I have to say the idea is very tempting to me. Even though I’m usually happier at home than I am anywhere else, the idea of making my home in such vast wilderness is enticing.

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  2. I think he’d just use the RV, until permanent shelter could be found/built.

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  3. I love to go away and visit New places. I love the feeling of coming home too.
    I often think I’d enjoy coming home more if I’d had a housekeeper while I’d been away though. 😀

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  4. Pretty birdies. Mommy always gets excited when she sees 1 cardinal bird in the yard. I think she would go nuts if she saw a whole bunch of Cardinals together like in your picture.

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  5. For me this wanderlust thing is new. We traveled around so much when I was growing up, I have been content to be home, to have roots, to dig those roots deeper during most of my adult life. Lately, however, I have wanted to go, go, go – see new things, experience new things, take pictures of new things. For me, it could be escapism . . .

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  6. Dawn, did you notice a sharp uptick in birdsong yesterday (Sunday) morning? When Sarah and I went out for her first sortie, it sounded almost like spring.

    I have not had even an overnight getaway for about 14 months, so I can relate to your wanderlust. But here — home — is beautiful, too. And as I get lazier, not only housework but also the effort of traveling seems like more than I want to do much.

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    • Definitely PJ…the birds were crazy busy Sunday. I even went and bought more oilers because they seemed frantic and I was out. I hope you get a trip in soon…even a long weekend is helpful, and you’ve had lots of stress this year.

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  7. You know I can relate! Sometimes it’s good just to hang out at home though and enjoy the life you’ve cultivated. The birds certainly don’t hurt.

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  8. I love filling the bird feeders and watching the hungry diners come! At this time of year, if we don’t do it, they might starve. And I couldn’t bear that!

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    • Me either. I’m always watching them. I think they sit in the trees when I”m outside if the feeders are empty and chirp at me. They probably think of me as that food dispenser thing.

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  9. So nice to see the birds at the feeders! I neglected mine for the summer, would probably be nice of me to fill mine again as this cool weather is moving in. I understand that wanderlust, I have it, with very little opportunity/chances to do anything about it at this point in my life.

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    • I feel your pain Karma…though I’m probably a little freer to go at the moment. You need to get some feeders filled! You’ll enjoy them, and they’ll love you for it too! 🙂

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  10. Last week, I looked out my back window and there must have been 20 Cardinals. It was so beautiful I forgot about the camera and just stood memorized taking it all in. They stayed for a long time. I don’t fed the birds (for many reasons) but they still find lots to eat in the mulch. I called my dad ( an avid birder) and he told me I must have been on the migration path. They migrated on but we still have a few that will still around throughout the winter.
    Nature had a way of making you feel content, I think. Love the titmice.

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    • I guess bird seed would invite unwanted yard guests…it does here to some extent….but not so much this year, don’t know why. Skunks, raccoons, rabbits, deer, possoms, you name it. Weren’t the flock of cardinals cool! It was wonderful I thought maybe it was a family with a lot of young males. Hard to say.

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  11. I suffer from wanderlust too. Yet, oddly, in the last year or so, home feels more and more comfortable. But I still want to travel. 🙂

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