Today a Goldfinch hit the dining room window really, really hard. It broke his neck--poor little thing. I just hate it when that happens. Birds ocassionaly hit my windows, but they don't usually die; they just get stunned. But this little guy hit really, really hard. I think that something must have spooked him. Usually that means there was a hawk in the area, but I didn't see a hawk or anything else for that matter. I guess I'll never know.
I didn't get to do very much in my garden today other than a little watering and tidying up. I had a doctor appointment; I had to finally break down and go see the doc about my arthritis even though I more or less knew what he was going to tell me. I was right - back on my methotrexate which means injections once a week again. Oh gosh, how I hate that. But it comes down to this . . . do I want to hurt or do I want to give myself injections? What a choice . . . so far I haven't been able to bring myself to do the injection, maybe tomorrow. (I'm such a coward.)
I just got an e-mail from my oldest son who lives in South Korea. He is so thoughtful. He knows how much I love flowers and birds and so whenever he sees a bird or flower he thinks I might like, he takes a picture for me. Here's an excerpt from his e-mail:
"So I was out hiking last weekend and I saw some purple flowers on the other side of the handrail that I'd never seen before. I leaned over to take a look and while I was checking them out there was this explosion from the bushes and an awful "gwahk" sound as a pheasant flew up in the air. I don't know which one of us was more scared, but I darn near fell over backwards and never got to see much of the bird except a brown streak of feathers shooting up towards the sky. Thank goodness no one was around to see, but I'm sure it must have been a pretty funny sight."
He also told me that all the cherry blossoms are in bloom. I have always wanted to visit when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, but have never been able to do that. Maybe some day. He's been there for six, going on seven years, so I may yet! I would also love to see the Lotus blossoms in bloom. In the city where he lives there is a huge lotus pond. I've visited him twice and neither time have the lotus flowers been in bloom, but I have seen pictures and it is fantastic. Maybe someday I will see that also.
Apr 16, 2009 | 12:56 AM PST
That must really be difficult to have to give yourself shots. I don't know how people do it every day (like those with diabetes). I hope your able to work your way through it.
What a funny story from your son! I don't know what happened, but the picture you posted didn't show up though.
Apr 16, 2009 | 1:02 AM PST
P.S. I forgot to say how sad it must have been seeing that little bird. I think that I had a bird hit the window just the other early early morning (we were still sleeping and it hit our bedroom window, scared me to bits!). I hope you don't have any more casualties.
Apr 16, 2009 | 3:09 AM PST
We found two dead goldfinches under the feeder the other day. We have no idea what happened to them. It wasn't a kitty, though. They were perfectly intact.
I do hope that your arthritis improves and you can get back to enjoying life!
Apr 16, 2009 | 3:59 AM PST
So sad about the little bird. I hate it when that happens. I have artithis bad too & bone spurs on bottom of mt foot. Will make an appt with my Dr. Went to the nurse practicner, she refered me to a foot dr, did xrays of my hip,no results. Aleave helps but I need better control.Can't hand quilt at times. I'll mentiom the med. you take.I've given shots to dogs & a sick parrot.Should be able to poke my self,lol.You have a very blessed day, happy gardening.
Apr 16, 2009 | 4:50 AM PST
Sorry to hear about your arthritis, hope its better soon. I had 2 birds die last yr. from flying into my window. That is sad. When I was about 10yrs. old 2 cousins and I found this little bird with a hurt wing. We tried to nurse it back , but no luck. So we had a funeral for it. For real. We put it in a match box and gave it a funeral...we sang "Amaging Grace" and found some little wild flowers buried it and cried. I had forgotten about it until now. Sometimes memories are good, sometimes sad. Happy Gardening...Reba
Apr 16, 2009 | 7:12 AM PST
blueyedkitty - thanks for letting me know about the picture and thanks to everyone for concern about my arthritis - Rascalsmama - methotrexate will only work if you have RA - not osteo arthritis and it has serious side effects