Mike placed bird feeders and a birdbath in the backyard so that I could watch the birds from the kitchen. This winter I've seen cardinals, blue jays, finches, wrens, woodpeckers, robins, etc. One cold morning there were ten male cardinals taking turns eating from the feeders. I get a great deal of pleasure from the simple act of watching birds. Yesterday while sitting on the porch in the sun I saw a blue bird perched in one of our trees. I find that sometimes joy comes from the simplest of things.
Ann and Charles Nored have been our neighbors for 25 years. Ann and I have laughed and cried together;
we have shopped, eaten, and had the ultimate American Idol experience together. She is the quiet Mary to my hustling-bustling Martha. Ann is a kind, compassionate lady and a great neighbor!
Several years ago I asked a favor of Charles. It wasn't one of those easy favors like pick up our mail or feed the cats. I asked him to officiate at the memorial service for a close friend's baby boy. He never hesitated. He put his arm around me, let me cry on his shoulder, and said 'yes'.