My Farm Stories forum: The cardinal on the windowsill
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|There's a lady cardinal that comes up on to the outside sill of the dining room window everyday about mid-morning and taps until I take notice of her. She then starts chirping at me and gives me a very level stare. If I sit down at the computer or dining room table, she flits back into the rhododendron.
She is quite boldly marked for a lady cardinal, her beak is a deep red and she has a red topknot, red trim on her wings and tail. She is bright eyed and busy and has taken it upon herself to become my muse.
Winter on the farm is made up of hours of very hard work followed by time for naps and projects. Out in the machinery shop, the projects are often all about rebuilding an implement or tractor, or regular maintainance. Sometimes, we do home improvements. This winter, Stan has installed two new windows, one in the kitchen and one in the dining room where the door to the porch was. My computer sits in front of the new window in the dining room for the time being, and she can watch me from the front window.
She is a most encouraging muse, tapping frantically if I'm not writing, and quiet when I am. She doesn't make suggestions, or give criticism, but just makes sure that I put in my time. She is both beautiful and wise.
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