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I'm greatly relieved to hear that 3 new birds are thriving. It will
make up for the great calamity at my house...

We returned from a 10 day vacation in the San Diego area (enjoyed
beach walks in morning fog and fabulous sea food, and company) to our
little cabin in the woods. I noticed a huge cobweb dripping from the
rafters of our A-frame living room, grabbed the spiked-looking cobweb
mop from the corner of our front porch and attacked same. I looked down
to discover a tiny bird's nest now on the rug. I called to spouseman and
we recovered three teeny, warm, delicately pale pink eggs. We took the
nest outside and placed it on a high rafter on the front porch, safe from rain and predators. The parent birds were screeching at us as loudly as they could. I think they were tiny black with red marks, song birds.

We have been watching for days to see if Mom and Dad would come back.
No sign of them and today I looked into the nest. The eggs were cool to
the touch and have developed brown death marks. We are very sad.

I know the birds chose the mop to nest because of my aversion to housework. But now I know that housework is beyond dangerous, it kills!
To add insult to my guilt, I tried to vacuum the living room yesterday.
The vacuum wasn't acting right and I tried to change the bag only to discover that Kirby's vacuum hose was ripped. Kirby was mocking me,
"You think that vacuuming will make up for being an EGG KILLER?"
Guilt has animated my household appliances.

On my morning walk today, a turkey vulture was riding the thermals
circling above my head in the deepest blue hued sky. Maybe I'll be
reincarnated as a turkey vulture to clean road kill, or worse come
back as a maid. (No offense intended to hard working maids or turkey
vultures, who look like eagles when soaring).

A vacationing nurse with her family have saved an osprey here. They found it on a lake shore, immobilized, wrapped up in fishing line. She covered its head with her coat, then took out a fishing hook from its wing with needle-nose pliers, and cut the line off. Other osprey were watching nearby. Osprey can have a wing span of 6 feet.

The rains have come to Colorado and put out all the fires. The air
here is unbelievably clear. No smoke smells remain.

Thanks for listening, I feel better now,
Duwango
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