As proof that I am feeling better, I offer a few bird photos from yesterday. I have watched and enjoyed the birds each day, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I felt like the swelling in my cheek had gone down enough for me to hold the camera anywhere near it. I apologize for the quality of these, as I waited until nearly dark to take them.
A pair of hawks swirled around in the sky for quite a while yesterday. It was fun to watch them and interesting to observe the reactions- panic- of the other birds when they came near the feeders. There were half a dozen large crows in the yard during the afternoon. And the Harris sparrow came back to eat, but not close enough to the window for another photo.
I spent much of Saturday watching television- mostly old House episodes. Nothing better for a recovering patient than to watch the greater suffering of others. I also managed to crochet a bit. You would think that I would taken advantage of the extra time to work on my book or to read someone else’s but the swelling bothered my eyes and made them a little teary and blurry. So television was my diversion.
Yes, I saw the sad report of the elephant handler’s death. It is always a risk to work with wild animals of any kind, but especially those of tremendous size and strength. However, I think the media sometimes goes a little crazy with their reporting of zoo accidents. I’m not sure why. People are killed each year in horse racing, rodeos, circuses, and other industries involving animals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases figures each year on accidents and deaths in various occupations. It makes interesting reading.
I couldn’t sleep Sunday morning so I watched an early, early program about yachts. There really are people in the world who have too much money, too much free time, and too much time and energy invested in their own egos. I told Gary that the show supports my theory that there is enough money in the world to solve any problem we have…we just use too much of it for self-gratification.
No, I did not watch the Golden Globe awards. I’m tired of award shows in general, and that one always bothers me because the celebrities are sitting around drinking- thus you can never be quite sure what you will see or hear. Plus, I’m not a fan of the overly dressed. And I seldom agree with the outcome of the voting. So I abstain.
I will be back in the classroom today, and while I don’t imagine that I will feel wonderful, I know that I will feel better there than I will on my couch. I have missed my students and my colleagues and I look forward to a day away from my own petty problems.
Happy MLK day to you!