For the past five years I've had a Christmas tree in my urban garden. I've always decorated my Christmas tree with lights and have hung ornaments that are bird feeders filled with suet which I replenish on a frequent basis.
My standard has been to put up a Christmas tree anytime between December twelfth and December seventeenth, then leave it standing until mid February. This way the array of wild birds who visit my garden will have a place to keep warm during the coldest winter months as they nosh. The Christmas tree seen in the picture atop this entry is the one I had last year.
I'm sad to say that I will not be able to have one this year but when Juan V was here on the last day of November to winterize my garden, he left a cord (for Christmas lights) in the spot where I normally put a Christmas tree, as he did not believe that I wouldn't be putting up a tree for my visiting birds' enjoyment.
The truth is I cannot afford a Christmas tree at this time as putting together all the versions of Cam's book, Words In Our Beak Volume One,
has wiped me out financially and I have not received promised reimbursement for my expenses.
Moreover, I endured medical expenses when I had an accident. I have also had tremendous medical expenses related to my teeth and my foot. At this point, I can barely keep my home; and am feeling very low during this supposed, "most wonderful time of the year."
So these are the reasons that I will not be doing a tree this year, which is not only disappointing to me, it is disappointing to my visiting birds who probably have been anticipating it, as evidenced by a sweet house sparrow who perched on the unused power cord that 's intended for Christmas tree lights (as evidenced below).
I do realize that with so many troubles going on in the world, my circumstances are hardly any reason to feel blue. Hopefully, I'll be in a better frame of mind in my next blog post. Meanwhile, I'm not the only one who is blue around here, take a look at the guy (pictured below) enjoying dining from my wreath-style feeder.