My cheerful little holiday-themed bird feeder took a bit of a hit from Mother Nature last night.
There was quite a breeze all day yesterday, but my ornaments seemed to be holding their own through it, dancing and waving merrily.
I’ll admit, I really enjoy watching the birds dart in and out, oblivious to the sparkle and movement. I’m so glad I created this little piece of Christmas spirit for myself.
The forecast for last night was for even higher winds, so I went to bed with fingers crossed, hoping for the best.
Having listened to the wind in the trees all night, accompanied by the sound of my snow shovel sliding across the deck and a few other unidentifiable bumps and bangs, I was honestly surprised to find ANY of my delicate Christmas decorations anywhere to be seen this morning.
Surprisingly, some were still clinging tenaciously to their assigned twigs and branches. Even more surprising was how many of the bubble-round, light-weight glass ornaments that did fall managed to only drop harmlessly to the deck, where they lay, softly cushioned by snow, awaiting retrieval.
My poor little Christmas tree didn’t fare real well either, vaguely resembling a drunken sailor after a night on the town. It had acquired a substantial list to port. Oh well, at least it was still on the deck. 🎄
A few ornaments probably won’t be rediscovered until next summer, when the snow in the yard is gone and grass is growing … if then. Who knows; some lucky raven might have a shiny new bauble brightening up its nest next spring. Re-use, recycle, re-imagine, right?
My three wooden dachshund ornaments, of course, hung on tight through the night and were none the worse for their windy ride.
Temperatures rose into the upper 30s today, and much of the snow has melted off the deck, but I still waited until late afternoon to do more than set the tree back upright, with a little twine giving it added support, just in case.
Finally, even though the breeze remained stiff, I went ahead and re-dressed the tree in its glittery globes. There is plenty of seed set out for the birds – my Christmas gift to myself, I suppose. Hopefully, it will all stay upright and cheery (and full of chickadees) through the rest of the week.
There is snow once again in the forecast – and I believe I’m looking forward to it. I do love the look of a nicely dressed and flocked Christmas tree.
I can hardly wait to see what my fanciful holiday bird feeder looks like tomorrow morning. ❄️☃️❄️