Well, let's see. What's new around here? We have a lot of this going on:
In fact we had so much of this going on that I ran downstairs in my underwear because this bird was pounding so hard on the window that I was afraid he'd break the glass. He was pounding so hard that he hurt himself and we now have crane blood spatter all over the window. Call in the forensic pathologists!
There's about another month of this action to go before these guys pack up their tents and head south. I hope we still have windows left by then.
Last night I worked late, came home, put the jammies on, and retired to the couch to work on the shawl. Tonight I finished work, then went to the gym to work my way through the circuit (after the crane incident). I'm loving being back at the gym. I'm a worthless physical specimen but I feel like I'm doing myself some good and investing in the future.
Right now there is a high level neighborhood Architectural Board meeting going on downstairs, with Mr. Kathie presiding. The Board members are deciding whether legal action is called for to undo the shenangians of the former Board. This is an ongoing circus, dating back more than a dozen years now. A former Board Member, an attorney, was able to establish deed restrictions that disallow just about everything and tie a lot of knots in what ought to be straightforward procedures like helping fellow homeowners get building permits. He's departed from the Board now. But the question is how to undo what he did, at the least amount of expense to all the homeowners. The concept of freedom, and one's-home-is-one's-castle is kind of laughable around here. Our property is 4.25 acres and we are prohibited from adding most kinds of improvements.
Kathie's sage wisdom is this: think very hard before building a house in a subdivision, even a subdivision with five acre yards. You may find that you aren't as free as you might have thought.