Ouch! I forgot to use a substitute finger when typing the period at the end of the last sentence, and opened the cut again! All exclamation points from now on!
Crows have a long day. They were the first birds up and about this morning, and they are flying about with much cawing now! They must be enjoying the bright sunshine as much as I am! The first sunny day after a rainstorm always causes the wood of my front door to swell up, making it difficult to open and close! Coming in isn't so bad, since I can lean against the door to open it, and then push with one hand and a knee while restraining it by pulling on the knob to close it quietly! But going out, I have to yank on it (not good for the knob, I'm sure) and then pull very hard to close it from the outside, whereupon it invariably slams against the jamb with a loud bang! The warm wood feels nice, though! I check to make sure none of the neighbors are watching before I fondle it!
OK, the bleeding has stopped long enough that I think I can risk typing periods again. There. Index finger for periods.
Many birds other than the crows are out today. My cat is sitting on the window sill watching them. I can hear at least half a dozen different calls, though I can't identify any of them other than the crows and their cousins, the ubiquitous jays. There is no sign of the acorn woodpeckers. I guess there isn't much around here to interest them other than the telephone pole they cling to when it rains. But I hear much scuffling about in the wild plum bushes just outside my window. I fear that the jays might decide to nest there again. Last year, they didn't, for the first time in ages, and the absence of their constant screeches was delightful. Maybe if I sprinkle damp kitty litter under the bushes, it will discourage them from nesting there again. I've got plenty of damp kitty litter.
The sun won't set until six o'clock today, and the moon is four days from the full. I'm going to go out and enjoy the transition from day to night, and try not to slam the door on my way out.