The Crankee Yankee and I will feed any creature; cats, birds, skunks, squirrels, rabbits, and the occasional woodchuck and raccoon. Each year when our garden is bursting with vegetables, we feed all the critters so that they leave the produce alone. We put up a bird feeder, and the birds and squirrels dine on the seeds. The rabbit (whom we call Peter) enjoys the baby carrots I toss out for him each morning. So far we’ve had no incidents of critters digging up the gardens; they have plenty to eat.
The birds love the seeds, as do the squirrels. Now and then we get a few gorgeous red cardinals and their ladies, and sometimes, if we’re lucky, we see a beautiful humming bird (note to self: buy a humming bird feeder!). One in a great while, we see a blue bird. When we do, we feel he brings us good luck.
All the creatures seem to get along; it’s as if they have figured out that they will be fed each day, and there is so much to eat that no one has to fight about it. It’s sort of a lesson about getting along and respecting each other. We can learn from the wild life; how they get on with each other, tolerate each other and find a way to get what they need without harming each other.
The Crankee Yankee and I get our cups of coffee in the early morning and go sit out on the front porch to watch the wild life show. It’s better than TV!