Cousin Jeff like to keep the wild creatures in his neighborhood happy. He’s got a hummingbird feeder, multiple birdseed dispensers, a suet cage — and this marble-topped table strewn with kernels of hard yellow corn. It’s irresistible to squirrels chipmunks and large birds like crows.
It also makes the early morning hours a fun exercise. When I sat outside yesterday morning, reading, every few minutes I would hear the drumbeat of tiny paws rushing along the deck, skittering up the table leg, and munching briskly at the corn. It made the natural surroundings seem a little bit closer, and more real.