We held a memorial service for my “big sister” Verna Thayer last Saturday at the West Bethel Union Church. The service really went well because there were lots of humorous stories about Verna and as told by her when living. There were many friends and relatives in attendance; Pastor John Williams performed his usual superior service, and I think everyone in attendance went home pleased about how much we all loved and appreciated her. Grandson Scott and granddaughter Tracyn Thayer entertained as well, with humorous stories and examples of Verna’s way of making all the kids seem loved by her, especially with her great cooking.
I think we have a bumper crop of tree swallows here this year. I have 15 bird houses on fence posts and trees around my garden, yard, and field, and there are lots of tree swallows flying around and checking bird houses. Only trouble is, there is also at least one pair of bluebirds, and the tree swallows often drive the bluebirds away until their (swallows) young fledge. I hope we have some baby bluebirds this year.
We also have an abundance of woodpeckers, by the sound of their pecking. Several yellow bellied sapsuckers are often pecking at the same time from different directions. They seem to be competing to see which one has the best pecking spot. Some of their places really reverberate when they peck. The back wall of my sap house seems to be the favorite spot! Those sap suckers have also really riddled my Austrian pine tree at the end of the house with holes; every hole is oozing pitch! I hope that’s a good sign.