At the beginning of a new year, I don't make resolutions but I do reflect on the past year and choose a word to guide the upcoming year. This year I have chosen "quiet" as my word. Last year I wore too many hats. They were all ones that I wanted to wear, but it got to the point that I didn't think I was able to devote quality time to all of them. And, I was missing out on the things that refill my battery. So, this year I have had to pull back and leave a little more time for the quiet.
One of those things I've missed is having morning coffee watching the bird feeders outside the kitchen window. I received two new feeders for Christmas so the feeder tree is constantly busy. Yesterday, I pulled out the "Africa" lens and tripod and took pictures of my customers. Poppy was there to help and photo bombed a few of my pictures. The goldfinches are just brilliant right now as they winter here in the hill country.