Up early this morning...fed the dog and put him out. He loved being out in the dark. He is 11yrs. old, but he can still romp around the dog yard like a puppy...sometimes. I sit in a rocker by the sliding glass doors and watch him. He does what he does and keeps an eye out for me. If I leave the doors...he wants to come in. As long as he has an audience, he wants to play. What a show off! He comes in with dew on his feet and waits to have his feet wiped. I fix myself a cup of ovaltine and sit with him at my feet and wait for the first birds. Oops I forgot to fill the feeder. I go to the garage and fill up the can. He goes with me. Then we go out on the deck and fill the feeder. Back inside to wait. It is close to 7 by now and I see crows off in the distance flying to the tops of the woods trees. The trees are bare, so there is no hiding. I see a little thing running around on the ground. It's a squirrel looking for sunflower seeds to eat. Now I turn my head toward the blue spruce...a little head pops out...then two ....then three....and before you know it that huge tree is full of little birds. Sparrows and finches. They finally start the parade to the bird feeder. Laddie gets excited and scares them away. I shoosh him and they all come back. Some are on the railing and the rest on the feeders. They are bouncing and fluttering around tossing seed everywhere....here comes the junco family...they will clean up. It's time for my day to start and Laddie is disappointed...he thought we were going to sit there all day. I'll be back when it is dusk, Laddie...we can watch the birdies go to bed.