Today is January 3rd and there are no robins hopping around in the snow and cold. But this blog is from my journal, dated July 18, 2013.

Because of the hot spell  we are having I decided to start trimming the bushes around 9:00 AM. The temperature was already in the 80’s. I have lots of bushes in front of the house so it took me 40 minutes with an electric trimmer to get them in shape. My t-shirt and baseball cap were soaked with sweat and my arms were tired from holding the trimmer chest high to get the bushes trimmed at the height I wanted. I still had all the clean up to do, but I thought I’d put the trimmer away before raking and packing the trimmings into leaf bags. I wound up the electric cord, picked up the trimmer and headed down the driveway toward my back yard.

Halfway to the yard I approached a robin, sitting in the middle of the driveway. He didn’t move as I approached but instead watched me curiously. As I passed him I saw his beak was open. He looked so thirsty I said, “Oh, honey, you look like you could use a drink.” I walked past and he stayed there, watching me. I suddenly wondered where he could get a drink. We were in a dry spell and there were no puddles or birdbaths in the area.

When I entered the back yard I filled up an old bird bath and two plastic paint trays with water and put them in the shade. Then I put the trimmer and cord in the shed and went inside where the two widow air conditioners were humming away. As I passed the sink I realized I was terribly thirsty so I slowly drank two large, cool glasses of water. I had to laugh as I reflected about my robin friend. Was he telling me he was thirsty? Or was he telling me, “Hey. Buddy, you look thirsty. Why don’t you go inside and have a nice cool drink?”

Later in the afternoon I saw several birds, including a robin, drink out of the containers in the shade.  I felt good. It’s important for us to take care of ourselves as well as our animal friends when the weather gets extreme. Speaking of which, I need to stop and get some birdseed tomorrow and put it out for my winter friends so they can keep warm during this frigid weather we are experiencing.

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