I was sitting on my deck reading a book yesterday evening before it got dark, and I put down my book to watch the sky change as the sun was setting. In a twenty minute span, the sky must have changed a hundred times. Birds were flitting from tree to tree, and birds could be heard everywhere singing their nightsongs. Our neighborhood has an evergrowing songbird population now that most of the starlings have gone. Maybe now I can put my barbecue grill back on the deck. When we had it there the starlings would come and make frightening-looking nests inside it and nothing would keep them out.
I love my porch. It is my refuge...my little sanctuary to be connected to nature and the sky and the birdies and the sunsets all year-round.