The hummers are usually gone by now, and they probably wish they were. But the yard is still full of them, puffed out in the wet and cold, so they look like little balls rather than the sleek missiles that is their usual appearance.
I suppose it is going a little overboard, but I warmed up their feeders in the microwave this morning. I know how much a I enjoy a hot cup of tea, and it seemed like they might appreciate the extra boost.
St. Francis day is October 4, and I'd like to think he would be pleased. We'll be celebrating a pet blessing in his honor as well, perhaps another way to express our affection for the beloved creatures that add so very much to our lives.