Yeah... I live in Beer City USA. I'm not talking about just brewpubs here either. Of course there's plenty of those too, but I'm talking about breweries that distribute nationwide. This very awesome, and forward thinking city is also known as Tree City USA. Needless to say... There's a hell of a lot of cars crashing into trees directly linked to the two previous city distinctions. This is an arborist heaven. I have a total of 87 trees in my 3/4 acre property alone. Huge Elms, Maples, and White Pines. A few Cedars. I planted most of them with my father 50 years ago. I truly love it here! There's lots of clean up after high winds, and ice storms, and in the fall, it's a lot of work! I only wish they would give tax credits for having so many carbon scrubbers in our yard! I'm thinking the next thing we're going to have the proud distinction of being here, is Song Bird City USA. Ha ha! Lots & lots of song birds. I love birds. I don't feed them, but for the most part admire seeing, and hearing them too. Out of all the birds songs I'd have to say my favorite is that of the Robins. In the mornings, it's a cacophony of song birds! Very pleasant coming down off a good midnight trip. Not so nice being awoken by Cardinals calling for their mates after a night of moderate, or slightly heavier drinking. And don't get me started about the crows!
Well you may be wondering where this story is leading, and I understand. I am a little long winded. Last year I was my mothers sole caregiver as she passed from this world into the next. She didn't want to be taken from her home. I, myself, being an only child, couldn't refuse her final wish. Besides, I'd helped mom with dad's passing in 2005 in the same room of the home. So I moved in with mom last January. This is my childhood home, and I'm very familiar with it. As soon as I moved in here, I started noticing things that never happened before. Woodpeckers started drilling holes in the Cedar siding. The Squirrels were chewing on the siding also. All sorts of different birds started crashing into the windows, and dying. Birds started building nests in the eave troughs. With all the trees around here you'd think they'd nest in those. So I got a plastic owl, and hung lots of Mylar strips on the home. It still didn't subside, or slow any of it down at all! I was very perplexed, and frustrated! I asked all of my neighbors if they were having the same issues, and they all said no. Now here's the thing... I don't blame anyone for thinking I'm crazy. That's a given! Mom passed on April 23, on a beautiful sunny afternoon. It all mysteriously stopped immediately! This really blew my mind. Now, I'm not a religious man, even though I was raised Catholic. Nor do I subscribe to any sort of superstitions. However I would consider myself a spiritual person. One of the neighbors I had spoken to previously about this issue mentioned that birds were known harbingers of death. I told him that sounded quite absurd. He insisted it was in the bible. A couple of days later he came over with his old testament, and showed me where it says so. I'm not going to quote scripture here. Mostly because, as I'd stated previously. I am not a religious man. I'd have to admit the old testament has a lot of historical value. Mostly for Judaism. Christian religions read from it in their services also. I never could understand that one. I know the new testament is what Christianity is based on. Much of the old testament is very contradictory to Christianity, and the new testament. I would like to know if any of our members ever experienced this sort of phenomenon? I don't know how birds, or animals would know that there was a human dying inside a specific home, at a specific time? I don't recall anything like this when my dad passed. Mom said it started in October of 2015, but then she suffered from Lewy Body's syndrome which causes a type of dementia associated with the final stages of Parkinson's. So I never really believed her. Until I'd moved in with her. Does anyone have any explanations?