I woke up Monday morning with a piercing headache and a feeling like there was a splinter in my left eye. I got up, turned on the coffee pot and tried blinking and rubbing. The pain just got worse and my eye was oozing and not at all attractive. This was not good. My first thought was that it might be some rare kind of eye cancer but my eye hurt too much to even go to the computer to google "eye cancer".
As I sipped the coffee, I remembered pink eye--one of the kids had it once and maybe that was it. This was not a good week to be put on the disabled list. In fact, there isn't even a disabled list for self-employed attorneys who are due in court 4 out of 5 days this week and who have tickets to Chile on Saturday.
Fortunately, my doctor said she could see me and with a hand over my left eye and squinting at the glare of the sun on the snow I drove toward her office in Livermore Falls. The road from Dixfield to Livermore Falls winds along beside the Androscoggin River for about 20 miles. At the big bend in the River called Canton Point there is a large dairy farm called Conant Acres. Conant Acres has large fertile fields where the snow is receding and on this particular day when I was in pain and didn't have my camera, there were hundreds of Canada Geese in the field. It was a beautiful sight even with one eye. Today, I will take my camera with me and detour home by the field and hope that the scene is replicated.
I am starting to see birds other than European Starlings at my feeders. On Saturday there were six Common Grackles looking very majestic and two black and white warblers. Spring is arriving even here in Maine as the birds either come to stay or pass on through to find spring arriving even farther north.