2013, finally. Except in Hawaii; they've got another 18 minutes left in 2012, as of now**.
The year went out quietly for us. Laurie and I sat and listened to a CD of the Mikado, then I treated myself with a pot of ginger tea, and checked in with my kids on Facebook. All very peaceful.
But 2013; what will it bring? It's a year of 13s; 50 Fridays teamed up with the number, another two doubled: Friday the 13th, 2013, in September and December. Will someone decide that's a good excuse to foretell yet another end of the world?*** There are two good dates there! And when was that 2013 comet arriving?
Well, if you believe in bad luck omens, there are also the good ones. I've got mine; today, in a first for the year, in a short burst of 5 minutes, four starlings, one flicker, and a varied thrush all dropped in to visit. I think that's the first flicker or starling I've seen around here since a year ago. And all at once! It must mean something, surely!*
Here's proof, at least of the first two, photos taken without leaving my desk, which would have chased the flicker far away.
|Flicker waiting for a starling to get off the suet feeder.|
|Still waiting. He eventually gave up; the starlings were not sharing.|
|Starling and suet feeder. The other three were on the ground underneath, collecting the falling crumbs, and keeping the juncos at bay.|
The varied thrush ran past twice, pausing just long enough to be identified. The place was too crowded for him.
*I think it really meant that they were hungry. But sometimes I'd rather be silly than sensible.
**Just checked the time again. It is now officially 14 minutes into 2013 in Hawaii. And that's the very last gasp of 2012.
***Not that I'd worry. I've survived a fair number of world ends already.