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Our animal friends

Ever since we got the playset built in the back yard, we've been spending a fair amount of time out there, and I'm still surprised by how fearless the local fauna are. They flee at the sound of a door opewning, but if we're already out there, nothing. The sandbox is maybe 8 feet from the main birdfeeder, and the goldfinches and chickadees and robins and squirrels and chipmunks just chow down without giving a second thought to people sitting there. The other night, J and C and I were eating dinner on the deck, and for 20 minutes the local woodchuck was just munching on groundcover no further than C could throw a rock.

At least it's not the one that used to live under the deck. That woodchuck mght well have evicted us.