Thirteen gold-fish several of whom look like koi after ten years in the pond under all kinds of conditions perhaps the result of breeding in secret behind the cattail plant swim swimmingly in clear water since the pond was overhauled; they see me on the balcony and swim to the end of the pond near the balcony. They are hoping for something to eat. A couple of times during the week, a large flock of Cedar Waxwings dove into the upper pond to bathe and then flew into the upper branches of the red pines in the pine grove and back down again several times before flying away. Backyard summer birds flock to the two feeders now that the food is secured from the squirrels because of axle grease on the frames. They seem to be completely unaware of what is going on in politics as the country confronts the intrusion of seeds of fascism not to mention the very sad suicides of two celebrities. Are the birds and the fish (without bees although they are crucial to the health of the ecosystem) onto something or am I simply jealous of their focus?