A pair of robins is building a nest in the bushes outside of my kitchen window. I noticed them for the first time yesterday, and their new place is already pretty far along. The owners are clearly in major home improvement mode--flying back and forth between ground and nest, returning each time with muddy twigs in beak, poking and sticking and stuffing to get it all in just right. I don't think there are any eggs or babies yet, but they are getting ready.
Yesterday I was also in nesting mode. It was rainy and cold and there were no engagements on the calendar--the perfect conditions for building my own nest on the couch. I propped myself on pillows, wrapped myself in a giant comforter and kept all the essentials nearby: Kleenex (allergies), TV remote, tea, and lots of books. Maybe it was my way of getting ready for the end of the semester.