Well, it’s been a crazy few weeks. Spring is here early this year. Usually I don’t start seeing Starling jobs until late April, but I’ve already done 8 Starling projects this year. All the birds appear to be coming early this year. Robins, Swallows, Sparrows, etc.
As I always do this time of year, I operate on my winter scheduling program until I get overbooked. In the winter, jobs can be few, and to make sure I don’t lose any, I book at my next available open position in the calendar. Of course, when the spring rush comes on, I will soon find myself with no days off to reset and recouperate. After a 3 week solid work schedule with a backlog of office work, no family time, and an increasingly disorganized truck, I will start remembering to set aside days for family, rest, and office work.
Lately, I’ve been doing a bunch of jobs on Vashon Island for Otters and Rats. Don’t know what it is about that island, but it seems overrun this year. Not a lot of contractors like to work on the island, because the ferry ride is time consuming and expensive, and it’s out of the way. I don’t mind though. I love standing outside on the upper deck and watching for the Marine life in the Sound. I once saw a pod of about 25 Orca while riding the Vashon Ferry from Fauntleroy. Seals, Sea Lions, and Gulls are usually seen on every ride. It truly is a wonder to live in our beautiful Salish Sea!
Although I’m busy, I am still happy to get whatever jobs I can. My brother, Tommy, sometimes pitches in during these seasons to keep me from getting too backed up on work. His own work is conveniently slow when mine is busy.