Maybe listen to Kris and Rita while you read?
To make it through the night
with this new diet idea of eating only within a 10-12 hour span
like the mice who, by being restricted from eating at all hours,
thusly stay sleek & avoid metabolic problems,
even with weekend treats;
I’m going to channel my inner Pine Siskin*,
who also doesn’t forage for 10-12 hours,
but stores 10% of its body weight in seeds overnight in his crop,
helping him make it through the night.
*I mix this guy up with the Goldfinches and whichever finch females are streaky, but Ron Pittaway the Finch Forecaster (who knew there was such?!) says that maybe we’ll see more of them this winter since they wander the world (??) in search of conifer seeds (think spruces loaded with cones), and when they’re scarce up there in Canada, they drop down to my feeders for sustenance. (So I watch for a small fellow with a streaky brown body, tad of yellow in the wings, deeply notched tail, thinner and pointier beak than I’m used to in other finches. If I can dare say, I, the beginning birder, am USED to anything regular in the birds I see!!) I have learned, though, that from a distance a flock of PS are distinctive, swirling in tight compact flocks and, if I could hear well enough, I might catch a wheezy clee-ip call. (That’ll be the day. :))
On 12 hour eating windows (Gretchen Reynolds) and the storing of food (Pine Siskins): a juxtaposition that entertains me. Think health, wellness, surviving the winter, irrupting birds, and laughter. (Oh, how could I forget!) And think: Kris and Rita. (Back in the day they worried about getting through the night too.) (A 420 character 9-line poem)