Business around the house means activity outside the house. In a short time, we have seen bear, deer, foxes, no rabbits (still scared off by the feral cats), raccoons, the usual squirrels, and many birds, including woodpeckers, cardinals, catbirds, mockingbirds, blue jays, sparrows of various sorts, and the silly-looking doves. Feeding birds has meant subsidizing squirrels (whose antics always get a little too cute) and, lately, raccoons, who climb the roof in order to raid feeders hanging from the eaves. I suppose horses don’t count since they are human imports, but they are there, too. And over us all, the stark, often cloudless winter sky at night, with a spectacular moon and busy stars.