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Why do Humming Birds Hum?

Because they forgot the words!
(Ha! Ha! Get it? Yeah, yeah, I know! Corny Joke… I got a million of ’em!)

It’s all for the humming birds this year…

Humming Bird Spinner

Humming Bird’s favorite flowers in hanging baskets on the deck

ivy Geranium

Double Calibrachoa  and a few others…
and feeders in every corner of the yard, filled with homemade sugar water…


Sugar water recipe ~ 1 cup sugar dissolved into 4 cups boiling water… cool to room temperature then fill clean feeders. Fills 4~ 8oz. feeders.

Granny’s Furry Friends

My Grandmother loved animals and made sure any visitors to her yard were well taken care of.
This consisted of numerous birds, red squirrels (the fattest I’ve ever seen) a little gray squirrel and three cats. While staying at her house in Oregon, we got to meet a few of them.

The three cats weren’t her cats but they weren’t strays either, at least two of them anyway. The third one, who was camera shy, was a rough looking tom cat. He might of been a stray. But these two, looked well cared for. They showed up everyday, morning, noon and evening, for a meal of cat food on a paper plate on the patio. We think they belonged to someone and was coming to Granny for their 2nd meals.
When we looked out the patio doors every morning, this is what we saw…

Lilac Kitty and Calico patiently waiting for breakfast.
Okay, maybe not so patiently

Granny kept their cat food and paper plates on a little table by the door. There was also a jar of shelled almonds. These were for the squirrels. We threw out a handful and they wasted no time coming to get them.

one of the red squirrels


little grey squirrel

I would almost bet they would come inside to get their almonds if we left the door open.

this is where they sit and beg for their almonds. The tree box is outside the dining room window.

Very spoiled squirrels. No wonder. Most squirrels just get peanuts!
They even got along with the cats. Lilac Kitty just sat there and watched the squirrel eat his almonds and the squirrel paid him no mind!

Even the Stellars Jays came for breakfast! They must have been waiting because as soon as We threw out the almonds, they swooped down and gobbled up as many as they could swallow. I had to throw out several more handfuls before they let the squirrels eat.

They were quick and I only caught one on camera.

There was a lot of love in my Grandmother’s garden.  Not only could you see it, you could feel it too!
She will be missed.

 Close up of Lilac kitty (as close as she would allow).

for those who couldn’t find the kitty in the picture on my earlier post, I pointed her out for you below. She was hard to see….



Lilac Kitty had had enough of my picture taking!


White roses, Green tomatoes & an Uncooperative Chickadee

Last month I ‘rescued” a miniature white rose from my IGA store. You know, the little roses you find sitting among assorted house plants and such in the grocery store’s floral section. 
This little rose was sitting there all by it’s self, looking lonely, and loosing it’s blooms for lack of light~ 
so of course I had to take it home.
(Yes, this is an addiction….  and when they come out with the TV show, “Plant Hoarders Intervention”, I will probably be one of the featured guests!)
 Anyway, I gave it a new home with lots of organic compost and plenty of sunshine. 
It really loved this and was quickly covered in new growth and fat little buds!
Isn’t it pretty?
And, I finally have green tomatoes! Yay!
I got my garden in late so I’m very happy to see these now. 
There’s nothing better than a garden grown tomato! These are Rutgers.
And last, my garden has been made home by a family of Chickadees this year!
I’ve been trying to get pictures forever of these quick little guys 
but by the time I snap the picture, they’re off and flying again!
This is one of the babies and he’s not afraid of me at all. 
He’ll sit on the feeders right next to me as I work in the garden! 
He just didn’t want to hold still for the camera!

Sunday Driving (on a Saturday)

 Every other weekend Steve and I take a drive through the Park or out on the country roads to unwind from the week.
(Last years Prairie grasses on the outskirts of Starved Rock State Park)
 (Back roads North west of Ottawa)
While on our drive, off in the distance we see this black cloud over a house.
(Of course I didn’t get a picture of that!)
As we got closer, we realized it was starling and grackles.
Thousands of them!
So many that the trees looked as though they had black leaves.
These pictures don’t do it justice~ they were behind us, over us~ litteraly all around us!
We both kept thinking about that old Hitchcock movie…