The hummers are early, this year!!! According to Journey North ruby-throated hummingbirds have been spotted as far north as Williamsburg, VA, on the east coast, and East Ridge, TN more inland!!!
Rufous Hummers have blanketed the west coast with their presence, as well, so spring is well on its way!
If you put your feeders out, early, they will be grateful. They are on the move with few, if any, flowers to feast from, though they will also eat bugs. Your choice--invite pesky bugs to your yard, or put out your feeders without dely!!!
Don't forget those lovely orange and black birds who also will come looking to dine at your hummingbird feeders! Orioles are also on the move and farther north in their journey. They've already been reported in Raleigh, ND, and Edina, MN. Orioles will also indulge in grape jelly, orange slices, berries, and of course insects!
I can't wait to have these beautiful birds back at my feeders! --LKR
"Be ready in 15 minutes! I'm picking you up and we're going to check out mymid-life crisis car!" quipped my half serious hubby.
Pulling into the car lot, we drove over to an awesome, blue '73 VW Bug. A manual, it had a sunroof, a real weakness for my hubby.
We both marveled over what good condition it was in for a 37 year old car!Hubby was sorely tempted to buy it, even though it needed a lot of work. Though it leaked oil and smelled of gas, it ran just fine!
Hubby and I took it out for a spin along the service road. The memories it brought back werepriceless. My mom had two little Beetles like this, one red and the other yellow. Both were semi-automatic (stick, no clutch), and fun to drive!
My dad especially loved to tinker around with it. He was a tailor by trade, but a mechanic at heart, fixing appliances, radios, and tvs for the fun of it. Shear pleasure for him, which also meant less mechanic bills!
At that same time period, I had owned a beautiful '73 Ford Mustang. I can only hope my "Yellow Banana", as I called it, is still on the road like this little Bug!
Without much of a thought, I carefully--and routinely--made my way across the unavoidable, treacherous ice on our driveway to what my niece calls the Kidney Bean, aka our maroon minivan. I was heading out for a meeting and then for some shopping while out in town, escaping what would otherwise have been a day spent in solitude.
Three hours later, pulling back into the driveway, I noticed not only was the ice gone, but the majority of the water from it melting had also evaporated!!! A jubilant victory song spontaneously broke forth in my head: "Ding! Dong! The ice is gone! Which old ice? The driveway's ice! Ding! Dong! The driveway's ice is gone!" Ha! Winter is being defeated!!!
We had reached temps in the high 30's, today, and tomorrow we'll be expecting temps in the low 40's! Spring is on it's way!!!--LKR
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