Our First Hummingbird Arrived

Our first hummingbird arrived on April 12th.  It was a nice surprise because I didn’t think they would be here for at least another week or so.

I have to take the pictures of them through the window for now.  Hopefully they will let me get closer after they’ve been here for awhile.

I thought the wine bottle shaped feeder was cute, I found it at Walmart for $3.97.   I’m going to hang it out back outside my kitchen window after I get another one to replace the one out front.  The hummingbirds have no trouble finding this feeder.

     

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

It is a very simple recipe of 1 part ordinary white cane sugar to 4 parts water.  Some say to boil the mixture but I never have.  If your water is good enough for you to drink it should be safe for the hummingbirds.  If you do boil the mixture do not boil for more than 2 minutes because the water will evaporate and change the ratio of the water and sugar.  If it has a higher sugar content it could attract ants and bees and other insects.

I used 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water for my mixture because I didn’t want to make a lot, but you can make more and store it in the refrigerator.  It can be stored up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Happy bird watching!

…and more bird pics coming soon 🙂



My PC Buddy

This is Mari our cat. He loves hanging out at my desk.  We rescued him from a local animal shelter about 6 months ago.  I’m not sure who picked who but he is a part of our family now.  He is such a good kitty.

There are so many cats and kittens waiting for good homes in animal shelters and rescue centers.  Dogs and puppies too, are waiting for homes.  We rescued two cats and one dog and we are very happy with them.

Sandia Peak Drive & Hike

What a beautiful day it was for a drive and hike in the Sandia Mountains.

In the summer the Sandia’s are perfect for hiking, climbing, biking, or just going on a picnic.  Hang gliding and paragliding are also popular.  At the end of this blog  I’ve added a Youtube video of a dad and his 4 year old daughter hang gliding off the Sandia Crest.  It is a beautiful video that I think you will enjoy.

The top at Sandia Crest

You can see both sides of the mountain from the top.  From here you can see Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

In the picture below is the east side of the mountain, the side of the mountain that we live on.

The radio towers are on the right here.  I don’t know why I didn’t get a picture of them.  In the video below you can see the towers in the background.

The Sandia Crest House Gift Shop & Restaurant is here also.  The gift shop and restaurant are worth the drive up.

The Elevation is 10678 feet

Hiking the Crest

Rainey trying to give me a heart attack being so close to the edge

Views of the west side, the Albuquerque side

My favorite pic

It was a wonderful day and I can’t wait until the weather is nice enough to go again.

Here is the video I told you about.  Check out the background when you are watching it.  The towers you see in the picture are at the crest of the mountain where the parking lot and gift shop is.

A very cool video!

Cat In The Window

I took these pictures of Catcher when we lived in Gallup, NM.  At the time we also had another cat and dog that we rescued from animal shelters.  Catcher didn’t live at our house at first.  He lived across the street at my neighbors house.  My neighbor loved our cat so much that she wanted to adopt a cat for her boys.  The cat she adopted started spending more and more time at our house.  I found out later that the boys were terrorizing him.  I was selling Avon at the time and my neighbor was one of my best customers. One day she came to me and asked me if I wanted Catcher.  She said that all of his shots were up to date and that she would trade him for eight shampoos.  Eight shampoos for my Catcher…what a deal! He has been such a wonderful part of our family ever since.

He loved sitting in that window watching the birds. You can’t see it in the picture but there is a bird feeder right behind him with about 5 inches of snow on top of it.

Catcher lives in Arizona now with my kids and grand kids.  He’s such a good kitty…he likes bringing them mice and gophers as presents 🙂

Am I Bored or What?

Having fun with photos

The background picture in the above photo was taken in Tonto Basin, AZ close to Jake’s Corner.

The picture above is a picture of my daughter that was taken while visiting my mom in Florida.

Below is a picture of my grand daughter dancing.

This is a picture that I took recently of our dog and cat playing.  If you didn’t notice there is a space ship in the window.

I love playing around with photos….and thanks for checking them out 🙂

Doddee

 

 

 

This & That

It is a beautiful day outside today with not a cloud in the sky which is a big change from yesterday. There’s only traces of snow left.  It would be a great day for a walk.

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No walks for me today but that is ok, I am leaving for Arizona tomorrow.  I miss my kids, my grand kids, and my friends, and I can’t wait to see them.  I have a lot to do today to get ready for my trip so I am going to have to make this short for now. 

Have a great day everyone!

***Update…I just found out that we can’t leave until Friday morning to head to Arizona Sad smile

Good evening everyone…have a good night 🙂