I had an Art fair in Deforest Saturday and all sorts of people I knew showed up. One of my good friends at 1 W Wilson What's His Name is retiring on the 16th and having a going away lunch so anyone reading this count me in. Another name from the past came by - Dick Snortem and he says hi to whoever is left at 1 W Wilson. He lives in a tiny town I had never heard of just north of Deforest.
It was a very nice show.
|This image will be on the Dragon Art Group Website|
I thought I had better go out and take a couple photos of the yard before the baseball size hail crushed everything this morning.
This is our front entrance way which is looking better then ever. We moved into this house June 1st 2007 so it's been four years now and I believe this will be the 3rd year for the front entrance plants (Year #2 for the climbing honeysuckle).
And in the back yard I had to take some photos of what we call Big Wooly the HUGE Dianthus
WHOA - streak lightning outside my window!! SCARY Freaking midnight now here! Hard to believe it's 59, dark and raining now and later it'll be 90 and sunny! AND HUMID!
Hard to imagine that 4 years ago this was nothing but dirt with zero landscaping. AND - it's still a work in progress.
After watching a Public Television show on Hummingbird gardens I learned a few things about hummingbird feeders and why we need them. The thing is that on hot days or rainy days flowers do not put out nectar and the babies go hungry! This is why feeders are needed. HOWEVER - you don't want to buy store food for them. Just mix 4 to 1 water and sugar but the trick is to only put a small amount into the feeder. Then clean it ever 2 or 3 days.
Also I was noticing that THEIR feeders on the show all had little perches for the birds to sit on while eating . Made sense, what would you rather do, eat while jogging or sitting down. Stay away from fancy humming bird feeders that are more artsy - those are for YOU, get the basic feeder with a perch FOR THE BIRDS.
So I got a feeder from true value and put it up. Now I have humming birds flying around all over. No photos yet but sooner or later.
|not my photo|
In other news it SEEMS the Baltimore Oriole is no longer called "Baltimore". The name Baltimore came from the male's colors which resembled those on the coat-of-arms of Lord Baltimore. BUT . . . . now it's been renamed a Northern Oriole and now there is a Bullock's Oriole also. FINE!!!!
HEY YOU BIRDS - STOP HAVING SEX ON MY YARD!!! Damn Grackles are always sexing it up out there! I don't even want to go barefoot!
hmmmmm - newspapers are complaining that people are reading FREE stuff online instead of reading newspapers - WELL YEA - I got a subscription to the State Journal and the Brewer articles are the exact articles I read 10 minutes after the game on MSNBC!
NEWSPAPER - FAIL!!!
Packing Peanuts - FAIL!!
I always seem to have a ton of packing peanuts but my peanut guys had corn starch peanuts that would disintegrate in water and were 100% biodegradable. So I got a new box of images in a ton of peanuts and put them in the sink as instructed and start the water. Nothing happen. SIGH - seems they switched to a cheaper peanut and now I have two sinks of wet peanuts!