Hummingbirds in Snow

People say Hummingbirds are too fragile to withstand extreme weather.  Ha!  Hummingbirds are strong, resilient and fierce.

On December 29th, 2010, I video taped this Anna’s Hummingbird sipping nectar from a feeder on our back deck.  Three hummingbirds that we know of wintered here on San Juan Island in Puget Sound.  During the snowstorm they were out flitting around and playing chase. They all come in to feed, but only one at a time. They are very territorial and they fight over the nectar even though there is more than plenty to go around.

5.11 Tactical Vest


5.11 Tactical Vest

I have my eye on this 5.11 Tactical vest for Amoeba.  When we get to Friday Harbor he will be out and about checking the tide pools on a regular basis.  When he checks the tide pools he carries all kinds of science-y paraphernalia.  He also carries a satchel and a backpack to tote stuff in, then complains because he either has to constantly take the backpack on and off, or his hands aren’t free.

I’m thinking that with this vest, he will have plenty of pockets to carry his cell phone, glasses, sample cases, hand lens, and other assorted tools.  Everything would be right there within easy reach.  No more taking the backpack on and off, or trekking back and forth from the tide pools to whatever dry ground he left the back pack on.

Check out this video.  I think the vest will carry even more stuff then the backpack!  I cracked up laughing when the guy pulled the soda out.

The vest comes in khaki, black or green.  It wouldn’t be all that different from wearing the backpack, but it would be a whole lot easier to get in and out of while wearing it.  Not only that, it would provide added warmth.  But the biggest selling point for me is that, unlike Amoeba’s big backpack,  when the vest starts smelling fishy, I can toss it in the washer.

You know, I think I like this idea so much I may just get him two of them!

Random Dozen Meme

I stole this meme from Barbara.  Melli did, too.  Only Melli says she got the meme from Barbara who got it from Susanne who got it from Linda. Where ever it came from, here it is:

The Random Dozen Meme

1. When you go to Wowmart, what one thing do you get every single time, besides a funky-wheeled squeaking cart full of frustration?
Usually lunch at Wendy’s, because it’s right next door! 😉

2. What is something that people are currently “into” that you just don’t get or appreciate?
Okay, I have no trouble with Facebook, itself, but what’s with all those cutesy add-ons? Most of them suck up time and energy and provide no value. So please, stop sending me hugs and throwing food at me and buying me flowers or whatever because I’ve decided I am finished with all the nonsense! You want to catch me up on your life, fine. You want to catch me upside my virtual head with a virtual pie, I’m virtually not interested.

3. What is something that really hoists your sail that other people might feel “ho-hum” about?
PUNS! I love puns.

4. Favorite song to sing in the shower or car?
Usually whatever hymn is playing in my head.

5. A really great salad must have this ingredient:
Blue cheese! Dill weed. Spinach. Purple onions. Sunflower seeds.

6. Advice in a nutshell to new bloggers (one or two sentences):
Visit other people’s blogs, leave behind genuine, thoughtful comments, and your popularity will be assured.

7. What was the alternate name that your parents almost named you? Do you wish they had chosen it instead of the one they gave you?
Please remember, I was born when the sex of the child was determined by wives tales, not science. My parents planned to name me Charles, Jr. I am just as happy that they didn’t.

8. What in your life are you waiting for?
My Amoeba. Always. I am waiting for him right now. Sometimes I wait for him to come home from work, or from band practice, or from choir practice or from ……

9. You get a package in the mail. What is it, and who is it from?
Well, currently I am hoping it is from Diesel and has a book in it. I am also expecting a book and music from Barbara. I run to greet the mailman joyfully every day, but receive only bills, which make me very sad.

10. Today–what song represents you?

11. What is one thing that blogging has taught you about yourself?
Blogging has taught me that I am a very little fish in a very big pond. Blogging has connected me to wonderful people and wonderful things (and not-so-wonderful people and not-so-wonderful things). I’ve learned much about the world that I might never have known had I not started to blog.

12. How are you going to (or how did you) choose the clothes you’re wearing today? What do they say about you in general or specifically how you’re feeling today?
I walked into the bedroom and picked up the two coolest clean things and then I put them on. They say I am hot and sweaty and if I had curtains on my windows – which I don’t – I would be naked.

Jientje’s 1000 Words Photo Challenge

Jientje, our mistress of fun, has cooked up a wonderful photo challenge, and this is what she has to say about it:

When I was a kid, I was always fascinated by the colourful language my grandmother used. She had such a way with words, she had her own funny ways to describe things and that memory still makes me smile. As long as people have been around, they have tried to communicate with each other. As a means of getting the message across as clearly as possible, idioms and sayings have found their way into our language.

Now, because a picture paints a thousand words, I thought it would be nice to make this a new photo challenge. The idea is to pick an idiom, or a saying, ( even slang is allowed) and illustrate it with a picture. Each week we’ll cover two letters of the alphabet, okay?

If  “language is the dress of thoughts”  ( Johnson), then idioms must the wardrobe …

And so we continue ….

Week Six: K & L

Know When To Hold’em, Know When To Fold’em

This one comes to us from the early history of America and the days of riverboat gambling and the wild, wild west.  It simply means one needs to know when to quit.  I think Kenny Rogers said it best:


Lucky in Love

See that look in his eyes?  He was looking at me.  Does this one really need explanation?


If you liked this, you can see what the other players have come up with by stopping by Jientje’s, Heaven is in Belgium, and clicking on the links. If you really liked this, grab your camera and play along! Jientje is one heck of a hostess and a good time will be had by all!