Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Baby Hummingbirds

This spring was the first time 
I ever saw a Hummingbird's nest.

(see those teeny tiny little leaves decorating the nest?)

Have you ever been so lucky to see baby hummingbirds?


To see them up close... right outside your window?

Right on your patio where you sit every single day?!

I guess momma bird felt welcome...
I do have a lot of cozy birdie decor inside and out. 
(You all know how much I love my birdy decor.)

I watched that little momma bird make her nest, 
sit on her eggs, and feed her babies...

I admit I helped out during a few terrible windstorms
 by tying a guy wire from the branch to the chair. 
I was so afraid they be tossed out or whipped against the wall.

There were even some very cold nights!
One night momma bird didn't even show up to sit on the eggs.

I was a nervous wreck! 
I was sure the eggs were gonners. 
I even felt those little eggs and they were so cold!

Now... don't worry...

 It's not true that you can't touch the nest 
or the mother won't come back... 
because birds can't smell! 

( New research indicates that some birds 
do actually have a sense of smell)

Needless to say the momma returned. 
But in the meantime I had become very attached to them. 

(click on picture to enlarge)

I couldn't help it... 
I named them Tic and Tac.

Then one morning...

Cute little twin Hummingbird babies!
Facing in different directions.
In a few days I found out why they were sleeping like that.


They were shooting out "poop rockets"!!!

I found out the hard way... 
All I can say is be very careful when 
getting  an "up close" look at baby birds!

By the time they left the nest 
they were reaching a distance of 2-3 feet. 
No kidding!

The patio furniture was well within that range 
and even though I cleaned up after them every day 
it just wasn't safe to sit out on the patio.

Then finally sadly it was time for them 
to venture out into the world.

They were even bigger than this by the time they flew the nest. 
I have no idea how they squeezed into it towards the end.
They had to perch on the edge of the nest the last few days.

I enjoyed the experience, however I would rather 
they nest on someone else's patio next time. 
Between all the worrying and cleaning, 
they wore me out!

Thanks for visiting today. 

 Bunny Jean

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Celebrate Independence!

                                                                                                 Source: maryengelbreit.com via Bunny Jean on Pinterest

We need to celebrate our independence every day!

I hope you all enjoy our country's most important holiday by remembering the reason why we celebrate.

Bunny Jean

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Raggedy Ann and Andy Fourth

This family of rag dolls come to visit me every year. This year they are perched on top of my hutch in the dining room.

That little maple bench is one that my father made over 50 years ago. It matches the pine finish on the hutch moulding.

The pine finish will soon be updated to a much darker Cherry finish to match the entertainment cabinet. In fact, so will the dining room table top and coffee table top.

This flag belonged to my husband's uncle.
It is old and has only 48 stars. 
I think it may be made out of wool.

There are more Fourth of July posts from last year. Just click on the pictures on the sidebar to view them. 

I hope you all have a wonderful 
4th of July and stay safe!

Bunny Jean

Monday, July 1, 2013

Triple digit weather!

I told you I would be back in July.

I have missed all of you! 
Even though I admit to lurking around at times, 
I still have a good bit of catching up to do.

Summer is the time I spend the most time indoors. 
Not because I like to, but out of necessity! 
Read on to see why.

Saturday was 122 degrees in Palm Springs... 
but 'only' 121 degrees down the road in my city. 
The overnight 'low' was 90 degrees. 

On top of that we actually have some 
humidity happening (44% in the morning) 
with some hazy clouds all day, ugh!

Yes... the heat is on!

 The record here for July was 125 degrees on July 28, 1995.
The highest August temperature recorded was 
123 degrees on Aug. 1, 1993.

After last year's heat AND unusual humidity 
I had planned to leave and head for the hills during 
July, August and maybe September.

We'll see how that goes......

In the meantime I will spend my days doing some  interior projects 
and sharing what I have been up to 
for  the last six months.

Bunny Jean

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