What’s Up? – Surprise, Surprise…

Believe it or not, I’ve just returned home, released from the hospital where I’ve been since Tuesday morning.

Details: I was up on Tuesday and waited for the School bus with Tyler and I proceeded as every morning, ate a light breakfast. An hour later I began to get dizzy, lightheaded. I wasn’t comfortable felling that but I managed to sit at my computer but a couple of minutes later my dizziness was so strong I was ready to collapse, I called my wife Lucy and told her I wasn’t feeling well and be ready to take my to the Emergency at the hospital. I didn’t know what was going on with my body. I was sitting by my desk and toll Lucy to call 911 for an ambulance. I felt practically fading away, my mind was in total confusion. That’s when I felt nauseous, by then Lucy was told that and ambulance and Fire Dept. Emergency where on their way. I asked Lucy for a bucket, I was feeling a strong urge to vomit, there was a lot of pressure coming from my abdomen…I vomited blood, over and over. It was horrific (Lucy was petrified!) The Medics, EMC and emergency personnel were there and they carried me to the ambulance.

Being in the hospital at ER, they prepped my for an Endoscopy then in a short time found the cause a gastric ulcer where a blood vessel had burst, then they proceeded to use two clamps to shut it.

I was almost dehydrated to the maximum, my blood pressure was out of whack, and my blood count was extremely low.

I feel weak now, hungry, feel like someone has beaten me up. Alas!

I promise to blog again tomorrow.


© HJ Ruiz

What’s Up?

FIGure that!


Despite the hot weather and the sticky inconvenience of the humidity, product of the summer storms and hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico… Life continues, patterns of weather have changed and we have no choice but adapt to it.

I see my birds busy as always but at different times, the feeders get empty at a faster rate, seems like my avians friends are improving their appetites.

My fig tree being so young only 3 1/2 ft. tall surprised us by having beautiful fruits which got ripen in the tree but then ALL were eaten by the birds in one day!

My beautiful Ruby-throated Hummingbirds must have nested nearby because I see them very often. They are so tiny and gracious.

I’ve seen and heard many cicadas lately. These insects are amazing when they create a loud sound wave with their wings.

Many of my birds are currently molting and do not look exactly pretty at the moment, In the possible I try not to show them under the process.


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© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

My Visitor: European Starling

European Starling


The common starling (Sturnus vulgaris), also known as the European starling, or in the British Isles just the starling, is a medium-sized passerine bird in the starling family, Sturnidae. It is about 20 cm (8 in) long and has glossy black plumage with a metallic sheen, which is speckled with white at some times of year. The legs are pink and the bill is black in winter and yellow in summer; young birds have browner plumage than the adults. It is a noisy bird, especially in communal roosts and other gregarious situations.


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© HJ Ruiz – Avian101