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Smart “Cookies”

The  heavy stormy weather from States west of Georgia added to the jet stream coming from Florida are carrying a great amount of humidity to our State. We are in Summer now usually know for being  hot but blessed with a gentle and soothing breeze…With the added humidity it feels so uncomfortable and sticky. Conditions that are not so inviting to be outdoors.

It makes a big difference to me because I care for my plants, lawns, shrubs etc. I have to be very efficient and cautious of not getting dehydrated.  The humid heat drains your energy very quickly.  Fortunately, the flow of birds coming and going continues normally at different time patterns which I learned make a lot of sense. I’m following the bird’s unintended “suggestions” (Actually I do what they do) and it works pretty good. Here is how: There are moments when large high clouds block the sun and there’s a cooler breeze that drops the temperature just a few degrees but it makes a difference…then the birds come out, for as long as the cloud moves on and the sun break out again. Cloud gone birds gone, H.J. gone! All the tricks I learn from the avian friends.

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Happy Days…

It has been  a few days of doing many things at home and about. To start, it was my birthday and five days later it was Tyler’s birthday.

For me it’s just like any regular day but I couldn’t stop Lucy and Tyler to bake me a cake and blow one candle at breakfast time. It was good to have only one candle on the cake otherwise if we had the real number we could’ve incurred into a unstoppable blaze!

For Tyler things were much different, he had a birthday party at school with his classroom friends. He came home with some birthday gifts and happy for he had a lot of fun. He also went out to the movies with some friends. He was happy about that too. I grilled some delicious meat for Lucy and Tyler, he loves to eat hamburgers! Lucy and I love flank steak and I grilled a mean supper delicious piece…I’m drooling on my keyboard now!

Before Tyler’s birthday I painted his room and we rearranged it with new furniture, he loves it ! He’s acting very mature now…he says! After all he’s 7 y.o. now!

Although I had a great deal of fun, doing many great things around the house and inside, I had to wear long sleeve shirts for the reason of some nasty poison oak on my right arm. I’m well now but I felt very uncomfortable while the poisoned skin was affected.

My birds have been very active because the weather has improved to a point of ideal for plants, grass, flowers, trees etc. Everything is green and colorful my shrubs are looking their best, also my trees. All these favorable changes make me happy! The bird families  in my backyard  have increased their numbers and all look full of health!

These are the birds that accompanied us during our birthdays!


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Winter Weather

Last Saturday we woke up to an icy morning. The Meteorologists predicted snow for our area for Saturday early morning, perhaps with accumulations enough to become a hazard for our town.

Past midnight, we heard the sound of sleet hitting the roof and the outside things, the temperature was indeed cold! I remember telling Lucy that if the temperature drops even more we will not get snow but a worse alternative: Ice! Tyler was so excited about getting snow ( It would be a second time for him to see snow).

Tyler was telling me about making a snow man in the front of the house. He wore a knitted hat that we bought as a souvenir from our trip to Peru last year. It was time to go to bed and he still had the hat on!

When I woke up Saturday morning, the first thing I did was look out the window, it was white alright, I went to Tyler’s room and woke him up to show him the outside from his window. He was sleepy but excited too! After a while we all prepared with our coats, hats, etc. and headed outside…We screeched to a halt! (Not literally).

The white stuff on the floor and all over was accumulation of sleet covered with thick ice! We were totally disappointed!

There was a silver lining to these debacle though, I decided to sit and wait until birds would come to the feeders…they did! I was happy to wait with my camera ready and shot some pictures for you! As they say:

“If they give you lemons, make lemonade!”

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101