Hummingbird Feeders

Want to know the perfect sugar water ratio to attract hummingbirds and keep them coming back? I don’t know why I have struggled with this in the past – it seems straight forward enough – but I never seemed to have hummingbirds at my feeders.  They would fly by check it out and quickly leave. I just didn’t have the goods they were looking for. After a few attempts over the course of three years I just gave up and gave the feeder to someone else.

Fast forward about 10 years… my mother recently moved from her home of twenty years and gave me her feeder since she was not going to be needing it any longer (she is moving to Hawaii and didn’t want to take it with her). It looked brand new and I thought I would give it another try. I currently live in high desert terrain with not much for hummingbirds to eat. I’ve only seen a very few hummingbirds around my home. But just the other day one flew by my front door wondering if the finch bird house had any food – it must have been the barn red color that caught it’s eye.

Wanting to do it right this time, I called mom. She is an expert at feeding these little birds and would have so many of them that she had to fill the feeder every day to keep them in juice. I am embarrassed to even write how easy this is!!  But I followed her recipe exactly and oh yes! It only took a few hours and we had a little hummingbird stop by to have a drink.  It must have liked it – it was at the feeder for a while. Yea for Moms and little birds!

Ratio:  1 cup water to 1/4 cup sugar (mom said they like C&H best)

Bring water to boil in microwave – stir in sugar until dissolved – cool and fill feeder.

Yep folks it’s that easy…

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Going Green This Summer

Going Green This Summer

Are you ever excited when something breaks down and you have to buy a new one? A weird question I know but sometimes we are just waiting for something old to break to give us an excuse to buy a new and improved, updated model.  This happened to me this weekend when our old heavy, gas lawn mower had mowed it last lawn on Saturday. You know it’s getting bad when your husband has to show you how to use the pliers to get it started. Not to mention what a crazy fool I felt like pulling that stubborn starter string about 20 times before it finally gave in to my desperate need of cutting my grass. It was embarrassing how long our grass had gotten and not to mention how many dandelion weeds were popping up everywhere. Well, in my defense it was the first nice weekend we have had this spring.

Boy was I excited that it finally gave up and quit working! But now what to do? What kind of mower to buy? As usual, I hopped on the internet and started doing my homework. I put in my criteria for four or more stars for the user ratings and a maximum dollar amount of $400 (way more than what my husband wanted to spend but I wanted to see what my options were). And then… There it was! A battery operated mower. Wait – What??? Ok, I had to check that one out further.

The big day arrived on Wednesday – a huge box delivered by UPS. I couldn’t wait for baby to take his afternoon nap so I could open it up, charge the batteries, and put the mower together.  Then I couldn’t wait for hubby to get home so he could watch the baby so I could give it a try.  Oh the joys of no more starter strings to pull, no more gas and oil to add, and about 40 pounds lighter!!  I just pushed the button and began to mow to my heart’s content – we have over a third of an acre so I got lots of practice in that evening. It felt like cheating – it was so light, push button starter, and the mulching was beautiful. Oh happy day!

Going green never was so satisfying!  Now if I can just get rid of those darn dandelions…

*** Note: I mow and my husband does the weed-eating – a good trade-off for both of us. I have been known to get my legs with the darn thing a time or two so it’s best to keep weed whackers out of my hands.

*** Double Note: I am not endorsing or getting paid to promote this particular lawn mower. Please do your own homework and decide which mower is best for you and your family.