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Monday, August 15, 2016

Hummingbird wars...

This little fellow (I guess it's a fellow!) has been hogging the hummingbird feeder. He sits guard on a nearby sunflower and when other hummers come along he attacks and drives them off. He was doing this this morning and was still at it when I came home from work!  See him silhouetted against the sky?

 Here he was craning his neck to get a better look at me. You can see his ruby throat. There's a lot of dive-bombing and chattering going on. He's still doing this as I type. Little rascal!
This woodpecker card is for a Make Me Happy swap. I mailed it out this afternoon.
We also have a monthly RAK (Random Act of Kindness) that we do at my ATC website. Each month someone is nominated who could use some encouragement and support. One gal lost her husband a month or so back, so we sign up to send her a "care" package. This is a bookmark I made, along with some other things I thought she might like; art materials and such along with a note. I think about 30 people signed up, so she will get quite an avalanche of mail. It's a nice thing to be able to take part in. 

 This llama was for another Make Me Happy swap. In these we send a card to just one person.
 Look what just came in the mail! MK, do you suggest reading the books in order, or can they be read in any order?
 I tried to capture the sunrise. Too bad about the power lines. Oh well, it was amazingly orange!
Almost forgot! Here's my harvest so far. Well, I did have one earlier. A lot of my tomatoes had blossom end rot, but it looks like I'll get a few good ones before cold weather sets in. That's all I really wanted. Just a few fresh tomato sandwiches and some to slice and douse with Ranch dressing!
I have a hankering for a sloppy joe, so I think I'll make some!
 Thanks for dropping by!
Shalom to all.


  1. Lovely sunrise. We have 2 smallish windows facing east but both are blocked by neighbour's houses so we miss sunrises.
    Those tomatoes are also lovely. I love tomato sandwiches. Yumm!

  2. We have hummingbird wars up at our cabin in the mountains - or rather, one "king of the mountain" who never lets anyone else drink. He rarely drinks, either, but sits in a pine tree or on the top of the feeder waiting for challengers, and even dive-bombing us humans if we get too close. The syrup level doesn't go down....

    It wasn't always this way, but I know that this guy or someone likeminded has been doing this for years... It's very discouraging. NOT why we put up a feeder!

    1. I've read that putting up a second feeder some distance from the first works since he can't be defending both from other hummers.

  3. Congratulation for your tomatoes! How time is running, it really was not so far away, when I saw your small plants...

    Nice new drawings! Good idea to make a parcel for the woman, who is alone now.

    What a great sunrise! You got up early then?

  4. Nice sketches, Lisa. Your hummingbirds are typical of those around here, very aggressive. Once I was in Idaho and saw hummingbird feeders with 3 or 4 different levels of stations - all filled with hummingbirds feeding peacefully. I wondered if it is the ruby throated variety that fights.


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