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one with nature

I bought a hummingbird feeder yesterday, that attaches to the window. I boiled up some sugar water and let it cool in the fridge overnight. This morning I filled the feeder and attached it to the window. Of course, so far, no hummingbirds. The other birds are out in force, though, so maybe they'll tell their hummingbird friends.

The farmers market was full of tomatoes, peaches, apples, oranges, and other wonderful things. There is one guy there who sells a variety of different vegetables and is almost a vegetable proselytizer without being annoying. It just comes naturally, I think. He's the only one with the Chinese long beans, and he has several varieties of egg plants and peppers. He will offer suggestions on cooking to anyone who picks up anything. I bought two small skinny eggplants, a light color, and he threw in a dark-colored one so I could find out the difference between them.

After filling up my cloth bag I headed for the nearby Starbucks. As usual on a Saturday morning, a line. They handled it well, brought it down quickly. But when I got outside with my tea (I asked for a grande size cup but only one teabag, and when the guy charged me the full grande price of $1.65 I said I'll take the second tea bag too, which I took home with me) all the tables were filled. There weren't any other tables or places to sit in the vicinity so I headed for my car.

I decided to look for a futon frame, so I can use Elaine's futon in the living room as a couch or love seat. Goodwill didn't have any, and the futon store had only fairly expensive wood types. I realized when I went there that the twin size is only going to fit the love seat size frame, so at least I know now what to look for. Now I'm back. I put the fresh food away. I am worried that I will not use it all. I think I can make a few soups, use up some of the veggies, especially the chili pepper I bought, and some fresh basil. I still have some of the veggie lo mein left that I made last night, plenty for lunch.

But mainly I need to get to the storage building.


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Sep. 1st, 2002 07:12 am (UTC)
My mother and I have been feeding hummers for years. They tend to alternate which years they stay and go -- the female always arrives first, to scope things out, and then if you see a male you know you've got yourself some permanent residents.
Sep. 1st, 2002 10:30 am (UTC)
I haven't seen any there yet, but I have seen them in the neighborhood so I figure it's a matter of time. i was going to call them "hummers" too, but then I thought of that monster vehicle. hardly seems right.

I heard that if you don't keep the feeder filled they will desert you forever...but I assume this just means the same ones don't come back.
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