Monday, June 18, 2012

A Wonderfilled Moment

Something really magical happened, and I have to write about it. No pictures, except for the one that is in my mind. I really wish I had a picture but, I did not have a third hand with which to snap one.
I had noticed that the nectar had almost run out in my feeder, and so I went out to retrieve it, in order to refill it. I took the feeder out of the tree, and was knocking off the few ants that have found the nectar, when I heard the whirrrrr of a hummer. The female, Polly, landed on a branch close by, staring at me. I didn't move but held the feeder out, and believe it or not, Polly came and drank. She actually sat on the perch, drank some more, flitted to the other side and drank again. I was overwhelmed with the  beauty of this tiny bird, and that I had the opportunity to see her up close. The male arrived, but he didn't come to the feeder, then they both flew away. I quickly refilled the feeder, and shortly thereafter, one of them was back.
Now you know why I wished I could have taken a picture. These tiny creatures just fill me with wonder. They are very special.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

It is a sunny day here on the mountain, the sky is blue, with puffy white clouds floating by. It is a little breezy, but the starlings don't seem to mind. They are busy, along with the robins, searching for their supper, or perhaps their afternoon snack.

It is a quiet day, and I have been painting again, finally. As I said in my last entry, I was taking a hike down the dark road, and so it seemed that a visit to the doctor would be in order. Well, "let's try these new pills", was not what I wanted to hear.  But, I'm no expert, so I started to take them, and by the third day, I was a wreck, trembling, dark thoughts, anxiety, couldn't settle down to do anything, and on top of that a very dry mouth, which is terrible. I took them two more days, and then called my doctor, to say that I was going to stop taking them. Therefore, I am feeling somewhat better today, than a few days ago, and determined not to take those pills again. I don't know if the side effects would have lessened, had I continued to take them, but I didn't want to test that out. So, considering how I was feeling a few days ago, I am feeling better, and back to painting. Ta dah!

The lupine are blossoming

The peonies will soon be out in bloom

The first Iris, with more to come

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


I was able to catch two humming birds, both male, having a territorial dispute in the magnolia tree. I could only get them through the window, so the pictures are not as clear as I would like. The whirring and humming and diving and soaring went on for what seemed like a very long time, perhaps 30-40 minutes. I'm not sure who won, but there have been no further antics since.

They would do their air acrobatics then have a little drink, fly, and have a little drink, sometimes together.

Enjoyed an evening at Ironwood this past Saturday, as Rupert celebrated a birthday. The lambs have really grown, but are still just as sweet. Sadie was disappointed that she couldn't go, but Hazel was relieved that the little, hairy, black and white thing was not there.

A little black cloud has been following me around for the last few days. It drops dark thoughts, and I cannot run fast enough to leave it behind. Lots of little things, pile up, and the load becomes very heavy....and my thoughts become like my little humming birds, whirring and diving and humming.....but never soaring.