Green with envy !!

Green with envyFriends have swarms of Hummingbirds at their feeders. My only consolation: Maybe I’ll have more hummingbirds next year!!

Justine captured the first three  scenes:  ~~  ~~

Gary (or Christine) filmed this scene:

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This afternoon I figured out how to open the video(s) on my computer–and how to insert them in my blog.  Wow!! (The next best thing to having Hummingbirds at my feeders is watching these scenes over and over!!) Gotta tell ya: This computer/blog challenge was prompted because, yesterday, I sat on Gary and Christine’s porch and actually experienced the awesome spectacle. Thanks, dear friends!!

Almost… but not quite !!

Rubbermaid rocking chair

Rain barrels


While browsing a thrift shop, I saw a Rubbermaid high back rocking chair. “Oh, that would be ideal for my patio!!”  Sadly, it had already been sold. To satisfy my curiosity, I searched the Internet (because I had never previously seen that chair before). OMG; too expensive!! ~~ I’ll spend over $100.00 for a composter and $100.00 (each) for rain barrels but I won’t spend over $100.00 for a plastic patio chair!!

It’s Sunday; I think I’ll rest–on my patio–in a cheap “garage sale” lawn chair. Rest… and read “the good book.”


See what popped up along the side of my computer screen. Google is trolling my messages–and my blog. It has been less than two hours since I originally published this message (about 9 A.M.) and I’m receiving  advertisements. I like that rain barrel, too, but who wants to pay $31.65 shipping?? Not Lorraine!!

I wrote about Google, et al, trolling my messages in a previous blog. Honestly, I enjoy reading my earlier messages. Check this one and laugh.

Productive morning !!

Ready for the task

Getting started

Time and temperature

Twelve down, two to go

Partially complete

All 14 are downAccomplished more than anticipated this morning. I only planned to put down three or four blocks but all went well and all fourteen were in place.


Roof repair

Table is going bye-bye

Table and chairs are going bye-bye

Table & chairs were in front of window

Table before going bye-bye


Additional positive tasks: Roof repair. She came to help adjust the TV antenna. Then Maintenance arrived to take the table and chairs (as a donation for CARE garage sale). For many years that table (and a twin) held my computer, printer, microfiche reader, scanner and the research material I was currently working on. It served me well when preparing  LaVerne Evergreen Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions (book) and Frantz Families–Kith & Kin (in three volumes). Living in a 5th-wheel trailer demands “downsizing.”


Best appearance in seven monthsOne-thirty and I finally stopped for lunch (a big salad). From flooding during each storm, there has always been debris in that area.  Slowly, very slowly, my yard is becoming more attractive (IMHO).


Overnight, new mole tunnel

Another mole tunnelPostscript, Friday, September 26, 11:45 AM: See why I must cover the ground in my yard?? An old lady can twist an ankle stepping in one of those tunnels!! Those are new overnight or early this morning.

Only the best for my birds !!

Chopped raw almonds

Chopped dried apricots

Bountiful Blessings flag

Pumpkin with Bluebirds flagWell, almost the best. The raw almonds and dried apricots were getting old and (IMHO) “not for human consumption.” ~~ I worked in the yard because such a pleasant day–weather-wise. I was pulling weeds and got into an area with fire ants. Instantly, they were all over me. I’m really suffering from their attack. Even Cortizone-10 Intensive Healing Formula isn’t relieving the itch!!

Yesterday, I very slowly flooded the area where a critter dug a hole. Later I filled in the dirt and hosed the extra dirt from the patio.  Today, no new digging so I did a thorough job of  cleaning up under the trailer and on the patio. Flower pots stored under the trailer were washed and put away. Likewise, tools went into the little storage building. I hung garden flags for Fall (originally on display in North Carolina).


14 blocks in the KIA

Ready for the taskLater (actually 4:15): I bought fourteen paving blocks and will continue that project now that the weather is cooler. I had my “breakfast of champions” this morning (but not Wheaties) so I could lift and carry five hundred eighteen pounds!! (Thirty-seven pounds at a time.)