Posted at 9:04 am , on July 19, 2019
Sr. Elizondo and I are watching over the twins diligently, probably more than mommy Ladybird. I’ve caught Ladybird feeding her babies a few times now and it’s so sweet to see them lift their little heads to eat.
What’s making us nervous now? The palm branch their nest is on is getting lower and weaker by the day. At least there are no more storms in the near future. Unfortunately, the winds are still crazy at night. I find myself checking on them first thing every morning to make sure they are still in their nest.
The twins are growing bigger and are probably about the size of a peanut. It’s looking like a bit of a squeeze in the nest now. Notice the shape of the nest is now oval instead of round.
And I can see the quills forming on their bodies. This means they are at least 10 days old.
Here is the latest photo of them taken just today. They look nothing like the tiny black creatures they were less than a couple of weeks ago.
Posted at 8:39 am , on July 18, 2019
Summer tunic in an ideal shade of blue.
This outdoor seating from CB2.
Earrings from Mimi Et Toi.
Steamline luggage set
Posted at 9:18 am , on July 13, 2019
Ladybird’s babies (or the twins as we like to call them) have hatched. We are so excited. Like all newbies to the lives of hummingbirds, we immediately had concerns. Concern 1: The mommy is not on her nest as usual. This is normal behavior. She will leave the nest more and more the older they get. Concern 2: The babies don’t make ANY noises. This is normal too. It’s their only defense mechanism not to make a sound. As a matter of fact, if the babies start chirping extensively, then they are in some sort of distress. If all goes as it should, they should be out of the nest in about 20 days.
Here they are a few days old.
Posted at 8:55 am , on June 28, 2019
We put up a hummingbird feeder on our balcony facing the backyard. The hummingbirds came immediately and we love watching them. Now we have this surprise in our front entrance.
First we noticed a nest in process on one of the palm tree leaves. Not the most stable home since it can get pretty windy at our house.
Then the homeowner arrived and stayed. We call her Ladybird. She doesn’t seem to mind the wind. Maybe the floating motion is soothing. However in the nights, the winds have been brutal. Poor Ladybird hunkers down and powers through as she gets whipped around.
On one of the moments she left her nest, we saw her future babies. These two eggs are about the size of peas. They are sooo small. We tiptoe out the front door now and use the side door more than ever trying not to disturb her.
Hummingbird eggs hatch between 15-18 days.
Posted at 9:31 am , on June 26, 2019
Seeing the moon set right before the sunrise. Sometimes insomnia can be a good thing.
The perfectly cooked egg & cheese sandwich. (I was so proud.)
My blooming garden
A candle that surprisingly scents the room from the sunlight’s heat.
Any small happys for you?
Posted at 8:52 am , on June 19, 2019
Sr. Elizondo and I came to an agreement that we would eat the food we had before buying more. It seems the obvious thing to do, but it’s surprising how much food we were buying when there was a pantry and refrigerator already full. It was even more surprising how much food we were throwing away just because we would forget about it or buy new. It’s nothing we implemented hard core, but we’ve been making a daily effort for a few months now. You can see in the photo our efforts are showing.
Our newly decluttered refrigerator got a spring cleaning. It’s almost instagrammable…at least for today.
Here’s what we’ve been doing:
- I buy produce more often and in smaller quantities.
- Our meals are in smaller quantities too. And if we don’t finish it, it becomes lunch or dinner the next day. If we make it, we have to eat it.
- Fruits and vegetables that are beginning to ripen, we take out of the bin and put in a glass bowl on a shelf so we don’t forget about them. They are usually thrown into smoothies, salads or soups.
Next up is the pantry. While we don’t eat a lot of processed and canned foods, we bought it therefore, we need to eat it. I actually just found some cans of chili that expired in 2013. So first up is to clear out the expired items!
Posted at 8:52 am , on June 14, 2019
Emerson Fry’s Tiger Kimono
Gucci Lipstick, mostly for the case
Vinters Daughter Serum, said to be the best
Heather Taylor Home textiles
A trip to New Orleans
Posted at 8:19 am , on June 13, 2019
It’s been a couple weeks since I transformed my unused balcony into what I’m calling My Secret Garden. I’m a novice gardener and its been alot of trial and error so far.
Overwatering is as bad as under watering. I was a bit of a smother mother watering my plants daily and alot until they all started turning yellow. I backed off and then I forgot about them for a few days and one almost died. I’m learning to water less, but consistently in the mornings. They’re looking better.
My balcony aesthetics come second to where the plants NEED to be placed on my balcony. I had my plants strategically placed on my balcony to be the most visually appealing. Now, most of them are right at the edge of the balcony to get the most sun. I’ll need to add some less needy sun plants to the mix.
Bugs/worms attack and attack fast. My spearmint was beautiful one day and the following day it had been savagely eaten. I sprayed bug spray on it, but I need to research organic ways to keep the critters away. (She’s in recovery mode below.)
Hummingbirds don’t like to share. We’ve counted four so far and it’s all out war with them trying to get to the feeder I put up.
Finally, I needed to find a way to keep the ants off the feeder. The internet said to use vaseline. I only had vapor rub, but it worked like a charm. I saturated the top the feeder with it and the ants cannot get past it. Now they’re gone completely.
Posted at 1:16 pm , on June 2, 2019
Everybody becomes obsessed watching and waiting.
And me of course…
All for moments like these:
In Spanish, hummingbird is called Chuparosa which literally translates to flower licker. Not sure why I find that so funny.
Posted at 9:15 am , on May 29, 2019