Posted at 6:50 am , on July 27, 2019
I’ll be having a couple of down time days due to some dental work, but I’m going to try to make the most of them.
Loungewear. A sick day is a perfect time to not care about what you wear. However, trading in the schlubby clothes for actual loungewear might just make me feel better.
Menu Plan. Soups and smoothies. Chewing is not an option after this dental work, so technically I’ll be doing a wellness liquid fast.
Goal. 2-3 solid days of sofa time is also an ideal time to finish the last 100 pages of my current book.
Guilty Pleasure. I purposely haven’t been watching Big Little Lies. I wanted to wait until it finished so I could binge watch it in it’s entirety. I couldn’t have planned this better.
Posted at 9:01 am , on July 25, 2019
The twins are finally looking like little birds you might see flying. One of them has the beginnings of iridescent green feathers just like the mom. They’re also busting out of their nest and lifting their heads up high to take a peek at the world.
Occasionally, we saw Ladybird flying and chirping all around the palm tree for a few days. I went out a few times and didn’t see anything, but sprayed the palm (not by the twins) with garden bug spray just in case. It was still happening and I checked again. Below the palm tree is some overgrown foliage and something jumped away from me. Something that was a decent size. All I could think of were the babies need to be protected. So, I cut away most of the foliage below. It’s not very pretty, but at least it is less of a nice home for whatever creature was living there. Problem solved so I thought.
Ladybird was still chirping! WtH. I looked again and there was the predator. A salamander about the size of my hand in length climbing up the palm tree. Egads! Sr. Elizondo and I tried to get it to climb back down, but it was too fast. Before we knew it, it was gone. So now we keep an ear out for the Ladybird’s chirps. She goes vocally crazy when it’s near. Her chirps are now our call to action.
The winds are still slapping the palm leaves all around at night and the rains are beginning again. I willl be so happy when the twins fly away and join the world. Their little home is practically vertical now.
And this morning, I thought Ladybird was feeding her twins, but it was one of the babies stepping out on the nest and taking a little stretch.
Posted at 9:11 am , on July 23, 2019
As with anything in life, once you’ve experienced the high end of something, the everyday version becomes less tolerable. It happened to me here in Mexico. Now that I have enjoyed fresh corn tortillas and Monterrey’s carne, other tacos just don’t compare.
Now it’s happened to me with tea. I had bought myself a Kusmi Tea sampler for a Christmas present and I discovered what wonderful tea tastes like. A few months later, my tea consumed, I had to go back to my grocery store tea. My previous favorite jasmine tea I drank daily now tastes like dusty water. Grocery store tea is now a thing of the past.
My Kusmi Tea is now in transit, along with two types from Marriage Freres Tea to try. The beginning of my tea pursuit has begun.
Posted at 10:04 am , on July 21, 2019
This week’s small happys…
My towels new color after a new navy blue top snuck into the wash with it. It’s such a pretty blue and luckily there were two in the load. I have a pair!
40 Freshly made corn tortillas for $1.00.
Finding a new singer that you love
When the house smells of a freshly baked cake…
Watching my dog wake up EVERY morning like it’s going to be the best day everrr!!!
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 9:02 am , on July 14, 2019
Coming home to our beautiful view…
Giving a piece of furniture new purpose.
Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm
The weed Sr. Elizondo has planted and waters daily.
The last episode of Stranger Things, season 3. It unexpectedly pulled hard at my heart strings.
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 11:47 am , on June 29, 2019
I’m 8 months dye-free. It’s a real struggle now with the different colors and they can easily change. A center part hides my silver streak. When I pull my hair back, the silver is a lot more prominent. The silver also shows up much more in the sunlight. It all just depends Sometimes it feels dramatically different and other times I barely notice it.
I recently cut 4-5 inches off and I started using the purple shampoo once a week to try to tone down the colored portions.
Keep on keepin’ on.
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.