One of our friends has gone nuts about birds and has decorated her entire yard with bird feeders and bird houses. She has one huge tree in her front yard that has 60 bird houses hanging from its limbs, and she swears that every bird house is used by neighborhood birds for nesting and laying eggs.
I like bird houses, too, but I have to wonder if the birds really need them when you have a lot of trees providing natural shelter? I would rather make sure the birds have plenty to eat by keeping bird feeders filled with seed for them. There is one feeder in my front yard that attracts all kinds of birds, from Blue Jays to Cardinals to Chickadees to Bluebirds.
This year I am going to try my luck with attracting Hummingbirds by hanging a couple of Hummingbird feeders from my Dogwood tree. From what I can tell, Hummingbirds are attracted to bright red and orange colors, so red glass or red plastic feeders work well, as does adding a drop or two of red natural food coloring to the simple syrup that fills the feeders.
We started looking last month for a great summer camp to send the kids in July. We start this search every year in late February or early March and go to summer camp shows to meet with the camp representatives, look at their brochures and videos, and get a feel for what the camp culture is like.
We have found some great summer camps over the years to send the kids on their summer break from school. They deserve a fun summer, and before long they will just want to stay home and do nothing like most kids, so finding a fun camp to send them to is very important right now.
We are leaning towards a ski camp for this summer’s great camp experience. How great would that be to get to ski all summer while your friends are sweltering in the heat all summer? The kids love to ski and snowboard, and it is great exercise for them. It’s much better for kids to be outside and active than sitting indoors playing video games and watching TV.
The first day of spring is still a couple of weeks away, but the weather has warmed up nicely. I am seeing signs of spring with the bloom of crocus and daffodils in my yard. It won’t be long before I have to cut the grass and pull weeds from my garden.
With the approach of summer, it is very important to get the air conditioning units on your vehicles working properly. I have to get a new A/C compressor for my van and it will be ready to go for the summer. Although the van will run without the air conditioning compressor, the windows don’t circulate enough air to ever cool down the van in the heat of summer. I need to find a great place to find all the air conditioning parts I will need to keep the cold air flowing in my cars this summer. I can do the work myself – I just need to buy the parts at a fair price and make time one Saturday to do the work.
Last night was very cold and tonight is going to be even colder. I think it only going to get into the mid twenties today, way too cold for this southern boy. I am about ready to load up the truck and head south. I think a beach and boat drinks have my name all over them right now.
It looks to be cold all the way down to Miami – maybe I should wait for it to warm up a bit before I head south. How much longer is it until spring? Phil the Official Groundhog said, six more weeks of winter, way too long for me!
The good thing about living in this area is that we have plenty of heat and clear roads most of the time. Winter only lasts about 4 months, from November to February. When we get snow or ice, the state’s highway department does an excellent job of sending out sand trucks and snow plows to make sure everyone can drive safely to work or school. We hardly ever have to close school due to bad weather.
This year has been cold but not so bad with snow and ice. We are lucky in that, but I worry that the lack of precipitation will be a problem later this year with a higher chance of problems from a drought. We need a certain amount of snow to keep the ground water levels high. So, although I am anxious for spring and warmer weather, I hope we have a couple good days of snow this month, to help keep Mother Nature in balance.
Guest post by Carl Kost
As we have finished the remodel of our home we have found more and more items that we need to top of the changes we have made. In our sun room we have decided that we need new sunroom furniture to finish off the new sun room we have built from our old deck.
After doing a lot of searching on the internet and looking in the local stores to no avail. We have found a great furniture site that has exactly what we are looking for to furnish our sun room. 2Furnish is a great web site that had our exact desires for sun room furniture and we have made our selection and we can not wait for our new sun room furniture to be delivered in the coming days.
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