Thursday, March 10, 2011

Daffodils, Humming Bird, and Comments on Your Comments

Yesterday, my husband and I went to his brother's house in town. If you read my blog last summer, you may recall this house with the lovely backyard where bird houses, decorated like a small town (jail, library, inn, etc.) hang on the wood fence, and where I go to pick apples and pears in the fall. And also where I saw that gorgeous prairie falcon resting on the fence. I don't know what happened to the photos, so here is one of the canyon instead.

We sat in the garden a while, the weather was warm, daffodils were in bloom, and spring was in the air. There were no falcons this time, but we saw a couple of mocking birds and a humming bird. We don't have mocking birds in the canyon and I have missed them, we had so many around our Los Angeles house. To see a humming bird this early made me a bit concerned. I wonder where they go when the weather changes, as it inevitably will up here in the mountains. It will get cold again and it may snow. There is frost here at night and that small, delicate, bird looked like he belonged with the rest of the birds in East Africa.

I didn't bring my camera and I'm sorry now. Daffodils are among my favorite flowers and daffodils with humming bird – what a nice photo that would have been.

We borrowed some movies from my BIL and then went home and had tuna casserole for dinner. After that we watched a film about politics called The Contender, with Joan Allen and Jeff Bridges. I never heard of it, but it was interesting and well acted, so we enjoyed it.

Thank you for your comments on yesterday's post. I would like to comment back on a few of them:

Sharon: I only read before I go to sleep at night. Right now, I'm reading one of the best books ever, Oracle Bones, which my friend Jane lent me. It is a very slow read because it is so interesting and I worry that she will never get it back at this rate.
JP: Yes, I am sure you will enjoy Zeitoun.

Jim: If you want to read about your neighbor country, please add Zeitoun to your list. And I am so glad you are reading my recommended books. I can't wait to hear your thoughts about them. And since you are interested in China, you MUST read Oracle Bones.

Nan: I love not having the word ID any longer. To ensure that I get comments on older posts, I requested moderation on comments older than one day. And I'm so glad I did, it works great. I get all comments on older posts as well. I'm glad you are enjoying your Kindle. Thanks for the feedback.

Barbee: I know you will really enjoy this book.

Bobbi: Sounds like a good idea to check it out on amazon first.

Fran: Yes, the bird book reminded me of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. It also reminded me of some of the Fannie Flagg books, like Standing in the Rainbow, a book full of zany and nutty characters.

Thanks to the rest of you – it is a fun book, you will enjoy it. Also, once again, thank you Jane. Jane is my friend, who not only finds out about all the great books out there, but gives them to me, or if she hasn’t read them yet, lends them to me.


  1. Oh my, that tuna casserole looks yummy. Hmmm, idea for supper! Sounds like you had a great time at your brother in law's place.

  2. Oh, I'm sorry you didn't take your camera either! :( We haven't seen hummers here yet in Texas, as the weather has been a bit up and down here too. Would love to see those bird houses!

  3. So jealous of your warm weather. I can't wait for the daffodils to bloom here - we probably have another month or so. Still spots where snow is on the ground! I love that you saw humming birds - they are one of my favorite birds! So delightful to watch.

  4. I went in and changed my moderation on comments from never thanks for that info.

  5. Love to see what's cookin' out your way.

  6. I have left the house without my camera before and I'll tell you, that's the time you'll need it.......everytime!

  7. never leave home without your camera....LOL...well there is always next time..

  8. You are making a lot of people around the country jealous with your warm weather and all the luscious signs of spring. As i was reading blogs this morning, there were many who were ready to bop someone over the head, if it would bring on spring. This time of year, people can't wait for spring. Well, enjoy your weather and feel sorry for the rest of us. You deserve nice weather because you enjoy it so much.
    Love and peace,

  9. Inger, that casserole looks so good! Would you believe I have never made tuna casserole. I see the sliced boiled egg, but what else do you put in yours, bake temp and time cooked? We have eggs boiling right now, and a can of tuna sitting out to make tuna salad, but I would like to try something different sometime.

  10. I don't have a good pin on your local environment but I would not be surprised to see a hummingbird at this time of year, particularly with a house that has long standing feeders.

    Here in Washington we have year round populations of Anna's hummers, even in thesnow.

    I would expect the Rufous hummers to be here by the end of the month. They are in migration now and use the mountains as "Highways". The trend to follow the low elevation north and then migrate up to the high elevations and follow the flowers south in July.

    I assume your BIL might have year round of these species, particularly Annas and they will come up elevation to your territory as the food presents itself. It is not only temperature driven. Here in western washington the Annas are already courting and can have nests by the end of the month.

  11. Looks lovely there, sure wish spring would get here :)

  12. Don't be sad about not having your camera, you'll get the picture you want!...:)JP

  13. Yes, I remember your BIL's place and all the cute stuff!

    We are still getting frost at night - if it isn't raining, which it seems right now, will never end. I am just happy it isn't snow!

    Things are blooming here as well and buds are swelling, now we just need some warm!

    Nice pictures of the desert! Have a nice evening!

  14. As far as your camera is concerned, you should pay attention to the old American Express slogan, "Don't leave home without it"! I LOVE your pictures--even the tuna casserole!

  15. Thank you all so much for your comment.

    Upupaepops: I hoped you might check in with an explanation. Nature is indeed wondrous in its design. Anna's Hummingbirds are the most common here.

    Barbee: My husband invented this casserole, so I have no idea what's involved. He made another, slightly different one earlier with anjovis. It was delicious too, but I really have no recipe.

    I will try to remember my camera when I go to town.

  16. Sounds like your BIL has a lovely place. I'd enjoy seeing his bird house town. Sounds very cute. :)

  17. Sounds like such a lovely visit.

  18. Sounds like it was the perfect place to be....& that supper looks delicious! xxx

  19. Can't wait for the daffodils to start here! Nice to have family so close by.

  20. Ahhhh....cameras...never leave home without one! Daffodils are my favorite spring flower.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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