This is the point at which I would wow you with a picture of the beautiful little hummingbirds that visited my garden this summer.
Except they didn't come. I'd heard a piece on NPR about hummingbirds in Alaska and did a bit of research and discovered that yes indeed, rufous hummingbirds do migrate as far north as Alaska. Usually southeastern Alaska but often venturing up into the southcentral area where they've been spotted in south Anchorage gardens from time to time.
So Lillian and I got a little hummingbird feeder, stocked it well with nectar and hung it by the window because as we all know . . . if you build it they will come.
However, the hummingbirds didn't seem to get the memo and we never saw even one bird though the bees did seem to enjoy the snack shack. At first we were hopeful, then we were worried, then disappointed, then Lillian got rather disgusted. I hope you're happy hummingbirds because you've pretty much disillusioned my child, probably scarring her for life.
So while I'd planned on being able to share pictures of our aviary success instead I'm sharing a picture that's made me nearly as happy as having hummingbirds in my garden--my jasmine. I got it months ago and it sits in my kitchen window where it fills the air with the most amazing fragrance. It's particularly strong when I come down to fix breakfast in the morning, you can smell those little white flowers through the whole kitchen. I'm really hoping that it survives our dark winters because it's what's got me past that whole hummingbird-fiasco-betrayal thing.
And I've collected a few other interesting items for your enjoyment. So enjoy!
Unless your name happens to be Tom Marvolo Riddle you may have never seen an anagram of your name but this little anagram generator spits out the funniest anagram for any words (or names) you insert. I saw it at The Short Years. I may not be Lord Voldemort but apparently "I'm the Inclement Role." And that's with my REAL name so feel free to sleuth it out.
Amy swears by this easy pot roast recipe and I have to say that since I am a complete pot roast moron it is right up my alley. Plus, the picture is darn effective as a sales pitch.
Plum Pudding has a way to make a green cleaning kit with your own homemade household cleaners. Cost effective and simple.
This "all natural" swimming pool is soooo cool! I have this phobia of swimming in lakes and oceans where I can't see my feet and things bump into me but with this you get the fun of swimming in a pond without the creepy crawlies.
Baking Bites has a recipe for those evil little Girl Scout cookies. Not evil little Girl Scouts, just their cookies. Specifically, the Samoas.
Simply Recipes has a post up about Tomato Pie. And before you turn up your nose just think: cheese bread married to pizza. Yea. So what do you think now?
And get a load of this futuristic bicycle posted at Hypebeast. They say it's the future of cycling with a built-in anti-theft, finger-print identifying alarm system and puncture-resistant tires. I'm thinking they've found Captain Kirk's bike.
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