Friday, August 21, 2009

Hummingbirds and All Sorts of Good Things

Alaskan JasmineThis 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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Mom24 said...

Sorry about the hummingbird. Maybe next year?

That pool would be perfect, although as I looked at the picture, I found myself thinking it might still be a little too similar to a pond for me. I am very chicken about swimming in anything other than a pool also. :-)

I envy you not only the Jasmine but also the space to put it. I'd love to have something like that in my kitchen.

Hope all is well with you.

Jolanthe said...

Rats to the bird! And I'll have to think about the jasmine - I had wanted to plant some on our porch {a friend of mine had it once and an odd variety} - but said it was poisonous to dogs...i.e. small children so we passed until we were going to be out of that iffy age range.

Forgive me, but I'm heading over to check out those Samoas now!

InkMom said...

"Lonely steel oomph". Yep, that's me. I tried it with all four of my names and it was obscene. I'm not kidding. It involved a word that starts with p and refers to a specific part of the male anatomy. Nice.

Melissa said...

Bummer about the hummingbirds! I used to love to watch them, but haven't seen any in years. I might need to invest in a feeder.

Here's another easy roast recipe that my mom always made. It's simple, but has a unique (good) flavor. Just put a roast in the crockpot and cover with one can cream of mushroom soup and one can of Ro-tel tomatoes. I use the mild tomatoes for the benefit of the little ones in my house and it still has a kick.

The recipe you linked to looks good, too! I will have to give it a try soon!

Melissa said...

Oh - and the Samoa bars! I was looking for something to make for my husband's upcoming birthday and this might be it! They look SO good!

Just Mom said...

I hope your jasmine survives the winter. If it does, it will give me hope that it might survive here in the upper plains -- if I don't kill it myself first.

Sorry about the lack of hummingbirds. They really are fascinating creatures.

CountessLaurie said...

I have solved the mystery of your name. I'll email it though, because if you wanted it public, you woulda put it here :-)

If I see any hummingbirds, I will send them your way.

Melissa B. said...

I just cleaned out my hummingbird feeder. Haven't seen many around this summer. Maybe I'll get some with a fresh batch of "juice"?

Roo said...

TOO FUNNY about the Tom Marvolo Riddle reference!!! I am at this very moment listening to that HP book and Harry has just listened to Riddle talking to the former headmaster!

Chantelle said...

Um. About the bike. I realize it's probably a concept model, but... how do the wheels turn? And it looks so thin I'd be worried about it slicing me in half if I got on.

My Name Anagram is "Fence In Lethally." Great. Lock her up and then kill her.


Naomi said...

Umm. "Poorish Mania" is really a horrible one. When I add my middle name, I get "I am a hooky in Sprain" and if I'd changed my last name when I got married, I'd be "Dominate Brute." Obviously I should have taken my husband's name!

Naomi said...

Okay, Jasper's full name gets "Rapture Besotted Jam" which is pretty awesome.

I might need an intervention.

Miriam said...

Not to rub it in, but we used to have tons of hummingbirds on Prince of Wales Island in the '70s when I was a kid. I never thought about the fact that they might not migrate as far north as Anchorage.

Lori said...

SAMOAS! And they don't start showing up in our freezer (only to be thawed within a week) until April. Thank for the link!

I wanted to see how the anagram generator handled our family's names since all of them double "z"s but me. Turns out their some version of lazy/grizzly geeks, while "I'm razor-like lingerie".

Jennifer said...

Hmmm, well here in Indiana we didn't have nearly as many hummingbirds that we usually do. My feeder only attracted 2 or 3 birds at the most. Usually I have 10 or more. I'd say just keep trying. The solution is super easy to mix up and costs almost nothing.

Loved the Harry Potter reference! lol

I didn't know you could grow jasmine in a window! I'll have to try to get my hands on a plant and give it a shot.

The natural pool looks 'icky' to me, lol. The bike looked awesome though. I'll have to check out the tomato pie recipe.

Kristen M. said...

One thing that surprised me when I moved to San Diego are the ever-present hummingbirds. They provide my cat with endless hours of entertainment (thankfully they are too quick to fall prey to the can't blame her for trying). I'm sorry you did not get any hummingbirds but I do admire your jasmine.

jackie said...

holy moly that bike is freaking cool!! i love it. it does look like something out of some futuristic movie...NUTS!!! thanks for sharing :)

Brian Gerstenberger said...

Your style of writing and sense of humor are so refreshing. I can't help but smile when I read your blog. I surely hope your jasmine will bring you as much pleasure through the winter as it has over these past few months!

Jeni said...

I played around with that anagram generator thing and was pretty amused - especially when my dad's name yielded "Devil-Shaped Handler"!

Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

Ok, I didn't realized that I was signed in as my husband when I left you this comment...

Your style of writing and sense of humor are so refreshing. I can't help but smile when I read your blog. I surely hope your jasmine will bring you as much pleasure through the winter as it has over these past few months!

So, it wasn't some creepy guy leaving you weird messages, it was just me under the wrong account. Please feel free to delete the one under his account! LOL

Jen Rouse said...

"I'm the inclement role." Nice. I ended up putting in my full first, middle, maiden and last names to get the funniest anagram possible.

Also, I loooove jasmine. I have a bay laurel that's not doing so well and I think I'm going to replace it with jasmine.

Janet said...

Don't give up on the hummingbirds. It may take them a couple of years to find you.