Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thursday This n That... Mostly That

First off, how did it get to be Thursday already?  I'm so displaced in time.  Bleh.

We've been experimenting with ways to get to sleep and stay asleep lately.  Because we've both been without a good night's sleep in months. Weeks?  Whatever.  I've even considered OTC sleep aids, but I haven't gone down that road yet.  But I think we've hit on a couple of things that are helping.  1)  I turned the clocks in the bedroom so neither of us can see them from the bed.  2)  I've begun telling myself  'Bedtime is for sleeping not for thinking' in my head every time my brain starts wandering off when I'm trying to sleep.  Got Hubs doing it, too. 

I started making my own suet.  The birds here are going through a brick a day of the cheap stuff and it's getting to be a drain on the ol' pocketbook.  I'm still playing with the recipe.  If this batch works like I think it will, I'll post a recipe next week.

If you're only feeding suet in the wintertime, you're missing out on a great birdwatching opportunity.  Everyone comes to the suet feeder - cardinals, jays, orioles, wrens, titmice, chickadees, grosbeaks, sparrows, crows...  Plus all the woodpeckers and their cousins.  We're the hottest spot in the neighborhood.  And the birds really can use the extra food throughout the year.  Especially when there are babies either still in the nest or fledging out. 

We had to move our suet feeder over a foot because the squirrels wouldn't leave it alone.  Now the squirrels are all really confused because they know they used to be able to reach it and now they can't, so they're running all over the porch looking for new spots to jump from.  But there aren't any.  Of course, now we have to kind of walk under the suet to get off the porch, but if it stymies the squirrels, it's worth it. 

Well, that's it for me.  What's it for you?


  1. I hope you will post your suet recipe when you're ready.

    We have feeders in a couple of different places, also hummingbird feeders. We're a Mecca for birds out here. Some days they stand in line just to grab some seed.

    They're fun to watch.

  2. I finally finished my proposal revision and sent it back to Mr. HQ. I rewrote the freaking synopsis like 15 times trying to find a plot I could live with. Ugh!

    I keep writing scenes that have nothing to do with anything I need to be writing.

    I haven't seen any hummingbirds lately. This makes me sad. Had one for awhile but s/he/it seems to have disappeared. :( No one but the peckers and starlings like my suet. Everyone else is happy with the seed mix and sunflower seeds.

    I slept through the dogs chasing a possum at 2:30 this morning. Now if I could only figure out how that happened?!? (The sleeping, not the chasing.) Of course, I was awake at 4 a.m.

    Hang in there!