The first thing I did

I retired.  Again.  From the same job I had before.  They wanted/needed me back for a few months so I went back to work a couple of days a week to basically help train a new person.  That’s not exactly what I was hired to do but that’s how it ended up.  So April 28 was my last day as a working-out-of-the-house woman.

The first thing I did when I retired was go visit my grand kids in Colorado.  Mr. Aitch had other obligations so I went solo.

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I went to the twins’ school and cheered the girls and their classmates during the Fox Trot fund-raiser.  Their school mascot was there.

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And the students ran laps around the soccer field to raise money for the school.  I offered one dollar per lap for each granddaughter, thinking I’d only be out $20-30 total.  Not so.  It cost me $60 in all!  They ran and ran and ran and ran.

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We planted hanging flowers for the back porch and weeded the raised beds.  Sorry, no pics of those.

I helped my daughter build this.

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Actually she did most of the building after I left.  I did help with the base and one side.

My trip happened to be over Mother’s Day and my daughter, s-i-l and the grand kids treated me fabulously!

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My SIL made this for Sunday brunch.  Yep, he’s a keeper!

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Can’t wait to go back.

Ants?

I love hummingbirds.  A few years ago I was lucky enough to see a nest in one of the trees in our back yard.  The food is easy to make (one part sugar to four parts water) so why buy it?

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Hummers aren’t the only creatures that like the sweet syrup.  So do ants. They serve a purpose in the big scheme of things but I’m not a fan of ants.  On my hummingbird feeders.

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I’ve used this natural ant repellent for several years and it works great.  Plus it’s cheap.  And harmless.

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These tiny, syrup, sucking insects don’t like ground cinnamon.  So I mix cinnamon (use the cheap stuff) with some petroleum jelly and slather it on the pole about 12-16 inches close to the ground.

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Then I throw/shake extra cinnamon on the mixture on and around the base the pole just so they know it’s there.

I also sprinkle it on the top of my feeder.  The cinnamon/petroleum jelly mixture can also be applied to the top if your feeder is different.

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No more ants on my feeder.

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Of course I replenish the cinnamon as needed when I refill the feeder or if we’ve had a lot of rain or wind.

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Remember to replace the hummingbird food and thoroughly wash the feeder at least once a week even if there is still food in it.  Heat will sour the mixture in a few days. I usually fill my feeder about half way so I don’t waste much food.  I’d rather refill it more often than have sour, cloudy food for those amazing little birds.

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Clean, full feeders make happy hummers.