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Two Hummingbirds in their nest


I thought it would be exciting to start my blog with a photo of humming birds in their nest. Our walkway is a hummingbird magnet. The birds love building nests in our podocarpus trees. The spot is secluded, no cats, dogs or other varmints. Maybe a mole but they don’t climb, I think. So, there was the bird resting so peacefully in her sweet nest. Thinking I could be a conscientious mother bird and help, I placed left over threads from knitting and wholesome wheat bread crumbs all around the base of the trees. But nothing was eaten or taken, I just made a mess. It was then I googled “what do hummingbirds eat?” Spider webs, and nectar from flowers. Who knew? Nothing I could produce for a hummingbird. Also, discovered that humming birds bring luck, in fact, Aztecs believed the god of  “music and poetry took the form of a hummingbird and went into the “underworld to make love to a goddess, who then gave birth to the first flower.” Now we’re talking freaky. You see the birds are right outside my painting studio! What do I paint? Yep, flowers.  Start off the blog with a photo of the hummingbird in its nest. Got out the ladder, camera, etc. Climbed up making sure I was close enough, still being very quiet, took the photo, beautiful one, bam, the  hummingbird immediately flew away, never to return. Does that mean this blog will fail or everyone who reads this will runaway?

Well, the  birds must have told their friends about this neat place,  because soon we saw another bird building a nest on our walkway. This time, no photos, no bread, no string, nada.

The Ikea doormat into my studio

My painting studio is off the walkway to the front door of our house. Usually the door is open for added ventilation. I preferr the fresh air to the fans in the studio. So I have the door and the windows open.

A view towards the windows of my studio that birds think is the great outdoors.

A view towards the windows of my studio that birds think is the great outdoors.

What happens is that I do get air,  but I also get birds, lizards and spiders, oh my.  They think this is a little quiet park and they fly, crawl or squiggle in. Once in, they proceed to try and find a way out by flying blindly through plate glass windows that look out to the gardenia trees and lush ferns. The lizards crawl under low filling cabinets never to be rescued, but I know they are there, somewhere. Now, I’m terribly afraid of flying squiggly things, thus an emergency call goes out to my husband to help me corral all of the varmints that want to  play in the studio. He holds a broom and gently places it next to the bird with the hopes said bird will alight onto the broom, all the while speaking to them in a loving reassuring tone so that they’ll trust him and be grandly carried out to the great outdoors. This works most of the time. But sometimes it doesn’t and I am devastated. The lizards, I sometimes hear scratching on the floor like little bird feet ghosts and it’s really creepy  because I can’t find them. But they’re there, really there.


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  • Carla Fischer - thanks for sharing and translating your studio drama…your discription of these amazing little critters and their world right outside your window and in your studio is so sweet and caring…and so lifelike…i can see and hear your husband and you now……have you ever read gerald durell’s ‘my life and other animals’ he wrote from his memories while living as a youngster on corfu? i think you might be entertained and amazed…ps: i love your blog!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thank you so much for your encouragement. I take it as an extreme compliment because you’re a writer!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Ross - Beautiful site!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thanks Diane. You’ve always been there to help and encourage me.ReplyCancel

  • angelawilder - Wonderful Sandy…just wonderful!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thanks for looking, Angela. It’s really challenging and fun. Keep on coming back for more. (G)ReplyCancel

  • Scott Morris - Sandy, when I read your blog, it just screams “you.” Which is what a blog is supposed to do. I love how you appreciate the detail in things, your photos are terrific, and the stories are adorable. I love it.

    Hope to see you and Bob soon!


    • sandra - Thank you so much Scott. You said just the right thing! Made my day and made me smile.ReplyCancel

  • Randy Hyde - Brava! Those birds don’t know what they’re missing – spider webs over bread?! I mean come on!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - One would think! Must admit we’ve had some huge beautiful spider webs around here. In fact so beautiful, I couldn’t destroy them. But the yarns were so colorful…you’d think.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Ateca - I love your blog Sandy! It is such a delight because I can hear your voice as I am reading the words. I also love how you describe your relationship with the critters in your studio. Delightful!!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thank you so much Sandra. I now have a new critter, a huge spider with a red back that keeps climbing on a cable right near my monitor. I get so freaked out, I’m embarressed to say I run outside. Today I saw a gorgeous spider web in the garden, I’m hoping it was made by this “red backed” spider. Who has decided to get some fresh air. It’s a really big spider.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie thonet - Sandra, you write very engagingly! I would love to have studio lke yours, opening
    out into a garden! But definitely without all the creepy crawlies!!!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Yes, I do love my studio. I’ve gotten better at lifiting the birds out that fly in. Lizards? Not so good. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog.ReplyCancel

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