Monday, October 29, 2012

A Tale of Two Hummingbirds

First of all, let me apologize for being in a place where the sun is shining and there's barely a breeze, let alone a hurricane.  I pray for everyone in the storm's path and sincerely hope that it passes quickly and the damage isn't too severe.

That being said, I wanted to share what I was treated to today.  I was sitting out in our little courtyard, where we have a few potted plants and a hummingbird feeder.  DH has set up a twig along the wall and the little birds like to perch there to be ready to defend the feeder.  I noticed a little hummingbird sitting there.  Then another came along and sat down beside the first.  From the markings, I assume that the first bird was female and the second was male.  They looked around for a couple of minutes.  Then another bird approached.  The male flew up to chase it away, then returned to the perch.  This happened a few more times.

 Then the male began to hover over the female in some sort of mating ritual? Dance to impress her?  Just for fun?  I don't know, but it was sure cool to see.  I had my phone with me and snapped some photos.  If you click on them, they'll get larger.

On the other side of the house, we have three hummingbird feeders and just added a thistle sock for the finches.  I was at a local nursery the other day and was fascinated by the number of goldfinches feeding at this soft bag full of seeds.  There must have been ten at a time.  So of course I had to buy one of the feeders on the way out, get another shepherd's hook hanger, and try to attract some finches to our patio.  It didn't take long and now we've seen up to three at a time.  They also frequent our little fountain to drink and bathe.

Doesn't take much to amuse me!  In other news, I blocked the Featherweight cardigan and the two fronts evened out.  Just have to weave in the ends and get a good photo.

Stay safe and dry, everyone!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Endless Summer

For those of you who are already in the thick of fall cold and storms, sorry.  For those of you who are enjoying extended fall colors and a nip in the air, I envy you.

I left Seattle for the desert on October 9th.  We had had so much nice weather that the leaves hadn't changed yet and there hadn't been any rain or wind to knock the leaves off.  I was still cutting roses and picking grapes and raspberries.  I should have stayed a week longer, but who's to know?

I arrived here to find temperatures in the high 90s and low 100s.  I wasn't impressed.  It was too darn hot! Just this week we've had morning temps in the high 50s and 60s and highs in the mid 80s.  Now we're talking.  Today is the first day that I think I won't demand AC on.  I shouldn't complain and I shouldn't say this out loud...but I want to see rain.  I'm sure when I get back home in mid November I'll see more than enough rain, so I'll just have to suck it up and enjoy this awesome weather.

I started a pair of socks on the plane down.  Definitely better than snakes on a plane.....(feel free to groan.)  They're a gift and I'm using the Hermione's Everyday Sock pattern.  The yarn is Mountain Colors Bearfoot and it's thicker than fingering, so these socks are coming out very warm and cushy.  I hope the recipient likes them.  I may make her an extra pair out of regular fingering weight yarn because these seem pretty thick to me and might end up being more around-the-house socks.  I know she appreciates hand knit socks and wears them, so I'm happy to make them.  One is done and the other is started.

My other project that's almost finished is the Featherweight Cardigan.  I'm making it out of Wollmeise sock weight yarn in the Rittersporn colorway.  I'm using two balls and alternating to minimize pooling. I like the way it looks; just hope it fits well.  Raglan sweaters aren't my favorite and the sleeves seem a little tight, but I think it will stretch enough (famous last words? hope not) and it should be a nice lightweight sweater.

We finally got the wedding photos, so I'll share a couple more here.  I'm putting together a slide show that we can watch with the family at Thanksgiving and I'll probably try it out on the neighbors here if they don't run away fast enough.

I may be biased, but I think our Princess was a stunning bride.