The Hummingbirds are back

I have been seeing a few hummingbirds over the last week or so. I put out my feeders even though we have a lot of things blooming right now.

Today I saw a lot of them and they were in the jasmine. There must be 30 – 40 flying in and out of the jasmine. I love the sound of the flying by, the noises they make and watching them get into little spats with each other.

For all these pictures I used my 400mm lens. I spent over an hour watching the hummers and taking their pictures. These are the five pictures I liked the best.

Hummers are fast, they are quite beautiful and most of all they are tiny and a challenge to photograph.

Enjoying nature is part of my life I am inspired by the beauty and simplicity and grateful it is there for me to enjoy.

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DIY – Succulent table

Recently I was on an auction site that had the baby change table tops that go on top of a chest of drawers.

I started bidding and believe it or not these things are $150.00 – $200.00 each. I ended up winning 4 of them for a grand total of $22.00 for all of them.

After staring at them a few days I came up with the idea to use to some table legs I already had and make a succulent table.

I had my husband put the legs on the table and reinforce it then I mixed up some grey chalk paint and painted it all. We then lined the inside with some of the leftover greenhouse plastic.

It was starting to look pretty good. I went to Lowes to check out the clearance rack and low and behold there was a large pot of succulents piled in this container that would be $12.00. Well, that was a bargain because small succulents are generally $3.00 each this was about $75.00 worth of stuff.

We added some soil and I planted it and I love the way it turned out. It sits on our back porch and really seems to like the area.

As far as the other 3 changing table tops I gave one to my sister, and we are making the grandkids a lego table with the biggest one it is a foot longer than the others. That leaves me one to do something with and I am thinking it might make a good potting table.

Use your imagination to figure out how to repurpose something into something new you never know what you might come up with.

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Daisy turns 5 years old

Today is Miss. Daisy’s 5th. birthday.

She got 2 new plastic pools, 3 new balls, a no pull harness so I can walk her easier at the park, breakfast and dinner scraps and plenty of dog treats. We played fetch atleast 4 times today.

Last night she got a 4-pound peanut butter jug that was down to almost nothing but she loves getting the jugs lol.

We did two outdoor photo sessions today one in the early afternoon and one a little bit ago.

Daisy’s favorite game is playing fetch multiple times a day. She gets hot then she dunks in her pool and then she is ready to go again. Notice the ball is in the pool.

She may be a year older and she has slowed down since she was a puppy but she is still very active for a 63# boxer that is 5 years old.

Happy Birthday, Daisy we love you.

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Follow up appointment

On Tuesday I had my follow up appointment with the oncologist.

I had a lot of concerns about the hormone blocker they wanted to put me on for the next 7 – 10  years. Its brand name is Femora and the generic is Letrozole.

My biggest concern was the fact that it can decrease the calcium in your body. I already take thyroid medication that does this.

Since  I have Osteopenia of the lower lumbar why would I want to take something that is going to push me into Osteoporosis? He said that the risk of it decreasing my calcium is only 1%.

The solution to my dilemma is IV Calcium Infusions 2 x a year to build up my bones.

My second concern was it upping my cholesterol. I have been on thyroid medication for 31 years and cholesterol medication 2 times during that time. According to my endocrinologist when my thyroid is off it affects my cholesterol. Why would I want to take a medication that could increase my cholesterol? That too has a low percentage of it happening.

Here is the kicker if I chose NOT to take the hormone blocker at all I have a 30% chance of getting cancer again. That number scared me so it looks like I will be starting this new medication after my burns finish healing.  Hopefully, I will be getting my first IV Infusion of Calcium next week.

My point to all this is to make sure you ask questions before taking a new medication it is very important to know all the details.

 

 

 

 

The Louisiana Iris

Many years ago my grandmother shared some Iris bulbs with me.

We have moved them a few times but this last time has proved to be the best. They have more than doubled in the last year.

They are starting to bloom and are prettier than the pictures. We have had a lot of wind over the last week and its really keeping them from standing up tall.

I have picked some a few times for my mother n law and myself. I figured we might as well enjoy them indoors as well.

The power of purple in a landscape is truly amazing.

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Tiny little details

When using a macro lens you have to have steady hands or use a tripod.

I tend to try to take the pictures by hand and lately have had a little less success with this. It might be time for me to drag out the tripod or monopod.

This shot shows off the tiny details of a knockout rose bloom. These roses start blooming in early March and bloom their hearts out all year long. They require very little maintenance and I truly love them.

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