Hummingbirds – Comical and Calming

Photo by Robert Bottman

Every spring we hang hummingbird feeders around the yard to feed these wonders of nature. One feeder hangs outside my kitchen window so I can watch these flying comedians while I am at the sink or cooking. One sunny day, I walked up to the sink upset about something trivial when I saw that I was being watched by the “feeder guard” staring into the kitchen window. Yes he was perched on the top of the feeder guarding it from all others. He took flight when two others came to feed and chased them off. As he returned the same pair came to feed again and once again we chased out of the “air space” of the feeder. I stepped back for a moment and watched as the pursuit turned into a ballet of buzzing birds zooming past my vantage point. The little guardian would chase one or two off and while gone two others would come and feed. It was only then that I noticed that the feeder on our covered patio was empty. Having completely forgotten what I was upset about I quickly made a fresh batch of nectar (sugar water 3 to1 ratio) and continued to watch the comedy as I awaited it to cool. Once cooled I proceeded out to remove the feeder that was empty, on the patio and was “buzzed” several times while taking it in to clean and refill. Upon retuning it to the patio again I was “buzzed” by several little ones until I had rehung the feeder. This feeder being the larger of the two immediately had many visitors and when I returned to my window at the sink the “guardian” was taking a turn at his feeder, then back to his post. I kept chuckling to myself and returned to my office to finish what ever I had walked away from upset. Now chuckling and no longer upset the day continued with a much calmer tone. The pandemic had brought my wife back to work from home so she had witnessed part of this and asked “what is so funny?” I explained the events and she could not help from laughing. She said I guess they let you know that they were hungry. Just more mouth’s to feed in our menagerie.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

The title is a direct quote from the Declaration of Independence, written in 1776.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

Are our children being taught about the Declaration of Independence in schools? Are they being told the truth or some opinion of current educational preference? STOP!!!! BEFORE LAUNCHING A HEATED RESPONSE, read the whole article! Teachers are the ones that give the information to the students. For the most part they do a fantastic job but are sometimes restricted to doctrine set forth by the school board, local, state, and Federal Government’s. Don’t blame the teachers, blame the politicians and the bureaucracy created by them.

You can probably guess that I am an originality, and believe that the founding fathers took tremendous care in crafting the Founding Documents. They wrote many papers (See Federalist Papers) raising questions about what the government should have the powers to do and what it did not have the power to due. It was certainly not going to be another Monarchy. When it was all said and done it was not a Democracy but a Democratic Republic. The government was to be limited in it’s power and scope. It was written plainly, concisely, and displayed the true intent. It was then sent to the 13 states to be read and discussed, and ratified. While the Declaration of Independence, was written s a notice to King George, it was still agreed upon by the representatives from each of the colonies. Yes not every colonist wanted to break ties with England, but neither did every colonists want to be continued to be under the oppression of the English Crown. These are the facts, They fought a war to become Independent, and won.

What does that mean today? The framers never intended for the government to so big. They never intended for it to control every aspect of your life. The states were suppose to be sovereign and have the right to choose. So how did all this blow up to what it is today? Politicians seeking power and control started making laws to change the way it works. Political parties have set their own vision of what the government should be responsible for and guaranteed that they could do what the want in those pieces of legislation. The elected politicians were never suppose to serve in congress for life. While the number of House members is base on population in each state, the senate only gets 2 members from each state. The terms for service where defined, the term for the President was 6 years. Up until FDR, the president could serve as many times as he could be elected. That ended with his Election to his 4th term. That is the method the Framers of our Democratic Republic intended it to be done.

The “Founding Fathers” were not perfect. They had their own faults, but they understood the value of freedom and the value of having the right to self govern. They understood that Freedom isn’t free, it’s paid for with blood sweat and struggle. Our freedom was paid for by those that fought in the American Revolution and in every war or conflict since then.

What is the meaning of all this? Make sure that that future generations are taught the truth behind the formation of this country and what each of these Documents were and not what the current option of their meaning should be, but what the meaning was when they were written. That same principal exists today. The words did not change nor did the reason for them. We should respect these documents and protect them from being trashed or changed to pervert their meaning.

When The Phone Rings III

It was Wednesday morning, 05:30, The house phone rang with a caller ID that I did not recognize. I did not answer which is my usual response. 10 minutes later it’s rang again same caller ID. A quiet whisper said “ answer this as it is important “. The call was from the Transplant clinic. My son’s 5 year wait was about to end. He received 5 more calls before everything was in place and we headed to the hospital.

With the COVID-19 pandemic surrounding us we were only aloud on visitor for the entire stay, my wife was not happy. Upon arrival to the hospital it was like attempting to enter a Top Secret classified site. This was frustrating, but understandable. Our journey was almost done. He was taken to surgery, received the kidney, recovered and taken to his room. Everything went very well and the precious gift was already working exceptionally well.

The next journey is now starting, keeping the Transplant from being rejected. This will be a very disciplined task. Taking anti-rejection meds on time and consistently, eating healthy, and following the process laid out by the transplant team.

Had I not answered that phone, we would have missed receiving this blessing. Kidney Transplantation affects more than just the recipient. The family of the donor, in my sons procedure, has lost a loved one, and must be thanked, supported, and prayed for just as we pray for my son to heal and maintain this gift. In this case I wish to give thanks and pray for the family that chose to share this gift of life. Maybe some day we will meet and share our story together, may God comfort you and keep you.

Remember, “When the phone rings”, answer it as it may god calling to bless you.

Leap Day

Once every 4 years February Adds one day.I will not bore you with the scientific reasoning, I will just state the facts. EVery Child born on February 29th , While thier Physical and Mental ages are a constant, their chronological age skewed. A baby born at 00:01 on February 29th 2020, has to wait til 2024 to have thier first birthday. Can you just imagine that person graduating from High School at the age of 3.

It is just an amusing tid bit for today….. Happy Birthday to all that were born on February 29th.

‘‘Twas the Week Before Christmas

It was the week before Christmas and all through the state, not a moment went by that anyone could hate.

Christmas is a time of love, hope, and giving. It is not about all the commercialism that has become so prevalent. It is sad to see Christmas decorations being put out before Halloween. Last year we waited until after Thanksgiving to decorate the yard and this year I am getting ready to decorate the week before Christmas.

The real meaning of Christmas is more simplistic. We celebrate the birth of Jesus, God’s gift to man, he sent him to give us hope and to forgive us of our Sin’s. To quote the Bible; “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

‭‭John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

https://www.bible.com/1/jhn.3.16.kjv

LOVE, HOPE, and GIVING

Merry Christmas to all.

Thunder Road

From the middle of April when the Meteorologist in the different Local stations begin to talk about the need to be prepared for severe weather. Personally, I stay with News9 with David Payne and his staff of meteorologist and Storm trackers. They are a committed group of people that work hard to keep the viewing audience informed. Val and Amy Castor are some of the bravest trackers out their and they have experience that makes them a vital part of the weather team. His new Truck is a custom rig that is basically a moving weather station with all the different equipment and computers. While it is an asset, he (Val) has a unique voice that. When he see’s a rotation in the clouds his adrenalin kicks in and it cause his vocal pitch to go higher and when he see’s one on the ground he is at a pitch of extreme Alarm. By that I mean, in my opinion, he is excited yet very concerned to get the word out and help save lives. I want to give the owners of KWTV 9, The Griffin family, a huge thank you. They have put together a great team in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. They have provided their team with the State-of-the-Art equipment and has given the chief Meteorologists’ the go ahead to go wall to wall with the coverage. It is important to them to help keep the people safe. I have recently seen some memes on social media depicting David Payne Pointing to the Storm trackers video that is projected on the Green wall the he stands in front of saying “Look right here, a  tornado on the ground” and behind him in a photo-shopped add-in of a Women with thick gasses bending over as if to be trying to see what he is pointing at. It is supposed to be humor and a satire of how David gets excited when they get a shot of a tornado. Yes, in Oklahoma it is funny to watch and listen to them as they are covering storms, But I would rather watch their so called “humorous” antics then to be caught unaware of a dangerous situation. You come to realize that it is Dead Serious reporting and they are trying to keep us safe and prepared. They do not go Wall-To-Wall unless it is a serious threat. Yesterday, May 25th,2019, they were on air almost all day with chaser traveling all over the state, he had been warning us for a few days that the system of storms approaching us were a threat to produce Large Hail, Damaging winds and the possibility of tornadoes. Unfortunately, at 10:28 PM El Reno was hit with a Tornado that damaged several mobile homes and destroyed a small Motel. It was only on the ground for a few minutes and only for approximately 2.5 miles, but at least 2 people lost their lives and 16 or more people were injured. That same system then dropped another Tornado in Oklahoma City which went through The UPTOWN and Paseo districts cause damage. The Paseo District is hosting “The Paseo Arts Festival” and one of the restaurants had a Patio full of Patrons enjoying the festival, the management was watching the continuous coverage and a manager informed all the patrons to move inside and guided them to the basement of the establishment. That saved lives and prevented injuries. It caused minimal damage and the festival will go on. At the time of my creating this post those are the numbers. Garth Brooks had a hit Song “Thunder Road” I thank him for the title. Oklahoma has been called “Tornado Alley” and we are just leaving the month where we have the most Tornado’s, but the danger doesn’t end on May 31st.  With the weather system that is in place and all the factors are taking into consideration (i.e. Movement of the Jet stream, Moisture coming up from the Gulf) we will more than likely continue to have more severe weather.  That same pattern happens every year some years worse than others. The weather this year has been resupplying the state with copious amounts of precipitation, so much so that we are having flooding all over the state. This “Memorial Day “weekend, we are thankful for those that have died in service of our country, in the defense of our freedom. We must also pray for those that suffered a loss yesterday from the weather. We continue to Pray for those that are involved in the search and rescue efforts on going in El Reno. I hope that all that take the time to read this will continue to pray for all of us. God Bless Oklahoma, and God Bless America!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TULIP?

Spring is here and I love to take a little extra time to admire the beautiful canvas that God has provided. To look out across a field of tulips in a vast array of colors is something to behold. Feel the peace and tranquility as you imagine yourself standing amongst the beautiful and fragrant flowers. 
Listen closely to the birds singing the welcome to spring and the elegant sent of the landscape is a little piece of heaven. We are so busy with our lives that we sometimes forget to just stop and admire the beauty that surrounds us.


Please take a moment and place yourself in the picture use your imagination to drink in the peaceful beauty all about you. Enjoy…

What Excites You about Spring

It is now April 7th and many are already planting thier gardens and flowers. I continue to wait for mine as we always have a late freeze around Easter. when asked my wife stated “The grass turns green and makes the earth look new again. Rain cleans the air. The sun shines to light our days. In a few weeks is Easter. It is the time of year for reflecting and giving thanks to God for giving his only son that died on the cross for our sins.” I respect her point of view and add to it that Spring is the renewal of life, WInter is that period of the life cycle where death occurs, the freeze and snow helps life by killing the weeds and many of the active pesty insects but not completely. The seeds of the weeds and the eggs of the insects survive just as the seeds of the grass and the trees survive as do the healthy plants, trees, and animals. Then just as God raised Jesus to show the world that there is renewal of life, spring comes. God looks down and smiles, sends the rains and warms the temperature so that life can begin anew. For those that chose to not believe in God, they do believe in Spring and the renewal of life. So again I ask , What excites you about spring?

Welcome To Spring

April Showers bring May Flowers… This is the rhyme we learned in grade school. Yes it is that time of year. Here in Oklahoma we love to see the spring except for the Pollen, Severe Weather, Hail Tornadoes… Wait, this is a positive post! Nature sometimes brings us a surprise in the weather patterns. This year we watched several systems come in lined up one after the other bringing artic air and freezing temperatures and a very cold winter. The positive take from this is we had a very hard freeze that will helped in the reduction of insects and pest. It also will help with the weeds. When March roared in with a snow storm, again weather systems lined up this time a mix of winter weather and rain. We had a very wet March. Was this bad? In Oklahoma, No. We really needed the moisture. We are heading into April and as I type this post we have a line of heavy thunderstorms heading into the state. Some may have severe weather with strong winds, Hail and maybe tornadoes. Still not a bad thing as western Oklahoma is going to receive much needed moisture. I have learned over the years that I will not put out my tender plants until Easter has past as in Oklahoma at least we have one last freeze around easter. It goes along with what the famous Oklahoma Humorist Will Rogers said. “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma just wait a minute, It will change.” Thank you Will Rogers, a truer statement could not have been made.