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.

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.

A Charge to Keep I Have

A Charge to keep I have,

A God to glorify,

A never-dying soul to save,

And fit it for the sky.

TO serve the present age,

My calling to fulfill:

Oh, may it all my pow’rs engage

To do my Masters will!

Arm me with jealous care,

As in Thy Sight to live;

And O Thy servant, Lord, prepare

A strict account to give!

Help me to watch and pray,

And on Thyself rely,

Assured, if I my trust betray,

I shall forever die.

Charles Wesley – 1762