I have some follow up information on some of the posts I have posted:
I made another batch of Sweet and Savory Mixed Nuts, actually I made two. I made one like before actually sweet and savory, and I made a sweet and spicy. I didn’t measure the cayenne pepper, I just sprinkled a lot more in the mixture. I also found a packet of crushed hot red pepper flakes in the refrigerator, ya know the kind you get when you order pizza to be delivered? I used a package of those. So I don’t know how much that is. But last I heard it was a good amount. When I first told John he said, “Is that all?” And I reminded him I am not really trying to make them HOT, just give them a little warmth. But then he ate them and said it was a perfect amount. But ya know, sometimes with things like this it seems like the spices can be all in one spot. But hopefully the batch he took to work this morning for a snack was just as good.
Our cats, formerly known as Smokey and Esmeralda, have adjusted to their new names. They are now Teagan and Nessa. My hubby and I are convinced that Teagan actually likes her name as about the same time we decided to change it she became a little bit more affectionate. I think that Nessa likes her new name too, now, but she was quick to warm up to it. Who knows if cats actually care, but it SEEMS like they do.
When I taught yoga at The Dancing Cat earlier this month, I forgot to mention that they have adopted out eight one cats! That is awesome. I am not sure if that number has gone up, but I am hoping for them to hit at least 100 when they close in November. Again, them closing in November is the last I heard, but perhaps that has changed.
Awhile back I posted about this sugar that I had purchased because it was the only kind in the store. I had posted about it because I thought that maybe since it was less processed it actually “lasted” longer in the hummingbird feeders. By “lasted” longer I meant it didn’t get grungy as fast. Well, I have to take that back as I think it didn’t get grungy because the birds were eating it so fast. We have had a very active hummingbird community this year. It is really cool. Over the many years that we have lived here we have probably had about 10 hummingbirds at a time come into the yard to feed. But there is usually one very possessive bird that thinks he rules the yard and he spends most of his time chasing all the other birds off. This year they all seem to chase each other around, but no one bird stands out as the boss. And we have had more birds than ever. It is really cool. I filled five of our six feeders on Friday, today is Wednesday and I filled three again today. I filled one yesterday. So in about five days I had to refill our feeders.
Speaking of hummingbird feeders, I still maintain that our old hummingbird feeder, the one that is really difficult to clean, is still the favorite amongst the birds. They will always empty that one first. It always has the most birds around it. I really think they can get to the nectar better because of the way it is designed. I can’t get in and clean it better because the way it is designed, but I think they like it best. The birds do eat off the other ones, but they don’t get emptied as fast as the old one. The new ones, though, as so awesome to clean. It literally takes less than five minutes each to soap ’em up, scrub ’em down, and rinse them out. I love it.
We are planning on taking down at least three of the feeders this winter. I will leave up the two large easy to clean ones and the small one that is super easy to clean. The hummingbirds LOVE that one. We take down the oriole feeder, the hard to clean feeder, and the hummingbird bar. Any birds that are still around will still have enough to eat. If as many birds that are around now, stay around, I will keep up all the feeders, but the numbers seem to dwindle in October. We will see.
Well, that is all for the updates for now. I have thought to do a post on some of these things, but then realized none of them really warrant an entire post on its own, so I am lumping it all together!