Friday, July 26, 2013

Colibri ~ Hummingbird

Hello dear ones,

Hummingbirds (Colibris) are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring in the 3-5 in. (7.5-13 cm) range.  They hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12-80 times per second (depending on the species).  

To conserve energy while they sleep or when food is scarce, they have the ability to go into a hibernation-like state where their metabolic rate is slowed to 1/15th of its normal rate.  When nights get colder, their body temperature can drop significantly and thus slow down their heart and breathing rate, thus burning much less energy overnight.  As the day heats back up, the hummingbirds' body temperature will come back up and they resume their normal activity.  

They can fly at speeds exceeding 34 mph (15 m/s; 54 km/h) they are also the only group of birds with the ability to fly back.  Hummingbirds drink nectar, a sweet liquid inside certain flowers.  Like bees, they are able to assess the amount of sugar in the nectar they eat; they reject flower types that produce nectar that is less than 10% sugar and prefer those whose sugar content is higher.  Nectar is a poor source of nutrients, so hummingbirds meet their needs for protein, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, etc. by preying on insects and spiders.

 Hummingbirds will also take sugar-water from feeders.  Such feeders allow people (like me) to observe and enjoy hummingbirds up close while providing the birds with a reliable source of energy, especially when flower blossoms are less abundant.  White granulated sugar is the best sweetener to use in hummingbird feeders.  Here is the recipe: A ratio of 1 Cup of Sugar to 4 Cups of Water.  Boiling and the cooling this mixture before use has been recommended to help deter the growth of bacteria. 

"If my love could be represented by a blur, it would be the beating of a hummingbird's wings."
~ Jarod Kintz

Can you tell that this are two different hummingbirds?  The one below has red marks.  Love them all!

If you like to know more about Hummingbirds check  this website.

 Drink deeply of the nectar of life.

With love,

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Honey Bees

Hello dear ones,

Today I'm going to share with you photos of my dear husband and his new babies, he said they are his girls.  When my husband said that he was going to buy honey bees, we didn't like the idea, but for our luck his bees are very calm and they are not bothering us at all, specially when we are in the pool, which was our concern. 

Looking for the queen.

In this photos (top and below) we can see that the bees has starting building the comb.

I was able to walk very close to the box without protection and without being bothered by them. :)

These two photos shows another frame with a lot more comb built.

Wow! Look at that frame it has some honey, and many new baby bees soon to join the crowd.  My DH said it was pretty heavy to hold it.

Roses for you!

May your day be as Sweet as Honey!
With love,
I'm joining . . . 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Christmas in July Tea

Hello dear ones,

Today I'm joining Sandi for Christmas in July Tea.  I thought this is such a great idea of her, and as for me I get to play with my new collection of gingerbread man and other cute things.  I have been collecting Gingerbread man and Santa's stuff for my kitchen, but I think I am not going to be able to decorate for this Christmas, because coming this fall I'll be a full time student.  So here I go . . . Christmas in July !  It's time to decorate our sweet kitchen.  It doesn't get funner than that.  Enjoy !

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Enjoy listening the music while viewing the post!

The candy canes came from Cracker Barrel.

The Christmas tree and wreath came from Walmart.  I bought everything after Christmas sale.  The two gingerbread man below came from Dollar General, candies from Cracker Barrel (actually they are silverware holders), and the teapot & teacup from Christmas Tree Shops.

~ * ~ This is a cute gingerbread man money bank  ~ * ~

~ * ~  Candy Land  ~ * ~

I paid a $1.00 for Gingy the money bank.  The small tree came from Walgreen's, after Christmas sale. :)

Mrs. Claus Gingerbread Cookies

This adorable creamer came from a local thrift store, paid fifty cents.  

This beautiful gingerbread house was a gift from one of our dear friends.

This Baker Nutcracker came from Pier 1 Imports.

Mr. & Mrs. Claus came from a local thrift store.

Santa's Favorite Hot Chocolate

I hope you enjoyed Christmas Tea in July !

Have a Sweet Summer!


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