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WHERE HAVE ALL THE HUMMERS GONE?

I am suffering from hummingbird withdrawal. At first I thought it was something I did. But, today I received an email from a friend asking me if I had any hummingbirds so far this year, because she has not seen very many. I was relieved to discover it was not my yard only.

Even though I have googled many different questions and phrases, my internet searches have failed to yield any specific details.  I did notice a few key comments having to do with hummers not ending up where it is very dry. New Mexico is not only really dry right now, it has also had above normal wind issues, and then there’s the smoke.  A good portion of the state is on fire and Los Alamos has been evacuated. I sure hope its residents come back to their homes intact. All together there are about 30 fires right now, with Los Alamos getting hit the hardest.

This is the feeder on my front porch as the sun is beginning to set. The shadow is sort of symbolic of the distant memory of hummingbirds outside my window. This one usually receives many visitors, especially in the morning and evening. Please come back my dear friends. I miss you.

If you hurry, you can catch two hummingbirds ready to fledge at Phoebe’s Webcam. They are ready to leave the nest any time. Thank goodness, I can at least enjoy those hummers.

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“A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE”

I ran into an article recently concerning what happens, or doesn’t happen, when working on plans for building. Anyone who has worked in janitorial or window cleaning has probably asked at least once, “What were they thinking?” Sometimes windows stay dirty for many years because nobody figures out how to get to them.

In that same article there was a great list put together by an insurance specialist who really did his homework.  I found it amazing that architects never get asked the right questions to make sure the building can be maintained. Planning ahead can be very helpful.

Design Flaw Sampler/Housekeeping

  1. Installing doors and elevators that are too narrow to accommodate service equipment.
  2. Installing discontinued or obsolete equipment.
  3. Making entryways too small to handle foot traffic.
  4. Installing lighting that is impossible to service.
  5. A 3-foot-by-5-foot janitor closet with a 3-foot-wide door that opens in.
  6. Installing window systems that cannot be cleaned or serviced easily.
  7. Installing cheap paint that cannot be cleaned.
  8. Failure to install floor drains.
  9. Failure to install appropriate water and snow deflection systems at entrances.
  10. Installing carpet or flooring that shows dirt daily or blue carpet with an asphalt parking lot.

— Steve Spencer, Facilities Specialist in Cleaning and Maintenance State Farm Insurance, Bloomington, Ill.

Homeowners could get some ideas from this too, especially if they are building a dream house. 

Meanwhile, here is a great example of someone solving the problem after the fact.

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A SUNDAY FOR DADS

We may not shower him with praise
Nor mention his name in song,
And sometimes it seems that we forget
The joy he spreads as he goes along,
But it doesn’t mean that we don’t know
The wonderful role that he has had.
And away down deep in every heart
There’s a place that is just for Dad…..

Author Unknown

My Dad has been gone for 10 years now. I sure wish he was still here to hug.

If yours is, give him one for me too. In the meantime I will celebrate with other Dads who are important in my life. Put down your squeegees or whatever tool of the trade you use, and enjoy your day. We won’t be requesting the windows be cleaned today.

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SOUTHWEST WINDOW DECOR

I think I will decorate my blog with a bit of Southwest flavor today.

We were fortunate enough to be treated to lunch today…thank you Tom and Barbara…by some new friends, who just happen to decorate windows in their own unique way.  They custom make cornice boxes and shutters.

CORNICE BOX/COPPER

Very Southwest

Some shutters maybe?

Or how about a door?

Casa Cornices has been around for a while, everything custom built by Tom Stallings.

If you live in New Mexico and you want more information, contact me and I will hook you up with Tom. If you are elsewhere, it might be trickier, but never impossible.  Leave a comment, or use the contact form at For Your Windows.

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TRY TO ENJOY YOUR BATH

A woman was taking a bath when she heard her doorbell ring.  “Who is it?” she said. “Blind man,” was the answer.  “I’ll be right there,” she said.
Without putting clothes on, she went to the door. A surprised man said,
“where do you want these venetian blinds?”
Hey, not so far fetched. The first sign we ever had professionally done, when we owned My Window Man, had to be redone.  The window cleaning fellow I am married to, well he used to work a squeegee anyway, was so proud of his new sign.  He parked the pickup so he could show it to me, and I sorta gasped. It read:
PROFESSIONAL WINDOW AND BLIND CLEANING
Looking back at the scenario now, I guess it would have been okay, but there was something about it that worried me in terms of doing a perfect job.
 
To even make this whole blind and bathtub thing funnier, it was not that far back that taking your Venetian blinds to the bathtub to clean them was the obvious solution. I would not recommend this now, especially if you are visually impaired. In fact, I would not suggest it even if your eye sight is perfect. Why not HIRE A PROFESSIONAL!  My Window Man in Albuquerque will clean them for you.  I am sure you can find a service that does them in your area too.
If yours are a lost cause, check out some quality, cheap, new ones to replace those that are not worth cleaning.  For Your Windows solves that problem, and we ship NATIONWIDE.
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SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES

Today, like yesterday, early evening outside my windows is in black and white.

I wish I could capture the color of the sun in this picture as it actually appears outside. It is fiery orange. But, the rest of the scene is just grayish. Weather report at 7:20, almost an hour before sunset is warm and smoke.

Albuquerque is experiencing the effects of Arizona on fire, and I hear it is reaching as far east as Nebraska.  We can only hope that the many firefighters out there get this under control. Keep them in your thoughts for sure.

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NEW ADDITIONS

I only have one room in my house, maybe two, where I could still hang curtains. As I add a larger selection to For Your Windows, I really want to decorate with some pretty ones.

 At least, I can dress up my blog with some new selections.

No window in my house for the Country Cottage Cape Cod, but it sure would be perfect in just the right spot.  

Then there is this Tiffany Tailored Vintage curtain that comes in six different choices for pattern or color.

And, there is the Aspen Plaid in 6 lovely choices.

My blog is sufficiently dressed up now. Which one is your favorite?

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