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WE ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE

A favorite of mine, and a great reminder!

A young couple moves into a new neighborhood.
The next morning while they are eating breakfast,
The young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
“That laundry is not very clean”, she said.
“She doesn’t know how to wash correctly.
Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”
Her husband looked on, but remained silent.Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry,
The young woman would make the same comments.About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a
Nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband:

“Look, she has learned how to wash correctly.
I wonder who taught her this.”

The husband said, “I got up early this morning and
Cleaned our windows.”

And so it is with life. What we see when watching others
Depends on the purity of the window through which we look.

It really is much easier to change how we view the world, as opposed to attempting to change what’s in it. ūüôā
Good reason to keep all our windows clean. Life is simply an ongoing choice.
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WHOSE FEEDER IS THIS ANYWAY?

I can usually find ways to keep ants away from the hummingbird feeders. But, I have not figured out how to stop the woodpeckers from checking them out. This one, and ones like him, enjoy taking over the feeders whenever they feel like it. Probably is a lot easier than pecking away at the bark of a tree to find sap. As I was shooting a few pictures, a hummer tried to visit. After all, it is her feeder, or at least it was. There is tree just a few feet away in the front yard, but Mr Woodypants chose to sit on the feeder for at least 5 minutes.

If you enjoy watching the birds outside your windows like I do, consider heading over to myPotsandPlanters.com. They have some great bird feeders.

 

EDWARDIAN

Marked down to $44.95 from $64.95

Beautifully detailed feeder welcomes a variety of songbirds

Outer cage excludes squirrels and large birds

Fill with any type of bird seed

Powder-coated steel, aluminum alloy, polycarbonate ‚Äč

9-1/2″ in diameter x 14″ H (not including hanger)

Weighs 2 lbs.

           Holds 3-1/2 cups of seed

And, I love this bird bath! Those frogs are adorable.

ARCADIA TRADITIONAL

    Marked down from $99.95 to $84.95

Creates a relaxing atmosphere on your patio, deck, balcony or in your garden

Constructed of glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC)

Has an olive green finish

Water capacity of approximately 1.5 Gal.

1 year limited manufacturer’s warranty

FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $49

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THE MAIN EVENT

Back in May of 2012, I blogged about the annular solar eclipse observed here in Albuquerque. Without even venturing outside my windows I captured some pretty cool pictures showing rings of fire coming through a window blind and reflecting on the opposite wall. The partially obstructed sun was shining through a tree outside the window. I found it interesting to find an article this morning suggesting an easy way to see an eclipse’s effects by finding a leafy tree and witnessing the shadows as the event happens. No gadget needed. You can also find easy instructions for making your own device if you did not secure some of the special glasses. Boy Scouts of America has a video here that looks very doable.¬†

 

In February of 1979, I was fortunate to have experienced another total eclipse. I lived near Portland then and it happened in the morning. I am pretty sure the sky was overcast, but it was quite an experience to have it get dark mid morning. We live on a dairy at the time, and the cows got very confused and headed home. Because it was winter the temperature issue was not that observable. I also witnessed a partial solar eclipse in Tucson in July of 1991. The temperature decline was very obvious even with a partial. That one was very similar to what I expect here in Albuquerque on Monday.

If you do not have the correct glasses and do not want to build a device, keep in mind the other phenomenon during a solar eclipse.

  • 360-degree sunrise/sunset
  • Mercury may be more visible
  • City lights or street light may turn on
  • The temperature decrease
  • Amazing shadow formations ¬†(my cool picture is proof)

So, if you are lucky enough to be in the path where the eclipse is visible, you do not have to feel ill prepared. Personally, I think staring at the sun might get a bit boring if you forget to witness the other cool stuff that is happening. The “main event” is totally what you make of it: ENJOY!

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INSIDE OR OUT SPECIALS!

Sometimes we just need to know the deals. And, it’s up to me to keep you posted.

 

besthomefashion.com   Site wide sale 20% off   FREE SHIPPING ON ORDER OVER $50

                                   

mypotsandplanters.com  decor for the patio and indoors РFREE SHIPPING on orders over $49

bloomingbulb.com   fall planting ideas Рup to 60% OFF

wallpaperforwindows.com  OVERSTOCK SPECIAL РFrosted Glass Film from $15.98

blindsexpress.com¬† Graber Blinds¬†25 % off Sale – FREE SHIPPING ( up to 94″ wide)

sunglasswarehouse.com     20% off your first order РFREE SHIPPING on orders over $25

And, if you want to have clean windows, HIRE A PROFESSIONAL!

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Inside Hummer

 

Unlike some areas, New Mexico only sees hummingbirds between April and October. This year, other than an occasional one in April, they were busy somewhere else than my backyard until mid July. Thank goodness things are back to normal, and I am seeing a lot of them, and often. Those wonderful little creatures always manage to distract me immediately from whatever I am supposed to be doing. ¬†They often come up to the windows in my sunroom/office and flutter longingly as they spot the many plants and flowers I have inside. Yesterday morning the one pictured above decided to color outside the lines (or should I say “inside”) and fly into the sunroom. That’s her looking out, trying to make sense of it all.

That window guy who lives at my house jumped in to help. His attempts to shoo her back outside were in vain. As much as I would have loved for her to stay a while, I was not so sure the dog who lives here would ignore the situation. I have seen that same dog try to play with birds, inside and out, too many times. Finally, he (the window guy/husband) managed to get the lost, little one cupped in two hands long enough to release her into the great outdoors. It was an exciting visit for sure!

 

 

I just love those hummers.¬†I am amazed at how many different sizes and colors there are. I did a little research and discovered that there are about 17 different species that you can observe in New Mexico alone. Even the Allen’s hummingbird, that limits it’s breeding territory to a very small area up the west coast, will migrate back through here in late summer. Because of their vibrant orange color, they are easy to notice. Next time I see one I will invite her in for flowers and tea.

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The Green Mess


 

Considering I live in New Mexico, where it can look brown and dry a lot, seeing all this green as I look outside my sunroom/office window is sort of refreshing. Our pond is overrun with water lilies. About 5 years ago a fellow bought almost all of them from us to put in a new housing development. As you can see, it did no permanent damage. I think I need to promote that happening again soon! Yes, there are fish trying to swim amidst that green mess. And, there are even flowers hiding somewhere. I did manage to get a pose from one of them.

 

Things to do:

             Remove many lilies as soon as possible.

             Find the fish.

             Head back over to myPotsandPlants.com to shop for pond and fountain goodies.

They have some amazing creatures to keep the fish and lilies company.

Hanna, the Hippo Spitter

Or how about …

Quack, The Duck

These two are only an example of the great selection of accessories you will find at myPotsandPlants.com. My work is cut out for me, and I will be sure to blog any progress.  Watch out Green Mess! Here I come.

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OUR WINDOW TO THE FUTURE

                                                       A little fun for the weekend.                                                                

 Back in 2012, I did a post on what to call the decades starting this century. I am fortunate to have 5 grandchildren born in those years.    

                                                                

Here were some of the choices.

1) The 2000’s

2) The aughties

3) The aught naughts

4) The naughties

5) The oh oh’s

6) The ohsies

7) The twenty hundreds

And now we are in the in-betweens maybe? Or is it the “tens”?

I recently spotted this article that answers some questions on what to call the people born this century.

Gen Z or IGen?

So, that does not really help with what to call the decade, does it?

This decade seems easier. The “twenty-tens” works for me, and that distinguishes it from the “tens” from the early 1900’s.

However, I am still stuck on the first decade. I want something that rings positive.

Any ideas?

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The Window Wallpaper Solution

Do you have any windows that present a problem? Like you just are not sure what to with the decor, or maybe the glass is damaged, or you want more privacy. How about – you want to add some art! If you have not ever checked out window wallpaper, you should. It is inexpensive and simple to use. Take a minute and check out all your options at Wallpaper For Windows.

This high quality,decorative film comes in many designs and colors, and it is non-adhesive, durable, removable and reusable.It is a great idea for privacy or decoration, and could even work as a correction method for windows with leaky seals that you are not quite ready to replace.

Because it is removable and reusable, keeping the glass clean is still easy. There are so many designs it is totally possible to compliment other window coverings and room decor. Gift certificates are also available.

Need some privacy? This frosted glass is an overstock special through Friday 7/14/2017.

 

Frosted Glass Film – Privacy 16 x 74 – OVERSTOCK SPECIAL

Priced from $15.98

 

 

  • Adhesive-free window film¬†– no mess, no fuss.
  • Static-cling decorative film can be used on any smooth, non-porous surface.
  • DIY product, installs in minutes,¬†looks great for years!
  • Easy to clean, removable, and reusable.

Let me know which one and where in your house. 

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Window Framing Art

Just sharing some fun for the weekend. We decided to visit the new location for a popular, local burger joint Рoh ,they do serve steaks and chicken too Рcalled The Grill.  Not a bad burger for sure. We really enjoyed the nostalgic decor as well. The wall next to our table displayed a lot of art work. I wanted to highlight this one because I like the idea a lot.


WINDOW OF ENCHANTMENT

           Taos, NM

     by Kiko Sanchez

I think a window frame makes a pretty cool picture frame.

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Planning For Fall

crocus

So, I am convinced I brought the hot New Mexico weather to the Pacific Northwest. Here in Portland, it is probably going to have record breaking temperatures this weekend. The windows will be closed and the AC’s on for sure! However, it is not too soon to plan ahead for what you want to plant outside those windows this fall. I love crocuses. BloomingBulb has some great fall planting specials right now.¬†Besides finding the bulbs you want, you can learn where to plant what, and when.¬†Those pretty crocuses are on sale and the bulbs will get shipped to you in the fall, mid September or so.

daffodil

Think daffodils!

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Amaryllis too!

You will love their selection for fall, so plan ahead and take advantage of the great deals.

Meanwhile, I am hoping to see some pretty flowers, even in the heat, as I head up the Columbia River Gorge to an open house for the Girl Scout camp I spent a lot of time at many years ago-what memories.This should be an interesting adventure!

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Camp Wind Mountain (Arrowhead)

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