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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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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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Window Framing Art

Just sharing some fun for the weekend. We decided to visit the new location for a popular, local burger joint – oh ,they do serve steaks and chicken too – called 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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Sometimes It’s About Floors

 

WOVEN JUTE

My first encounter ever with jute was in the 1970’s when I owned a plant shop and everyone went bananas over macrame plant hangers. Remember those? I had no idea what it was really. Just knew it was some tough stuff. Next to cotton it is the second most important vegetable fiber and that makes it very hardy.  It won’t fade with a lot of sun exposure and it has great insulating properties. If you are needing an area rug, check these out at Best Home Fashion.  The perfect size – 5 by 8 – to fit almost anywhere, and with just the right pop of color. Look forward to a 20 % discount right now! 

Jute fibers from the tall green stalk can measure over 10 feet. Twisting or braiding them makes them really strong.

 

WOOL AND JUTE STRIPE

I have just the spot for one of these in my sunroom/office. Now I need to decide which one I want. Head over to Best Home Fashion soon to pick out yours while they are on sale!

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At This Window You Get Potatoes

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I just love it when a business endeavor succeeds! I had the pleasure of attending the Oregon BrewFest this past Sunday. My nephew Ken and his wife Amy recently debuted a wonderful food cart here in the Pacific Northwest ( I say here because I was raised in Portland, and am visiting from ABQ). Baked & Loaded Potatoes operates from a cute, little, custom renovated school bus. That’s my sis posing in the Spud Bus window last Sunday at the event held in Silverton, Oregon.

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I certainly am not a food critic, but I can honestly say the baked potato I ate was spectacular! What a great addition to all the brew that the festival offered.

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If you live anywhere near Portland or Salem, and ever need taters served, or if you just want to follow where the Spud Bus goes be sure to check out their site. No matter where you reside, like their page on Facebook. 

When a new business succeeds we all win! Great job, Ken and Amy!

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Pillows That POP!

I just bought some pillow covers when I was redecorating the bedroom so I am definitely tuned into patterns, colors and prices. They are a great way to cover up an older or faded pillow.

 

Linen Blend Moroccan Pillow Cover

Check out these covers from Best Home Fashion. They would be so cool for patio furniture, or to spice up any living space.

Normally $14.99, right now they are on sale for only $3.99 each!

 Flax linen blend
– Detailed with a hidden zipper closure
– Insert not included
– Made of 20% linen, 80% polyester
– Sold individually
– Measures 18″wide x 18″ long

Wouldn’t they make your patio furniture pop!

ORDERS OVER $50 ARE SHIPPED FREE

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Surprise! Red Hot Cherry Peppers

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I love having a garden outside my windows, even if it is limited. This year we chose to only plant tomatoes and peppers. We usually pick a Santa Fe hot pepper, but because we decided to grow from seeds this year, we really did not know which one to buy. Somehow we ended up with more than one kind and these were the first to harvest. I had no clue! They look like tomatoes!

Thank goodness for the internet. Put in the right words and you can find anything. Unfortunately, I did not learn enough before I tasted it. The flesh is pretty mild and has a sweet background taste. Feeling safe, I decided to pop the remainder in my mouth. Oh my! That only lasted a half sec. The seeds are very, very hot! My tongue was on fire for at least an hour.

These peppers are popular for pickling and stuffing. Their flesh is too tough for drying. However, you can chop them to add to salads or sauteed veggies, and even salsa.

Just a reminder: Stay away from the seeds! If you have ever cooked with these, please let me know what you did with them.

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WHEN THE MILLERS CAME TO VISIT

And, I am not talking about friends or neighbors.

This spring in Albuquerque we are witnessing an extra heavy onslaught of Miller moths making their way through town. These large moths are found more in Europe, but Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico also have their share. Each morning I get up to just as many inside my windows as outside my windows. These little travelers have been the topic of many conversations and news stories over the past few days for sure. 

When they first showed up earlier this week, I found myself reminded of  various movies I have seen. You know… where the horror of invaders starts with a simple phrase, like “Gee, there are sure a lot of moths around this morning.”  Then, by evening, you have to stay inside as the town gets gobbled up. 

Fortunately, they only hang around for a week or so. I look forward to them being out of sight and out of mind. I have proof they so not survive well if you put a pool of soapy water underneath a light. At least a few dozen have taken the dive here this week.

 So, that is what happened to the Millers inside my windows.

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WINDOW TO WHATCHAMACALLIT

Okay, you were probably born in some decade last century. Maybe the 60’s or the 40’s or something like that. Please tell me, when my four younger grandchildren, all born between 2003 and 2008, are older how will they refer to the decade they were born in?  Having done a bit of research, I find that I am not the only person asking this question. Over the past 10 years there has been no consistent agreement on this.

Here are 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”?

You would think that because this problem existed at the turn of the last  two centuries, someone would have found a solution. I think we need to come to an agreement on this  so we can hand it down to our future generations. 

I started For Your Windows in 2010. What is your suggestion on how I can refer to that later?

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ANYONE IN DIXVILLE NOTCH NEED WINDOW COVERINGS?

At the risk of leaning to politics, which I am not doing on this blog, I want to mention Dixville Notch. If you do not know what or where that is, don’t feel bad. I am probably older than most of you, and I was not familiar with it either.

Each election year, New Hampshire is the first to hold a primary. Dixville Notch actually opens their polls at midnight and closes them a few minutes later after their small population has cast their votes.

Last night they had nine voters, which was a bit lower than normal. This event has been going on since 1960. The interesting thing about it, is that since 1968, whoever got the most votes for the Republican nomination has won it again for the general election.  Last night there was a tie. Wonder what that will bring.

I find this intriguing. Maybe it is all just coincidental, but small happenings can sometimes manifest much bigger phenomena. Never underestimate the power of a tiny idea.

I bet Dixville Notch is lacking a brick and mortar location that sells window coverings. Guess what! For Your Windows offers what you need at its online store, and it ships nationwide.

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