Saturday, August 19, 2006

Hummingbirds! We have Hummers!

We bought several really pretty feeders last week at an art show..pretty blown glass, with blown glass flowers that come out so I can wash the feeders when I refill them. The globes are clear glass with swirls of colors that are intensified with the red hummingbird food.

I hung them on the sunset side of the house,suspended on copper s-hooks, at different heights, hanging over a bed of the palest ivory moonlight nasturtiums, clumps of brilliant day and spider lillies. There are masses of hostas there, too, growing in the rich, damp soil, with mounds of white allysum and coleus filling in all available space. When the long slanting rays of the sunset hit the globes, I have a patio filled with a dazzling rainbow every evening.

I lived, once, in a house where a huge trumpet vine climbed in a tall elm. Each night, a flock of dozens of hummers would fly home to nest there; each morning, they would take flight in the early morning, the flock splitting in the sunrise to find the nectar from gardens all over town.

This morning, I had dozens...DOZENS...of hummers at my feeders. I was looking out the kitchen window and I had dozens of the tiny bodies, sipping at the feeders. I took my coffee and my book and sat out on the patio, just listening to the peaceful hummmm of the birds, along with the seagulls and doves and the sound of boats in the harbor.

Friday, August 18, 2006


Ever have a near-death experience?
I saw the Angel of Death once. He didn't look like John Travolta, so I didn't go.

Name an obvious quality you have?

What's the name of the song that's stuck in your head right now?
Somewhere Over the that Hawaiian guy on the Rice Krispie's commercial

Any celeb you would marry?
Nope. Too much drama and bad photos.

Name someone with the same birthday as you:
Jimi Hendrix.

Do you have a crush on someone?

Have you ever vandalized someone's private property?

Have you ever been in a fight?
Does a riot count?

Have you ever sung in front of a large audience?
Lots of times.

What's the first thing you notice about a member of the OPPOSITE sex?
That sparkle in their eyes that lets you know someone is home.

What do you usually order from Starbucks?
I've actually never had Starbucks. We own an independent espresso shop, so I try to frequent independents when I travel.

Have you ever hurt yourself on purpose?
Who hasn't?

Has anyone ever said you looked like a celebrity?
Yep...Ann Jillian.

Do you wear a watch?
I don't ever need to know what time it is.

Do you have anything pierced?
Just my ears...double pierced.

Do you have any tattoos?
I have one planned...

Do you like pain?
I just had a new shoulder put in. Pain, I am well aquainted with. IT HURTS.

Do you like to shop?
My idea of torture. I wish I could just think of something and have it teleported in.

What was the last thing you paid for with cash?
Daily special at Subway.

What was the last thing you paid for with a credit card?
I've sworn off credit cards.

Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?

What is on your desktop background?
Beautiful blossoms from my garden

What is the background on your cell phone?
Background? You can have a background?.

Do you like redheads?
What's not to like?

Do you know any twins?
Dozens. All red-haired.

Do you have any weird relatives?
Isn't that the way they come?

What was the last movie you watched?
Does HBO's ROME count? I'm totally into it.

What was the last book you read?
The PAct by Jodi Picout

Did you or are you planning to go to college?
I did. Have an MA in Masth from UCLA and another one in Spanish from USC. That's enough chair sitting for me.

What is your favorite pair of pants that you own?
I have a pair from college that are so worn and so soft and still fit.

Do you like to party?

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Idaho, maybe. Or on Santibel, on the water. Or maybe Morro Bay. They have the best clam chowder.

LIttle update

Tough recovery from this shoulder surgery. Very tough.

I may need to go back in and have more work done...and I am still trying to wrap my brain around this. It hurt so much the first time, I' m not sure there are enough drugs IN THE UNIVERSE to dope me suffiencently to do this again.

However, I still really hurt. I have very little mobility in my shoulder, hence the idea that I need to go back and get more work done. The "work" is, of course, really ripping and tearing. The adhesions need to be torn unlike abdominal adhesions, where they go in and snip the webs of scar tissue, in my case, they would manipulate my shoulder under anesthesia. When means, once I am asleep, they'll yank the bejesus out of the joint, tearing up all the adhesions.

Yeah, I thought it sounded like fun, too.