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A House is Made of Bricks and Beams...

...a "Home is Made of Love and Dreams!"


1. It's fall. Y'all. My [Joyce's] favorite season of the year! What's something you love to do this time of year that makes you feel it's officially fall? And unrelated to that, do you ever say-'y'all'? The first part of the question: The cooler temperatures and drier air makes me WANT to work in the flowers/yard and decorate for the season both inside and outside our home!! The second part of the question: Yes, I say Y'ALL....but I type it more than speak it.

2. When did you last have a falling out with someone? Has it been resolved? This summer...and NO, as far as I'm concerned it isn't resolved. But that will pass eventually.

3. A song you love with the word 'fall' in it's title? When I Fall in Love - Nat King Cole [a duet with his daughter, Natalie]

4. What's something you've recently let 'fall by the wayside?' Washing windows!! [reason is because we have to remove ALL the Hurricane shutters to do so. Neither one of us wanted to tackle it this year.]

5. When did you last attend an event, read a book, watch a movie, try a new recipe, or visit a shop-town-tourist attraction that fell short of your expectations? In what way? The Movie [which we watched only about 15 minutes of it before taking it out of our DVD player...Dallas Buyers Club....OMG!!! [that movie should've been in the video store's BACK ROOM!!]

6. Describe a time you said or thought, 'The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." Well, I would have to go with the physical traits on this one because the two apples I produced are very individualistic in character; comparing Erik and Irene to me or Bud....And for the physical traits...Each time I look in the mirror I see my own mother!! Then, Bud....he is the spittin' image of his father...Irene looks like Bud's mom...and Erik could be my younger twin.

7. Was today better than yesterday? Why or why not? I'm answering the question way too early to know exactly. Call me tomorrow.

8. Insert your own random thought here. The day I mentioned when it was so hazy while we cut our walk short because of the extreme humidity, I spotted this house and the 'colorful' fence. Well, the fence was nearly hidden with all the blossoms, but the "A Frame" peak of the house caught my eye [and I do think by one photo where you see an electrical switch box, that this may be lighted at night -dunno for sure]. I took a few photos to share. The shore birds on the level part are from scrap iron!!! [click to enlarge for easier viewing]


linking to HODGEPODGE!! - Good Fences




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In a recent post I mentioned I was out on the patio watching all the hummingbirds.  I'm not 100% sure, but lately, there seems to be very few male hummingbirds as compared to last week. I do know that the females stick around longer while the males leave much earlier. If they're leaving already, then that means only a short time now and some of the females will be making the long trek southward also, and the numbers will dwindle rapidly. At times during the day, there have been 15 to 20 at our feeders at one time while another 10 or so are flitting around the trees and bushes...






linking to: Wild Bird Wednesday

110 comments :

  1. Soooo many Hummers. I get excited to see one at my feeders. These pictures are amazing.

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  2. Beautiful hummingbird shots! I can never catch them.

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    1. cat them as in getting a photo, right?

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  3. That hiding house looks loooooovely!
    And hummingbirds, wow, they've always fascinated me. Great photos you got of them there.

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed this Ms. V

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  4. sweet little swarming hummers! washing windows. hahahaha...

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    1. LOL....about the windows.

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    2. thanks for the cool a-frame and collage, too!

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    3. ...thank YOU for hosting dear Ms. T

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  5. Maybe some of my hummers have stopped off at your house on their way south. Maybe, just maybe, when it gets cooler I will wash windows. I like the A-frame house. There is one on one of the country roads we travel but it isn't nearly as pretty as this one.

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    1. I love clean windows too, but the shutters puts a damper on the project.
      Yep, maybe they're down here now....

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  6. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on fall with us. Your pictures of the hummers are really good shots of this very evasive bird. They do sit on my feeders, and kind of fly suspended in the air looking at me when I go out in the morning. Not sure what they are looking at, but kind of freaky.

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    1. They can spot me looking out the window sometimes, and zoom right in!

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  7. I like that idea of "Fall". Very fun. I'm a huge fan of fall weather! Soon it will be cooler here. Enjoy your hummers......I know they are all passing through right now. I hope they all make it down in one piece!

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    1. Oh yes....in the Fall, Sabino Canyon was a favorite spot for me and hiking!!!

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  8. It is amazing to me how the birds find the feeders and then spread the "word" about the bounty! The humming birds are amazing in and of themselves. It was a fun Hodgepodge, again. Watch for mine tomorrow!

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    1. I've often thought the very same thing...it's like one is sentry and the call is made...the whole neighborhood shows up within an hour's time.

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  9. Super Hummers and great pictures.

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  10. I am sad to see our hummers leaving.. The are so sweet, love the photos... Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    1. ...thanks Eileen...enjoy your week ahead too.

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  11. I love reading your answers. We keep putting off the washing of windows and pressure washing of the house. It's either too hot or too cold!!! lol
    I will miss the hummingbirds. You certainly captures some amazing photos.
    Today we enjoyed a nice breeze. It was fun to be able to walk around the yard/flowers without sweating.
    I hope you both have an enjoyable evening. I watched THE VOICE last night and enjoyed it...think I'll watch again tonight.

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    1. We were out birding on the island yesterday morning, and I was expecting sweltering heat again, but the breeze there was really a nice change.

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  12. I've been a slacker when it comes to washing windows and I can't even use hurricane shutters as an excuse. :)
    Love those hummers!

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    1. I like clean windows...and used to do 'em quite often....but with these shutters, it's too much of a hassle.

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  13. That painting on the house is beautiful.
    Love all the hummingbirds too. I wish I could attract them but I've never had much luck

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    1. I thought it was odd to paint a mural on a house...but then, enjoyed it very much anyway.

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  14. There is no bird more beautiful to me than a hummingbird. Such fine pictures! Wishing them Godspeed on their journey. :-)

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    1. I love 'em too DJ....wishing we had more of a variety of hummers like near Brownsville...but I can enjoy what we DO have.

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  15. Ohhhh, so many magnificent hummer shots! I only saw one this summer.

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    1. We've had more this late summer than way back in the Spring during migration.

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  16. How wonderful to have so many Hummingbirds at the feeder.

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    1. ...we've had so many this year, I've been refilling the feeders each morning.

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  17. I have never had that many hummingbirds at our feeder! I have been getting only 3, at best. I haven't seen them in the last couple of days. I wonder if they've already migrated? Just stunning shots, Anni!

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    1. ...thanks April...maybe yours that left are here in our yard? Wrong turn tho.

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  18. With so many birds competing for the food sources it is kind of you to have a soup kitchen for them.

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    1. ...a 'soup kitchen'....I like that reference.

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  19. ANNI YOU HAVE RENDERED MY MOM SPEECHLESS WITH ALL THE FANTASTIC HUMMINGBIRD PHOTOS. SHE IS SQUEALING AT ALL THE HUMMERS ON YOUR FEEDERS AT ONE TIME AND THE NUMBER OF HUMMERS YOU ARE SEEING IN YOUR GARDEN. SHE NEVER SEES MORE THEN 3 AT A TIME. IF SHE SAW THAT MANY AT ONE TIME SHE WOULD HYPERVENTILATE. THANK YOU FOR THE EXCELLENT PHOTOS
    HUGS MADI AND HER IN AWE MA

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    1. I knew she'd like 'em!!! Madi...you do know CPR right?

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  20. Thanks for the heads up about the movie. Sounds like one we won't be watching.

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    1. I was hoping for a good story line..........but NOT true. Nothing but sluttiness and druggies. Disgusting.

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  21. Awesome hummingbird photos! Ours are still visiting, but it has really gotten cool here so I'm sure they'll be off to wamer climes soon. I always hate to see them go.

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    1. ...me too, Makes the yard awfully quiet 'til Spring.

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  22. Love the hummingbird pictures and the A-framed house.

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    1. ...happy to know that you enjoyed the post and photos!!

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  23. Those hummingbird pictures are absolutely incredible!! Such difficult birds to capture. Nicely done!

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    1. ...thanks....but in all honesty, around here, they're everywhere these days so just snapping the shutter button I'm bound to capture at least one or two.

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  24. Those hummingbirds are so pretty. I love watching them zoom about!

    Enjoyed your answers to the hodgepodge.

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  25. Have you ever had the urge to just reach out and stroke their soft neck! I mean they look so "pettable!" They are truly miraculous creatures and I'm always so happy when I see one. Your photos are exquisite! I hope they stay around a little longer for you. Glad you liked the ones on my post also.

    Love that mural house! Wow! And I had a good laugh about the movie...I can see where it would be offensive in many ways, but when I watched it, I was overcome by the sadness of the situation for so many people who suffer with AIDS (the first fifteen minutes establishes that he's a big "player" and not gay and yeah, I can do without that much "explanation" :-) )Another reason I liked the movie was that he fights Big Pharma and the CDC. He knows there are better ways to combat HIV and that the government is making it illegal to use the things they need to help them, so he is one of the rogues that takes the matter into his own hands and gets the stuff for those who need it. My daughter wasn't sure I would like the movie...it IS rough. But I did.

    Is your name Joyce???? I have been calling you Anni! And I say y'all all the time! Born in Alabama....how could I not! :-)

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    1. No, I'm Anni.....Joyce is the hostess for Hodgepodge.

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  26. Aren't they so entertaining to watch? I enjoy the hummers so much. Most of our males have left too. Great photos, Anni :)

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    1. Indeed they are....Thanks Susan

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  27. hahhaaa....I love the way you can cover so many parties in a post. Pretty cool.
    Love all your photos.

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    1. ...it's easier that way and saves me a lot of blogging time.

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  28. Lucky you, to have so many of these little beauties at once.

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    1. ...they're still here...but the numbers are dwindling.

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  29. Wonderful group of hummers!

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  30. I would do nothing but watch hummingbirds!

    As for the apple not falling too far from the tree...that is what we think about our granddaughter and her mommy!!

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    1. Ya, I can say the same with our daughter and her youngest son....two peas in a pod.

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  31. Thank you for your comments about the fundraiser. The baby boy is doing well since his surgery the day before the fundraiser and we are praying for the best. Yes, it was such a blessing!

    I'm sorry I got mixed up about your name. I realized it after I'd already sent the post...oh, yeah, she did that before, referring to Joyce's birthday when copying the text from that meme. I should have realized it more quickly. I'm glad to know I haven't been calling you by the wrong name. Hope all is going well. I feel like we have so much in common and I always love your posts. Take care!

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    1. no worries Marie. That is so super to read about the successful surgery.

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  32. I love the hummingbirds. They're amazing little birds.

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    1. ...they are amazing indeed.

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  33. Love those Hummingbirds - wish we had them here.

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    1. Well, you're invited to stop by here anytime you come to Texas!!!

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  34. Excellent captures on those hummies. They are so hard to catch. Thank you for confirming that they are flying further south. From one week to the next they just seemed to be gone. I was afraid my latest nectar recipe did not meet up to their expectations.

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  35. My landlady stopped me from feeding the birds, and I feel such a waste of left over bread and rice.

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    1. ...and the birds loved the hand-outs I'm sure.

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  36. i love those hummingbirds! great shots!

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  37. I love to watch hummers zoom and dive bomb- they look so delicate..but aren't really in the grand scheme of things, I would think. I don't know what their predators are..I can't imagine anything being fast enough to catch them. Now I've talked myself into a google search... I have to know! LOL!

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    1. lol....I do that to myself a lot too. You and I are cut from the same bolt me thinks.

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  38. I love your header! I also love the little hummers. Amazing pictures, my friend.

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  39. Love that song and ditto on Dallas Buyer's Club! Love that house! The residents must be the artistic sort. I thought our hummers were all gone, but saw one at the feeder last evening. I think perhaps she better hurry up and get going before the cold weather really hits.

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    1. You and I have so much in common!!!

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  40. I love that A frame house, we once thought about buying one but it did not work out for us.. beaufitufl fence. i say yall but don't type it... and some falling outs are best left that way...

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    1. I like the style too....but not down here in Hurricane Alley.

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  41. You live in a hummingbird sanctuary! Lovely pictures

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  42. The hummingbirds are amazing. We don't get that many - we have three in our garden and they stay all year long. I love to watch them as well - they're very entertaining.

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    1. We'll have one or two remain here over the winter if lucky.

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  43. great fence images Anni. Now I know where all my hummers are, lol.

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    1. What I've heard they're all over our area right now...in hoards.

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  44. What gorgeous shots of birds and that blue house.

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  45. I love the beautiful hummingbird photos. Have splendid.
    This time of year I like to take photos of the fall season.

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    1. ...well, around my area, Autumn isn't here 'til December.

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  46. I'm thinking that house would be so wonderful! Just so artsy and quaint!

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    1. ...well, I'll let you in on a little secret...the back of the house looks over the bay. So that is an extra plus in my opinion.

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  47. My that fence had some wonderful flowers growing on and around it. So pretty. Lucky you to see all those delightful humming birds.

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  48. Hmmmmmmmm.....only one at time visits me at home. Mine are very small and almost all black! No ruby throats ever seen.

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    1. Must be a black chinned hummer perhaps?.

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  49. I'm experiencing hummingbird envy! We have only the ruby-throated ones here (occasionally the rufous) and I think they have all begun their journey southward.

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    1. ....the rufous are farther south of us in and near King's Ranch and to Brownsville.

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  50. I find it very interesting that you have many hummingbirds on your feeders and we are lucky to have one at a time because the male won't let any others (except his family, I assume) come near it. They fight with each other all of the time, so how is it that your hummingbirds don't fight? Just askin' :) Loved your little A frame house and fence and would love to know the artist who painted it. It looks like something my sister would have done, back in the day. I am late with my comments today and now my family is wanting some dinner ... so you have a wonderful evening Hootin' Annie!

    Andrea @ From the Sol

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    1. ....Our neighbors ask the same thing...they have had TWO feeders hanging from their house and none go there to take part....all of 'em are here. Dunno if we have any secret tho....it's just a mixture of sugar and water. 1 part sugar to 4 parts water.

      Hope your dinner was liked by all. And thanks for stopping by Andrea

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  51. I am not familiar with this "question answering" but I quite enjoyed it!! And your layout of pretty images. I had less hummers this year and only one male I think!!

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    1. Sometimes we have very few. I think it depends on their migration route they take each season being a bit different.

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  52. Great shots of the Hummingbirds.

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  53. Lovely mural on the A frame. I'm sure it makes people stop in their track and stare at it.
    A little about the 'apple not falling far from the tree' - I've played that in my mind several times. Then I happened to meet a person who was so different from his father (not in terms of 'looks') and I wondered if there was a saying for exceptions like this. Long after that I came across a line somebody had added to this adage. And that went something like this 'An apple doesn't fall far from the tree except if it is planted on a slope.' :D
    In the case that I was talking about, it made total sense to me.

    Pretty pictures of the Hummingbirds. :)

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    1. ...it really DOES make sense.

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  54. I always enjoy reading your answers. The first time I heard the song "When I Fall In Love" was when it was sung by Donny Osmond! And I had a big crush on him.

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    1. ...well then, I'm sure you like the song! :-)

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