Keeping the birds fed

Howdy folks!

Went to Walmart and got more sugar for the hummingbirds. I have eight here. They sure can empty two feeders in two days.

I have bought 10 pounds of sugar in the last two weeks. They are my favorite birds. Sure like to watch them – they are so fast. I bought a bag of thistle feed for the goldfinch and purple finch last week. I bought another bag yesterday.

My friend who died at 101 years old always said he sure liked to watch the yellow birds. I guess that was OK since he was that age.

I built a feeder using a small pipe from a dust collector and put a frame around it. It is two feet long. I put little holes for the suet to be eaten out of the pipe. I have a small one the Kinner’s gave Ruth Ann for Mother’s Day several years ago but the goldfinch seems to like it better.

The cardinals like thistle seed also along with other birds. That feed and sugar is expensive, but the cost is worth it to be able to watch the birds.

If a person is housebound, that is a good way for them to help pass the time. Give them a bird book so they can identify the birds, and a piece of paper and pencil to write down the name of the birds. That is a way for the folks to get to be able to identify each bird and tell you about them.

Today, I go to talk to the seniors at the Senior Service Lodge and spend an hour visiting with them telling them stories about our young lives and how we lived and worked, how we raised the big gardens, how our mothers canned food for winter.

My mother would can almost 900 quarts of tomatoes, green beans, pickles, apples, cucumbers and make coleslaw. We always raised two gardens. One early and the other was a late garden. That one my brother and I always planted with watermelon. My dad would put watermelon seeds in the fertilizer boxes on the corn planter, then when we cut corn.

My brother would see a melon and we always ran to it. My dad would holler and say get back here and cut corn till you get up to the melon. Boy, did that watermelon taste good. It didn’t last long with us boys and Dad eating it.

Now, mark your calendar for some early events. The Clermont Senior Services will have the annual Touching Hearts Gala on at the Receptions Eastgate from 6 until 10 p.m. Sept. 11. This event raises money for different projects like home repairs, Meals on Wheels and different things for the seniors.

Bethel is getting a new store – Save-a-Lot. It will be in the building where IGA was. That will be a real benefit for the folks in Bethel and surrounding areas. In the building connected to the Save-a-Lot store will be a place for the children to go and get knowledge on how to do different things like how to cook, carpentry, how to get to know about Christ and how to attend a church and become a Christian.

The homemade ice cream social held at the Grange Hall in Nicholsville on Saturday, July 11, was a good success – a good crowd. There were sandwiches, hot dogs, cake, pie, coffee and cold drinks. Folks came not only to eat but to visit. That is a good place to meet your neighbor and visit.

Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praising the good Lord. God bless all.

More later.