May 222021

With only a few days left before our kids come to visit, Terry and I have been busy getting ready for the big event. I started the day by going out to the garage and clearing off an accumulation of stuff that had piled up on the workbench. They say a tidy desk is a sign of a weak mind. If that applies to desks or workbenches, trust me, I’m not a slob, I’m a damn genius!

I have a tendency to pile things up, with sometimes distresses my slightly OCD wife, as well as a series of secretaries over the years. But I know where everything is, kinda sorta, so don’t mess with my mess.

With the top of the workbench cleared off and things sorted and put away, and after arranging some other stuff out there, it doesn’t look too bad. Well, no worse than normal anyway.

While I was doing that, Terry was busy with a lot of other chores. She vacuumed and mopped the floors, took down our Arlo security cameras and charged their batteries and then remounted them. Then she hung up this hummingbird feeder for me. I absolutely love hummingbirds and I’ve wanted to get a feeder for a while now, and when we were at Tractor Supply the other day I found just the one I wanted. We already had the decorative pole in the garage for some other project that didn’t work out the way we wanted. Now I can sit at my desk in watch the hummers as they come by.

That’s assuming they can fly in the wind we’ve had lately. It’s been in the 15 to 20 mile per hour range for days now. But at least it has been keeping the temperature down somewhat. The bad news is that the weatherman says that the winds are going to die off and the temperatures are going to start climbing within the next day or two. It’s going to be hot and humid. Welcome to Florida in the summertime.

But don’t worry, ladies, your comfort is always our first concern here in the Sunshine State. Look what I saw when I went to the hardware store the other day. Lady Monkey Butt! There are so many things I want to say related to this, but I won’t. But you can’t stop me from thinking them! Instead, I’ll just sit here and watch the Funky Monkey video.

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Thought For The Day – Thank you to all of the people who walked into my life and made it better. And to those who left my life and made it amazing.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  2 Responses to “Hummers And Monkey Butt”

  1. Watch your hummingbird feeder tho. The ants have a diabolical way of climbing the pole and getting into the feeder. And you’ll be surprised just how fast they can do it! The hummers won’t feed then if the syrup is full of ants….

  2. Nick – we have two of the exact same dual feeders in our backyard – as Nancy suggested, the ants were attracted to & discovered the feeders almost immediately due to some initial leakage and spillage of the sugar water – we resolved the issue by smearing a light coat of Vaseline petroleum jelly on the poles – started about six inches from the bottom- only need to coat about 12″ of pole.
    They are a blast to sit and observe the personalities, varieties & their competitiveness – we distanced the feeders about 12 ft from each other as hummers are territorial and there is always one or two who unsuccessfully attempt to defend all the feeder, Enjoy the show.

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