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Monday Musings: Books, Birds and Birks

Monday Musings: Books, Birds and Birks

Happy Monday ladies. I’m not sure what difference it makes that it’s Monday but let’s start the week off on a happy note:)  Our temperatures hit the 80’s over the weekend which seems ridiculously early to be so hot but I’m loving it because the sun is out. These are a few of the ramblings on my mind this week.

Dust Jacketsthe battle of versailles

I’m really enjoying this book by Pulitzer-prize winning fashion journalist Robin Givhan. It’s a fascinating topic but the dust jacket isn’t holding up well. Trivial I know, but there it is. I like dust jackets because they give you a little synopsis of the book and you can fold them to the inside to keep your place. They’re designed to keep the book clean and it turns out, a book without its jacket, isn’t worth very much. Who knew? People have been known to take off their book jackets, file them neatly, then put back on when they loan the book to friends. Do you remove your dust jackets? Enquiring minds want to know:)

Hummingbirds

I’ve just bought a third hummingbird feeder and am still striking out. The previous owner left me this feeder which they wouldn’t drink from, so I bought these, which they also won’t go near. I make the recommended 1 to 4 sugar and water mixture, clean the feeder, and yet the hummingbirds want nothing to do with them. My friend Terry had a birdfeeder on her back porch that the birds swarmed. It looked so easy. I read that you should not put red food coloring in the water so I’m not. If I could get even one bird to sip from a feeder, I’d order this adorable glass one. Or this one so I could see them up close. Any suggestions?

Birkenstock’s

I don’t think of myself as a “hippie-type” person but I seem to be leaning that way. I use and wear mala (meditation) beads, I use and diffuse essential oils, I have healing crystals on my desk and bedside table, I eat organic food and now I’ve ordered my first pair of Birkenstocks. I’ve ordered these for the garden and around the house because they’re waterproof and have lots of support. I’ve never worn Birks before but many of you swear by their comfort so I’m anxious for mine to arrive. I may even wear them with the caftan I am obsessing over..more on that another day.

Be well and wear what makes you feel confident.

xx

 

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66 Comments

  1. Martha Edmundson
    April 29, 2020 / 10:54 am

    Hi, Jennifer. This is an interesting post and of course, I, too, have opinions! Hummingbirds will more readily use a feeder that is near some kind of shrub or small tree that will provide cover and a place to rest. I’ve had all kinds of feeders and really like the expensive red plastic best. I also think having some plants around that attract butterflies is helpful. Google for a list.

    I am a retired librarian and always leave the covers on my books. Often, it’s how I identify them on the shelf! I don’t use the cover flap as a bookmark as it starts the deterioration of the cover (personal opinion).

    I love my Birkenstocks! I’ve had several pairs in the last 20 years. My favorite is called the ‘Florida’. It has three smaller straps across rather than the larger ones. I have the plastic type too that I wear for small chores outside, like watering. I, too, have a bunion. It might hurt for a while, but the shoe will eventually conform to your foot, making it very comfortable.

  2. Pauline
    April 29, 2020 / 5:15 am

    I had a pair of Birkenstocks once. I can tell you that, if you have bunions , they are not for you!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 29, 2020 / 8:11 am

      I do have bunions so fingers crossed they’ll be ok

  3. Jen
    April 28, 2020 / 7:53 pm

    I leave the book jackets on when flipping through my (many) decorating and coffee table books. I use Kindle for fiction and self-help type books now so no jackets to consider. I’ve never owned Birks but people swear by them! (I’m deathly afraid of garden creatures so wear wellingtons even when it’s sweltering.) I’m very into the idea of caftans and am curious what you recommend. They seem so glamorous yet comfy. Stay well. Xx

  4. Jamie
    April 28, 2020 / 5:12 pm

    My husband is facing surgery and possible further treatment. The idea of healing crystals sound appealing. Could you offer suggestions or point me in a direction. Thank you.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 29, 2020 / 8:23 am

      I’m not an expert in an way but have read a few small books. I started with this one https://shopstyle.it/l/bgFpN which I bought on audible. I also bought one on Chakra healing which I’ve just started. I’m sending healing thoughts your way

  5. Lynn
    April 28, 2020 / 7:41 am

    Hi Jennifer:

    You will love your Birkenstocks – even though some people call them “old lady shoes” hahah!

    In my opinion, the thing about hummingbird feeders is consistency. When you’re trying to attract them, just keep the feeders out in a friendly, safe space with a fresh supply of undyed sugar water – 1 to 4 ratio. I’ve been doing this for 3 years now and finally have about 4 hummingbirds. I love watching them! If you do this I think they will come. Good luck!

  6. Sandra Matthews
    April 27, 2020 / 6:58 pm

    I love my leather Birkenstock’s.
    When your title said “Birks” I thought Canada’s iconic jewellery store😄
    Be well.

  7. Susie D.
    April 27, 2020 / 2:49 pm

    I tried once with a hummingbird feeder for one day. Sometime between hanging it up and waking up the next morning I discovered that some sort of bird or animal had managed to fling sugar water all over the front of the house, front door, window shutters, front porch and all areas had already been infested with ants. What a big mess! Now I plant zinnia beds with all of their bright colors and there is almost always at least one or two hummingbirds and a lot of beautiful butterflies on the zinnias. All they need is watering and cutting some for bouquets so they rebloom quicker, and they are good to go. All the zinnias need is a sunny place and watering at the roots when they get dry. For a couple of years there was the tiniest little hummingbird who sat on a branch and guarded his zinnia beds from other hummers. Many times I have had the hummers come very close to me and hover and look me right in the face. After discovering how territorial they are, I wonder now if they could see their reflection in my sunglasses and thought there was another hummer invading their space. They also regularly checked the flowered wreath or basket with flowers I usually have on the front door. They left disappointed. They are so beautiful. I’ve seen videos where hummers would come and drink sugar water directly out of peoples hands.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 28, 2020 / 1:03 pm

      Wow! I need Zinnias

  8. Susan B
    April 27, 2020 / 2:44 pm

    My husband is the hummingbird caretaker around our house. I agree that the simple feeders work well as they’re the easiest to keep clean. He makes a big batch of sugar water and stores it in an old 1/2 gallon Vodka bottle he keeps in the fridge. He also changes the water often as it will ferment in warm weather.
    I’ve never been able to wear birks. The arch doesn’t fit right and makes my feet ache no matter what size I’ve tried. But I know I’m in the minority and many swear by them. As for gardening, I like a closed toe shoe I can slip on and off when going in and out of the house. All it takes is one time of dropping even a small pair of clippers in just the right spot on a toe or stepping in a gooshy mess to see why. Right now I have an old pair of walking shoes with the laces tied really loose so I can slip them on and off. I’m looking for something different, but so far I haven’t come up with anything I like better. I may sacrifice a fairly new pair of BZees slip ons as they can be tossed in the washing machine. Right now, they’re my in-house only shoes.

  9. Linda V
    April 27, 2020 / 1:50 pm

    Please google plants that hummingbirds feed from. They like all trumpet like flowers especially bright red ones. I have firebushes and a bottlebrush tree here in Florida and they would rather feed from them than a feeder. Plus if the feeder is in the sun, the liquid will “turn” and they will not eat it. You ae so lucky to have a nest!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 28, 2020 / 1:02 pm

      I do see them around my bottle brush tree…darn

  10. Katji
    April 27, 2020 / 1:11 pm

    My mother lived a bit southeast of Folsom and had great luck with the simple plastic Walmart feeders. Maybe one hummer will find your feeder and attract the rest of the flock. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  11. Norma G
    April 27, 2020 / 1:03 pm

    I grew up with a very simple hummingbird feeder and would watch the birds using it often while I was eating breakfast. I haven’t had a feeder for over fifty years, but I do have some Bird of Paradise plants just outside my living room window that the hummingbirds love. So, I sit on my couch and watch the hummingbirds as much as I want. I also love to leave my dining room window open and listen the the chirps and tweets of other birds.
    Book dust covers stay on while I read and they usually remain in good condition. Maybe because I like to read a book in one or two sittings. It’s rare that I start a book without several free hours to read the entire thing straight through.
    I haven’t had any Birkenstocks in decades, but I do love my Clark slides. I have several pair and alternate wearing them. I also have one very well worn pair I wear for slopping around the house.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 28, 2020 / 1:00 pm

      I’m a big fan of Clarks for comfort too

  12. Rhonda Williams
    April 27, 2020 / 12:43 pm

    I don’t read paper books anymore. Just use Kobo on my phone or computer. This was a godsend throughout menopause as I suffered from insomnia and was reading intermitently throughout the night. I was delighted to start using a tablet and being able to read without disturbing hubby. Never went back to paper books.

    I have a lot of hummingbirds at my place. I plant flowers to attract them and provide them with food. I don’t really like them personally, as I find they are real dive bombers. I’ve had to duck a few times as they seem to fly straight for me. Maybe it’s just me!

    I usually wear rubber boots in the garden at this time of year because it can be cool and/or damp. Later on I wear old Sketchers. I put bark mulch on my flower beds every year, and the texture can be hard on bare skin.

    I love caftans and will look forward to hearing what you think and seeing what you chose!

  13. Carolynn
    April 27, 2020 / 12:13 pm

    I’ve had a few really pretty glass hummingbird feeders over the years. They made a sticky mess on the deck and we never saw one hummingbird. One year, I painted a terra-cotta pot a bright turquoise colour, filled it with orange million bells, and put it on the patio table on that same deck. To my surprise, the hummingbirds loved it. 😊For the first time, we had hummingbirds in our yard.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 28, 2020 / 12:57 pm

      Wow, I thought they liked red, not orange.I obviously just need to plant more flowers

  14. Eve
    April 27, 2020 / 11:25 am

    Love the picture. I gave up on bird houses and bird feeders. I have dozens of birds who love my back woods and adored my fresh garden veggies, especially strawberries and watermelon. Pricked holes in them but would not have their babies in the bird houses or drink from my hummingbird spigots. Oh well. I love watching them.
    I love dust jackets so I want them on when I’m reading. I usually buy used books at library sales or on eBay so the jacket is not always neat but it doesn’t bother me. I miss holding real books now that I read on my kindle more. I guess it’s like the difference between a music download or a record album cover. We make progress but we lose something along the way.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 28, 2020 / 12:55 pm

      I like holding real books too. I’ve bought several on my Kindle but never finish them because they’re unsatisfying

  15. Terry
    April 27, 2020 / 11:12 am

    When I read “Birks” in your blog title, I thought you were going to mention Dr. Birx! 🙃

  16. marlene alves
    April 27, 2020 / 11:03 am

    Thank you for this post, Jennifer; such a relief from the Facebook posts full of politics and coronavirus. Delightful reading and informative too!

  17. Christine
    April 27, 2020 / 10:15 am

    I’ve been feeding hummingbirds for the last ten years, enjoying a swarm of birds in my two hanging feeders. This year, a male “bully” has been territorial and chased most of them away. I’m patient, as hummingbirds live 3 to 5 years, that the swarm will return. The bully is beautiful! His chest is a bright fire red, with iridescent green wings. I use the feeders with the perch; however, a few years back, I had trouble with ants. Now I have the models with the cup on top that’s filled with water; ant problem solved. I make my own hummingbird syrup, 1 part sugar/4 parts water. We also have lots of blooms they enjoy. In So Cal, the birds are year-round.
    I keep my jackets on my books. I like the extras the offer too.
    The Birkenstocks style hasn’t attracted me, even in their latest go-around. I prefer huaraches and other braided and wrapped leather styles. Our heat wave began last week in L.A. and I’m afraid it will go through until October now.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 28, 2020 / 12:46 pm

      He sounds very fun to watch. I would be patient too

  18. Elaine
    April 27, 2020 / 10:08 am

    I discovered that hummingbirds won’t come to a feeder that has no place for them to stand on to rest. Paid a lot of $$ for a couple of beautiful glass hummingbird feeders, made the mixture same as your recipe, but they only fed on the feeder where they could land and rest while they ate. Also regarding Berks, I used to swear by them, but have since switched to Oofos. About the same cost but way more versatile and WAY more comfortable, as evidenced by I now own 9 pairs!

  19. Pat
    April 27, 2020 / 9:33 am

    just an fyi on your new rubber birkenstock’s…..unlike the traditional birkenstock’s, they will not mold to your feet! i wear mine around the pool or to the beach. lots of different styles to try!!!
    i like to have a strap between my toe, so i wear the gizeh style. not quite as “hippieish”😁 there are two types of “birkies”… leather or flor-nubuck. the latter look like leather but usually a bit less expensive. the footbed on all are leather. enjoy!!

  20. Rosemarie
    April 27, 2020 / 9:21 am

    Good morning from the west coast. We have 2 of the basic plastic hummingbird feeders. My husband makes the syrup solution for them = no food colouring. During the winter we still have hummingbirds here – we bring in the feeder when it starts getting dark so it doesn’t freeze overnight.

    We had 3 hummingbirds here for months – then in March they disappeared for the month – now 2 are back. I have a red salvia plant on the deck for them – it’s just starting to get leaves after dying off for the winter – they love the flowers – 4 feet off the ground and also plant a few scarlet runner beans for them – they also like these red flowers.

    One has to have patience in attracting hummingbirds – eventually they do find the feeders.

    Be careful in the garden if you are in the dirt with open shoes/no socks – you don’t want any dirt to get into a small cut etc. Wash those feet thoroughly when you come in.

    Book covers – some I take off when I’m reading if they are not a tight fit as they move too much and edges get frayed.

  21. Sharon Smith
    April 27, 2020 / 9:02 am

    I’ve worn Birks since my first pregnancy, as suggested by my podiatrist. They are my “house slippers,” in that they’re on my feet anytime I’m in the house and awake. Once they break in, they mold to your feet and are super comfortable.

  22. Rose
    April 27, 2020 / 8:58 am

    I regret that I gave away by Birks many years ago. I had two pair that I bought because I had bunion surgery and they were the only shoes that fit. I’ve been thinking about buying another pair but they just seem so wide on a narrow foot. I love books with dust jackets too!

  23. Carolyn
    April 27, 2020 / 8:30 am

    I am enjoying your opening pictures. So pretty. I look forward to having my coffee with you every day.
    HaHa about you becoming a “hippie”. I am exactly the same except for the Birks. My feet give me fits and no matter how many pair I’ve tried, Birks are not for me.

  24. Kathy
    April 27, 2020 / 8:27 am

    I have read with interest all of the comments and advice regarding hummingbird feeders. This post is timely since I’ve located two feeders we received as gifts and am ready to try them out. Being an ex high school librarian, I couldn’t live without my books and would never remove a jacket. I only loan books I don’t expect to get back because I’ve learned that very few people take as good a care of them as I prefer. I’ve rescued many old books that I’ve loved from thrift and antique stores. Unfortunately, when we relocated to our new home I had to part with many of my beloved books as well as nearly all of my movies. I would never wear any type of sandal or open toe shoe while working in the yard. We live in a rural area now and there is a danger of chiggers and ticks! I’ve dealt with those little buggers before and want no part of them now!

  25. Cathy
    April 27, 2020 / 7:50 am

    Good morning! I agree with those who say that the basic hummingbird feeders are the best and that having a place to perch makes a huge difference. We have a basic feeder (one with four red plastic flowers) with a perch underneath each flower. When the resident male isn’t keeping away other “rivals”, we often have four females at the feeder – one at each perch, drinking away. I feel like we have the hummingbird version of “Cheers”!

  26. Cindy MacDonald
    April 27, 2020 / 7:36 am

    The simple hummingbird feeders with a resting ledge work the best. Try Best-1 or Perky Pet brands. I tried the pretty glass feeders with no luck and they are hard to clean. Keep the feeders clean and near flowers and give it time to find your feeders. Hummingbirds are fun to watch.

    • Rosie
      April 27, 2020 / 12:28 pm

      Cindy has it right. Perky Pet “pinch waist” version available at many retailers and quite affordable, but if you want the cadillac of feeders, easiest to fill, clean, and with a lifetime guarantee, go with Aspects “HummZinger”. They are more expensive but worth every penny. We have 11 feeders scattered around here and use up pounds and pounds of sugar. Hummer love 🙂
      Fancy decorative feeders are useless, except as yard art.

  27. Joanna
    April 27, 2020 / 7:30 am

    Hummingbirds can take a while to find your feeders. If the previous owner didn’t attrack hummers in the yard it is not a known destination for them. Buy one of the cheaper, red, plastic ones and hang that. It took me two years to get hummers to my feeders even though they came for the fushia while it was in bloom. I take mine down once the rhododendron and fushia are blooming, as the sweetness attracts wasps. Be patient grasshopper. 😉

    I leave the dust jacket on my hardcovers as it protects the book. I am careful with them as they can get damaged. I take them off my coffee table books and file them, if the book itself has a nice cover/right colour.

    I must admit I don’t like Birks at all. I don’t find them attractive plus they don’t fit my narrow feet. Having said that, they might be very comfortable on your feet and become your go to footwear.

    Week 7 of self isolating/social distancing. I’m bored! My house is clean and everything in it’s place and my garden is weeded, pruned, shrubs relocated, mulch raked….I’m starting to get bored but I will continue to stay home, stay safe.

  28. Lauren
    April 27, 2020 / 7:30 am

    Just make sure when ordering any style Birks that you order the correct width for your foot…they make Narrow, Regular and Wide…..and make sure that the length is such that your toes do not bash on the end or go over. Once that is correct the straps are adjusted so your foot stays in place. There used to be “official” Birkenstock stores where they were trained to do fittings; there may still be one of those in your area when stores can open again

  29. Diane B
    April 27, 2020 / 7:29 am

    Humming bird feeders are a real mystery. I have purchased the beautiful and fancy ones, mostly for myself it seem, as the birds like the simple ones best. I get the Walmart type, and find the ones with a perch are used most. Cleaning often is required and the fancy ones are difficult in most cases also. As for the books, I leave the covers on unless reading in the tub. I worked in a library when young, and had to make covers many times. Had not thought of that for decades. Books are in my blood and could not imagine a home without them. Enjoy your outdoor time and warm weather, ours is finally warming up a bit. Yay

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 27, 2020 / 9:36 am

      This brings back memories. Every new school year we made covers for our text books out of brown paper bags:)

  30. Eileen
    April 27, 2020 / 7:03 am

    Our bird feeder is under a tree limb, half full, no red coloring, water on top to discourage ants, cleaned once a week, and has a rim to rest on while drinking. One bird has claimed the feeder as his territory, but the other keep trying. As to Birks, my feet sweat too much to use any plastic/ vinyl/ synthetic shoes, and I’m allergic to rubber, so I use my old exercise lace up shoes in the garden.

  31. Sandy
    April 27, 2020 / 7:03 am

    I have been reading your blog and look forward to it every day. Like anything you discuss.
    At this time with the virus around you are a breath of fresh air

  32. Bab
    April 27, 2020 / 6:59 am

    We have purchased the cool glass feeders before and the hummingbirds didn’t give them the time of day. We used our plain plastic red one with the yellow flowers. . . Once they found it we seemed to have a family of them drinking from it. We have some flowering plants in our yard so they didn’t need to search far. They certainly are interesting little birds.

    That sandal has never been comfortable for me but a lot of people where them.

    Have a great day.

  33. Maxine
    April 27, 2020 / 6:41 am

    Try a hummingbird feeder with a perch on it…that is what I have and I usually have about 50 to 60 birds. I live in a very isolated area….but I tried the feeders without the perch with little success so my brother bought me one with a perch….it was the thing. My yard always sounds like it has a helicopter in it with the hummers flying about! But, I love the little critters!

  34. Karen H,
    April 27, 2020 / 6:26 am

    Hi Jennifer! I’ve had hummers for many years. Sounds like you are doing the right thing in terms of the nectar. I hang my feeders under the house eaves and close to a leafy tree. They like to sit on branches and survey their territory. They are very territorial! They supply endless hours of enjoyment. Be patient, they will come! I always take off book dust covers and store. No on the Birks for me. Hope they work for you.

  35. Olwyn
    April 27, 2020 / 6:18 am

    I have been wearing Mephistos for decades – love them for the comfort, fit, and relief they give my very difficult feet. I can be on a concrete floor for 8 hours in them at my volunteer work. They are an engineered sandal or shoe made in France and while I find them expensive they have been invaluable to me. All the best with the Birks. Naots, made in Israel, are another well made possibility.

  36. Ginny
    April 27, 2020 / 6:07 am

    Good morning! I am taking note of all the great advice on proper placing and care of the hummingbird feeders. I have struggled to have much luck at all. I do have my orange slices out trying to attract the first orioles of the season. If they show up, I will switch out to grape jelly.
    I love book covers and tend to leave them on. I grew up attending a “country school” and every fall we made book covers for our new books. (Yeah, I know this really dates me) lol! Maybe it just shows how powerful our childhood experiences impact our adult choices. Hmmm
    I don’t own any birks. I throw on some flip flops for a quick trip to my garden but when I am out for any length of time, I put on a lace up canvas shoe. I really need that more secure fit when walking on uneven ground.
    Hooray for the sunshine! 🌞

  37. Roxanne
    April 27, 2020 / 5:52 am

    My very best friend has a PhD in poultry science and gave me the scoop on how to attract hummingbirds! They do not seem to enjoy the beautiful feeders as much as we do! Stick to simple like a Perky Pet which is inexpensive and found at Walmart, Target, many grocery stores. Make your own food…boil 2 cups water and dissolve 1/2 cup sugar, cool completely. No red food coloring. Keep your feeders clean and change the food out at least twice a week as it sours quickly in hot weather. Following that advice, I have tons of hummers at my feeders from April until October!

    • patricia a gale
      April 27, 2020 / 1:48 pm

      This is my recommendations also. Excellent advice and does work since I too have used all points she made in attracting lots of Hummers each season.

  38. Arna
    April 27, 2020 / 5:44 am

    We get hummingbirds when the rhododendrons are in bloom. They love the pink color. Sometimes we get them in the summer, if I make sure to put some red/pink flowers in the flower pots.

  39. Susan R
    April 27, 2020 / 5:14 am

    I’ve only had luck with hummingbird feeders near the flowers they go to anyway. I wanted them up on my raised deck, but they wouldn’t come there. Probably too exposed. Then the bees found the feeder. Yikes! Swarms of them. I gave up.
    I never liked the clunky look of birks, but tried them recently hoping for comfort. My back started aching (I have back issues) and as the birks were the only change, I stopped wearing them. My doc said the lower heel doesn’t work for everyone. Back they went! Good luck with yours. Keep the box, you may meed it!

  40. Sharon
    April 27, 2020 / 5:04 am

    Good morning! I love waking up and reading your posts. Always gives me something to think about for the day. I would never take a dust jacket off a book, but then I worked in a library during college and saw what happened to books that lost their “jackets”, poor souls!
    I don’t have any better luck with hummingbird feeders up here in the north so can’t offer any advice to you on that. However, if you like hummingbirds, have you read “The Fastest Things on Wings” by Terry Masear? She rescues and rehabilitates hummingbirds in Los Angeles. Her stories are fascinating about the little creatures. I’m listening to it on Audible on my daily walks. One more way to get in some literary time. Have a great Monday!

  41. Kelly H
    April 27, 2020 / 5:00 am

    Although Birkenstocks FEEL good initially, I find that I cannot wear them anymore, as the heel cup in Birks is lower than the rest of the sole (which my podiatrist pointed out), which aggravates my plantar fasciitis.

    I don’t know if you suffer from that, but if you do, you might want to return them after they arrive.

    Thank you for your continued posts and musings. They really brighten up my day!

  42. Lori
    April 27, 2020 / 4:58 am

    I found that the hummingbirds wouldn’t come to the feeders if they were too exposed. I have mine on low shepherd’s hooks near my hydrangeas and they seem to like that. Maybe they feel safer with the foliage as protection? That triple feeder is darling–I may need that!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 27, 2020 / 9:34 am

      I just went out and moved mine. Great idea:)

  43. Arden
    April 27, 2020 / 4:57 am

    I have found that hummingbirds like the simplest plastic feeders. Very inexpensive. Start with one of those and when they’ve found your place you can try switching to your fancy ones.
    I use a small amount of the mixture and change often. Every other day.
    Hope this helps. I have feeders in the front and back and I really enjoy these little guys!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 27, 2020 / 9:34 am

      I love them so hopefully I can figure this out. I’ve also been putting too much liquid in. I can do this!!

  44. Theresa
    April 27, 2020 / 4:54 am

    I have two large boxes of book covers, I lay them flat in the boxes and they are in alphabetical order, so when a new book is purchased it can be filed. Very easy to find when it’s time to lend out the book. When we moved a couple of years ago about 200 books were donated to local organizations. Now we use our kindles and borrow books from the library.

    Hummingbird feeders are a hit/miss they see, to prefer the kind of feeders you purchased though. Try putting the feeders around flowers, and make sure you put fresh nectar in feeder everyday, they like it cold. I don’t put much in the feeder either that way it’s always fresh and the ants/bees don’t eat it all up.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 27, 2020 / 9:27 am

      Good point! I’m going to try moving mine. I am bound and determined to get at least one to drink. They’re so cute

  45. gayle
    April 27, 2020 / 4:48 am

    I leave the covers on to use as book marker. I have been buying more paperbacks as I like to read when I walk in the pool ( condo pool closed weeks ago and boy, do I know it, bad knee so hard to walk on land). We had the feeder you ordered from Amazon at our Mn. lake house. The hummingbirds came but not as happily as they came to the flowers around the feeder. I don’t know why. Our neighbors have same one and it is used all the time. Birks, I tried but I felt like they were too low heeled. I wear a pair of rubber mudders in the gardens. Your feet do sweat but the toes stay clean! I am too full to wear a caftan, my Mom used to make them for sis and I to wear as lounge wear. I was slimmer! Loved this post. Keep us entertained, please and thank you!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 27, 2020 / 9:26 am

      I’m thinking the caftan could cover a multitude of sins 🙂

  46. Melissa R
    April 27, 2020 / 4:45 am

    Good Monday morning! I love books but where we live ( very small town in NC) there really isn’t anywhere to purchase hardback books. I do order some and use the library but usually resort to reading on my I-pad since I am so impatient.
    My 3 granddaughters and two daughters love Birks. I have never liked them. My daughter insisted I needed a pair but I think she did that knowing I would give them to her😂 when I was young, I did not like the look, and now I find they do not have enough support for my aging feet! Plus, I could not wear them to the garden because we fight a losing battle with red ants! I always wear an old pair of tennis shoes. Those ants have a mean!
    Have a fabulous week!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 27, 2020 / 9:13 am

      You’re daughter sounds clever :). Happy Monday

  47. Karen
    April 27, 2020 / 4:13 am

    I got these Birkies in black several months ago and love them! Even in our cold Vermont winter I’ve worn them with socks around the house. My leather Birkies are size 41, and for these I started with 41 then tried 40 and ended keeping those. I wonder how yours will fit. (My daughter has them in pink in her usual size 38.)

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 27, 2020 / 9:12 am

      I really debated about those pink! Such a happy color

  48. Paulette Levy
    April 27, 2020 / 4:09 am

    Good morning Jennifer! Well I’m hoping that your feeders do begin to attract a hummingbird or two really soon. Maybe when you least expect it! Hope so!

    On books, I consider myself an avid enthusiastic reader but always leave the jacket on. I tend to read while chomping on pretzels and other salty (bad ) snacks and want to keep the book cjean I guess. Can’t imagine reading without the jacket! Sounds odd, but that’s just me. The cover is getting salty anyway so that’s why it’s odd.
    Don’t care for the look or feel (knee ) of my one pair of Birks. They’re now boxed and put away. I wear old canvas sneakers when gardening here. I don’t want my toes in the soil with fertilizers even my organic stuff. Another odd me habit. Happy Gardening!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      April 27, 2020 / 9:11 am

      You’re so funny. Happy Monday Paulette!

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