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"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."
- Unknown

"That which does not kill you, makes you stronger."
- Handed down through the ages.

"Life's tough. It's even tougher when you're stupid."
- John Wayne

Proof that it works!

I know I won't have time to write later today, so here's today's post.

The only piles of snow left in the yard are ones like this: covered by and insulated under sawdust!

See, our forefathers knew what they were doing when they packed sawdust around those massive blocks of ice languishing in the shady ice houses!

It makes you wonder whether someone was experimenting with ideas for "how can we keep ice cold in the summertime?" or if it was a genius mistake: "Dang, the snow underneath piles of sawdust just DOESN'T melt! Heyyyyy . . . WAIT a minute!!!!"

What do YOU think? :)

P.S. Is your hummingbird feeder out? Today's the day we put them up in our neck of the woods. And, matter of fact, I saw our first one arrive on Tuesday: 3 days early! (But I haven't seen him since . . . probably because I DIDN'T have the hummingbird feeder up yet!) Also, don't forget: new studies have shown that putting red dye in the water you make is unnecessary and actually makes them SICK - giving them diarrhea! So don't do it!


  1. We had our first hummer on the 13th but he's been very scarce (IF there is only one). The whole flock has definitely not arrived yet.

    Once years ago in June we found a small pile of snow/ice under a mound of old straw in a lean-to by the barn. No wonder the old-timers used sawdust and hay for insulation in house walls!

  2. We have 2 feeders going and ALWAYS have our feathered friends dining. We go through about 1/2 gallon of sweet liquid per week. As a note, we don't add red dye in the liquid but our red colored feeder is always empty way before the green one.

  3. I didn't even know they MADE any-color-other-than-red for hummingbird feeders!


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