Sunday, April 25, 2010

Miami Arizona - A Short Tour

Antique Store in Miami, Arizona I took a drive a week or so ago to Miami, Arizona. They just happened to be having a street festival called Boomtown Spree.
I'm sharing just a few photos from my short stop in town.

Quaint paintings of cats found around town. Miami is a mining town. The buildings in the town are a bit rundown but you can see the structure of a town that was once vibrant. As seen at the street fair the town is an interesting melting pot of mining families, hippies and laid back entrepreneurs.

There are quite a few cool antique shops right off the main drag through town.

I think for a person interested in antiquing this would be a great way to spend a Saturday morning shopping. There are also a few places to grab a bite to eat.
Cool old espresso machine in an antique store waiting for a rescue.

If nothing else it is certainly a beautiful drive from Queen Creek to Miami.

Kiddie train at street fair.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Hummingbirds in the House!

I've been getting alot of hummingbirds at my feeder, especially at dusk.
I especially like this plastic feeder. It comes apart for easy cleaning.
Here is a recipe for make your own hummingbird nectar to use in your feeder. It's super easy.

Boil four cups of water.
Remove water from the heat.
Stir in one cup of white sugar.
Cool the syrup before filling feeder.
NOTE: Do not use honey, which can cause a fatal fungal infection on the birds' tongues.
NOTE: Do not add food coloring to the solution. It's not necessary, and it may be harmful. Even a small spot of red on the feeder will attract hummingbirds.
You can store the extra syrup in the refrigerator for a week.
Hang the feeder where you can see it from a window.
Clean the feeder at least once a week. In warm weather, you may need to change the syrup and wash out the feeder every day. Don't let the syrup turn cloudy in the feeder — that's mold. It will make hummingbirds avoid your feeder, and it may make them sick.
If ants discover the feeder, discourage them by applying petroleum jelly to the wire that suspends the feeder. Or suspend a cup of water above the feeder. The Nectar Protector accomplishes this easily.
Keep it clean!