Monday, January 07, 2008

Can you say, Chili?

On New Years Day around 6:15 p.m. it started to snow and by 6:26 p.m. it looked like the picture on the left. The temperature also dropped very quickly to single digits (5ºf/-14ºC).

Today, not even a week later, the temperature reached 70ºf/22ºC and to our surprise the many bird feeders that we have hanging out to feed the birds were invaded by bees.
I think they must think that spring has arrived and because there isn't a bloom in sight they all decided to lick the bird seed. As I peered into each feeder it appeared as though the bees were licking each grain of birdseed. Now does anyone know anything about bees and why they are licking the birdseed?
It's supposed to stay warm for a few more days, maybe not as high as 70, but I sure hope that the bees go back to their hive safely before it gets cold again.
Jimmy & I both remarked that we haven't seen this many bees at one time all year, but of course they were all gathered in one place...the bird feeders.

About my post title...
Two days of chili is about all Jimmy can take of eating chili. It's time to freeze it for another time. That big pot of chili that I made for Sunday dinner almost remained untasted by outsiders except that Suzanne stopped by around 8 pm, on Sunday night, for a bowl of mom's chili and to watch the presidential debates with us. Remember the slogan? "Feed them and they will come." Well I have better luck not feeding anyone...I have more company when food isn't involved. I think I'm beginning to get the message loud and clear...I can't cook! At least not very good. My slogan should read, "If you can't cook, stay out of the kitchen MOM!"

Since it was such a nice warm sunny day with scattered clouds, I went along with Jimmy to Suzanne's house. He was going to help Ray with Matt & Tori's horse barn again. Matt was working his 24 hour shift at the fire department, so it was just the two of them, Ray & Jimmy. Suzanne & I spent the afternoon visiting and watching the men work. I followed her around as she fixed coffee for the guys and we also went down to the old horse barn to feed the horses. The horses will be so happy to be in their new home soon and I'm sure that Suzanne will love having the barn much closer to the house and on flat more going up & down that steep hill anymore. Right now the new barn is looking like a nice gazebo...a VERY BIG GAZEBO and it's too bad that they have to put sides on it and close it all in. Oh well.

As the men were working on the barn, they counted & recounted the 8 foot 2x4's that were supposed to be 12 foot 2x4's and only had 55 of them...Ray had ordered 99 (12 foot) treated 2x4's. So besides delivering the wrong lengths, they had also been charged for 99. The 2x4's were also supposed to be made of treated wood. When they ran out of usable wood, they quit for the day. Ray will call the lumber yard tomorrow and get the order straightened out after work. There was also some discussion about two 2x6's that were also not long enough either. The local lumber yard is very nice and will always make good on your order. And even when you're finished with your project and maybe you miscalculated, they'll take the unused lumber back and give you credit for it. I think that's a very nice way to run a business and I can see why people do business with them.

All in all it was a very nice day even though we had to eat chili one more time.


Tropical Screamer said...

Yum. Chili when it's cold. Is there anything better?

Thinking of you.


jellyhead said...

Aw, Sandy, I'm sure it wasn't your chili keeping people away!

That sure is some crazy weather... freezing then quite warm ... no wonder the bees are confused!

Hope you have a great week :)

Tomas Dennis said...

The weather has been crazy, below 9 one day and above 70 a few days later. Bees like the nector that you give to the Hummingbirds. Put out a bowl for them.

Granny said...

I'm incapable of cooking small amounts of things like chili or spaghetti sauce. Thanks heavens for the freezer.

Susie said...

I always make big batches of things like chili too. I send a lots home with the kids and then freeze it in meal sized portions.
Those bees at the bird feeder are certainly a puzzle. I've never seen anything like that here.