Saturday, June 23, 2007

Short Post Tonight

Whew, I'm exhausted. I went into work for 7 hours this morning, then came home and took a little nap. I bought some perennials on sale at Hy-Vee last night, so I went out and planted them, and also the flat of impatiens still sitting around from 3 weeks ago. That was a good job done--now all my flowers are finally planted.

Then I tackled the bird feeders. In between cleaning out the bird feeders, I also pulled some weeds. Made some supper and after that, I got the birdbaths cleaned out too. It's good to finally get all that stuff out of the way.
The trick for getting that sludge and algae out of your birdbath is white vinegar and a good birdbath scrub brush. The vinegar cuts through the yuckiest gunk and it's not toxic to the birds or pets who drink from your birdbath in case you don't get it all rinsed out. Bleach is still good for sterilizing, but it's not a household chemical I use anymore for a number of reasons I won't go into here. For me, vinegar is a good all-purpose and non-toxic alternative (it also kills weeds!)

While I was out cleaning the birdbaths, I saw the gray catbird with an insect in her beak and she flew over to the evergreen tree. The catbirds have been hanging around here for several weeks now and seem to really like that evergreen tree, but it's thick and I've never been able to spot the nest. I marked the spot where I saw her fly in and walked over there. Sure enough, about 7 feet up, I finally spotted the nest. I could see 2 little baby beaks begging for that insect. Hopefully I can get a picture tomorrow when the light's a little better.

That's all for now. Here's Daisy enjoying a summer evening on the deck and keeping a watchful eye for bunnies.


nina said...

Kittenbirds? So cool to see the baby pics, if you can get them.
And I "approve" of your use of vinegar--although I can't say I have eliminated all chlorine from our use--(how do you do laundry?)

Larry said...

I'll have to try vinegar.-I do use bleach now.-I don't think I'm going to add vinegar to my white clothes in the wash though.

LauraHinNJ said...

Sounds like a busy day!

Tell Daisy to go easy on the bunnies, please.


Jayne said...

Great idea Ruth... so when do you arrive at my house for feeder/birdbath cleaning? Tee hee hee.

RuthieJ said...

Hi Nina,
I used to use chlorine bleach on linens and sometimes white stuff. Now I just use warm/hot water and a non-chlorine powder if stuff is especially dirty. Dogs & cat sleeping in the bed offset any disinfecting properties of bleach in about 2 minutes.

Hi Larry,
Vinegar is a lot cheaper than bleach too and I don't have to worry about those weird bleached-out spots on my clothes anymore either (where I accidentally splashed).

Hi Laura,
We watch Daisy pretty close this time of year, plus she's 14 now and not quite as fast as she used to be.

Hi Jayne,
Wouldn't that be fun....a nationwide tour of blogger backyard birdfeeding habitats, and we could all take turns showing off our best cleaning tips.