I'm absolutely fascinated by these little guys. As a little girl, I remember my grandmother having a hummingbird feeder outside her front window, and every once in a while we'd see a bird or two stop to get a drink.
Fast forward a few decades. When we were living in the city, we tried to come to ranch as often as we could. And three-day-weekends were always a given. Including Labor Day. I'll never forget the first time I walked into my mother-in-law's kitchen one early September day and saw dozens of hummingbirds flocking around her feeders just outside the door. I'd never seen anything like it.
Well, now we live in that house. And once again, as the great hummingbird migration hits its stride, we are inundated with these tiny birds.
Feeding these little guys is so simple. All you need is a hummingbird feeder, sugar and water. You can find hummingbird feeders at Walmart, hardware stores... And they're pretty inexpensive.
Then, to make their nectar, mix 4 parts water to 1 part sugar. That would be 1 cup of sugar mixed with 4 cups of water. I've had to double my batches lately and am usually making them twice a day as I try to keep three feeders going.
Simply put the mixture in a pot on the stove over medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool before pouring into feeder.
I promise, they will love it.
In case you haven't realized it yet, today is September 11th. A day that lives vividly in minds of many Americans. Like Pearl Harbor, we were sucker-punched. Almost 3,000 people lost theirs lives and countless others were impacted. Yet out of tragedy, Americans united. Churches were filled as people looked for answers. And as we look back on that fateful day, may we never forget.
Three-time Carol Award finalist, Mindy Obenhaus lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, the youngest of her five children and two dogs. She's passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Learn more at www.MindyObenhaus.com