My wife seems to have taken personal responsibility to feed half the birds in northern Georgia. I don’t know what prompted this recent interest, but with a high degree of excitement, she has purchased a couple bird feeders and a pole with hangers on which to hang the feeders. It is set up right outside the window by the table in the RV and as she sits at her work, she can watch the little feathered beasts come and go. She has even bought a couple of birding books so that she can learn to identify the different species that come to dine at her “table”.
As it turns out, squirrels like the food, too, so you have to buy some special things that frustrate and defeat the squirrels from robbing the feeders of their bird food. Very clever…but they work!
Oh, and she got a hummingbird feeder, too. Did you know that if you aren’t careful, the ants will follow the sweet smell of the sucrose water and you’ll have ants all over your hummingbird feeder? No, we didn’t either. But they have something special for that, too!!! It’s looks like an upside-down umbrella that hangs from its own hook (where the handle would be) and has another hook at what would be the top of the umbrella. The umbrella hangs upside down and the inside of the umbrella is filled with water to drown the ants that try to steal the nectar! Ingenius…and simple – the best combination ever!
Actually, I’ve found it rather interesting, to see the birds that come because it gives me a chance to shoot pictures of the birds. Today’s photo was shot a few days ago. I’d seen a cardinal around once or twice, so I was thrilled when I looked outside the window and saw this fellow enjoying a snack.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: on April 13, 1970, disaster struck 200,000 miles from Earth when oxygen tank No. 2 exploded on Apollo 13, the third manned lunar landing mission. Astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert, and Fred W. Haise had left Earth two days before for the Fra Mauro highlands of the moon but were forced to turn their attention to simply making it home alive.
Mission commander Lovell reported to mission control on Earth: “Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” and it was discovered that the normal supply of oxygen, electricity, light, and water had been disrupted. The landing mission was aborted, and the astronauts and controllers on Earth scrambled to come up with emergency procedures. The crippled spacecraft continued to the moon, circled it, and began a long, cold journey back to Earth.
The astronauts and mission control were faced with enormous logistical problems in stabilizing the spacecraft and its air supply, and providing enough energy to the damaged fuel cells to allow successful reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. Navigation was another problem, and Apollo 13‘s course was repeatedly corrected with dramatic and untested maneuvers. On April 17, with the world anxiously watching, tragedy turned to triumph as the Apollo 13 astronauts touched down safely in the Pacific Ocean.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: An anonymous contributor to the Hippocratic Collection (or Canon) believed vessel valves kept impurities out of the heart, since the intelligence of man was believed to lie in the left cavity.