Most of my efforts in the garden this week amounted to what my mother would have called "piddling" - a little bit of this and a little bit of that, not really much to show for it but enough to keep me busy.
Truthfully, most of my attention has been on the house this week as we prepared to have a couple of rooms painted to freshen them for the holidays and I did some rearranging of furniture for the same reason, so it was a productive week, just not in the garden.
Today, while the painters were doing their thing inside, I went outside to try to get some hummingbird pictures. There's been an unusual amount (for December) of hummingbird activity in the yard this week. At least three of the little guys have been doing battle over the remaining flowers and the sugar water feeders. I wasn't really sure of the identity of all of them so I wanted to get some pictures to try to confirm just who they were.
I took my chair and my camera and binoculars out by my little pond where a hummingbird feeder hangs from a tree limb. I had seen at least one of the birds feeding there several times this week so I thought that would be my best shot at getting a picture. So I sat down and waited. And waited. And waited some more. As often happens, the birds were not cooperative.
While I was waiting though, I amused myself by watching some of the other visitors to the area.
The holiday season is upon us and yet it is hard for me to feel very holidayish when the temperatures continue to be around 80. Our average first frost of the season comes around December 10. That's just three days away. It doesn't seem very likely, but the weather can change quickly, so who knows? We may yet get some cooler weather to help put us in the mood.