Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Morning chores

Everybody here in our desert runs errands EARLY in the morning or in the evening.  The rest of the day, we just hibernate.  I awake about 4:30 a.m. and my chores are done by 6:00.  Then I sit at my computer for an hour or so and watch all the birds outside my office window in the front garden.  This morning, a beautiful male oriole came for a visit and right now a hummingbird is at his feeder.

I wake up, put the dog out to pee, and feed the 2 outdoor cats, who are always waiting for me, demanding breakfast.  Then I feed the dog.  Then I get to pee.  Then I go out front and feed the birds.  I have several feeders to fill and 2 finch socks.  I also put out mealworms for the mockingbird family in  the neighborhood.  Then I come in and put the coffee on.  I usually wander around until the coffee is done, then I check my email and facebook.  By the time I've finished my coffee, all the feeders need to be filled again.  Oh, and I clean and scrub the hummingbird feeders at least 3x a week so black mold doesn't grow on them.

I bought two new feeders at WalMart the other day when I was buying mealworms.  I went to our neighborhood WalMart, but they don't keep their shelves restocked very well, and they were out of them.  So, I had to drive 7 miles at 4 p.m. (the HOTTEST time of day!) to the nearest Super WalMart.  They had them, so I bought 2 bags.  They also had 3 packages of Tithonia (Mexican red sunflowers), so I bought those as well, since the hummingbirds really enjoy the Tithonia that I have out front.  By the time I got home, I was too pooped to buy dinner, so hubby ordered a pizza for himself and a ham sandwich for me from our local pizza place.  We watched TV until 10:30 p.m. and I woke up at 4:30 again this morning...back to my chores!

Here's a photo of my male feral cat.  I call him "Little Man". You can see how feral he is now.  One of these days, I will capture him and take him in to be neutered, but we aren't at that point in our relationship yet...

1 comment:

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Sounds like my post about the endless pottying and feeding. In one end, out the other... It's a good thing you don't have to clean up after the birds. Or maybe you do, like hosing down the patio or something. We've gotten so much bird poop on our patio since we started hanging the bird feeder there, but it's worth it because I get to see cardinals and road runners just outside my doors. Even the bunnies hop up onto the porch to pick up whatever seeds fell out.