Thursday, September 21, 2006

I have a cute little hummingbird feeder

In today's world, it seems that almost any topic is open for debate. While I was gathering facts for this article, I was quite surprised to find some of the issues I thought were settled are actually still being openly discussed.

We've all experienced it. You buy a cute little hummingbird feeder, and one day it falls and the glass bottle breaks. You may think that all is lost, but hold on for just a second. You can fix that hummingbird feeder with things you have around your home. You might try and piece the bottle back together with glue. But that usually isn't a good option. Bottles usually break into too many small pieces. But look closely at the opening on the bottle. Chances are it’s the same size as the mouth on a soda bottle. If so, then you have a chance at saving your prized feeder.

But life doesn't work that way. The fact is, we get what we focus on. Our brains have to filter through huge amounts of input, whether it's the birds flying past the office window or the latest financial news. The bird enthusiast sees an orange-crowned warbler sipping from the hummingbird feeder; the warbler is invisible to his non-birding co-worker at the next desk. You and I listen to the same news report; you're an avid investor, but I only stare blankly when you comment afterwards on the price of oil. It seems as if people have a superstitious need to make disclaimers. I'm not ready, I'm not smart, I'm not successful – all of these statements are somehow supposed to turn away the bad luck gremlins and instead invite the gods of good fortune to smile upon us. We blame our achievements and successes on luck and circumstance, and embrace setbacks with a litany of responsibility. First the easy part. The bottom of the bird feeder. That's part that the bottle screws into and where your hummingbirds drink the

Is everything making sense so far? If not, I'm sure that with just a little more reading, all the facts will fall into place.

nectar. The soda bottle should screw right into it. The top part is a little trickier. If the decorative top of your humming bird feeder has a hole in it for a wire, great. If not, you'll need to drill one in it. Now find yourself a little piece of wire, but make sure it will fit through the hole in the feeders top. Glue one end to the bottom of your soda bottle. If you use hot glue, make sure you don't accidentally melt a hole in the plastic bottle. When the glue dries, run the other end of the wire up through the top of your feeder and make a little loop. There you have it, it's that simple. Hang the feeder from the loop, and your feeder had been saved from the trash heap.

Those who only know one or two facts about hummingbird feeder can be confused by misleading information. The best way to help those who are misled is to gently correct them with the truths you're learning here.


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