When the temperature dropping past cold the last few weeks, the acrylic bird feeder stuck on my window suddenly became the hottest spot in town. Mind you this is the same feeder the little chirpers ignored all summer in spite of all my efforts to attract them.
I tried everything – sprinkling bird seed on the ground and drawing a line up the side of the house to the feeder, installing a blinking arrow on the roof pointing down to it and posting signs reading, “Get Yur Nectar Fix Here,” Fly With Wild Bird Seed” and “Live High Off the Window.” None of which grabbed the attention of a single bird, not even a passing sparrow.
I did notice a large number of birds perched in the trees getting stoned off the mulberries. Which explained why they couldn’t manage a feeder landing.
So, when they flew in this winter, I didn’t get terribly excited or even particularly sympathetic. It’s amazing how much friendlier they were, inviting all their ruffled buddies for miles around to join them for a free feed. Trouble is, the bird feeder is covered in snow and not even a squirrel can find it. Such a shame, there they sit sober, lined up on the picnic table ( without a one falling off,) just waiting to take a flying run at the feeder.
Ice and snow is on the way again to cause all kinds of problems so the annual Evening of Excellence presented by the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Alumni Association has been postponed. Originally scheduled for Thursday, the dinner now is planned for Feb. 5 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Center. Dr. Russell Postier, Michael Samis and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber will receive awards. Reservations are $250. For information, call 271-2353.
You didn’t have a pipe burst during the single digit cold snap? Well aren’t you the lucky one.
Most of the people I talked to the past three weeks have either backed-up, stopped-up, burst or overflowed.
Have you noticed? When the temperature hits zero, plumbers seem to take off on the first ice floe.
Heaven knows it is difficult enough to find a good plumber (or any other kind for that matter,) even under the best of circumstances. Mine only answers his phone every other Thursday and only two people know his cell phone number, so when you have been overflowing since Monday, this can present a problem.
When you finally get one to answer the phone, it’s difficult to speak rationally. The shock alone of learning you are no longer speaking to his answering machine, can strike you dumb.
I’ve had friends blow the whole thing with the first sentence, shouting and running their words together, for fear he will hang up. Sobbing doesn’t help either. That’s a cheap shot and will leave you with a dead phone everytime. ( I know these things.)
Once a plumber is persuaded to make a house call, don’t expect anything to happen right away. He never has the size wrench or plunger he needs, just a handful of worn washers and a roll or two of black tape. Don’t ask me why, that’s just the way it works.
Make sure your dog is properly plumber trained (house trained adds a nice touch, too.) If your dog should bite one, you’ll find your hot and cold water faucets switched and your septic tank set in reverse.
I pass this plumbing trivia on simply because it could be a long cold winter.
It never hurts to let your plumber know he’s appreciated when he finishes plumbing. I think a mauve drop light with a frosted bulb or a wrench with his intials on it would be about right. I’ve ordered some designer rubber boots for mine -just to be on the safe side.
Bachelor Club debs Courtney Greer, Ashley Farris, Kelly Heafy.
Evening of Excellence, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Alumni Association Research Fund Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Jan 28, National Cowboy & Western Museum, blak tie, $250 per person, 271-2353.
Oklahoma City Police Athletic League Charity Fight Night, 6:30 p.m. Jan 28, Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center; black tie; cocktails, dinner, fights, auctions and entertainment; special guest James “Buster” Douglas; $150; 705-7484.
American Lung Association Fight for Air Luncheon, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 2, Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club; Chinese auction and jewelry sales; lunch; speaker Kathryn Joosten of “Desperate Housewives,” raffle drawing; $75; 746-4674, ext. 203.
Historic Automobile Alley Chocolate Decadence, 5:30 to 8 p.m.Feb 4, Hudson Essex Loft Office Building, 825 N Broadway; chocolate treats, jazz, wine, champagne, gourmet coffees and Valentine’s auction; $50; 706-7484.
Oklahoma City Orchestra League 2010 Undecorated Symphony Show House Party, “The Mansion on Lake Overholser,” 2550 E Overholser Drive; 6 to 8 p.m., Feb. 4; wine, beer, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres; $20; 848-6787.
Oklahoma City Museum of Art EGGfinity, annual omelet party, 7 p.m. Feb. 6, Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center; music by Groove Merchants, art raffle, gourmet omelets by area chefs; $79 in advance, $100 at the door; 236-3100.
Hello. In case you have noticed I have been putting more party pictures on the screen and hope to continue with even more.
Marvin, my computer, has been so much friendlier since Christmas I can hardly believe it. He’s allowing me to transfer party pictures onto my blog without sending them all over every glass surface in the house. ‘Course he’s sitting on a new desk, that could be part of it. He’s color coordinated and looks a little more professional.
And then there is the new mouse. My children gave me a mouse for Christmas signed “from Marvin.”
Marvin is really proud of this mouse, and he should be. It flies all over the place with just a touch (a couple of times it got so carried away it flew off the screen but I quickly retrieved it) and scrolls up and down so fast Marvin doesn’t have time to mention “overload.”
HP, the printer is another story. His nose has been out of joint every since the new mouse appeared on the scene. What’s his problem? We all work together here.
HP sits there with his little beady green eye blinking and refuses to print anything. Occasionally he’s spit out something in the dead of night that I asked for three days before ,but that’s about all the effort he makes. Pouting is so tacky, particularly for a printer. I’ve bought some new paper for him with a border on the side, hopefully it will make a difference. But then again, it might not be his color.
In the meantime if I can keep Marvin happy the pictures will continue to appear (on my blog, that is.)