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Old 09-06-2013, 09:15 AM   #1
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I felt I needed to explain myself

The other day I was at the grocery store to pick up a few salad items and chicken breasts and a 5-pound bag of white sugar. It’s a Safeway I go to often and when the checker got to the sugar I blurted out “That’s not for me. It’s for my humming bird feeders.” You would have thought I was buying a copy of the National Enquirer or a romance novel and wanted to make sure no one thought it was for me.

The checker who was taking care of my order just looked at me and said, “Ok”.

I guess I’m so proud of staying on low carb for almost 3 years I didn’t want anyone to think I’d fallen off the wagon. It was all my own perception since they really don’t care what I buy. In the past if I were picking up a bag of cookies or a box of apple fritters I wouldn’t have cared. I might have even started eating them as I was leaving the store.

But the humming birds have to eat so I will continue to buy them sugar whenever it is needed.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:35 AM   #2
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lol

My hummingbirds are a bunch of clowns. I love to watch them fussing over who gets the best perch on the feeder.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:39 AM   #3
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Haha I love it!
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:18 AM   #4
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That's cute.

As an aside, I've often wondered how sugar can be good for the little things. I have them all over the place, but I don't have feeders, simply because I don't want to mess with cleaning, filling. I have some flowers near the house and I guess there is plenty for them somewhere at the edge of the woods. My husband used to put out a couple of feeders at the beginning and end of the season, but I always felt guilty about feeding them sugar water. end T/J
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:48 PM   #5
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So cute!
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:57 PM   #6
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:14 PM   #7
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Thanks for making me laugh.

I used to be a grocery checker. A bag of sugar wouldn't make me bat an eyelash. But some carts were only carbs, treats, sodas, and frozen meals. That made me gringe....but I never said anything, not my place.

I love hummers (the bird, that is.)
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:25 PM   #8
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I would probably feel weird with that in my cart too.
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:18 PM   #9
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My hummingbirds are such junkies. They'll drink for like a half hour, try to tear themselves away but keep coming back. Then they get into sugar rush-fuelled fights with each other over the feeder.
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:21 PM   #10
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Oh, and I feel like I'm buying cocaine whenever I put a 4-lb bag of sugar in my cart (my family practically lives on fresh lime-aid). Lol
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:05 AM   #11
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This cracked me up because I've done the same thing. The checkers at our local supermarket know me...and know I low carb in our house due to my diabetes (it's a small town). So the first time I came through with a 10 lb bag of sugar this past April, the eyebrows went up. Of course I had to explain that it was for the little hummers.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:05 AM   #12
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I love hummers (the bird, that is.)

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Old 09-07-2013, 08:27 AM   #13
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:51 AM   #14
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:07 AM   #15
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I just did the same thing, was having about 10 hummers all of a sudden no sugar in the house.They mostly disappear in the hot hot summer. Had so many last week needed to fill 2 feeders every day. Now its back to 2-3
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:18 AM   #16
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I feel the same way but those little guys will come right up to the window and stare at me while I work if I don't get them their crack!

To add to it, my water kefir eats demerara so I'm often buying TWO kinds of sugar.
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:27 AM   #17
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Great post JWR! We've been loading up on the sugar here also. I'm going through about a cup a day. We get the big swarm here in September when they are on the way back home. They've been stopping by my sugar hotel for many years now.

Today we have quite a few. Maybe 15? I have 15 feeders set up and rotate and clean 5 a day until the end of October. Hummer migration time is a huge party at this house!
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