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May, 2012

R.I.P. Jim Paratore

I was stunned to receive a phone call today that the man who decided to give me a chance and put me on TV with my own talk show, Jim Paratore, died today. We worked closely together for the entire twelve-year run of the Jenny Jones Show. And we just had lunch a few months ago to catch up. Jim was with Warner Bros. for almost 20 years. Some of the many shows he was involved with include Extra, Judge Mathis, The People’s Court, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, The Tyra Banks Show, and TMZ. Jim was well known and very well respected in the television industry. I was told he was on a biking vacation in France with his wife and had a heart attack. He was only 58 years old. This is such a shock and so sad, especially for his wife and daughter.

R.I.P., my friend.

Memorial Day

3,000 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts placed 83,000 flags at Los Angeles National Cemetery for Memorial Day. Let us all remember those who lost their lives in service.

My babies made the news!

A friend suggested I submit a photo of my baby hummingbirds (notice I said “my” as though I gave birth to them?) to the Los Angeles Times for their Reader Photos.

It’s a section on local “Southern California Moments” where they feature all kinds of photos taken around town and guess what?

They picked my photo!! I am so excited! My babies are famous!!

I’m continuing to add daily photos of the birds’ progress in the blog below until they fly away. 🙁 They are three weeks old today.

There’s a link below to the L.A. Times feature.

If you visit the page, please remember to “recommend” it. Thanks!

Baby Hummingbirds’ Journey

We discovered the nest in April inside a trumpet vine in our back yard. The baby hummingbirds hatched on May 1st. It’s amazing how quickly they grew. They will be three weeks old tomorrow and they’ll fly away soon. I’ll probably cry and will miss them so much. I hope they stay in the yard and maybe I can recognize them again at the feeders.

Nest was discovered April 19th

Day One (May 1st – 3 hours old)

It wasn’t easy getting this photo. I needed a ladder, a flashlight and some hair clips.

Day Two

The inside of this nest measures only 1/2-inch!

Day Four

They’re resting today and getting bigger (& fuzzier).

Day Seven

It looks like they’ve practically doubled in size in three days.

Day Eight

Taking an afternoon nap, enjoying the California sunshine.

Day Nine

Day Ten

Day Eleven

Day Thirteen

Day Fourteen

Day Fifteen (May 15th)

Day Sixteen

Day Seventeen

Day Eighteen

Day Nineteen

Day Twenty (running out of room)

Day Twenty-One (3 weeks old today – May 21st)

Day Twenty-Two at 3:00

Twenty Minutes Later

Day Twenty-Three

Day Twenty-Four (looks like he’s ready to move out)

Day Twenty-Five (bye-bye, birdies) 🙁

When baby hummingbirds hatch, they have no feathers and dark skin. Babies are hatched with their eyes closed and weigh about 0.62 grams (that’s 1/3 the weight of a dime). They are about one inch long with short, stubby, yellow beaks. The mother will drink nectar and eat bugs and then regurgitate them into the babies’ mouths, feeding them this mixture every 20 minutes. The babies will feel the wind from the wings of their mother and lift their little heads up and open their mouths. It will be about 3 weeks before they fly. Also, mother hummingbirds have no problem re-using another hummingbird’s nest. Sometimes the new mother will move in before the nest has had a chance to cool off from the previous brood. The nests are tiny.

Posing for Playboy?

Speaking of Mother’s Day, this mother wants to pose for Playboy!

Does anybody want to see the rest of her body?  They shouldn’t even try airbrushing —  just print it on leather.

If there was ever a reason to use sunblock and never enter a tanning booth, this is it. I’m afraid we’re going to find out she’s only 23.

Tanning booths should not have a Happy Hour.