George Smith: Hummers are finally out there ...
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans 'n greens 'n other things:


JUST ASK  ... which I did a few days back in wondering what has happened to the hummingbirds this year. The question was posed to the readers and it seems the Great Hummer has his (OK, or her) minions out everywhere except in my yard.

I still haven’t seen one and have only a few bumblebees to pollinate the rest of the world.

(Or do hummingbirds polinate? Beats me.)

Anyway, a few responses.

From Vickey Ellison:

“I was asking myself that, too, back in June, but they are  back now that we are in July. I have two feeders I can see from my porch and see 4-8 (birds) on the feeders. I live on Boiling Springs Road in Ohatchee.”

From Mike Shaddix:

“I am happy to advise the Hummers are alive and well in Oxford. We have a ‘triple decker’ over our patio and this morning we counted nine of the little darlings fighting with each other while trying to feed.”

From Billy Batey:

“Our hummingbirds were two weeks late. They have hatched out the first hatching now. We have two feeders with 12 holes in each one. They cover all the holes with some waiting in line. I guess we have yours also. My sister in Trickum Valley – between Heflin and Ranburne – says she has only two or three.”

Now, about the scarcity of those bumblebees . . .


SPEAKING of bumblebees, I’ll let you in on a little deal you may not know.

There is a bumble that does not have a stinger. He has a spot on his head (between the eyes) and I had a lot of fun with that back in my school boy days. Turning a half dozen or so loose in the middle of a math class is something to see.

He is what we always called a “stutter bob,” and I was convinced I could also recognize one from behind . . . until one day . . . my howling was “something to hear.”


IN SUNDAY’S column I said something about never growing up. A couple of readers sent me the same message:

“Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.”

Makes me feel a bit better.


BIRTHDAYS:  July 13 – Katy Cox and Julia Burton; July 14 – Bobbie Daniels, Betty Brown and Douglas Spoon; July 15 – Leroy Fitzpatrick; July 16 – Charles Mundy; July 17 – Gerald Wilkerson; July 18 – Gail Smith,  Deborah Sanderson, Wayne Thrasher, Bo Pearson and William Travis Ivey.


DUMB QUESTION of the year belongs to Barbara Walters.

In an interview with George Zimmerman’s parents, there was this:

Walters: “Do you think your son is a racist?”

And how’s that for a penetrating, decisive, interview, huh?


A QUESTION for Reba Grisson:

“So how are you doing with that one-year old (and first) grandchild?”

That’s a way of saying I still remember Reba, who put in a lot of years at Regions Bank. I first knew Reba at the branch out on U. S. 431 and then at the Jacksonville store.

During that time I had to settle a couple of estates and, truth is, Reba is one of those who guided me through a ton of paper.

She is a sweetheart.


THERE ARE now just 46 days until it gets here. “It” is:

Aug. 31 – Alabama vs Va. Tech in Atlanta; Washington State at Auburn; and Jacksonville State vs Alabama State in Montgomery.

I’m ready.


George Smith may be reached at 256-239-5286 or e-mail:


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