Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Night Steam

Learn all about this aazing place here:

Today's funny :o)

This 'N That (again)

This... is part of our land that we don't use. The swamp  is further back to the right:

 The previous owner never did anything with it either.

 Hubby wants to clean up this part of it. The little trees will make for good firewood.

 Plus, he found some berry bushes in there too!

 Cleaning some of it will get rid of  all the brush that could be a problem if there was ever a fire.

One spot that he's been working on:

That....  Is Hubby's Yanmar - they spend a lot of time together!


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Good morning!

This darn heat is getting to me - going to take the day off and sit under a shady tree!

'Hope you all have a wonderful day and ..... keep cool!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I think this guy.......

..... likes this museum! What do you think??

From: Wikipedia:

Virginia Aviation Museum

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird 01.jpg
Established 1986
Location 5701 Huntsman Road, Richmond, Virginia
Type Aviation Museum
Director Edward Andrews
Website Virginia Aviation Museum
Coordinates: 37°31′1″N 77°20′2.8″W The Virginia Aviation Museum is an aviation museum in Richmond, Virginia, adjacent to Richmond International Airport (formerly "Richard Evelyn Byrd Flying Field"). Erected in 1986, the museum houses a collection of some thirty four airframes, both owned and on-loan, ranging from reproductions of Wright Brothers kite gliders to the still state-of-the-art SR-71 Blackbird. It is a subsidiary of the Science Museum of Virginia. The current building, known as the Martha C. West Building, was originally planned to be a temporary storage facility until the actual museum building finished construction.


Exhibits and artifacts

(arranged chronologically by date of original manufacture)

Wright brothers reproductions

WWI and Golden Age of Aviation

The Vultee V-1A Special at the museum


For a great tour, visit their website:

Virginia Aviation Museum - Official Site:

Today's funny :o)



At 7:57 AM:

 At 12:25PM :

 Put the thermometer in the shade and checked it a little bit later.

At 7:53PM:

Ahhhh, Summer!

Today is going to be warmer.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Got sidetracked again.....

Was looking for something on Geneva gears and came across this:

Wooden Toy "Combine"

This and many more wonderful models are available for purchase at:

It would be fun to build a few of them!

Today's funny :o)

I'll get that darn mouse................... later!

A quiet Monday

Sunday night we had a lot of thunder and lightning, but very little rain (which we really do need).

The grass was dry enough for Hubby to do some weed-whacking in the morning.

 Gotta get that garden weeded (one of these days....)

 Charlie showing off. The girls ignore him:

 The tomatoes are starting to ripen!

It was a quiet day really. Didn't have to do any washing but I did spend an hour or so ironing.

Oh, joy....  :o)

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Giant Anteater!


Giant Anteater Facts

written by: Diana Cooper•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 3/13/2010
The giant anteater can eat thousands of ants in one day. Find more interesting facts about this anteater, including how big they get, how fierce they can become, how they give birth, and so much more.
  • Giant Anteaters

    Giant Anteater The giant anteater is an amazing creature that has been around for about 25 million years. Unfortunately, its numbers are decreasing due to habitat destruction and hunting. It is estimated that 5,000 remain in the wild and about 90 live in US zoos. Below are many interesting facts about the giant anteater, which will hopefully be around for many more years.
  • Description

    The giant anteater is the largest species of anteaters. The male's length can reach 7 feet and his weight can exceed 100 pounds. The female is smaller. Giant anteaters have long coarse hair (up to 16 inches on the tail), long front claws (up to 4 inches), and long bushy tails that keep them warm (as a blanket) during the cool weather. They have a long tubular snout. They also have the longest tongue (in relation to body size) of any mammal. It is about 2 feet long and narrow like spaghetti.
  • Habitat

    The giant anteater can be found in Central and South America in tropical forests, grasslands, and swampy areas. Unlike the smaller anteater species, it rarely climbs trees. Giant anteaters are terrestrial animals that walk around on their hind feet and front fists (they curl their long claws into their paws making a fist - this helps keep their claws sharp). They are good swimmers and will use their snouts as snorkels.
  • Behavior

    Giant anteaters are typically mild-mannered and non-vocal creatures. However, when threatened, they can become quite fierce. They will rear up on their hind legs (using their tail for balance, like a bicycle kickstand), roar, and lash out at their attacker with their strong front legs and sharp claws. They can fight off and even kill their main predators like jaguars.
  • Diet

    Giant anteater searching for food. As their name implies, anteaters eat ants. They have no teeth so they lap up the ants with their long tongues and swallow them whole. They can eat up to 35,000 ants (and termites) a day. To prevent painful stings, their tongues dart inside the ant mound about 160 times a minute. They will spend only a minute at each mound to keep from destroying it. This way, they can come back and feed from it in the future.
  • Reproduction

    Giant anteaters mate between March and May. Females have one offspring once a year (twins are rare). After a 6 month gestation, they give birth in a standing position, using their strong tails to keep them propped up. The pup (baby) will weigh about 3 pounds at birth, nurse for 6 months, ride on its mother's back for the first year, and leave its mother at 2 years of age.
  • More Information

    The following are more interesting giant anteater facts:
    • Anteaters are active during the day (diurnal) where humans are scarce but adapt to being active during the night (nocturnal) in regions where humans exist.
    • Their metabolic rates are relatively low because of their diet and lifestyle. They have the lowest recorded body temperature (90.9° F) of any placental mammal.
    • Giant anteaters have poor vision but excellent hearing and a powerful sense of smell (40 times stronger than man).
    •Their average lifespan is about 15 years in the wild and about 26 years in captivity.

For more detailed information on this truly amazing animal:

Today's funny :o)

The very first ever Blonde Guy joke..... And well worth the wait!!!!

An Irishman , a Mexican and a Blonde Guy ​ were doing construction work on scaffolding on the 20th floor of a building.

They were eating lunch and the Irishman said, 'Corned beef and cabbage! If I get corned beef and cabbage one more time for lunch, I'm going to jump off this building.'

The Mexican opened his lunch box and exclaimed, Burritos again! If I get burritos one more time I'm going to jump off, too.'

The blonde opened his lunch and said, 'Bologna again! If I get a bologna sandwich one more time, I'm jumping too.'

The next day, the Irishman opened his lunch box, saw corned beef and cabbage, and jumped to his death.

The Mexican opened his lunch, saw a burrito, and jumped, too.

The blonde guy opened his lunch, saw the bologna and jumped to his death as well.

At the funeral, the Irishman's wife was weeping.
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She said, 'If I'd known how really tired he was of corned beef and cabbage, I never would have given it to him again!'

The Mexican's wife also wept and said, 'I could have given him tacos or enchiladas!
​ ​
I didn't realize he hated burritos so much.'

(Oh this is GOOD!!)?

Everyone turned and stared at the blonde's wife. The blonde's wife said,

'Don't look at me. He makes his own lunch ..'

Weekend pics

Went to visit youngest son on Saturday. It's only a 20 minute ride from our house.

Just a neat little cloud with a tail:

 One of the oldest churches in the county:

 Beautiful mountain views along the way:

 Lots of hay being baled:

It was hot again yesterday......

.... so I made a big batch of chicken in the morning:

Shirley and Charlie sharing a bit of cold milk:

Laverne and Shirley Sipping out of the dish of milk that was supposed to be for Maude and Sophia: 

 Sophia standing on my arm:

 Maude and Sophia:

 Good ole Charlie:

 Food always tastes better when you stand in it:

LOL   :o)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Easy Listening For a Sunday Afternoon

Sammy Kaye and Don Cornell

It Isn't Fair

It isn't fair for you to taunt me
How can you make me care this way
It isn't fair for you to want me
If it's just for a day
It isn't fair for you to thrill me
Why do you do the things you do
It isn't fair for you to fill me
With those dreams that can't come true, dear
Why is it that you came into my life
And made it complete
You gave me just a taste of high life
If this is love then I repeat
It isn't fair for you to taunt me
How can you make me care this way
It isn't fair for you to want me
If it's just for today
My darling, it isn't fair

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturday Night Doo-Wop


Jimmy Charles

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jimmy Charles, is an American singer with a distinctive "crying style".

Charles was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1943. Before he sang professionally, he built up quite a local reputation wailing at churches and community functions.

When Charles was 16, his uncle accompanied him to New York City to try his luck at the amateur talent shows held at the Apollo Theater. Surprisingly, Charles won the renowned contest for four consecutive weeks.

Charles' uncle then hooked up his warbling kin with Phil Medley, a jack-of-all-trades who was an accomplished singer, songwriter, producer, and arranger. Impressed by the lad's delivery, Medley cut a demo with Charles singing a song Medley had been trying to place entitled A Million to One. He got the ear of Bill Lashley, an executive at Promo Records, and played it for him. Promo liked the demo and signed the youngster to a recording contract. They redid Medley's song with the Revellettes backing the singer. The Revellettes were a trio from Paterson New Jersey, and were friends of Jimmy's and included sisters Jackie and Evelyn Kline, and Dottie Hailstock.

When the song was recorded, they did 16 takes to get the one they wanted. It was a very hot day in Paterson, and the flip they nailed in just one try. The dreamy ballad ascended to number five on Billboard's Top 100 in September 1960. It was also released on the London label for both the UK and Australia, and it was pressed on Reo for Canada. The record received worldwide acclaim

His career ended as quickly as it started. The Age of Love, Charles' next release, stalled at the 47th position, 42 slots lower than A Million to One. Jimmy Charles also released two Christmas records in 1960. Santa Won't Be Blue This Christmas backed with I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus was the first. The second was Christmasville USA and A Little White Mouse Called Steve. The latter was a record that did receive airplay, but did not become a national chart hit. A subsequent release called Just Whistle for Me failed to attract much attention or airplay either, and his career was quickly over. Jimmy did continue to tour on the strength of A Million To One, well into the 60's. Today, he resides in Texas, and has started singing again when time permits.

Jimmy Charles 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Night Steam (This one is for Irish)

Want to see what a steam powered machine shop looked liked? Of course you do! 
At the 10 minute mark, he fires 'er up!

Grab a cold one, put your feet up and enjoy!!

Grab another one and see the type of machines used - you're going to love the lathe!


Interested in more information on that hoisting engine?

Source from :
J. S. Mundy
Hoisting Engine Company
Newark, New Jersey
Catalog No. 16
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Beautiful line drawings like these...
A positively great resource for modelers.
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The Mundy Hoisting Company began in 1869.  
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Note: I found the above info on-line - thought it might be interesting - I have no connection with the Company. Just threw out there for 'ya!

Today's funny :o)

This and that....

Nothing exciting going on in Coopville. The spur on Charlie's other foot did not fall off yet.
Sophia keeps flying over the run fence. I don't want to clip her wings - flying away from danger is the only defense she has, really. Might have to put up some netting.

Hubby and I had to go to the re-cycle center with our garbage today. It's a nice ride (except in the winter) so I took some photos:

Famous Jersey corn, folks - The best in the world!

 A field of sunflowers:

 Another one in the field next to it!

 It's hay season, too!

I love this old silo:

 The only other traffic on the road and we get behind THIS: (pun intended)

When we got home, Hubby dug out a big stump and I hung out three loads of wash. Sometimes we just can't stand the excitement.....