Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Damn deer and other stuff

Charlie trying to lure the girls into his love nest.....

I chased him out of there... Just look at how he is giving me the evil eye!!!!!!!

Boy, WAS he  angry  pissed - he stomped off in a huff!  LOL!

A pretty fern:

Cucumber flowers:

The dogwood leaves are turning color already:

Just a pretty cloud:


Monday, August 14, 2017

Springing into action!!!


 A big H/T to Terry for sending me the video - he knows I just love this stuff!

(and kudos to the setup  machinist)!


Today's funny :o)

State Fair!

Hubby and I went to the State Fair yesterday. Seniors are always admitted free on the last day!

The day was absolutely perfect!

It's only a 10 minute ride from Coopville and there was plenty of parking when we arrived at 10AM:

The rides were just getting set up for the day:

There were no crowds yet and it was easy to walk around ( but that didn't last!) 

An antique peanut roasting machine:

Lots and lots of old machines:

Kids could practice "milking" this cow - when they pulled on the utters, it mooed!

So true......


This was cute - push a button and the chickens would sing:

Unfortunately, most of the livestock went home Saturday night.  :o(

Real, live feather dusters:

A steam train - made by hand:

Beautiful quilts:

Starting to get crowded:

A cute kiddie ride:

Trick riding:

We spent three hours walking around and visiting all the exhibits. And we had a good time, too!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

At the Hop!

Don and Juan

What's Your Name

What's your name? I have seen you before
What's your name? May I walk you to your door?
It's so hard to find a personality with charms like your's for me
Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ee
What's your name? Is it Mary or Sue?
What's your name? Do I stand a chance with you?
It's so hard to find a personality with charms like yours for me
Ooh-ee, ooh-ee, ooh-ee
I stood on this corner waiting for you to come along
So my heart could feel satisf-i-ied
So please let me be your number one
Under the moon, under the stars, and under the sun
Oh-oh, what's your name? (what's your name?) Is it Mary or Sue?
What's your name? Do I stand a chance with you?
It's so hard to find a personality with charms like yours for me
Ooh-ee, ooh-ee, ooh-ee
What's your name?
What's your name?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Night Steam

Watch till the end - you'll learn something 'ya didn't know before!

Lots and lots of fascinating info here:

and here:,_Topeka_and_Santa_Fe_Railway

And just for fun:


Today's funny :o)


Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.
This is how it manifests: 

I decide to water my garden. I grab a can of Diet Coke and head outside. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier.
I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full, so I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first...
But then I think: Since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first, so I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Diet Coke I'd been drinking.
I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Diet Coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. But the Diet Coke is getting warm, so I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.
As I head toward the kitchen with the Diet Coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need water. So, I put the Diet Coke on the counter and discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning.
I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote thatsomeone left on the kitchen table.
I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I'll be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs. But first I'll water the flowers!
I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor, so, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.
Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.
At the end of the day: 1. The car isn't washed,
2. The bills aren't paid,
3. There is a warm can of Diet Coke sitting on the counter,
4.The flowers don't have enough water,
5. There is still only 1 check in my check book,
6. I can't find the remote,
7. I can't find my glasses,
8. And I don't remember what I did with the car keys.
Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,
I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day, and I'm really tired. I realize this is a serious problem and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail....
Do me a favor:
Forward this message to everyone you know, because I don't remember who I've sent it to.
Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!
P.S. I don't remember who sent it to me, so if it was you, I'm sorry.....


Queen of the coop....

Maude does everything a wee bit different. She is the last one to lay an egg (if she even does) and loves to have the coop all to herself.

She makes sure the other girls aren't around to bother her....

...... and snuggles down in the hay:

This time, she did lay an egg!

She was thirsty after all that hard work:

Now Maude goes out to find the rest of the gang, but first she must eat some grass:

Soooo pokey!


(Sorry for the noisy camera motor. It's getting worse and worse!
I gotta get a new one. Soon....soon....


Wednesday, August 9, 2017


.... baby Cactus Wrens!

Identifying Features
The Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) has a white eye stripe just behind each eye extending to just before its upper back. It's throat and breast are heavily spotted dark brown and black, and its wings and tail are barred with black, white and brown feathers. Its overall appearance is a creamy colored brown bird with varied black and white patterns covering its body. It's beak is slightly curved.
While the female is incubating on clutch of eggs, the male wren builds another nest. This nest will be used or a second clutch of eggs as the parents may rear several broods of young in one year. Building the nest in cactus provides some amount of protection for the young. The wrens also use these nest throughout the year as places to roost.
They are found in deserts and arid foothills that have cactus, mesquite, yucca and other types of desert scrub.
The cactus wren can be found in Arizona, southern California, southern Nevada, western Texas, southwest Utah, and north-central Mexico.
Wild Status
The cactus wren is not currently listed as endangered or threatened. It is however, like all songbirds, protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
The cactus wren eats many types of food often turning over rocks or other objects it finds on the ground in search of tasty morsels. Fruit pulp, seeds, ants, grasshoppers, beetles, and other arthropods make up its diet.
Coachwhips and other whipsnakes are able to navigate their way through the cactus and often will take eggs or nestlings. Adult birds can be food for coyotes, hawks, fox, bobcats or domestic cats.
Cactus wrens build nests that are the size and shape of a football with an opening at one end. They will construct this nest out of grasses and other annual plants, but can also include scraps of cloth and other woven fibers that they find. They will build this nest (and many others) usually in cholla, but also in palo verde, acacias, saguaros, or the hanging pot in your backyard.
Life Span
In the wild cactus wrens can live to be 7-10 years old.
This is a large member of the wren family being 7-8 inches in length.
Quick Facts
  • The cactus wren is the state bird of Arizona.
  • The male wren is kept very busy during breeding season. Not only is he busy building a second or third nest, but he also cares for the young in the first nest while the female is incubating the next clutch of eggs.


Today's funny :o)

A big H/T to Donna!

A young father in central Texas watched his small daughter playing in the garden. He smiled as he reflected on how sweet and pure his little girl was. Tears formed in his eyes as he thought about her seeing the wonders of nature through such innocent eyes. Suddenly she just stopped and stared at the ground.

He went over to her to see what work of god had captured her attention. He noticed she was looking at two spiders mating.

'Daddy, what are those two spiders doing?' she asked.

'They're mating,' her father replied.

'What do you call the spider on top?' she asked.

'A daddy longlegs,' her father answered.

'So, the other one is a mommy longlegs?' the little girl asked.

As his heart soared with the joy of such a cute and innocent question he replied, 'no dear. Both are daddy longlegs.'

The little girl, looking a little puzzled, thought for a moment, then lifted her foot and stomped both spiders flat.

'Well", she said, "that may be ok in California, but we're not having any of that shit in Texas."



An eagle and stuff..

Heard the distinctive "cree" of an eagle last week and ran outside with the trusty camera.

There it was! A fledgling sitting in one of our trees. Probably came from
 the Delaware Water gap which is nearby.

Every year I watch the Decorah eagle cam, but never realize how big they are!
He stayed for about 15 minutes spreading his wings into the morning sun.

Which one will be next to feel Hubby's axe?

I love the bark on this one:

They NEVER stop growing!

A burly root:

Hickory nuts!We have millions of  'em!

The stalks from the lilies have turned brown already  - This is just one of many bundles
 that I have pulled out!

A hint of Fall?