Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Boids, fog and leaves

The grackles paid us a visit the other day:

They stayed long enough to eat some bugs...

 ... and flew off to other hunting grounds!

 It's been foggy almost every morning:


 I like it!


 The leaves are falling already. Strange since that should start next month. It's too early!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pirate ship!!!

Too bad I ever learned to swim - would love to see this!

In this fascinating new adventure, Jonathan joins a team of underwater archaeologists who are excavating the sunken wreck of Blackbeard's pirate ship the "Queen Anne's Revenge" off the coast of North Carolina near Beaufort. He assists underwater and then tours the lab where artifacts are conserved for display at the museum.


Today's funny :o)

Today is.....


H/T to Terry for the reminder!


Monday, September 18, 2017


Coopville has a lot of theses in the Summer - Charlie likes them!

Dragonflies in Sussex County, New Jersey

Sussex County, New Jersey is home to more species of dragonflies than any other county in North America. 
 If you've ever wondered about those flying wonders zipping across your pond or stream and doing amazing aerobatics, check out this article about dragons and damsels!

Did you ever notice those large insects zipping over streams and ponds all summer long, skimming the water, then shooting about in zig zag patterns that make your head spin watching them? Dragonflies and damselflies, collectively belonging to the taxonomic order Odonata, are named for their significant biting mouthparts and predatory nature. Not to worry - they don't bite or sting people! Amazing is the fact that there are more species of dragonflies in Sussex County, New Jersey (145 - out of a possible 182 in NJ) than any other county in the United States. Dragonflies, by definition, are stout and large bodied with round heads and eyes covering much of the top and sides of the head. The forewings and hind wings are different shapes and are held straight out to the sides while resting. They are strong fliers. Damselflies, on the other hand, are more delicate and small bodied. Their abdomen is narrow, their head is wider than long and the eyes are separated by more than their own width. Distinctive from dragonflies, damselfly forewings and hind wings are similar in shape and held either pressed above the body or are only partially open at rest. For the most part, they are much weaker fliers.  In New Jersey, the season for dragonflies and damselflies runs from April through October although the best month for spotting the most species would be June. This coincides with the photoperiod - length of daylight - increasing and moderating temperatures.

These miniature predators actually start their life span as larvae and may spend one or more years under water! Once they surface, they go through a molt in the morning hours which leave them vulnerable to be taken by other predators. Later in the day, their body parts and wings are dry and they're ready to start their adult flying life. As adults, their life cycle is anywhere from several weeks to months. Food preferences range from insects, mosquitoes, butterflies and other dragonflies - they are non-discriminatory on this point. Preparing for the next generation, the adults will lay their eggs on or in plant stems located in ponds and streams, or sometimes in the sediment. The best places to find dragonflies and damselflies are usually in clear, clean water - this can be a swiftly moving stream or a pond or lake. However, forested areas with associated stream complexes may offer up a smaller percentage of species. Another good location to watch them is in farm fields and open areas that have an abundance of insects.

So who is looking at dragonflies and damselflies? It appears that this is the "new birding". Many tried and true birders, in their quest for knowledge and new things to look at while enjoying the outdoors, have included butterflies and dragonflies on their "to do" list. Tom Halliwell, past president of the New Jersey chapter of NABA (North American Butterfly Association), became intrigued with dragonflies about five years ago after meeting and sharing lots of field time with odonate expert Allen Barlow. A long time birder turned butterflier, Tom was fascinated with these colorful, quick moving fliers. They presented "a new challenge" stated Tom. "It seemed like a natural progression since I enjoy all aspects of the natural world. Their predatory behavior is extremely interesting." Other birders, turned dragonfliers, include George Nixon, who, under Tom's expertise, has become a serious student of Odonata. He has formed a group, JOE (for Jersey Odonate Enthusiasts) whose sole purpose is to conduct field trips in New Jersey to seek out all species of dragons and damsels. A major activity for JOE will be to conduct surveys within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and various NJ Nature Conservancy preserves.  To find out about upcoming field trips (in season), go to and link to JOE from here.  The NJOdes website provides educational material with species descriptions and photographs, flight periods and checklists.
Now that we're intrigued, how do we get started identifying dragonflies? Close focus binoculars are the first piece of equipment necessary - they should preferably focus down to 5 to 7 feet. A digital camera with close focus capability helps when referring back to species seen that day in the field. Next, a 10x loupe or magnifying glass is helpful in making distinctions between closely related species. There are now many field guides available, including the Stokes Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies, Damselflies of the Northeast by Ed Lam and the Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of Massachusetts by Nikula, Loose and Burne (applicable for NJ) and Dragonflies Through Binoculars by Sid Dunkle.
With binoculars and field guides in hand, there's still time this season to take a hike and watch these winged wonders. Additionally, there are groups out there that conduct field trips to identify birds and butterflies. Check websites for for butterfly trips and for birding trips. Hope to see you out and about in Sussex County! Stay tuned for more articles on birds, butterflies, open space and farms in our county.

Source of above article:


Today's funny :o)

H/T to Wild River!! 

The Redhead

A man is dining in a fancy restaurant and there's a gorgeous redhead sitting at the next table. He's been checking her out since he sat down, but lacks the nerve to talk with her.

Suddenly she sneezes, and her glass eye comes flying out of its socket toward the man. He reflexively reaches out, grabs it out of the air, and hands it back.

"Oh my, I am so sorry," the woman says as she pops her eye back in place. "Let me buy your dinner to make it up to you," she says.

They enjoy a wonderful dinner together, and afterwards they go to the theatre followed by drinks. They talk, they laugh, she shares her deepest dreams and he shares his. She listens. After paying for everything, she asks him if he would like to come to her place for a nightcap.
They had a wonderful time. He stays for breakfast. The next morning, she cooks a gourmet meal with all the trimmings.
The guy is amazed. Everything had been SO incredible!
"You know," he said, "you are the perfect woman, are you this nice to every guy you meet?"

"No," she replies. . ."You just happened to catch my eye." 


Hubby takes a tree down in the front of the house:

Coopville is turning into Stumpville!

It was a big 'un!

He'll split the logs later - we don't need them for another two years;

Old Maude came for a visit and left with treats!
She's the oldest of the girls.

So much rain this year - so many mushrooms!

The leaves are changing!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

2017 BMW Brilliance Powertrain Plant

Don't know why I found this fascinating - maybe because of all the robots. It reminded me of  the science fiction movies we watched as kids, (only it ain't science fiction now)!

2017 BMW Brilliance Powertrain Plant, Shenyang, China. The Shenyang location, which comprises the Tiexi and Dadong automotive plants and the engine plant including light-metal foundry, plays an important role in the BMW Group’s global production network. It contributes to the strategy of globally balanced growth, which includes installing production capacity in the respective regional markets. BBA’s two automotive plants, Tiexi and Dadong, already produce five BMW models. With the expansion of its northern section, the Dadong plant will also have room for a sixth model, the new BMW X3. BBA production in Shenyang builds vehicles exclusively for the Chinese market. The Dadong plant in the northeast of the city started production in 2004 and produces today the BMW 5 Series Long-Wheelbase Version. The Tiexi plant in the west of Shenyang went on-stream in 2012 and builds the BMW X1 Long-Wheelbase Version (including a plugin-hybrid version), the BMW 1 Series Sedan, the BMW 2 Series Tourer, the BMW 3 Series Long-Wheelbase Version and the BMW 3 Series Sedan. A key component of the Shenyang location is the engine plant with light-metal foundry – the BMW Group’s only engine production facility outside Europe. The engine plant supplies the two vehicle production sites in Dadong and Tiexi with drive units for locally-produced BMW automobiles. A new high-voltage battery centre, which will assemble high-voltage batteries for plug-in hybrid vehicles, is currently under construction.

Easy Listening for a Sunday Afternoon

Need me some Mel today.....

Saturday, September 16, 2017

At the Hop!

The Reflections!

Detroit-based the Reflections were a five-man group schooled in doo wop who scored in 1964 on Ed Wingate's Golden World label with "(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet," written by Bob Hamilton and Freddie Gorman. (Gorman later wrote songs for Motown ("Please Mr. Postman" and "Forever") and formed the Originals, who hit with "Baby I'm for Real.")
The Reflections were Phil Castrodale, Ray Steinberg, Tony Micale, Danny Bennie, and Johnny Dean. The group's first recording was a remake of the Five Satins' "In the Still of the Night" on Tigre, which did well in some Midwestern markets. Their Golden World debut, "(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet," cracked the Top Ten before settling at the number six position.
They recorded seven more 45s for Golden World, but none were as successful as "(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet." "Like Columbus Did" cracked the pop 100, but only by four slots, hanging at number 96. "Poor Man's Son," the Reflections' sixth Golden World single, almost cracked the Top 40 but stopped climbing at number 55. Other singles -- "Talking About My Girl," "(I'm Just) A Henpecked Guy," "Shabby Little Hut," "Wheelin' and Dealin'," "Out of the Picture," and their final single, "Girl in the Candy Store" -- did nothing. Their producers insisted they use a hokey falsetto sound on their recordings that didn't bode well with the group members.
Problems with Golden World resulted over both creative differences and royalties, so they opted to go with ABC Paramount when their contract time was up. Neither "Adam and Eve" or "Long Cigarette" did well though, so believing the name the Reflections hindered them, the group became High and the Mighty. They released "Escape From Cuba," written by Ritchie Adams and Larry Kusik, but it failed too. Despite a lack of success, they continued singing for years; members Micale and Dean still gigged around the Detroit area in a band called Larados.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Night Steam

Lets take a trip to the city where I was born. Paterson was wonderful place back in the 40's and 50's - (I grew up in South Paterson - could take a 10 cent bus ride and go downtown ) but I would never, ever go there now.  So sad what it has become. My Dad us used to bring us to look the falls during the winter when it was frozen over.

Climb aboard the 299:

You can take a tour around the buildings using Google Earth. This is in front of the museum:


Courtesy of Great Falls Visitor Center
Three locomotive manufacturing companies, the Rogers Locomotive Works, Danforth and Cooke Company, and Grant Locomotive Company were located in Paterson. Altogether, these companies produced over 10,000 steam locomotive engines. The Rogers Locomotive Works was the second largest manufacturer in the country. The No. 119 locomotive met the locomotive from the west on the Trans-Continental Railroad in the state of Utah in 1869 when the famous "Golden Spike" was driven.

Excerpts from Historic Notes, Great Falls Visitor Center:
Paterson, New Jersey was the home of five steam locomotive manufacturers. The largest of these was the Rogers Locomotive Works. In 1832, Thomas Rogers became the head of a new firm known as Rogers, Ketchum and Grosvenor which made cotton textile looms and machinery. Rogers became interested in locomotives and with his extensive machinery experience, he studied and dismantled an English locomotive purchased by the Paterson and Hudson River Railroad. In 1835, after making extensive drawings, the firm announced plans to manufacture its own locomotives. This was a daring step because Rogers venture had to overcome the twin problems of a young American technology and heavy competition from established British manufacturers.

The first Rogers locomotive, the Sandusky, took sixteen months to complete and on October 6, 1837 made its first trip from Paterson to Jersey City and New Brunswick and back.

The Sandusky

Rogers locomotive production rose from 1 in 1837 to 103 in 1854. By then Rogers had become America's leading locomotive company, maintaining this position for nearly ten years.
After Thomas Rogers' death in 1856, the firm name was changed to the Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works with Thomas' son, Jacob A. Rogers as President. William A. Hudson was appointed Chief Engineer and Superintendent of the Works and he continued to improve the Rogers designs during the Civil War when the demand for locomotives dramatically increased. The two most famous Civil War locomotives, the 1855 Rogers General and the 1856 Danforth, Cooke Texas (which opposed each other in the great railroad chase), were both manufactured in Paterson.
Until his death in 1881, Hudson continued the innovative locomotive engineering and manufacturing that became a trademark of Rogers locomotive and Machine Company. By then, a new Rogers locomotive was produced every second work day and many were shipped throughout the world.

The 213 was built in 1880 and exhibited in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. The 213 is still in existence.
However, in 1900, because of severe competition and poor management, the company ceased active manufacturing. In 1909, the company was sold to the American Locomotive company (ALCO) which had purchased the Cooke Locomotive Works in 1902. (ALCO was a merger and consolidation of 10 locomotive manufacturers.) The ALCO-Rogers Works which itself ceased production in September, 1923. In 1919, ownership of the Rogers Building was divided among the Dolphin Jute Mill and others and the buildings were used for jute and textile manufacturing and storage, and the Paterson Silk Exchange.

Excerpts from NPS HAER Reports
The Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works is situated on what was, originally, four mill lots. These lots were first developed in the 1830s after completion of the upper raceway in 1829.
The first building, known as the Jefferson Mill, was built on lot 4 in 1831. It was originally designed to be a combination of a textile machinery plant and spinning mill, but demand for machinery made use of the entire premises for that purpose more profitable. For many years, the factory manufactured only textile machinery though there was capacity for an estimated 5,000 cotton spindles in addition to the machine works. Rogers Locomotive bought the leases on lot #4 in 1859 by which time some spinning was being done in the Jefferson Mill, about 3400 spindles being in place. Rogers had assumed the lease in 1854, and had constructed some buildings for the construction of locomotives, In 1859 they bought the lease, and assumed title to the mill, and there were, at that time, some 70 people employed turning 6,000 pounds of cotton a week into yarn.
The Erecting Shop is the oldest of the structures surviving from the complex which formed the Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works. Although all the equipment and machinery have been removed, its exterior architectural character remains intact, and includes several of the large double-bay doors through which completed locomotives were delivered.
The Erecting Shop has been restored to house the offices of the Great Falls Historic Preservation and Development Corporation and the Paterson Museum.  The museum features a permanent exhibit of textile machinery, Holland submarines, and Colt firearms. Special exhibits are mounted throughout the year and the museum also serves as a culture center.
The eighty-ton locomotives constructed in the Erecting Shop began as small parts on the top floor and were put together in stages, each larger assembly gradually moving down toward the main floor.  The completed engines then rolled through the massive wooden doors that face the street.
Many Paterson steam locomotives were shipped overseas, including 144 of the 246 American locomotives used to build the Panama Canal.  One of those was Old 299, which returned to Paterson in 1979 and can be seen at the rear of the Paterson Museum, at 2 Market Street.

Paterson was a historic place to grow up in!
More info to read here:


Today's funny :o)

The Silent Treatment

A man and his wife were having some problems at home
and were giving each other the silent treatment. 

Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5:0 0 AM for an early morning business flight.
Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, 'Please wake me at 5:00 AM. He left it where he knew she would find it.

The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight.  Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn't wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed.

The paper said, 'It is 5:00 AM. Wake up.'


Thank you...

.... so, so much for your kind comments and E-mails.  Still so hard to believe.  Hubby is taking it hard - they had a little rivalry going each day to see who would be up and out first to start their tractors!
We are going to miss him so much!

Had to go into Newton to get some supplies and I took the camera along:

The leaves are turning very early this year:


I guess you are in good hand with Midas, too!

Ragweed - UGH!!!!

This will make BW jealous!

Sweet, delicious Joisey corn!

Back to Coopville. Looking across the road. It rained on and off all day long.

What is left of Irma. 
Thankfully family and friends in Florida are OK! 

I know you all missed the gang - Charlie is getting new neck feathers!


Again, Thank you!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Just a note

Our neighbor and good friend passed away suddenly early yesterday morning.
Will be back in a few days.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Easy Listening for a Sunday Afternoon

How 'bout some Benny Goodman for today!

Please keep Florida in your prayers. Have family and friends down there....

Saturday, September 9, 2017

At the Hop!

Kookie, Kookie, lend me your comb
Kookie, Kookie?
Well now, let's take it from the top and grab some wheels
We're well along and talk about some cuckoo deals
But Kookie, Kookie, lend me your comb
Kookie, Kookie?
Now you're on the way, miss, and I'm readin' you just fine
Don't cut out of here till we get on Cloud Nine
But Kookie, Kookie?
I've got smog in the noggin ever since you made the scene
You're the utmost
If you ever tool me out
Dead, I'm the saddest, like a brain
The very utmost
Kookie, lend me your comb
Kookie, Kookie?
Man, I got my British lighters and my flapsy-colored pen
You're gonna send me to that planet called
You know it, baby, the end
Kookie, Kookie, lend me your comb
Kookie, Kookie?
If you ever cut out, you might be a stray cat
'Cause when I'm flyin' solo, nowhere's we're on that!
Kookie, Kookie, lend me your comb
Kookie, Kookie?
What's with this comb caper, baby?
Why do you wanna latch up with my comb?
I just want you to stop combing your hair and kiss me
You're the maximum utmost
Well, I'm beat and I'm dreams goin', I'm movin' right now
'Cause that's the kind of scene that I dig
Baby, you're the ginchiest!

......Ah, memories!   :o)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday Night Steam

Found this marvelous video! Sit back and enjoy and make sure you put the setting to 1080 HD!


Published on Nov 14, 2012
Penn Rail Videos is proud to present, our 300th YouTube video. We knew the footage featured in this video wasn't something that we could just post as a regular video. This footage is incomparable to anything else we have. This is steam pulling revenue freight trains, in the 21st Century. And it's happening on the "Road to Paradise", better known as the Strasburg Railroad. We have footage from three separate visits during 2012. For those not familiar, the Strasburg Railroad within recent years has gotten back into the freight business; transloading to be precise. For the most part, the freight would be handled by the line's SW8, #8618. However very rarely, one of the steam engines would be called upon to perform the said duty. For 2012, the Strasburg Railroad began to make steam-powered freights a scheduled activity. For those who wanted to ride, they paid the train's conductor and we're actually aboard a revenue freight train, pulled by an authentic steam locomotive - sometimes even two! Friday, July 6th, 2012 - We lucked out on this hot summer morning; it was quiet with just ourselves and the locomotive crew. We'll watch as these gentlemen prepare ex-N&W 4-8-0 #475 for its run out to Paradise, as they will pick up one lone car. Luck was on our side, as the steam freight was met by an Amtrak Keystone service train, racing eastward towards Philadelphia. The respective trains even salute each other! After we follow them out and back, we'll watch them spot the car to be unloaded. Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 - Once again we are our in Amish Country bright and early to witness a steam locomotive pulling a revenue freight train. Once again it would be #475 doing the honors. This time however, there were SEVEN loaded cars down at the interchange track. Because of the amount of weight, it was decided that SW8 #8618 would go along for the ride, just in case. This train was also a "mixed train", in that there was a coach in the consist behind the freight cars. Quite a crowd on this morning too! We set off to follow the train out and back. This day's train consisted of a few hoppers, boxcars, and centerbeam (lumber) cars. With such a sizeable train in tow, we voted to position ourselves at Cherry Hill. This would give us an opportunity to witness steam power in the 21st century, at it's finest! Even the SW8 had to give 475 a little bit of help as she climbed the 1.25% grade. Once again, we'll watch #475 spot the cars in the East Strasburg yard. Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 - With daylight savings around the corner, we make one last attempt to capture steam-powered revenue freight before the weather becomes cold, and the days are shorter. On this day however, we were gifted to find not one, but TWO steam locomotives fired up for this run. We managed to get #475 again, but assisting #475 would be ex-CN 2-6-0 #89. The two engines would grab a sizable train off the interchange train at Leaman Place, and proceed west. We made our last clip of this video #475 and #89 starting the climb towards Cherry Hill, just west of Paradise at a spot called "Long Curve". We would personally like to thank the Strasburg Railroad in putting on quite a show of steam power in 2012. While they've always had a class act, the folks here have really set the bar with their preservation of steam railroading from a by-gone era. We hope that in 2013, the Strasburg Railroad continues to operate these types of trains for many of us to enjoy and savor once again. We would also like to personally thank Mike Huhn. On the day of the steam double-header, our camera battery malfunction and we thought we were stranded. This amazing event could not have been documented by us, if it wasn't for Mike Huhn allowing us to use his FlipCam. We are forever grateful to Mike and his generosity will not go unnoticed. We want to especially thank our subscribers and fans. It's because of you folks that we continue to bring you the best we have to offer in railroad entertainment. We strive to bring you action-packed high-definition quality productions, and we're glad that you seem to think that our videos are in fact worth watching. Thanks to all the fans, viewers, and subscribers for helping us reach this momentous occasion.

Today;s funny :o)



Coopville gets a lot of visitors and all of them are not cute:

These fly away if you try to pick them up:

Lotsa spiders here. :o(

This was the biggest damn spider I have EVER seen!
(Sorry it's a wee bit blurry, but I did not want to get close to that thing)!

But it did make the most beautiful enormous web!

Sometimes we get critters with four legs. Maybe a hawk dropped it - half of it's tail was missing:

But my favorite critter is:


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Thank you, Mr. Newton!

I want one!

Now wasn't that relaxing? 


Today's funny :o)

These two blocks ARE the same color.....

Skeptical? Put your finger over the line where the boxes meet.....


Hubby's stump removal....

.... in just three easy steps:

#1 - Fill up gas can:


#2 - Pour gas over the stump and throw a match on it:

#3 - Sit down, relax and watch it burn:

If necessary - repeat all of the above!


Monday, September 4, 2017


Never, EVER get tried of watching this one!

Pat Conkle was a retired machinist from Colorado who created a set of displays demonstrating a variety of working gears in motion. Mike Neden of Pittsburg State's Kansas Technology Center came upon these displays and with help from Pitsco Education turned them into freestanding exhibits.


Today's funny :o)

H/T to Donna!

Laws Not Taught In Physics!
1.Law of Mechanical Repair -After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee.
2.Law of Gravity - Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible place in the universe.
3.Law of Probability - The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.
  4.Law of Random Numbers -If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal; someone always answers.

5.Variation Law- If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now.
6.Law of the Bath - When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone will ring.
 7.Law of Close Encounters -The probability of meeting someone you know INCREASES dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.
  8.Law of the Result - When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, IT WILL!!!
 9.Law of Biomechanics - The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
 10.Law of the Theater & Hockey Arena - At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.
 11.The Coffee Law - As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.
  12Murphy's Law of Lockers - If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.
 13.Law of Physical Surfaces -
The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.
  14.Law of Logical Argument -Anything is possible IF you don't know what you are talking about.
  15. Law of Physical Appearance - If the clothes fit, they're ugly.
 16.Law of Public Speaking -- A CLOSED MOUTH GATHERS NO FEET!
  17.Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy -As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it OR the store will stop selling it!
 18.Doctors' Law - If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there, you'll feel better. But don't make an appointment and you'll stay sick.