Monday, January 15, 2018

A screaming Potoo

Yup! You read that right!!


caprimulgiforms are surrounded by an aura of mystery richly
The potoos’ complex patterns of gray, black, and brown plumage resemble tree bark. During the day, the birds sleep, vertically perched and virtually indistinguishable from the dead branches they roost on. They awaken at dusk, revealing huge eyes capable of spotting moths and other flying insects in the dark. Potoos also have wide and gaping mouths for catching prey during their quick, short, and silent flights.
Although pairs of potoos may forage within a few dozen metres of one another, they are essentially solitary creatures. They are also highly restricted nesters. Instead of building a nest, they find a branch or stub with a suitable depression or crevice of just the right size to accommodate the single egg they lay. The egg is chalky white, marked with brown and gray, and is incubated by both parents for 30–35 days.
Little is known about the natural history of most species because they are so difficult to observe. One researcher noted a young common potoo (N. griseus, sometimes N. jamaicensis) wandering over the boughs of the nest tree at about four weeks of age. The same nestling made its first trial flights at 47 days and finally left the nest when 50 days old. Other reports indicate the nestling period to be 40–45 days. The young are sheltered by the parents only during the first half of this period, by which time the young potoos have attained the juvenile plumage (white mottled with brown) and are already accomplished in assuming the “broken branch” posture of adults.
Potoos’ calls are characteristic sounds of the tropical forest at night. One species, the common potoo, also called the “poor-me-one,” sings a plaintive descending whistle that has been phoneticized as “poor, me, all, alone.” Another species, the great potoo (N. grandis), belts out a distinct bawl that can disturb people unaccustomed to the nocturnal life of the tropical forest.
There are seven species of Nyctibius, and they constitute an independent family, Nyctibiidae. Potoos are related to the familiar whippoorwill of North America. All belong to the order Caprimulgiformes, a group of birds primarily active at dawn and dusk.



Today's funny :o)


Oh, boy.....

I totally LOST all my pics when I tried to put them on discs for safe keeping. I have no idea where they went. They are not on the discs, that's for sure....

These were in the camera, so that's all I have: 

It warmed up on Friday and

all the snow melted:

The balmy weather didn't last long though -  Saturday and Sunday were freezing again!

I came down with some kind of bug....

Not in the mood to go through the laptop to look for the pics - I know they are in there SOMEWHERE......

I'll try to figure out where my pictures went off to on some other day.....

Sniffle, sniffle


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Easy Listening for a Sunday Afternoon

Vaughn Monroe !

 (But it's not what you usually expect from my Sunday selections .....  LOL!)


Saturday, January 13, 2018

At the Hop!

Brook Benton!

Brook Benton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Brook Benton
Brook Benton 1959.jpg
Promotional photo of Benton.
Background information
Birth name Benjamin Franklin Peay
Born September 19, 1931
Lugoff, South Carolina, United States
Died April 9, 1988 (aged 56)
Queens, New York, United States
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1948–88
Labels Okeh, Mercury, Cotillion, RCA
Brook Benton, born Benjamin Franklin Peay, (September 19, 1931 – April 9, 1988) was an American singer and songwriter who was popular with rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and pop music audiences during the late 1950s and early 1960s, when he scored hits such as "It's Just a Matter of Time" and "Endlessly", many of which he co-wrote.
He made a comeback in 1970 with the ballad "Rainy Night in Georgia." Benton scored over 50 Billboard chart hits as an artist, and also wrote hits for other performers.

Early life and career

When Benton was young, he enjoyed gospel music, wrote songs and sang in a Methodist church choir in Lugoff, South Carolina, where his father, Willie Peay, was choir master. In 1948, he went to New York to pursue his music career, going in and out of gospel groups, such as The Langfordaires, The Jerusalem Stars and The Golden Gate Quartet. Returning to his home state, he joined a R&B singing group, The Sandmen, and went back to New York to get a big break with his group. The Sandmen had limited success and their label, Okeh Records, decided to push Peay as a solo artist, changing his name to Brook Benton, apparently at the suggestion of label executive Marv Halsman.
Brook earned a good living by writing songs and co-producing albums. He wrote songs for artists such as Nat King Cole, Clyde McPhatter (for whom he co-wrote the hit "A Lover's Question") and Roy Hamilton. He eventually released his first minor hit, "A Million Miles from Nowhere", before switching to the Mercury label, which would eventually bring him major success. He also appeared in the 1957 film, Mr Rock And Roll with Alan Freed.


In 1959, he finally made his breakthrough with hits like "It's Just a Matter of Time" and "Endlessly". "It's Just a Matter of Time" peaked at #3 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart, sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. "Endlessly" made it to #12. Both of the first two hits were written by Benton with Clyde Otis. They were originally offered to Nat King Cole, but when Otis became an A&R manager and producer at Mercury, he convinced Benton to sign with the label and record them himself, while asking Cole not to record the songs as planned] Benton followed this success with a series of hits, including "So Many Ways" (#6), "Hotel Happiness" (#3), "Think Twice" (#11), "Kiddio" (#7), and "The Boll Weevil Song" (#2). In 1960, he had two top 10 hit duets with Dinah Washington: "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" (#5) and "A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)" (#7)]
In the mid 1960s, Benton recorded for RCA Records and Reprise Records with minimal commercial success. Then, in 1968, he signed with Cotillion Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records, where, the following year, he enjoyed his last major hit with "Rainy Night in Georgia", written by Tony Joe White and produced and arranged by Arif Mardin. a million-seller which topped the Billboard R&B chart. Benton recorded a total of five albums with Mardin, including a gospel album, during his stay at Cotillion.
Benton eventually charted a total of 49 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, with other songs charting on Billboard′s rhythm and blues, easy listening, and Christmas music charts. The last album made by Benton was Fools Rush In, which was released posthumously in 2005. He also had records released on various other labels, including All-Platinum, Brut, Olde Worlde, Stax and Groove Records.


Weakened from spinal meningitis, Brook died of pneumonia in Queens, New York City, at the age of 56 on April 9, 1988. He was survived by his wife, Mary Benton, and five children, Brook Jr., Vanessa, Roy, Gerald and Benjamin, all of Queens.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Night Steam

A wonderful video just published on YouTube!  Enjoy!


Published on Dec 30, 2017
Fox Movietone's cameramen visited the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1929 and brought back this sound footage. Some of the scenes are in the Sacramento engine shops, the rest show some of their largest steam locomotives out for a run. The scenes include: 0:00 The drivers of a SP-1 4-10-2 as it accelerates. All the SP's 4-10-2's had three cylinders. Listen for the six-per-turn exhaust. 1:02 Scenes of boiler work in the shops. (Note: the sound for this segment has been lost.) 1:27 Putting a connecting rod back on a 4-10-2. There seem to be a large number of shop personnel working on this locomotive. Maybe they all wanted to be in the movies. 2:46 More shots of a 4-10-2's drivers. A suit rides the pilot beam and checks the driver hardware afterwards. 4:18 Cab-forward AC-5 No. 4124 and SP-1 No. 4005 and 4003 running side-by-side. First take, too much smoke. 5:03 Back up for a second take. 5:12 Take two. 6:19 Beautiful pacing shot of the AC-5. 6:15 Pacing shot of all three locomotives. The Movietone people apparently liked these side-by-side locomotive shots, and the Southern Pacific appeared happy to oblige. This film comes from the Fox Movietone News outtakes at the University of South Carolina's Moving Image Resource Collection (



Today's funny! :o)



Yep - it sure is!!!

And I'm not even complain about it when it turns to mud!!

It warmed up nicely yesterday!

Have no idea what they were pecking at....


Yikes! A wet tootsie!!!!

Betty had enough of that snow stuff and ran back to the pen:

Thelma and Louise managed to walk out front:

But they sure didn't like it when I chased them back!

Chicken foots:


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Have you ever seen this?

Amazing... just amazing!!

The President tree is the name of a giant sequoia located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in the United States, east of Visalia, California. It is not the tallest giant sequoia tree in the world with a height of about 247 feet (75 m), nor the widest at about 27 ft (8.2 m) in diameter at the base, but it is the third largest tree in the world, measured by volume of trunk, and the oldest known living sequoia, about 3,200 years old. As of 2012, the volume of its trunk measured at about 45,000 cubic feet (1,300 m3), with an additional 9,000 cubic feet (250 m3) of branches.
The tree was named after President Warren G. Harding in 1923. Nearby trees include Chief Sequoyah, the 27th largest giant sequoia in the world, and the Congress Group, two dense stands of medium-sized sequoias that represent the "House" and "Senate".

President - World's 2nd Largest Tree
Height: 246.62+ ft (75.17+ m) Elevation: 7,040 ft (2,146 m) GPS Latitude:  36.57341
Volume: 53,272 ft3 (1,509 m3) Creek: Little Deer Creek GPS Longitude: -118.75010
Width: 25.54 ft (7.78 m) Grove: Giant Forest Discovery Date:
Age: 3,240 y Park: Sequoia NP Discovered By:

Today's funny :o)

A big H/T to wildriver!!!!   :o)



The gang went out of the pen!! Yesterday, late afternoon, the temp went over 30 degrees - not much, but it sure did feel good!

When I opened the gate, they ran out except for Maude! Wilma and Betty ran for a patch of dirt to walk on. It didn't last long though - Charlie saw the dang resident hawk and barked a warning. They foolishly didn't pay any attention to him so I had to shake the rice jar to get them all back safely in the pen.  Maybe today they will be able to stay out longer. I felt so sorry for them being penned in during the day but it had been just too cold to stay outside and keep an eye on them!

At least the sunset was pretty:



Monday, January 8, 2018

Stuff you never think about

Either you love 'em or hate 'em!

I make mine with BACON!!!  Yummy!


Today's funny! :o)


Unbelievably ..............

................ COLD yesterday!

Let the gang out to eat, went back and got the camera: 

I don't ever remember it being this cold for so long. The eggs in the pen were frozen solid. Charlie and the girls only come out to eat and then run back inside the coop. It is supposed to warm up in the middle of the week, but more snow is expected next week. I hope "they" are wrong.....

Friday, January 5, 2018

Friday Night Steam

From my neck of the woods growing up. Clifton and Passaic were the next two towns from Paterson:

Film from the Fox Movietone News outtakes at the University of South Carolina's Moving Image Research Collections. This one shows brand-new 4-8-4 No. 1603 on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. Known as Poconos on the Lackawanna, the Q2's handled fast freight as well as passenger trains. Shots include runby's, pacing and from the top of the tender. All sound film. And yes, many DL&W steam locomotives had air horns! Location identification (courtesy of Richard Onorevole): Most of it looks like the Passaic/Clifton area....but they are not chronological..the splicing seems to be out of sequence.... at 2:49 they pass a sign that says " Minwax", which was the furniture stain company in the Delawanna section of Clifton.... at 3:26 they pass the Passaic Station still heading west, at 4:08 passing under the Broadway viaduct. At 4:50 it goes back to the Delawanna section going past the westbound station building and over Delawanna Ave., at 6:20 they pass a sign that says " Falstrom" which is the large factory (still present) on Brook Ave. in Passaic, and then a spur to a coal dock can be seen veering off, the concrete pillars till being visible today at the intersection of Brook Ave and Main Ave in Passaic behind a gas station. At 7:01 they are heading west in the area of the Passaic/Clifton border, just past the Broadway viaduct passing under the Magor Car/Fruehauf footbridge with the Manhattan rubber plant also on the left.


The Lackawanna #1603 Was Big News Back In 1929!

Back in 1929, the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad put 20 of these monsters into service between Buffalo, NY, Hoboken, NJ, and New York City.
Known by her nickname as one of the “Poconos” on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, this Q2 class locomotive was designed to pull light fast freight and heavy passenger trains.
The Lackawanna 4-8-4 #1603 was the subject of this press release in 1929 to promote passenger service and could reach speeds up to 100 mph!

Some quick facts about the Lackawanna # 1603

  • Builder: American locomotive works 1929
  • Class: Q-2
  • Wheel arrangement: 4-8-4 “Northern Type”
  • Locomotive and tender weight: 654,000 pounds
  • Length: 100 feet long
  • fuel: coal with mechanical stoker
Her later cousin is Union Pacific’s #844 which is also a 4-8-4 “Northern” wheel arrangement. The 4-8-4 wheel arrangement was first used by the Northern Pacific Railway, hence the “Northern” nickname was used.


Today's funny :o)



We got more snow than they predicted. Glad I don't live near the coast - they got pounded by the storm!

The wind and cold........

That crinkly sound is the wind against the plastic sheeting. I went out to chang their water and give them a warm snack.

Couldn't do anything ouside, so Hubby and I took down the tree and most of the decorations. We just left the wreaths up - didn't want to open the door to get them down!

Snow blowing off the garage roof:

Though I was going to lose my pinwheels!


Wind Chill Advisory issued January 04 at 6:32PM EST until January 06 at 12:00PM EST by NWS Philadelphia - Mount Holly Hunterdon; Morris; Somerset; Sussex; Warren...WIND CHILL ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TONOON EST SATURDAY......WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS CANCELLED...* WHAT...Very cold wind chills expected. The cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin. Expect wind chills to range from 5 above zero to 20 below zero.* WHERE...Portions of northern and northwest New Jersey.* WHEN...From 10 PM this evening to noon EST Saturday.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds gusting as high as 45 mph on Friday will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow with the existing snow pack.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.
...Mostly sunny. Not as cool with highs 15 to 20.

Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy and not as cold. Near steady temperature around 10 above.


Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Let's start the New Year off with a funny.....

This made me laugh and laugh and bought back memories! My two boys were only about 21 months apart. One day the oldest wanted to help Mommy. He covered the youngest from head to toe in Vaseline! All over his clothes and the crib, too! It seemed to take FOREVER to get that out of his hair!


Today's funny :o)


Let's hope.....

..... the rest of our Joisey winter is NOT like this:

New Year's Day:

The fireplace is a-roaring!

The gang is doing pretty good in these sub-freezing temperatures. Charlie has a wee bit of frost bite, but not too much so far. Maude is finally starting to get some of her feathers back.
I've packed the coop with hay and straw. A 100 watt bulb burns  inside 24/7.
They have been getting a lot of fattening food - their favorite is warm oatmeal . I'm not worried about all the extra poopies from the food because it just freezes solid!  LOL!

And of course the damn deer are doing just fine - neighbor is feeding them!

'Hope you all have a wonderful, healthy New Year!


Monday, January 1, 2018