Wednesday, December 12, 2018


 Yesterday was cold but SUNNY!!!!

The gang couldn't wait to get out of the pen:

Betty couldn't make it back to the coop:
(She stepped on it and it broke)

One broken egg in the nest box:  :o(

And another one:   :o(

Now this is one good lookin' hen!


Monday, December 10, 2018

An amazing sea creature

A Giant Pacific Octopus!

The giant Pacific octopus grows bigger and lives longer than any other octopus species. The size record is held by a specimen that was 30 feet across and weighed more than 600 pounds. Averages are more like 16 feet and 110 lbs.
Life Cycle
They live to be about four years old, with both males and females dying soon after breeding. Females live long enough to tend fastidiously to their eggs, but they do not eat during this months-long brooding period, and usually die soon afterwards.
Giant Pacific octopuses have huge, bulbous heads and are generally reddish-brown in color. Like the other members of the octopus family, though, they use special pigment cells in their skin to change colors and textures, and can blend in with even the most intricately patterned corals, plants, and rocks.
Diet and Range
They hunt at night, surviving primarily on shrimp, clams, lobsters, and fish, but have been known to attack and eat sharks as well as birds, using their sharp, beaklike mouths to puncture and tear flesh. They range throughout the temperate waters of the Pacific, from southern California to Alaska, west to the Aleutian Islands and Japan.
Intelligence and Population
Highly intelligent creatures, giant Pacific octopuses have learned to open jars, mimic other octopuses, and solve mazes in lab tests. Their population numbers are unknown, and they do not currently appear on any lists of endangered or vulnerable animals. However, they are sensitive to environmental conditions and may be suffering from high pollution levels in their range.


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More snow of Friday.....  :o(

But it gave us a pretty sunset and

a beautiful Saturday sunrise!

'Twas cold again yesterday:

The 'sun' in the afternoon:

Hey Chickenmom - where are our treats?????

Thank you!


Friday, December 7, 2018

Friday Night Steam

We're off to Africa tonight!

Steam train working the copper mines in Botswana:

Two ex-SAR 19D steam locomotives carry copper-nickel ore from two shafts to the BCL smelter. Occasionally, they also haul coal trains brought to an exchange yard by the Botswana National Railway. They can be regarded as the last service steam trains of Africa.

Between 1937 and 1949, the South African Railways placed 235 Class 19D steam locomotives with a 4-8-2 Mountain type wheel arrangement in service. Between 1951 and 1955, 33 more were built for other operators like the Rhodesia and Angolan railways and the Nkana and Wankie mines, which makes the Class 19D the most numerous South African steam locomotive type ever built.

The Class 19D 4-8-2 steam locomotive was the final development of the Class 19 family of locomotives. At the request of Colonel F.R. Collins, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the South African Railways (SAR) from 1922 to 1929, the original basic design of the Class 19 was done in the late 1920s by Test Engineer M.M. Loubser, who was himself later to serve as the CME from 1939 to 1949.
W.A.J. Day
The final development of the Class was done in 1937 by W.A.J. Day, CME from 1936 to 1939. The Class 19D was a revised version of the Class 19C with piston valves and Walschaerts valve gear instead of rotary cam poppet valve gear.
Between 1937 and 1955, 268 Class 19D locomotives were built in seven batches by six locomotive manufacturers in Czechoslovakia, Germany and the United Kingdom and delivered to the SAR and several other operators in Southern Africa.
  • The first forty were built in Germany in 1937, twenty with domeless boilers by Friedrich Krupp AG in Essen and numbered in the range from 2506 to 2525, and twenty by the Borsig Lokomotiv Werke in Hennigsdorf, Berlin and numbered in the range from 2526 to 2545.
  • In 1938, a further 95 locomotives were ordered, built by three manufacturers. ┼ákoda Works in Czechoslovakia built fifteen numbered in the range from 2626 to 2640, Krupp built forty, this time with domed boilers and numbered in the range from 2641 to 2680, and Borsig built forty numbered in the range from 2681 to 2720.
  • Locomotive building was interrupted by the Second World War and post-war locomotive procurement saw European suppliers being replaced by British ones. In 1947, the first fifty post-war Class 19D locomotives were delivered by Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns (RSH) of Darlington, England and numbered in the range from 2721 to 2770. Of this order, engine no. 2734, RSH works no. 7247, was lost at sea off the east coast of England. Its replacement with RSH works number 7360 was paid for by insurance and it was given the number 2734 of the lost locomotive
  • The final batch of fifty Class 19D locomotives for the SAR were delivered in 1949 by the North British Locomotive Company (NBL) of Glasgow, Scotland and numbered in the range from 3321 to 3370. These engines were delivered with Type MX Torpedo tenders.
  • In 1951, six were built by NBL for the Caminho de Ferro de Benguela (CFB) in Angola.
  • Between 1951 and 1953, Henschel and Son built 21 more for the Rhodesia Railways (RR) and the Nkana copper mine in Northern Rhodesia.[
  • In 1955, four more were built by NBL for the Wankie coal mine in Southern Rhodesia.

The rest of the info from here:


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Some pretty things....

 A sunset:

A sunrise:

The best gang in the world:

 Carrots mixed in with a wee bit of cat food and crumble - Yummy!

They are so excited - an afternoon treat!

Still chilly outside, but NO rain or snow!


Wednesday, December 5, 2018


Who knew there were soooo many????

 (Just knew there HAD to be a rooster one!)


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Not much going on in Coopville. The only good news is that we haven't
 had any rain for two days!

Charlie's tail feathers are getting longer:

The moon and the planet Venus:

It's been cold-taken when I put the gang in for the night yesterday:

The gang in the coop :

If you turn the volume way up, you may be able to hear the coyotes:


Monday, December 3, 2018

A rooster's tale.....

...... Now this made me LAUGH!!!!!!

From the NYT:

This post-Thanksgiving weekend, we bring you Rishi Chandna’s story of a family terrorized by their pet rooster. But “Tungrus and the Chicken From Hell” is more than the simple tale of a pampered and unruly chicken; it’s a parable about a man reenacting memories of his village upbringing in the middle-class context of a Mumbai apartment — and the wry patience his family uses to cope.


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Thank goodness there's a name for this disorder.   

Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests: 

I decide to water my garden. 
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. 

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 Pepsi I'd been drinking

I'm going to look for my checks, 
But first I need to push the Pepsi aside 
So that I don't accidentally knock it over. 

The Pepsi is getting warm, 
And I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold. 

As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi, 
A vase of flowers on the counter 
Catches my eye--they need water. 

I put the Pepsi 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. 
Someone left it 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:
The car isn't washed, 
The bills aren't paid, 
There is a warm can of 
Pepsi sitting on the counter, 
The flowers don't have enough water, 
There is still only 1 check in my check book, 
I can't find the remote, 
I can't find my glasses, 
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.


Rain - again.....

..... getting sick of it (and the mud)!

Foggy all day, too!

Charlie lost his other spur. It was 3-1/4 inches long!!!!

Hollow inside.  He has a pointy stump on his leg where it was attached.

I bet the girls are glad - that must have really dug into their sides!

This dove just sat in the tree - didn't go to the feeder:

Maybe we'll see the sun today!


Saturday, December 1, 2018

At the Hop!

Danny and the Juniors!

A real blast from the past!

You're a thousand miles away
But I still have your love to remember you by
Oh my darling, dry your eyes
Daddy's coming home soon

On my knees everyday
All I do is pray, baby just for you
Hope you'll always want me too
Daddy's coming home soon,
It may be on a Sunday morning
It may be on a Tuesday afternoon
But no matter what the day is
I'm going to make it my business to get home soon

You're a thousand miles away
But I still have your love to remember you by
Oh, my darling dry your eyes
Daddy's coming home soon


Friday, November 30, 2018

Friday Night Steam (draft)

We're off to Oklahoma tonight!





If you would like to visit the museum, you can find all the info here:


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Dawn in Coopville

Looking East as the sun comes up:

My junky camera does NOT do the sky justice it was breathtaking

Ran to the back of the house to see Sunrise Mountain lit up!

I never get tired of looking at it!

Found a nice video from a woman that lives near me - 'Hope you enjoy it!

Sunrise Mountain is a peak of the Kittatinny Mountains in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States. The mountain is 1,650 feet (503 m) tall, and overlooks Beemerville to the east. It lies along the Appalachian Trail in Stokes State Forest.
The crest of Sunrise Mountain is one of the most frequently visited sites in Stokes State Forest. The thin soil and harsh climate characteristic of Sunrise Mountain is a difficult environment in which few plants can survive. Mountain laurel, blueberry, pitch pine and bear oak are among the natural vegetation found throughout the area. The pavilion at the summit was built in the late 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.[

More info at:

( And yes, we did climb up to the pavilion when we first moved here!)