Friday, February 21, 2020

Still quiet....

........except for Hubby and his log splitter:






A beautiful BLUE sky:



Neighbor's horse soaking up the sun's rays:

(Notice the damage the dang woodpeckers have done to our tree on the right)



A good treat for the gang: green beans, apples, grapes, tomatoes, carrot shavings and celery:




Yesterday morning when I let them out. Brrrrrrr!







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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

How many do YOU know?






Knot

Knot
A knot is an intentional complication in cordage which may be useful or decorative. Practical knots may be classified as hitches, bends, splices, or knots. A hitch fastens a rope to another object; a bend unites two rope ends; a splice is a multi-strand bend or loop. A knot in the strictest sense serves as a stopper or knob at the end of a rope to keep that end from slipping through a grommet or eye. Knots have excited interest since ancient times for their practical uses, as well as their topological intricacy, studied in the area of mathematics known as knot theory.








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Today's funny :o)

Saint Nancy


Last Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C., an aide to Nancy Pelosi visited the Bishop of the Catholic Cathedral. He told the Cardinal that Nancy Pelosi would be attending Sunday's Mass and asked if the Cardinal would kindly point out Pelosi to the congregation and say a few words that would include calling her a saint.
     

The Cardinal replied, "No. I don't really like the woman, and there are issues of conflict with the Catholic Church over most of Pelosi's views."

Pelosi's aide said, "Look, I'll write a check here and now for a donation of $100,000 if you'll just tell the congregation you see Pelosi as a saint."

The Cardinal thought about it and said, "Well, the Church can use the money, so I'll work your request into tomorrow's sermon."

As Pelosi's aide promised, Nancy appeared for the Sunday worship and seated herself prominently at the forward left side of the center aisle. As promised, at the start of his sermon, the Cardinal pointed out that Ms. Pelosi was present.

The Cardinal went on to explain to the congregation, "While Ms. Pelosi's presence is probably an honor to some, the woman is not numbered among my personal favorite personages. Some of her most egregious views are contrary to tenets of the Church, and she tends to flip-flop on many other issues. Nancy Pelosi is a petty, self-absorbed hypocrite, a drunken thumb-sucker, and a nit-wit. Nancy Pelosi is also a serial liar, a cheat, and a thief. I must say, Nancy Pelosi is the worst example of a Catholic I have ever personally witnessed. She married for money and is using her wealth to lie to the American people. She also has a reputation for evading her Representative obligations both in Washington and in California. Just look at the streets in her district! Feces everywhere. The woman is simply not to be trusted."

The Cardinal concluded. “But, when compared with Hillary Clinton, Ms. Pelosi is a saint."




#23123974 - Angels halo and devils horns



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Sunshine!


Monday was just a beautiful day - It was warm enough for Hubby to wash his jeep and the gang enjoyed running around the yard!



Look! A blue sky!



They love to dig in the old potato patch:



It rained yesterday afternoon:





Such a tiny egg!






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Monday, February 17, 2020

For all the pilots out there....

A genormus H/T to terry for sharing!!!







L-1049 Super Constellation
a large aircraft on an airport apron
Nordair L-1049H
Role Airliner
National origin United States
Manufacturer Lockheed Corporation
First flight 14 July 1951
Introduction 15 December 1951
Status Retired from commercial service. Preserved examples exist as private aircraft.
Primary users Eastern Air Lines
Trans World Airlines
Produced 1951-1958
Number built 259 (Commercial)
320 (Military)
Developed from Lockheed L-049 Constellation
Variants Lockheed C-121 Constellation
Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star
Developed into L-1249 (R7V-2/YC-121F) Super Constellation
L-1649 Starliner




More info here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_L-1049_Super_Constellation






Image result for Eastern Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation


 
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Same 'ol, same 'ol...


Nothing interesting going on in Coopville...


Woke up on Friday to this:




The sun DID shine for a bit and it made for a beautiful morning:



But it was cold!




Friday was bitter cold ...  below 0:



A lot of firewood being burned around here:






Some of the local boids getting a bit of sunshine:




The gang enjoying some treats:



Why does Spring seem so far away?????

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Fiday Night Steam

All aboard the Patagonian Express!

We're off to Argentina tonight for a wonderful ride with beautiful scenery!



Source: https://wander-argentina.com/the-old-patagonian-express-today/

The Old Patagonian Express is advertised as ‘a journey through the landscape and time.’ The train ride serves principally as a tourist attraction and for most this will entail a trip meandering from Esquel through the hills to the village of Nahuel Pan 22km away. The train is stationary for fifteen minutes before departure, allowing spectators time to take it the sight as well as a lungful of the characteristically thick steam-engine smoke as the train gets ready to depart.
photo: Markus Feldt
The journey itself takes almost an hour, with the train rumbling along the tracks and affording excellent views of the vast, sparse landscape as it lists on one of the many broad bends in the track.



A tour guide gives a brief explanation in Spanish of the history of the train and its destination and will try and answer questions in English.
Much of the land through which the route travels is part of a vast estancia, an Argentine ranch. A herd of horses might playfully gallop alongside the train, and the journey affords the ability to spot other Patagonia wildlife, including packs of llama-like guanacos, ostridge-like rheas and occasionally, condors.
It is fitting that Paul Theroux championed in his work of the same name the importance of the journey itself, not the destination. The little pueblo of Nahuel Pan is an underwhelming, sparse place to arrive.
Half a dozen shacks greet the passengers disembarking the train each offering different services: soft drinks, snacks and several local handicraft workshops. The torta fritas, literally ‘fried cakes’, are very similar to a doughnut without the jam and are a delicious value. A tiny museum offers an exhibit on the history of the area and its native Mapuche Indian inhabitants.
The highlight of the Nahuel Pan stop is getting a look at the pair of disused trains resting beside the tracks. It is a sad sight to see these formerly imperious engines, brown with rust, lying dormant and slowly being eroded by the Patagonian breeze, but they are fascinating objects to inspect close-up and pose for a photograph with (bonus points for those clutching their copy of Theroux).
The schedule changes according to the season and unfortunately The Patagonia Express has developed a reputation as being unreliable. As well as the trip from Esquel to Nahuel Pan, another more substantial 406km journey is offered from the town of Maiten, near Bariloche, to Bruno Thomas Pass 55km away.
The official website is now up and running again but the information can be at odds with what the stationmaster has to say in his authentic wooden ticket office at Esquel station. Those interested would do best to just show up to see if the train is running, you can also try to double check details over the telephone, if anyone answers.
The last word should go to Paul Theroux, who after his journey on board ‘La Trochita’ in the 1970s noted, ‘The engine looked derelict, as if it would never run again – but it had a hundred more years in it, I was sure.’ Nearly halfway there, he might just be right.
—by George Warren


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Happy Valentine's Day!

To all my special "peeps"........






......... and Chickenmom 

XOXOXOX


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'Twas.....

..... a BEAUTIFUL morning on Wednesday!




The gang enjoyed being in the yard with all that wonderful sunshine:


(Yup - he got her)!
















Benji is doing the same thing Charlie did when I cleaned the coop - making a nest for his girls!




Thursday morning - not so good:


It was foggy and rained off and on all day:










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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Meet the Kakapo!

















Source: https://factanimal.com/kakapo/

Interesting Kakapo Facts

1. The kakapo is not only flightless, it’s a rather big parrot.

The kakapo is the fattest and heaviest parrot on Earth. Some can weigh as much as 4 kilograms.

2. The courtship ritual used by the kakapo parrot species has a term of its own.

It is known as lekking and males during breeding season will travel 4 miles to a special area for this activity to take place in order to find a mate.

3. In the special area, the males will create a place where they will sit waiting for a mate to arrive.

The kakapo male will dig a 10 centimeter deep bowl to sit in after exploring the rock faces, tree trunks and other ground features for the perfect location.

4. The males use an unusual communication style while in the bowls.

Sounds known as ‘booms’ are emitted by the male kakapo when seeking a mate. They are so low in frequency that they can travel up to 3 miles. The surrounding features of the area, including rock faces, help to reflect the sounds and the bowls the birds sit in act as amplifiers.

5. The mating calls go on for a long time before a female will respond.

The male kakapo will use not just the low frequency ‘booms’ but also high-pitched ‘chings’ and will continue to make these mating calls for up to 4 months. The calls can also go on for up to eight hours in a single night.

6. The breeding cycle for the kakapo is interesting.

A total of between one and two eggs will be laid. They will hatch after 30 days but are guarded before that by the female who will only leave them at night to seek food. The chicks are nurtured by their mothers for 3 months and will stay with their mothers for a few additional months.

7. The visual appearance of the kakapo is responsible for one of their common names.

The face of the kakapo is said to resemble that of an owl and as a result, it is also called the owl parrot.

8. For a flightless bird, the kakapo has interesting legs.

The legs of this parrot are large, scaly and muscular. It is because of the way in which their legs have developed that kakapos are excellent climbers and hikers.

9. Speaking of funny looking legs on a parrot…

The walk of the average kakapo is amusing and equally interesting. When walking, the gait is similar to that of jogging.

10. Although the kakapo cannot use their wings for flight, they come in handy for another reason.

When jumping off from trees, the kakapo will use their wings as a sort of parachute.

11. The kakapo has an unusual way to protect itself when startled.

When something frightens this bird, it can’t fly away so instead, it will freeze and stay in one position. At that time it will try to blend into the surroundings. It is an effective defense mechanism that has worked against many predators.

12. As a nocturnal bird, it has a little bit of genetic assistance.

Even though it is the heaviest parrot around, it has an acute sense of smell which keeps it active when seeking food at night.

13. Not only can a kakapo smell well, it also smells good.

The words that best describe the smell of the kakapo is that of a musty-sweet odor. That great smelling bird also gets some additional use out of that scent – it is used as a sort of GPS to find each other. The downside to being a musty-sweet smelling bird is that you also attract predators that find that smell not just interesting, but an indicator of something that will also taste good.

14. Kakapo are used in many different ways.

The meat of the kakapo has been a food source for the Maori for centuries. Their feathers are used to make pieces of clothing and on occasion, kakapo were kept as pets. Now that they are protected, none of those activities continue – legally.

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Another....

        .... yucky, cloudy day in Coopville:





Didn't let them out in the yard because of all the mud, so the gang got an extra 
special treat of corn and grapes:


They sure do love that corn!



Most of Sweet-pea's feathers have grown back and she is not being picked on too much anymore!


In the coop - getting ready for night-night!




Maybe the sun will come out tomorrow.....


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Monday, February 10, 2020

Did you grow up with one of these?
















We had one like this. The stove sat on a raised platform that was painted red. It was a wood stove, then it was converted to burn coal and then retro-fitted to burn oil. There was a pedal on the bottom to open the big oven door. Mom would use a polish on it to make it shine!




Every Sunday my Dad would make pancakes on the oval plates on the stove and at Christmas time we would burn orange peels on them. Can still remember that wonderful aroma!







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