Friday, December 14, 2018

Friday Night Steam

Do you love train whistles as much as I do?

Now THIS is music !  

Oh, how I miss that sound!!!!!


Today's funny :o)



Had light snow most of the yesterday:

And it stayed cold too!

The gang waiting for their afternoon treat/
Notice the wild birds flying in and out of the coop!

'Ya just gotta love the look on their faces when thy see the 'sketties!

They are soooo spoiled!


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A chicken tale.....

You REALLY do get attached to them - honest!



 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.