Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Have a seat.....

and everyone's favorite:

Today's funny :0)

The OMG cat!

OMG cat

More wood

On Saturday, Hubby was busy with the chainsaw.

These were from some trees he had cut down during the summer. It will have to be split and seasoned for another year. We have rows and rows of the good stuff to last us for a long, long time.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Vintage, NYC

New York City has always fascinated me - here's a look of how it was in the 1900's.....

The Plaza Hotel

NYC Fire Department

5th Avenue

Shipping at the East River docks

The Bowery

Mulberry Street

A street cleaner

Toy makers, NYC

Tenement building

Beautiful ironwork - just thought I'd throw this in.
Construction workers

'Hope you enjoyed these as much as I did!

Today's funny :o)


It rained all day yesterday and the chickens did not want to come out of pen. The little darlins' don't like to get their feet wet!

When I go out to check on them, they will stop right at the pen gate to see if I have any treats for them. If I do, they will grab it and run back for cover.

Sometimes I'll go out and tease them, though........ even if it IS raining..........

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday timewasters

Haven't posted these for a while - have fun!

Too easy!

Oct. 31st!



It turned out to be nice yesterday so I let everyone out to enjoy a little bit of sunshine.

Clockwise starting with Charlie: Shirley, Lucy, Lavern and Ethel

Charlie, Ethel and Shirley

The grass was dry or frozen in some parts of the yard. In others, it was just squishy mud - they all avoided that.

What I find amazing about them is how they can see tiny bugs. When Charlie finds something he calls them over - the first one there get the treasure!

Rain and snow are scheduled for today - they will not want to go out in the yard and get wet.

Another boring day in Coopville.....

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

What's on......

                                              ........ your key ring?

                                                                   (Yup - I use all of 'em!)

How many of us has lost our keys? I think we have all done that at least once!

Now I have a "key keeper" hanging on the wall in our pantry. It's a  box that has hooks in the inside. Little plastic I.D. rings are attached to each duplicate key. 

We also have a house key hidden outside, too. It's under a rock wrapped in plastic placed away from the house.

Now the only thing I have to remember is which darn rock it's under......

Today's funny :o)


Nothing interesting going on in the coop. It's been cold so all have been pretty quiet.
Except for Ethel. She is molting and is very, very cranky. More so than usual. She paces back and forth along the run fence.


 And whines. She even bit Lucy today. Poor Charlie tried to get friendly. She bit him, too.

When I put them in for the night, she chased everyone off the roosting bar. When they were on the floor, she jumped down and went into a nesting box.

The Queen still rules........

Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday Night Steam

Let's go all out for the end of the year - Steam Geared Engines!



Info from: Steamlocomotive.com


Willamette locomotives were essentially the same as Shay locomotives with a number of improvements. They were built by the Willamette Iron and Steel Works of Portland, OR after the original Shay patent expired. The improvements that the Willamettes had included:
  • Superheaters (Shays usually did not have superheaters)
  • Welded boilers (Shays used bolts)
  • Walschaerts valve gear (Shays normally used Stephenson valve gear)
  • Cylinders all facing the same direction (rear cylinders on Shays faced the rear) Compare: Willamette Willamette Shay
  • All cylinders were positioned forward of the cab (the last cylinder on Shays protruded into the cab) Compare: Willamette Willamette Shay
  • Valve chests turned outward
  • Truck springs inclined toward the bolster
  • Improved efficiency
Some of the later Shays included some of these improvements. Only 33 Willamettes were built. Of those 33, 6 still survive today.


Willamette Shay Logging Locomotive built by Portland Iron Works in 1927. One of six left in the world, on display at the Railroad Park Resort, Dunsmuir, California. The Willamette locomotive was a geared locomotive of the Shay locomotive type, built by the Willamette Iron and Steel Works of Portland, Oregon. Key patents on the Shay locomotive had expired, and it was now possible for other manufacturers to produce Shay "clones". The Willamette locomotive was very similar to a Shay, but had many differences, as the company that made them intended on making an "improved Shay", even though the "Pacific Coast Shay", later made by Lima, took up many of the features on the Willamette. The differences were: All Willamettes were equipped with superheaters, while Shays usually were not. The boiler parts were welded together, instead of being bolted together. The Willamette locomotive used Walschaerts valve gear, while the Shay mainly used Stephenson valve gear. The rear cylinder on the Willamette was facing the same direction as the rest of the cylinders, while the two front cylinders on a Shay faced forward, with the rear cylinder facing backwards. The back cylinder on a Willamette was moved forward of the cab, while in a Shay, the back cylinder was almost protruding into the cab. The valve chests were turned outward. The truck springs were inclined towards the bolster. In a test done between a Shay and a Wilamette, the Shay pulled 27 empty cars, while the Willamette pulled 29 empty cars, as well as using 40% less fuel. All but one Willamette burned oil, despite their working for logging companies, where wood would be abundant. Oil burners produced few sparks, however, and were less likely to ignite a forest than coal- or wood-fired locomotives. The only coal-fired Willamette worked for Anaconda Copper. Six Willamettes survive; none are in working order although several are undergoing restoration. (Wikipedia)

Today's funny :o)

Laverne & Shirley

If you saw my post for Wednesday, you probably noticed the two additions to Coopville:



I've had them for about a year and half now. I bought them because Charlie was wearing Ethel and Lucy out. He needed more hens. I had the EXACT same problems with them that I had with Oscar and Nina. Ethel and Lucy hated them. Just didn't think you would want to hear of the same adventures all over again. And yes, Laverne and Shirley lived in that damn chick hutch for a loooong time!

Shirley is very timid ( Ethel almost killed her). She is picked on the most. Laverne is the scrappy one. She will steal a treat right out of Ethel's mouth even though she knows she is going to get bitten.

They still pair off: Lucy and Ethel against Laverne and Shirley.

Charlie doesn't care ... he has four of 'em now.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The day after

'Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Our home was non-stop activity and noise!

Lots of fun getting together, but........

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                              ........... I am totally wiped out - will be back tomorrow!

Thank you so much for the many good wishes that were sent - made my day!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Greetings from Coopville!


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Thank you all for taking the time to make my little blog a part of your day!
 Your comments and E-mails make MY day!

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