Thursday, August 13, 2015

A New Good Fence

The pups, Fergus and Findley, enjoy walking around Lincoln Log Cabin Historical Site. They like seeing the sheep, Ms Cow, and the chickens. They don't care much for the old boar hog. He grunts at them and they run.  
The sheep run loose these days. The dogs take the long way around them. They obviously do not have the herding instincts Border Collies should have. Too much easy living. 
Findley. Giving me his exasperated look. He doesn't like it when I stop to take pictures. He wants to get on with the walking and sniffing part.
This is a chicken coop. Glad to see they have received some funding for repairs. This looks like it will be a good fence when it is finished.
The old fence was in dire need of repairs. The chickens didn't seem to mind. They had more freedom.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Good Fence Post

Not much left of this fence.
Still looks like a sturdy post. Happy Thursday!

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Mr and Mrs Goldfinch

Not only do we have hummingbirds on the sunflowers, but we also have several goldfinches.

These shots were taken through the glass in the storm door. The birds were curious but as long as I didn't open the door they went about their business.

Happy Sunday!

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunflowers and Hummingbirds

Yesterday was a nice warm day, 88°. Although thunder and dark clouds caused Findley and I to hurry through our morning walk, it didn't rain. It seems our sunflowers like this rainy year. We have a good crop and more to come.
(Note the Findley photo bomb)
We have grown sunflowers beside our storage shed since we've lived here. 
I always see Goldfinches, Cardinals and other birds, but have never seen a Hummingbird enjoying the flowers until yesterday when this little lady showed up.
 She liked the yellow flowers...
 ...red flowers...
 ...and multicolored blooms.
Happy Sunday!

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bird on a Fence

Carnton Plantation
This fence surrounded a Civil War cemetary on the grounds.
Closer view with a bird. I tried to find him in my bird book, but couldn't identify him. Any ideas?

P.S. He has been identified by my good readers as a Mockingbird! Thanks!

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Identification Help

I'm back for a while anyway. My main problem is time. When I can't find time to return comments, I feel guilty and get mean comments, so I had to stop posting on Rubbish.

But I love posting here, so here I am.

I have a few birds I can't identify. I believe they are juveniles. Any help would be appreciated. 
I don't have a guess on this one.
Possibly a House Finch?
Possibly Brown Thrasher?
I believe this one is a juvenile red-headed woodpecker since I see a male almost every time I go to The Rez.

Thanking you in advance.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rubbish Tuesday #40

Went for a visit with my son in Franklin, TN last week. This cannon is on the square/roundabout in downtown. I have another shot without the school bus, but I kind of liked this one.


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Monday, April 6, 2015

Rubbish Tuesday #39

So here's the deal. I'm struggling to fnd time to blog, so is there anyone out there intested in taking over the "old stuff" idea? It's a ton of fun, If anyone is interested, let me know.

Below is an old truck of some sort. Does anyone know what it is?


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Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Pups

I apologize profusely for disappearing. I am recovered from my fall, but still having an issue with my knee and I'm suffering from a bad case of the winter blahs.  Hopefully spring will bring sunshine and a better attitude. Thank you for all the emails and expressions of concern. 

A Fergus and Findley update. Unlike me, they do love the snow.

 Findley
Fergus

Monday, February 9, 2015

Rubbish Tuesday #38

Below is grandson's Hohner, given to him by his paternal grandfather, who is of German descent.
Hohner is a German company specializing in the manufacture of musical instruments. The company was founded in 1857 by Matthias Hohner (1833-1902). Hohner is identified especially with harmonicas and accordions. The Hohner company has invented and produced many different styles, and most of the harmonicas used by professionals. The company also makes kazoos, recorder flutes, melodicas, banjos, guitars, bass guitars, and ukeleles (under the brand name Lanikai). From the 1940s through 1990s, the company also manufactured various electric/electronic keyboards.

~Courtesy of Wikipedia


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Monday, February 2, 2015

Rubbish Tuesday #37

Well, the snow we were expecting didn't show up. There was just enough slush to allow me to take a header down the back steps. Fortunately, unlike the last time I took a header down steps, nothing is broken. It is merely painful. I am such a klutz!

So, needless to say I didn't get around to visit everyone. My left hip hurts, so it is difficult to sit for any length of time. It will not be a good day at work.  This year is not starting off as good as I would have liked, but perhaps that means it will end well.
I took this shot last summer. I'm enjoying the green on this frigid morning. This is an old livestock barn at the edge of the fairgrounds. It isn't in use right now, but after a new coat of paint, I suspect there were pigs in there last August.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Good Fences

It has been one busy week! Working all day and then I've had something going on every evening. I'm ready for a relaxing weekend, which I believe is currently in my future. We are expecting snow beginning Saturday evening. I'm hoping to have plenty of time to catch up on posts. I'm waaaay behind!
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Rubbish Tuesday #36

Can you believe this is the last week of January already? Spring flowers are just around the corner. I can hardly wait. Spring is my favorite season. Fall is nice because of the cooler weather, but to me it always signals winter is on the way. 

Come on spring! I can't wait to get out and take some more lousy pictures of birds. Good shots are always elusive, but I enjoy the trying.

I had a hair appointment last week and parked my car on a side street. I was early, so instead of sitting inside I decided to enjoy the last remnants of a sunny day—from inside the car. As I was jammin' to a little Bon Jovi, I happened to look up and see this interesting decor. The house was probably built in the 1920s. I wonder if this decorative touch was added when the house was built or later.
How about a little pup update? Do you see that huge beef knuckle? On my bed? Fergus and Findley were having a loud discussion about who the knuckle belonged to and decided to get comfortable while they decided—on my bed! Good thing it was wash day!


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Good Fence and a Gate

Saturday was an awesome day for a ramble, but family came for a visit so went Sunday. It was a cooler day, but at least the sun was shining.

Happy Thursday!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Rubbish Tuesday #35

The Will Rogers Theater in Charleston, Illinois.
I have fond memories of this theater. I saw such movies as Goldfinger, The Sound of Music, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Barefoot in the Park there. One time, we got two free tickets inside a box of Quaker Oatmeal (doubt you will ever see such a thing as that again) to see A Summer Place with—OH MY—Troy Donahue! 
The love of my life! 

Since two of the tickets were free, my father decided to take us all to see the movie. Of course, he had no idea what it was about. Now this was a rather risqué movie 'back in the day' and when I saw the direction it was taking, I expected my father to get up and leave, but he let us stay and watch the whole movie. Shock!

Now, as you can see, this old theater is closed up and boarded up. I didn't know what hereandagain.com on the marquee meant, so when I got home I checked it out. Seems, if enough money can be raised, the old boy is about to get a facelift.  

The art deco style theater originally opened in 1938 and was once considered what a modern theater should be. The theater was closed by AMC in 2010. It has been added to  the list of 10 most endangered structures in Illinois. It was purchased in 2011, but the restoration project seems to have stalled due to funding issues. The website is asking for donations to help with over $15,000 for electrical work. 

I sure hope they raise the money. I would love to see this theater back in business. 

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wednesday Hodge Podge

1. What's your best piece of advice for a newly married couple? I'm asking for a friend.

Lots of hugs and hand holding, learn the art of compromise, remember mean spirited words cannot be taken back, talk to each other, be best friends, and remember to laugh—a lot! 


Punky Doodle and Critter

2. Before we're too far into the new year I wanted to post a question Teresa submitted during the December giveaway. Teresa blogs over at Being Refined As Silver, so everyone go say hi.
Teresa asks, "What were you doing on December 31st, 1999?"and "Did you or your family make preparations for Y2K?"

I was still living in Dallas. I stayed home, opened a bottle of wine, and watched the ball drop on TV. I didn't make any Y2K preparations. I had faith the greedy businesses and industries would find a way to keep those computer systems working.

3. According to Global Language Monitor, the most used word of 2014 isn't a word. It's the heart emoji. Huh? How can something that's not a word be the most used word, but I digress. What do you think was your most used word in 2014?

Funny. When someone tells a story they think is amusing, I always say, "That's funny" whether it was or not. 

4. Speaking of words, it's that time again. Time for Lake Superior University to present a list of words they'd like to see banished (for over-use, mis-use, and general uselessness) in 2015. You can read more about the decision making process here, but this year's top vote getters are-

bae (before anyone else), polar vortex, hack, skill set, swag, foodie, curate/curated, friend-raising, enhanced interrogation, cra-cra (as in crazy), takeaway, and -nation (a suffering sports suffix).


Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Is there a word not on the list you'd like to add?

Let them all go! But I'm especially disgusted by cra-cra!

5.  January is National Hot Tea month? Are you a fan? Do you like flavored teas? How do you take your tea? Have a favorite cup or teapot? How many cups of tea do you consume in a given day? 

I am a fan of tea. I don't drink it everyday, but in the winter, I often have a cup of decaf in the evening. I usually drink green tea. I do have a teapot with matching cups. When I lived closer to daughter, we used to watch Gilmore Girls and have tea together. I miss that.

6. Whatever happened to my diamond?  I was at my Uncle's visitation when I happened to notice my one carat marquis diamond setting was missing. Poor Uncle was practically abandoned while everyone searched the more than busy carpet pattern for my diamond. Sadly, it was never found.

7. What is one book on your must-read list this winter? 

It was Gray Mountain by John Grisham. I already read it. 

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Mostly what I'm thinking is...it's cold. 15° right now. It's supposed to be 44° Saturday. Heat wave!!!!

My one and only granddaughter turned 15 yesterday. I'm trying to think of something special to do for her 16th. Any suggestions?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Rubbish Tuesday #34

Fort Pickens is a pentagonal historic United States military fort on Santa Rosa Island in the Pensacola, Florida area. It is named after American Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens. The fort was completed in 1834 and remained in use
until 1947.
After the War of 1812, the United States decided to fortify all of its major ports. French engineer Simon Bernard was appointed to design Fort Pickens. Construction of the fort lasted from 1829 to 1834, with 21.5 million bricks being used to build it. Much of the construction was done by enslaved African Americans. Its construction was supervised by Colonel William H. Chase of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During the American Civil War, he joined the Confederacy and was appointed to command Florida troops.
Fort Pickens was the largest of a group of forts designed to fortify Pensacola Harbor. It supplemented Fort Barrancas, Fort McRee, and the Navy Yard. Located at the western tip of Santa Rosa Island, just offshore from the mainland, Pickens guarded the island and the entrance to the harbor.
By the time of the American Civil War, Fort Pickens had not been occupied since the Mexican-American War. Despite its dilapidated condition, Lieutenant Adam J. Slemmer, in charge of United States forces at Fort Barrancas, determined that Pickens was the most defensible of the posts in the area.
Captives from Indian Wars in the West were transported to the East Coast to be held as prisoners. From October 1886 to May 1887, Geronimo, a noted Apache war chief, was imprisoned in Fort Pickens, along with several of his warriors. Their families were held at Fort Marion in St. Augustine.

~Photos courtesy Sonny Boy
~Words courtesty of Wikipedia


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Friday, January 9, 2015

Willie Nilly Friday 5 and a Little Gulf View

I want to go somewhere warm! Although this morning it is a balmy 12°! Would love to be enjoying a view of the ocean like below. Another photo courtesy of Sonny Boy. 

Life is so quiet right now it's difficult to think of 5 things, but I'll give it a try. 

1. On the plus side, we haven't had a lot of snow this winter, but Sunday we are expecting ice. Ice scares me more than snow. It's easier to fall down and break something or have a wreck if you dare get out on the road. Is it May yet?

2. As of December 1st, we have a new elected boss. Trying to adjust. 'nough said!

3. Oh yeah! My brother, who is 66 has been summoned for jury duty for the first time in his life. I've never been on jury duty, have you? He isn't happy. I normally am the Clerk of Court during jury trials, but now that we have a new clerk, she will take over. Whew! 

4. I thought about doing the 52 weeks of cooking thing to get back into the cooking groove. Hubs does most of the cooking, which I like, but miss getting in the kitchen sometimes. Since I missed the first week and don't really have time to start a new project, I've decided not to bother. I'll just try a new recipe once a month or so and NOT blog about it!

5. I don't make new years resolutions. I never keep them. Do you? However, I did have a chat with myself about unfinished projects and will try to work on those this winter when I don't want to get out.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Good Fences

It's darn cold outside! Currently 1° and that is actual temperature, not wind chill. We haven't had good enough weather to entice my camera outside. So, I dug through the archives and found some fences, but then saw this recent shot. I didn't take this pic, courtesy of Sonny Boy. He and his clan spent the holidays at Perdido Key, Florida. Lucky him! This is the beach. 
 Perdido Key, Florida


Well, it is about a fence. 



Findley

Fergus is such a nice, kind, and considerate dog. He is quiet and well mannered. Findley on the other hand, is the opposite. He is very vocal. He doesn't bark, but he talks. The second the alarm goes off, he starts in letting us know he wants out of his crate. I don't want to say he whines, although there are elements of whine there. Not sure how to describe it. He talks when he wants a drink or wants to go outside. Although he looks like Fergus, he is very different. 

We found out a few breeds that 'could be' Findley's father. There is a Wire Haired Terrier, a Welsh Corgi, and a black and white Husky in the neighborhood. We ruled out the Corgi early on since Findley is much to tall. The vet thinks it is the Husky because of how vocal he is. Maybe we can tell more when he gets older. 

Findley loves to eat, it's hard to fill him up, but he always eats laying down.  He is now affectionately known as Findley The Tank. 

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Rubbish Tuesday #33

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I finally shook my malady. I should have gone to the doc, but I'm one of 'those' people. I'm pretty sure it was bronchitis. 

These pics are courtesy of Sonny Boy. 

The first Pensacola Light was the lightship Aurora Borealis. It was moved to Pensacola in 1823 from its previous post at the mouth of the Mississippi River after a lighthouse had been completed there. Because of frequent rough seas, the lightship had to be anchored inside the bay entrance, behind Santa Rosa Island, and could not reliably be seen from ships outside the bay.

In 1825 a 40-foot (12 m) tower was built on a 40-foot (12 m) bluff at the south entrance to Pensacola Bay. This light was also partially obscured by trees close to the tower and on Santa Rosa Island. In 1858 a new tower was built on the north side of the bay entrance, and was lit on January 1, 1859. The new, and current, tower is 150 feet (46 m) tall, and also sits on a 40-foot (12 m) bluff located on the Pensacola Naval Air Station, placing the light 190 feet (58 m) above sea level.

~wikipedia



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