Archive | April, 2012

Bird Eggs

30 Apr

As I was checking my fields, I flushed up lots of birds as I was riding through.

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I see lots of these nests, these are the Kildeers I posted about previously.

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These are Mourning Dove eggs. The parents get up and fly a little ways then give me the old broken wing routine.

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I don’t know what this nest holds, I didn’t see the adult fly away. Isn’t the egg a lovely shade of blue? I wonder if that is eggshell blue? It should be in my opinion. And look how nice and comfy and perfectly shaped that nest is. If I was sitting at my workbench with a pile of straw, a bottle of Elmers glue, and a steel ball to use for a mold I don’t think I could make a nest that nice.

Economic Recovery?

29 Apr

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If you listen to the politicians and main street media we are in the midst of an economic recovery. I have 2 main indicators to let me know when things are good economically. One is the amount of people I see eating out in restaurants. Two years ago, if you went out to eat on a Friday or Saturday night between the hours of 5:30 – 7:00 you would have to wait in line for a table at almost any restaurant in our town. But now you can just breeze right in at any place and be seated right away. That tells me people are having to cut back on their discretionary spending. Another way I can tell is circulating coins or lack thereof. I used to collect coins until I decided I could better spend my money elsewhere. But I still look through my pocket change every day to see what I can find. I always try to save a new bright shiny example of each years denomination of coin from each mint. Usually by the middle of February I start to see the new coins. This year it was April 9th before I saw even one new penny, and since then I have not seen another single new coin! This tells me the banks are not ordering any new money to put in circulation. They just keep reusing the same old coins. That tells me there is not a lot of money circulating around here. People are either holding on to their money, or they don’t have much money in the first place. So how do you personally judge the state of the economy?

Smarter Than The Average Dog

27 Apr

I thought I might be smarter than the average dog, and maybe I am. This morning when I fed the dogs I hooked their short leashes I made for them and it worked perfectly. They both made 2 lunges when they started eating, then they quickly realized it would do no good so they just settled down and ate their own food.

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I know I will have to keep doing this for a while but hopefully someday it will no longer be necessary. And as requested, more kitten pictures.

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After they eat, if I don’t pick them up they just climb up my leg like they are climbing a tree. They will climb all the way up to my shoulder and just lay there. Kittens are just too cute for words.

Pet Update

26 Apr

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The kittens I found are really growing. They are now eating solid food out of a saucer so they won’t be as much trouble to take care of. I think I will hold on to them for 2 more weeks before I let anyone take them. I think it might be traumatic for them to be separated right now. ( or maybe it will just be traumatic for us to let them go )

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The weather warmed up enough for me to give the dogs a bath. I didn’t know how they would react, many dogs just go crazy when you try to bathe them. These two just stood there calmly and let me scrub them good. I think they just enjoyed the attention. So far the only negative I can think of with these dogs is they want to fight when I feed them. I have a separate dish for each one, but invariably one of them will lunge at the other and take their food dish. And both of them do it so I can’t blame just one. But I think I am smarter than them so I have a plan. I fixed up two leashes, each 3 feet long with a clip on each end. I am going to clip one dog to one side of the pen and clip the other dog to the other side of the pen. Then they will have to stay on their own side until they are finished eating. Then maybe after a while they will learn to do that without actually being attached to the pen. We shall see.

Newest follower

26 Apr

I would like to welcome my newest follower Terry. She has a blog with inspirational stories that touch your heart and soul. So check her out if you have a moment, I think it will be well worth your while. So Terry, welcome and thanks for hitting that follower button. It means a lot to me!

Free Finds

25 Apr

I was out working and picked up a couple of good free finds.

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Some of you may remember my post from last summer dealing with plastic rolls of irrigation pipe. I drove by a recycling site where farmers can dump their old used pipe to be picked up and recycled. Well I saw these small rolls of remnants which is not unusual, but to find a large roll like the big one is unusual. Not only that, but there were 2 more rolls even larger thrown out to be recycled and they were so heavy I couldn’t pick them up. I called my employee who had expressed an interest in having some of this plastic and he came by and got the 2 rolls for himself.

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I also scored some heavy oak 4X4s which had been discarded by the crew putting up a billboard by the highway. These boards were 7-8 feet long and have been laying in the weeds for a month so I decided to not let them go to waste. I picked up six of them today, which was all I had room for in my truck. Tomorrow I will go back and get the other six. There are also some 3 and 4 foot long pieces I will get. Like I always say, Waste not, want not.

Tuesday Tunes; Sweet Baby James

24 Apr

For todays tune how about some James Taylor? He has so many great songs it was hard to choose just one. He has his full band on this version. A friend of mine saw him in concert in 1977 at Northeast Louisiana University. As he was sitting in the arena before the show he noticed there were no instruments on stage. When the lights came down and the spotlight shown on a single stool in the middle of the stage as James came out with his guitar and sat down and started to play my friend thought what a rip-off. He doesn’t even have his band. But after about 15 minutes he realized it didn’t matter, he didn’t need a band; he was that good! James kept a college aged audience entertained by himself for two and a half hours. Let Justin Timberlake try that. HAHAHAHA! That would be too funny to even imagine, there would be a riot of fans rushing the ticket counter demanding their money back. So let’s listen to Sweet Baby James.