Thursday, April 28, 2016

This Guy Should Teach Geography!

SO, if you don't like the news on November 9, head for the southern border!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Just Say No To Ornamental Pears!

Pears are pretty every spring for about a week, and the rest of the year they worry you to death with Fire Blight, broken branches, and dieback from girdling roots.  Next time plant a real tree.  Oh Yes, they are an invasive species, too.  They are showing up in timber all over the place.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The USA Shooting Team

Ruger is offering a new-old-stock Engraved Red Label Shotgun this week.  The engraving is a one-off sample.  It was engraved, then a simpler design was chosen for production.  The collectors are showing their approval, but Click Over and have a look, and maybe you can bid.  This fine gun sells mid-day, Wednesday, April 27, 2016.  100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to benefit the USA Shooting Team.   $2725

Barn Fox Family

I left the game camera at the other end of the barn for a couple days and we have a nice litter of fox pups to admire!  I also found a pile of chicken feathers while I was out and about, so our neighbor is not locking his chickens in securely at night. Oh Well, or words to that effect.

Maybe If He Had Listened To Roger Miller...

Monday, April 25, 2016

Tuesday Torque: A Really Big Sideshaft!

Embeddding is disabled on this one, so you will have to Click Over.  Move the slider over to 4:30 and the action will begin shortly.  Monoxide so thick you can cut it with a knife!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Take A Trip With Eric Janssen On His Old Freighter, Valer

We have been seeing Eric Janssen and his Schipperke Saartje on "I Love My Schipperkes", one of the Facebook pages we watch.  He pilots as antique freight barge on the waterways of Europe with his son and his faithful Schipperke, and now he is a TV star.  Here is the trailer for the series that follows Eric, Saartje, and his boat.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Little Things That Make Us Happy

The house is back in order and repairs are almost completely finished, and now we are working on regular repairs and upgrades.  Susan went shopping online and found a perfect replacement for an old toilet seat.  Of course this poem came to mind:

Toilet Seats, by Robert Service

While I am emulating Keats
My brother fabrics toilet seats, 
The which, they say, are works of art,
Aesthetic features of the mart;
With plastic of a pastel shade,
Of topaz, ivory or rose,
Inviting to serene repose.

Rajahs I'm told have seats of gold,---
(They must, I fear, be very cold).
But Tom's have thermostatic heat,
With sympathy your grace to greet.
Like silver they are neon lit,
Making a halo as you sit:
Then lo!  they play with dulcet tone
A melody by Mendelssohn.

Oh were I as lyrical as Yeats
I would not sing of toilet seats,
But rather serenade a star,---
Yet I must take things as they are.
For even kings must coyly own
Them, as essential as a throne.
So as I tug the Muse's teats
I envy Tom his toilet seats.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Barn Fox

I hear this fox bark at night, and it drives Lightning nuts.  Susan was up at the barn looking around today, and she was finding squirrel feet.  I will set up cameras in new locations and try to get better pictures.  There might be babies to watch soon.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Yard Work

The weather is perfect this weekend for yard work.  We have been picking up limbs, cutting and moving trees, piling firewood for next winter, mowing grass, and etc.  More trees to cut tomorrow, and maybe we can shoot a little vid.

Not My Victrola: Before The Blues

Before the Blues came along we still had plenty of sad songs meant to jerk a tear.  After The Ball is one of the best known sad songs, and it has a great tune that isn't even sad if you don't know the story line.

Performed by William Bolcolm and Joan Morris.
By Katy Lou Wurlitzer 153 Band Organ.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

I See...

...Dead cars.  This truck is really most sincerely dead, and I remember trucks like this with good paint, good rubber, and an old farmer driving them. I say old, but the guys I saw driving trucks of this vintage were younger than I am now.  They were just old to me back when.

What is this Buick; about 1963?  I remember these when they were new, sometime during the Mercury space program years.  We were shooting astronauts into space and we still didn't have seatbelts in our cars.  Everybody wanted to be "thrown clear". Good Old Days! Nice chrome, though.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Free Cats

Four years ago my Brother-In-Law brought free cats to us from St. Louis.  He had trapped these feral cats, had them fixed and vaccinated, and dropped them on us.  I took stock recently and it hasn't turned out as good as we would wish, but these feral city cats have had a good life, and some of them are still with us.

We could keep them penned up only until hot weather arrived, but they all hung around for the free food when we turned them loose.  We could not touch most of them.  Only one of them, Shorty, remained wild.

Pansy and Woody, the tuxedo cats met bad ends.  Pansy was picked off by coyotes and Woody swallowed something that perforated his esophagus.  Our vet had to put him down.  Mean Jean and Brownie, the two black cats in this picture are still with us and are enjoying life in the country.

Cancer took Big 'un.  The vet tried, but we didn't know how bad it was, and this sweet little cat had to be put down a month after surgery.  Shorty was a big black long-haired cat that would not be tamed.  He would come up for food, but he roamed the countryside and the neighbors saw him frequently.  He stayed in the barn rather than the garage, and he would come when I called.  He just wouldn't let me get close enough to touch.  Well, Shorty was hurt; possibly in a fight with a coon, possum, or a bad Tom cat.  Last week his face was swollen up, an eye was infected, and he was lethargic.  I still couldn't get close enough to catch him.  I did what I had to do so he wouldn't suffer a slow painful death.

On the bright side, Mean Jean, Brownie, and Mama Cat are all living the good life.  Had they remained in St. Louis as feral cats they would have lived a hard, short life, probably with a painful, lonely end. Cats end up costing you the same whether they are free, or you buy them, and they steal a bit of your heart along the way.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The USA Shooting Team

OK, you charcoal burners, here's your chance for a great percussion revolver.  Ruger hasn't made these since 2008, so go take a look at this one.  It's a Ruger Old Army built in 1975.  It is marked "used", but was never sold.  100% of the proceeds of this sale will go to benefit the USA Shooting Team.  This fine revolver will sell mid-day, Wednesday, April 13, 2016.  CLICK HERE, or on the picture to go to Ruger's Gunbroker page to read all about it and to place the winning bid.  $855

Monday, April 11, 2016

Midwest Schipperke Rescue

 We hooked up with Midwest Schipperke rescue back in December, and that is how Junior came to our doorstep.  He was a good match for us, with good country-dog smarts, and we adopted him.  Midwest called on Saturday and asked if we could head north to Vandalia to pick up two female Schips that had just been surrendered to a shelter because their owner had to go to a nursing home.
These little girls are Barbie and Missy.  They are good looking Shipperkes with the stocky legs and body shape that the breed is known for.  Barbie is seven, and Missy appears to be about ten years old.  They have been cleaned up and brushed and are settling into life in the library, away from the other dogs.  They made a trip to our vet today for some immediate needs, and will be available for adoption through Midwest Schipperke Rescue after dental work is taken care of.  They are already responding to us and walking fairly well on leash.  They do their business when we take them out in the yard, and they make fine lap warmers.

This rescue business is hard work!

Tuesday Torque: V12 Rolls Royce Merlin!

Here's an engine nut in hog heaven.  Can you beat this with an engine in your collection?