Sunday, May 26, 2024

Rolling Thunder!

 A nasty squall line rolled through tonight, necessitating a move to the basement until it passed. We set up exercise pens in the library and moved all the dogs down, and then back up again when it was over. It was a challenge for me with the bradycardia and heart block issues I am experiencing, but I am feeling OK now.  Only eleven more days until I see a cardiologist.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Weekend Steam II: Western Maryland 1309, The Beast Is Back!

 Great engine, Merle! Thank You!

Dynamic braking by the Diesel to test 1309.

Weekend Steam: Scott-Carver Threshers, Jordan, Minnesota

 Merles spotted another great engine show, in Jordan, Minnesota. The only problem I see is that this show is not in the same time frame as the show at Rollag, and it is a long way from where we live. The Corliss you see at the end of the news report powered an ammonia compressor for refrigeration.  Thank You, Merle!

I am pretty sure that this Advance Rumely is the engine I learned on, many years ago!




Thursday, May 23, 2024

Wildlife Resort

 It is a rare day when we don't see any wildlife in our back yard. The Toms stayed way back, but I got a few photos. Mama Deer and her yearling let me get some good shots. Mama looks to be pregnant, and I think the yearling is, too. 






Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Hillbilly Highway: The Road Out Of Appalachia

 Susan and I lived near Highway 23 in Eastern Kentucky for several years, and witnessed the cars with Ohio and Michigan plates coming to visit every summer.

Laurel Wilt: An Imported Disease Wiping Out Sassafras....

....And spicebush. This deadly fungal disease came from Asia, in wood, as have many other forest pests. It was first found in 2002, and is now killing the sassafrases in our timber in Southern Illinois.


There is a reddish sassafras tree just to the right of the driveway, and a dead one to the right of it. Another is behind the one with fall colors. This Spring, all three of them are dead.

University of Kentucky has a good post (click) you should read about Laurel Wilt if you are a forest owner or just a tree lover. 

Spicebush is a site indicator of deep, rich, moist and well drained soil at the foot of slopes and adjacent to streams. Spicebush means that you can grow excellent black walnut, Shumard Oak and swamp chestnut oak. Foresters get excited when they find spicebush. The twigs traditionally have been used to flavor meat from wild game, especially groundhogs.

Sassafras roots and bark have been used for centuries to make Spring tonic and root beer. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Cicadas On Our Pear Tree

 Periodical cicadas come out in huge numbers and they do serious damage to new growth on trees. We know from experience that they love to poke their eggs into fruit tree twigs. Oh Well, or words to that effect. It looks like we will have a good number of pears this year in spite of the little songsters.

Tuesday Torque: Big Superior Oil Field Engines

 Merle found a good video of a fellow starting his 35 HP Superior.  I do not recommend rolling these big engines with your feet. If they kick back, you will be thrown and you will have broken bones. It happens! This is a Facebook vid, so it can't be embedded, so click this LINK  Many Thanks, Merle! I will post a few more Superiors from YouTube, maybe even one of my own!

Sunday, May 19, 2024

This Week's Assignment

 Take it easy, give dogs some lap time, try to move up doctor appointment.  No Grinding! No Driving! Slow walking. 


Second-degree (incomplete) heart block: With this type, your heart’s impulses only get to the lower chambers some of the time. The types of second-degree heart block are:

  • Type I, also called Mobitz Type I or Wenckebach’s AV block: This is a less serious form of second-degree heart block. The electrical signal gets slower and slower until your heart actually skips a beat.
  • Type II, also called Mobitz Type II: While most of the electrical signals reach your ventricles, every so often, some don’t. Your heartbeat becomes irregular and slower than normal. This form of second-degree heart block is more serious and may warrant a pacemaker.

Durango and Silverton Is Running Again!

 Spring is here and the trains have begun running again! Plan your trip to Colorado. Many Thanks, Merle for the reminder!