November 17, 2014

A Slow Week

It's been kind of a slow week after the last snowfall.  Even with it slow, I think I have managed to have to go someplace 4 of the 5 on two days, haircut, snow blower in for repairs and bird food, and library.

Not much in the way of pictures.  I just emptied out the camera and you get what I have.  Actually have enough for two posts.

Male and female Purple Finch on their way south for the winter.

Crows at the feeder during the snow storm.

Crow after the snow.  They sure keep the feeder cleaned up of whatever the little birds don't eat.

Downy Woodpecker waiting his turn at the feeder.

Yellow shafted Northern Flicker.  Manage to get at least one to winter over.

November 12, 2014

Ruffed Grouse

 Well, we just got done with our first snow of the year which amounted to 10-12 inches according to my snow removal crew.  Had a lot of wind with the front so have patches of bare ground and some drifts 4-5 foot deep. It's going to be a long winter folks.

I  only took a couple of pictures of birds when I was up are Hasty Brook a couple of weeks ago and then forgot to post them.  Other then this Ruffed Grouse, the only birds I saw were the usual ones that winter over in Minn.

November 3, 2014

Finally, The Shed is built

It has taken a long time to finally get around to the building of the storage shed up at Hasty Brook.  If they could have gotten the concrete base pouring by the contractor when he said he was going to do it (6 weeks before) we could have had it totally completed.  As it is, the bones are all up and closed it for the winter and we can finish it next spring when it's a lot warmer.

So, I guess the place to start in with a picture of the blank pad.  Doesn't look like much at this point.

By the end of day 1, we were doing quite well with the building.  So far, no errors or accidents except for a couple of scrapes.

Day 2, went along nicely with some decent weather and again no major incidents.

Day 3 and our last day...the roof sheathing.  Side one went on pretty easily till the last piece when I decided to step on the wrong area and went down between the rafters (at least part way).  I ended up hanging part way on the roof and laying across a rafter.  All I can say is I ended up with a lot of pulled muscles on my right side and back and 3 or 4 really deep bruised ribs.  Nothing broken or hurt to bad except my pride, and got back up and went back to work.

Two or three more minor incidents (I lost count) with ladders clasping in the soft fill dirt on the outside of the building and me on the ground.  Luckily none of them were very high but I always managed to land on my already injured right side.

Art had to leave for a family get together, so I finished up with some small details.  Hind sight now said I should have left them till spring but I just wanted to get done.  On the very last board I cut, the saw slipped and I managed to nick my finger with the saw blade (just a half inch grove less then 1/8" deep).  After a bit of swearing and a few drops of blood, I got the bleeding stopped and went back to work and then cleaned up and said "I've left enough blood on the project for now, it's time to quit and I think my Guardian Angel has had enough of a work out for one day."

So that's where the project stands for now.  Finished enough to keep the snow out.  Art will cover the door opening with a tarp for winter and everything inside is also covered.  Next spring we will put the tin roof on, hang the two doors, and put on the siding.

As for me, just about everything is healed up and only have a couple of sore ribs which will be around for a couple more weeks.  Nothing that Tylenol and an occasional heating pad won't fix.

October 27, 2014

More odds and ends

Well, as you read this I'm up north at Hasty Brook working on a 12' x 20' storage shed.  We had hoped to have this done quite some time ago but they couldn't get the contractor to get the concrete poured.

It's finally done, so we will be building away in some chilly northern Minnesota weather.  I figure about 5 days work.

So here are some pictures from the last few weeks that I didn't get around to post.

 Young female Northern Cardinal

 Great Blue Heron

 White-throated Sparrow...first of the early migrating birds

 Dark-eyed Junco...another early bird that will stay all winter

 Winter colors of a male Am. Goldfinch

Winter colors of female Am. Goldfinch

October 20, 2014

A Rant of Sort

Occasionally I just have to rant.. Sorry, this one rambles on a bit also.)

I have no excuse for not posting in the last couple of weeks.  Nothing much going on here except the leaves are turning brown, about half or more are on the ground, and the nights are getting cooler.

I just have not had a whole lot of energy lately (which is nothing new this summer).  I just think I'm tired of all the crap that's going on in the world, I'm tired of the government giving "We The People" half-truth's at best and treating us as second class citizens. and pitting groups of people against each other by race baiting, vilifying, half truths and political spin on everything just to make their group or party look good. I read something the other day in which the ex-director of the FBI said that we shouldn't believe anything said by the people in Washington.  I know I don't and I'm pretty sure the rest of this country feels the same way.

The only solution that might stand a chance to correct this problem is term limits.   The only way anything will change in this country is to get both Republican ans Democrat "lifer" politicians (those who think of themselves as the Washington Elite) out of office. 

Are we as a nation ever going to wake up to what is going on around us and how we are being manipulated or will we continue to keep are heads buried in the sand and hope that all the problems will just go away?  Based on what has gone on in recent years with not learning from past mistakes, the head in the sand is the way we will go, hearing only sound bites and making all our future decisions based on them without taking the time to do our own research/homework.

We are a nation of sheep or sheeple (as we are now called) and I'm tired of it to the point that this summer I have just turned off most of the outside world.  Not that that is totally possible because life has a way of getting into everything you see and do.

Or maybe I have become too familiar with End Times Prophecies and see that everything that is going on is fitting right into place.  Yes, we are in "Act One" of the final four Acts of this great play we call life and all the pieces are being moved around and put into place for the final three Acts.

All I know is there is not a thing I can do about it.  So I guess I'll just follow some good advice I'll paraphrased from the Bible....Forget about the past and look forward to the future; and Worry about nothing and pray about everything.

Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom once said, “Look without and be distressed. Look within and be depressed. Look at Jesus and be at rest.”  Good words to live by.

OK...rant is over and I still don't feel any better.