Friday, January 08, 2016

Happy day to Betty and Larry

45 years.

 Friday, 8 January 1971 It was Friday. The US president was Richard Nixon (Republican). In that special week of January people in US were listening to My Sweet Lord by George Harrison. In UK I Hear You Knocking by Dave Edmunds was in the top 5 hits. Vanishing Point, directed by Richard C. Sarafian, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1971 while Islands In The Stream by Ernest Hemingway was one of the best selling books.

The Eagles have returned to Calen's Branch

I stayed home today so we could go get the tin for the goat house.  I walked 5 miles, to Peden's and back, leaving right after sunup when the kids got on the bus.

I saw this young eagle on the trees along Calen's Branch by where the spring runs off the Hill into the little pond just past the Stone house.  Yesterday while I was walking I saw 2 grown eagles in these trees and 4 young ones like this in another tree.  While I was watching for a space to get a good shot of this young one that was a couple hundred yards off the road, a grown eagle took flight just over my head along the road.  

AT the Y at the Randy Usery's red barn, there were about 20 turkeys in the road.

Then on up the hill was this eagle in a far off tree.

I took

several shots before a car came along and he took off.

This is the water tower at Heads School House, taken from the road just before Peden's chicken houses.

We got all the tin for our goat house. It is supposed to snow tomorrow night and Sunday so we may not get to work on it this weekend and next week end is homecoming.  George says he has all the boards on the building except for the cross piece 1 bys to tack the tin to on the roof.  These boards are called furlins but that is not the way it is spelled.  Betty, Erin how do you spell that.  Google and Word wants to spell it furlongs but I  know that is not right.  Oh, George knows. Perlins.  No f n f no where.

Emmy has been chosen home coming maid for the Freshmen class.  This is her dress.  Her birthday is the 19, so this will be her birthday present.  I was not going to post the pic of it, but I know no one from her school will look here


Wednesday, January 06, 2016

A blog to read


Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The Little Picture

I often listed to NPR on talk radio.  Today, there was a conversation going about Big History.  Seems a college professor has given a TED talk about his way of teaching or talking about history.  He had a grand idea that history should not just be what was written or passed down orally but should encompass everything from the founding of the universe to today.  Some of us have different ideas about just what the Big Bang beginning was that started our universe, but surely any thinking individual already knows that our history surely began at the beginning.  How one individual got it into his head that this was a novel concept he himself invented is confounding to me.

Anyway, they played a short recording from one instructor asking the students to think about the concept of obtaining food.  Stating that at one time the search for food took up much of a person’s time while now we could just pop a bag of popcorn in the microwave and have it ready to eat in a matter of minutes.  This is the little picture.

In the Big Picture of  obtaining popcorn to eat today, it still is not a matter of minutes.  First, we would consider the equipment, i. e. a microwave oven.  In order to obtain this we would need to work a number of hours at some paying occupation to obtain the money to purchase that equipment.  Then, to obtain the bag of popcorn, we would need to work a number of minutes to obtain the currency to purchase the product.  I would need to purchase electric current to operate this equipment.  Where I live, I would need transportation to get to the store where the equipment and the product is sold.  I would need fuel to use in my transport machine.  These purchases would require more hours at a paying occupation.  Of course the microwave and the transportation equipment would not be used exclusively for popcorn so these hours would need to be prorated.   All in all the Big Picture of searching out and eating microwave popcorn, is different than popcorn a century ago, but it still is a time consuming process well in excess of the few minutes the popcorn spends in the microwave.

Now, does anyone know what a TED talk is?  Sometimes it is a speech, under a new pretentious name, recorded in front of an audience.  But, more often today, it is one person speaking into one camera with no one else in the room, because no one other than the speaker has much interest in TED [the educated dolt].


Monday, January 04, 2016

New Year, new word


Used to describe Ted Cruz.  What do you think it means? No peeking.


Sunday, January 03, 2016


I had walked to the Coin Slab and back to the foot of Meek Hill before the sun came up.  Six miles total by the time I got home.

By the time I got home at 8, the sun was shinning brightly.

I went to Harrison for groceries this afternoon and saw these two on Grandpa Powell's pond.  I also saw about a dozen eagles circling Morris Hill by Farm Two, but could not get a clear picture of them. 

Good bones.  Grisham barn at Sunny Lane.

I got a check from Betty.  I am supposed to buy something for myself, but I am going to buy tin for the building for Patsy's goats.  Son says if it is nice next weekend, he will put the roof on for us so George is going to go order the tin tomorrow.  Sister gave me the goats, and sister is helping to get them in the dry.


Walked 6 miles, did 10 minutes of ex, drove to the Buffalo with Jack and Ivy.