After writing the last paragraph of my Thursday post I went to bed feeling better about things and woke up feeling even better than when I went to bed. As so often happens once I write about things bothering me I generally end up in a better frame of mind. It doesn’t necessarily make things go away but it does help me deal with worries. As long time readers know my feelings occasionally do have a habit of bubbling up in my posts. So until next time I will endeavor to keep things on an even keel again for awhile. Wish me luck…………
WE STOPPED AROUND TO SAY HELLO TO PHEEB’S ALPACA PALS THIS MORNING
OF COURSE NOT ALL OF THEM WERE ALPACAS
THE EYE OF THE ALPACA IS UPON ME
With a cold dampness in the air from our continuing rains I turned up our furnace's thermostat Thursday afternoon and left it turned up well into Friday morning. Rained all night but we are fortunate here with our porous soil draining away most of the rain as it falls. With no basement we do not have any flooding worries. Speaking of flooding, when I saw Kelly come home this afternoon with triple the amount of grocery bags I thought for sure Hurricane Irma had veered off course and was heading straight for Bayfield. I quickly turned on the TV and was relieved to see that was not the case.
WE SAW WATER TODAY IN PLACES WE DON’T NORMALLY SEE WATER
A couple of folks have inquired about my Aunt Jean in Sarasota Florida and how she was going to cope with impending hurricane Irma. Talked to Jean Monday night and she was headed out Tuesday morning to pick up some extra supplies. I think she said she was going to get a canoe. Jean plans to stay in her place and ride out the storm like probably most of her neighbors. Aunt Jean has always had an adventurous spirit and despite being 90 she still has her feisty Spirit and determination. We will be keeping in touch with her over the next few turbulent days. Kelly’s sister Becky and husband Norm live in a mobile home in Clearwater Florida and have been told to evacuate immediately. Luckily their son Peter lives a short distance away in a real house above sea level and that is where they are going.
THERE ARE ALWAYS LOTS OF CRITTERS TO SEE AT THE ALPACA FARM AND IF YOU LOOK VERY CAREFULLY YOU CAN SEE MORE THAN FEATHERED CRITTERS IN THIS PHOTO
HERE’S A SEQUENCE OF PHOTOS SHOWING A SMALL FLOCK OF CANADA GEESE LANDING
‘OKAY SO NOW THAT YOU AND YOUR GOOSE BUDDIES ARE HERE WHADDYA WANT!!’
‘SO WHATS EVERYBODY LOOKING AT OVER THERE’
‘HEY CAN YOU GUYS KEEP THE RUCKUS DOWN OVER THERE’
Our overnight rains finally quit around 8 a.m. so Pheebs and I were out the door and gone as skies steadily brightened. Oh how nice to see our first little sun splash traveling across a colorful bean field. It was definitely a ‘Yahouie Louie’ moment for sure and picked up my Spirits even more. I wasn’t long in snapping away with my camera again.
SOME COUNTRY HOMES AND PROPERTIES ARE JUST WAY TOO DARN NICE
THIS TURKEY VULTURE IS DRYING OUT IT’S WINGS FROM ALL THE RAIN WE’VE HAD
Some folks may wonder why I take sooooooo many photos most every day. Well the simple and short answer to that question is because I see sooooooo many things every day. One of the great benefits of a photography hobby is that over time and with experience it trains one’s eye to look for and see things. And even if your not consciously looking for things your sub conscious is always aware of what is going on around you and you are still going to see things anyway. When I’m driving down a country road my eyes consciously or sub consciously are always scanning the trees, the sky, along the edges of bush lines, the ditches and the road ahead or behind. Driving by farms my eyes are on the barns, the houses, and what’s going on in the farm yards. Are there buzzards on the barn roof, tractors working in the fields, maybe an old car out behind the driving shed. I see colors everywhere and my mind watches for anything usual or unusual in those colors. My mind also seems to instantly seize on the multiple photo compositions everywhere. As hard as it is for me to understand the technical side of photography the composition side comes naturally and that is part of what makes my photography hobby so enjoyable for me. I think for anyone with a bit of a creative side to them photography can be a very rewarding and enjoyable pastime. And especially if your retired and are under no stress to sell and market your stuff. Keep it as a creatively rewarding hobby and freely share it with others. Betcha can tell I’m feeling better huh:))
I talked to Aunt Jean tonight, she is in good spirits with a positive attitude and she is prepared for Irma. I will call her again tomorrow before the hurricane gets there.
TONIGHT’S FIRST AND LAST PHOTOS WERE BOTH TAKEN AT THE ALPACA FARM
GROANER’S CORNER:(( The corporate world is divided into two groups: those who know, and those who don't know. Those who know become the workers. Those who don't know are also in two groups. First, those who don't know and know they don't know, they go back to school to get another degree. Secondly, there are those who don't know, and don't know they don't know. They become the managers.
There was a fly buzzing around a barn one day when she happened upon a pile of fresh cow manure. Due to the fact that it had been hours since she had had her last meal, she flew down and began to eat. She ate and ate. Finally, she decided she had eaten enough and tried to fly away. She had eaten too much though, and could not get off the ground. As she looked around wondering what to do, she spotted a pitchfork leaning up against the wall. She climbed to the top of the handle and jumped off, thinking that once she got airborne, she would be able to take flight. Unfortunately she was wrong and she dropped like a rock, and smashed when she hit the floor. Dead! THE MORAL OF THE STORY?
Never fly off the handle when you know you're full of………well you know.
Fossil last time open this door.
Q: What car company was originally
known as Swallow Sidecars (aka SS)?
A: Jaguar, which was an SS model first in 1935, and ultimately the whole company by 1945.
Q: What car delivered the first production V12 engine?
A: The cylinder wars were kicked off in 1915 after Packard's chief engineer, Col. Jesse Vincent, introduced its Twin-Six.
Q: When were seat belts first fitted to a motor vehicle?
A: In 1902, in a Baker Electric streamliner racer which crashed at 100 mph. on Staten Island!