Sunday, April 19, 2015

Woodpecker

Dreary day compared to yesterday.  Saw this little guy at the feeder and he had one foot hanging on while he ate from the feeder.  Maybe he was tired like me wanted to take a nap all day but here it is 7:45 can't nap now too close to bedtime.  I am going to watch the music awards  didn't see anything else on TV.
Our store has been doing well we have lots of new merchandise stop by some time.  Also we have a new facade on our building  windows and double door.  We will have a new awning ours was destroyed by an ice burg in Feb tore a 18 inch rip and poked 2 holes.  There is still painting to be finished but we are please to have been a part of this grant.
Another week ahead take care and be kind

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vulture Time

 I always hate to see these birds they are ugly to look at but that head is for a reason.  They eat dead animals, road kill and afterbirth from our cows that is left.  They are the clean up birds.  Their heads are like that so they don't pick up disease.  I came  upon them while I was checking on the Eagles a couple of weeks ago.  They are very large when they are in the road eating something they don't want to move and you have to drive around them.
Farm report  Moving right along with all work  getting a lot done.  Cows are good a few more to
calf. Pastures are growing.  The hay field is beautiful hope there is some grass in there looks like a green carpet.  
Take care and be kind to everyone.


I love this old windmill used to pump water. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Eagles 2015

 This is the second year for this pair of Eagles.  I love to watch them fly majestic they are.  This nest is closer to the White River by at least a football field, they also chose a bigger tree.  The other nest from last year is gone nothing left where it was before.  They have been on this nest for maybe  6 weeks  the guys have been clearing some land and they spotted them . 

Farm report  I think  half of our cows have calved.  The guys are busy putting on Anhydrous,  spreading fertilizer playing catch up because they still have to check the cows.  Hope the weather holds out a few showers are OK no flooding.

Have a great week and take care

the eagle is in the top left of picture just the back side




Sunday, March 8, 2015

Calving Season

Most cattlemen  have a lot of the same problems.  For this farm we would always have to move by Gator or carry a  slow moving calf and her Mommy across another grass pasture and then through the corner of my  yard and cross the county road.    A couple of years ago they came up with building this pen to corral them, bring in the trailer and load them up.  Does a great job when the ground is frozen.  We have just started to calf in this back pasture and will continue for 30 to 45 days depending on how well the bulls did their job.

Still don't know anything about the heifer they tell me she is getting closer everyday.  This is our way of  life everyday cows are our business now and all year long.

The weather is going to get better each day  hang on I think spring is just around the corner.



Monday, March 2, 2015

Birds and Flowers

 A year ago I wrote about this little guy because I was worried about the red on his back side.   After reading just the other day I found out those are his red feathers and that is what makes him a Purple Finch.  Problem solved
This orchid decided to bloom for Valentines Day.  I received it on Valentines Day 5 years ago and it has only bloomed 3 times he thinks he is a biennial plant and he maybe but I have had some that bloom every year.
Farm report  We have number 11 tag on my kitchen table  you know every thing is done on the kitchen table even marking cattle tags.   We have a Heifer in the barn that Mike swears is going to have twins.  Jim says she is  a day late because he knew when she was breed.  OK the story is to be continued maybe the rain will start her labor. I always said when the barometric pressure drops we have calves, that is when it rains and snows so the story goes

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sure sign of spring

 This little bird is a sure sign of spring.  I saw him trying to dig in the snow and ice below my bird feeder he got a real surprise.  I couldn't shovel the snow myself  as the saying goes  hard as ice I was sure he couldn't.  I did put some seeds out for him on a board.   Every year he comes to visit I hope he makes it through this cold spell.  Minus 10 this morning and now it is 29 above

I am going to an I69 meeting this evening at the high school.  Just to see what is being said don't know if they have any maps of the alternate routes but I am a bit curious since we are near the 67 and 39 junction.  I always thought I would be too old to drive on the new  highway but they are going pretty fast with the construction.  I may just have to take Old 37 to Bloomington  it is a pretty drive by the forestry and the small lake, not too many people travel that way, leave the highway for all the truckers that are suppose to use it from Mexico to Canada

Farm report:  believe we have had some heifers calving about 9 of them  we have a few more to go then the cows start.   We have been praying for them to hold off until the weather breaks so far so good.
The guys are clearing out fence rows and tree lines.  Mike saw the Eagle in the river bottoms but last years nest is gone and there is a huge one in an old Oak tree not to far from where the old nest was. So what happened to the old nest,  did they move it,   did a storm with high winds destroy it just curious??
Does anyone follow the same eagles to know what they do??  Driving down 67 south of the light saw 2 of them fighting locked together in free fall thought they would hit my car I had slowed down,  they broke apart then flew away.
This is an Orchard Oriole or an American Redstart  the redstart is suppose to have a white breast which this has