Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Family Pet . . .

from long ago.

Meet Ricky
Old Photo, Old Camera, Old Friend
Always a favorite picture to see 
when looking at Christmas photos of days gone by.

He found the reindeer the RG had constructed
a comfy place to hang-out.

He politely asked to go outside from day one.
(no litterbox)

He lived a long adventurous life
and died quietly under a his favorite rhododendron bush. 

Saturday's Critters

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Are Hornet's Nests . . .

weather predictors?

“When hornets build nests near the ground 
a harsh winter is expected”. 
or  . . .
“the higher the nest, the more severe the winter will be”. 
Hornets build their large, gray paper nests in late spring and at the end of summer. The bees (except new queens) die at the end of the season, and the nests are abandoned. 
So . . .
it's more likely that when building their nests, they prefer dry weather. If the season has been wet, they build higher! And when winter comes they r.i.p.


Saturday, November 25, 2017

I Found the Answer

use her tennis ball as a prop.

To round out my fall photos, it's Lucy again.
It was a perfect fall day to practice my camera skills.
I was concentrating on her eyes.  

And one action shot.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Little Chick

I've related this tale before but while browsing around for a photo challenge, one popped up with the topic for the day as 'a toy'. With all our grandchildren in other locations, toys aren't very abundant atMuldoon these days. But this little chick is always present in the kitchen because he was a gift from my children for a very specific purpose more years ago than I want to remember.

Back then kids could roam safely and mine were out checking the yard sales and returned with this treasure and its tale.

Mom, this is an 'earthquake chicken'. If you seeing it bobbing it is a warning that a quake is on the way.

Fortunately we've only experienced a couple of minor tremors in this area over the years. (Although with all the gas well fracking going on currently, it is a little more worrisome.) 

But so far this little chick only bobs when prompted.
I often wonder if the person holding the yard sale took delight in their tale to curious little kids, of the purpose of this chick. 
(It's a line I could easily hear the RG spinning)

'tis the Season . . .

Monday, November 20, 2017

Breezy Day

Spinning Wheel

Playing with my iPhone camera

I've been watching a few tutortials.
This is a long exposure shot.

Joining Foto Tunes

Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Prediction . . .

or just a colorful 'woolie' coat for winter?

according to the National Weather Service the answer is no. But the color bands do tell a story of their own. It's all about the past and not the future.

The Banded Woolly Bear occurs in the United State and southern Canada. 
In order to survive the weather's freezing temps, their cells contain a self-produced antifreeze.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Itsy Bitsy . . .

but not a spider

Itsy bitsy snowflakes caught in this spider's web 

Itsy-Bitsy Spider

The itsy-bitsy spider
Climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out
Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain
And the itsy-bitsy spider
Climbed up the spout again

Oh Fudge . . .

Closed for the season.

Joining Signs, Signs

Monday, November 13, 2017

Retirement - Good, Random, Fun

Where We Go; What We See; What We Do
Pymatuning Lake
Linesville, PA.
The Good
Live - Fish - Live
Pretty much his philosophy
House Specialty Ham and Cheese Wedge 
between thin crispy Pizza dough.

The Random
Renovation of the Gatehouse at the main dam
The propagation spillway where 
the 'ducks walk on the fish's backs'
(love the gull's interest in what's to come)

The Fun
These Mallard Ducks were having blast!

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Willy Nilly Side of Retirement

It's Where We Go . . .

It's What We do.

Tools of the Day - a pole (or 2) and a camera

The RG planted this maple (and a few more)
over twenty years ago - 'just because'.
(perhaps a distant relative of Johnny Appleseed?)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Yes or No . .

Thankful this Thursday for 
this exceptionally grounded young woman.

to cut or not to cut?
Our granddaughter just turned eighteen
and is debating cutting her hair.
She will make the right decision.
If she goes with 'cut' she will donate it.
(Nana is keeping silent - let the adult decisions begin)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Another Friday Forecasted for Today

Willy Nilly #1
He's still out there taunting Lucy everyday.
 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Willy Nilly #2

Headline - Crisis averted: 

You’ll be able to keep using a PA driver’s license to fly.

I had this confirmed by the DMV when I went for my photo license this week since we have a trip to Arizona 
planned for early December.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Willy Nilly #3
An undecided sunrise atMuldoon
Sunny, Gray or Balmy Blue?

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
 Willy Nilly #4

“For age is opportunity no less 
Than youth itself, though in another dress, 
And as the evening twilight fades away 
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.”
---Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Good news with yet another birthday 
approaching in the near future.

 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Willy Nilly #5
Last harvest of 2017
from the garden atMuldoon


Thursday, October 19, 2017

A New Crowd

Thankful for youth and memories of our sons and their friends.

As we walked out the pier we encountered a new crowd taking advantage of the low water level. This area was once a main highway and the road bed is still solid at that spot.

One more stop and they headed out ahead of the coming darkness. I imagine 'home' was at least a couple miles away.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A New Pal

Juvenile Ring-billed Gull

This was the second day my new Pal flew in to sit a spell

Look quick to verify he has two legs.

Now you see it; now you don't

And just to assure me he didn't lose it
he gave me a peek where it was tucked away.

Then he proceeded to remain that way
the entire time.
Yesterday I watched him walk quite a long way up the roadway.
So I'm fairly certain he isn't injured.