MISC -- 2011


2011.05.29 -- THE FOURTH PLAGUE

Let's see... The First Plague was Snow. The Second Plague was Baby Chickens. We haven't finished the Third Plague, Dog Hair, yet, and already we've started the Fourth Plague, Snakes...
LAND SNAKES ALIVE !!!

There were actually four snakes out on the rocks sunning themselves.




2011.06.05 -- POOR LITTLE GUY

I found this poor little hummingbird dead in the kennel yard...
dead_hummer

I tried to get a picture of his throat, but it didn't work too well.  The feathers really aren't colored red, they diffract the light like a prism.

As an aside, I'll point out one of the features of Joomla... Any post can be displayed as a "featured" post on the front page, and also displayed on its category pages at the same time. As I add new posts, I delete the featured status from the older posts, and they drop off the front page, but stay on their category page.  That's why this post and the two following have the same date.




2011.06.11 -- MERGANSERS IN THE POND

We actually have a pond this year, and there's a family of mergansers in it. Momma has about a dozen babies. Half were swimming around with her... merganser_family

And half were snoozing on a downed tree... baby_mergansers




2011.06.25 -- HAPPY THOUSAND DAYS

Yesterday was our one-thousandth day of marriage.

To celebrate, we slaughtered thirty-four chickens.  Actually, I slaughtered thirty-four chickens...  Everybody else cleaned them after that.  We were done in a couple hours.

In other news, our internet is down, so don't expect an email anytime soon.




2011.07.03 -- STRAWBERRY JAM

We picked twenty-five-and-a-half pounds of strawberries out at Saxon Harbor Berry Farms yesterday and made jam... 
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I think I have enough to last me until next summer...  As long as I can keep it away from Brandon.




2011.07.23 -- DOE AND FAWNS

We saw a doe with her two fawns drinking out at the pond today.  We had seen her a few times, and I had seen the fawns bolt into the woods when I let the dogs out, but we hadn't seen them together, or long enough to get a picture.

DEER and FAWNS




2011.07.28 -- NEW TV !!!

We bought a new TV.  A 42" Panasonic Plasma...
new_tv

We're finally up to the Twenty-First Century!

Yes, that is my website on the TV.  I have my laptop hooked up to it with an HDMI cable.




2011.08.11 -- AIKIDO TEST PARTNERS

Here is a picture of me and Sheri-san...
TEST PARTNERS

She is the senior student in our Aikido class.  Since she is the only student above my rank, she is my partner anytime I test.  That means we work together a lot the month before a test.  I usually come home and complain "She beat me up!".  Some of the techniques are even harder because of our mismatch in height.

You can read more about the Ironwood Aikido Club.




2011.09.04 -- KELLY's WILD BLACKBERRY PIE

I forgot to put up the pictures of Kelly's wild blackberry pie...
kellys_pie

You can see a couple more pictures by clicking <HERE>.




2011.09.05 -- HAPPY LABOR DAY

I took a few pictures over the Labor Day weekend, including potatoes, flannel sheets, and salsa.  Click <HERE> to see them.




2011.09.11 -- WILD RICE

We went out harvesting wild rice on Thursday...
wild_rice

Click <HERE> to read more.




2011.09.24 -- BLUE PANCAKES

Hmmm...  I thought they would be bluer...
blue_pancakes




2011.10.25 -- JUST ABOUT ZYDECOed OUT

I'm in "Nawlins" for a conference this week, and I'm just about Zydecoed out.  The conference is at the Hilton Riverside Hotel, and they have it pumped into all the public restrooms.  Maybe they do it to try to keep people out.

Everywhere I've walked around the city, I could hear it.  You'd think at least one place would have some Jazz or Blues playing.




2011.10.27 -- RED CARPET TREATMENT

I forgot to take the camera with me to New Orleans, so I only took a couple pictures with my phone.  This is the only one worth posting, for several reasons...
red_carpet

-- Most buildings don't have a thirteenth floor, but airports do have a gate C4.

-- The little, red carpet the one guy is standing on was for the special passengers only...  United Airlines has a "1K" club, which I have no idea what it stands for.  Seven special guys got to walk across the red carpet and board the plane first.  Then, the woman running the show pulled a rope across that entry, and everybody else had to walk down the little aisle to the right.  We joked about it as we walked by...  "Don't you dare walk across the red carpet!"  "I hear it's a Federal crime."

-- I managed to get a Dziadzi-finger in the bottom-right corner.




2011.12.09 -- AIKIDO TEST PICTURES

The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, we had a test at the Aikido club.  I posted a few pictures on the club website...  Just click the "AIKIDO" tab at the top of the page, then click the "TEST PICTURES" link when you get there.

The test was video-taped, then transferred to DVD.  When I get a copy, I'll post it for you to download.




2011.12.27 -- KELLY's BIRTHDAY

We had Aunt Sue and the Harmons over for dinner on Tuesday to celebrate Kelly's birthday...
technical_difficulties

Click <HERE> to see more.