Friday, November 30, 2012
The birdhouse that I made a few years back is in need of some repair and restoration. I will try to take it down during the warmer weather and leave it as an inside winter project. The holes for the birds are just too large for anyone to nest in them so I will place a smaller square with a smaller hole in it, in front of the original holes. I need to repaint it too which means I might change the color of it.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
An archived photo of my bird book and mug, showing a chickadee on the page. I haven't seen chickadee all summer but they are now frequenting the feeder. I am assuming that they are coming in town now for the colder months. The fields have all been cleared also so they don't have that area to go to collect food.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
I was digging through some old albums to find the oldest son's baby pictures and I found some interesting things. The guy on top is too familiar in 1974. It was a long time ago and another place and another person. Dig those large glasses and plaid pants.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I watched a show on Sunday Morning showing where they grow junipers to use for the making of gin. The berries from the evergreen shrub are grown just for the purpose and then are crushed and fermented into gin. My berries will rippen and the cardinals will eventually eat them all.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Fuzzy fish that just won't hold still for the camera. I have three gold fish in this small tank next to my computer so that winter won't seem so bad. I can see my fish swimming around carefree in the warm water. Even though goldfish are not tropical fish they do live in areas in the world where the water is warm year round.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
I posted the reverse photo a few days ago, looking into the window. My wife's blue collection looks so great in our old leaky old kitchen window. The begonia sits on the counter below. I salvaged it from the planter when I was bringing in plants for the winter.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
While I was outside taking shots I looked into the kitchen window and saw this. It is a mysterious looking photo as there is a stray begonia plant projecting up from below. The sign says love, joy and peace and the glass ball is hanging down from a wind chine not shown.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
I was out mowing and mulching up leaves yesterday. We had a very warm day but it was windy. With the earth's tilt the lighting on things have change. This ornamental pear tree, no fruit, is still holding onto it's leaves. It drops them late in the season.
With the warmth we also had strong winds. So as I would stand there to photograph the tree, the leaves would flip sides from dark colors to light red or yellow. It would have been great to capture as a movie.
The warmth will be gone by the middle of morning today as we become very cold and it will feel like winter.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
I don't know if moss is algae but it is really growing well on my birdhouse roof. Whatever it is, I could never have created it on my own. The growing moss keeps growing year after year to make that perfect weathered look. I need to replace the bottom of this birdhouse as it has fallen away this fall.
Monday, November 5, 2012
With the tip of his tongue retreating Barney, our border collie, is staring outside to see if the neighbor cat's are out there. He will dutifully go bark at them or at any passerby that seems a dangerous threat to our property. His skin conditions keep us busy but he now gets a thorough brushing everyday to keep his undercoat of hair to a minimum. He is in better shape coat wise and we are glad the worse of it is over with now. One never knows for sure what one or two things cause him to be allergic but we keep him on a watch diet of lamb and rice dog food with no food coloring additives in dog biscuits.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
When Iowa has a shortage of hay because the drought slowed the growth for hay, cornstalks are baled up for feed. Also some years the farmers just plant beans and corn and the amount of hay fields are minimal again the farmers bale up the cornstalks.
This farmer of my neighbors farm land probably thinks he can get a little bit more profit from this field as the yield was 30 percent less. These bales don't sell for as much as an alfalfa bale but whatever they can receive for it will increase their profit.
Cows really don''t like it as a feed that much but they will eat it if that is all that is being supplied. One farmer friend told me that his cattle really stopped eating for a while until they got hungry enough to eat cornstalks. The bales also are used for bedding for livestock and can be sold for that too.
I counted 14 bales in the field from this 13 acre farm field. The man baled these cornstalks in the dark on Friday night. I was over helping to take care of a neighbor dog and he was out there working with the lights of his tractor pulling his baler behind him, dropping bales like a hen lays an egg.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Everything is old in the photo except for the pine cones. The box with its great corners and the table are both weathered naturally. I bought the box for a dollar at Silver Bay, Minnesota along the North Shore. The table is a family hand me down that was used for holding large rinsing containers for doing laundry. The milk crock is from Della's family farm and the brown bean pot was from my parents home. The milk can is one that I had from my young years that came from Coin, Iowa in the southern part of the state.
My still life is a little off balanced but I just finished pulling the summer things away from the display. I will do Christmas things with it after Thanksgiving. I actually had flags still displayed from the fourth of July in the milk jar and fake flowers for the summer.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
I have ignored this plant all year. I watered it very little and left it in the original plastic container in which I bought it. In the last three weeks I have been seeing buds so I watered it a little more often. I really was surprised seeing it bloom as I didn't move it out of the light all summer.