Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Birthday Wishes for a Blog Friend

Today, I want to send special Birthday Wishes to a Blog Friend, Marian Love Phillips, known to many of us from over at Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc.

In the picture above she was posing with the car I won in a give-away over at the Deer Camp Blog last July.

My wish for her today is to Celebrate many more years in the great outdoors .... a Dixie Lady Hunter.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Slipping and Sliding

Yesterday brought another round of Mother Nature's whims through the heartland.

The buildup of ice came before Hubby was to leave for work and his foray to the end of the drive reinforced what officials were saying about "Travel not recommended".

Momentary electrical hic-cups occurred through the day...As 6:00 P.M. arrived evening news viewing and computer use came to a halt. The dreaded" no electricity" came to be a fact. We are fortunate,our electrical outage was relatively short compared to others in the state that lost power early in the morning and as of this writing not aware of when it will be restored for them.

We pulled out the candles and the little crank handled radio received as a gift a year ago Christmas. It provided some music to accompany my reading and Hubby's drawing of a new concept plane he hopes to build at some point in the future.
Solar Radio Crank

The house was beginning to chill around 9:30 so we decided it was time to head to bed to stay warm under the additional pile of blankets. I was roused as Hubby got up to turn off  the lights and TV in the living room at 10:30. Electricity had come flowing back into the house to make the surroundings comfortable once again .

As we plan for the future in our new home we know what will be included to keep events like this from being a concern...;)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Snow Blast from the Past

I am having a great time going through old family photos.These two have brought to mind how we still haven't overcome the wiles of "Old Man" Winter. The pictures don't have a clear indication of what year they were taken but from some of the others that seem to be from the same time period,1929 - 1930, looks about right.The pictures were taken in the very Southern part of Southwest Iowa, or Northern part of Northwest Missouri along the border of the states.

The work looks to be a bit laborious even with the machine in the background.

We think we have it bad sometimes with high drifts blocking the country roads in our day and age. The only difference in the method is a higher powered, sleeker road grader,a county truck, maybe even a neighboring Farmer with a snow blower attached to his tractor to get things moved aside. Can't imagine guys getting out with scoops...

The work has been completed and the side walls certainly do make the man in the picture look small.Sure looks like some great 4X4 terrain if you ask me... ;)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

How Smart Is Your Right Foot

Okay folks! Are you tired of this winter weather yet? Need something to occupy your time? Got this little activity you might try if time at the computer has you wanting a change of pace.


You have to try this please, it takes 2 seconds. I could not believe this! It is from an orthopedic surgeon............ This will confuse your mind and you will keep trying over and over again to see if you can outsmart your foot, but, you can't. It is preprogrammed in your brain!

1. While sitting at your desk in front of your computer, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.

2. Now, while doing this, draw the number '6' in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction.

I told you so! And there's nothing you can do about it! You and I both know how stupid it is, but before the day is done you are going to try it again, if you've not already done so.


So,  how did you do with control over your foot? ; )

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Mason Loftus Timber Life Hunting Story

Mason Loftus, the Bow Hunter who was able to bring a nice doe out of the Timber Life timber sent me his story recently. Following is the story of his hunt on November 15th. 

I got into my stand that day at about 2 p.m. and it was a beautiful fall day.  There was a northeast wind that day, so I didn't expect to see much because the area that the deer bed was directly down wind.  But, after about an hour or so I started seeing some movement up wind of me.  The first deer that came over the hill was a small 4 point buck.  He acted like he was nervous of something, but it took me a few minutes to figure out what it was.  Shortly after that, a few does came from the same direction with a beautiful tall racked 10 pointer chasing them.  At first I thought the deer was a shooter, but after a few minutes of watching him I decided he needed one more year to really be a trophy.  He was a tough deer to pass on, but my hope is that he made it through the hunting seasons so I can get another chance at him when he is a year older, wiser, and bigger!  Well, he turned out to be a very fun deer to watch.  He was herding those does around like he was a trained cattle dog.  Eventually he ran the largest doe about 15 yards from my stand, and I decided it was time to fill the freezer.  I made a great shot and she only ran about 50 yards from my stand and expired.  Even though I knew where she was, I went back and got my dogs so they could practice following the blood trail.  It didn't take the dogs long and they were sitting by her side waiting for me to catch up with them. 
With the seasons winding down here and the weather being extremely cold it will be next Fall before the bowhunter will be back to sit in his stand. Again Congratulations to Mason! ;)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Way to Go Orange Bowl Champs Iowa Hawkeyes!

Congratulations to the Kirk Ferentz and his University of Iowa football team the Hawkeyes!

Highlights of the 2009-2010 Hawkeye Football Season

If you caught the Orange Bowl last night you witnessed another bowl win for the Hawkeyes. Last night they were the 10 point winners over Georgia Tech. Final score 24 -14... ;)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Flickr Fun

Flickr has been a fun place for me to put up some pictures that I want to share with others.

In December I was notified that the Nashville Schmap group put my Bass Pro Shop picture on a short list to
be considered for publication in their 10th edition.

Today, I received confirmation that they have used it. A very nice start to the New Year...

I will only be receiving exposure for my pictures, but I am thankful ...

Below is the  e-mail  I got today announcing my good fortune.
You've been sent a Flickr Mail from Emma J. Williams:


:: Schmap Nashville Tenth Edition: Photo Inclusion

I am delighted to let you know that your submitted photo
has been selected for inclusion in the newly released tenth
edition of our Schmap Nashville Guide:

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World

If you use an iPhone or iPod touch, then this same link
will take you directly to your photo in the iPhone version
of our guide. On a desktop computer, you can still see
exactly how your photo is displayed and credited in the
iPhone version of our guide at:

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World

Thanks so much for letting us include your photo - please
enjoy the guide!

Best regards,

Emma Williams,
Managing Editor, Schmap Guides

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