Monday, February 29, 2016


D26 came into the world last Thursday.  The nest cup is so deep you can not see the eggs, so I can not get a picture.  We almost missed witnessing mom laying this egg as the camera went off for a few minutes.  When it came back on she was chirping and having contractions..  Whew that was close.  So now we wait for D24 to hatch in a few weeks. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

D20 Update

D20's training is underway.  He looks good.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


D25 entered the world Sunday night at 7:47pm nest time.  Mom looked plumb tuckered when done and basically went into a trance for about half an hour. This year she seems to have a harder labor than last year.  We have all been freaking out because the eggs are left uncovered for long periods of time like 70 minutes last night..  However, it has been 40-50 degrees warmer at night than usual for this time of year at Decorah.  I know mom and dad know what they are doing but we humans worry and so we shall see how the eggs do in 35 days.  So will D26 enter the world tomorrow night?  Only time will tell.  I have been trying to get a good picture of both eggs but the nest cup is so deep it is hard to see the eggs. 

Friday, February 19, 2016


Thousands of people welcomed D24 into the world last night at 8:28 nest time.  Mom kept us waiting for about 3 hours but those that have been here before know the signs.  I have never heard her chirp so much and it appeared it took her longer but the season has started.  How many eggs will we have this year, 3 is the norm.  Welcome D24, we await your siblings and your hatches.  Let the season begin.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Nest Bowl

No it is not a new football game.  The Decorah nest bowl is forming nicely.  Dad will shimmy himself into the soft grasses where the eggs are laid and hatched.  This morning you can really see the form taking shape, wont be long now before people across the world are holding their breath for that first egg.  It is almost time and the new cameras will give us a better view as well as the new nest with lots of possibilities for this year's hatch.  With my new TV i can connect my computer to the TV and watch the miracles come alive on the big screen.  Come join me as we invite new eaglets into the world.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Double Stitch, Rings, and Picots

I had my first tat class this evening. There is only one stitch, a double stitch.  Then you can make rings with picots and other fun things.  So here is my learnings for the evening.  There were 14 in class anywhere from about 12 to 80.  It is fun and I always like learning new things,  Now I only hope in the morning I remember what I learned.  I found some flowers and butterflys I thought might be pretty hanging on walls.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Mrs. Wilson's Knitting Circle

Mrs Wilson's Knitting Circle lecture today was mostly a philosophical one, why do we have war, will we ever have peace, what changes did our country undergo, etc.  Some of the things we got from WWI are trenchcoats, wristwatches, medicines to combat new diseases, wireless communication, etc.  
One of the huge changes was for France.  During the war they lost 1 out of every 3 men and many others were inured so much they could not do much.  This put a damper on the next generation as there were not that many men to populate future generations.  This may be why France is so reluctant to get into any war ever.

The pattern we received today was a woman's pullover from wool.  The collar, cuffs and girdle balls were made from angora.  The tie around the sweater looked more like a pointed scarf with the angora balls that looked like a driedel.  The patterns are interesting to read because the gauge is so off from today. I have to wonder what the weight of the yarn was as well as the size of the needle.  The pattern calls for casting on 75 stitches with a size 5 needle for the back.  I don't think that would fit most women today.

I love to go the lectures and get patterns from 100 years ago.  So much history to learn.  If you ever get a chance to go to the museum you should take the day, there is so much they went through just to try to survive.