Thursday, June 22, 2017

I"m Not Leaving

The next morning D27 hopped around to a few branches and flew back to the nest.  She appears to not be leaving ever.  Maybe she figures as long as she stays mom or dad will bring her food and she will always be taken care of.  It does not work that way come time this Fall to start working on the nest for next Spring, she will be chased off.  In her own eagle time she will Fledge but until then we can watch her antics and squueeee for food.

She did fledge later this afternoon. Guess she decided her siblings were having too much fun and mom/dad told her to get packing.  So now the empty nest syndrome sets in until next February when we have a new batch of eggs.

Fly high and soar the thermals 26, 27, and 28. May you live a long eagle life.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Eagle OverBoard

This evening d27 was playing in the nest, practicing hovering and oops went overboard.  Those pesky crib rails are gone and there is not much to keep from going over the edge of the nest.  About 1:40 on the video you can see her go over.  Boots on the ground found her in the nest tree several feet below on a branch.  She is ok, but needs to get flying to get back to the nest.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

2 Fledged, 1 To Go

D28 fledged this morning.  That leaves D27 left.  They say males fledge first, so is 27 a female?  Be safe D's and soar high. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

First Fledge and New Camera

It is that sad time of year when the eagles are beginning to branch, hover and actually fledge.  D26 fledged today. Congratulations.  Also there is a new camera at the hatchery that we can watch them fish and learn more life lessons.  It is almost time to say goodbye to D26,27,28 and wish them safe soaring and riding the thermals.  We will miss you.

BTW Taj turned 2 months old yesterday.

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Today is World Wide Knit in Public Day.  Besides knitting at the WW1 museum for Mrs Wilson's Knitting Circle the Fiber Follies knit group at the Irish Center had Reuben sandwiches with horseradish (boy were they yummy) and knit at Browne's Irish Market. We now have a sign and embroidered shirts to take when we go somewhere as a group.  It was a fun day knitting with friends.  I hope you knit somewhere in public today.

Mrs Wilson's Knitting Circle

Our lecture today was all about the jobs women had in WW1 from phone operator to nurses and doctors to the donut girls to working in the munitions plant to just about anything.
The women who worked in the munitions plant did have gloves to wear and there was no OSHA to protect them.  Because they used sulphur in the ammunition their hands turned yellow and when the children were born the babies were yellow, hence the canary babies.  Some of them made up to 12 pounds a week and many thought it was terrible a woman would make that much money. 
Many of the women went to work and left the oldest child in charge to mind the little children.  The women would work all day and then stand in line for food and gas that was rationed.  They then went home to prepare the food and take care of the children and the house because their husband was off to war.  With my allergy to sulphur I could not work in the munitions plant but I think i would have loved to be a donut girl. 
Women were thought to be the weaker sex and therefore needed to be protected, but yet they basically worked themselves to death working a job and taking care of the kids and house.  Definitely not a weaker sex.
Some of the women had pekinese dogs.  They used to groom them 3 times a day and weave the fur into the wool the soldiers wore.  When the men had sores the wool was too scratchy so the dog fur helped make it softer for them to wear.
Knitting was also a big part of what women did to make clothing items for the soldiers.  Even though women were thought to the weaker sex they played many a big role in helping out with the war.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

50 Days Already

Has it been 50 days since Tajari was born already?  This is a great article and what a cutie he is.  He is already 6'6" tall and getting taller by the minute. I love it when he skips around, he is just so stinking cute.

Monday, May 22, 2017

I Am No Longer Safe Even In My Own Home

As we progress into 2017, I want to thank you all for your educational Facebook posts over the past year. I am totally screwed up now and have little chance of recovery.
I can no longer open a bathroom door without using a paper towel, nor let the waitress put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.
I can't sit down on a hotel bedspread because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.
I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pastime while driving alone is picking one's nose.
Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of trans fats I have consumed over the years.
I can't touch any woman's handbag for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public toilet.
I must send my special thanks for the email about rat poo in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing.
ALSO,now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.
I can't have a drink in a bar because I fear I'll wake up in a bathtub full of ice with my kidneys gone.
I can't eat at KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes, feet or feathers.
I can't use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.
Thanks to you, I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.
Because of your concern, I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.
I no longer buy fuel without taking someone along to watch the car, so a serial killer doesn't crawl in my back seat when I'm filling up.
I no longer use Cling Wrap in the microwave because it causes seven different types of cancer.
And thanks for letting me know I can't boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow-up in my face, disfiguring me for life.
I no longer go to the cinema because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS when I sit down.
I no longer go to shopping centers because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me..
I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a huge phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore and Uzbekistan.
Thanks to you I can't use anyone's toilet but mine because a big black snake could be lurking under the seat and cause me instant death when it bites my butt.
And thanks to your great advice I can't ever pick up a dime coin dropped in the car park because it was probably placed there by a sex molester waiting to grab me as I bend over.
I can't do any gardening because I'm afraid I'll get bitten by the Violin Spider and my hand will fall off.
If you don't send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, and the fleas from 120 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump.
I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor’s ex mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's best friend's beautician!
Oh, and by the way...
A German scientist from Argentina, after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read Facebook posts with their hand on the mouse.
Don't bother taking it off now, it's too late.
P. S. I now keep my toothbrush in the living room, because I was told by a Facebook post that water splashes over 6 ft. out of the toilet.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Reviving the Gym Clothes

When I was in Junior High we had these gym clothes, they were bright blue and one piece.  They were a bitch to iron as they were cotton and one piece. If you had to pee you better get a head start trying to get out of that thing before you already went. Now men are getting into the gym clothes of yesteryear.  Really who thinks these are attractive.  What man would be caught dead wearing these?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Camp Loopy June

It is time for Camp Loopy again.  This summer we are experiencing dinosaurs.  When I was a kid I had several blue and purple plastic dinosaurs that were several inches tall.  I loved them.  So I am using a potholder pattern and expanding it to a rug in lemon yellow for my main bathroom upstairs.  Go to the Loopy Ewe blog and check out Camp Loopy and join in.  It is a lot of fun.  You get put in a group to share your virtual camp with your group and get lots of great patterns to make in the future.

Saturday, May 13, 2017


The hostas are having a great Spring.  The one is out of control.  This fall I may to take the day lily out and put it some place else and the small hosta on the other side of the monster may need moving as well.  I have one out front but the rest are in this one bed.  One thing about hostas is the weeding is pretty non-existent.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Crazy Kitty

There is a long hair tortoise shell colored cat that lives across the street. I think she is a little bit crazy but she is a sweet cat.  She lets me pet her and I tell her not to eat my birds.  This morning she was sitting in the flower bed where my lizards live. I told her no lizards.  A few hours later I saw her playing with something in the yard, so I ran out and she caught a mole.  I praised her and she is back sitting watch again.  I guess she can stay now that she has earned her keep.  I also noticed my wild strawberries are turning red. I don't eat them but leave them for the birds.


Since this post is about birds I had my first hummingbird this morning.  Let the season begin.

The eagles are growing faster than we can keep track. The past couple this one probably D26 has been self feeding, does not seem like he should be doing that yet, but he is.  Not sure what is going on with my PC, google is all messed up this morning.  So twist your head until I can figure out how to rotate.

The tail feathers coming in look like darts.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Decorah Eagles

I can't believe how big 26, 27, and 28 are now.  The color has sure changed and you can see the color difference 4 days makes.  In a month we will be holding our breath as they flap their wings, get a little hover going and start up the skywalk preparing to fledge.


Dad, can you come play with me?

Mom she is not one of us.  Alyssa and April having a quiet moment.

Can he get any cuter?

Mom, she does not smell like you?  Can I like her?

It is Almost Cocoon Time

The big boys have found the new milkweed and have really grown in the past couple days.  It is almost time for these 3 to cocoon and then I will  have butterflies and start the cycle all over again.  So exciting to watch nature in my own flower bed. (If you click on the pictures you can see them better.  The top picture has 2 and the bottom picture has one.)

Friday, May 05, 2017

Cool Temps and Plenty of Rain

I love pansies and violas or johnny jump-ups.  However our summers here are not good for them.  Right now the temps and rain is good and they are showing all their glory.  I may move the violas out to the shade part of the yard to see if they will survive the summer although they may still wither with the temps we often get. So for now I will enjoy their beauty.

Quit Eating So Much

The caterpillars have devoured the first plant and have found the 2nd one.  Since they are small ones and they are eating through them in less than 2 weeks, I went in search of some more.  I got 3 big plants that have buds to bloom and got some fennel for the butterflies.  I asked the lady about why at certain times of the day they appear to be gone she said they eat when it is cool, that makes sense, so when I got out at various times they may be hiding in the shade so they don't get too hot.  New plants are in the ground waiting for new caterpillars.


Monday, May 01, 2017


Yesterday I introduced my neighbor kids to the monarchs I am growing.  I explained all about them.  There were quite a few on the milkweed.  It got quite cold last night, low 40's. This morning I went out and many of them are gone, did not see them on the ground and they weren't that big.  The ones hanging on appear to be dead, did they get too cold?  So I don't know what has happened but I will continue to watch them and hope maybe they are just in a coma.  I don't think they are big enough to start the cocoon process but then I don't really know much about them.

I found a great article on growing your own.  I know I need to find some more milkweed plants and get them going so that every year i can grow my own monarchs.


The baby boy giraffe received his name this morning.  It means hope.  If you have followed the birth of Tajiri you know the giraffe population is dwindling.  Here is hope that Tajiri along with Oliver and other bulls can keep the giraffe population growing.  This youtube is from April 23rd but he is so stinking cute.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I'm Growing Monarchs

Today I went out to look at some of my plants and look what I found.  I have about 4 milkweed plants that grow wild, and today I am growing Monarchs. I saw a Monarch butterfly a couple weeks ago and she must have been looking for a place to lay her eggs and she picked my yard.  I can't wait to see if I actually get butterflies from these caterpillars.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

April and The Nest Cup

I love it when April lays down and puts her head on her belly.  She looks like the eagles when they tuck their head in their wing.  The camera goes down on the giraffes tomorrow at 4:30pm Eastern time. I will miss watching them and seeing the baby grow.

Mom has been working on a new nest cup as the first one is now too small to hold the growing babies.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

That's a Lot of Grass

Not sure what mom is doing, building a grass hut maybe.  But today there has been a lot of grass brought in.  Who are these babies and what did they do with the little dandelion heads?  Every time I look in they are eating.  But dad is a good provider and there is always some kind of meat to feed them with. Good thing they live by the hatchery.  Trout or sucker or squirrel or rabbit or bird or a pig last week.  Got to have their bacon.

Spring Flowers

It is that time of year where the Spring flowers are in bloom and oh so pretty.  I have all purple irises, i need to get some of other colors.  I planted the little colorful flowers to get them started and to the left is one aster left from last year that has buds.  My pansies and violas are in full bloom and won't last much longer as they are not hot weather flowers.  I have marigolds coming up from last year and will get my seeds going next week to get some color in the beds soon.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Is That All Mine?

The nest cup is pretty much gone, no longer fit in your hand, and their wings are flapping, ready to see what is out there for them.  They are starting to wobble on their legs and move further away from the parents.  There will be plenty of viewing their world from the crib rails, the poop shots will be going over the crib rails and there will be gasps when we think they get too close.  What happened to those little dandelion heads that were oh so small.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Baby Giraffe

This afternoon the baby has been trying not to wobble while learning to use those long legs.  It was skipping around awhile ago, so cute.  This is nose to nose with dad.  I don't know if it is a boy or girl but it is so cute.

The Baby is Here

This morning I get up and check on the eagles.  All is well.  Then I check on April and what is that?  OMG there are hooves popping out.  So about 3 hours later the baby is here and so cute.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Looks Like a Carrot To Me

They are growing like weeds.  The baby talons look like carrots with a spike on the end.

We all know what happens when they back up, you better duck unless you want to get hit by the PS.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

The Shack

I read the book over a year ago and loved it. I saw the movie today and loved it even more.  I know there are those out there who think the book is anti-Christian and full of un-truths.  I don't believe that is true.  I do believe that the God I believe in can do anything to help deal with the grief and loss and guilt they feel over something that happened in their life.  It is about a man who can not deal with the loss of his child and learns to deal with the tragedy in his and his family's lives.  It is not a movie for everyone but if you read the book and liked it go see the movie because the book comes alive and a couple things make more sense in how they chose the people to play God in the movie.  It is one of those movies that you truly need to spend the rest of the day not doing much because it will wipe you out.  And take lots of kleenex.

Friday, April 07, 2017

The First Escapee

Every year there is one that just has to be outside the nest cup and it has barely been a week and my bet is this is D26.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Is it Christmas Already?

My Christmas Cactus is blooming and it looks like a double bloom. Also my shamrock is blooming as well. It appears to be happier in the kitchen than in the room with the rest of the plants.

Look How Big They Are Already

Squirrel or fish, take your pick for dinner.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Spring is Here

Welcome D28

D28 arrived this morning, when I can get a picture I will post it.  We have 3  bobbleheads to watch this year. Let the bonking begin.  April those eagles are going to fledge before you have your baby.

Monday, April 03, 2017

D28 is on the Way, Looks Like 3 for This Year

We have a hatch in progress for the third and final egg in! Here is a quick recap of everything happening at our nests.
We have two eaglets in Decorah: D26 and D27. D28 is working on hatch right now!
We have three eaglets at Decorah North: DN4, DN5, and DN6...
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Saturday, April 01, 2017