Sunday, March 29, 2015

TOO MANY PICTURES!!!

Heidy-Ho, Blogging Buddies!!

I don't know exactly how it happened, but I suddenly find myself with a TON of photos I have been taking to share with you all.  You know how it seems like one or two just aren't enough to share so you set them aside to wait for a few more?  Well, apparently I have been setting aside one or two several times!  With that said, here is the explosion of miscellaneous pictures for you to peruse.  :)

A foggy February morning at the golf course.
The sun starts to peek through!
Hmmmm.  March can be foggy, too.
Beatles fans, sing it with me... "Here comes the sun..."

Okay... enough "dreary" for you.  Let's try a little color, shall we?  Signs of Spring!!!

"Wild" wisteria growing anywhere it wants!
Looks like Easter is coming up soon.  Fund-raising, anyone?
My neighbor's gorgeous yard.  Excellent job, Marty!!!
Finally, on our recent road trip to Petal, Mississippi to visit the spousal-unit's folks, we ran across this place while driving through Natchez, Mississippi.  Unfortunately, we had already eaten.

YUMMMMMMMMM!

There are actually more photos of the just-planted tire garden but I'm going to stop today.  This is enough for you to have to view.  :)  I'll try to get those for you in a day or two.

With the weather improving, I hope you all are able to get out and enjoy it.  Amazing how the sunshine can give you a little added "spring" in your step!  I have had the first visitors to the hummingbird feeder so have been keeping my eyes out for more.  With all of the blooming going on, I'm guessing they will have better choices than my sugar-water... but hopefully they will stop by periodically.  I know they will be busy at the feeder by late summer.  I'll wait.  :)

No, I have not yet been up in the Blue Bird although it is getting a little exercise.  I am hoping to make my first flight in it before the end of April.

Until next post...

Sunday, March 8, 2015

OOPS!! IF THE VIDEOS DIDN'T WORK FOR YOU..

Heidy-Ho!

Just a quick update.

It has come to my attention that some of you were not able to open the Piper Cherokee 140 videos that were sent with yesterday's post.  Apparently there are some email limitations that won't allow large videos to arrive through some email servers.  My apologies to those who were unable to view them.

You CAN view them by going to the actual post online.  Click HERE to be taken to the post.  Scroll down to the videos in the post then view them.  My apologies!  I had never tried to post videos before.  Learning curve for me.

Until next post...

Saturday, March 7, 2015

REALLY?!? YOU'RE NOT JUST KIDDING?!?

Heidy-Ho, Blogging Buddies!

Believe it or not, I actually have a few things about which I could post today... but I am going to post only the most important.

Some of you know about the "Blue Bird", a 1971 Piper Cherokee 140 that was purchased in July of 2013.  There was an "exciting" flight from Vidalia, Louisiana, back to the Beauregard Regional Airport in DeRidder, Louisiana, when the engine stopped after takeoff.  (Since it is a single-engine plane, that is a bit of a problem!)  Fortunately, the Spousal-Unit had spent some time working on the plane to get it ready to make its "ferry flight" (a one-time flight to move an aircraft from Point A to Point B) to begin the serious business of having the engine rebuilt and a lot of other work done.  The poor plane had not been flown for quite a few years.  :(  It needed some love.  At any rate, after a few brief moments of "Uh... hmmm... what now?", the Spousal-Unit switched fuel tanks and the engine caught and they began flying again.  Both he and his pilot buddy with him (Hollis O.) were quite relieved although the remainder of the flight was likely a little unnerving!  We all wait for the other shoe to drop after something unexpected occurs!!  I, on the other hand, was completely unconcerned as I drove the 3-hour trip back to DeRidder, unaware of the issue they had faced within just moments of taking off!!  There is truth to "Ignorance is Bliss!"  I was halfway back when I got the call they had landed safely in DeRidder.  It was only then I heard about the little "issue" immediately after takeoff!

So... that was 19 months ago.  The engine was removed and toted to San Antonio, Texas, for its rebuild.  I believe the propeller went along for the ride and was smoothed and balanced.  In the meantime, the Spousal-Unit worked on getting everything cleaned up, reworked/repaired/replaced, and back up-to-speed.  The engine was returned ready to install along with the prop.  The VERY slow process of getting it all up to the Spousal-Unit's specs began.  (I had no idea his specs were QUITE so demanding!)

Finally, after being shamed a few times by me and by some of his "boy friends" about the length of time the whole process was taking, the Spousal-Unit was ready to test out all of his (and Hollis') hard work.  I had been informed quite a while back I would not be going up with him until he had about 10 hours on the rebuilt engine to make sure everything "shakes out" properly.  I suppose I appreciate his unwillingness to scare me with any issues found at the beginning.  :)  So, to answer your question, I have not yet been up with him.  That should come soon, though.

One comment about the videography.  I was using the cell phone video.  It automatically focuses.  Clearly a moving target is difficult to keep in focus so you will see things going in and out of focus a bit.  If you will go to "full screen" when you begin viewing, you will see more easily.

Without further ado... February 28, 2015...
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... after about 40 minutes of checking things out...


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Am I happy?  Oh yes, I am.  Am I happier than the Spousal-Unit?  No one is.  :)  There was one small issue (oil pressure) that has been resolved.  As I type, the Blue Bird is on her way to the Leesville Airport... her first foray "into the wild" away from a quick glide path back to her own airport.  LOL!!  I am hoping to be invited to fly in a couple of weeks.  Will try to catch some video for you from the cockpit!!

Until next post...

Monday, February 23, 2015

DICHOTOMY AMONG BIRDS!

Heidy-Ho, Blogging Buddies!

Well, it's been far too long since my last post but I must tell you that there has simply been NOTHING to report to you!  The only exciting thing I have done is try a new recipe for Quick Yeast Rolls.  (By the way, they were VERY yummy and had to be banned except for special occasions as they are just FAR too good and were consumed FAR too rapidly to be healthy!)  If you want the recipe, email me.  I will send it to you in a Word document.  You have been warned.

So... about the title of this post.  Interestingly enough, I have had two bird stories arise in the past week.  It was amusing to note that one was about the Decorah Eagles that are now sitting on two eggs in their snow-surrounded nest while the other was a receipt of photos of the National Bird of Jamaica, the Red-billed Streamertailed Hummingbird, commonly referred to as the Jamaican Hummingbird.  It is found ONLY in Jamaica.  It amused me that these two birds are so disparate in appearance and locale yet they are both birds. 

The Decorah Eagles have laid two eggs thus far, the first on Wednesday, 2/18, and a second on Saturday, 2/21.  A third may yet be in store and would likely be laid on Tuesday, 2/24, as they are typically laid 3 days apart.  You can visit them live onscreen at several different sites but I usually watch them here.  They will be tended for about five weeks until hatching begins.  Watch for that in very early April!  That's when things get really interesting!!

My friend, Susan S., visits Jamaica every year.  She returned with the story of the hummingbird and some photos taken by her friend, Debbie Stahl.  I am sharing some of them with you below as I think this little bird is just stunning!  There is a very short video you can view here to see the little fella' move about.





As we brace for the coming cold and wet weather, I can't help but look out back at the "tire garden" and think about what should grow there this year.  It can't be too much longer before it's time to play in the dirt, right?  Fingers crossed.

Enjoy your day!

Until next post...

Monday, January 26, 2015

STILL NOTHIN'!!!

Heidy-Ho, Blogging Buddies!

Once again, I really have nothing at all to tell you.  There is a l-o-n-g period of time when very little takes place here... actually that's most of the time.  Mardi Gras is on its way so I guess that is something to look forward to but only if one is involved in it.  There isn't much of a true celebration here and we don't do any traveling just to party at this point in our lives.  LOL!!

We were inundated with rains for quite a while but we have been fortunate to have a few days of respite recently.  Warmer weather.  Sunshine.  All good.  With all the rain we have had over the winter, I'm guessing there should be an explosion of flora come spring!!

One of the fun things here are all of the critters.  We have a substantial number of little frogs that I believe to be tree frogs.  I have found them before in some of my plants outside.  However, they apparently make their way to a lot more than trees and plants!  The spousal-unit caught this little fella' on the back door glass one evening.  Nice that he had placed himself in such a manner that we could get good shots from "above" and "below."  :)  I really love these little guys.





I also have to tell you that the spousal-unit spotted a little woodpecker in a shrub right next to the house.  I grabbed my Sibley's bird book (the very best reference to identify!) and started looking for it.  It was not one of our usual woodpeckers.  When I finally identified it, I had to laugh out loud.  Those of you who are old enough will recall Yosemite Sam's reference to a "Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker!"  Well, that's what was in my shrub.  They apparently winter in this area although I do not recall seeing one before.  He returned to the shrub for at least four days in a row and I am keeping an eye out for him.  Real cutie!

For my Eagle-loving pals, I just popped in on the Decorah Eagles.  They are busy working on the nest!!  Since eggs begin arriving in late February, it is definitely time for them to get things prepped.  Both of them were on the nest just now.  There was a slight altercation about something with a little noise and pecking going on... but it was quickly resolved and they both went back to prepping.  It is 32 degrees with snow on the ground there as I type this.  Bookmark this link so you can check in on them this year!!  They should be in & out pretty frequently now.

Just wanted to check in with you all.  Thanks, as always, for stopping by.

Until next post...