Thursday, June 14, 2018

Bird Eggs....Everywhere

My friend told me a few weeks ago about a bird that built a nest under the hood of their truck.  She found the eggs because she had noticed a bird that kept flying out from under the truck.  When she  opened truck hood, this is what she saw....4 eggs nestled down inside.
The bird eggs actually traveled around to different locations.  Eventually, they hatched and when my friend looked under the hood, she saw the little baby birdies with their mouths open.  Later when she checked, sad to say, the little babies were all dead and she had to clean them out.
I made a visit to that same friends home approximately one week ago, where she showed me another nest filled with eggs that a bird had built inside their outdoor BBQ grill. When we opened the grill, a tiny bird flew out. I took a picture of the nest and all the little eggs were nestled deeply among twigs and feathers.
My friend removed some of the feathers which made it possible to get a better photo.
After taking pictures, we put feathers back around the eggs and left them.  We had no idea what kind of eggs were in the BBQ so after returning home I decided to get on the internet to search out the eggs.  I knew it was a small bird and with the pictures, I knew the size and color of the eggs.  Upon searching it out, I believe that the eggs belong to a House Wren.
I was talking on the phone with my friend today and she said the eggs are still there, which puts her in a bit of a dilemma.  Next week she has a large group of people coming to her home and they are going to have a BBQ.  Another neighbor and myself offered our BBQs for her company so I guess we'll just have to see what happens. 
What's up with these birds using vehicles and BBQs for places to build their nest.....isn't that what trees are for?!  Silly birds! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

It Got A Bit Chilly Last Night...6-12-2018

Ok, I had to think a minute, or two, about how to even post something on my blog.  I haven't blogged anything for almost two months.  My daughter and her husband got me interested in Instagram and Marco Polo and my blog has kind of taken a back burner.  I even had a blogger friend that asked me if I was OK because I hadn't blogged for such a long time.  Guess I'd better start blogging a bit more often, huh?! 
This morning as my husband and I were talking at the breakfast table, he stated that it got pretty cold last night.  When he went out at 6am this morning to move his wheel lines he said that everything under the wheel lines had received a coating of ice.  In my mind, I was thinking of a bit of frost and I didn't think much of it until we were driving to the mechanics (approx. 12 miles from our home) and as we drove past the fields in the area, I saw the ice.  My husband said ours looked just like that this morning.  I don't have pictures of our wheel lines so I took some others on our way home from dropping our car off.  Burrrrrrrrrrrrr!
As we were on our way home, we passed by a canal and I asked my husband to stop so I could get a picture because it looked so pretty with the mountain reflections and it was really full of water.  He stated that this canal is actually an abandoned canal but where we have received so much moisture, they are using it to divert water.  I took photos from both sides of the road.
It's beautiful, but sad at the same time.  It's nice to see the water where we were in a drought situation for so many years but sad that peoples property and homes are being damaged.

Friday, April 13, 2018

2018 April Visiting Teaching/Ministering Handout

In our April General Conference of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, we were instructed with new direction in regards to the visiting teaching program.  Ministering is replacing visiting teaching.  Ministering is Christlike caring for others and helping meet their spiritual and temporal needs.
Because of this change, I was unable to make a handout for visiting teaching as I had in the past.  Sunday morning as I woke up, it came to me.......make a poster on ministering to hang in front of the Relief Society room, just as I had done each month for a visiting teaching quote.
I already had the border/frame picked out that I wanted to use for my unused visiting teaching quote, so all I had to do was add the ministering quote.
Luckily from a few weeks ago I had solved a big problem that would not have allowed me to put text on a slanted frame.  I have the Microsoft Office Word 2007 program loaded on my computer, where I create all my graphics with the help of Google Images.  In the 2007 Word program, it does not allow you to tilt/rotate your text box.  I spent a lot of time looking on the internet trying to find a way to tilt my text box but came up with very little.  I knew there had to be a way so I just kept playing and playing until last I figured it out.  Right away I started tilting/rotating text boxes and writing down step-by-step instruction on how to do it so I wouldn't forget.  It takes me quite a bit longer to get a tilted text box that you can easily do from a Word 2010, or higher program.  
Sometimes, you need to do what you need to do and just figure out a way. On a side note, you can use WordArt, but I've never been able to get it to adjust to the fitted space I need it to go in.  Ho-Hum...Sorry!
Below is the wording I chose to make my MINISTERING handout/poster.
Click on THIS VIDEO LINK, where President Russell M. Nelson, Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President, and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gives some insight as to what ministering is all about.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Trusty Blue Steed Hugs

I have mentioned in a few blogs about my husband's "Trusty Blue Steed".  But then there was this morning.............I looked out our dining room window to see my husband giving his trusty blue steed a big hug.
Seriously, it took me by surprise for just a second. Zooming in closer to take a better look.....yep, he's hugging his tractor.
This was very new to me, as I had never witnessed my husband hugging his faithful, blue steed. I stood their for a minute, or two trying to figure this out.  Just as I had it figure out, I saw him surrounded in smoke.
I'm assuming he was choking (ha, he goes from hugging to choking) his tractor, somehow, to get it started since it was fairly cold this morning.  He's not in the house to ask all the particulars, but that has to be it, cause shortly after, he was out discing/disking the field. And to be honest, I'm not even sure that is what he was doing!
After living on a farm/ranch for 38 years, you would think I would know all this stuff...wouldn't you?!
UPDATE:  My husband just came in the house because it was snowing.  Yes, we live in Idaho, where one minute the weather is fairly good and a little over an hour later...............Boom!
I asked my husband to come to the computer where I showed him what I was posting.  He said, "oh, you shouldn't show those top photos because what I was doing was actually a little dangerous".  My question, "then why are you doing it?"......oh, boy! 
But, in answer to my question as to what he was doing in the field, he stated that he was lightly aerating the pasture because it is sod bound. Are you confused yet?  I am!