18 September 2018

Home Sweet Home

During the hot days of summer I noticed several of the neighborhood deer take advantage of cool/shaded area under our cabin. This young buck is starting to use this spot during cool/rainy weather.

There's not much space under the cabin but the young buck showed me how he can crawl out.

Time to stretch.

17 September 2018

Reed's Second Birthday

Mr. Reed is now 2 years old and time to celebrate.

Reed helps with the party balloons.

The guests start to arrive. Grandpa Rob and Uncle Ernie.

Erin and 3 week old Liam ...

Nap time for Liam.

8 month old Marley with Mary.

Marley and Eisley in the sand box as dad watches.


Reed taste testing the cake.

Time to open the presents. A backpack loaded with goodies. Animal cracker, Goldfish crackers, binoculars and books on bird watching and dinosaurs.

A new book for Reed and puzzles. Reed loves books and had to check this one out before proceeding.

Farm toys and animals. (Lots of small pieces)

A vintage antique Fisher Price Farm. Reed's first response upon seeing the barn was "E-I-E-I-O" (from the lyrics of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm")

Eisley and Reed playing with the farm ...

Reed making firetruck sounds.

14 September 2018

Snapping Turtles

While heading back home on Bliss Road we found this small snapping turtle taking a stroll across the bridge over Wysox Creek.

With all the recent rain and flooding in the area I'm not sure if the turtle had been carried here in the high water or just looking for some high ground.

While it may look somewhat like a smile, this curmudgeon came close to eating my finger for lunch.

09 September 2018


I was driving around our cabin property and found this flock of turkeys near the pond.

After watching the turkeys for about 5 minutes they walked into the grass and goldenrod where only their heads and necks were visible.

Only another 7 weeks until the start of the fall turkey season. (Mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce ... )

30 August 2018

Neighborhood Fox

I was preparing to mow the field behind our barn when I spotted a young fox in the field looking for its next meal. The fox had focused its attention on finding food and didn't noticed me on my tractor. I decided to see how close I could get while on the tractor.

The fox started to walk slowly out of the field until it spotted a meal (maybe a frog) in a drainage ditch.

While the fox was enjoying its gourmet meal of frog legs I was able to get closer.

The young fox continued to look in the ditch for another tasty morsel as I inched closer on the tractor.

After about 10 minutes the fox stopped for a rest at the edge of the field and then walked into the brush.

20 August 2018

Monarch Butterflies

The Teasel plants (invasive weeds) are in bloom and the Monarch butterflies are taking advantage of this nectar source.

19 August 2018


While in Iowa, our grandson Reed got a chance to study a cicada. He referred to them as "icky bugs".

Bug Eyes

18 August 2018

Blue Heron

I was driving around some of the area back-roads trying to navigate around road closures caused by the recent flooding and found this Blue Heron.

16 August 2018

Rome Flooding

While we were in Iowa there was major flooding back here in PA. We only had minor problems with the creek behind our house but here are some photos from a quick drive through Rome.

In July of 2017 this resident had major flooding and constructed a wall of concrete blocks that he thought would protect his property... It didn't!

Each block measures 2 foot by 2 foot by 6 feet long and weighs 3,500 pounds. The concrete blocks were stacked two rows high but couldn't stop the flood water.

This 3,500 pound block was moved over 100 feet by the force of the water.

Heading north on route 187 from the wall, this house had basement walls collapse from the force of the water.

The force of the water on this garage pushed in a wall and blew out the garage doors.

At the north end of town trees were stuck under the bridge.

Major damage around the sawmill and Bed & Breakfast area.

15 August 2018

Reed's First Flight

Mr. Reed is heading to Omaha, Nebraska and then Iowa to visit his cousins (Myra & Henry) and gets to ride in a plane for the first time. His bag is packed and we check in at the airport.

Now to find our departure gate.

On the plane and Mr. Reed wanted to check with the pilots to see if his dinosaurs could ride on the dash for the trip. With his dinosaurs positioned on the dash the co-pilot wanted to know if Mr. Reed would like to take control ...

Mr. Reed had a quick answer of "YES" as the pilot got up ...

Mr. Reed hops into the pilot's seat and checks the flight plan ...

Mr. Reed goes through the preflight checklist ...

"We are ready for takeoff." But due to a full ground stop at the Detroit airport our takeoff would be delayed.

After about a one hour delay we were cleared for takeoff but Mr. Reed decided to get comfortable back in the main cabin.

We are now in the Detroit airport and have another delay. Reed took this photo of his dad while we wait in Detroit.

This is going to be a 4 hour delay and Mr. Reed made his traveling friends comfortable.

Mr. Reed with the gate attendant checking on the status of our flight and getting a selfie. Our flight left Detroit around 1:00AM (Eastern Time) and arrived in Omaha around 2:00AM (Central Time). Mr. Reed stayed awake the whole time until he got on the plane and the cabin lights were turned off. It was a long day and he slept in the next morning.