19 March 2018

Early Garden

Soon after New Years the gardening catalogs started arriving in the mail and racks vegetable seeds started to appear in stores. For us in the northeast this is way too early to start gardening ... or is it too early???

Back in January I took a couple of plastic tubs, filled them with potting soil and placed them in a sunny location. In the one tub I scattered beet seeds and in the second tub I scattered two types of lettuce and some spinach.

The beets are now ready to thin out ...

The lettuce and spinach is also ready to thin and we had our first salad from the garden today.

13 March 2018

Snow Geese

On our recent trip to Iowa, while traveling on I-29 near the Nebraska City exit, we got to see tens of thousands of snow geese staging for their spring migration north to their breeding grounds on the Arctic tundra.

11 March 2018

Change of Command Ceremony

We recently traveled to Topeka, Kansas for the Change of Command ceremony at the 190th Air Refueling Wing of Kansas Air National Guard.

Lt. Col. Robert (Chuck) Beebe and son Henry.

Chuck's wife Nikki and Henry.

Mr. Henry will soon be 1 year old and is dressed for the occasion.

Almost show time...

Chuck presented his daughter Myra with some flowers...

And Myra had to let everyone know who her Daddy was ...

Start of the Change of Command ceremony

Outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Beebe, transfers the unit flag and authority.

Family photo

The official mascot of the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Willie Coyote.

03 January 2018

Bear with Insomnia?

It has been very cold in the neighborhood, with the temperature at or below 0F overnight, for the past week. So when a neighbor called to tell me a bear had destroyed their bird feeder it was time to investigate. Most people assume that bears hibernate during the winter, but they tend to slow down during the winter, they are not true hibernators. The damaged bird feeder.

With an inch or so of snow on the ground it was easy to track the bear as it went into the brush behind the neighbor's house. I started to follow the bear tracks to see if it visited any other neighbors. Since this brush lot had some trails mowed through it I took the easy path around the brush and looked for where the tracks came out of the brush. These tracks went into the brush, but didn't come out. The bear was still in the brush.

I went back to where the track entered the brush and followed the tracks in. Within 20 yards I found this nest the bear had made from dry goldenrod. I had walked within 15 yards of the bear on my first pass around the brush lot. The bear waited until I had walked past it before it ran out of the brush and over the hill.

This shows how the bear gathered the goldenrod to make its nest which was less than 200 yards from the neighbor's house.