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10-15-2019 09:00 PM
TNfisher
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Originally Posted by melbrod View Post
Ya know, that might be a good halloween picture for our October calendar.

I think entries are closed, but since we only have about 3 or 4 pictures, you might be able to submit late. PM dax0402 if you're interested and see what she says.
Nah, we're good, this was just for fun
10-15-2019 08:03 PM
melbrod Niche.

Though if you're pronouncing it in the American way, your spelling makes more sense.

"According to the Cambridge dictionary it's pronounced 'Nitch' in American and Canadian English and 'Neesh' in British English."
10-15-2019 08:01 PM
melbrod
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Originally Posted by TNfisher View Post
Guarding against squirrels, possums, and smoker thieves
Ya know, that might be a good halloween picture for our October calendar.

I think entries are closed, but since we only have about 3 or 4 pictures, you might be able to submit late. PM dax0402 if you're interested and see what she says.
10-15-2019 07:48 PM
dobebug
Quote:
Originally Posted by modm View Post
<VBG> Yeah

dobebug


Quote:
Yep it was Dylan - I did not know the song had to look it up Here are the lyrics -

"My Back Pages" was on his 1964 Album...

Crimson flames tied through my ears
Rollin' high and mighty traps
Pounced with fire on flaming roads
Using ideas as my maps
"We'll meet on edges, soon," said I
Proud 'neath heated brow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now.


Half-wracked prejudice leaped forth
"Rip down all hate," I screamed
Lies that life is black and white
Spoke from my skull, I dreamed
Romantic facts of musketeers
Foundationed deep, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now.

Girls' faces formed the forward path
From phony jealousy
To memorizing politics
Of ancient history
Flung down by corpse evangelists
Unthought of, though, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now.

A self-ordained professor's tongue
Too serious to fool
Spouted out that liberty
Is just equality in school
"Equality," I spoke their word
As if a wedding vow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now.

In a soldier's stance, I aimed my hand
At the mongrel dogs who teach
Fearing not I'd become my enemy
In the instant that I preach
My existence led by confusion boats
Mutiny from stern to bow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now.

Yes, my guard stood hard when abstract threats
Too noble to neglect
Deceived me into thinking
I had something to protect
Good and bad, I define these terms
Quite clear, no doubt, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now.

Bob Dylan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92cF_KCH7TU
The Byrds (cover in 1967 - good year ) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h80l4XIPJC4


Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen were awesome!

Steve Winwood sang - Back in the High Life Again - Roll With It - Valeri - While You See A Chance
1964--I had that album and I think I used to know all the words to every song on it. The other Dylan song I once knew all the words to was the one that starts'

When you're lost in the rain in Juarez
And it's Easter time too,
And your gravity fails,
And negativity won't pull you through..

I'm not gonna' look it up--last night I was still trying to think who did Piano Man--and got to poking around in old lyrics--turns out the guy I was trying to think of was Kris Kristopherson--but he never did Piano Man--the two songs he was really best known for were "Me and Bobby McGee"--which he didn't write and "Sunday Morning Coming Down" (which he also didn't write) He wrote a lot of songs and some of them are much better known by other artists--weird how that happens.

Anyway I spent way too much time poking around in the music stuff and remembered that another guy whose lyrics I really liked was Phil Ochs.

I have a cat and two geriatric Dobermans claiming that it's time to come and feed them...

Bye ya'll...

ABTLH
10-15-2019 07:28 PM
dobebug
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Originally Posted by dobebug View Post
Hiya Lannie,

4 x 4 John and I are the two that live in the left hand Portland and crows are evidently only partially migratory in this part of the world (also true of some other migratory birds). While I'm in a neighborhood that has a big resident bunch of crows and there are fewer in the winter there are always some crows around. I'd rather have them around than the damned squirrels--there is a crows nest in a big ancient cherry in my back yard and while there are eggs or nestlings the crows will very efficiently keep the squirrels away.

One of the bigger hummingbirds is around all winter (more of them during the summer too and a small unidentifiable wren/chickadee sort of thing that is around here all the time.

I always figured it was because generally the weather is mild enough that with very short periods of time (like when it decides to snow and sticks around for three days and panics the drivers) the crows can mostly find food and every other house in the local neighborhoods seems to have a hummingbird feeder under cover on the porch (I have the hummers from the time my fuchsias start blooming early in the spring until it gets too cold for them--they entertain my indoor only cats all summer long.

One of my dogs used to follow airplane shadows on the ground--never occurred to him to look up I guess. It was pretty funny to watch him when he spotted a shadow...

ABTLH
Here's a little serendipity about Crow's--the early newscast (CBS) had a thing about Portland's problems with the migratory Crows. As soon as they started into the segment I remembered that STJ (4x4 John) was talking about this last year. Evidently most of the resident crows and those from further north who are moving south (about this time of year)--and because they are big, numerous when gathering to migrate south and messy beyond all reason--Portland has for years been trying to find a way to dissuade te crows from gathering in the middle of downtown Portland.

So there is now an army of raptors--some kind of hawk--they didn't say which one but one of the bigger guys have been trained (successfully) to roust the crows. When the crows start to mass in downtown Portland the falconers come bringing their crow trained hawks and turn them loose to drive the crows out of the area.

The hawks don't kill the migrating crows but they sure scare the pants off of them and the crows leave that area and gather elsewhere.

Some of our crows simply don't migrate which explains why right now there are almost no crows in my neighborhood (which usually has quite a few--their in downtown Portland wishing the migrators good luck and have a great trip, see ya' next year.

I think our robins do migrate--I never see any around here in the winter--but the really aren't all that common in the summer either.

One of the smaller birds that crows do catch, kill and eat if they can catch them are the non native starlings which were imported by that idiot who wanted to make sure that every bird mentioned in Shakespear was present in the US as well a in England. He brought starlings in. Unfortunately they occupy the same nitch as (that isn't spelled right, is it?) as a lot of the native song birds and their poop will remove automotive finishes if it dries on your car.

More than you wanted to know Lannie--I don't blame you--I never wanted to know it either but I have a hard time not accidently remembering stuff like this--perfectly useless, mostly.

ABTLH
10-15-2019 07:21 PM
TNfisher Guarding against squirrels, possums, and smoker thieves
10-15-2019 07:09 PM
ECIN
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Originally Posted by StrykersPerson View Post
Right on time Lannie! That was Hilarious!

Except, she likes getting tied up.
And Spanked too !
10-15-2019 06:33 PM
StrykersPerson
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Originally Posted by Lannie View Post
You still tied up? Or did you get loose?
Right on time Lannie! That was Hilarious!

Except, she likes getting tied up.
10-15-2019 04:58 PM
modm
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Originally Posted by LadyDi View Post
Hello?
Hiya LadyDi - having a good time on vacation?
10-15-2019 04:57 PM
modm
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Originally Posted by ECIN View Post
For you Mod

Yep pretty cool - sounded louder than normal....Looked like you needed some walkie talkies with Norm(if I heard correctly) - especially being hard to see?

10-15-2019 10:29 AM
melbrod
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Originally Posted by LadyDi View Post
Hello?
I see you're taking the opportunity to sleep in on your vacay. Actually, I guess my time clock is 2 hours behind yours, so it was really 8 your time when you posted? Half your day is gone!
10-15-2019 10:08 AM
ECIN
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Originally Posted by LadyDi View Post
Hello?
Dang ! Her gag came out !
10-15-2019 07:52 AM
Lannie
Quote:
Originally Posted by LadyDi View Post
Hello?
You still tied up? Or did you get loose?
10-15-2019 07:52 AM
Lannie
Quote:
Originally Posted by StrykersPerson View Post
I've noticed an influx of crows lately. They are bigger than my chickens. They are bold, too! They are hanging out in my fenced in yard. I am afraid for Lily. They aren't know for carrying off Rat Terriers are they? I know they scare my chickens.

Speaking of LadyDi, I thought I locked everyone up last night, but when I went out to free everyone this morning, she was still trying to figure out how to get back in the coop. I have no clue where she slept last night. No wonder I named Rock Star after Cuz!

I've never seen a crow go after a chicken (too big), and for sure not a little dog. But they will steal eggs if they can find them, and I'm sure they'd grab an unattended chick if the opportunity arose.

I used to worry about all my chickens getting back into the coop at night, but now I just let them sleep wherever they want. They either go in the coop or fly up into the barn rafters, but either way they're safe from predators. Even in the depths of winter, when it gets down to 20 or 25 below zero, they're OK in the barn. The rafters are wood, and they sit on their feet with their feathers all fluffed out, so they're fine except if a rooster has a large comb, he might lose part of it to frostbite. I don't worry about that. If they don't care, I don't care. It's not a necessary piece of anatomy.

I did have a guinea rooster that spent two days up on top of the metal coop roof during a blizzard once, though. He lost his helmet (the thing that sticks up on top of their head) and the toes of one foot and the whole foot on the other leg. So he was left with one leg that ended at his "ankle," and one leg that had a little bulbous bit on the bottom (the foot with no toes). We called him Footless, how original, eh? He walked on his stumps, and once he got his balance right, you couldn't tell from a distance that he didn't have any feet. And if his stumps got tired, he flew. He lived for another 7 years (he finally died when he was 9), and raised a batch of babies BY HIMSELF when their mom got eaten by a fox. He was an amazing bird.

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Originally Posted by StrykersPerson View Post
I know why I have to hit-hit-hit the MY keyboard. I knocked a beer over on it. I have to keep hitting the shift-shift-shift key the capitalize. Which may not be a good thing.

I think my problem is these flat keys, which require an exact-center strike, and my long nails. I've broken a lot of them off but most are still long enough that the strike area is a point, rather than a blunt finger in the center. I could go down to the basement and use the PC, but I'm lazy and I like to sit at the kitchen table with my coffee when I browse forums. Plus I can keep an eye on all the shenanigans (cats, mostly) from up here.

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Originally Posted by melbrod View Post
OK, smart farmer people or horticulturist types (you know who you are), I have a question for you.

We had, as I'm sure you know from my moaning, a very hard freeze a couple of days ago (down to 8 degrees--I think it may have even been our first frost for the fall?). The trees were still fully leafed with only a few starting to show a touch of yellow when it hit. Now I'm seeing trees all over town, mature trees which are typical for this climate, with dead looking brown or stale brownish-green leaves and no real leaf fall yet.

Are they likely to have been killed or merely shocked with a little bit of branch tip die back in the spring, or are they going to come back pretty much unscathed (if the rest of our winter is typical)? I know the young or marginal for our area trees are at risk, but how about the older ones?

I live for trees.
Yeah, the tree won't die, but some of those brown leaves might hang on for quite a while. They were still green and firmly attached when they died, so they won't release properly. We have this happen a lot, and I haven't noticed too much of a problem with disease or fungus, but then again, once we get that cold, we usually stay cold, so maybe it never has a chance to settle in the wounded parts of the branches.

IS IT SPRING YET? (You'll be hearing that from me, a LOT, over the next six months or so...)

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Originally Posted by dobebug View Post
Hiya Lannie,

4 x 4 John and I are the two that live in the left hand Portland and crows are evidently only partially migratory in this part of the world (also true of some other migratory birds). While I'm in a neighborhood that has a big resident bunch of crows and there are fewer in the winter there are always some crows around. I'd rather have them around than the damned squirrels--there is a crows nest in a big ancient cherry in my back yard and while there are eggs or nestlings the crows will very efficiently keep the squirrels away.

One of the bigger hummingbirds is around all winter (more of them during the summer too and a small unidentifiable wren/chickadee sort of thing that is around here all the time.

I always figured it was because generally the weather is mild enough that with very short periods of time (like when it decides to snow and sticks around for three days and panics the drivers) the crows can mostly find food and every other house in the local neighborhoods seems to have a hummingbird feeder under cover on the porch (I have the hummers from the time my fuchsias start blooming early in the spring until it gets too cold for them--they entertain my indoor only cats all summer long.

One of my dogs used to follow airplane shadows on the ground--never occurred to him to look up I guess. It was pretty funny to watch him when he spotted a shadow...

ABTLH
Yeah, when I lived there, we always had crows and robins and stuff all year, but here, the only permanent resident is the ubiquitous sparrow. Every other bird leaves at some point in the fall and reappears in spring or early summer.

We did have a hummingbird once, but I don't know how it got here across all the miles and miles of nothing but grass. Don't they have to eat like every 5 minutes? Well, anyway, we had a beautiful iridescent green hummingbird for about a week, hovering up in the peak of the cow barn roof. I assume he was living off some of the flowers in my garden, or maybe even the comfrey blossoms, but chances are he didn't get enough to eat and died. I'm still mystified how he got out this far. He was the only hummingbird I've seen in almost 16 years living here. When we lived in Redmond (OR), we had flocks of them all over, but I had lots of lavender and other flowering herbs, so they had plenty to eat.
10-15-2019 07:17 AM
LadyDi Hello?
10-15-2019 06:29 AM
ECIN For you Mod

10-15-2019 06:06 AM
ECIN
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Originally Posted by modm View Post
Hiya Doc

I knew you had sunglasses on! The sun was hard on my eyes and it was just a video for me!

I couldn't tell how much "stalk" there was left after harvesting - but do you do anything with it? Or just plow/furrow it back into the ground for nutrients? Do you have to rotate your crops? Lots of questions for so early in the morning.
pretty much shave it off at ground level Mod - Yes - Even with sunglasses the sun makes it hard to drive into . We leave he residue as is - as you said - to leave nutrients there - to help control erosion = no - till . I have another video I took after this one - which shows the dust and sun worse .
10-15-2019 04:08 AM
modm
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Originally Posted by dobebug View Post
Typically, I'll wake up around 2:00am with a name in my brain...doesn't do much for right now though. For the most part your list looks like some of my favorite singers/songwriters...



Jim Croce--there was an under appreciated man--I'd say Jim Croce to someone and they'd say "Who's that?"

One of my very favorite lines was "...but I was s much older then, I'm younger than that now..."--not even sure who that was--Dylan I thought.

Steve Winwood--there's one I don't know (but that's not surprising--there was an era in music that I tend to stick to and from time to time I hear something by one of the newer, younger singers and think--how on earth did I miss that?

ABTLH

[QUOTEToo many to lists - not that the above all sound like him
<VBG> Yeah

dobebug[/QUOTE]



Yep it was Dylan - I did not know the song had to look it up Here are the lyrics -

"My Back Pages" was on his 1964 Album...

Crimson flames tied through my ears
Rollin' high and mighty traps
Pounced with fire on flaming roads
Using ideas as my maps
"We'll meet on edges, soon," said I
Proud 'neath heated brow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now.


Half-wracked prejudice leaped forth
"Rip down all hate," I screamed
Lies that life is black and white
Spoke from my skull, I dreamed
Romantic facts of musketeers
Foundationed deep, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now.

Girls' faces formed the forward path
From phony jealousy
To memorizing politics
Of ancient history
Flung down by corpse evangelists
Unthought of, though, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now.

A self-ordained professor's tongue
Too serious to fool
Spouted out that liberty
Is just equality in school
"Equality," I spoke their word
As if a wedding vow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now.

In a soldier's stance, I aimed my hand
At the mongrel dogs who teach
Fearing not I'd become my enemy
In the instant that I preach
My existence led by confusion boats
Mutiny from stern to bow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now.

Yes, my guard stood hard when abstract threats
Too noble to neglect
Deceived me into thinking
I had something to protect
Good and bad, I define these terms
Quite clear, no doubt, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I'm younger than that now.

Bob Dylan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92cF_KCH7TU
The Byrds (cover in 1967 - good year ) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h80l4XIPJC4


Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen were awesome!

Steve Winwood sang - Back in the High Life Again - Roll With It - Valeri - While You See A Chance
10-15-2019 03:43 AM
modm
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Originally Posted by ECIN View Post
Thank you Mel

This was just before dark -
Hiya Doc

I knew you had sunglasses on! The sun was hard on my eyes and it was just a video for me!

I couldn't tell how much "stalk" there was left after harvesting - but do you do anything with it? Or just plow/furrow it back into the ground for nutrients? Do you have to rotate your crops? Lots of questions for so early in the morning.
10-14-2019 07:51 PM
alan j.
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Originally Posted by modm View Post
You are welcome dobebug(ABTLH)

Hmm that will be tough to guess....

Don Mclean - I like Vincent - and of course American Pie
Bob Dylan
Dan Fogelberg - Leader of the Band
Neal Young - Heart of Gold - Old Man
John Mellencamp -
Bruce Springsteen - I'm on Fire
Elton John -
Steve Winwood -
Jim Croce - I like almost all his songs
Harry Chapin - Taxi - Cats in the Cradle



Too many to lists - not that the above all sound like him
good list of song writers...they do not make em like they used to..in fact nothing is like it used to be

10-14-2019 07:49 PM
ECIN
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Originally Posted by ECIN View Post
Thank you Mel

This was just before dark -
10-14-2019 06:37 PM
dobebug
Quote:
Originally Posted by modm View Post
You are welcome dobebug(ABTLH)

Hmm that will be tough to guess....
Typically, I'll wake up around 2:00am with a name in my brain...doesn't do much for right now though. For the most part your list looks like some of my favorite singers/songwriters...

Quote:
Don Mclean - I like Vincent - and of course American Pie
Bob Dylan
Dan Fogelberg - Leader of the Band
Neal Young - Heart of Gold - Old Man
John Mellencamp -
Bruce Springsteen - I'm on Fire
Elton John -
Steve Winwood -
Jim Croce - I like almost all his songs
Harry Chapin - Taxi - Cats in the Cradle
Jim Croce--there was an under appreciated man--I'd say Jim Croce to someone and they'd say "Who's that?"

One of my very favorite lines was "...but I was s much older then, I'm younger than that now..."--not even sure who that was--Dylan I thought.

Steve Winwood--there's one I don't know (but that's not surprising--there was an era in music that I tend to stick to and from time to time I hear something by one of the newer, younger singers and think--how on earth did I miss that?

ABTLH

[QUOTEToo many to lists - not that the above all sound like him [/QUOTE]

<VBG> Yeah

dobebug
10-14-2019 06:08 PM
modm Grilled out some hamburgers - cheddar cheese for me jalapeno for my wife. Harissa olive oil drizzled French Fries with Ranch Salad Dressing for dipping!!!


Ice cold beer and kicking the ball for Mila
10-14-2019 05:54 PM
modm
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Originally Posted by dobebug View Post
Ooooooo--one of my very favorites from pretty much way back. Funny, I didn't realize it was a Billy Joel song--had it by another male singer on an album (and between just plain old age and gabapentin I can't remember who the singer was much less the name of the album). It was another guy who really wrote good lyrics--had a gift for a turn of phrase.

Thanks Modm...

ABTLH
You are welcome dobebug(ABTLH)

Hmm that will be tough to guess....

Don Mclean - I like Vincent - and of course American Pie
Bob Dylan
Dan Fogelberg - Leader of the Band
Neal Young - Heart of Gold - Old Man
John Mellencamp -
Bruce Springsteen - I'm on Fire
Elton John -
Steve Winwood -
Jim Croce - I like almost all his songs
Harry Chapin - Taxi - Cats in the Cradle

Too many to lists - not that the above all sound like him
10-14-2019 05:32 PM
dobebug
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Originally Posted by Lannie View Post
The crows are migrating now, so they had probably just stopped for a rest. I grew up (in the left-hand Portland) hearing you can't shoot crows because they're a migratory species, but we always had them year 'round there, so it seemed puzzling to me. However, here, we only see them twice a year, as they're moving north and south. They really freak the poultry out big time, because they come over in very large groups, and sometimes it can take 15 or 20 minutes for a group to pass by, and the chickens and guineas think they're hawks, I guess. They're very careful about "big birds." Oh, and by the way, LadyDi, ARE YOU THERE YET?
Hiya Lannie,

4 x 4 John and I are the two that live in the left hand Portland and crows are evidently only partially migratory in this part of the world (also true of some other migratory birds). While I'm in a neighborhood that has a big resident bunch of crows and there are fewer in the winter there are always some crows around. I'd rather have them around than the damned squirrels--there is a crows nest in a big ancient cherry in my back yard and while there are eggs or nestlings the crows will very efficiently keep the squirrels away.

One of the bigger hummingbirds is around all winter (more of them during the summer too and a small unidentifiable wren/chickadee sort of thing that is around here all the time.

I always figured it was because generally the weather is mild enough that with very short periods of time (like when it decides to snow and sticks around for three days and panics the drivers) the crows can mostly find food and every other house in the local neighborhoods seems to have a hummingbird feeder under cover on the porch (I have the hummers from the time my fuchsias start blooming early in the spring until it gets too cold for them--they entertain my indoor only cats all summer long.

One of my dogs used to follow airplane shadows on the ground--never occurred to him to look up I guess. It was pretty funny to watch him when he spotted a shadow...

ABTLH
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