A Sink Full of Tasty Tidbits

 

After a two-week break from fishing, to recover from the 4 days in a row fishing and feeling out of sorts from an infected tooth that he had pulled, David headed off to the ponds to do some fishing yesterday. Yes, I gave him his kiss for luck and it is continuing to work.

He brought home another nice bucket of fish. He dumped it into the sink before I had a chance to take a picture of the bucket o’ fish, so it became a sink full of fish.

 

 

I then separated them by species and took photos of them. He caught this lone crappie. This is the first crappie he has caught in all the years fishing at these ponds. He usually gets over excited and misses them. Their mouth is thin-skinned, so I think he pulls the hook right through the mouth when he tries to set the hook. This time he was patient and did not jerk the pole to hard to set the hook.  It was a nice 11 inches long.

 

He caught a nice mess of perch, nine in total.

 

He caught the limit of 5 catfish a day.

 

He filleted all the fish out. Even the catfish this time, he usually leaves ones this size whole, removing head, tail, and fins then skins them. That is why this was a sink full of tasty tidbits. 😀

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This Week’s Flower Photos

 

Here are the photos that were added to My Flowers page this week.

First up is the shot of the cosmos and petunias. They are going crazy. The one cosmos at the front had 4 blooms all on top so he couldn’t keep his head up. After this photo was taken we had some rain he is practically laying on the ground now.

 

I found a white impatien. The first pic ended up being a side view.

The second pic is a better front on view.

 

This is the third cane gladiolus to bloom. It was one of the cool pink trimmed, with a white center.

 

This is the first marigold to bloom. It is the volunteer plant in with the gladiolus’s corner.

 

Just another pretty pink petunia.

 

This pic shows how wonderfully Cleo is doing now. She has some very beautiful deep red leaves.

 

The evening after I took these photos we got a pretty good rain storm. I went out to check the flowers and found the first yellow cane of gladiolus were beaten down to the ground. It was ok just water-logged. So I cut it, the other yellow cane, and the pink cane. I put them in a vase with Miracle Grow water. Now I can enjoy them indoors while I am on the computer as they are on the table right in front of me. 😀

Sixty Six Cars Shown at 2018 Classics in the Park

Well it was time for the annual Classics in the Park Car Show. I will go through the more interesting entries in this post. I will then add the whole shooting match to the CARS tab in the Menu at the top of my blog.

Let’s get things started with a couple of works in progress.

This is a cute little delivery van. It has not even been started yet. I think it has potential though.

This is a 1962 International Harvester Metro Mite Delivery Van

 

Next we have this yellow and white car. I thought it looked great. Then as I was about to walk away I noticed something about the interior. It was not redone yet, just a couple of plastic chairs bolted to the floor. It made me chuckle.

1956 Mercury Montclair

 

 

Now let us move on to my favorite pickup truck of the show. It was restored to Awesome. I loved all the wooden parts. Especially the wooden spoked wheel rims.

1926 Dodge Truck

 

I moved on around the circle of cars writing down the years and makes in my journal first, then I would go back and take the photos. I practically squealed with delight when I got to the next two cars. I mean who doesn’t love this car and it was pink my second favorite color!!

1964 VW Bug

 

I have loved this car since I recieved a purple toy one for my second birthday. I also had a orange pedal car when I was four years old. That was the only draw back this real one was not purple.

2013 VW Dune Buggy

 

Then we have a Mystery Car. It had no show entry paper in the window. I then looked for any type of car logo. There were not even any clues in the interior. The only thing I found was Ford on the air filter cover of the engine. Ok, that was a start. From attending other year’s shows it looked to me like it may be a 1940s era and a coupe. I asked the people sitting at the truck next to it if they knew for sure what it was. They were not sure either. The one gentleman said that the owner had been there a while ago, but he didn’t see him now.

The Mystery Car

1940s Ford Coupe?

 

This one did not have a show entry either. I was pretty sure what it was though. Just could not tell you an exact year.

70s Blue Chevy Corvette

Next we have this very bright orange fellow with a nice bit of artwork on it.

 

1948 Chevy Delivery Truck

 

This next one is really neat. It was painted up like the Red Baron’s Plane. The owner talked with me about it. He said that a famous car artist asked to do a drawing of his car. He was passing out baseball cards of the artwork that the artist did. The owner was really honored by this. He said the only draw back was now he couldn’t make changes to the car or else the artwork would just be “just another drawing”. I was about to walk away when I noticed the very cool radiator cap.

1926 Chevy Chopped Model T Coupe

 

This entry had a matching pop-up camping trailer.

1936 Chevy Truck

and

1935 Kozy Camper

 

Another non entry. This was an unknown year black Ford Pickup Truck.

Black Ford Pickup Truck

 

As my title says there were 66 cars in the park. There were four that were non entry cars. I forgot to take a picture of one of them it was a black and white Chevy. It was similar to a Belair but I was not sure. So that leaves us with 62 actual entries. Only 9 of the entries were return entries from the previous years of 2015 and 2016. I know for sure that this entry was present three of the last 4 years. I did not attend in 2017.

 1965 Chevy 10 Truck

 

All in all I enjoyed my day at the show. I think the number of entries gets more each year. I am glad there were many new cars as well as the return entries.

 

This last car was not an entry. It was driven and owned by an old coworker from my days at the care home. She is a cancer survivor and this is her custom paint job.

 

One last thing a couple  of the photos are a bit blurry( the interior of the camper was one). I added that to the name of the photo if they were. I had to keep moving around, because my camera gets these rainbow line flares from the sun shining off all that chrome and shiny paint jobs. 😀

 

 

 

The Wild Flower Bed Is Full Of Surprises

 

Almost every day I find something new in the wild flower bed. I looked at the picture I took of the box and it says there are 17 varieties of flowers in it.

 

I am going to describe some of my recent flower photos in a bit more detail. Some of them are not from my flower beds. They are some of the “wild flowers” (one man’s weed is another man’s flower)  that have found their way into our yard from the horse pasture. 🙂

This is one of the pasture wild flowers. He is a fuzzy leafed plant for a while then he starts to grow stalkier. Then this stalk gets a bunch of little flower buds all up and down it. I have no idea what it is, but it is pretty at this time of year. After the flowers have  bloomed and died the whole plant turns brown and dries out. Then you see dead ones all around the pasture from last year.

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Then there are the uncultivated wild sunflower plants everywhere. This one is growing between the yellow squash and cucumber hills against the fence along the junk pile. It was the first flower to bloom on it.

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I have gotten some pretty neat shots of the volunteer cosmos and petunia in the bed in front of the deck.

This is my favorite of the cosmos. I captured a lady bug taking a nap. 🙂

 

This is the first white cosmos so far. Most of them are a light pink to dark purple.

I didn’t notice the little bug in the center of the flower when I took this shot. When I looked at it on the computer I saw it and the flying ant-like bug above the flower too. I love it when I catch things flying around the flowers.

 

 

Here are some of the petunias.

They are ranging from light pinks to dark purples also. No white ones so far.

 

I am finding bachelor buttons in different colors. Most are purple with a few pinks thrown in.

Then I came across this one. A white one with purple center.

 

Then there are these orange and orangish pink ones. I think some of them are poppies, but I am beginning to think some of the ones on the pink side might be impatiens.

 

 

They kind of look like the ones on the impatiens box.

 

Yesterday I found this little gem. I have no idea what he is. I am thinking it might be a black-eyed susan type of flower or maybe some variety of daisy. I have no clue, but it sure is pretty.

 

Oh, I now have baby cucumbers! They are so cute at this stage!

Buckets of Fish

 

David has been fishing over at the ponds several times now. He has been getting up to do early morning fishing. He tries to be at the ponds by 6:00. This has been proving to be a good time to go. He has finally been able to catch some bigger sized catfish. He has now brought home two that weighed 2 lbs. and were 18 inches long, also a couple that were 1 1/2 pounds and just under 18 inches. The rest have been just nice pan sized. He continues to bring home the blue gill, and perch. He has also brought 3 trout home now. Neither of us have caught trout for some time and now he is bringing at least one home each trip.

I am not fishing this year, but I do give David a “Kiss for Luck” before he leaves for each fishing trip. I think it is working, because the one time I forgot to give it to him, he only brought home 2 bait fish to stick in the stock tank. Every other time he has brought home his limit of catfish and a couple of others be they a mixture of perch, bluegill or trout.

The photo below is a typical catch for the day. He had already removed a perch and a bluegill to clean them.

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Wildflowers Are a Buddin’ and a Bloomin’!

 

These little white flowers are blooming all over the wildflower bed.

 

There are what I believe are bachelor buttons getting ready to bloom. I grew some bachelor buttons years ago. If I remember correctly, I am pretty sure this is what they looked like. They could also be carnations I grew those too. The two flowers look similar until they fully bloom.

 

David showed me that one of the gladiolus has a cane. I thought it was just a really tall leaf.  😀

 

I have 3 volunteer cosmos plants in the bed in front of the deck. This one has three buds getting ready to bloom. The front of the deck also has lots of volunteer petunias. I didn’t get a picture but some of them are starting to bud. So it won’t be long and they will be blooming too.

The Northern High Plains Bigfoot?

 

As my son and I were driving south on our way home from town the evening of June 28, I looked to my right( I was the passenger) and saw these shadowy figures. I hurriedly took out my camera and snapped this photo.

 

It was the best I could get as we were moving and they were moving.

 

I had heard stories and rumors of them ever since we moved to this part of Nebraska in the late 90’s. They usually kept to the forest in the area. In 2006 and 2012 the forests in the area suffered from two huge fires. So they have had less forested territory. That being the case there have been more sightings of them. I think this group is heading to the Black Hills. They may have not been relocating to the Black Hills, maybe it was just a family vacation to see Mount Rushmore.
They misjudged their timing for moving across this field when it was just still light enough to see them. They also may have not realized how populated this area was as the made their trek north.
I can her the wife telling the husband,” GRRr roar gggrrr grunt ugh ugh grunt GRRR.”
Which translates to “I told you to stop and ask for directions!”

Seriously though, a home owner with a large field just outside of town has a great sense of humor. He put out this family of bigfoot cut outs.

The Long and Weeding Road

June 21, 2018

After 4 days of rain or heavy misty fog, starting on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend , today was blue skied and sun filled. So I grabbed my garden jacket and put Sully’s harness on so we could go enjoy it while it lasted. He had been begging to go out for the last two days but I had to tell him that it was too wet and rainy. Poor guy would waddle off with a sad pouty face.
I hooked Sully to his spot by the deck so he could eat grass and enjoy the catnip. I grabbed a couple of 5 gallon buckets one to put weeds in the other to lean on to assist me getting back up from kneeling on the ground. I headed around to the east end of the house to begin weeding. The rain had really enabled lots of weed growth. You couldn’t tell that I actually had weeded around the squash hills and the peppers when I planted them on the 9th of this month.

I started in around the two largest peppers then got up and moved my bucket to weed around the junk pile flower bed. While I was up I checked on Sully to see how he was doing. He was happily munching his grass.
I weeded and weeded and weeded some more making my way back to the peppers again. I discovered that out of the 10 peppers I planted only 6 were still standing. The other 4 had been beaten into the ground and washed away. 😦  I now had a full bucket of weeds, time to dump them out.

The full bucket of weeds and my leaning bucket with towel on top.

 

The neighbors recently got two cute little pygmy goats. I decided to give them this bucket to munch on. I took it over to them. I dumped the bucket on the ground for them. I then scratched their little heads between their horns. They thanked me with their cute little goaty chatter as I walked away.

When I got back over to the deck Sully was heading up the stairs. He was done enjoying the outdoors. I let him in the house and removed his harness. As I departed I said to him, “Now you can go and barf somewhere.” He minds very well, as he had done just that when I came in for the day an hour and a half later. lol 😛

I continued along the pepper bed and beside it to make a path, to the corner where I weeded the gladiolus and the irises. There I found a nice sized volunteer marigold. The turnips and carrot patch was next but it was not too bad. This is where I ended my weeding road.

Junk pile bed

 

 

I had filled my bucket to about 3/4 ths. I just put this bucket on the pile along the south fence, because it was mostly small weeds and the goats would be munching the first bucket for most of the day.

While I was doing this I looked across Mann’s field to see this deer munching away.

 

I decided to leave the south side of the deck bed with all the wildflower for another day.

 

The front of the deck bed was weeded on Saturday before all the rain so it was fine.

 

I will leave you with this update photo of the mini roses.

Still blooming close up.

Lap Time!

 

I heard Mom coming down the steps to my shed. I greeted her at the door. She had come to fill up my food and water dishes like always. She filled them both as she talked to me. She gave me a few pets. Then she went over to the chair in the shed and sat down.

She looks at me and says, “Well come on, get up here, and I will give you a good petting. I am in no hurry to leave you today. I don’t have to keep an eye on Sully as he wanted back in already. I am not watering today since we had four days of rain so I don’t have to worry about the water hose. And the weeds I am out here to pull are not going to go anywhere, they will be waiting for me. ”

Well she didn’t have to tell me twice! I am getting some lap time!
Mom took several photos of me on her lap. I am a real squirmer, so she had to hang on to me with one hand while she tried to take photos with the other. I tend to hang off the edge of laps with all my squirming. squirming aside I think Mom got some pretty good shots of me.

 

 

 

 

I am also called The Shed Cat because that is what I am doing now, not just for my location. I love that Mom sat done to pet me. It helps get some of that annoying winter coat off me. Well all good things must come to an end. I hate when lap time ends! Mom picked me up in her arms and set me back on the floor. If she just tries to stand up and kinda nudge me off I dig my claws in to her legs.

Yes, I thoroughly covered Mom with fur before she left.