Friday, March 09, 2007

Looking for sign

to a hunter means looking for tracks or scat (fecal dropping) to identify animals that have passed through an area. We have a friend who spends a lot of time looking for sign and is quite knowledgable about what he sees.

In this case, I am looking for signs of spring. Ontario Wanderer also was looking for spring, but it sounds like we are ahead of him. That is if seeing a fishing boat rather than ice boat counts. I would like to think we will not see any more snow either.

Dan was the first to spot a buzzard. As many of you know, I am a bit enamored with these fairly ugly birds. Last year our first glimpse was March 21st as noted here. I am glad to see them. Road kill awaits and I look forward to our "dance" around their prizes as I travel my route.

We also spotted a large flock of pelicans last evening. They had a most interesting flight pattern. They would make big circles and in doing so, gradually moved over our house. They will hang around a while and we will enjoy watching them move about over the valley. My friend and neighbor, Chip, took two pictures of pelicans last year around March 26th. Check them out here and here. Beautiful and interesting birds and wonderful pictures. Thanks again, Chip, for sharing.

In the next few weeks, I will be looking for more sign. I am ready.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Remembering Jerry

We lost a long time friend yesterday. He and his wife lived just a mile away and were our closest neighbors for a long time. Jerry was a honest man, telling it like he saw it, but always with a sense of humor.

Because there will be family coming in from a distance, I made more than my usual Dan's Favorite Oatmeal Cookies. While looking for something quick but appealing to all ages, I found a recipe that probably dates back about 30 plus years. So, here is a easy, tasty recipe from back in the day when all casseroles called for mushroom soup.

Hot dish
1 cooked chicken (I used three large frozen chicken breasts)
2 cups macaroni (uncooked)
1/2 lb. Velveeta cheese cubed
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cups milk
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 can peas (I prefer frozen)
Mix and let sit overnight in frig. Season & bake in large glass cake pan. 350 for 1 hour

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Daylight Savings and Loan

I am looking forward to daylight savings starting this weekend, although I usually find it hard to adjust my sleeping patterns. The mornings are OK, but at night I seem to need darkness for a length of time to be sleepy. My family tells me that turning off the computer would probably do the trick.

I finished the 1997 movie Family Thing while on the treadmill tonight. It was written by Billy Bob Thorton with Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones. A good movie to check out for the weekend.

Don't forget to download the daylight savings update for your computer.<http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cp_dst>

Monday, March 05, 2007

Finally, out of nowhere, I have Internet back. We have no idea how it was fixed. I guess it doesn't matter, we' re hooked up.

Squire accused us of Trekkn'. I will admit it would be fun, but not yet. I feel warmer weather is around the corner, especially after today.

I loved our kid's comments on "Talking Trash." Our family feels we partially own that stretch of road. We travel it often. I think Kim did have one accident on it. Sounds like Doug ditched some things he didn't want us to see back in the day. His comment made me wonder how much trash is thrown out the window to avoid ownership. Interesting thought.

I used to walk that stretch of road at least once a day. It was a perfect exercise walk because there are a couple of hills and not too much traffic. The feral hogs ruined that part of it for me. By the way, Dan came across a man walking near there last week. He had been chased up a tree by a big boar and was fairly shook up.

Thanks for checking in. I need to do some housecleaning in my email account before it gets full. Tomorrow night I should be back in stride.