Friday, February 11, 2011

Post from July 2010 " Next winter memories"

I definitely got this one right!


Linda's Backroad Musings: Next winter memories: "Today will be a next winter memory. Six months from now the Holidays are long over, family and friends are hunkered down., not ventur..."

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Water bottles

In a small nod toward the environment, I have pledged not to purchase bottled water.  It would be a huge nod if everyone would join in.  Is it me or does it seem there aren’t as many plastic bottle toting people out there?

In keeping with my other pledge to reduce clutter, I cleaned off the front of my refrigerator today.  One of the bits of wisdom I stuck up there ages ago and then forgot is a list of how to keep reusable water bottles clean and sanitized.

I thought it might be of interest to those who also carry water in a favorite container. So here they are:

1)  Wash the water bottle daily with soap and warm water.  Rinse with clear water and drain thoroughly.

2) Allow the water bottle to dry overnight.

3) If you don’t have a sink handy in your office, store the water bottle in a refrigerator at the end of the day so that germs won’t grow overnight.

4) At least once a week, follow the washing and rinsing with a sanitizing step by rinsing the inside of the bottle with a solution of 1 teaspoon bleach per quart of water.  Rinse and allow the bottle to air dry.

Rufous-Sided Towhee

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We noticed the Towhee several days ago.  It’s been difficult to get a good picture because he likes to sit under the pine trees.  He jumps out for a seed and then retreats back to the undergrowth.  We believe he is a male because his head is black rather than brown.

This web site tells about this bird including its call and a video.   Looking at the map, it appears this one is wintering north of it’s usual range.   Because of this picture, we believe that our visitor is an Eastern Towhee because of it’s brown breast.  

Even though the picture is a bit fuzzy because I took it through the window,  the signature Towhee red eyes are still visible.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Home Place

This is probably either Kansas talk or rural talk, but “home place” is where a person is born and raised.   My home place is six miles west of Junction City on Hwy 18 and then 1/2 mile north on what is now Milford Lake Road.

Several days ago, I posted a picture of Dad holding me as a baby. I am not sure exactly where the picture was taken, because the home place was changing a lot around that time.  

The first two pictures were taken shortly (like within the week) after Dad and Mom purchased the Home Place.  Obviously, a tornado had visited.  This was probably between 1944 and 1945 and, of course, I was not born yet.

img105 The picture below is taken from the top of the previous picture.

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img107 Progress.  Dad put the roof over the bottom story and made enough room for two bedrooms up. This is my Aunt Vi.

img109 The building to the right was eventually removed.  This was probably about four years after I was born so 1950.MVC-015F My brother, Wayne and Ruth have added on to the north or left center of the picture (to the back).  Ruth maintains beautiful flower beds all around the house and yard.