Saturday, March 05, 2011

Visiting Snow Geese

I had a surprise moment this morning while outside hanging clothes on the line.  First, I heard geese, softly at first, then progressively louder.  All at once smoothly and in sync, a white cloud rose up out of the valley and flew directly toward me.  They lazily circled around and dropped back down over horizon. It was as if they were checking out the white flapping laundry.

Later this afternoon, we drove down to the marsh area hoping to see the flock sitting on the open water.  There are berms around the marshes so I walked out on one.   In the distance was the white group on the water. All of a sudden, once again they rose up, came right for me and circled back. Twice in one day. A truly beautiful sight.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011


turkenhen Another sign of spring—baby chickens.   Dan stopped by Orschlens today in Lawrence and he said they were peeping away. 

One breed stood out, the Turken.  According to the Cackle Hatchery in Lebanon, Missouri,  these chickens were first bred in Eastern Hungry.  Noted for their size and laying ability,  the Turken (bless their heart) are not noted for their beauty.

Dan didn’t have a camera with him so I am sharing pictures from the hatchery web site.  It is hard to believe they aren’t in some way linked to the turkey.  Without a doubt, they would be an unique addition to a flock.


Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Walk Kansas…across, that is

From March 13 through May 7th, I, along with five other team members, will be doing just that.  It’s not as it seems, though.

For the 10th year, Kansas State University Research and Extension is offering an opportunity to walk Kansas.  Working together by walking or doing moderate to vigorous activity for two and one half hours or 120 minutes each week for eight weeks, the team would collectively walk 423 miles, or the distance across Kansas.  There is a second challenge of six hours of physical activity a week which would be 1200 miles around the perimeter of the state.

In addition to recording our walking, we must also record how many servings of fruits and vegetables we consume each day.  All of this data is given to the team captain to post on the Walk Kansas web site each week.

Of course, there will be t shirts and a kick off or celebration event in each participating county.  Anyone want to be on my team?

Sunday, February 27, 2011

In Case of Emergency ICE

Have you received the email currently circulating the internet?  It makes a lot of sense.

If we are involved in an accident or taken ill, the people attending us might have our cell phone but wouldn't know which of our stored numbers is the contact person we would want called. Hence the ICE (In Case of Emergency) campaign.

The suggestion is to store our contact number in case of emergency under ICE in our cell phones.  If there is more than one number, then ICE 1 and ICE 2. 

I checked with several sites that watch email hoaxes and the idea is safe. Programming the ICE numbers would not be a threat to cell phone privacy.  A British paramedic in London came up with the idea after the terrorist bombings and it has spread to the United States.  There was an 2005 article in USA Today which would  further legitimatize the suggestion.

I don’t see how it could hurt so I am putting several ICE numbers in my phone.