Saturday, December 16, 2017

Birds and Barns

I put up bird feeders last Thursday. Since my feeders in Illinois are usually emptied in little more than a day, I was surprised to find the feeders here in Oklahoma still full this morning. 

 This mockingbird stopped for a brief visit and then flew away.

And this Savannah sparrow spent some time right behind the feeders. He flew away, as well. Hopefully, they noticed the food and will inform their friends.

On my way into Ada this morning, I saw this white-crowned sparrow on a gate. 

This guy was on at the other end of the same gate. This shot was taken through a dusty windshield, so it isn't very clear. I'm not sure what kind he is, but believe him to be a Harris's Sparrow. Anyone know if this is correct?

I'm fairly proud of this Red-tailed hawk shot. I chase them all the time, but rarely get a good pic. 

Linking to The Bird D-Pot 

Below is a barn full of hay.

 Linking to The Barn Collective

Friday, December 15, 2017

Horse Critters

Sleepy found a particularly tasty spot of grass in the far corner of the pasture. As he was chewing a strange sound reached his ears. His head shot up. "Bo, did you hear something?" Bo continued grazing. "I think it was that new food fella calling us up to the round pen." All chewing stopped so he could hear more clearly. "Yes! That's him. Come on! I bet he wants to give us a treat."

Sleepy took off, barely missing Bo as he charged past.

Bo, Dylan, and Little Bill were not far behind.

Sure enough, the new food man was passing out treats.

Life is good.

Linking to Saturday Critters

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thursday Fences and Doors

While driving the back roads, although mainly looking for birds, I often get to see other critters. These beauties just happened to be behind a fence, so I didn't have to worry about them running out in front of the truck. They stopped long enough for me to snap a couple of pictures...

...and then ran away.

And while we are on the subject of deer, this pretty lady wasn't behind a fence. Last evening I came up over the crest of a hill, probably driving a little faster than I should have been, when two deer jumped out in front of me. I slammed on the brakes. Good thing they were in good working order or DC wouldn't have been happy with a dent or two in the front of his beloved truck. One made a u-turn and the other went on across the road. Knowing they usually stop and turn around to satisfy their curiosity, I drove slowly past a clump of brush. There she was, posing for her portrait.

Linking to  Fences Around the World

I haven't been looking for doors recently, but last summer I did take a picture of these doors at Lincoln Log Cabin Historical Site in Illinois. 

Yesterday, I stopped to take a picture of this dilapidated building. I thought it was a barn, but after downloading the picture I believe it is a house. Check out the two doors on the side.

Linking to Thursday Doors

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

For the Birds

I spend quite a bit of time traveling the back roads searching for birds. I'm finding birds I don't normally see in my home state of Illinois. All of these birds are from my trip to the grocery store while spending time in Oklahoma. Yes, it takes me about twice the normal drive time. 

I think I have them identified correctly, but if you disagree, please let me know.

Loggerhead Shrike 

American Kestrel 

Eastern Bluebird (male) 

Eastern Bluebird (female) I do see these birds in Illinois, but in the summer, not the winter months.

Ring-necked Ducks

Wild Turkey

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

Linking to The Bird D-Pot -

Monday, December 11, 2017

A Chair and a Tree

I love these old shell chairs. They were sturdy and still comfortable, especially with a cushion tossed in the seat. Sadly, this one has rusted so much it is rickety and unsafe, prone to falling backward. Thus it is propped against the tree.

Linking to Tuesday Treasures

Sunday isn't a day of rest when there is work to be done. This tree was cut down and will be used for fire wood. A rancher's work is never done.

Linking to Our World Tuesday


One of the amazing murals in Buffalo, WY where we went for Longmire Days.

Linking to Monday Mural 

Sunday, December 10, 2017


I found these barns on my recent drive around the countryside - Oklahoma.

Hiding in the trees.

Behind the gate.

Turquoise barn? Really?

Back to the normal red.

Linking to The Barn Collective


I'm back again. After some problems, internet is now up and running. I have been driving the back roads looking for birds. Haven't been able to get too many shots, but I keep trying. 

In Illinois, most of the birds enjoying my feeders are sparrows. Mostly house sparrows. Some think of them as a nuisance, but I like them.

I believe I have identified this little guy correctly, but if you disagree, please let me know. Oklahoma is their winter range. 

White-crowned Sparrow

He doesn't look to happy in this shot. 

Linking to The Bird D-Pot -

Monday, November 27, 2017

Treasures in Our World

This will be my last post for a while. At least until I can find an internet provider. Packing up and going to Oklahoma for a few months. 

While enjoying a drive through the countryside, found this abandoned truck. Looks like it has been there a while.

Linking to Tuesday Treasures

This is a building in Allen, OK. I believe it is slowly becoming a place for artwork. I absolutely love the rusty siding.

Linking to Our World Tuesday

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Barns and Birds

I drove by this barely there barn several times. The first time, it was overcast and the horses were nowhere to be seen...

...but the next week, there were grazing in the foreground.

Linking to  The Barn Collective

These pictures were taken in the spring in southern Oklahoma. Anyone know what it is? 

Linking to The Bird D-Pot -

Friday, November 24, 2017


We first met Rusty in 2016. He was an orphaned calf rescued and bottle fed by CE, a friend of ours in Oklahoma. She raised him to a full grown steer and too soon it was time to sell him. That's how ranch life is. No matter how much you might like an animal. You can't let your heart keep the ranch from being profitable. 

This is the handsome Rusty.

He didn't know what was going on, but he seemed to know something was up. Look closely at this picture. Is that a tear in his eye?

Rusty didn't cause a fuss. He walked easily into the trailer, ready for his trip to the sale barn. Goodbye Rusty. 

Linking to  Saturday Critters

It's Friday

I'm posting for the meme Friday Hunt for the first time. These are the items to hunt for this week.

1. Starts with U
2. mosaic/collage
3. “I ate this”

U is for Ukulele. I took my granddaughter's senior pictures and since she is an accomplished musician, she posed with all of her musical instruments. Lucky for me, the Ukulele was one of them.

Mosaic/Collage. I didn't have anything readily available for mosaic, but do have a collage of my old pics. Yes, pics of me from age 3 months through 16 years.

I ate this. Well, in actuality I didn't eat all of this, but I certainly sampled everything. Plus the mashed potatoes and noodles which were not ready when this pic was taken. Yes, I was ever so full! It was a fun Thanksgiving day. 

This was a fun meme. Think I'll try it again.

Linking to   Friday Hunt

I asked for direction to a fence meme and received a reply. Tom The Backroads Traveler gave me a link to Fences Around the World, so am linking up. Thanks Tom!

This fence is near Tupelo, OK. It is the fence along the property where we will be spending the winter. 

Linking to Fences Around the World

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Preparations

I'm combining a random post along with Thursday Doors since I won't be on the computer tomorrow. This is my door for this week. It is the side of an old building in Allen, Oklahoma.

Linking to Thursday Doors

Now on to my random post. When asked which food he looks forward to on Thanksgiving, my youngest grandson replied, "Noodles." I agree with him. My mother-in-law made the best noodles. Unfortunately, none of my grandkids ever experienced my mother's and mother-in-law's expertise in the kitchen. My noodles are pretty good, but my mother-in-law's were the best.  

I also love the cobblers my mom used to make. Her cobbler was not like we think of cobblers today. Her cobbler was basically a pie made in a 9 X 13 pan. Both a top and bottom crust. Her crust was the best I've ever tasted. She tried to teach me to make it on more than one occasion, but she didn't measure anything. She kept a large bowl of flour in the cabinet and only uncovered and brought it out when she made pies. She would make a well in the center of the flour, add lard (in later years, Crisco), salt, and water, and then proceed to knead the dough 'until it feels right'. Sadly, I wasn't ever able to figure out when it felt right. No food will ever taste as good as my mom's or my mother-in-law's. Still, every year, I give it the old college try.

Today I made noodles. Daughter is hosting, so she will have the chicken and broth ready. I'll finish them up when I get there.

I also baked a peach cobbler, made from the peaches from the tree in my back yard. And a pie to keep at home for later. In the oven at 400 degrees for 50 minutes.

I forgot to put a tray underneath to catch spills, but it was all good. Only a small puddle and it didn't smoke up the kitchen. Thank goodness! If it had DC would have brought it to my attention. He loves to tease. Below is the finished product.

Not all that pretty, but maybe tasty. Hope your holiday cooking is perfection. Happy Thanksgiving!!!