Motocross and A Whole Lot More

Red Tailed Hawk in The Chicken Coop

You read that right… in the coop. You get use to the sound of the chickens making a racket over the slightest thing; announcing that they just laid an egg… the sun is coming up, there’s a dog in the yard… all the normal, everyday stuff. This sounded different though. There was some panic to it. And with good reason.

Seems the cold days of winter have made finding food a bit more difficult for wild life. I had noticed the red tailed hawk circling above just the day before. It’s nothing new, but this time it was a bit lower in the sky and it was being harassed by a much smaller bird. It flew off to the west and I didn’t give it anymore thought.

Our coop is inside the barn and fully enclosed with chicken wire, top to bottom. It’s doubled up with 1″ chicken wire on the bottom 3 feet for added protection to keep out the raccoons and skunks. There is a run for them to get outside and enjoy when they can’t free range. Plenty of room for all 25 of the girls. Not only is it fenced in 8 feet high, it has a couple of strands of electric fence around it to also help keep them safe from the critters who love the taste of chicken. Doesn’t everyone? There are also strands of wire strung across the top of the run every 18″. Just enough to foil the wingspan of aerial predators… or so we thought.

Seems this raptor had been checking out the “Stacy Homestead Restaurant” and found his way through those wires and into the run. He wasn’t even fazed by the plastic owl with the head that swivels in the wind. Now I don’t know the first things about birds of prey other than, don’t mess with them. This guy was thrashing around in the coop when I walked into the barn and once he saw me, he began to guard his dinner, wings spread wide, as you can see the the photo gallery below.

Memories of a Great Competitor

Yes, this was over 40 years ago, and the game has changed a lot in those years, but the game is still about will, and heart, and desire. It’s about taking people from diverse backgrounds and getting them to work as a team, to work for a common goal.

Chicago Bears

I have to say, this has been the most fun we have had as Bears fans in many years. The arrival of Matt Nagy in Chicago has been a
breath of fresh air. We were able to go to three of their games this season, which we have never done. We attended two games in Chicago (Patriots and Rams) and we made the six hour drive to for the game against the Bills and we had a great time at all of them. The tailgate scene in Chicago is fantastic and the fans in Buffalo were hilarious.

Does Windchill Affect Your Car?

This guy does a good job of explaining wind chill and it’s affect on your vehicle.

Are colored eggs more nutritious than white eggs?

Eggshell color does not change nutrients in the egg. The color of the shell is simply decoration and is determined by which breed of chicken you own.
A little known fact: You may be able to tell the shell color by the hen’s earlobe. Hens with white earlobes typically lay white or lightly tinted eggs. Hens with red earlobes most commonly lay brown eggs.
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We spent the afternoon at Tanglewood seeing Steve Martin and Martin Short. Plenty of laughs. After, we drove over to Camp Becket to relax by the lake. Summer is over and the sounds of youthful exuberance is gone with it. Calm, quite, and relaxing.

“Did you win 5 Superbowls too?”

Peyton Manning is spending retirement learning new activities while making new friends — and enemies — at Sunset Acres Village.
It’s 2 o’clock somewhere.

Responsibility in Business

A tip of the hat to the owner and staff at The Gardner Ale House in Gardner, MA.  It helps the environment and it helps the farmer.

Game Cam June 2018


2018 Family Reunion

We have been discussing doing this for years. After every funeral for a family member we would gather and say “You know, we need to get everyone together for something other than a funeral“. The family has expanded and many of the younger generation don’t even know who their cousins are. Hey, life goes on, people move; it just happens. Well this spring four of the cousins got together at a local watering hole and we finally set a date.

Mother nature didn’t look to be very helpful as we watched the forecasts all week, but once the party started the rain stopped and the sun peaked out from behind the clouds. Thanks to everyone who attended and thanks to cousin Bob Bassett for kicking us in the butt to finally do this. Hopefully we can carry it on at different locations.

View all the photos here.

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