Saturday, October 23, 2021

A blast from the past!




Bobby Freeman


Well, do ya wanna dance and-a hold my hand
Tell me I'm your lover man
Oh baby do ya wanna dance
Well, do ya wanna dance and make romance
Squeeze me all through the night
Oh baby do you wanna dance
Well, do you wanna dance under the moonlight
Squeeze me all through the night
Oh baby do you wanna dance


Well, do ya wanna dance and-a hold my hand
Squeeze me if I'm your man
Oh baby do you wanna dance
Well, do you wanna dance under the moonlight
Squeeze and kiss me all through the night
Oh baby, do you wanna da-ance
Well do ya wanna dance and-a make romance
Kiss and squeeze umm yeah
Do you waanna dance

Well, do ya wanna dance and-a hold my hand
Squeeze and tell me I'm your lover man
Oh baby, do you wanna dance
Yeah, do ya wanna dance under the moonlight
Squeeze and hug me all through the night
Oh baby, do you wanna dance
Well, do-ya do-ya do-ya do-ya
Wanna dance
Do-ya do-ya do-ya do-ya
Wanna dance
Do-ya do-ya do-ya do-ya
Wanna dan-ance




Friday, October 22, 2021

Friday Night Steam



A real workhorse!!







The origins of the Climax are credited to Charles Darwin Scott who worked at sawmills located in Spartansburg, Pennsylvania. Around 1878 he began experimenting with his geared-locomotive design that could be put to practical use in logging applications, similar to the Shay which was first sold in 1880. After believing he had a useful design, Scott decided to market it to the Climax Manufacturing Company whose plant was located less than 10 miles away in Corry, Pennsylvania (the company was soon renamed as the Climax Locomotive Works after it began producing locomotives on a large-scale basis). A prototype was completed in March of 1888 and sold to Imel, Powers & Shank who had logging operations near Scandia, Pennsylvania at Hodge Run in Warren County.


More information on the Heisler steam engine can be found here:


ALCO #17 - Rod Locomotive 

(MIKADO 2-8-2T)

Soon after delivery of the locomotive to the Crossett Western Company of Wauna, OR in 1929, much of the Crossett timber lands were involved in the series of major forest fires known as the Tillamook Burn. The little saddle tank engine worked throughout the 1930’s and early 40’s hauling out the salvaged timber from the burn.
In 1942 the locomotive was sold to the Hammond Lumber Co. of Samoa CA. and renumbered as #17.  Once again fire played an important role in it’s life when, in 1945, a large fire burned out a series of trestles while the locomotive was sitting in a woods logging camp known as “The Gap” It was determined that the cost to rebuild the trestles was too great and #17 was left sitting in the middle of the camp unused for years.
In 1965 a local mill owner named Gus Peterson purchased #17 from its current owner Georgia Pacific.  Mr. Peterson built a road into the old campsite, dismantled the engine and trucked it out piece-by-piece.  Mr. Peterson quickly went to work reassembling and restoring her to operation. On September 27, 1966 #17 operated under her own power for the first time since the forest fire of 1945 and for the next few years operated on Mr. Peterson’s tourist line known as the Klamath & Hoppow Valley RR.
The gasoline shortages of the 1970’s spelled the end of the Klamath & Hoppow Valley and the #17 was mothballed again. In 1980 it, along with 2 other locomotives were sold to Tacoma lumberman Tom Murray Jr.  Mr. Murray had the 17 disassembled and shipped by truck to Tacoma, WA. and then sent on to the shops of the Mount Rainier Scenic RR.
During the 80’s the #17 sat outside the shops while restoration work on other locomotives progressed.  Work finally began in 1994 and finally in January 1995 a fire was lit in the #17’s boiler and she joined the other operating locomotives of the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad. To this day she is a mainstay of the summer operations of the Railroad.















Today's funny :o)



Getting bolder.....

They are coming closer to the deck now:





 The didn't get this one!


 Just some nice popcorn clouds:








 A pretty tree:





 Bella eating hay:

 Mr. Handsome:



 Watching over his girls:



 Time to go back to the pen:


 All in!






Wednesday, October 20, 2021

A really, really unusual.....

 ...... musical instrument!!!!




Mouth Organ
The khene is a Lao mouth organ whose pipes, which are usually made of bamboo, are connected with a small, hollowed-out hardwood reservoir into which air is blown. The khene is the national instrument of Laos. The khene music is an integral part of Lao life that promotes family and social cohesion and it was inscribed in 2017 on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Today associated with the Lao people of Laos and Isan, other similar instruments date back to the Bronze Age. In Cambodia, it is used among the ethnic Lao population of the province of Stung Treng and is used in lakhon ken, a Cambodian dance drama genre that features the khene as the premiere instrument. In Vietnam, this instrument is used among the Tai peoples and the Muong people. The most interesting characteristic of the khene is its free reed, which is made of brass or silver. It is related to Western free-reed instruments such as the harmonium, concertina, accordion, harmonica, and bandoneon, which were developed beginning in the 18th century from the Chinese sheng, a related instrument, a specimen of which had been carried to St. Petersburg, Russia.


Today's funny :o)



Added wild river. Press backspace to remove.
The Lone Ranger and Tonto walked into a saloon and sat down to drink a beer.

After a few minutes, a big tall cowboy walked in and said "Who owns the big white horse outside?"
The Lone Ranger stood up, hitched his gun belt, and said "I do....why?"

The cowboy looked at the Lone Ranger and said, "I just thought you’d like to know that your
horse is about dead outside!"

The Lone Ranger and Tonto rushed outside and sure enough, Silver was ready to die from heat exhaustion.
The Lone Ranger got the horse water and soon Silver was starting to feel a little better.

The Lone Ranger turned to Tonto and said, "Tonto, I want you to run around Silver and see if you
can create enough of a breeze to make him start to feel better." Tonto said, "Sure, Kemosabe" and took
off running circles around Silver.

Not able to do anything else but wait, the Lone Ranger returned to the saloon to finish his drink.

A few minutes later, another cowboy struts into the bar and asks, "Who owns that big white horse outside?"
The Lone Ranger stands again, and claims, "I do, what's wrong with him this time?"

"Nothing, but you left your injun runnin!"




A pretty.....

..... sunrise:


The flowers are starting to bloom on the front steps:


Hubby getting tid of the leaves:


He did a good job!



A beautiful, cloudless blue  sky:


The boids hang upside down to get at the sunflower seeds:


Damn deer ate my yellow rosebud:


A snack for the gang: Celery and hard boiled eggs: