Monday, February 27, 2023

Have YOU ever.....

 ..... see a billboard like this??????

So coooool !!


Today's funny :o)

 H/T to Gary!



 Was critter busy in Coopville!

The first ROBIN!!!!!!!

A bear came by and knocked over our grill:

And put a hole in the cover with one of his claws:

Lots and lots of grackles:

And, of course,the damn deer:


Friday, February 24, 2023

Friday Night Steam

 Wow!! Just wow!

There is a train track in the middle of a freeway in California, the Freeway is called Interstate 10 and the train is the Santa Fe 3751 Steam Train, built in 1927. After researching this topic is seems fairly common in America for putting rail lines in Highway medians, down middle of freeways or even down the main streets on a small town. But I still found it interesting as it looks so close to the cars on the Freeway.

Built in 1927 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, 3751 was Baldwin's and the Santa Fe railway's first 4-8-4. It had a Santa Fe 5-chime freight whistle mounted on it. Tests showed that 3751 was 20% more efficient and powerful than Santa Fe's 4-8-2 3700 class steamer, which at the point was Santa Fe's most advanced steam locomotive. In 1936, the engine was converted to burn oil. Two years later, the locomotive was given a larger tender able to hold 20,000 gallons of water and 7,107 gallons of fuel oil. 3751 was also present at the grand opening of Union Station in Los Angeles on May 7, 1939 pulling the Scout, one of Santa Fe's crack passenger trains as it arrived from Chicago. It was the first steam locomotive to bring a passenger train into LAUPT. In 1941, along with other 4-8-4s, 3751 received major upgrades including: 80-inch drive wheels, a new frame, roller bearings all around, and more. That same year, it achieved its highest recorded speed at 103 mph. It continued to be a very reliable working locomotive until 1953, when it pulled the last regularly scheduled steam powered passenger train on the Santa Fe to run between Los Angeles and San Diego on August 25, this was its last run in revenue service. After that, it was stored at the Redondo Junction, California roundhouse in Los Angeles for four years before it was officially retired from the roster by the railroad in 1957, and in 1958 it was placed on display in San Bernardino.


In 1981, the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society was formed with intentions of restoring and operating 3751. Four years later, they achieved their goal when 3751 was sold to them with the condition that the SBRHS must restore and operate the locomotive. In 1986, 3751 was moved from its display to California Steel Industries, where it was restored at a cost of $1.5 million. In 1991, it operated for the first time in 38 years, running with two Santa Fe FP45s and 16 passenger cars on a four-day trip from Los Angeles to Bakersfield. Since then, it has been utilized for a large number of excursions and special trips as well as being on display at many events.


Today's funny :o)

 H/T to Donna!!


White stuff!!!




 The next day it was almost all gone:



 But lots and lots of bluebirds came for a visit:



 More signs of Spring popping up:


 Benji makes sure his girls go in first:

 He's such a good boy!


Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Do you believe in.....

 ....... "chemtrails" ?

I've been  documenting them for years and years. These were over Coopville the other day:

Not one of those planes showed up on FlightRadar. Not one!

Today's funny :o)





Boids, sunsets and...







 A very sleepy Kitty-Kat!





Monday, February 20, 2023

What to do with.....

 ..... Grandma's sterling silver:


Today's funny :o)




Not a lot going on...

 .... again!


Hubby washing the Jeepster:



Odd clouds:

 More flowers popping up!

 The gang running:

Benji started to get "frisky" the other day - the girls want nothing to do with him.....


Friday, February 17, 2023

Fiday Night Steam

Lets take a ride on a very special steam train!

Nevada Northern Railroad # 93






 Welcome Aboard!


 Lots and lots of info here:


Today's funny :o)







Let's go for a ride!

Time to make our monthly trip to get rid of the garbage!


 Yay! No traffic!


Soon this will be fields of the famous "Jersey corn":

Local gas prices:

 Lots and lots of birds at the dump:

Some old barns:

 While we have the truck out, will go for some hay:


 It's getting expensive!!!!!




 Going home:




 Hubby washing the truck:





Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Let's meet.....

 ...... a Vampire Squid!!!

(H/T to Terry!)

The vampire squid is a peculiar creature, with its deep red colour, icy blue eyes, and webbed tentacles. Vampire squid are remarkably well-suited for a life at these depths. The isolated environment around it has changed little in 300 million years, meaning there has been no selection pressure to drive any large-scale natural selection in the species. For now, it is evolution’s near perfect solution to the harsh, unforgiving environment of the oceanic deep. The vampire squid dwells in the mesopelagic zone of the ocean. Here, there may be less than 5 percent oxygen saturation and little or no light. But while most cephalopods cannot survive below 50% oxygen saturation, the vampire squid has found ways of adapting to these conditions, with a slowed metabolism that causes it to require very little oxygen to survive. When feeding, it rarely actively swims, but prefers to drift on ocean currents. By using this efficient method, the squid uses very little energy, which it saves up for times when it faces danger. In such instances, it can move swiftly, using powerful jet propulsion while flapping its enlarged fins.


Today's funny :o)







Another pretty day!


 It was really quite nice outside - it wasn't windy for a change!



 Hubby was playing with one of his toys:



 Special treats: Oatmeal, mealy worm casings, finely cut pita bread and diced grapes!


 Just enjoying being out of the pen:



 Don't know what they are munching on - all the grass is dead back there:



 They ran when they saw me moving in with the camera!





Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Monday, February 13, 2023


                    ..... forgot to bring my camera home!  Will have posts on Wednesday!!!


Friday, February 10, 2023

Friday Night Steam

 We're off to Germany tonight!

More info here:


Today's funny :o)




A pretty...

...... sunrise:


Hubby playing with the wood pile:

 The gang's afternoon treats:




 Except for a few cold snaps, this Winter has been pretty mild:

 The forsythia is getting buds:




And so is this:

Spring flowers are starting to push through the dirt:



 And even an egg!

 A good day in Coopville!