Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Coffee Time

My husband is sort of retired! What I mean by sort of ......is that he is his own boss now. Most of the time he comes and goes on his own schedule, keeping time for the most important things. He leaves the house every morning at 7 am "not to go to work" but to go to the local coffee shop! Need I say more......! Yes that is where we learn of all the things that are going on in this town and others. You wouldn't believe all the news he comes home with and a lot of it turns out to be true. There is a bigger group at the coffee shop but within that group is the "core group".

The "core group" has gone on many a field trip. They have gone to Greensburg after the tornado to the John Deere dealership open house, you can take the man off of the farm but not the farm out of the man. They have also gone to the Lowen Corporation, a powder coating place in town, Hutchinson water treatment facility, a furniture manufacturing place in Ness City, Maxwell Wildlife Refuge (on a very snowy day they sold buffalo), and a few others I can't think of right now. The point is...even if you still work you can start the day with coffee, laughter and step out of the box occasionally. Truth be known I'm a little jealous.

Being sort of retired also means he can donate of his time and he does. I'm proud of him for volunteering to help where he can.

So if you have some odd jobs that need doing you can call him and they will get done just don't expect him to be there between 7 and 8:30 am ;-)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Katelyn and the Eagles

Last Friday at work I got an email from my sister-in-law about the Eagles in Iowa. It was very interesting and fun to watch at times. This week-end we went to Oakley to our son's home. I was showing our grand-daughter, Katelyn, the live feed of the eagles she was very interested and watched on and off all week-end. After we got home from Oakley Sunday afternoon I was looking at the live feed myself and the daddy eagle flew into the nest with a bird he brought for a meal. The mommy eagle that had been on the nest got up to eat and then you could see the two eaglets that had hatched already. There is still one egg that looks cracked but has not hatched yet. I called Katelyn to see if she happened to be watching the eagles at the time but they had gone out to eat. When they got home she called me and was excited because both the parent eagles were there again. This time it looked like there was a fish in the nest with the bird and rabbit that had been meals earlier. There have also been times when we watched the mommy eagle feed the eaglets.

When the mommy eagle has set there as long as she wants she calls for her mate to replace her and if he doesn't come right away she goes looking for him. He then comes in and sits until her time out is over.

Katelyn emailed a link to her teacher and was anxious to talk to her teacher Monday to see if she saw the eagles, she was going to write about the eagles in school this week. Katelyn loves animals and I wouldn't be surprised if she would choose to be a vet someday.

The Raptor Resource Project is sponsoring a live feed of a nest in northeast Iowa where three eggs were laid in February. The first eagle started to emerge on Friday. The second hatched early Sunday morning and the third is expected anytime.

The Raptor Resource Project set up two cameras perched 80 feet high in a cottonwood tree where the mother eagle has her nest. The group says at such high resolution, viewers should be able to see cracks forming in the eggs before they hatch.

If you are interested in the live feed here is the link.
Decorah Eagles