10-15-06 to 12-13-06
I'm sure we've done fun stuff since my last entry, but when I wait so long to write, it's
hard to remember.  Richard worked long days the last two weeks of October
getting a pad poured for the barn.  He was using our riding lawnmower, that had
been part of our purchase of the house, to haul gravel when he ran out of gas and
left it in the front yard.  It got stolen!!  Yeah, just a few days before Halloween some
jerk stole our lawnmower.  What a nice welcome to the neighborhood...
A week after our theft, Richard and my dad took off down to Texas, leaving me here
to be scared all alone in crime-ville.  While they were gone, I spent some quality
time with the goats, chickens and cats.   
Richard got back from TX and went right to work on the barn.  We wanted to get
it built before it got too cold.
Somewhere in the middle of all this, a friend got me started on MySpace.  I had
a lot of fun designing my MySpace and it, unlike whererv.com, is free.  It's not as
user friendly, but it is probably what I will go to when I close this site down.  You
can see my site by clicking here:  
www.myspace.com
Since my brother was in town for Thanksgiving, I took Nov. 22nd off.  This meant
I was now home in the daylight, so I saw a bunch of birds:
After a nice Thanksgiving, I was talking to my Granny on Sunday when I saw a
Pileated Woodpecker.  Of course it was gone before I got to my camera, but it was
HUGE!  I was amazed, and wanted to get a picture.  To entice him to come back, I
finally got around to hanging my bird feeders, then had to go off to work the next
day.  I would leave for work in the semi-darkness and peer out at the empty feeders,
and come home in the dark evening to stare at the empty feeders.  It took a while for
the birds to come visit, but we had freezing rain on Thursday, Nov. 30th.  I guess it
encouraged them to visit my feeders because when I got home from work I saw the
pellet gun and the camera by the back door, and I new immediately we had had
some bird-feeder action.  Of course, when interrogated about the necessity of the
pellet gun, Richard had to give me his rendition of "I shot the starling, but I did not
shoot the chickadee" a la Eric Clapton.  (He swears he didn't kill any of them, just
stung them a bit.)  He works the gun better than he works the camera, but he did get
a few good pictures:
I still have not seen the Pileated Woodpecker again, but I've captured many other
photos of Kansas City birds, all from my own backyard:
Since we had snow on the ground, we thought we would take that opportunity to try
to take family (more like "farmily") photos.  After many mishaps, we ended the day
with a chicken (Shirley) on the roof of the barn, and a chicken (Whitey) on the top of
the RV.  I guess they thought the higher they flew, the farther away from the snow
they would be.  Even the goats wouldn't come all the way out of the barn.  They all
miss the warm weather as much as we do.  (Nice looking barn though, huh?)
There
she is  
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She
finally
flew to
the barn
roof to
roost with
Shirley
and we
got them
down
when it
got dark...
Silly
chickens.
The
goats
thought
the snow
was
okay to
eat, but
not to
stand on.
The Bronson "Farmily"
Christmas Photos
On December 10th we celebrated our two year anniversary.  What an adventure it
has been so far.  I can't wait to see what's next!!  
Sam and Leroy,
having a serious talk
Grace and Bertha
waiting for the goats
to finish so they can
clean up
11/05/06:  A very pregnant Lips taking a break.  I like to call this
picture, "Lips Mountain."  She still has two months in this picture!!
American Robin
Blue Jay
White-Breasted Nuthatch
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Tufted Titmouse
Northern Cardinal
A Hawk
Hope
it's not
a
Chicken
Hawk!!
Mocking Bird-must have
followed us from Texas
I'm sure you
recognized the
cardinal pair above,
but this is a
Dark-Eyed Junco
Eastern Bluebird
Carolina Chickadee
American Goldfinch
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Better pic. of a Dark-Eyed Junco