Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I received this cam picture from Dave yesterday and thought it was so pretty with the evening sun shining on the deer. Thanks Dave for sharing your cam pictures for all of us to enjoy in the great wild outdoors.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
My youngest granddaughter, Emma, was 2 years old yesterday. I called and sung Happy Birthday to her and she told me she had a lot of balloons and presents. I was in Virginia for her very first birthday but could not make it this year. I'm a day late in posting about her birthday but I'm sure she had a wonderful day. As soon as her Mom sends me her Happy Birthday picture, I will post it. Happy Birthday Emma...Gran Gran loves you very much!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
"It must be thousand of them," said a hotel visitor as she pointed to trees drooping from the weight of the birds.
The purple martins have fascinated casino patrons for weeks, said Bess Averett with Ameristar public relations.
It's an awesome thing to see so many birds," she said.
For thousands to roost in one place is not unusual, said Bruce Reid, director of the Lower Mississippi River Region Audubon.
Through quite small, the purple martin is the largest North American swallow, which spends winters in South America and summers in the United States, said Reid.
They once nested in hollowed old trees, but because so much timer has been cut across the country, artificial gourds and birdhouses have been hunt in yards from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, he said.
We're eliminated their natural habitat," said Reid. "A lot of people provide housing for them in Vicksburg."
Averett said the birds roost at Ameristar each year for a few weeks before heading south.
Hotel visitor Veronia Lee of Magee said seeing the flock was "strange" and wondered where they had come from so quickly.
Averett said the birds cross the river from Louisiana around 8 each night and stay in trees there until about 6 a.m.
"They eat all day and roost all night," she said.
Last year, the birds roosted in trees near the hotel, but Reid showed hotel staff how to regain the property without disturbing the birds.
"We moved our Bradford Pear trees to the parking lot," said Averett. "We're trying not to interrupt their migrating habits."
They arrive in town in early February each year and migrate north to Canada, Reid said.
The birds finish nesting in Vicksburg around July 1 and congregate in groups before flying south, he said, by way of the Mississippi River corridor.
"They like the river environment," said Reid. "They prefer to feed on dragonflies and other large-body insects."
Averett said the casino has not had problems with the birds except for the property's appearance, which is keeping cleaning crews busy. (The Vicksburg Post)
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
My friend Dennis, who lives in Port Gibson, sent me this the other day and thought you would enjoy reading about something we call RULES. This came from his life-long friend, Fritz.
After Fritz graduated from high school, he followed in his father's and brother-in-law's career and he went to work for the Lackawanna RR in Hoboken. The only opening was for a locomotive fireman. The Lackawanna RR had diesel locomotives, by that time and he did not have to shovel any coal, (Thank Goodness), but they hauled a lot of the black dirty stuff. Remember there is no such thing as "Clean Coal". In the vein of this story, coal trains were the heaviest thing we pulled. The yard engines struggled mightily to pull them and they were scary loads to stop. We had to lay down a lot of sand on the rails and sparks would fly out of the diesel stacks going up grades. We started a few fires alongside the rails too. However, we would have been smart enough NOT to stop on a wooden bridge!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
"My motivation was obviously the scholarship money, but because I knew I would be more prepared" confidence came easily, said the 23-year-old Brookhaven native.
The new Miss Mississippi, who began singing at her church when she was 5, said she is hoping to take to the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas in January the same one she performed here last week and last year, "A New Life," but she will have to have it cleared by the national pageant's officials
Along with all the scholarships and perks that come with the crown, Tadlock said she is excited about the opportunity to promote her platform, music education for children.
"I firmly believe that when you involve a child in the arts, especially in music early on, it's going to have a profound impact on their educational opportunity later on," she said. "I feel every child should have the opportunity for that experience."
A 2008 Mississippi State University graduate, Tadlock plans to return to school to obtain a master's degree and some day teach English at the high school or college level.
She said she is unsure of which graduate school she would like to attend, but MS State is in her blood, having had both parents, grandparents and a number of aunts and uncles graduate from there.
The road to the 2010 Miss America competition has already begun for the 5-foot-4 blonde, who will be traveling back and forth from Brandon to Vicksburg for her preparations.
Looking back at her four years in the Miss Mississippi program, she said, "It's been a journey, but it's worth every step of the way." Congratulations Anna!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Rex and I drove by their beautiful lake with "Othmar" in view heading back to camp.
Spencer and Michael stacking wood from the fallen tree.
Rex starting to cut down a huge tree for firewood and to clear the roadway.
Trent bush hogging the field near the North Cornfield Stand.
Camo taking a break after running beside us on the gator!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Police say that the gang usually is comprised of four members, one adult and three younger ones. While the third younger ones, all appearing sweet and innocent, divert their "mark" (or intended target) with a show of friendliness, the four - - the eldest - - sneaks in from behind the person's back to expertly rifle through his or hers pocket or purse for any valuables.
Be on the alert!!!
Above is a recent attack captured on film.....
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Received some more cam pics from Dave in Indiana. At the top is a cute one of a fawn. Below Dave has the Doe saying, Hey, that's for my babies! He said he may have to go and grab his rifle and go sit in the woods....got to figure if it's legal or not though....by his count, they must have brought all the kin.