Friday, April 29, 2011

Bird Watching

It has finally warmed up enough to go outdoors without freezing:). A few days back, while talking a walk around the property, I spotted two Great Horned Owls perched together in a tree. I had my camera and was able to take few pictures. I looked them up in my bird book when I got back inside and found that they are the top predators in their food chain, and will often kill and eat other owls and even skunks! Maybe that is where half the cats on the farm have disappeared too!

Right as I was taking this picture the other owl flew away and just missed being in the shot.

Close up. They have incredible hearing as I was quite a distance from it when I made a small noise and it immediately turned to look at me.
Bird Facts:

Voice: Series of hoots, also screams, barks, and hisses; female higher pitched.

Nesting: Old stick nest, in tree, exposed cavity, cliff, human structure, or on the ground; 1-5 eggs; 1 brood; January-April

Feeding: Hunts mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, insects; mostly nocturnal.

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Neatest High Chair

We were in need of a high chair so a few days ago my husband brought home this one which he bought at a Amish furniture store. I think he did a great job picking it out:)! I had never seen one quite like it and because it's solid wood it should hopefully last for years. Isn't it neat?

It scoots right up to the table instead of having a tray.

When the little one is done eating, you can turn the chair onto
it's back and it becomes a rocking horse for them to play in. :)

Or, if you turn it the other way it becomes a child's desk:).
I think it's a pretty neat high chair, and am thankful to have it!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Flour Tortillas

I wanted to try making tortillas for awhile and finally did it a few nights ago. It was simple and they turned out good:). I did find that they should be rolled quite thin before cooking otherwise they tended to be a touch "doughy".

Flour Tortillas

3 ½ cups flour
1 tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
½ shortening
1 cup hot water

Mix together the flour, salt and baking powder. Cut in the shortening.

Slowly add the hot water until you get a dough like consistency.

Knead dough for three minutes.

Cover and let rest for 15 minutes.

Take a piece of dough (how much depends on how big you want your tortilla) and roll into a circle.

Place in a hot pan and flip when you see small air pockets form. Keep a eye on it as it can burn quite fast. Flip one more time when it starts to puff up. Enjoy with your favorite fillings:).

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bless the Lord My Soul!

"What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me?"~Psa. 116:12

"Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing."~Psa. 107:22

He loads us with His benefits
Until no want we know,
And then He sends a little more
That makes our cup o' erflow;

He opens wide His hand of love
He gives no stingy dole
His tender mercies crown our days
Oh bless the Lord, my soul!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Cars vs. Computers

For those who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives. This is an old joke (Bill Gates actually never said this), but I thought it was humorous.

At a computer expo, Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and said:

‘If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.’

In response to the comments, General Motors issued a press release stating: If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

1. For no reason whatsoever, you car would crash…. Twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive, but would run on only five percent of the roads.

6. The oil, water temperature and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by single ‘This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation’ warning light.

7. The airbag system would ask ‘Are you sure?’ before deploying.

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

9. You would have to press the ‘Start’ button to turn the engine off.

10. When all else fails, you could call ‘customer service’ in some foreign country and be instructed in a foreign language how to fix your car yourself.