#90789 Jul 10, 2013
Hey bird threaders. Hope you didn't get blown or washed away. Glad that we didn't much more than some t/l and heavy rain for a short period. Some lost power, but my area was spared. Grateful that I didn't have to loose my air. haha It was a HOT, HOT one before the storm.
For all the chicken lovers:
Abandoned chickens overwhelm nation's animal shelters
As urban farming has grown in popularity across the country, so have the number of chickens showing up at animal shelters. Hundreds of chickens are being abandoned each year from Portland, Ore., to Austin, Texas, to New York, as enthusiastic DIYers realize that chickens only lay eggs for a couple of years, but can live a decade after that. "It's the stupid foodies," said Mary Britton Clouse, who runs the Chicken Run Rescue in Minneapolis. She said people are often surprised that chickens can be noisy, attract predators or pests and sometimes require expensive veterinary care.
How sad. They will have to start a chicken rescue organization like they do for cats, dogs, and horses.
@Anne, you describe the perfect childhood. Although, I am an Army brat, whenever visiting my Grandma and Aunts/Uncles that is the first thing we would do. Run to see the chickens, cows, goats, hit the boat dock and jump as hard as we could to make the biggest splashes. We would lay under the stars (so much brighter in a dark sky not reflecting thousands of lights) on a blanket telling ghost stories and listening to the loudest crickets, frogs, owls etc. Catch grasshoppers during the day, digging up nightcrawlers for fishing and lightning bugs at night in jars. Run the paths in the woods and just smell the Earth. We loved it. I am so glad we did not grow up in a technical world. This generation has missed out on some good old fashion fun. We always loved it when Dad told he had some leave put in to take us to see our relatives. Thanks for sparking those memories. I have to go look at some great family pictures now.:)
#90790 Jul 10, 2013
A positive attitude that sure will keep you going;) I wish you better health and luck in love. Your heart sure is big; may you find someone to help build up the fires:) You can never be too old to court a good thing. Hehe.
#90791 Jul 10, 2013
I got mine going. Haven't seen any flies or wasp around so far. Everyone swears by it that goes camping as well.
It was siesta time for me too!
#90792 Jul 10, 2013
Hello AW, I agree about the hillbilly, I love being a Kentucky hillbilly now. I don't miss waiting in lines every morning trying to get into a military base, I am no longer in the country much with progress building up around me (time to move soon), I sipped Starbucks once and said nope, I love my homebrew coffee and it's cheaper, I will take plain coffee or tea. I have driven a BMW, no big deal, and once drove a brand new Corvette off the lot, drove it for a year, supreme automobile. I liked it better than the BMW. My favorite car was a 69 Camaro SS (wish I still had it). Those old muscle cars were built sturdy. Bring big bucks now. haha I stay with American auto companies like my Dad taught us. I have ridden on a mule. lol Don't remember it passing gas though. haha
Hope you didn't washed out from the creek. Our raised up a bit after going down from all the rain last week.
#90793 Jul 10, 2013
Love all that, but don't want to meet them first. lol
I won't eat anything but fresh eggs when I can get them. I save all my cartons for my egg man.:)
#90794 Jul 10, 2013
Love, hugs, and blessings to you Imposter. I am so happy you didn't buy the farm. GOD is clearly not done with you. I hope you find a widow worth courting. If I lived close by I would help you look. lol
There is no place like home...shack, trailor, apt, house, mansion.. doesn't matter. Just great to get home to, especially after a hospital experience. I am glad we didn't know until now. We would have worried ourselves into grey hair like we did lala last year. We kept up through email with her hubby. Prayers to you to recuperate fully and live long and prosperous. You are family now. We care. You now how we miss Una to this day. Last year he was just starting to mellow to our bird thread. haha Sure miss his funny post.
You take care now. Life IS good. Have a great evening.
#90795 Jul 10, 2013
We sure were glad you didn't buy the farm either.:)
Seen this today!
Louisiana Sinkhole Forcing Longtime Neighbors Away From Area
BAYOU CORNE, La.-- The sob is deep and exhaled on a frustrated sigh.
"I cannot stand this!" The words burst from Annette Richie and ping off the bare walls of the empty living room as her neighbors of 20 years, Bucky and Joanie Mistretta, recall happier times along Bayou Corne.
"I know, I know," Joanie Mistretta said, soothing her. "You come back now and it's just sad."
They were supposed to be planning camping trips, cookouts and potlucks. Instead, the Mistrettas, the Richies and many neighbors in the swampy Assumption Parish community are packing up decades' worth of belongings, chased from waterfront homes that were supposed to be retirement nests by a gas-emitting, 22-acre sinkhole less than a mile away.
The sinkhole, discovered Aug. 3, resulted from a collapsed underground salt dome cavern about 40 miles south of Baton Rouge. After oil and natural gas came oozing up and acres of the swampland liquefied into muck, the community's 350 residents were advised to evacuate.
Texas Brine Co., the operator of the salt dome, is negotiating buyouts of residents who have not joined lawsuits filed against the company. Texas Brine spokesman Sonny Cranch said 92 buyout offers have been made, with 44 accepted so far.
The Mistrettas, retired educators, are taking the buyout offer.
Richie, a high school literacy teacher, and her husband are part of a class-action lawsuit that's scheduled for trial next year. Both families have bought new houses, in Ascension and Assumption parishes. After two decades together in Bayou Corne, they won't be neighbors anymore.
"We just feel that this place is not ever going to be what it once was," said Bucky Mistretta. "It was just a beautiful, pristine place on the bayou. And now that's gone, and we just don't feel safe about what's underneath us."
Residents who want to stay are wrestling with the same fears as their fleeing neighbors: Is it safe? Will the slow-growing sinkhole undermine the area's infrastructure, including Louisiana 70? And will the natural gas bubbling to the surface on the bayou accumulate in confined spaces and cause an explosion?
Although parish officials have said they don't think either will happen, they are monitoring both issues.
#90796 Jul 10, 2013
Gas has been detected under at least four homes on the north side of the community, but the levels were low, said John Boudreaux, director of the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
Officials expect the sinkhole area to stabilize once debris fills the void created by the collapsed cavern. However, the land has continued to shift and the hole has continued to grow.
A salt dome is a large, naturally occurring underground salt deposit. Companies drill on the dome's outskirts to create caverns in which to extract brine that is used in the petrochemical refining process, or for storage of such things as hydrocarbons. Officials say a cavern was being mined too close to the edge of the Napoleon Salt Dome, which caused the "unprecedented" side wall collapse.
The state fined the company $260,000 last year for its slow response in following state directives to build a containment berm around the sinkhole and to install air monitoring devices in homes.
Dennis Landry, a 20-year property owner who developed and sold the lots in his subdivision and who owns a boat launch business that fronts Sportsman Drive, is staying put despite the sinkhole.
"It's hard to leave a beautiful little bayou paradise unless you feel it's absolutely necessary, and thus far, we're just hanging on," he said. "We go to the meetings. We get daily reports. We check the blog for any information. We have gas monitors inside of our homes. We just take it day by day."
Louisiana Highway 70 divides this pint-sized community of trailers, wood and brick homes. The south side is newer, sports an upscale subdivision of 22 houses and has Bayou Corne flowing through the backyards.
With street names like Crawfish Stew, Sauce Piquante, Bream Street and Sportsman Drive, it's clear that the bayou flowing through en route to Lake Verret is the main draw for many of the residents. Boats and campers are a fixture in most driveways, whether paved concrete or a bed of rocks.
The "no trespassing" signs in many yards, however, are new.
After 26 years, Kenneth Simoneaux said he is ready to leave his acre of lush land bordering a narrow canal that empties into Bayou Corne. He and his wife are living in a 29-foot camper trailer in what he calls "a concrete village" in nearby Pierre Part.
"I never thought anybody could push me to the point where I would actually be ashamed to admit where I live," he said, sitting on a folding chair outside his trailer. "I was so proud of my home. I'm lost."
Landry lives on the south side of the highway and thinks a majority of the residents in the subdivision don't want to move. A few, mainly those with young children, will probably leave, he said.
The close-knit, peaceful and family friendly community will change, Landry said. No one knows yet what will become of the vacant, bought-out property. Will houses be torn down and made into green space? Will they be occupied or left vacant?
Cranch said Texas Brine hasn't decided what will become of the properties it buys.
#90797 Jul 10, 2013
"Unfortunately and sadly enough, I think we are going to witness the partial destruction and elimination of a wonderful little community here on the bayou," Landry said.
Describing the house, friends and community she will leave behind, Richie said, "It's like a funeral."
While the parish has issued an evacuation order based on safety concerns, officials are not forcing anyone to leave. But they have informed residents of the potential risks, Boudreaux said.
"Everyone has a different risk tolerance," he said.
For Richie and the Mistrettas who live on the north side, it's the thought of the unexpected that's driving their decision to pack up and go.
"In a way, I guess we were lucky because we could have gotten swallowed up like that poor man in Florida did," Joanie Mistretta said, referring to 37-year-old Jeffrey Bush who was killed by a sinkhole last March. "And that's what we think could happen here."
The gas accumulation scares Richie. Monitors already have picked up the presence of gas under a slab house located across the street from her.
"Maybe nothing's ever going to happen. Maybe the ground is just going to start sinking below us," Richie said. "I can't stay with all those unknowns. It's like what's next?"
Check out the video lala..
#90798 Jul 10, 2013
spam those icons troll...hahahaha
#90800 Jul 10, 2013
storm passed through here about 5 pm but no damage except power loss for a few minutes. I don't have a/c so that did not matter and besides there was nothing but junk on the tv anyways. I did get my chickens back up before it got real bad except for 2 little guys. They kept running around and around the building in the rain but would not go through the door. LOL
My smaller chickens are funny. They gather up right under my feet and if I am wearing sandals, they peck my toes and if I have regular shoes on they untie my shoe laces. Sometimes I step on their feet and they squawk but keep coming back for more.
#90801 Jul 10, 2013
I see the storm blew me to Berea instead of Lexington or Nicholasville LOL Close only counts in hand grenades and pitching horseshoes.
#90802 Jul 10, 2013
looks like the judge is Johnny-on-the-spot hitting my post that has only been up for 7 minutes. Sure glad I did not make them wait too long LOL
Maybe they are like my little chickens and squawk but keep coming back for more. LOL
“Is who I am”
Since: Aug 08
#90804 Jul 10, 2013
Some more rain and wind today, but it's gone now, and no harm done here. Going to be nicer tomorrow.
#90805 Jul 10, 2013
Two years within to study these 52000 year old cypresses. Quite an interesting story if the area is studied. I really hope the researchers get their grant before it's too late. The trunks' girth are around two meters around. Interesting find.
Raining intermittently in eastern Ky., temp. lower tonight. Steamy last night. Nice day as well as night.
Hopefully, the weather gets calm and stays that way for a while. The birds have been depleting the feeder faster than I can supply the seeds. They sure were creating a ruckus under the tree yesterdaynupon realizing there was no more food. Lol. Guess, they like easy pickings;)
#90806 Jul 11, 2013
Thanks for the well wishes folks. Like wolf said some never know how good they have it till its about over.
I can do without pork chops for breakfast and force down plain oatmeal...eat more grass (salad) I guess.
I had some fine neighbors welcome me home, they said the holler just wouldn't be the same without me causing trouble up in here....
Abeliever if you were one mile closer- my old international harvester might would make it there.
I intend to live life to the fullest while I can, hope you all do the same.
Stay away from that bacon! It'll kill you! But dang if it aint good.
Get out and do something fun today, I am going to sleep a little while longer and do just that.
#90807 Jul 11, 2013
It sounds like you have had the same issues as I did with having to stay off bacon and eating more grass. I traded the bacon for exercise including acquiring and reworking the old homestead and raising chickens and parking somewhere besides the front door at Walmart. But I have been at it now for 4+ years and life ain't all that bad. In fact LIFE IS GOOD. May GOD bless you just as HE has blessed me.
#90808 Jul 11, 2013
Goodness knows I've passed over this thread many times and tonite I'm so glad I didn't. I found out a good long time back it has more than "birds" in it and a while ago I got a ray of sunshine from it after reading all the blue-sad-and-bad news in all the other forums around here. Just wanted to thankx to all of you.
#90809 Jul 11, 2013
@Mississippi Man. I am a recent newcomer to this thread and much like you I past over this thread many times. It has its trolling problems, yes, but then that's part of life in general! Who among us hasn't had "foxes in the hen house" so to speak. Aggravating, but not boring! Lol
The bird threaders are a congenial group and seem to welcome all good posters. Be sure to stop by and let us get acquainted!
Btw, there's a few on here that love a great debate and love to bring spice to the table! Soooo, feel free to disagree!!! Lol
#90810 Jul 11, 2013
Big fat question from my corner::
While I have never lived in the hills and hollers of Kentucky I have been there several times. Now your neighbors said the holler wouldn't be the same without you.( is that a backhanded compliment?). So apparently you live in a holler. This IH you have, you actually have enough level space to do more than just turn it in circles? Maybe you have an empty house seat and have planted a garden? Lol
Okay, I'm being rude. My most sincere apologies.:-)
Good Morning to Everyone! It's a beautiful morning!!
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