Saturday, June 28, 2008

A visit with a three year old

A memory slideshow of my trip to Tucson this week. It may start automatically. If not, click on the first picture of Becky Eric and Elia's home. It will enlarge and you will see captions. From there you can choose slideshow and it will play for you OR you can choose next and watch at your own pace. Hope you enjoy, I know we surely had a great time.There is also a fullscreen option.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Life as it is happening: Flight to AZ coming up

If you don't know about Elia's Journey of Faith you can click here to see her story.

Next Monday June 23 I will be flying to see my Grandaughter Elia and of course her Mom and Dad too. My daughter has sent me the latest Airline rule changes so that I will be good to go. Here they are

Attendant: Welcome aboard Ala Carte Air, sir. May I see your ticket? > > Passenger: Sure. > > Attendant: You're in seat 12B. That will be $5, please! > > Passenger: What for? > > Attendant: For telling you where to sit. > > Passenger: But I already knew where to sit. > > Attendant: Nevertheless, we are now charging a seat locator fee of $5.> It's the airline's new policy. > > Passenger: That's the craziest thing I ever heard. I won't pay it. > > Attendant: Sir, do you want a seat on this flight, or not? > > Passenger: Yes, yes. All right, I'll pay. But the airline is going to> hear about this. > > Attendant: Thank you. My goodness, your carry-on bag looks heavy. Would> you like me to stow it in the overhead compartment for you? > > Passenger: That would be swell, thanks. > > Attendant: No problem. Up we go, and done! That will be $10, please. > > Passenger: What? > > Attendant: The airline now charges a $10 carry-on assistance fee. > > Passenger: This is extortion. I won't stand for it. > > Attendant: Actually, you're right, you can't stand. You need to sit, and> fasten your seat belt. We're about to push back from the gate. But,> first I need that $10. > > Passenger: No way! > > Attendant: Sir, if you don't comply, I will be forced to call the air> marshal. And you really don't want me to do that. > > Passenger: Why not? Is he going to shoot me? > > Attendant: No, but there's a $50 air-marshal hailing fee. > > Passenger: Oh, all right, here, take the $10. I can't believe this. > > Attendant: Thank you for your cooperation, sir. Is there anything else> I can do for you? > > Passenger: Yes. It's stuffy in here, and my overhead fan doesn't seem> to work. Can you fix it? > > Attendant: Your overhead fan is not broken, sir. Just insert two> quarters into the overhead coin slot for the first five minutes. > > Passenger: The airline is charging me for cabin air? > > Attendant: Of course not, sir. Stagnant cabin air is provided free of> charge. It's the circulating air that costs 50 cents. > > Passenger: I don't have any quarters. Can you make change for a dollar?> > > Attendant: Certainly, sir! Here you go! > > Passenger: But you've given me only three quarters for my dollar. > > Attendant: Yes, there's a change making fee of 25 cents. > > Passenger: For crying' out loud. All I have left is a lousy quarter?> What the heck can I do with this? > > Attendant: Hang onto it. You'll need it later for the lavatory.> > Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. > _________________________________________________________________

Monday, June 16, 2008

Life as it is happening

Flooding in the Quad Cities

Sunday, June 08, 2008

June 8 Alpha Eagle on the nest this am

If video says unavailable just give it a little while longer to process through You Tube. It is there just posting early to get to bed early tonight.

This is a 3 part story. It will make most sense if you watch all three videos and in order.

Video 1


Video 3

Friday, June 06, 2008

June 6 Evening Happenings at NCTC

June 6 NCTC Fledge update, Buddy Update, and time with the Loon Cam new baby

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Scenes from a Baby Loons fist day.

Enjoy watching the Loon cam here

A Fledgling returns to NCTC early this morning for breakfast.

An update on Buddy the Eaglet from Norfolk

Wildlife Center of Virginia
Bald Eagle Update
10:00 a.m. June 6

This report was filed by Dr. Dave McRuer, Director of Veterinary

Medicine at the Wildlife Center of Virginia:

The eaglet is back in good spirits again. After starting the

patient on a course of butorphanol (an opioid pain medication

offering the best known pain relief for birds), the eaglet is now

accepting food off the forceps, making force-feeding unnecessary.

The bird continues to be active in its enclosure. Just as if it

were in the nest, the eaglet defecates out the cage door, thus

keeping the nest clean.

We have taken the eaglet off its antibiotics and will be repeating

blood work today to assess the white blood cell count – an

indication of infection status. The bird continues to grow and

presently weighs 2.24kg – certainly up from the admitting weight of

1.02kg. The downy feathers have also been mostly replaced with the

first layer of contour feathers.

With regard to the pox lesion….it continues to shrink! The nostril

is still open and the surface of the mass is much drier and not as

raised on the most forward surface. Most encouraging is the fact

that the area within the mouth has receded and almost appears

normal. We are still planning on surgically removing the mass and

are waiting to hear back from potential surgeons.

Finally, we have received the results of our heavy metal and

organophosphate panels and I’m happy to report that all were within

“normal” limits. This likely indicates that these factors are not a

contributing cause to the bird’s infection.

Light a candle for Buddy here

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Can you relate to this

Wanda one of the Momsters from the NCTC cam received this email from her daughter after the first fledge of Pearl yesterday

Dear Pearl,

Please fly away and return my mother to ME ... you have had her attention long enough, I need her back now.

Thank you,

Fledge 2 with longer pre and post fledge activity.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

June 3 Branching Wannabees and the Fish That Wouldn't Let Go.

Branching Wannabees

The Fish that wouldn't let go

Monday, June 02, 2008

June 2 Lots happening

Lots of wingercizing...Oooopsie Daisy.......and Too Funny Ma Belle