Wednesday, July 30, 2008

July 30 NCTC We Be Jammin

Like most avid eagle cam watchers the NCTC fans were watching their
still and live cams hoping for one more glimpse at this years
young. What a surprise they had on their live feed this morning.
Here is what I saw as I brought up the BLOG to lurk a while from

Eagle-Eye's Sissy said...
OMG Paula. The eagles ARE jammin' to some reggae.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:38:00 AM

MITS said...
OMG, it sounds like Bob Marley, maybe the eagles went to Jamaica
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:39:00 AM

MITS said...
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:39:00 AM

paula eagleholic said...
Anyone else have reggae music??
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:40:00 AM

paula eagleholic said...
I guess that's a yes!!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:40:00 AM

Eagle-Eyed Sharon said...
Oh wow, this is too good! Love the music!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:41:00 AM

MITS said...

paula eagleholic said...
Now all we need are some eagles!!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:42:00 AM

paula eagleholic said...
Maybe they are jammin' above the nest!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:42:00 AM

MITS said...
probably sipping on Red Stripe as we speak.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:42:00 AM

Eagle-Eye's Sissy said...
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:43:00 AM

Eagle-Eye's Sissy said...
Good clear picture now, though.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:43:00 AM

Eagle-Eye's Sissy said...
Now all we need are 5 eagles with their heads bobbin' up and down!!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:43:00 AM

MITS said...
I e-mailed , Steve to thank him this a.m.'s concert from the nest
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:53:00 AM

Hedgie said...
Hey, I've got sound, too!! Steve...ask them to play "Ain't no
sunshine when you're gone" for our eagles!!

Floralgirl said...
I hope those eagles are not indulging in other Jamaican pleasures.
I don't see smoke coming from above the tree..
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:54:00 AM

paula eagleholic said...
I tried to get RP to show us the name of the album...but it says
there is no info for this album
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 10:37:00 AM

paula eagleholic said...
LOL, says the audio is coming from the nest...
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 10:38:00 AM

Somehow I do not think Liberty and Belle were nearly as surprised
as we all were.

Take a look at the Movie showing the making of Reggae Stars to

Thanks again to Sharon for hitting that record button while our
Eaglets were jammin. I am so glad to be able to share their
Premiere Performance with their greatest fans.

Trust Me when the movie is over click here as you are gonna want to watch this one too.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

It was a Derecho

It was 6 am on July 21 when I would be awakened by what I then assumed was another early morning summer thunderstorm. I heard the loud cracks of thunder and saw the sharp lightening. The storm was obviously moving very quickly right over head. The power went out and I heard what I thought was hail being pummeled against my bedroom window and side of house. I reached for my dog Dexter and just held onto and cuddled him until the storm had passed. It was pitch dark for a few minutes except for the vivid lightening which seemed to be almost in the room with us. I told myself its too dark to head for the basement and besides tornadoes do not happen at 6 am in the morning.

Well it wasn't a tornado. It was a derecho. A word I had never heard before and a storm I will never forget as long as I live. See links that follow Info about derecho From a local TV Meteorologist.
More facts about this very damaging kind of windstorm

While I waited for the storm to pass, little did I know of the damage that was occurring all around me. Link follows.. A 4 year old boy and his 9 month old sister who had just hours previously been enjoying a camping vacation with their family at a local campground; Dustin Steub, would lose his life that morning. His little sister Savannah remains on life support at a Peoria Hospital where she was taken after the storm.

Over 130,000 were losing their power and phone service for days. At first it looked like 72 hours and 480 plus utility workers were going to be enough to get us all fixed up. It didn't take long however to realize that the amount of trees down and utility poles and wires tangled together etc. were going to require much more help from Out of State Utilities and Tree Services. My Power was restored on Wednesday Evening by a crew from Michigan. My phone service was restored on Saturday evening by a Telephone worker from the Springfield Illinois area.

Foodstuff was beginning its eventual decline into spoilage and will in a few hours be thrown away in such quantities as to necessitate special collection bins around the city for sanitation purposes. Tuesday afternoon would find many a Freezer and Refrigerator empty. Folks preparing for their Monday morning commute would find that the traffic lights at the busy intersections all over the Quad Cites but especially the Illinois side would not be working. The streets would be covered with trees, limbs, utility poles and wires. Many streets would be totally closed.

Those who had had a busy weekend and needed to stop for gas on their way to work would soon discover there was no gas pumping going on at least not in Rock island or Moline. Grocery stores would tape off their frozen food section awaiting refrigerator trucks to come and load the frozen food items to avoid as much spoilage as possible. Generators would fire up and folks would dash between sirens (including myself) to get to batteries and ice to get through what we thought would be a long several hours and perhaps even a day or maybe two. Link follows Hospitals would go onto emergency generators to maintain critical patient care. All elective and non emergency care would be rescheduled.

Nightfall had an eerie kind of still and intense darkness about it. It was very warm and humid. I found myself propped in a lounge chair by the window where a small birdhouse had survived the storm. Sights and sounds of new life and birds caring for their young was a welcome relief. I yearned for a cool breeze. By midnight or so it was cool enough to get some sleep. I did stay out on my sofa as I had all the windows wide open and felt like I had a better sense of what was going on in the rest of the house form that room. I am not at all one to go to sleep with windows open even in the summer in the Quad Cities. The usual small percentage of jerks who prey on the hard times of others were in fact making themselves at home to several area businesses whose alarm systems etc had been compromised.

Tuesday would find it my turn to head to the shelter. I can not ever find a better group of folks to work with than those with whom I work. And when times get even tougher at a Crises can tell that the workers there also love their jobs and the folks they have come to serve. I could not even get down the street to the shelter which was quite a shock in broad daylight and I am glad I did not have to come in the dark. I found myself driving through a huge parking lot also littered with debris and past a car dealership whose huge front windows are also blown out and plywood has been placed in there temporarily. Pictures of the street the shelter is on are in the video. Several poles and a couple of trees still lie untouched some 30 hours later on Tuesday at 3:30 pm as I head to work. Utility Crews now number over 1000 from 9 states and these folks are working 16 hours on and 8 off trying to help us get up and running again. It is going to be a very long week. I left that night to head home with 2 shelter workers in place “womaned” with flashlights and a very hot shelter. Windows were open where safety would permit. Meanwhile I hoped to actually find my way back home without encountering trees or poles still in the streets now that pitch darkness had once again fallen on much of the Quad Cities for the second night in a row. I so wanted a nice cold drink, but found myself running water in the kitchen to try to get it a little colder and eating a banana. I sat down next to the birdhouse noises again with a candle and battery radio and prepared for my second night in the living room hoping for a cool breeze and no “neighborhood unwelcome visitors”.

As of Sunday Evening there are only a few hundred now without power. If you are one of those folks you have indeed had the most difficult week of all; Except for, a vacationing family from Springfield who places the funeral for Dustin on hold until they know more about the outcome for 9 month old Savannah. They have in fact had the most heart wrenching week of all. Info on donations to help this family will be forthcoming unless I can locate it before I publish this article. The Quad Cities is also organizing a benefit to help this family. For most reading this, the storm was a long way away from you. BUT the loss of one and perhaps 2 of your children does not fall far from the heart of anyone..especially a parent. If you are looking for someone to help and have the means I would encourage you to consider this family.
Want to Help?

Anyone wishing to make a donation to help the Stuebs family can do so at any Link follows Marine Bank branch in Springfield Illinois. Checks can be made to the Stuebs Family Benefit. Link on Marine Bank has address info.

Here is my storm video. It can be watched on Fullscreen if you click on go to you Tube. Many of the pictures here you will recognize to some degree if you have read the story here that proceeds the video.

Friday, July 25, 2008

July 21 6am The beginning of a very difficult week

So where have I been all week. Actually we have had a tremendous storm at 6 am Monday morning. I was without power until Wed evening and remain without phone. I am thankful for a neighbor who is willing to let me use their computer to upload a short picture video of only the surface of what we found when morning "broke" on Monday. I have many many pictures as the days have gone by and will make a longer story of life as it has happened this week in the Quad Cities once I get my phone service back.

Here are a couple of photos from my street and the video below starts with what I saw when I looked across the street to see how things looked after the storm which packed 100 mph winds had finally passed. I apologize for the blur of the first picture but I was shocked and grabbed my phone which did not work followed by my camera and Dex and I then headed out the door to see if the neighbors we both love so much were in fact OK after the storm.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Release of an Eagle a 3 part story

Watch her whole story in 3 parts.... below

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Monday, July 14, 2008

West End Eaglet Adventure

Well after a force fledge by a low flying plane and being dive bombed by a strange eagle once one of them could actually get back to the nest I am thrilled to say that today after 72 hours of adventure, both gals have made it back to the nest.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

I will always love you ...different than you might think

This one is too good not to share although its timing was somewhat difficult for me.

Another video click below
Thanks to Red for this link narrated by Dolly Parton

A third one you don't want to miss
Also thanks to MeMa Jo for this link to a beautiful song called Save the Eagle