Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

May you have a meaningful Christmas and safe New Year. May there be peace on earth and goodwill to all. See you all next year.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Remember Whensday - Outdoor Wednesday

I found this "old" 1946 wrecker waiting for a new coat of paint and a new life. I guess I should be careful about what I call "old."

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Tree of Life - MyWorld Tuesday

I call this the "tree of life" because of the twisted branches. To me the branches represent the various paths that can be taken in life - some twisted, some straight, but all of them reaching outward toward the future. I don't know what kind of tree this is. It has beautiful flowers in the spring and amazing red leaves in the fall. I often pass this tree while at work - and I always stop to contemplate it's structure. Enjoy!

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

MIchigan Lighthouse - SkyWatch Friday

Michigan is surrounded on three sides by 4 of the 5 great lakes. We have 3,288 miles of shoreline. We have a lot of freighter traffic on our great lakes as long as the water isn't frozen. Because we are so far north we also have some terrific storms on the open waters which results in danger to the freighters. The lighthouses along our coastlines are becons of light and hope during the storms. This is just one of Michigan's 116 lighthouses which is located on the western coast of the lower pennisula. Have a great weekend.

P.S. For those of you who think this is a minature - enlarge the picture and check out the people on the left side of the photo to compare the size. Thanks for all your comments.

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The Answer

In their time these were quite the thing. These are plates that go into a planter to space out the seeds. You load the seed into a planter hopper - and these plates are at the bottom of the hopper. They go around as you move the planter and "somehow" only one seed is released for a certain distance that the planter travels. I am a visual learner - so I don't entirely get this or even how to explain it.

Each type of seed has a different size planter. These are for corn. Before this invention came about, there wasn't any way to automatically control how many seeds were planted at a time - unless you did it by hand. I believe these were used around the 1940's.

I liked this picture because of the texture of both the wood background and the old parts. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What is this? Remember Whensday

These were found hanging on the wall in the shop of an old farmstead - They haven't been used for years - and probably almost everyone who looked at them forgot or never knew what they are. When you leave a comment, take a guess. If nobody gets this right, I'll answer Friday morning. Thanks for stopping by.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Wind Power - MyWorld

This is an old windmill - no longer able to do it's job. The blades are missing as are most of the other moving parts. It used to bring water up out of the ground powered by the wind. I liked the way the sun hit the structure and then the dark dreary sky provided contrast.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

One Last Time - SkyWatch Friday

For some reason I am really resisting going into winter this year. It is upon us now, the wind is really blowing hard, the temperatures are in the teens (F), the skies have turned grey and cloudy - but taking this picture is still fresh in my memory. Standing on a country road, listening to the Canadian geese as they gather for their flight south - I think about the day when I'll be able to follow them. In the mean time, I'll be waiting for spring.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Mother Nature's Pearls - MyWorld Tuesday and Outdoor Wednesday

Mother Nature is truly amazing. Need I say more? Enjoy

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Water Over the Dam - SkyWatch Friday - Watery Wednesday

The influence of Henry Ford can be seen all over the world. But here in southern Michigan we have some special places. Henry Ford built many of these dams in small farming communities. He needed parts for his assembly line. So he built dams on the river, to generate electricity to run the small manufacturing plants. He hired local farmers during their off season. Everybody benefited. Farmers received money to help get them through their off season and Mr. Ford had the parts he needed built close to his assembly locations. Many are now recognized as historic locations and have been restored and opened to the public to enjoy them. This one is located in Dundee Michigan.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Good Old Fashion School House - Remember Whensday

Built in 1875. Currently being used as a private residence. That's a good thing - at least it isn't falling down only to disappear. However, I do wonder about the turquoise door. I went to a two room school house like this for grades K-6. Brings back a lot of memories - we had to walk to school, up hill, both ways, in all kinds of weather - for real!

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