Wednesday, February 1, 2017

#10FoundWords Feb 1 Hacking


Wildlife psychology teaches us how to imprint young to an area
Some doubted the program could succeed
Eaglets were captured and placed on a refuge
High atop a twenty foot tower in a hacking box
A 6 x 6 x 6 framework surrounded by screen wire simulated the nest

Staff concealed their identity with a coverlet
To become surrogate parents, actors in the narrative
Bravery urged them up the narrow ladder
Daily carrying food and water
Mainly fresh fish, never a chicken

As the Eaglets grew, they learned to fly
Practicing close to the nest, always returning
Finally it was time fledge
They soared high above, transcending the hacking box

Sometimes dipping in the pool of water to capture the freshest of fish

Monday, January 30, 2017

Eagle Day 2017

This weekend the public is invited to venture outdoors and view Eagles in the wild. This is the last of the scheduled Eagle Day events in Missouri for this winter. Viewing scopes will be focused on eagle nests at three sites, Lake Wappapello, Duck Creek Conservation Area and Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. We've been seeing pairs of nesting Eagles around their nests, so the odds of observing Eagles are high. 

Staff from the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, MO will present hourly live eagle programs featuring a Bald Eagle, Phoenix. 

At four other stations, naturalists will provide visitors with facts about wetland habitats, food webs, adaptations and successful attempts to restore Eagles to the area. The Visitor Center will have crafts, an Eagle video, and exhibits about the Bald Eagle. 

Participants can see a model hacking tower. It will be used to demonstrate how eaglets were raised on the Refuge in hopes they would imprint on the area and return to raise their young. Thirty-four Eagles were successfully hacked from 1981 through 1988. 

Call Mingo National Wildlife Refuge for specific information at 573/222-3589.

 Painting of a Bald Eagle by PJH

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Making My Mom's Potato Salad

I think this potato salad is similar to German potato salad. This recipe is not exact, but is tastes so much like my Mother's that I only make and eat this potato salad. Everyone loves it, even many who say they do not like potato salad. I usually make it for a crowd so that is what I have pictured (12 potatoes). 
To make a smaller batch, simply use half as much. Sometimes Mom would use left over mashed potatoes, but I never liked it as much as using the fresh boiled, chopped potatoes.
Boil the potatoes in their jackets, until tender when you stick a fork in them. This is enough for a large crowd. Boil equal amount of eggs (12) for 7 minutes, drain and set aside to cool.

Drain and set aside to cool.

The skins will come off easily. Scrape off the skin and cut into chunks.

I use an egg slicer to cut up the eggs.

Cut one way, turn a quarter turn and cut into smaller pieces. I didn't picture this but next you cut sweet pickles into small chunks.

Combine eggs, potatoes and pickles. Pour dressing on top of the mixture and stir.

Put in a clean bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour. I usually add pepper to the top. You could garnish with olives, red peppers, etc. My family likes it very plain, no onions or peppers.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Painting Flamingos in Flow

A while back a friend sent me a Ted Talk about 8 things happy people do. I watched it taking notes as it replayed. Most of the 8 actions were things I do, but one action stood out to me, it was to spend more time doing things in the state of flow. I'd not heard of flow but I recognized it. When our painting group gets together we are so focused on the task that time quickly slips from us. That is what I knew as getting in the zone or being present. Now I have a new term for that state. And I know one action that takes me there - painting.

I painted a group of flamingos, called a pat. I wanted to paint an individual flamingo, up close and personal. So I began looking for a picture of a single flamingo to paint. I found a picture from a nature calendar and tried painting these two in my 5x7 art journal.

Yesterday I found Clive 5sArt you tube video of one flamingo so I tried painting one flamingo. I was stoked to paint the flamingo, in the state of flow! Now I want to try it with a marsh background.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


It is life in a small town.
This is the 70th year for the Puxico Homecoming, sponsored by the VFW. Family and class reunions are planned, Main Street is blocked and filled with nightly carnival rides and games to keep the young at heart busy. Non profit clubs set up booths to offer chances on guns, a toy car, a toy tractor, quilts, or a tool box. A few politicians are allowed to have a stand. On the last night we stop at each booth and buy chances for these items. 

The first night begins with the contests to decide who will be Little Miss & Miss Puxico for 2016. This year honored all past queens. Mrs. Anne Smith was there to represent 1951, the picture shows winners from 1968, 1970, 1974, 1975 & 1980. 

I was a contestant in 1968 when I was 16. I remember feeling nervous and uncomfortable. I didn't get called back for a second walk around the stage. I didn't expect to win but I was disappointed. My family from Texas was visiting and they cheered for me. I remember what a difficult time I had trying to choose the clothes I wore afterward to walk up & down the midway. The whole night was an important event. Later I put the glittered fan with my number in a scrapbook and never entered another beauty contest.

The VFW Food stand includes BBQ goat, hamburger and BBQ pork. The Ladies Auxiliary sells corn dogs. The Methodist Church sells fried potato chips covered with cheese. The carnival has food stands with funnel cakes, cotton candy, candy apples and popcorn. 

I've worked in the goat burger & corn dog stands many evenings with my fellow teachers. I've sat at booths for the Puxico Library and car club selling chances to raise money for their future community efforts. 

Every night has bingo, square dancing and attendance prize drawings. The high school band boosters manage the bingo stand. It offers players a chance to rest their tired feet and win a game. The square dancers combine a kind of clog step with do si dos. A group of musicians play the old tunes, sometimes a caller directs the dancing. I noticed a change occurred several years ago. When I was a child, everyone who wasn't on the dance floor stood around watching the dancing and visiting with old friends. Nowdays people bring lawn chairs to watch the square dancing and renew friendships. The last night the music is the best and continues til early morn. Everyone is exhausted but reluctant to let go of this special week. 

Bracelet night occurs most nights to help families afford to return each evening. Special events include: Wednesday night - church in the park, Thursday - the Goatburger Classic golf tournament, Thursday night -  music fills the park, Friday morning- babies aged zero to age 2 will be judged in various categories and Friday night alumni from Puxico High School meet. Saturday is the biggest day of all with an antique tractor show, classic cars on display, a parade winding through town with the local marching band, drawing for toys at 5:00, and the crowded midway. 

I've been in the parade several times, once on the Future Homemakers' float, once holding my baby when he won in the baby contest, in classic cars, a rat rod, on a trailer with classmates for our 45th class reunion. I love waving to all the people lined up to watch as we go past, but I love watching the parade with the extended family even more. 

Afterward the streets are cleaned and things get back to normal. We know because school begins midweek.