Monday, July 13, 2015


We have lots of ducks that come up and feed below our bird feeders.  They do a quick job of cleaning up the bird seed that is spilled on the ground by the birds.  When there gets to be to many, we step out on the deck and normally they either fly or take off running back to the river.  Tonight, there were 13 hens, 12 young ones and Mom.  Pat went out on the deck to send them on their way and they ignored her and kept eating.  So, she went out the back service door in the garage and that always gets them to take off.  These ducks ignored her again and kept eating.  So, she started herding them toward the river.  The pictures below show this process.  She had to stay with them all the way to the river and then they tried to come back.  She herded them back again and warned them with a couple rocks.  It was only about 15 minutes and they were back up by the feeders.  This time I herded them with a broom all the way to the river and thought they had moved on as they headed for the neighbors shoreline.  Again it was only about 15-20 minutes and they were back.  Guess we will have to put up with them or keep escorting them back to the river.


Sunday, July 5, 2015


While on a short road trip yesterday, we went by a restaurant that I didn't know existed. It is called Mabel Murphys Restaurant and Irish Pub. It is near Fergus Falls Minnesota. My mother was Mabel Murphy and would have gotten a real kick out of a place with her name. You can access the web sight here for the place: Looks like a nice restaurant. May have to make a trip back just to try the place out.