Monday, September 28, 2015

Proverbs 25:15

Proverbs 25:15 ESV
15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

moon pies

After putting the kids to bed, I went out in the backyard to check the blood moon. It was kinda cool, I guess.
One think it didn't appear to be was ominous. I'm sure I just read too much foolishness on the internet, but the fourth blood moon/shemitah (I'm pretty sure I didn't spell that correctly) business was pretty popular on several sites I frequent. I wonder if the fourth moon is related to the Fourth Turning or if it will trigger the migration of black swans.

Ok, so maybe I went a little overboard but it does feel like something is afoot. Or maybe not. Perhaps the world has always been like this. Could it be that our very recent ability to freely communicate with each other around the world instantaneously leads us to connect unrelated dots with forum threads of speculation; weaving together some sort of overarching, worldwide theory of corruption and collusion leading towards an apocalyptic end? I'm not sure.

I do know that the moon was kinda cool tonight. I also know that whatever happens is all part of the LORD's plan.

Keep your powder dry and God bless.

ps. I  know I wrote earlier that I was going to post some pictures of my sparrow trap. I tried to take some with my phone, but they didn't turn out very well. I'll try and get some better ones soon. In the first 4 days I caught 12 birds, but haven't caught any more in almost a week. They have either  wised up or I got most of the ones hanging out around the chicken coop.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Proverbs 24:10

If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small.
Proverbs 24:10 NKJV

Monday, September 14, 2015

Proverbs 23:17

17 Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day.
Proverbs 23:17 ESV

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

enemy at the gates (or coop)

When we moved into our new house and became townies we inherited a couple of chickens from the previous owners. they were old and kinda rough looking and I assumed they wouldn't be around too much longer. I was correct about one of the hens, but the other has done pretty well and actually lays a few eggs every now and then.

Recently I noticed that her feed has been running out quicker than normal and finally figured out that I have been feeding a large number of local birds as well.  The ground around the coop is covered in small bird droppings, especially near the feeder. Now I don't mind feeding the occasional dove or other songbird, but as it turns out the culprits were house sparrows. A whole bunch of them.

So yesterday on my holiday off I decided to do something about it. A strenuous googling led to a couple of solutions: a sparrow-proof feeder and/or a sparrow trap.

I found a couple good plans for feeders, but I didn't have the necessary parts on hand to build a feeder. What I did have was half of a roll of hardware cloth from when I built a coop at our old homestead. I looked at several designs and came up with a simple funnel trap based on traps I had used previously for catching doves (a collateral duty at a previous job, we were catching doves for banding).

I set the trap out in the chicken run this morning before work and baited it with a little bit of layer pellets. When I got home this evening there were 8 house sparrows in the trap! It seems as though I've won the opening battle in this war of the coop.

House sparrows (along with European starlings) are not protected by Federal or state (at least here in Texas) law. They are a nuisance species and can be dealt with as such. They can also be pretty nasty little things to native songbirds. Purple Martin's and bluebirds seem to often be victims. They can also carry disease and parasites. Basically, they are like little flying rodents - mini sky-rats.

I'll try and get some decent pictures of my trap and post them tomorrow along with some of my observations on the design and construction.

God bless.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Proverbs 22:2

2 The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all.
Proverbs 22:2 ESV

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

new (to me) Benjamins

Although they have been in circulation for almost 2 years -  this weekend was the first time I have seen the "new" $100 bills.

My goodness they are ugly.

Apparently the new look is loaded with security features that make it harder to counterfeit, but it looks like monopoly money to me. I don't see why they would be worried about folks printing money when the Fed has been doing it for years...