The Ultimate Poultry Quiz

Rooster Looking Left

Rooster Looking Right

A couple of weeks ago, the city of Minneapolis eased rules for keeping chickens. and last week I came across a quiz about backyard chickens. So even though I only got one question on that quiz right, I decided to dig out some old photos and post it.

I had absolutely no idea how much chickens / roosters  bob their heads until we stopped by the rooster crowing contest at the Minnesota State Fair a couple of years ago.  I’m lucky  that these two stopped pacing their cages long enough for me to get in focus pictures. The head bobbing is an  Everyday Mystery, the pacing might have been due to the strange environment.

Well, when I went to post that quiz the link had disappeared. So although this quiz from “How Stuff Works” loads very slowly, it’s this weeks quiz.

Click here to take The Ultimate Poultry Quiz and see if you can beat my score of 14 out of 20.

See previous post Cock-a-Doodle-Doo  for smaller pictures of more roosters.




Angie Visits 2 Minneapolis Parks

About a week and a half ago, I decided that for our next “Angie Adventure” we would go to William Berry Park. (An Angie Adventure is when I take her for a car ride and then let her explore a neighborhood or park she hasn’t been to. )Berry_Park_Map

William Berry Park is one of those parks that people in Minneapolis have a hard time placing. It’s a small wooded, hilly area between the very popular Lake Calhoun Park and Lake Harriet Park.  What remains  of the Como-Harriet Streetcar track runs through the park.



After pulling me down a hill, Angie is now adamant that we find out what is up these stairs. She had an easier time getting under the chain blocking access from the top than I did.

The only people we saw in the park were people with dogs and we met them all: one dog was only 4 months old, one was 7 years old and one was 17. Angie didn’t stay still enough for me to even attempt to take another picture until…


After over a half hour of following Angie around, we ended up coming back through the trolley tracks  and were very close to the car. Angie wouldn’t budge. She didn’t pull but she made it clear that she  wasn’t going to willingly move unless we went the opposite direction. We headed south into Lake Harriet Park and I’m very glad we did.


I never would have seen this very rare Minneapolis occurrence, flowers blooming in November, if we had gone the way I had wanted.

Angie@Lake Harriet
Angie stopped one last time and we watched the fishing boat out on the lake. Lake_Harriet

I decided to check out one of my seldom used apps, Artista Impresso, and see if any of my blurry photos could be improved enough to include. Not quite “stroke-filled Impressionist masterpieces” but not bad.

Artista Impresso #1


Artista Impresso #2




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Z is for Zoo Posters at the Library of Congress

Originally Posted April 2012

Between 1935 and 1943 artists in the Federal Art Project, a program of the Works Project Administration (WPA), created public art and posters to publicize exhibits, community activities, theatrical productions, and health and educational programs. The WPA Poster Collection at the Library of Congress includes over 900 posters including these zoo posters.

During the same years the Federal Writers Project, another program of the WPA, produced the American Guide Series of books and over 1,200 books and pamphlets. One of these books was Who’s Who in the Zoo which is still available from public and university libraries around the world.

The Federal Arts Project produced this poster to promote the book.

#1500 – Bruno and Buffy

As hard as it is to believe this is the one thousand, five hundredth post that I’ve published to this blog. When I noticed the published post count was getting close to this number I decided that I should acknowledge it in some way.

Pictures of the dogs I’ve lived with and loved (besides A for Angie and D for Darryl) seemed fitting. I might have posted these photos before but I’m too lazy at the moment to check.

Me (age 9?) with Bruno, the dog we got before I started school and who lived until a couple days before I started college in August 1980.


My dad with Buffy in the late summer/early fall of 1981. Buffy was an extremely cuddly pit bull. You really can’t tell from this photo how massive she was but it’s the only photo I have of her.

Hard as it is to believe, I didn’t live with a dog again until I got Darryl in 1994. I wasn’t a homebody during my 20s and I would have felt too guilty leaving the dog alone that much. For the first few years I had Darryl, I had dog walkers, the neighbor girl, my parents,  and Jimmy (after I met him in 1997) come over when I was at work for hours and hours (in my prior career).

D is for Darryl

I guess you don’t really own a dog, you rent them, and you have to be thankful that you had a long lease. 
– Joe Garagiola

Both Darryl’s 14th and 15th birthdays were highlighted on this blog.  Jimmy and I still miss him every day. My favorites of the photo’s previously shared on this blog.

Darryl with just a few of his many stuffies.

In his youth, Darryl could dance on his hind legs and touch his tongue to his nose at the same time!
Darryl freshly shaved for summer 2008.
Darryl before he got that haircut.
The way I remember Darryl looking most often.

A is for Angie

Wow, I’ve posted a bunch times about my dog Angie (aka Angelina, Diva Terrier, Baby Girl,…). You can see all 42 by clicking on the label Angie on the right side of the page or just clicking here.  A couple of my favorites…

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Angie and Aldo

Angie’s best friend, Aldo, has been staying with us for the last (almost) 2 weeks while his family is off on a Canadian adventure / Alaskan tour. The amount of dog hair/fur on that comforter makes me almost think I should take up Knitting with Dog Hair!

Otherwise, Aldo has been a very good house guest.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Go Twins!

A friend gave Angie this Twins shirt, unfortunately it’s just a bit too small. She’ll just have to show her Twins support with the #7 on her back.

Libby Hall’s Collection of Vintage Dog Photographs

I love vintage photographs of dogs. So much so that in 2013 I spent hours searching online photo archives to find images to use for the A to Z Challenge. The process could have been easier and quicker if I ignored copyright laws. It would have been much easier if Libby Hall’s photo collection  was available then!

Libby Hall spent years and years (1966-2006) gathering possibly the largest collection of vintage dog photography ever made by any single individual. She published five books. Prince and Other Dogs, 1850-1940Prince and Other Dogs IIThese Were Our Dogs,  Postcard Dogs  and Postcard Cats (coauthored with Tom Phillips). All books are available at Amazon.

The collection was edited down to approximately 900 photos  of dogs, mostly with their owners, and donated to the library archives at Bishopgate Institute, London.   Dogs of the First World War, a free exhibition exploring the role of dogs as both companions and workers during the years 1914-18 opens March 10, 2015.

For more information:

Or, click here to view 537 of Libby Hall’s favorite photos from her collection or here to thumb through the pages of Libby’s newest book, Photography Going to the Dogs: One Hundred Favourite Photographs from The Libby Hall Collection.

Washington DC, A to Z: Pandas at the Zoo

I was hoping to get a picture of one of the Smithsonian Zoo’s Red Pandas, the Giant Pandas at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park have been getting more than enough attention this winter. Unfortunately, since the Giant Pandas had also been getting a lot of visitors, the Red Pandas were temporarily relocated to Virginia.

When we visited the Zoo in March,  SEEING PANDAS AT THE ZOO had very similar information as it does today:

  • Please arrive early. Long lines require earlier cut-off times to ensure those waiting can enter the panda house before it closes.
  • Mei Xiang and Bao Bao may not always be visible .
Fortunately, the day we went to the Zoo it wasn’t crowded at all. Maybe it was because we were in DC before the beginning of tourist season. Or maybe it was because we went to the Zoo on a Sunday and there weren’t any large groups of school children.
Outdoor Panda Exhibit
Tian Tian, the father, was hard to spot at first.
Tian Tain pacing back and forth in front of the entrance to the internal exhibit
Tian Tian (t-YEN t-YEN), the male, was born on August 27, 1997.
His name means “more and more.”
He weighs about 264 pounds.
Once we got a good view of Tian Tian,  we headed to the indoors exhibit to see the mother (and hopefully the baby). It was a bit more crowded inside, but it could have been much worse!
Mei Xiang (may-SHONG), the mother, sitting mostly hidden but just on the other side of the glass barrier.

Like millions of others before us, we watched Mei Xiang eat.

Millions of Zoo visitors enjoy watching giant pandas eat. A panda usually eats while sitting upright, in a pose that resembles how humans sit on the floor.A giant panda’s digestive system is more similar to that of a carnivore than an herbivore, and so much of what is eaten is passed as waste. To make up for the inefficient digestion, a panda needs to consume a comparatively large amount of food—from 20 to 40 pounds of bamboo each day—to get all its nutrients. To obtain this much food means that a panda must spend 10 to 16 hours a day foraging and eating. The rest of its time is spent mostly sleeping and resting.

After Mei Xiang finished eating all visible bamboo shoots, stems, and leaves she got up and wandered slowly into the next room.

Mai Xiang discovers more bamboo!

We didn’t stick around to watch her finish this one.

The baby panda, Bao Bao, was asleep in a ball on top of a pile of rocks the entire time we were watching his mother eat.

For updated panda news and a link to Panda Cams, click here.

Previously: Degu at the Zoo, Meerkats!

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