Friday, January 5, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday, January 5, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Sky Watch Friday,
and on Saturday: - Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

1. Clear and Cold (Sky Watch Friday)
Baldwyn, Mississippi, USA, January 4, 2018
There was a thin skim of ice on this small lake at noon yesterday. Temperature 27F (-3C).

2. The Most Unusual Thing I have Seen This Week
Waterloo, Alabama, USA, December 29, 2017
I saw this fire fighter sculpture in front of a Fire Station.

3. Did You Know?
"In the midst of Canada's forested terrain looms an unlikely expanse of the world's most northerly active sand dunes. What forces of nature created this rare ecosystem which hosts life found nowhere else on earth?"

Booneville, Mississippi, USA, December 7, 2017
Learn more about life in the shifting sands at U-Haul SuperGraphics - Saskatchewan

4. Good Food
For a quick, easy meal:

Boneless, fully cooked ham steak (from refrigerated meat section of the grocery store)
Small can pineapple (chunks or slices)
Brown sugar (generous sprinkle)

Place fully cooked ham in a baking dish. Sprinkle generously with brown sugar. Pour juice from the canned pineapple around the edges of the ham. Arrange pineapple on top. Bake at 350℉ for 15 or 20 minutes.

Serve with your favorite vegetables. We like peas and corn.
4 servings. Left-over ham makes a good sandwich the next day!

5. Favorite Photo of the Week (Saturday's Critters and I'd Rather B Birdin')
Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA, December 29, 2017
This Great Blue Heron photo will always remind me of the wonderful time we had driving along beside the Tennessee River last week. The day was sunny, but cold. The water was sparkling in the sun, and we saw a multitude of birds.

Have a wonderful week-end!

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  1. ...27F is a heat wave, he be frozen stiff up here, there's a Booneville in New York, I never could understand pineapple on ham, so that's where our Great Blue Heron have gone.

  2. great shot of the heron! the ham dinner does sound yummy, and easy! cute sculpture in front of the fire dept! love those uhaul facts! thank you for linking lea and have a great weekend!

  3. Imagine geography lessons on the side of a U Haul truck!! I am glad you used the term "skim of ice." I used it at work the other day and nobody had ever heard of it.
    Great photos!!

  4. Love the heron and I giggled at the fireman -- perfect location for him! Had no idea about the sand dunes -- amazing where you find "learning" these days! Ha! Fun post. Happy New Year!

  5. I am with you, Lea, that is an unusual sculpture. I'd love to run across something like that. Sorry you didn't have any of our snow..I could send you some, if you like.. hehe

  6. I'm surprised to hear about sand dunes in the Canadian forest! Very unusual. Wonderful capture of the heron!

  7. I had a friend in transit from Virginia to Florida when that storm hit, and cousins who were supposed to fly out of Orlando yesterday. I was holding my breath for them yesterday. I lived in Tampa for two years so I know what cold temperatures (it's 5 above where I live right now going down to -4 tomorrow morning with wind gusts up to 40 mph) do for places not built for them. Hope it warms up for you soon.

  8. Thanks for the recipe. I could probably even handle that and win some brownie points!

  9. You can even learn something new by reading a U-Haul. Go figure. - Margy

  10. Hello, I like the mural of the moose on the moving truck. The Heron is beautiful, great shot. I think our lake is icing up now too. Thank you so much for linking up your post! Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  11. I thought that fireman sculpture was a snowman until I enlarged it. Droolin with that ham steak...yum!

    Great heron photo!

  12. What a yummy post!!!! Even eye candy!!! Happy New Year! P.S. we're at -23 C. this a.m.!

  13. It's so interesting about the sand eco system in Canada! Isn't the world a fascinating place! Loved your heron shot, and what a cute fireman!

  14. Fun post and love the Heron photo! Awesome!

    Happy Week ahead to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. Love that beautiful Heron and seeing the ice all the way as far South as MS! It was fun to read the side of the U Haul truck too! A fun post!

  16. what a great week! I would love to try your recipe, but with turkey instead of bacon ;)

  17. A terrific variety of shots! The fireman is really cute to see.

  18. Wonderful highlights. I love the Great Blue Heron. Wherever I travel in the U.S., I seem to see them--which I guess isn't that surprising as they have such a wide range in North America. Hard to believe some of them overwinter in Wisconsin and Maine, while others of the same species spend their winters in Texas, Florida, and Cuba! Your ham dish looks very tasty!

  19. Thank you so much for joining us birders this week at I'd Rather B Birdin'. Hope you can return again throughout 2018. Of course I love the heron...

  20. Enjoyed reading your post! Great Blue Herons are so interesting and I love your photo but in this post, my favorite thing was the fireman sculpture. Hope you are enjoying the first weekend of 2018.

  21. Interesting 5 bits...I cannot get my act together to join anything these days but enjoy others.


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