Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Benjamin Franklin Quote

As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.
~Benjamin Franklin

Monday, January 17, 2011

Trouble in Amish Paradise

This documentary was mentioned in the last NGJ. It is about two Amish families who question their traditions and way of life. You can listen to all six segments on YouTube.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Einstein Puzzle

This is a quiz that was written by Einstein. 85% of the population does not possess the logical thinking ability to solve it. Are you among the 15%? If you do the quiz, tell me your answer and how you approached the problem, and I'll compare it to my answer!

(This is not a trick question. The answer can be reached using logic and deductive reasoning.)


There are five different houses of five different colors arranged in a straight row. Within each house lives a different owner of a different nationality. Each of the five owners drinks a different beverage, smokes a different brand cigar, and has a different type of pet. You are facing the row of houses and read left to right.


The Brit lives in a red house.

The Swede keeps dogs as pets.

The Dane drinks tea.

The green house is on the left on the white house.

The green house owner drinks coffee.

The owner who smokes Pall Mall keeps birds.

The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.

The owner living in the middle (center) house drinks milk.

The Norwegian lives in the first house.

The owner who smokes Blend lives next to the one who keeps cats.

The owner who keeps horses lives next to the one who smokes Dunhill.

The owner who smokes Blue Master drinks beer.

The German smokes Prince.

The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.

The man who smokes Blend has a neighbor who drinks water.


Who has fish for pets?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Fisher Ames Quote

No one ever became, or can become truly eloquent without being a reader of the Bible, and an admirer of the purity and sublimity of its language.
~Fisher Ames

Thursday, January 6, 2011


I thought #26 deserved her own post seeing she was my favourite cow at the dairy. :) She had a unique personality that ranged from sweet to go-jump-in-a-lake to sweet to make-my-day to sweet to snotty to sweet again. We nicknamed her Garfield which fit her aptly.

Trying to photograph animals is a skill in itself. lol. Either they are walking away or have their nose on the camera lens. As you can see from the tag, she is from Outside whose progeny is known for good milk production.

First cow in the parlour. Cows settle into their own routines even in the parlour and you'd begin to notice certain cows coming in at certain times and/or places.

This number (in kg) was lower since it was the evening milking.

I couldn't get her to stand straight so had to settle for this one.

Her trademark tuft of hair and neckband with a curved end that always stuck up in the air.

I was probably trying to get her attention here and she was playing deaf.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Dairy Pics

After our last bird cycle was shipped and barns were cleaned, I took a quick trip back home to Alberta. I hadn't been back since moving to Saskatchewan seven months earlier. It was fun to be back and visit with family again, especially my sister, Erin. :)

While back I worked three shifts ( a double and an afternoon) at the dairy with Erin. I loved being around the cows again since I had worked there for over a year before moving so it was all very familiar to me. The cows have so much more personality than chickens! New parlour equipment had been installed about a month before finishing there and it was almost disappointing to leave because the new system worked so much better and smoother than the old one. Nothing like losing air and having about 30 seconds to stop milk from draining from the jars into the milk line where it would then flood the two end jars and start spewing milk out everywhere. Hey, I gained a variety of experience there. :) Anyways, off that rabbit trail... According to Erin, I kept up with the milking in the parlour so obviously hadn't lost my milking touch. :)

The only downside was getting up just before 4 AM for the morning shift. I was reminded of how that time always came too early, regardless of the time you went to bed.

#92 Franz had just pulled her calf before we arrived. She is a Blitz cow which you can tell from her coat pattern.

High Group

#57 was a heifer that had just freshened before I left.

#48 I believe this cow could have made a nun swear when she freshened. No, don't worry, I didn't swear. lol! Ooohh, she could ruin a whole milking. Even as a second calver she is sensitive and can be miserable in the parlour.

This cow was also miserable when she first freshened. You wanted her to come in at the start so you could just get her milked and out of your sight and mind. haha. :P She has actually quieted down a lot and doesn't declare war when in the parlour anymore.

#20 A sweet heifer. Yes, cows can be sweet. If you don't agree, work around them for a while and you'll understand exactly what I mean. I remember this heifer when she was just a calf. It was fun to come back and see she had calved and was with the other big cows in the high group.

Low group

Milk Room


Erin milking

Calf Barn

#40 Nicknamed Fuzz or Fuzzy Face. One of my favourite cows with a friendly personality. Erin and I were labeled responsible for turning several cows into pets. :) After getting milked she'd sometimes come back and stand at the end of the return alley and not let any cows get by.

#67 a.k.a The Freight Train which obviously describes her size.

Another Blitz. :)

#7 One of the cows with the most dairy characteristics.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
-Benjamin Franklin