Thursday, January 14, 2021

Audrey Gets Dressed Up For the New Year

Here is Audrey on November 1

She is a Turken or Naked Neck chicken, but when she is molting she is naked all over in patches. 

What a mess!


 



By November 18, you can see that Audrey has begun the (painful-looking) process of growing out new feathers. 




Here is a graphic illustration of what is happening. The whole technical explanation that goes with it can be found on the Cornell University Bird Academy's page "Everything You Need to Know About Feathers." It's really worth your time to look at this beautifully illustrated article.



And here is Audrey today, January 14, in all her iridescent splendor. 





Happy New Year!












Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Books Read in 2021

This list will be added to during the year.


Backman: Anxious People Audio

Bharara: Doing Justice; A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law

Box: Dark Sky (Joe Pickett #21) Audio

Brown: Inferno (Robert Langdon #4)

Brown: The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon #3)

Brown: Origin (Robert Langdon #5)

Cameron: Bone Rattle (Arliss Cutter #3)

Cameron: Open Carry (Arliss Cutter #1) Audio

Cameron: Stone Cross (Arliss Cutter #3)

Church: The House at Otowi Bridge

Cleeves: The Crow Trap (Vera Stanhope #1)

Cleeves: The Darkest Evening (Vera Stanhope #9)

Cleeves: The Glass Room (Vera Stanhope #5)

Cleeves: Harbour Street (Vera Stanhope #6)

Cleeves: The Moth Catcher (Vera Stanhope #7)

Cleeves: Raven Black 9 (Shetland Island #1) Audio

Cleeves: Red Bones (Shetland Island #3)

Cleeves: Silent Voices (Vera Stanhope #4)

Cleeves: White Nights (Shetland Island #2)

Conroy: The Water is Wide

Evanovich: Eleven on Top (Stephanie Plum #11) Audio

Evanovich: Fortune and Glory (Stephanie Plum #27) Audio

Evanovich: Hard Core Twenty-Four (Stephanie Plum #24) Audio

Evanovich: Top Secret Twenty-One (Stephanie Plum #26) Audio

Evanovich: Tricky Twenty-Two (Stephanie Plum #22) Audio

Evanovich: Turbo Twenty-Three (Stephanie Plum #23) Audio

Evanovich: Twisted Twenty-Six (Stephanie Plum #26) Audio

Grafton: W is for Wasted (Kinsey Millhone #23)

Grafton: Y is for Yesterday (Kinsey Millhone #25)

Grisham: Camino Island (Camino Island #1)

Grisham: Camino Winds (Camino Island #2)

Grisham: The Chamber

Grisham: The Confession

Grisham: The Firm

Grisham: The Guardians

Grisham: A Painted House

Grisham: The Pelican Brief

Grisham: The Racketeer

Grisham: The Reckoning

Grisham: Rogue Lawyer

Grisham: The Rooster Bar

Grisham: Sycamore Row (Jake Brigance #2)

Grisham: A Time for Mercy (Jake Brigance #3)

Grisham: A Time to Kill (Jake Brigance #1)

Grisham: The Whistler (The Whistler #1)

Grisham: Witness to a Trial (The Whistler #0.5)

Hamilton: Blood is the Sky (Alex McKnight #5)

Hamilton: A Cold Day in Paradise (Alex McKnight #1)

Hamilton: The Hunting Wind (Alex McKnight #3)

Hamilton: Ice Run (Alex McKnight #6)

Hamilton: North of Nowhere (Alex McKnight #4)

Hamilton: The Second Life of Nick Mason (Nick Mason #1) Audio

Hamilton: A Stolen Season (Alex McKnight #7)

Hamilton: Winter of the Wolf Moon (Alex McKnight #2)

Hannah: The Four Winds

Hiaasen: Strip Tease. Audio

Hoffman: Magic Lessons (Practical Magic #0.1)

Johnson: Now in November

Mandel: Station Eleven. Audio

McCall Smith: The Colors of All the Cattle (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #19)

McCall Smith: The House of Unexpected Sisters (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #18) Audio

McCall Smith: The Miracle at Speedy Motors (No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency #9). Audio

McCall Smith: To the Land of Long Lost Friends (No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency #20) Audio

Millet: The Children's Bible

Montgomery: The Soul of an Octopus

Morgenstern: The Starless Sea. Audio

Patterson: Cross My Heart (Alex Cross #21)

Patterson: 1st Case 

Patterson: The Summer House

Picoult: The Book of Two Ways. Audio

Raden: The Truth About Lies; The Illusion of Honesty and the Evolution of Deceit

Shipman: The Charm Bracelet

Smiley: At Paradise Gate Audio

Smiley: Some Luck (Last Hundred Years, A Family Saga #1) Audio

Waters: The Woman at Otowi Crossing

Winton: Dirt Music

Winton: The Riders

Wolff: Landslide; The Final Days of the Trump Presidency