Animals

The 137th 2017 Union County Fair is underway at the Anna City Park in Anna. The fair was scheduled to begin Aug. 18 and continues through Aug. 26 with a wide range of activities. On Monday, Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will occur; activities are planned at the fair on that day. Eclipse Day Monday...
Normally, I don't like to do this sort of thing, just 'cause the critter in the pic is ours. The pic was taken during one of his calmer moments.
Finally. A reason for yours truly to love cats. Or, to at least tolerate them. Even Bob. Maybe... Actually, I might have two reasons to tolerate felines. First of all: did you know that Aug. 8 was International Cat Day.  Yup. And I missed it. Maybe I missed all of the International Cat Day...
Two bees, or not two bees...that would be the question. However, William Shakespeare was not around when the picture was taken, mainly 'cause he's dead, except maybe for that new show on TNT, which I've only seen once. By accident. There was no mention of bees, in any numbers or any kind, on the show.
What happens when yours truly has too much time on his hands? To tell you the truth, yours truly does not have too much time on his hands very often. However, last week, one thing kind of led to another, and pretty soon...well, you're about to read what happened... First up, we had another Chuck...
A Southern Illinois Hummingbird Festival is planned Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Trail of Tears State Forest in Union County. The event is planned from 9 a.m. to noon. The large pavilion and white barn along the Trail of Tears Road (northwest of Jonesboro) have been reserved for the event.   Organizers...
A Southern Illinois Hummingbird Festival is planned Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Trail of Tears State Forest in Union County. The event is planned from 9 a.m. to noon. The large pavilion and white barn along the Trail of Tears Road (northwest of Jonesboro) have been reserved for the event.   Organizers...
One of the displays at the visitors center at Giant City State Park features animals which can be found in the woods in our neck of the woods. The bobcat is one of those critters. So is Bob the Cat. I'm pretty sure that Bob the Cat could give a bobcat a run for its money.
A few casual observations before we get started on the good stuff... ...last week, it was so hot that I saw a chicken basting itself... ...speaking of chickens, they were laying eggs that were already hard boiled... ...dragonflies were getting so hot that they were turning into fire flies... ...we...
Giant City Park in Makanda has planned a look into the world of local noctural creatures on Saturday, July 27, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Beverly Sofstall from Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is set to bring animals to the park for the program. The program is set to take place at Shelter 5 (...
Pileated woodpecker? Ivory-billed woodpecker? Sorry, can't tell you for sure. I can tell you, for sure, that the bird was spotted recently at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro. Sorry the picture isn't more better.
FAKE NEWS ALERT!!!!!! FAKE NEWS ALERT!! FAKE NEWS ALERT!!!!!!!! Just wanted you to know that while yours truly was out on a "beat" one day last week, some absolutely genuine FAKE NEWS was shared with him...by at least three omnomynus sources.  Seems that a local landmark, which we will not identify...
Erin Dillow of Anna showed her rabbit Lazarus, her Himalayan cat Merlin and her German shepherd dog Sasha. Erin is a member of the Lick Creek 4-H Club and the daughter of Rhonda and Greg Dillow.
Union County 4-H small animal, home economics and general shows were held last Saturday at Anna Heights Baptist Church in Anna. The shows gave local 4-Hers an opportunity to showcase their work.
This is not Chuck. I'm guessing that this is one of Chuck's northern cousins. Chuck's cousin apparently is not very bright, either, because he/she was playing alongside the road, which was good when it comes to generating a somewhat blurry photograph, but not so good when it comes to longevity.
This week, dear readers, allow me to wax philosophical. And, you're asking yourself: What exactly does he mean when he's going to wax philosophical?  Thank you for asking. To be honest with you, to wax philosophical was one of those things I've heard hundreds of times on the Journey Through Life....

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