Monday, January 27, 2014

Trilobites ~ Arrowheads ~ Money

 My, Sweet William The Scot's, state fossil is the Trilobite.  The largest Trilobite on display at the Smithsonian Natural History museum is from Ohio.
Ohio designated the Isotelus Trilobite as the official state fossil in 1985.

 The first appearance of trilobites was about 521 million years ago, then they disappeared in the mass extinction about 250 million years ago.
 Even the earliest trilobites had complex, compound eyes with lenses giving superb depth of field and minimal spherical aberration.
Wonder if they saw their extinction coming??
Look at his little eyes.

Well Frankie and Ernie and Lana and Sarge and Lori have been searching everywhere they go in Ohio for a Trilobite fossil for 87 years. 
 Don't know why they can't find one, because my Lee has found cigar boxes full of them over the years. 
Seriously they are hard to find!!!
Lee's grandparents owned a 166 acre farm that sat in Warren County, Ohio. 
Glaciers in North America came down that far.
(As cold as this winter has been another one is probably forming.  Visit Frankie tomorrow to hear about how cold Icebox, Ohio has gotten. )
 On the very back acre was a hillside that is said a glacier formed and pushed all these fossils onto.
Good for nothing but finding treasures for Lee as a child.
 These fossils sell from $4,000 down to a few dollars.
My Lee has given away boxes to museums and history rooms.
Frankie mentioned Trilobites to me last year when we visited and we told them we had given all ours away.
Well Lee was wrong.  One box had fallen down in the insulation of our attic.
So Frankie & Ernie and Sarge you are each getting one Trilobite.
.  Lee found Indian arrow heads.  Fort Ancient is a name for a Native American culture that flourished from 1000-1750.  It is believed to be of the Hopewell culture.  Fort
Ancient sits in Warren County, so these arrowheads probably came from them.
This is truly a gorgeous big arrowhead spear, the best Lee ever found.
 Old 1800 pennies and fossils.
Look how big pennies use to be.
Someone shot a hole in this Canadian 1842 Penny!
Lee found old money on the hillside also.
Why look at the size of this tooth fossil.  Why I, Sweet William The Scot, would be one bite for a mouth with that tooth.

You can go and  thank Frankie, Ernie and Lana for this boring history post.
Do you look for things when you walk?
Tell me what your best ever find was!!!
Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Gift From A Follower and A Card

This gift was a SURPRISE and we still don't know who sent the Minties.  The note said "I don't have a blog but I enjoy following Sweet William's adventures".  "So when I found this freebee I put down your name."  Now somebody had to give them my address.  But it is still a mystery to me.
Wasn't that a nice gesture. 
Thank You

Then I got a card from my buddy Oz The Terrier!
Why Oz said he was thinking about me and wishing Lee and me well.
Wasn't that nice.  The scottie has a green bow, I don't think it is St Patrick's Day yet.
The wind chill has my city at -12 degrees today and it is snowing.
My furs have static electricity.  I walk around looking like I put my paw in the electrical outlet. 
Lee has a lot of things in the camera to show you, but Lee has been really busy reading and studying.
Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Baby It Was Cold Outside

Lee put on my boots and hat and told me it was cold outside!
Lee was right!!  Cincinnati saw wind chills in the range of -30 to -40 degrees last week.
The Ohio Emergency Management Agency warned people to stay inside last Monday if possible.
Stay inside man a dog has to do his business.
Every time I went out Lee had to come out and get me because I kept sliding down the driveway!
The steam off of the Ohio River could be seen on my hill.  Because of the cold the steam created snow.  The first time we have ever seen snow come from the river not the sky.
Ruby the Airedale you would have loved this because bubbles actually froze in the air and you could catch them and crunch them.   
Early morning the world looked all black and gray.
We had ice then we had snow, 8 inches, and we had ice, then we had snow.
Will the weather ever make up it's mind?
But the sun came out and everything still stayed frozen.  
See how everything looked in my backyard, that's ice.

The cold snap was due to a "polar vortex" that descended into much of the U.S. last Monday, bringing dangerous cold that broke decades-old records.
Good Bye Polar Vortex and don't you come back no more no more no more no more.

    Thanks for being a friend  
    Traveling down the road and back again
    Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
        Signing Off
        Sweet William The Scot

PSsssss ~ Sorry we haven't been around to visit Lee was in the Hospital for a couple of days!  I had to go stay with Miss Janet.