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November 28, 2005

Many-Mule Team

Here is a fascinating old picture that I recently ran across. Does anybody know the story behind this photo?


That sure is quite a team of mules isn't it! Imagine harnessing them all up in the morning and then unharnessing them all again at the end of the day. That would be a lot of harnesses to keep up with! It's a good thing these mules look like they are very well behaved!

If you know anything about the history of this photo, I'd love to hear the story that goes along with it!

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November 25, 2005

History at Bishop

I love reading American history and dreaming about what life must have been like back in the good old days!

Every year at Bishop Mule Days we get a little taste of how mules contributed to the history of our country. In the Americana class participants do their best to dress in styles from a past time period in American history and use appropriate tack, equipment and props to represent their part of history. It is one of my favorite classes to watch!

Here are several of the entries from this last year.

This first entry is a civil war funeral procession, complete with authentic hearse, women dressed in black, a little bugle boy, and the solder's riderless mule with boots turned backward in it's stirrups being led in the procession.


There are always several covered pioneer wagons in the Americana class. This one even had a cage with live chickens hanging off the back!


Here was another interesting entry. This one was representing the power company back before they had trucks to service the lines. They had several power poles with old glass insulators in the back of their "power company" wagon.


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November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

From all of us at LongearsMall.com...

Both two-legged...

And four!

Kristie Jorgensen

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November 23, 2005

Cooking in the Kitchen - Andy's Apple Pie

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year when we get to enjoy all those delicious treats from the kitchen! While you are doing this year's baking, why not make a treat for your longeared friends, too.

Apples are one of my donkeys' favorite fruits. Here is an easy recipe to make healthy apple pie that your donkeys and mules can enjoy, too!


Andy's Apple Pie

Pie Crust:
1 cup Rolled Oats
2 cups Hot Tap Water
Salt to taste (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix piecrust ingredients together. Press crust dough into oiled pie pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until it is crisp.

Pie Filling:
1 cup Apple Juice Concentrate
4 cups Water
2-3 Large Apples

Mix Apple Juice Concentrate and water together in a saucepan. Slice the apples in thin slices and add them to the juice. Cover and cook on the stove until the apple slices are soft and cooked. Add more water if necessary, to replace water that evaporates while cooking.

Mix the following in another container and set aside:
1/3 cup Cornstarch
2/3 cup Cold Water

Once the apples are soft and finished cooking (and are heated to a slow boil), remove the saucepan from the stove. Stir the cornstarch mix again to make sure the cornstarch is well mixed with the water and ready to pour. Then quickly stir it in to the cooked apple and juice mix before the juice has a chance to cool. The hot (boiling temperature) juice will cook the cornstarch and thicken the pie filling mix. Stir together until it is evenly mixed.

Then pour the pie filling into your crust, and set the pie aside to cool and congeal. Just before serving, decorate the top with fresh apple slivers.

This Thanksgiving, your longeared buddies can enjoy a treat along with you!

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November 17, 2005

On a Journey

If you've ever dreamed of traveling across the country on foot or bicycle or some more adventuresome for of transportation, here is an adventure story for you!

Tim and his donkey Rosie are making a trip on foot across the country from Washington State to Texas. You will enjoy visiting their website at http://azlb.com/donkeywalk/, and reading about their adventures. They left on their journey the beginning of July, and if you read the guest gallery on their website, it looks like they have made it to Redlands, California and are pressing on toward their goal!

If you live along their route, you might be privileged to get to meet these adventuresome comrades and visit with them for a bit.

Here are a few photos from their trip. Browse through their website and guest gallery to find more!



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November 03, 2005

Setting up a Barn WebCam - Part 2

One of the first pieces you will need for your webcam is the camera. I have tried several different kinds of cameras.

The first one I bought was a D-Link webcam camera. It comes with the webcam software already built in, and all you have to do is hook it up to Internet and set a few settings. But this kind of camera had some disadvantages, too. First, the more people who tried to access the webcam over Internet at the same time, the slower it would run.

Second, I needed a way to get the signal from the camera out in my pasture back to my Internet connection in the house. I could run an Ethernet cable out there, but the distance of about 600 feet was too long for that kind of cable to get a good signal back.

The camera had wireless built in, but its wireless transmission range was smaller than 600 feet, too, and it also needed a clear line of sight from the camera to the wireless receiver. I had a block barn, a few trees, and the wall of the house in the way between the two.

I also tried a third way to get the signal from the camera back to the house. There are little power line Ethernet adapters that you can get at the computer store. These plug in to a regular power outlet at each end of the line, and then you plug your Internet device’s (webcam, computer, etc) Ethernet cable into this adapter box. The box sends the network signals back and forth over the regular power line to the adapter box on the other end. The manufacturer told us this should work for our distance of 600 feet, but when we tried it, the distance was too far and the signal had deteriorated too much by the time it got back to the house.

This camera worked great when we had it hooked up in the house, and were only running cable a short distance from it to our Internet connection. So in short, I would not recommend the webcam cameras for places that are very far away from your Internet connection.

After we decided that the webcam cameras weren't going to work for us, I started doing more research to find other options. Many of you already have CCTV cameras set up in your barns so that you can watch them from a monitor in your house. That approach seems to work very well. But how do you get that picture onto the Internet?

After doing a lot of research and talking to a few other people who have set up webcams using CCTV cameras, I found a combination that works great for me. I have a regular CCTV camera hooked up out by my pasture, with coax cable running from it back to the house. This is probably a lot like what you may already have. At the house I connect the coax cable into a little adapter that sends the camera signal into my computer. I then use some inexpensive webcam software on my computer to make the picture available on my website on Internet. I'll go into more detail in a future article about the cable from the CCTV camera to my computer, and the software and adapter I use.

If you don't already have a CCTV camera to use, you can find a lot of good deals on eBay. Your camera doesn't have to be a fancy camera most CCTV cameras will work just fine. It is helpful if your camera is threaded to allow different lenses to be attached.

You will also have to choose between a color camera or a black & white camera when picking your camera. I have not tried using a color CCTV camera yet, but have heard they are more complicated to get set up and working right than the black & white cameras. My CCTV camera provides a black & white picture, and this has worked fine for me. One advantage to the black & white pictures is that they don't take as much time to transmit over Internet. They don't have to send all the color information for the picture, so the picture files don't take as long to transmit. This makes your webcam respond faster when you are watching it over Internet, and you can get a closer to real-time viewing experience, instead of having to wait a long time for the picture to refresh. After considering that, I prefer to use the black & white CCTV cameras.

Next time I'll share more information about different CCTV cameras and the lenses you may want to consider for yours.

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