Life around the ranch is quiet. Which is nice.
I have been trying to plant a garden. Which hasn’t been nice. It is a rainy and cold spring here in Nebraska.
I did manage to scratch out a few rows and get some cool-season crops plants - carrots were one.
Let’s rewind a bit.
Last year, the rabbits were a scourge in the garden. I placed my garden right next to an area of the ranch that isn’t grazed and has a lot of trees. Moving it is not an option as it is too large and has its own infrastructure such as a 3 strand barbed wire fence (cows used to be my worst garden pest), water, greenhouse, etc.
The habitat next to the garden is a bunny paradise. The cat that used to keep them under control died a couple years ago and loyal farm dog tries her best, but is too noisy to do anything but startle rabbits. She never catches one.
Last summer, the rabbits ate plants as fast as I could put them in the ground. The ranchhands were given a shotgun and carte blanche to take out furry hoppers seen anywhere near the garden - which was the only thing I apparently let them do that was more fun than video games. They thinned out the population but you can guess that this is now an ongoing battle and not one that will be won anytime soon.
At least last year, the rabbits lived in the trees and only visited the garden.
This year, one lazy mama rabbit decided that was too far to hop. Recently, I went to check whether the carrot seeds had germinated and instead found a fur-lined burrow with four newborn cottontails.
Right. In. The. Middle. Of. The. Carrot. Row.
So, what did I do?
Nothing. Any human that walks around outside on the ranch generally has a menagerie of critters following them. Cats. Loyal ranch dog. Sometimes a bucket calf. One summer, it was two lambs.
Anyway, mama cat quickly figured out the situation and took care of it.
Being lazy doesn’t pay - at least for rabbits.
Huskers finding some safe bets in transfer portal
Huskers finding transfers who already have evidence of producing.
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The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team has announced its finalized 25 player roster for the FIVB Nations League, which includes three former Huskers.
Huskers Sign French Cager | Radio 570 WNAX
Ouedraogo will be the first Husker basketball player from France in program history.
CFB Analyst Predicts Nebraska Will Reach The Big Ten Title Game
Taking a look at the sportsbook odds, maybe 247Sports writer Brad Crawford's Nebraska football prediction isn't so radical.
I mean how can it be radical when we don’t know who will be carrying the ball, catching the ball, snapping the ball (and playing guard), and if we have to keep our precious few linebackers wrapped in bubble wrap until game day...I mean, those few unknowns aren’t a big deal at all.
The offseason sucks.
Former Huskers Jerald Foster, Freedom Akinmoladun sign with NFL teams after rookie tryouts | Big Red Today blog | omaha.com
Offensive lineman Jerald Foster signed a deal Sunday with the Washington Redskins, and defensive lineman Freedom Akinmoladun inked with the New York Giants on Monday.
Good luck to them!
Scott Frost discusses Huskers' culture on Jim Rome Show
On Monday, Frost joined the Jim Rome Show to talk about the importance of culture and the type of progress the program has made over the last year.
Husker signee Lynn an offensive lineman on the field, real estate investor off it | Husker Extra | journalstar.com
Incoming Nebraska freshman offensive lineman Michael Lynn not only plays football, he's already a burgeoning real estate investor with his brother.
Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308
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New York high school softball pitcher strikes out all 21 batters in perfect game
For one game, Shannon Becker was truly perfect.
NBA mock draft 2019: Pelicans land No. 1 pick and Zion Williamson in most shocking lottery ever - SBNation.com
The Pelicans are the shocking winners of the NBA draft lottery. New Orleans is getting Zion Williamson.
Twitter reacts to Knicks falling in chaotic NBA draft lottery
The New Orleans Pelicans — not the New York Knicks — will pick first in the 2019 NBA draft
Twitter may be a cesspool of the worst of humanity. But it can be funny too.
John Beilein: Michigan coach's exit a big loss for college basketball | SI.com
It's not hard to understand why John Beilein has moved on from the NCAA to the NBA, but it's a telling sign about the state of college basketball.
LeBron James Jr.: Recruiting experts break down "Bronny" and his game
LeBron James' oldest son, "Bronny," showed off his skills in a big 15U matchup over the weekend. Recruiting experts offered up their thoughts on him.
2019 NCAA Baseball Tournament Projected Field of 64 (5/1/19)
Baseball America presents our latest projected NCAA Tournament field.
Even after their April slide, the Huskers are still projected to make the field.
Birds of a feather: Best sibling combos in sports
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Sports betting became legal one year ago, and some experts think New Jersey could someday overtake Las Vegas
The industry is handling hundreds of millions of dollars in Jersey and has taken in over $4 million in taxes for Pennsylvania.
Sports media is betting on gambling - CNN
First it was Turner Sports, then Fox Sports and now it's ESPN's turn. Sports media is betting big on sports gambling.
More Noise and Other Disturbances
Shrinking Moon May Be Generating Moonquakes
The Moon is shrinking as its interior cools, causing the brittle surface crust to break as the Moon shrinks, forming faults where one section of crust is pushed up over a neighboring part. A new analysis gives the first evidence that these faults are still active and likely producing moonquakes today.
Antarctic biodiversity hotspots exist wherever penguins and seals poop -- ScienceDaily
Scientists have found that on the desolate Antarctic peninsula, nitrogen-rich poop from colonies of penguins and seals enriches the soil so well that it helps create biodiversity hotspots throughout the region.
Another week. Another poop article.
Mystery of texture of Guinness beer: inclination angle of a pint glass is key to solution — ResOU
Guinness beer, a dark stout beer, is pressurized with nitrogen gas. When poured into a pint glass, small-diameter bubbles (only 1/10 the size of those in carbonated drinks such as cola and carbonated water) disperse throughout the entire glass
I think they just scientifically proved why I don’t care for stout beers, including Guinness, but I’m not sure.
Tim Conway has died: Star of "The Carol Burnett Show" dies today at 85 - CBS News
Conway's publicist said the comedian died Tuesday morning after a long illness
Australia’s central bank takes ‘responsibilty’ for note typo - Reuters
Millions of A$50 ($35) banknotes in Australia have an embarrassing typographical error that was overlooked by the country’s central bank before they were printed and circulated.
It is hard for me to get after the ranchhands for not proofreading their assignments after reading this story.
Then There’s This
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Firefighters were called to a university’s library because of a “strong smell of gas”, but the reality was much different.
Nebraska farmer caught in auger amputates what’s left of his leg with a pocket knife | News Channel Nebraska
PENDER – A man who farms near Pender, Nebraska, went to extraordinary lengths to save his life after his left leg became trapped in a machine on his farm.
Wow. Just wow.
Flakes started with a story about being lazy. It ends with the opposite. I’m not sure what I would have done in that situation, but I wish this man well in his recovery.