Making plans

February 20, 2019

Monday night I saw the almost full Snow Moon in a haze of clouds and took a few shots to see if they’d come out. This one was the best of the bunch so we’ll share it.

A couple of smaller birds pounced the the seeds yesterday and one seemed to be in a hurry to eat, or scare the other critters away so he could have it all. And then this morning, in the freezing drizzle, a cardinal made himself to home.

I thought I’d scared him as I started laughing and couldn’t stop. With the freezing drizzle coming down he looked like someone had salted his tail! But he stuck around I got a few more pictures to go with this one.

He stayed for quite a while before flying off to his nearby nest. So I put the camera down and stepped further out to check how the driveway and alley looked after the snow last night and the freezing rain this morning. At that time a decision was made to go back inside and have a cup of coffee while planning how to remove the small mess that had been made overnight.

The local news broadcast told me the freezing drizzle would stop around mid-morning so we’ll wait until then before we attack the white fluffy love from above. Rather have the ice on top of the snow than under it. So Enjoy our Wednesday as it means we’re halfway to the weekend. Now for some more coffee and another look outside.
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Random ramblings

February 19, 2019

This cardinal was out and about early and decided to pose for a picture that turned out pretty good. Another snow storm is supposed to hit us tonight into tomorrow bringing us up to another 5 inches of the white fluffy love above.

I tried to listen to the news on TV but turned it off once the Today show started. Local news is bearable but the National programs usuallyget me worked up and yelling at the TV over comments made. It would be easier to take if said TV news wasn’t so biased.

Why the weather forecasters feel it important to add how many people will be affected by a snow storm is beyond me. If memory serves me correctly, back in the day they might mention how many states were in the path of the storm and not how many people will be involved.

To me that makes no sense. But I guess at some point in the future the global climate change people will claim more people are affected by winter than ever before. And the birds and other critters just go about their business like nothing different is going on.

Something else that makes no sense to me is how crazy politicians have become. Some of the accusations and actions of this group have us shaking our heads. Just another reason we avoid the media and spend so much time outdoors. If you’re outside enough, the wildlife seem to make a lot more sense then someone being offended by something that we used to have the right to say.

Enjoy our Tuesday as we will. Now for some coffee.
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The white stuff

February 18, 2019

It snowed off and on all day yesterday and even the birds took to higher ground. They perched on wires, fences, and tree branches to watched the white fluffy love from above make its way to the ground. A few of the birds liked the snow and played in it.

Never heard how much snow we got but do know I was out a few times pushing the snow blower and a shovel. For a change it was a light snow so the work wasn’t hard, just aggravating. The snow would quit falling and when done the driveway, alley, and front walks were down to bare pavement.

So I’d watch some of the Daytona 500 until the snow started again and my gear went back on to remove it. When the snow falls there is usually an eerie quiet that is only broken by the sound of snow blowers and shovels scraping bare pavement. Even the birds just looked on in silence.

The last time out was after sunset so I decided to do one more pass and leave the inch of snow that fell later until today. Since I knew the moon would be out I looked to the Heavens only to see a blanket of white covered the sky. It looked like even the sun couldn’t penetrate the snow.

Now I’m getting ready to go back out and shovel again. With the sun shining today it should be a piece of cake. Plus I can see what I’m doing. To those who dislike winter and the snow that sometimes falls I will say it’s only about 3 weeks until Spring.

So enjoy our Monday as it means we’re one day closer to Spring. Now I need coffee and bacon before going out.
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Sunday snicker

February 17, 2019

A pastor explained to his congregation that the church was in need of some extra money, so he asked them to consider being more than generous. He offered that whoever gave the most would be able to pick three hymns.

After the offering plates were passed about the church, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had graciously offered a $100 bill. He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation and said he’d like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate.

A very quiet, elderly, saintly lady in the back of the church shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front, so she slowly she made her way towards him. The pastor told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much, and in thanks he asked her to pick out three hymns.

Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation. She pointed to the three most handsome men in the church and said, “I’ll take him and him and him.”


February 16, 2019

The birds were out along with some four legged critters enjoying the
cold, but clear, day. It was interesting to see the different bird
species getting along and eating at the same time so I took some

They were all just having a fine time eating together as I snapped
these pictures from the porch. They’re making quite a mess and when
the snow melts it will have to be cleaned up, but it was something
to see.

So I got the bright idea to open the storm door and get a little
closer, and they all flew off. The cardinal hopped on a fence and went
from the gate down about 30 feet on the top rail before flying off to
who knows where.

I even got a few pictures of the moon later but haven’t gotten then
uploaded yet. If they turn out alright we might share one or two
later yet I’m not holding my breath as it was cloudy when the moon
came up far enough to see.

Today we go over to the wifes Moms house for a visit and to wish her a happy birthday. Then later today it’s looking like we may get another 4 inches of white fluffy love from above and since we now have the driveway cleared will have to clear it again.

But I got the old snow blower going again so removing the snow
shouldn’t be a problem. At the rate we’re going I figure the snow will
be melted by June. Enjoy our Saturday and get ready for the race
tomorrow. Now I need another cup of coffee before we head out.
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Short rambling thoughts post

February 15, 2019

The 61st Daytona 500 will kick off at 2:30 pm ET on Sunday, February 17, 2019. Fox will cover the race beginning at 1 pm ET. So, if you like watching NASCAR races this is one to see.

And we cruised over to the grocery store with a constant radio weather forecast reminder that the wind chill was -8. The actual temperature was 8 yet we only heard that once during the short ride. Being the day after Valentine’s Day we got a bonus. Huge markdowns on Valentine’s Day candy.

Even got the wife laughing as I was drooling over the goodies. She didn’t believe me when I said I didn’t have sweet tooth. It’s true, I have a complete set of them. We even bought in moderation. The sun rising over the horizon was something to see too. Wish I wasn’t behind the wheel or I would have taken a picture.

I also noticed with the 30+ degree temperature drop since yesterday morning that the critters weren’t as active earlier. I’ll go out and see if any are out a little later. Since I’m having a brain fart that affects my thought process, we’ll end this.

Enjoy our Friday as it’s been interesting here. Now for more coffee before getting ambitious.
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Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2019

This day is celebrated annually around the world yet is not a public
holiday in any country of the world. It originated as a Christian day
of feast to honor Saint Valentinus and is a cultural, religious
celebration of romance.

Stories include a written account of St. Valentine when the Romans
imprisoned him for performing weddings for soldiers and ministering to
Christians. Soldiers couldn’t marry in the Roman Empire and ministering
to Christians was persecuted. Legend claims that Saint Valentine
restored the sight to the blind daughter of his judge and he wrote her
a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

Today the celebration has come to include cards, candy, flowers, and
jewelry. In 2010 an estimated 15 million e-Valentines were sent as we
are also well into the computer age.

It is said that the verse “Roses are red” can be traced back to
Edmund Spenser’s “The Faerie Queene”(1590)-

She bath’d with roses red, and violets blew.
And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.

Before my time so I can’t swear all that is true but Happy Valentine’s
Day! Enjoy our Thursday as we will. Now I need some coffee to get my
strenght up for more shoveling.
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