It’s gone now

January 22, 2017


As the sun went down on the last day of the weekend it was
time to think of all we’ve done since Friday morn. Our usual
Friday grocery run, an indoor car show with a cruise to couple
big box stores the wife wanted to visit, ate healthy for two
days, and broke down and bought a bird feeder.

Most went smoothly. But if everything went right we’d be
talking about a movie and not real life. The bumps in the road
weren’t hard to handle, and we manged to dance in the car
every time we pulled back in the driveway.



The squirrels were acting squirrely and the birds
continued to pose when asked. we even saw a blue jay fly
in front of a cloud right as I snapped the pic.


We saw eagles gliding through the sky, heard geese making
their getaway, and saw more critters today than we have for
quite a while. Hard to believe I haven’t had a pizza since
Friday night.

Yes, the eating healthy thing. We had lean fish fillets with
potatoes Saturday and tacos made with lean meat today. That
means tomorrow I have pizza so there are no mood swings. I
will admit I was skeptical when the wife bought an air fryer,
but the thing does make some great tasting fish.

Now it’s time to sack out in preparation of what the new day
will bring. Enjoy our upcoming week.
Comments are always welcome.

Sunday snicker

January 21, 2017


We share another oldie becuase the wife shared it with me and
it still made me smile.


A preacher goes to a nursing home to meet an elderly parishioner. As he is sitting there he notices this bowl of peanuts beside her bed and takes one.

As they talk, he can’t help himself and eats one after another. By the time they are through talking, the bowl is empty. He says, “Ma’am, I’m sorry, but I seem to have eaten all of your peanuts.”

“That’s okay,” she says. “They would have just sat there. Without my teeth, all I can do is suck the chocolate off and put them back.”

Not making plans anymore

January 20, 2017


We got a late start to the grocery store as the wife had to
wake me up and that was slow going. I had made a schedule
to account for almost every minute of the day and was ready
to check things off as soon as they were done.

Yeah, you guessed it, didn’t turn out that way. Because I
overslept I was behind before even starting. I didn’t have all
ten cups of my morning coffee until one o’clock. For the first
time we could remember, we watched most of the inauguration.

The local channel the wife likes to watch sure must have seen
a different inauguration than we did. Grim? Racist speech?
Hard to believe the news commentators get paid to spread such
garbage. Then I went outside to start on my schedule and
noticed some cardinals in the brush and about four black
squirrels scampering around so I had to get the camera.

When I got back inside the pictures needed to be uploaded to
the computer and that took time. It was at this point the
schedule got balled up and thrown in the trash because it was
futile to start at such a late hour.

Said schedule may have gotten started if it hadn’t been for
the Barret-Jackson auction airing live on TV. I just can’t
resist watching people with more money than sense bid three
times what something is worth just for bragging rights. They
do look excited when they win though.

Now I’ll get the wife up shortly so she can go to work and
not long after that Perry Mason comes on. The series is up to
1961 now and in case you didn’t know it, there were some neat
cars in 1961. That should take me to bedtime.

So you could say I did follow a schedule of sorts, just not
the one I had ready. Enjoy the weekend, looks like we’re going
to an indoor car show tomorrow. If I remember a camera we’ll
post some pictures.
Comments are always welcome.

Here we go again

January 19, 2017


We can’t grasp why inaugurations are so difficult for so many
and can now see where younger generations get an attitude. As
we’ve said many times, we don’t believe these antics and ideas
to be anything new.

Some Democrats boycotted Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration in
1864 because the southern states states wouldn’t recognize his
victory. And, like Trump, Lincoln received death threats. We
don’t know how Trumps security will be, but history tells us
death threats to Lincoln forced General Winfield Scott to
put 635 troops along the parade route and Capital grounds.

General Scott also used 2,000 volunteers, put the cavalry on
side streets, sharpshooters on top of taller buildings, and
had detectives mingle with crowds. All for the safety of the
man who would be president.

Lest you think that having our country’s lawmakers act like
spoiled children is something novel, we fast forward to the
time of another president.

John F. Kennedy said “Let us not seek the Democratic answer
or the Republican answer, but the right answer. Let us not
seek to fix the blame of the past. Let us accept our own
responsibility for the future.”

Lawmakers don’t have to attend an inauguration by law. And
we’re sure the protesters will be out in force, but the man
hasn’t even been sworn in yet. Wouldn’t civilized people wait
until something is done they don’t agree with before starting
to protest?

It’s no wonder kids of today need safe spaces when they see
this kind of action going on every day. And the lawmakers
should stick to doing what they were elected to do instead of
wasting everyone’s time.

That said, have a great Inauguration day tomorrow. I’m going
in search of the elusive bacon cheeseburger pizza.
Comments are always welcome.

Getting there

January 18, 2017

I almost got a post done earlier but then I got distracted.
The lady who follows me around claims that isn’t hard to do.
Her only reply when I comment to the contrary is a hearty

This day was not wasted however as I took some pictures, had
a meal, and managed to get some chores done to boot. Like most
days it didn’t go exactly as planned either.

I took a few shots of the sunset and waited around to see if
anything interesting would occur until it did. A glowing orb
was in the southern sky just as dusk was turning to dark.


The strange thing was, with my small zoom lens it looked like
it was a purple ball ringed in green. Hadn’t seen that before.
The object stood out in deep blue sky all by its lonesome.

After that an orange streak appeared just below the unknown
object. I at first thought it was a meteor because there is
the possibility of a meteor shower. But it turned out to be
no mystery as I discovered it was the contrails of a west
bound jet. The ebbing sunset must have colored them.


So I looked over some pictures taken earlier today and
noticed a lot of them were of cardinals. I know that is said to
be a good omen and am thankful for the chance to take the
pictures. And either I must have a lot of loved ones in Heaven
or said loved ones think I’m messing up.


Despite all that we are going to have a new president in less
than two days. I even heard Hanoi Jane is going to lead the
Planned Parenthood protest at the inauguration so I may even

Wednesday is almost gone and Thursday will put us one step
closer to the weekend. Have a great rest of the week and
keep the shiny side up. Now I’m on the hunt for a pizza.
Comments are always welcome.

Gotta love a strange day

January 17, 2017

It all started with a cardinal, and squirrel, and an alley
cat. The bird was squawking at the squirrel who was eating his
peanuts from a makeshift bird feeder I placed in the brush.


The squirrel was chattering back at the cardinal, until, the
alley cat came sauntering along and plopped himself down
between them. That ended the discussion.


For some reason that reminded me that Ben Franklin was born
on this day, January 17th, in 1706. Which got me thinking
about the end of the Ringling Brothers Circus. The brothers
were born in McGregor, Iowa and later moved to Wisconsin where
they began their famous sideline.

Of course that reminded me of Joseph “Diamond Joe” Reynolds,
a grain dealer, railroad builder, and steamboat entrepreneur.
Then I realized that I was getting wet in the drizzle and
hadn’t gotten anything done.

And finally, that reminded me the indoor Rod & Custom show is
this Friday through Sunday at the QCCA Expo Center. Which is
why I’m just now getting around to doing this post. Now I need
to find a pizza with my name on it and a Coke with a catchy
slogan on it.

Hope you enjoyed the day, I know I did.
Comments are always welcome.

Gone to Heaven

January 16, 2017


Bill Edmond will be laid to rest tomorrow in the National
Cemetery on Arsenal Island with full military honors. Seems
fitting the forecast calls for rain because even the angels
are feeling the loss.

Bill was our 2nd Ward Alderman for six years until 2015. He
was a husband, father, Vietnam veteran, and former
semi-pro athlete, He sold cars, liked horses, loved being
outdoors, and was a former TV weatherman on WQAD. He also
liked history, around the civil war era if I remember

But I’ll always remember a man who didn’t pay lip service and
was a man of his word. You knew where he stood, and if you
didn’t he’d gladly tell his opinion. If he told you we would
look into something it was as good as done. People like are a
rarity today.

He was 67 years old, born in Pennsylvania, married in Nevada,
went to high school in Michigan, then attended college and
played semi-pro baseball and football in Texas.

His comments and corrections on this blog will be treasured,
and missed as will he.

Our sincere condolences to the family.