Sunday snicker

October 20, 2019

Pastor Larson and his council president, Sven Johnson ended up in a heated argument over a seemingly minor worship detail.

“I suggest we go home and pray to God to grant us peaceful hearts,” said Pastor Larson as Sven stormed past him into the churchyard.

After worship the next Sunday morning, Sven greeted Pastor Larson warmly. “I took your advice,” he said. “I went home and said a prayer.”

“Great!” said Pastor Larson. “So did I! I prayed that God would grant us both peaceful hearts and a fresh start.”

“That’s not what I prayed,” said Sven. “I asked God to help me put up with you.”


Afternoon addition

October 19, 2019

The moon was out again yesterday and looked magnificent in the
afternoon sky. A sky that started out clear and turned cloudy later.
Even with the clouds trying to hide the moon, it was a sight to see.
We won’t be so lucky today as the clouds have already taken over and
the moon won’t be seen later.

Speaking of clouds, as mentioned they were out in force painting
their designs across the blue sky. Funny, but I don’t remember clouds
looking like this from my childhood. Perhaps because we saw animals
and birds in the clouds back then.

Even saw a MedForce helicopter flying low and heading southeast. It
looked almost as if the clouds parted just enough to let the air
ambulance through. Living less than a mile from the nearest hospital
these things are expected.

Sometimes the noise of the rotors approaching take me back to
time in the Navy. We had a helipad on the stern of our destroyer
and the landings were a sight to see in rough waters.

Even though the critters made themselves scarce it was a lot to take
in. It wasn’t a warm yet it wasn’t cold either. The skies weren’t
clear all day but when they were it was amazing to see. And we’re
sure the critters will available for pictures again soon.

Enjoy our Saturday as we will. After all, we already had cheeseburgers
and potato chips for lunch and it doesn’t get much better than that.
Now I need some coffee before getting a few things done.
Comments are always welcome.

October 18, 2019

Our errands are done, the elk roast is in the crock pot, and all the
cats have been fed. Thought it was good time to sit down and do this

Around sunrise I went out and noticed it had turned the old pine tree
and the two house wrens in it a nice shade of reddish gold. It just
looked different than it would later.

Later that morning the tree and a wren didn’t look quite as dashing
as they did earlier but still thought them worthy of a picture.

The tree across the alley has started to turn golden with us hoping
for a few more colors of the spectrum. We’ll keep an eye out to see
if that happens.

Saw the moon yesterday afternoon and the man in the moon looked
happy to be out during the day. Didn’t have a long talk but we caught
each other up on what’s been going on since last we met.

These little birds, I think finches, looked to be hanging from the
pine needles by their beaks. After a closer look it was discovered
they actually have their feet on another branch and looked up. Not
sure why but as fast as they moved about it was hard to get a decent
picture. These are some tiny birds.

Enjoy our Friday as it’s here anyway. Now for some more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

Change of plans

October 17, 2019

Was going to do a different post but felt that could wait until
Friday and air my feelings about the soap opera which some call the ongoing battle between our President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Our current Speaker of the House does not get along with our President and has a habit of storming out of meetings with same claiming to be offended by something said and address the nearest TV News camera. I always thought the title ‘speaker’ meant someone well versed who could enter a meeting and have a civil discourse with anyone.

Apparently not. Our House of Representatives is the lower house of
the national legislature and the Senate is the upper house. The House
passes Bills which then go the Senate for a full vote and then, if
passed, sent to the President for consideration. They also initiate all
Bills related to revenue and the impeachment of federal officers.

With all the impeachment talks going on we know what they’re concentrating on. The House has spent an estimated $300 million so farin their attempt to impeach the President and I feel have broken many laws in doing so. It has not been put to a vote, it is as partisan as the day is long, and many more.

If the Speaker of our House cannot manage a simple meeting with the president, how can she manage the House of Representatives? She is the poster child for term limits. I would mention television coverage of the meetings and inevitable walk outs but that may be a post for another day.

Enjoy our Thursday as tomorrow we’ll return with a post complete with
pictures. Now I need more coffee and a cheeseburger.
Comments are always welcome.

Spaced out

October 16, 2019

Didn’t get a post out yesterday as I felt as goofy as the feral
kitten above looks. In the picture above she looks surprised to see me
standing close with the camera.

Perhaps she was looking at the strange sky above us. Not sure what was going on but it was fun watching the patterns swirl and move about the clear blue sky. The clouds were as white as the sky was blue.

Had a good visit with Dad and actually stayed a lot longer than I
normally do. But Dad felt like talking so I hung around. We talked of
the recent city general election, some truck stops he ate at when he
was on the road, the summer of 1936, and how he rode a horse to
school in 6 foot snowdrifts, uphill, both ways.

Then after sharing memories that had us both smiling I headed home
and quickly lost the rest of the day. Not sure where the day went,
or how I missed it, but all I remember is having a bowl of leftover
chili before watching a Perry Mason re-run.

I’ll try to not let that happen again. A friend gave me an Elk roast
the other day and when it thaws out we’ll cook it up and make some
gravy for potatoes. Haven’t had elk before and am guessing it tastes
a little like Bison and I have had that.

So enjoy our Wednesday and when the time is right I’ll do two posts
in a day to make up fro yesterday. Now for more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

Little talk

October 14, 2019

Over the weekend the Harvest Full Moon appeared and looked full all weekend. We’ve already posted Fridays moon and here now is Saturdays. We would show Sundays but clouds kept the moon from coming out to play.

So I was glad for the talk with the man in moon on Saturday. Here on the east coast of Iowa the temperatures have dropped into the basement at night and we’ve had frost warnings. That could be why the critters are hard to find.

The man in moon claimed he liked nights like Saturdays as the sky was
so inky black he felt he stood out and shined brighter. Couldn’t argue
with him there. That night reminded of some nights at sea when with
just the light of the moon it seemed liked you could see every detail
around you.

The caps on the waves would glow in the dark much like the water
churned up by the props and the gentle rocking of the ship changed
your view slightly.

The wife worked over the weekend and claimed she didn’t know there was a full moon until she got to work. She claims people act different when there is a full moon yet I think some people act different all the time. We will have more pictures just as soon as the critters get used to the change in the weather and stay out longer or I find something else to get a shot of.

Enjoy our Monday. Now for more coffee and some pizza rolls.
Comments are always welcome.

Sunday snicker

October 13, 2019

A little girl from Alabama went to church for the first time ever when she was visiting her grandparents in Michigan. When the pastor announced it was time for the Lord’s Supper, she was excited–and hungry. The congregation filed up to the altar rail, and the child watched in confusion as her grandparents received a wafer and small plastic cup of wine. She could hardly wait to get back to the pew to tell her grandma that Jesus wasn’t from Alabama.

“How do you know that, dear?” asked her grandma.

“Because that was the poorest meal I’ve ever seen,” she said. “Mama would’ve at least given everybody some corn bread and sweet tea.”