Been nice

December 3, 2021

Even the cardinals were out enjoying the day yesterday. This guy was trying to hide behind a volunteer red oak while picking seeds off the ground. And the week has been nice with warm days and cool nights for a few days. If it wasn’t for a few really cloudy days we’d say it was a perfect week.

In about an hour we’ll head out to get some groceries and pay too much. If this is what build back better looks like, no thanks. It is a necessary evil though as we have to eat and people frown on hunting in town. We even have a river a mile away, but the water is so nasty we wouldn’t eat anything that came out of it.

After we get that done, provided it’s light outside, we’ll go out and get some more work done on the bushes. It’s amazing how much heavier things feel at 70 years old than they did at 40, and the fact a nap may be necessary after the exertion.

Hard to believe its December already as the year went by so fast. At any rate, enjoy our Friday and the weekend. Now for some coffee.

4 legged critters

December 2, 2021

In case you’ve never seen one, this is what a dead raccoon looks like. Gives a new meaning to words ‘belly up’. He has gone to a better place yet we can’t say we’ll miss him.

Almost called this post ‘squirrely times’ as the remainder of the pictures will be of squirrels. Saw this one up a young walnut tree but don’t know what he was looking for. We also noticed a lot more black squirrels this year than last.

This squirrel is out on a limb and was looking for something also. Used to see them running about 24/7 storing up for winter. Perhaps this year will be mild after all. Either that, or we have a bunch of lazy squirrels around here.

Not to be outdone, this one was on a tree house railing and seemed to be having a good time.

Finally, this squirrel thought the crotch of an old tree was the place to be. Not sure what kind of tree it is but it has berries on it that the birds love this time of year. Today we’re hoping a different critter will get lost and wander into the neighborhood as we’re getting tired of squirrels.

Enjoy our Thursday as that means Friday is only a dream away. Now for coffee.

We’re late

December 1, 2021

Some days we wonder if it pays to get out bed. Was outside at 0400 hours enjoying a smoke with the cool 30 degree temperatures and everything looked great. Went out again at 0600 and discovered a dead raccoon in the middle of our back yard.

Didn’t see any obvious injuries and that got me wondering what did the raccoon in. Since it was a younger one I ruled out health problems which left that the raccoon could have been poisoned. Of course some might say it’s Covid, but not this redneck.

Did manage to get a picture of the woodpecker shared above. Watched him pecking the hell out of old tree then suddenly go to the neighbors gutter. Watched for a while as the bird tried to get something out of the leaf guard with no success. He eventually went to the open end and actually got in the gutter searching for food.

That’s how the day started, now have some running to do before getting the chain saw out to clear a little more brush. Should be done by noon, could take as long as until dark, or may change my mind before the running is done.

Enjoy our Wednesday, and the first day of December. Now for some more coffee.

Different looks

November 30, 2021

We mentioned sharing a few pictures and even though they’re different, here they are. This is one we mentioned that reminded us of the old sci-fi movies with impossibly large creatures attacking anything that moves. I know, I have a weird imagination.

The moon was out the night before last, even though the man in moon was sleeping on the job. Early in the night it appeared like above while later it went back upright. Don’t know how that happens but are glad we got this earlier shot.

This guy was dining on some berries off a bush and looked like he didn’t like getting caught with his mouth full. With the colors we just had to get his picture. Turned out as nice as we hoped.

Part of the weekend looked like this, and felt as cold as the picture looks. At least the wind is supposed to let up a little today. And this wasn’t taken at night but in the morning. Made for a chilly day while watching all the critters and the sky.

Haven’t shared a picture of a feral cat lately. This critter was a pitiful mess when we first saw her. She was scared of everything yet now comes up to eat at the food bowls we put out and drink the water. She still won’t let us get close, but we’re working on it.

Enjoy our Tuesday. Now for some more coffee.

It’s funny sometimes

November 29, 2021

Had another brilliant idea that fizzled out. After having a pizza with my coffee last night I decided to turn in early and get a good nights sleep. It’s funny sometimes how these ideas sound so good in your head yet fall apart when put into practice.

Pulled the covers over me a little after 2100 hours, 9 pm to those who don’t do military time, and thought I’d sleep until around 0400 in preparation of a busy day today. Of course when I did get up it was actually 0200 hours and I was wide awake. Should know better by now.

But for some reason another idea actually worked out yesterday. Decided to go back through my picture albums to see if I had forgotten to downsize any and save some memory on the computer. Came across a file from a few months ago that was as downloaded, and huge. Thought at first they were all stinkers until I got to looking.

Turns out there are some good shots in the folder and at some point today I will get them downsized and share a few at a later date. One group in particular has a shot of a buzzard flying close to a small airplane. The bird looks gigantic in the shots compared to the plane. Reminded me of some of the old sci-fi movies of years ago.

Shortly it will be time to feed the feral cats and glance to the sky to see what there is to see. Enjoy our Monday. Now for some pizza, donut holes, and coffee.

Sunday snicker

November 28, 2021

Two men, Joe and bob, both virgins, died and went to heaven. God introduces them to the heaven!

“Congrats, you get to enjoy eternal life in heaven. But you have one rule, never eat apples from the forbidden tree” As god pointed to the tree full of delicious apples.

“Uh, what happens if someone eats from it?” Asked Joe. God replies, “well, um, you’ll still be allowed to stay in heaven, I’ll just be very annoyed.”

God then says to the men, “I know you two have been virgins your entire life. So as a reward for all the good deeds you’ve done, I’ll find both of you a wife to enjoy eternity with in heaven.”

While god isn’t looking, Bob sneaks over to the tree and takes a bite of the forbidden apple.

God catches the man eating the apple and gets angry, “I can see you eating the forbidden fruit, but I can’t punish you or kick you out of heaven cause that’s against my morals. The only way to let out my anger against you is by getting you an ugly disgusting woman to be your wife; you won’t enjoy being with her at all.”

God then looks at Joe, the other man, and says, “Since you didn’t steal my apple, I found a beautiful and elegant wife for you. I’m sure you’ll love her, she will be the perfect match for you.”

Joe looks at his soon-to-be wife and says to her, “Wow you look stunning, I don’t think I deserve to be with someone as perfect as you”
The woman replies, “I also don’t know why God assigned me to be with you. All I did was eat from the forbidden apple tree”

Confusing start

November 27, 2021

Was out earlier getting a picture of the sunrise when I got distracted. Yeah, it was all Lil Bits’ fault. She came up and wanted attention so I set down the camera so I could pet her. By the time the camera was back in hand, sunrise was over.

That was what got me thinking. How strange would it be if cats were as big as horses? We’d know when they wanted some attention and they would be interesting as house pets at that size. Would we be able to ride them like a horse or would we become their new chew toy?

Since this train of thought was a useful as an emergency brake on a kayak, I switched gears and moved on. That’s when I noticed one could see the moon trying to peek out behind the clouds but not getting ahead of the game.

Then I was wondering that if there were a man in a moon, what would the earth look like to him from up there? Would we be a blurry blob through his telescope? About that time my cigarette burned down and was trying to sear my fingers and ended my distractions. It was fun while it lasted.

Enjoy our Saturday as the weekend is here and Black Friday is behind us. Now for some coffee.

Moving on

November 26, 2021

Thanksgiving is over and the food induced comas should have passed by now so it’s time for Black Friday sales to grab the attention of some. We don’t participate in the annual event and only saw a reason to do so once, when we got our first computer complete with the latest dial-up modem.

Just got back in from checking on the moon and feeding the feral cats which made me glad we don’t go out early for the sales. The temperatures hovered around 14 degrees with a ‘feels like’ temperature of 6. Unless they are giving away 1948 Chevys to the first 20 people to get inside we’ll stay home.

In a little over an hour we will venture out for groceries as we have to eat and keep the critters fed although we’re not even enthused about that. Hope they have my Chester’s Hot Fries this time as Cheetos Flaming Hot corn curls just aren’t the same. The store does have 50 donut holes for $5, so there is that.

Enjoy our Friday, even it’s a little cold where you are. Now for some coffee.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2021

Enjoy our holiday, watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this morning, have a great meal later, and remember our military, first responders, health care workers, and others who work today.


November 24, 2021

Thanksgiving is only a dream away. Soon we should feel like the critter pictured above and be swearing off food, at least short term. And we are thankful that we’ve seen another year go by and we’re still in reasonably good health.

Was all set to do this post an hour ago when the computer informed me we had no internet access. This happens and when it does our landline usually goes out too. Sure enough, when I checked the phone was dead. So after rebooting a few times and checking settings we got it back up and running. Oh yeah, the phone is working again also.

Today we’re going to get some things done, starting with a trip to the farm supply store for a few needed items, then on to the yard to get rid of some brush that volunteered to grow where we didn’t want it. Hope to get most of that done today before a cold front moves in tomorrow. We’ll see how that goes.

And since it’s a little warmer today we’ll try and get some pictures of various birds and critters should they decide to come out and play. If we’re lucky we’ll share a few as soon as we upload them. But remember, we’re almost to Thanksgiving Day and that thought puts a smile on our face anyway. Enjoy our Wednesday. Now for some coffee.