September 30, 2016


We’ll mention 4 different subjects now, two that touch our
heartstrings and 2 that walk on the fighting side of me. We
feel it only right to mention the two we like first.

This Saturday, October 1st, is the Toys for Tots cruise-in
at NorthPark Mall hosted by the River Valley Classics. Hours
are 5-9 pm, Santa will be there, and the event goes on rain
or shine. If you don’t want your show car to get wet stop by
in your daily driver and drop off a toy.

Then the tale of Shanna and her daughters. She is a
single mother raising two girls who both have a rare
neuromuscular disease. A gofundme account was started last
year and still has a long way to go to reach the goal. Please
go to the link, read their story, and donate if you can.

Ok, now the things that frost my tomato. I never thought in
my lifetime that the U.S. Navy with do away with enlisted
ratings to make the Navy more “gender neutral” and to avoid
offending anyone. I know the radar man rate changed to
operations specialist, but now there won’t be a master at
arms or electricians mate either? This whole touchy, feely,
nonsense has gone to far. It’s the military not Romper Room!

Finally, we got a call this morning that really rubbed me
the wrong way. Caller I.D. just said ‘Austin, Tx’ and the
message started with “This is the IRS and we are suing you”.
Really? I have about a buck 2.98 in my bank account and
almost as much in ready cash which means I have enough to
stay retired until tomorrow.

These scams always make me mad for two reasons. The first is
somebody will fall this nonsense and give them money, and
second because they make me mad. To the caller from Austin,
Tx: please call back. We weren’t home before and would like to
discuss your problem.

And now, even though the wife and I shared a pizza last night
I am hungry for another. Enjoy your Friday and upcoming week
Comments are always welcome.

City living?

September 29, 2016



Yesterday morning I went out early to get a picture of the
moon. That turned out to be a good decision as I did get a
few pictures and was in a great mood all day.

So this morning it made sense to try again but my luck had
run out. The clouds were too thick to even see the planes
going into the airport let alone the moon. We’ll see what
tomorrow brings.

While waiting for that to happen I will be multi-tasking as
I try to solve a mystery and take care of business as usual.
As I went outside to take a few pictures last night I heard
a rustling on our roof so I went back into the house, grabbed
my flashlight, turned it on and aimed it at the roof to find,
a raccoon.

I know they are crafty critters, but how did it get on the
roof with no trees close and no lighted stairway with
raccoon signage? I really hope we don’t have flying raccoons
on the east coast of Iowa.

That little beady eyed critter has got to vacate our roof.
So I’ll do some research on how to remove nocturnal critters
from roofs to see if any simple ideas are available. We could
be busy for the short term so enjoy your Thursday.
Comments are always welcome.

Interesting house

September 28, 2016

Ever been by an old house and never give a thought to the
old adage ‘if those walls could talk?’. A car club we used to
be members of met in the carriage house of the Deere-Wiman
house. The carriage house is neat, the view from atop the
bluff is amazing, and the Deere-Wiman house is a local

The following 11 minute video may not change your vacation
plans, but it could open your mind to what a mansion looked
like in 1872. Or it could bore you, but we hope not. This
house is located in Moline, Illinois.

If you think this a place you’d like to visit, or just want
more information go here.

The link above is for the Butterworth Center and the Deere-
Wiman house. Standing a block apart they are both worthy of
visit if you like old houses, history, or something you don’t
see every day. The pipe organs in these houses alone are
works of art.

So enjoy the virtual tour and enjoy our Wednesday. Besides
being the only one we get this week it also signifies we have
one less day until the weekend.
Comments are always welcome.

Totally random thoughts

September 27, 2016


High above the flood zone here on the east coast of Iowa we
have had a strange day. This started after the wife went to
do some training or something for work and continued
throughout the day.

After having a gallon or so of coffee I decided to have a
few of my favorite crackers “Chicken in a Biskit”. In all the
years I have been ingesting this product I have never read
the list of ingredients.

After reading said list it is now known they are made in a
chemistry lab and not by a group of elitist culinary gnomes in
a secret location. I was crushed. Then after the wife got
home I was asked the question most married men fear the most,
‘do you want to go clothes shopping with me?’

I don’t do well in a place where the clerks dress better
than I do and feel the need to continually ask if they can
help me. Makes me want to say ‘yes, where are your saddles?’
But we got through it without injuries then went to our
favorite Mexican cantina for dinner.

The wife ordered a combo plate and I had my shredded beef
burritos. Nothing different there except I didn’t order them
with extra cheese. The coffee was hot, the hot sauce was hot,
and the burritos were great.

And we got my prescription filled to boot. That was when we
found out that when a doctor writes a prescription it’s only
good for a year. Who figured? I readily admit I procrastinate
on such things but we did get it to the pharmacy with 9 days
left on it.

Finally, our thoughts go out to all those affected by the
flood. It is never over when the water goes away because the
smell seems to linger for months. And now I go in search of
a project to keep me busy until such time as I get hungry
enough to burn a pizza. Enjoy your Tuesday.
Comments are always welcome

Not watching

September 26, 2016


Unless you have just awakened from a coma, you know the
first presidential debate of this go round is tonight. If you
have visited here long enough you also know we will not be
among the viewers.

Once again our country is at a crossroad and the direction
the majority decides to go will affect our future for

We believe there are three types of people in the race to
elect the next president. There are patriots, non-patriots,
and mushrooms. Others exist but we believe they are sub-sets
of the above mentioned groups. Bear with us and we’ll explain.

The patriot groups includes, but is not limited to those who
believe the oath they took never expires, anyone willing to
fight to keep our country free, and those who care enough to
seek the truth and not accept the rumors.

The non-patriot group includes, but is not limited to the
rioters, those who want something for nothing, and those who
do not respect our flag.

The last group is easier to define. We call them mushrooms
because they thrive when kept in the dark and fed a bunch of

Said groups have been around since before our country was a
country. That being said, we now believe patriots are in danger
of losing the top spot to one, or both, of the others. We are
getting tired of the talk. Talk is cheap, and we need a lot
less talk and a lot more action.

Watch the debate if you must, just don’t update us on that
dog and pony show. I think I hear some leftover pizza calling
for first aid and I want to be first on the scene. Enjoy your
Comments are always welcome.


September 25, 2016


Sunday snicker

September 24, 2016


The 98 year old Mother Superior from Ireland was dying. The
nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her last journey
comfortable. They gave her some warm milk to drink but she
refused. Then one of the nuns took the glass back to the

Remembering a bottle of Irish whiskey received as a gift the
previous Christmas, she opened and poured a generous amount
into the warm milk. Back at Mother Superior’s bed, she held
the glass to her lips. Mother drank a little, then a little
more and before they knew it, she had drunk the whole glass
down to the last drop.

“Mother,” the nuns asked with earnest, “please give us some
wisdom before you die.”

She raised herself up in bed and with a pious look on her
face said, “Don’t sell that cow.

We’re wet

September 23, 2016

I awoke around 4 am knowing something was wrong. After
clearing my head of the cobwebs I realized we had lost power.
And it was storming. It was raining when we ran our errands,
it was raining when we got back home, and it rained a good
part of the morning. But we are blessed.


I say that because parts of Iowa are flooded and roads are
closed due to said flooding. We don’t personally have that
problem as we are about 300 foot higher than the river and
we know water doesn’t normally run uphill. We do feel sorry
for those who are having problems.

For those who are thinking of going to flood prone areas to
help and those who make a living driving the concrete byways
of our state, we will some road closures we know about. They

Hwy 57 between US 218 and County Road T55 just west of Cedar

Hwy 188 between Hwy 3 and County Road T64 near Clarksville.

Hwy 3 between County Road T55 near Clarksville and US 218 in
Shell Rock.

Hwy 3 between County Road V49 and County Road V56 near Readlyn.

Hwy 13 between County Road D22 and County Road D13 near

Hwy 18 between IA 14 and County Road T66 at Charles City.

IA 187 between County Road C64 and County Road D22 (1 mile
north of the Masonville area). Southbound shoulder closed
because of flooding.

US 63 southbound lanes from County Road D35 to 155th St. are
currently closed due to water over the roadway

The National Weather Service has a page up with information
about flooding and you can check it out here.

So instead of “protesting” if you need something to do, get
your butt up here and lend a hand.
Comments are always welcome.

Why is it?

September 21, 2016


We must forewarn liberals, progressives, and anyone believing
they need a safe space that this post is not for you. If you
are one the above continue reading at your own risk as we
can guarantee you will be offended by the following thoughts.

Most know of liberal arts and for those who don’t we’ll
explain it in our own way. I have no intimate knowledge of
said arts, yet if I understand it correctly they involve
college studies intended to provide general knowledge and to
help elevate intellectual capacities as opposed to vocational
or professional skills. Or people who don’t like working with
their hands.

Which brings us to the point of this post. What happened to
the conservative arts? They just never seemed to take off.
Many have written opinions of what they should be but nobody
has taken the next step. There are those among us who like
working with our hands and would consider a office job hell
on earth.

We have vocational schools yet they aren’t listed as the
schools of the conservative arts. For those of us who seek
an opposite of liberal/progressive style of higher education
the pickings are slim. What is there for us who find that
environment alien to what we believe?

Are there dedicated schools who agree with our take on
smaller government, our traditional morals, and belief in
a free market economy? A few say yes yet still we wonder.
Some say Hillsdale College tops the list of such institutions.

After all, someone has to have the training to do what some
won’t, or can’t do. If some intelligent soul can’t figure out
why water is all over the floor they call a plumber. Many
can’t live without a car but don’t even know how to open the
hood. At times like that these people would need someone who
could benefit from conservative arts.

One would think that those who have studied the liberal arts
would welcome such institutions. After all, there are those
among us who enjoy making a living while using our hands AND
our minds.

Disagree if you must, but choices made us who we are and
our little part of the world wouldn’t be the same without
Comments are always welcome.

What happened?

September 20, 2016


I don’t watch a lot of television. Perry Mason might make it
on my watch list, but there are no “news” programs, talk
shows, or reality shows on said list. The reason for this is
simple, none of them have any semblance of reality or

Occasionally I will open a news page on the information
highway knowing it’s also a gamble what is read is true. In
our modern, politically correct society, is seems even the
news is biased to ensure nobody s feelings are hurt. And that
got me thinking.

When did we go from the have the fight, shake hands after
and go about your business to people needing “safe” spaces
because their feelings are hurt? We have gone from a time
when the best three got trophies to everybody who enters gets

Yes all citizens have rights. But those claiming their
rights have somehow been violated forget a few important things.
With rights come responsibility. Said rights are guaranteed
to us as written, not your interpretation of what you think
they should be. And nobody owes you anything.

If all you whining hypocrites want to know where the problem
really is, look in the mirror. You are the one who has been
buying the bull that they shipped you. If you really want to
find the truth, educate yourself don’t buy their version just
because they have the same political party or they sound

Stop the bull and look at what’s going on while you’re busy
thinking about your hurt feelings. We could all get a hell
of lot more done, in less time, if we put our alleged
differences aside and worked together. Just saying.
Comments are always welcome.