October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween! Here on the east coast of Iowa it’s going to
be a good one as far as the weather goes and the little ghosts
and goblins should be out in force.

In other news, the sun came up. It didn’t look like the picture
for long but it sure looked great while it did. Almost made me
wish I had put in a full day working. But with sights to be seen
and other chores to get done, that didn’t happen.

The moon was also out in the morning flying high above the trees
in the clear blue sky. Made us smile at the thought of getting
to see the sun and the moon at the same time.

A lone crow was perched atop the old oak tree and appeared to
be enjoying the day along with the rest of us. It must have been
fun as he hung around quite a while.

The trees are still dressing up in colorful costumes and set
in front of the blue sky made a spectacle of themselves. We are
having a bright fall here in Iowa.

While watching the leaves I spied this branch balanced on the
lines which hang in the air above the alley. Through the earlier
high winds and a little rain the branch didn’t move. Funny how
nature works.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and have a great Wednesday and
Halloween. Now for some more coffee so I can get busy.
Comments are always welcome.

Fall has fell

October 30, 2018

A quick look at the trees and one can tell that fall has come
to visit us on the east coast of Iowa. Most leaves that haven’t
yet fallen are gold or crimson while a few others are brown and

When I cruised over to chat with Dad the color was even better
but I didn’t bring a camera so have no pictures. Both Dad and
myself were feeling a little off this morning and he even said
he felt so rough he felt like he was 49.

And we both admitted we were clueless on who to vote for in the
upcoming election. One candidate says the other is a bold faced
liar while the other claims his opponent takes money that should
go to the sick and gives it to big business.

The street in front of his house is still torn up and turning
onto a side street brings out ones innovative spirit. When the
street is finally done and all lanes reopened is anyone’s guess
as weather this time of year can stop a project.

And soon the white fluffy love from above will coat our little
part of the world with some snow. We’re ready for that also. The
first snow of the year always lifts our spirits. I’m sure this
winter will be no different.

We hope you are enjoying our Tuesday as much as we are. Now for
more coffee and leftover pizza. We’re well stocked with both.
Comments are always welcome.


October 29, 2018

My quest has ended successfully. No, I still haven’t figured
out what I want to be when I grow up. The lost medicine has been
found! Once it was discovered that insurance wouldn’t cover the
refill due to loss we doubled our effort and the missing meds
are where they belong.

Good thing it’s been cloudy and windy out or the yard would
have gotten all the attention. But it’s hard to rake leaves with
50 mph gusts. So instead we put our efforts into finding the
missing medicine bag. In doing so we also discovered that the
bag contained 2 prescriptions instead of just the one.

As for what I want be when I grow up, the list has been pared
down to a workable length. I’m either going to be a rodeo clown,
a train engineer, a bank president, or something else. Surgeon
has been ruled out as my hands aren’t as steady as they once
were and I’d be around 80 by the time I finished schooling and
internship. We’ll have to wait for the answer until I grow up.

Oh yeah, and I found the medicine in the last place I looked!
Had a feeling it would work out that way. Here on the east
coast of Iowa we’re supposed to have another breezy day but
some yard work will get done.

Enjoy our Monday as we will now that we can rest. Now I need
more coffee and a BLT.
Comments are always welcome.

Sunday snicker

October 27, 2018

Here are a few short ones we found-

Two boys were walking home from church after hearing a strong preaching on the devil. One said to the other, “What do you think about all this Satan stuff?”

The other boy replied, “Well, you know how Santa Claus turned out. It’s probably just your dad”

A pastor’s wife was preparing pancakes for her young sons. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their Mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, “Let my brother have the first pancake. I can wait.

” The oldest boy turned to his younger brother and said, “You be Jesus.”

A boy and a girl sat in Sunday school and the teacher asked “Who died for our sins?” And the boy poked the girl in the butt with a pin and the girl shouted “Jesus Christ”

And the teacher said good next the teacher asked “Who created the world?” And the boy poked the girl again and she shouted “God”

And the teacher said good the last question the teacher asked was “What did Eve say to Adam after they had their twenty-seventh child?” Then the boy poked her with the pin again and she shouted “If you stick that thing in me again ill break it in half.”

“What’s wrong, Bubba?” asked the pastor.

“I need you to pray for my hearing,” said Bubba.

The pastor put his hands on 
Bubba’s ears and prayed. When he was done, he asked, “So how’s your hearing?”

“I don’t know,” said Bubba. “It isn’t until next Tuesday.”

Have to be somewhere

October 26, 2018

I got up late this morning, right around sunrise, and roared
off like a wheezing three-toed sloth. Now that the groceries
are put away and with several cups of coffee consumed I decided
to take a break.

Deciding my diet needed a switch up I did not have leftover
pizza for breakfast as we found pizza rolls on sale while at the
store. We bought the “Supreme” pizza rolls and I must say they
seemed as tasteless as the regular ones. So much for planning.

And I am still on a quest to find my missing medication. The
wife and I are getting good at looking in the same places and
achieving the same results. Unless the kitten ate the bottles
they have to be here somewhere.

Since I found out it would be full cost with no insurance to
refill the prescription my resolve to find the elusive little
bottles is set. And this is as good a time as any to do some
spring cleaning. I have a feeling I will find said medication in
the last place I look.

I look at this as a blessing though as the last few days have
been cloudy and cool so taking pictures is out. It still looks
more like dusk out than 10 am. There will be plenty of time for
pictures after we find my medication. This time I may just put
them in the safe.

But of course I don’t know the combination to said safe so
would then have to remember where I put it after writing it
down. Looks to be a busy weekend.

Enjoy our Friday as we’ll be busy. Now for some more coffee and
I think there’s some leftover pizza in the oven.
Comments are always welcome.

Unrelated thoughts

October 25, 2018

After our recent venture into the Twilight Zone we buried my
brother yesterday and are returning to as close to normal as we
feel safe doing today. Doing otherwise would be too drastic of
a change.

And today, since I’m not in a suit again, I noticed they still
have morning news shows on TV. Bombs being mailed to famous and
former high-ranking liberals? We also found out said bombs did
not explode as they were faulty in some way.

In all their wisdom, the news commentators stated that they
couldn’t reveal why the bombs didn’t go off as it might help
the bomber. Ya think? I didn’t watch long as I have a low
tolerance for being spoon fed BS.

Last night when I went out to get a picture of the moon before
our chat it was a little hazy but it didn’t hamper our talk. The
man in the moon got sarcastic yet made a good point if I were
only smart enough to figure it out. I will though.

He said he couldn’t figure out why when people die that those
who call themselves Christians openly weep and are sad. Doesn’t
the good book promise eternal life? And none of us came with
a warranty that states we get x number of years before we
breathe our last.

I’m still pondering that. Perhaps I’ll get an answer by going
out and enjoying nature. Enjoy our Thursday as there won’t be
any more this week. Now for some more coffee, a couple of
waffles, and a walk with nature.
Comments are always welcome.

Almost over

October 24, 2018

Yesterday was a busy day and today looks just as hectic yet the
funeral later today will be the end of this page in our book of
life. We got to the funeral home for visitation and stayed for
what seemed like days but was actually about 4 hours.

I was asked “do you remember me?” more times yesterday than I
have in years. I remembered them about half the time and with
the rest we’d laugh as I hadn’t seen some of them since we were
kids. But we’d start talking about all the things we did in our
youth and I realized we had a great childhood.

Many mentioned we hadn’t seen each other since Mom’s funeral
while others would take a stroll down memory lane and everything
clicked. After visitation we went to the 11th Street Precinct
for pizza and refreshments. And that had others glaring at our
table as tales were told and the laughter resonated off the
walls. We got loud.

I cut myself off after 2 cups of coffee as I had to drive home
while others kept going with drink of choice. Today, in about an
hour, we head two block away to a church for the burial services,
on to the cemetery, and then to a little feast set up at the
church after.

We think John got a great send-off with no drama as sometimes
happens. I may be a little scarce online today as it looks to
be busy but will check in when things settle down.

The family would like to thank everyone for their support and
kind words. Enjoy our Wednesday as we will and if you get a
chance check out the full moon tonight. It was sure showing off
last night here on the east coast of Iowa.
Comments are always welcome.

Some thoughts

October 23, 2018

The moon looked good last night and after I got the wife off to
work we had a chat. Once again he had some good ideas but told
me to check the legality of said ideas before acting on them.

A little later today I’ll get some doughnuts from the doughnut
shop and cruise over to visit Dad. This may be a bit different
from all the others as he has never lost a son before. We talked
about it a few times and the Antique Farmer stated he believed
that wasn’t supposed to happen.

Then we have the subject of flowers for the funeral. I admit to
getting sticker shock when looking at the various offerings and
it got me thinking. The flowers denote love or respect of the
sender, I think. But who we send them to is dead so doesn’t know
they were sent.

Seems like a wasted sentiment to me. But yes, we did send the
flowers. Visitation will be this afternoon and in my list of
places I’d rather not be a funeral home is a close second to the
hospital. I may get over it when I get older.

Finally, the weather on the east coast of Iowa is going to be
great for the funeral and most of the week. No rain in the
forecast until Friday and then only a 20% chance with highs in
the 50s. Good for getting outside work done.

Enjoy our Tuesday and keep an eye out for the full moon
tomorrow. Now I need some coffee and bacon.
Comments are always welcome.


October 22, 2018

As I get older the things one is never told about aging keep
popping up catching me by surprise. That’s not necessarily a bad
thing but does make one wonder. And sometimes it causes

Like yesterday. I took the last of one of my medications and
thought no problem, I got a 90 day refill less than a month ago.
Problem is I can’t find it. We brought it home, sat the bag
down, and the medicine just disappered.

Still thinking it was no problem we searched places I usually
put my meds until needed. Right. The bag is gone, the boxes are
gone, and the bottles, pills and all are nowhere to be found.
Most young folks have no idea how that feels.

We’ll keep looking. I do know where my suit is hanging and
later today will give it a test fit in preparation of the
visitation for my brother tomorrow. I even located a dress shirt
and tie last night, unless they have took off along with the

At first I thought it could be the concussions I’ve had over
the years until I looked in a mirror. The image that glanced
back at me was not as young as I origianlly thought. We’ll leave
it there for now as the search for my meds continues.

Enjoy our Monday because we won’t get another this week. Now I
need some coffee, leftover pizza, and my missing meds.
Comments are always welcome.

Sunday snicker

October 20, 2018

We couldn’t find a new religious funny so thought we’d share the

An Arab was walking through the Sahara desert, desperate for water, when he saw something, far off in the distance. Hoping to find water, he walked towards the image, only to find a little old Jewish man sitting at a card table with a bunch of neckties laid out on it.

The Arab asked “Please, I’m dying of thirst, can I have some water?”

The man replied “I don’t have any water, but why don’t you buy a tie? Here’s one that goes nicely with your robes.”

The Arab shouted, “I don’t want a tie, you idiot, I need water!”

“OK, don’t buy a tie. But to show you what a nice guy I am, I’ll tell you that over that hill there, about 4 miles, is a nice restaurant. Walk that way, they’ll give you all the water you want.”

The Arab thanked him and walked away towards the hill and eventually disappeared.

Three hours later the Arab came crawling back to where the man was sitting behind his card table. He said “I told you, about 4 miles over that hill. Couldn’t you find it?”

The Arab rasped “I found it alright. They wouldn’t let me in without a tie.”