Happy New Year!

December 31, 2019

Like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! We hope it is both happy and prosperous. We’re almost down to the wire and the New Year’s Eve shows will be all over the TV. Here on the east coast of Iowa the fireworks will start and it’s anybodys guess when they will end.

Official fireworks hours here are from 10 pm to 12:30 am be we’ll
guess the skies will still be lit up and the ground shaking after the
official hours end. The usually do. Fireworks were going off before
they became legal and we don’t expect a big change.

Went over to see Dad this morning and the day started out great.
When I stopped to get his donuts the lady behind the counter said she
put in a couple extra donuts. I thanked her and Dad was impressed.
He may be 94, but he does have a sweet tooth.

Got back home and got busy and before I knew it the sun set and it
got dark outside. What little white fluffy love from above that fell
overnight has been swept away both here and at Dads so there just
wasn’t much to do outside anyway.

Dad was in an ornery mood this morning this morning. He said he was going to Nebraska for a vacation. When asked how he was going to get there he replied that a troupe of dancing girls were going to stop by and pick him up in their bus.

His caregiver told him he should take money as it might get expensive with all the girls. Dad came right back and said the girls were taking him and it wouldn’t cost him a dime. Seemed fair. Had another great visit with the Antique Farmer.

Enjoy what’s left of the last day of 2019 before it’s gone. Now for
some coffee and a little TV before I get the wife up.
Comments are always welcome.

Almost here

December 30, 2019

As we welcome in the last Monday, of the last month of the decade we
here at Casa Cruiser look back at the decade that will soon be history.
We’ve lost family members, friends, and others we think highly of. And
of course some new additions were added to our family.

We’ve traveled a little, laughed a lot, and learned a few things
along the cruise that is this decade until Wednesday. That said, we
wouldn’t change a thing as we can’t anyway.

Wednesday we’ll cruise into the 20th year of the third millennium, the
twentieth year of the 21st Century, and the first year of the 2020
decade. Wow! And it’s a leap year. Hard to top that.

Some of us make new years resolutions, I do not. Just like when I
was drinking we didn’t go out on St. Patrick’s Day. We did celebrate
but considered most who went out that night amateurs. Sometimes
one just has to take it easy.

One thing that won’t change with the decade is our debate on when we were married. The wife says December 20th and I say the 21st. She claims she had no honeymoon while I say mine was in Hawaii. We do agree that somebody got married.

I will not be shooting off my shotgun at midnight Wednesday for a
couple of reasons. The first being a sore shoulder and another is the
realization that it might knock me on my butt and break it. I’ll just
watch the fireworks from around the world and call it good.

So Enjoy our Monday as it’s the last one of the year and decade.
Now I need some coffee and bacon.
Comments are always welcome.

Sunday snicker

December 29, 2019

One fine day, a priest, a rabbi, and a high priestess decide to all go fishing. They manage to get to the water, and off they go. One hour later, the high priestess says, “I think I forgot the food!”

She steps off the boat, walks across the water, gets the picnic basket, and walks back! As they are eating, the priest thinks, “What a display. Jeez, where does she get off walkin’ on the water?”

Right then, the rabbi says, “Oye! I forgot the drinks.” He steps right off the boat, and walks across the water to get the drinks. By this time, the priest is very frustrated!

He excuses himself, and as the priest steps out of the boat, he falls in the water. The high priestess turns to the rabbi and says, “You think we should have told him about the rocks?”

Late update

December 28, 2019

173 years ago today Iowa became a state. Iowa sits between the
Mississippi River to the east and the Missouri River and Big Sioux
River to the west. The largest city, Des Moines, is also the State
Capital. And it is said the state got its name from the Ioway people
who were one of the many Native American tribes that lived here.

Iowa has a population of 3,156,145. Crops cover 60% of the state,
grasslands cover 30%, forests cover 7%, and urban areas and water
cover 1% each. Over a 30 year span the state averages 47 tornados a
year. And we call it home.

Today on the east coast of Iowa we are having a wet day. Didn’t see
any sun but the rain has been on and off. We’re told when all is
said and done we will get about an inch of rain by 8 am tomorrow.

So the feral cats aren’t out running around and the birds have
been quiet. Read earlier in the Farmer’s Almanac that his winter
will be a polar coaster. Didn’t know what that meant then but have
since be given an idea.

The daily highs have been up and down like a yo-yo and both rain
and snow are in the extended forecast. Guess it’s time to get some
gas for the snow blower. After all, January is just around the corner
and will bring a new year with it.

Enjoy the rest of our Saturday. Now for some coffee and pizza.
Comments are always welcome.


December 26, 2019

Christmas is over and as happens sometimes I’ve been looking back on my life. Am told I was a bad boy when younger and the reason some mothers warned their children about choices. The fact that many changes have been made and I am now cleverly disguised as a responsible adult, the rumors still circulate.

As we cruise through life we all have choices and thankfully we
don’t all make the same ones. Always figured nobody remember a tale
that includes milk, cookies, and a good nights sleep. But one that
involves alcohol, bad choices, being arrested, and getting your
firearm back are usually remembered forever.

Our doctor just quit asking about injuries after I figured out how to slow him down. He asked me about being deaf in one ear and how it happened. So I told him it involved a 66′ Cutlass, a case of ice cold beer, a hand gun, and a night in jail. And no more questions.

The doc is nice enough guy, we just disagree on a lot of things. He
once asked me if I had guns in the house and looked shocked when I
told him it was none of his business. His claim was he had to ask
because of a new law. If I hadn’t put the brakes on those kind of
questions he would have gotten around to asking me if I carry a
pocket knife!

I may have turned over a new leaf but that doesn’t mean I was
struck stupid in the process. So I quit drinking most of my
rowdy friends now hang out elsewhere, and been married for 32
years. Yet the rumors keep going around and eventually get back
to me.

And I laugh! Seems no mater what we do in life, or how much we
change, people are going to remember the bad. Go for it as I need
a good chuckle every now and then.

Enjoy our Thursday as that means Friday is only a dream away. Now I
need more coffee and my camera before I wander back outside.
Comments are always welcome.

Busy Christmas Eve

December 24, 2019

A sliver of the moon popped out a couple hours before sunrise so we
got a picture. Not enough there to talk to the man in the moon, it
just didn’t seem right. We’ll wait until we catch him when he has
fattened up a little.

The Nativity scene nearby was lit up while there was still some light
left on the east coast of Iowa and since it depicts what the season
is all about we’ll share this one.

This European starling was sunning himself and we just liked the
picture. Usually there are dozens on the tree yet this one was all
by his lonesome today.

Thought we’d throw in a picture of the sunrise from the other day
as we like it and hope you do also. Even managed to vacuum and wash the car today so it can get dirty again. Perhaps someone will invent a dirt colored car to cut down on the time spent in the driveway.

After a ham dinner the wife suggested going to a Christmas tree
light show. This picture doesn’t do it justice as it was timed to
Christmas music and they weren’t playing slow dances. I didn’t think
I’d like it, but after going have to admit it was a good show.

And a big thank you to Ronnie and Todd for stopping by with some
goodies and the nice visit.

Tomorrow is Christmas and we hope everyone has a happy holiday even if it isn’t your holiday. Now for some more coffee and leftover ham.
Comments are always welcome.

Kitten update

December 23, 2019

The feral kittens have grown into adult cats and developed different
personalities. While none are mean, some are playful, one is a
cuddler, and the others act like hunters. Here are a few pictures of
what the kittens look like now.

This little fellow resembles a Maine Coon, the gentle giant. Until
you seem him up close and notice his legs are only about 2 inches
long! While he has fattened up and got his winter coat he is not a
giant. But his playful and always wants his ears scratched when I’m

This little lady we call ‘little mama’ as it’s getting hard to tell
them apart. This one has a thin orange ring around the top of her
shoulders which helps. She is a shy one and doesn’t get too close
when we’re outside.

This lady stands her ground when pushed and likes to keep herself
clean at all times. Think she spends more time grooming herself
than eating. She is also the biggest of her litter.

Finally, there’s Patches. She doesn’t mind getting in your face if
she sees you as a threat. A very colorful lady who has run off a few
raccoons trying to eat her food, just like her mama. She is usually
happy just chasing small critters and an occasional squirrel.

That’s what the kittens look like today and a little biography on
each. It’s been fun watching them grow and learn and we’ll keep
feeding them as long as they’re around.

Enjoy the rest of our Monday, or Christmas Eve Eve if you prefer.
Now for some coffee and a snack.
Comments are always welcome.

Sunday snicker

December 22, 2019

A boy was sitting on a park bench with one hand resting on an open Bible. He was loudly exclaiming his praise to God. “Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God is great!” he yelled without worrying whether anyone heard him or not.

Shortly after, along came a man who had recently completed some studies at a local university. Feeling himself very enlightened in the ways of truth and very eager to show this enlightenment, he asked the boy about the source of his joy.

“Hey” asked the boy in return with a bright laugh, “Don’t you have any idea what God is able to do? I just read that God opened up the waves of the Red Sea and led the whole nation of Israel right through the middle.”

The enlightened man laughed lightly, sat down next to the boy and began to try to open his eyes to the “realities” of the miracles of the Bible. “That can all be very easily explained. Modern scholarship has shown that the Red Sea in that area was only 10-inches deep at that time. It was no problem for the Israelites to wade across.”

The boy was stunned. His eyes wandered from the man back to the Bible laying open in his lap. The man, content that he had enlightened a poor, naive young person to the finer points of scientific insight, turned to go.

Scarcely had he taken two steps when the boy began to rejoice and praise louder than before. The man turned to ask the reason for this resumed jubilation.

“Wow!” exclaimed the boy happily, “God is greater than I thought! Not only did He lead the whole nation of Israel through the Red Sea, He topped it off by drowning the whole Egyptian army in 10-inches of water!”

Our two weddings

December 21, 2019

Christmas is but a handful of days away and that can only mean one
thing at Casa Cruiser. Yup, the wife and I are debating the date we got married. One would think after 32 years she would get it right yet she insists we got married on December 20th while I believe it was the 21st.

She states her case and claims she has a marriage license with her
date on it that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt it was the 20th.
So I reply that documents can be forged and I have irrefutable proof
it was the 21st.

My proof? Our car club newsletter. While it is possible to forge
official documents, there is no incentive to do so with a newsletter.
She gives further proof to aid my argument when she states that for
years she told the editor of the newsletter to change the date as it
was wrong and he wouldn’t.

This was back in the day when things weren’t changed easily and I
believe said editor just didn’t have enough proof to justify altering
his newsletter. Some may think this odd that we can’t agree on which
day it was but it gives us two days to celebrate instead of one.
Happy Anniversary Dear.

I won’t go into the other debate we have about me not being old
enough to be married that long as it would be book length. Enjoy our
last Saturday before Christmas. Now I need more coffee before going
back outside to see if any critters needing their picture taken.
Comments are always welcome.

Pictured distractions

December 20, 2019

I admit to being distracted lately lately and one of the reasons is
the picture above. The other day as the sun came up and warmed the
day a little the icicles on the awning over the back door started to
melt. Don’t know how long was spent getting the timing right to get
a picture of a drop at the end of said icicle.

Into the night the distractions kept coming. On a clear night the
man in the moon was bugging me for a portrait and the result is the
picture above. Turn out pretty nice and he was happy. Now I just
have to figure out how to get a copy to him.

Another afternoon as the sun was sinking over the horizon and the
sky turned orange this shot was taken through the trees. They get
in the way of the sunset but also help the environment so we don’t
mind. Plus they double as a playground for the critters.

A few nights before that a flock of geese flew overhead and south
until they could no longer be seen in the darkening night. They made
so much noise I actually heard them before saw them. It was a sight
to see.

Enjoy our Friday as we’re that much closer to Christmas. Now I
need some coffee and a little bacon to go with an egg.
Comments are always welcome.