When it rains…

April 30, 2020

My desktop went FUBAR 3 days ago and I’ve been trying to bring it
back to life. When we got said computer it was top of the line and
we were told it would be the last one we’d ever need. Bull! Ten
years later here I sit needing another one.

Not sure if the problem is fixed or it’s time to bury the dead, but
will wait and see. Worst case, posts can be done from my laptop until
another tower is bought and installed.

On the virus front it seems like SSDD. We haven’t heard of any riots
but demonstrations are up. The number of fatalities is much lower
than predicted, yet some are stuck at home. And now we have some
businesses claiming they won’t let us in if we don’t wear masks.

Don’t know about you, but I have enough trouble breathing on a
regular day to put a mask on and make it worse. I’d be panting like
like a pug dog in a tail chasing contest! Then we’re told that
social distancing is here to stay even if more states open up.

So I’m at the keyboard hoping this post will make it through the
process without the computer going crazy on me again. Developers
need to put a hood on the towers so we can open up the top to work
on them instead of taking it halfway apart.

Fodder for another day. Enjoy the rest of our Thursday as at least
the weather has been decent here today. I need some coffee no and
a pizza later to get back on track.
Comments are always welcome.

Bull shipping

April 28, 2020

Read an article from WND that states lockdowns weaken immunity and
that cure is worse than the disease. The 2 physicians with advanced
degrees in microbiology claim sheltering in place actually weakens
our immune system.

The doctors say the fatality rate for this disease is one-tenth
of 1%. They are also pushing the herd immunity concept and question
the lock down in California where the fatality rate is 0.03%. Which
begs the question: why the lock downs?

You can click on the link to read the article, and it is an
interesting read. Of course those who have medical issues already
should take precaution when around others, 96% of people who do
get the virus have no lasting problems.

Much as I hate to admit it, Biden was right. He said the cure would
be worse than the disease. Our economy has definitely taken a hit and
it will be years recovering and our taxes will be going up to pay for
stimulus monies being spent.

All this makes one wonder, why isolate people and cause them to lose
their businesses and jobs, then give them money to ease their pain?
Is big pharma behind this so most of us don’t get the full immunity
and need a yearly vaccine?

We don’t know the answer but do know it’s time for the government
to stop shipping the bull and look at reality. It’s time to stop
the nonsense and let Americans do what they do best, go back to
work and make the money to live a decent life.

Don’t look at the man behind the curtain pulling the levers, just
believe what we tell you. I’m calling it bull! Your opinion may vary
from mine, but you can’t argue with facts.

Enjoy our Tuesday as I need more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

Time to look up

April 27, 2020

The wife called from work last night on her break and said she saw a
row of white dots crossing the night sky. She asked what they could
be, and I had nothing. So I threw some ideas out and by a process of
elimination decided it was satellites. I’ll admit being leery of
answering the phone as the wife usually doesn’t call home from work.

Turns out it was the STARLINK satellite train and while the wife
didn’t get any pictures others did, hence the video. Figures, the one
clear night I wasn’t outside something like this happens.

The picture above came from the physics-astronomy site and since I
figured some could use a smile today will explain what the picture

On May 16th the moon, Jupiter, and Venus will be showing us the
lighter side of star gazing when they form a smiley face in the night
sky. The article on this site says that this happened about 8 years
ago but I don’t remember or would have gotten a picture. It could
have been a cloudy night here on the east coast of Iowa.

If you click on the link to the web site it has much more
information complete with pictures and video. Much like the
satellites overhead last night it should be something to see. And
who knows, it may put a smile on your face if you see it.

Enjoy our Monday even if it is day 3,462 of this COVID-19
experience. When this thing is over it will seem like
opening day at Disney World. Now for more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

Sunday snicker

April 26, 2020

A man has been in business for many, many years and the business is going down the drain. He is seriously contemplating suicide and he doesn’t know what to do.

He goes to his Rabbi to seek advice. He tells the Rabbi about all of his problems in the business and asks the Rabbi what he should do.

The Rabbi says “Take a beach chair and a Bible and put them in your car and drive down to the edge of the ocean. Go to the water’s edge. Take the beach chair out of the car, sit on it and take the Bible out and open it up. The wind will riffle the pages for a while and eventually the Bible will stay open at a particular page. Read the first words your eyes fall on and they will tell you what to do.”

The man does as he is told. He places a beach chair and a Bible in his car and drives down to the beach. He sits on the chair at the water’s edge and opens the bible. The wind riffles the pages of the Bible and then stops at a particular page. He looks down at the Bible and his eyes fall on words which tell him what he has to do.

Three months later the man and his family come back to see the Rabbi.

The man is wearing a $1,000 Italian suit, The wife is all decked out with a full-length mink coat and the child is dressed in beautiful silk. The man hands the Rabbi a thick envelope full of money and tells him that he wants to donate this money to the synagogue in order to thank the Rabbi for his wonderful advice.

The Rabbi is delighted. He recognizes the man and asks him what words in the Bible brought this good fortune to him.

The man replies: “Chapter 11”

Head scratching

April 24, 2020

Made the mistake of watching some national media news and have been shaking my head ever since. Tried to watch a press conference our president was giving yesterday and admit to once again being amazed at things said media is getting away with.

During the talk Trump said that we could try ultraviolet light or
disinfectants on patients who have the Covid-19 and added that might
work. Got up this morning and checked my email to find the media has
done it again. On more than one liberal leaning site the articles
stated that Trump wanted inject bleach into patients and use bright
lights to beat the virus.

In the version I saw, bleach wasn’t mentioned and these mental
midgets don’t realize peroxide can also be used as a disinfectant. At
least the president is trying. And it has been proven that sunlight
kills the virus, but I don’t think that would work as a treatment
for the virus.

What is really needed is for the Democrats to stop trying to slip
money for their pet projects into stimulus bills and actually work
on the problem instead of trying to tear down those who are.

That being said, I don’t believe in these lock downs, quarantines,
or that the problem is near as bad as we are being led to believe.
Doctors who are specialists on infectious diseases are saying that
the lock down will extend the time before the virus peaks and are
ignored in favor of politicians who have no training in the field.

It is said the seasonal flu has killed a lot more people this year
than Covid-19. I still say the best way to end the political
nonsense is take away their pay until this virus is over. We have to,
why shouldn’t they?

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

We figured it out

April 22, 2020

The wife and I thought we were handling this stay at home-safe
distancing thing rather well, until today. We had a old small TV in
the kitchen and she wanted a new one. No problem. Went to Wally World and came home with a new 32 inch Vizio smart TV and thought our problems were over.

I hooked up said demon TV from hell and the wife went through the start up guide that came with it. It kept asking for our wi-fi information and wouldn’t accept the password we use. The wife admits to knowing nothing about technology and I know just enough to be dangerous.

So envision her pushing buttons, myself telling her she was hitting
the wrong buttons, and neither of us knowing which buttons to use. A
shouting match ensued and I’m thankful nobody called the police for a
domestic problem. We are not cool headed people when things go down the tubes.

I left to get a HDMI cable and thought that would fix the problem,
but the TV still didn’t recognized the cable as being hooked up. The
wife said “then you try” at one point so I tried to think of any
kids in the neighborhood that more about electronics than we did.

I had nothing. So after several hours of trying the same thing we
tried something different, and it worked! The only problem is I
already forgot what we did to get the set up going and the wife
wasn’t paying attention. If something like this happening again
we’re hiring somebody to install anything that has ‘smart’ on
the box.

The wife is happy now, I’m happy, and we hope you got a smile out
reading this. Enjoy our Wednesday as we’ve marked it off on our
calendar as a day to remember.
Comments are always welcome.

In focus

April 21, 2020

Been hearing a woodpecker but hadn’t been able to locate him. About
10 years ago it was easy, look in the neighbors tree and you would
find it. Then the tree got cut down and I’ve been looking ever since.
Turns out he’s in a tree a couple of lots away and has moved west.

This robin was easier to spot but didn’t hang around long. The
orange on him really stands out beside the green buds on the new growth trees to our north. Not sure what he was looking at, but he was a lot closer than the woodpecker.

When I glanced south this little guy on a nearby rooftop was looking for something and doing so intently. He seemed healthy and did fly away after a short time. This roof is a hangout for several different types of birds.

Then looking down, a bumble bee was buzzing around doing whatever
bees do.

Wasn’t prepared for how fast their wings move and thought a shutter
speed of 1/1,000th of a second would be fast enough. And the wings
came out blurry. Next time we’ll speed it up.

These pictures were all taken in our neighborhood respecting the
safe distance rules, the property of others, and the safety of
critters in mind.

This is late, we know it, and have no excuse. It’s just been one
of those days. As always I figured better late than never. Enjoy our
Tuesday as it’s almost over now.
Comments are always welcome.

Just a thought

April 20, 2020

Read an interesting article on WND this morning about how Sweden is
handling the virus. In Sweden restaurants, bars, playgrounds and
parks are open. Elementary schools are open but high schools and
colleges are not. The government suggests that if you can work from
home you do so, and limit crowds to no more than 50 people.

Oh my God, they’re all going to die! Not quite. One would think with
all the media bias the death toll would be a lot larger than ours.
That would depend on how you look at it. In the U.S.A. we have 71
covid 19 deaths per million. In Sweden they have 91 covid 19 deaths
per million.

Perhaps it’s just me, but with numbers like that it leads me to
believe we don’t need the lock down on our population. Before you call
me heartless let me say that I have underlying health issues that
would not work in my favor should I catch this bug. I don’t wear a
mask or gloves when out in public but choose to wash my hands when
I get home.

And while many are up in arms about the spread in New York few are
concerned about this virus decimating our Native Americans. That I
find disgraceful. I know money to help is on the way but our
government doesn’t have a very good track record when it comes to
Native Americans.

It’s about time to open things up and let those who are afraid of
catching the viurs isolate and the rest of us get back to business
as usual. We can’t do that everywhere but we have to start somewhere.

Enjoy our Monday and tomorrow we’ll share a few recent pictures.
Now I need more coffee so I don’t nod off again.
Comments are always welcome.

Sunday snicker

April 19, 2020

When my son, William, was young, we belonged to a small country church. On Communion day, deacons would pass around the “bread and juice.” One Sunday, we attended a church out of town that was more formal.

What our church called bread and juice, this one referred to as elements, a word William didn’t understand. As Communion began, the pastor said, “If the deacons will come forward, the elements will pass among us.”

William was suddenly excited and I didn’t know why. Then he leaned toward me, whispering something that caused me to burst out laughing. With all eyes on us, I took him by the hand and we made a hasty exit. All the way to the car, he protested. “Mom, we’re going to miss the circus. The pastor said the elephants were going to pass among us!”

April snow

April 18, 2020

Thursday started out with sights like this to put a smile on your
face. The feral cats were playing their games, the flowers were in
bloom, birds were building nests, and one wondered if the forecast
of snow was a reality.

It was. Friday morning looked a bit different than the previous
one. When the snow stopped Friday we had 3.5 inches that stayed on
the grass and trees but seemed to miss the pavement. At least most of the pavement as part of our driveway had about 2 inches of slush on it.

Now our snowfall total for April is around 7 inches and the normal
is .9 inches. Yet we can rest easy because the weather guy claimed
there will be no more snow this April.

And we went to the grocery store Thursday as the wife got called
into work early then told to show up at the regular time. So we tried
the grocery store at 6:30 pm on said Thursday. I thought with the
snow advisory it would be packed and was surprised to find less
people there than on a Friday morning.

That threw my game off and I woke up this morning thinking it was
Sunday. So my jeans are on, the feral cats will get food and water
shortly, and the local news starts later. Now I have an extra day to
get things done.

Whatever day it is where you’re at, enjoy it. As for me, I have some
coffee to drink and leftover pizza to eat.
Comments are always welcome.