Sky watching

August 31, 2020

Been sky watching and caught a shot of the moon before it was a full
moon. Still looked great but didn’t have much to say this time around.
Next time we’ll have a good chat.

Looking northeast from the alley came this view the other day. To
me it looked almost like an old postcard. This tree and our old pine
survived the derecho and are standing tall.

To our north, the clouds just danced across the sky as they made
their way to someone else’s imagination. We enjoyed them while they
were here.

Due east sits these two trees and got lucky with this shot. It just
made me smile for some reason so I took it.

To the south of our place sits this church steeple nestled in the
trees and the sky there always calls to me. Or it could be the
neighbor, I’m not sure.

Finally, to the west the sky was a pastel delight. Not sure what the
clouds are called but watching them roll by was like looking at a
trout in a clear stream. Colorful to watch.

I can’t finish this without a cat picture. This kitten is one of
Mama Cats latest litter. Must be a super kitten as even closed gates
can’t contain her.

Enjoy our Monday, the first day of a new week and the rest of our
lives. Now for some coffee.
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Sunday snicker

August 30, 2020

Pastor Paul had been advised by his doctor to lose 30 pounds or risk serious health consequences. The good pastor took his new diet seriously, even changing his driving route to the church building to avoid his favorite bakery.

One morning, however, he arrived for Bible study carrying a gigantic devil’s food cake. The class chuckled and chided him, but the good pastor’s smile remained cherubic.

“This is a very special cake,” he explained. “I accidentally drove by the bakery this morning and there in the window were a host of goodies. I felt this was no accident, so I prayed, ‘Lord, if you want me to have one of those delicious cakes, let me have a parking place directly in front of the bakery.’

And sure enough,” he continued, “the eighth time around the block, there it was!”

Good day for a picture

August 29, 2020

Ran into a few interesting critters when outside yesterday so will
share some here.

Before I even opened the storm door I noticed the grasshopper stuck
to the glass. He hung around long enough to get a few pictures and
since most people don’t get to see the underside of a grasshopper
thought it worth sharing.

When outside I saw this little one and took a few pictures of him
as I watched him get agitated. He stood up then rushed my like he
was in attack mode. When I didn’t move he changed directions and
ran off. Was a bold little bugger though considering it was our lawn.

Not sure what kind of bird this is and the picture isn’t the best,
but do remember it was tiny. Only about the size of a hummingbird.
Stayed still long enough to get this shot but not focus in correctly.
Amazing to see on the gate.

Told the wife about this one. I was waiting for some bees to land
on some blossoms and noticed the plant moving. There was no wind
yet one part kept moving. I investigated and got a shot of the belly
of a praying mantis in the center of the shot. Told the wife it was
just my luck. Biggest mantis I’ve seen this year, in perfect focus,
and I only got half of it in the picture.

Finally, and not critter related, is this picture of clouds above
the trees. I like this one which is why it’s here. Hope you like
the pictures also.

Enjoy our Saturday as there won’t be another this week. Now for
some coffee and donut holes.
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A few more critters

August 28, 2020

This spider is building a web, again. Everyday said spider starts a
web and by the end of the day the web looks good. Sometime during the night the web gets blown down or something takes it down. Later this critter just starts another web and this has been going on for 2 weeks now.

Little Bit is a big ham. Sees a camera and actually poses for me.
She still hasn’t grown much but she may be a late bloomer. She does
make the days more bearable.

Looked in between the leaves and saw eyes looking back at me. The
new feral kittens must think they can’t be seen. These little white
fur balls are also amusing to watch. Between the ferns and another
plant I usually know where to find them.

Finally, this cardinal decided to rest in the old pine tree and
stayed long enough to get a few shots. Made me think of Christmas
with the red and green. And the leaves on other trees are starting
to fall so it won’t be long.

Today is supposed to be the last hot day for while as temperatures
are supposed to drop 15-20 degrees tomorrow here on the east coast
of Iowa. I’ll take 75 for a high any day.

Enjoy our Friday as it started out great here. Now for some more
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The mess we’re in

August 27, 2020

We’ve noticed with all the nonsense connected to Covid-19, our
animal kingdom is coming out in force. Seen more critters this year
than in quite some time. And now the WHO is getting on the climate
change band wagon trying to confuse us even more.

We’ve had ‘experts’ telling how many hoops we’d have to jump through and how high. How many businesses would have to close, and even when we can get together and with how many people. Then we wait while researchers work on a vaccine that may not work, or even be needed.

Politicians have gone crazy, the news doesn’t really report any real
news, and our justice system is broken. I have also noticed that none
of this affects the animal kingdom. Critters, at least here on the
east coast of Iowa, abound.

We are being told up is down, wrong is right, and rioters are
merely peaceful protesters. And mail in voting is an honest way for
dead for dead Democrats to vote. No problem here. Yeah right, and
I’m a legend in my own mind.

Those of us who know we’re being spoon fed a bunch of BS can’t
protest as we have responsibilities. Obviously, those who are
protesting don’t. Don’t have an answer for the dilemma nor solution. Do believe that if this nonsense continues there is going to be a lot of bloodshed if it continues.

Enjoy our Thursday. Now for some coffee and leftover pizza.
Comments are always welcome.

That darned cat

August 25, 2020

One of the wifes indoor cats was in heat last night and decided she
should serenade me all night. Throwing my house slippers at her
helped, until I ran out of slippers to throw.

Up and down all night chasing her into another room which helped
almost as much as throwing the slippers. As soon as I got laid back
down she would re-enter the room and start screaming again. Was
half tempted to grab her and throw her outside for the night until
I remember that causes kittens.

Tried putting one in the office once and the next morning I found
out she had knocked one of favorite telephoto lenses off the desk
and onto the floor. Thankfully it didn’t hurt the lens.

So now my eyes are blurry, I’m sleep deprived, dangerously low on
caffeine, and haven’t had breakfast yet due to chores that have to
be done. Perhaps I’ll cruise to the store and buy some earplugs. Just
a reminder of why I’m a dog person.

I would spend more time outside but it’s hot as Hades out there and
that affects my breathing. I am wondering if I would fit in the
freezer since it’s empty due to losing power in the storm a few weeks
ago. But then I remember the door would have to stay open so I could
breathe and the light stays on when we do so and would keep me

Sneaking a short nap in sounds like the plan of the day. Enjoy our
Tuesday. Now for some much needed coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

Random thoughts

August 24, 2020

Went out this morning after feeding the feral cats and checked on
the ferns to see how they were doing. I saw a white blur mixed in
with the green and wasn’t sure what was there, until I saw the blue
eyes. Tippy had two kittens in her litter and both were white. One has
markings like a Siamese cat the other all white.

Little Bit is the only kitten from Patches first litter and is a
bundle of energy. She is always running around and attacking anything that moves, including plants in the wind. She doesn’t have much luck with catching critters but she is an expert on stalking plants.

Since it has been, and will continue to be hot, I now go outside
early in the morning and after the sun goes down. Not perfect for
getting pictures but it works for my lungs.

Here on the east coast of Iowa we had three demonstrations over the
weekend with no violence. One supporting the police, one about
diversity, and one concerning police brutality. Personally, I think
things have gotten a lot better since my brushes with the law.

Back in the day it didn’t take much back talk and the night sticks
came out. In the 1960s some policemen had an attitude when I’d
visit the city jail. Not a fun time.

But some of us have to make stupid mistakes to learn it’s easier to
just follow the rules. That said, enjoy our Monday. The first day of
the work week, and the rest of our lives. Now I need more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

Sunday snicker

August 23, 2020

A little girl from Alabama went to church for the first time ever when she was visiting her grandparents in Michigan. When the pastor announced it was time for the Lord’s Supper, she was excited–and hungry. The congregation filed up to the altar rail, and the child watched in confusion as her grandparents received a wafer and small plastic cup of wine. She could hardly wait to get back to the pew to tell her grandma that Jesus wasn’t from Alabama.

“How do you know that, dear?” asked her grandma.

“Because that was the poorest meal I’ve ever seen,” she said. “Mama would’ve at least given everybody some corn bread and sweet tea.”

Plenty of critters

August 22, 2020

The trash pandas came back with a show of force and didn’t seem
happy to see me standing between them and the cat food bowls. They
started with hissing at me and standing their ground.

When they realized that wasn’t working their leader decided to try
begging for their supper. If they would have belted out a few bars
of ‘Danny Boy’, I may have been impressed.

Even the birds were eyeing the cat food. This robin was atop the
old pine tree looking for an opening to swoop down and steal a
nougat of the feral cats food. He didn’t get any either.

Put the camera on special effects, without checking the settings,
and snapped this shot of some flowers growing on a retaining wall.
The colors are so far off it somehow works for me.

Before changing the settings I took this shot of Lil Bit and with
Halloween coming up it grew on me. Makes her eyes look almost evil.
It’s not for everybody but later I’ll try another shot with the
settings changed and see what happens. I realize it isn’t an accurate record of what I saw, but I’ve taken a liking to it.

And that concludes the nickle tour of the wild critter kingdom we
call our neighborhood. At least the hawks haven’t been taking any
of the smaller critters lately. Must figure it’s slim pickings.

Enjoy the rest of our Saturday as before we know it Monday will
be here. Now for some coffee and leftover pizza. The store had
a sale on them and we stocked up.
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Storm video and more

August 21, 2020

If you’ve ever wondered what 140 mph straight line winds look like,
watch the video above. Our local weather service has updated the
numbers are now saying the winds were that high in Cedar Rapids.

This was during the derecho which hit Iowa on Monday of last week.
We live east of Cedar Rapids where the video was taken and only got
winds of a little over 100 mph here. These storms are something else
and now we’re told that Iowa is prone to such storms. Welcome to

Not sure what causes these things but hope another doesn’t visit
anytime soon. And we still can’t find the mayonnaise we’ve been
looking for since we had to throw the old bottle out.

On another note, this crow and a few friends, set up a chat fest
in the neighbors old oak tree. Don’t know what they were saying but
they were loud.

This spider web survived the storm and I noticed it now had a leaf
stuck in it. At least I don’t remember seeing a spider pull one into
a web before.

Speaking of webs, this spider has a huge one going around the back
bushes. At least it isn’t anywhere we could walk into it. Said
spider may have a drinking problem as we’ve seen better looking webs.

Enjoy our Friday as we will. Now for some coffee.
Comments are always welcome.