The weekend

September 28, 2020

The moon looked ready for Halloween Saturday night with a strange
orange tint. It was a little hazy out but the picture should give you
an idea of what that looked like.

The following morning the clouds and sky put on a similar display
for the fall season. Not sure what was going on but later Sunday the
clouds opened up and we got a good rain. Thinking that might help
at least a little to ease the drought.

Sunday I heard a sound that got my Navy training going so I
grabbed the camera and got a shot when this old war plane flew
over. They make a sound like no other and although I wasn’t sure
what kind of plane it was, I knew it was old military.

One of the feral kittens was playing hide and seek again. Thought
he was invisible and seemed surprised I looked right at him when I
talked to him. The feral kittens are entertaining. And I know, it
doesn’t take much to distract me.

And a squirrel was on top of an old gate getting his fill of the
overgrowth. By the way this one was eating he should be a lot bigger.
Or perhaps he’s getting ready for winter and will plump up before
cold weather hits. Plus he kept the feral cats busy as they were
watching his every move.

Finally, we have someone coming today to check the furnace and tell
us if anything is wrong with it. If there is he’s pretty good at
quoting a price to keep the place cozy this winter. The newer furnaces
may be more efficient but they sure don’t last as long as the old
ones did.

Enjoy our Monday as it’s here anyway. Now for more coffee.
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Another decent day

September 25, 2020

Here on the east coast of Iowa the sky was full of clouds with
differing shapes and thickness yesterday. There was blue sky to be seen at certain times yet even with the clouds it was a bright day.

Been looking for the latest batch of feral kittens and as I
walked around the neighborhood I found them. They were behind the
old warehouse between the fence and back of the building.

What we call the ‘warehouse’ is actually part of an old barn that
burned down years ago and someone put a pitched roof over the
sandstone foundation. A local contractor used the building to store
his heavy equipment in so it was named the warehouse.

The barn actually goes back to the late 1800s and was part of a
small farm with the farm house across the alley from our place. The house is still there also. In the early 20th century the land was sub-divided and houses built. But I digress.

Here’s another shot of the orange kitten with her gray sibling
taking a nap in front of her. The kittens are still skittish so can
only get a few shots at a time.

Enjoy our Friday as we will now that we have the groceries put away.
Now for more coffee.
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Laughing at kittens

September 24, 2020

Went out yesterday with camera in hand to see what there was to take a picture of. As I looked around and saw no birds, raccoons, ground hogs, or squirrels it wasn’t looking good. But there were the two white kittens playing so I concentrated on them. I decided to shoot in bursts of 5 shots per seconds and glad I did.

The kitten in the back was attacking a weed behind the other
kitten while the one if front was busy digging. Don’t know if the
kitten in front even knew how close he was to getting surprised.

Here the kitten in the back almost has the elusive weed in her
paws and the one in front doesn’t have a clue. It almost looks like
the back kitten is admiring her catch. Can’t be sure what was going
on as I don’t speak cat.

The last picture in the one second burst shows that the weed bent
over, the back kitten continued the attack, and the one in front
knew something wasn’t right. He almost looks like he’s saying ‘hold
the phone!’.

After the ensuing fight the cat in the back ‘hid’ from her sibling.
She had nothing to worry about as her sibling went back to digging
his little hole in the ground and forgot about the incident. These
pictures just make me smile.

Yeah, it doesn’t take much to keep me occupied. Enjoy our Thursday
as we will. Now for some coffee and leftover pizza.
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Mostly good day

September 23, 2020

Yesterday afternoon it was hazy with clouds and didn’t expect to
even see the moon let alone get a picture. Not perfect, but this
shot shows the clouds and moon.

Went out later yesterday to find this critter looking to the west.
Seemed almost like he wanted a good seat for the sunset. He actually
sat there through the sunset before running off.

And this is what the sunset looked like from my vantage point. Now
the trees block a lot of the view but soon the leaves will fall and
said view will be better.

I was going to get down to the groundhogs level to take the shot
but my old bones said ‘not on my watch!’ I could have managed
getting down but getting back up is a whole other story.

Didn’t get out earlier in the day as I had things to do inside. Even
managed to get a few of them done. Not sure how that happened but
the honey do list got a little shorter.

Finally, my brother called last night and said he’d been in a
motorcycle wreck. He was at the E.R. getting checked over but later
went home. Things we shrugged off in our youth can now hurt like
hell as we get older. Hang in there and heal up.

Enjoy our Wednesday as no camels were spotted today on the east
coast of Iowa. Now for some coffee and leftover pizza. And yes, I
do like pizza.
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Random firings

September 22, 2020

Here’s a picture of the cardinal I managed to get a shot of the
other day. Looking through the pictures we noticed a picture of
another cardinal also. Not as close as this one though.

This male cardinal flew to a tree in the neighbors yard and he can
be seen between the leaves. They didn’t used to be so skittish but
then again we didn’t used to have so many cats around either.

The sunrise looked different with all the smoke in the air from
the fires out west. The weather guy said that although it is hazy
there isn’t a health threat from the smoke. If said smoke changes
the way things look I’m thinking it isn’t good for me.

Growing up we used to call these foxtails. I suppose there is an
official name for them and if I’ve heard it don’t remember. Just
think they make an interesting picture.

Since the computer is back up I’ve been searching for the joke I
thought the wife sent me. So far no luck so have to go with my
original thought that I either dreamed it or entered the Twilight
Zone. Worse case, I’ll just type up something and see if looks right.

Called this picture ‘Mother’s Love’ as I caught the moment on
camera. There are also times the mama rolls her eyes and tries to
run too. It’s part of what makes them so much to watch.

Enjoy our Tuesday as it’s here anyway. Now for some coffee and
leftover pizza.
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This is only a test…

September 18, 2020

Lately you may have noticed pictures of the new batch of kittens and
little else. One reason is they’re handy to photograph while another
is they’re cute. So this post we’ll show a couple of the older cats
that have been in the house for quite a while.

First up is the oldest, Yoda. Or as we call her, the 24-toed wonder
cat. She has extra toes on all feet and is gentle as they come. We
have never had a problem with her other than her habit of kneading
her claws on your pants leg.

This picture of Monkey, the second oldest cat in the wifes zoo, is
not as clear. If you know Monkey that’s because she can’t sit still
unless she’s sleeping. Named her monkey because when we brought her home she was bouncing the walls! Both were rescue cats are still doing fine.

Ran out of old cats so we’ll show this one of the sky looking south
from our place. Just thought the sky looked interesting that
particular morning. The steeple is on the church where we had
visitation and the funeral for Dad.

Here are hostas in bloom with ferns wasting away in the background.
Said hostas seem confused but then again we had roses blooming one
year up to Christmas.

Finally, this little brown squirrel was all over the yard searching
for his stash. Don’t know if he found it our not but it is almost
fall. Won’t be long and we might be seeing tracks in the snow.

Proved to myself a post could be done without a kitten picture.
Enjoy our Friday as in about 3 hours we’ll be buying groceries.
Now I need more coffee.
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What a difference

September 17, 2020

When I went out yesterday morning this critter looked like he was
getting ready for a race. And he did take off like his tail was on
fire so who knows. This morning was a different story.

Yesterday morning the birds were singing, squirrels were getting
ready for winter, and the feral cats were out in force. This
morning, not so much. Went out to feed and water the cats and it
didn’t take long to notice that it was at least 20 degrees cooler
than yesterday.

The weather person on TV said a cold front was moving in but we
don’t pay much attention to what they say. We just go out and find
out for ourselves. Little early to get out the long sleeve shirts
but I’ll be getting them out later.

This kitten was not a happy camper as Little Bit was picking on her
and wouldn’t let up. Little Bit has grown some, is now bigger than
the kittens and, has turned into a bully. Trying to keep them apart so we’ll see how that works.

The sibling to the kitten under the car just sat at the neighbors
with a look that said ‘I feel your pain but am not getting involved’.
This one is smaller than the sister so I don’t blame them. Today
when I went out the only critter seen or heard from was Patches.
She’s always around to get her ears scratched and be first to the

Enjoy our Thursday. Now for more coffee and some leftover pizza.
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To sunny days

September 14, 2020

The rain has stopped and since Saturday the sun has been out again.
We are not complaining. We got out to take a few a pictures but for
some reason the only critters out were the feral cats and kittens.

This kitten kept hiding under the car until I started petting two
of the mama cats then came over and stood in line to get her ears
scratched before leaving.

The gray kitten, along with her sibling, went for a walk in the
footsteps of their mother. Patches, their mother, is a calico yet
seems to have solid color offspring. Don’t know if that’s the norm
or not but after two litters all kittens are solid colors.

One of Tippys kittens was having a serious moment while sunning in
the driveway. She didn’t share whatever was on her mind.

This one just cracked me up. Seemed so curious about everything and
rarely sitting still. It was the first time I’ve seen this bunch out
since they were born. Sure there will be more sightings.

Did see one black squirrel for brief moment before it jumped through
the gap in the fence and wasn’t seen again.

Have more pictures taken yesterday but don’t have them uploaded yet. May even have a shot of geese flying over, just not south. Won’t be long. Enjoy our Monday. Now for some coffee.
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Almost dry

September 12, 2020

We’re into day six of the rainstorm from hell. Not sure how much
rain we got, but it’s a lot. On the bright side, today is supposed to
be the last day and we can look forward to some dry days. Tired of
petting wet feral cats. And as of an hour ago our basement remains

Perhaps today is the day the camera gets to see some sunshine and
use. At least that’s the plan. We all know how those work out
sometimes. The critters are probably as tired of the liquid love from
above as we are so may get some good pictures.

Since we live on a hill a check of the banks out front will be in
order to ensure they’re still there. A glance from the front porch
says yes but you can only see halfway down the incline. I’m sure the
sidewalk isn’t covered by a landslide but a look wouldn’t hurt.

Earlier today I used the head, came out, and closed the door. Not
much new there but heard a cat making strange noises and couldn’t
figure out where it was. Could hear it but not see it. So imagine my
surprise when I glance towards the bathroom and saw a set of paws
under the door.

Turns out there were two cats who decided to join me this morning
and both got the door shut on them. Now I know why the wife leaves
the door open a crack.

Enjoy our Saturday as tomorrow we’re supposed to be a little warmer
and a lot dryer here. No for more coffee and breakfast.
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Turn it off!

September 11, 2020

Been raining pretty much since Monday and I for one am tired of it.
Has also been about 20 degrees cooler than it was last week when we were dry. But we’re told starting today it should get warmer and dry out.

Don’t have any ducks in the yard yet but believe our drought is
over. The basement is still dry and we won’t have to wash the car
for a few days so there is an up side to all this.

In about 4 and a half hours we’ll start running errands then the
wife has some running to do, and I hope to make it outside without
getting soaked and perhaps get a few more pictures. Just have to
wait and see how that works out.

We have also noticed that the quality of TV programing has gone down
another notch while were busy. Too much ‘reality’ for us. That’s why
we end up watching reruns of shows that first aired decades ago. At
least they make sense.

I still watch local news in short spurts just to hear the weather
guess of the day and the wife usually watches the Today Show also.
I’d rather not listen to someone else tell their opinion on what’s
going on. News shows should be renamed talk shows as far as I’m

Finally, I hoping the critters come out to play once the rains stop
and we get a little warmer. Other than the feral cats gathering to
eat there hasn’t been any wildlife around this week. When things get
back to normal the camera will be ready.

Enjoy our Friday as it looks to be good one. Now for some coffee.
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