Oldfart moment

August 9, 2017

Made it over to Dad’s today and had a nice talk. When I asked
him how he was feeling his was reply was he felt his age, and
he’s 92! So we talked about everything from Johnny Popper
tractors, to horses, to family.

I mentioned that the livestock barns were empty when we walked
through and he had an answer. He said it was empty because city
folk wouldn’t walk through because they didn’t have the sense to
walk around the cow patties or the time to complain to the fair
manager when they got some on their shoes.

If you think you’re having a bad day the picture below should
help you to a better mood. At a Concourse De Elegance, the owner
of this 1936 Delaheye drove his car on the viewing stand to get
an award, then it got crushed.

After I returned home I found out Country Classic Cars had a
big fire overnight. The 5-alarm fire broke out just after sunset
and nobody was hurt in the fire. This classic car dealership is
right off Route 66 in Staunton, Illinois. We hope they rebuild.

Oh yeah, the oldfart moment. As Dad and I were talking I heard
a phone ringing but Dad didn’t pick up the phone. So I asked him
if he was going to answer it. He said it wasn’t his phone and it
was then I remembered my cell phone sounded just like a home
phone. By the time I got the phone out of my pocket the caller
hung up.

Enjoy our wednesday and don’t worry about me. I now know what
the ringing noise is now.
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Is curiosity dead?

August 8, 2017

As the moon came up through the trees last night I thought back
to our visit to the county fair and after talking with the man in
the moon he agreed the fair had changed since the last time we
attended.

When we walked through the livestock barns it became clear we
had the place to ourselves and the arena for the horse show was
placed so far back on the fairgrounds it could have been in a
different zip code. And again, not nearly as many spectators as
days gone by.

While meandering we saw majestic Belgian horses being led
into a trailer and quarter horses getting a workout with their
riders in the ring. We saw tigers, elephants, a wild animal
show, and even New Mexico duck racing. Yet the biggest crowds
could be found near the food vendors and amusement rides.

This country boy doesn’t get it. Have we gotten to the point
that snapping a cell phone picture of your child getting
strapped into the roller coaster more popular than teaching
said child about the world around us?

Now they could have went through the livestock barns and gazed
upon the horses and tractors before we arrived. And we did see
parents with children at a small wildlife show that brought
everything from armadillos to wolves onstage, but the numbers
were few.

I also know the rides are fun and the kids enjoy them, but how
many opportunities does one get to see a six-horse-hitch pull
a wagon and make it look easy? Has instant gratification taken
the place of curiosity in the children?

The man in the moon then informed me that you can’t take the
country out of the boy. He’s right because the simpler things
mean more to me.

Enjoy our tuesday. I’m leaving in a bit to visit with the
Antique Farmer and get his take on it.
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Hard to figure

August 2, 2017

The more I try to figure out what’s going on in our world the
more I like taking pictures of critters. Nothing much makes
sense to this old redneck who doesn’t believe in coincidences.

When this happens I end up with more questions than answers
and said questions bother me. Not because the questions are
there but because of the number of questions that pop up. That
being said, here are some things I’ve noticed.

Facts don’t matter anymore. We’ve all heard the abuse of
numbers when talking heads want to prove a point. It makes no
difference if they’re fact or fiction.

Too many people are buying the bull being shipped. We won’t all
die if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, gun owners are not
sadistic morons who maim puppies in their free time, and our
history is not based on the feelings of the offended.

People get flu shots every year that don’t protect them from
actually getting the flu because a different strain appears. We
are told our children need dozen of vaccinations full of
harmful things they wouldn’t normally wouldn’t be exposed to.

It has gotten to the point that being a member of a certain
political party can be harmful to ones health and freedom of
speech is on the endangered species list. We are a rudderless
ship on troubled seas and the lighthouse is without power.
And if there are houses on the moon I wonder what they sell
for.

That being said, enjoy our Wednesday and don’t worry. We’ll
get a few more this month.
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Starving Marvin

July 17, 2017

A new critter hopped into the neighborhood and since I had
seen him twice over a few days I named him Starving Marvin. Not
that I know for sure he is a male, only because when he poses
just right the name fits.

First spotted trying trying to blend in to his surroundings in
a neighboring lot he kept my attention with his skittish
movements and constant head turning.

Starving Marvin will let me get within about 8 feet of him yet
if I move any closer he’s gone in a flash. After a few days of
observing him munching at his favorite salad bar in the middle
of alley I had named him.

For being such a nervous critter he isn’t afraid to check you
out while you’re checking him out. And I haven’t seen a hawk
circling for a while so if he doesn’t get hit by a car racing
down the alley he may make it to see winter.

That reminded of a time we were still in the car club and I
asked a friend, who was still a farmer, if they had a big
problem with all the critters running around his farm. He
looked at me and said ‘we don’t have any critters on the farm
because we sent all the critters to the city’. Thanks.

Enjoy our Monday.
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Misunderstanding snicker

July 16, 2017

Howard County Police officers still write their reports by hand, and the data is entered later by a computer tech into their database. One theft report stated that a farmer had lost 2,025 pigs. Thinking that to be an error, the tech called the farmer directly.

“Is it true Mr. (Smith) that you lost 2,025 pigs?” she asked.

“Yeth.” lisped the farmer.

Being a Howard County girl herself, the tech entered: “Subject lost 2 sows and 25 pigs.”


Longest day?

June 21, 2017

Today we will experience the longest day, and shortest night,
of the year. It is now summer. I was leaning toward yesterday
being the longest day as I got distracted and that lasted all
day.

Yesterday after a busy morning the clouds and critters called
me outside and I hardly went back inside the whole day into the
night. There was something to see everywhere you looked.

The critters were really enjoying the day and everyone of them
from the common grackle to the house finch. Even the squirrels
were out and about enjoying the day.

So I was happily distracted. No cell phone, no TV, no
computer, not even a radio to bother me and the sound of nature
was all I heard. Sometimes you just have to tune out all the
commercials and nonsense what passes for news and get back to
basics. It recharges your soul and clears your mind.

And as I watched the sunset through all the power lines that
crisscross the alley it was a perfect ending to another great
day here on the east coast of Iowa.

So I am now ready for the longest day of the year and hope you
are too. Enjoy our Wednesday, we won’t have another until next
week.
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Going to be a hot one

June 13, 2017

I went out early to get some shots of the early birds and the
birds were busy. They must have wanted to get their exercising
done before the heat of the day. Then I stopped over to visit
Dad.

He was in good spirits and the therapist arrived shortly after
I did so he got his workout in. We talked of different things
and at one point I walked to the grocery store 3 blocks away
for some needed supplies. Now he should be set for a while.

More critters were out when I came back home so I got the
camera out again to get some more photographic proof that I
don’t make this stuff up. Two squirrels were playing in an old
oak tree like kittens with a ball of yarn.

A rabbit was trying to be invisible in the neighbors grass
while a bird was raising hell in another tree. And they were
noisy.

We two legged critters were out and about also and a Life
Flight helicopter flew over then a small plane.

Now I’m trying to decide between going out and bundling some
brush or taking a nap. We’re told be the weather guesstimators
that the heat index will be 102 this afternoon and evening so
I’m leaning towards a book and nap.

Whatever the outcome of our day, enjoy our Tuesday. Before we
know it the weekend will be here. Now I hear a Snicker’s bar
calling my name.
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