March 22, 2019

After two evenings of hiding in the thick clouds the moon graced the sky with its glow last night. Monte said he felt a diet was in order and asked what I thought. I told him he looked great and I wouldn’t change a thing. You can almost see him smiling in the picture above.

This post would have gotten out earlier but it was one of those days that I got up early yet didn’t get much done. Our phone, internet, and TV have been switching off and on like a string of Christmas lights all morning. But critters got fed, I had my coffee, and the wife worked late which meant the cruise to the grocery store was pushed back.

We didn’t get there until after 8:30 am and watched other shoppers to see what they bought during banking hours. We did notice that those who shop later were prone to wearing shorts and athletic attire. I’ll keep my jeans and work clothes thank you.

Getting older means we look at things we’d normally walk by. We got in the aisle that had fruit juices and such and had to stop at a display of energy drinks. Made by the company that brinds us V-8 juice I felt perhaps the name justified the price. Once home I tried one but was not impressed.

I was not energized, the different fruits in the blend were alright, and said drinks didn’t have the caffeine of a cup of coffee. We’re not going to fall for that one again. We did splurge for some Pepperidge Farm cookies and are quite happy with those. I’ll end this here as the energy drink may be time delayed and I’ll have to get busy.

Enjoy our Friday as the weekend is here.
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March 21, 2019

Saw this guy first thing yesterday morning and thought it would be a great day. And it was. The moon went missing behind the clouds and the cheese on my pizza didn’t melt, but it was still a good day.

Then I fell asleep. After I nodded off I was transported back to a time when I was in the Navy and stationed in San Diego. A time when if off duty freedom was only as far away as my motorcycle. But this dream wasn’t about leaning into the curves and tearing up the highways, I had gotten a part time job.

How I ended up an employee of the San Diego Zoo I have no idea but as the dream progressed I found out my official title was ‘Turtle Waxer’. Being a car nut I had heard of Turtle Wax but have never heard of anyone Waxing turtles. I had to learn as I went.

Imagine my surprise when led to a long, but short, steel building and being told it was the automatic turtle wash. Much like a car wash but a lot slower. I was then told that as the cleaned and dried turtles came out the chute at the end my job began.

I was told to grab a can of paste wax and wax the top shell before tipping the turtle to get the bottom part of the shell. Then it was flip the turtle back over to buff the wax out then flip and repeat. And things went fine until one of those 300 year old giant buggers came down the line and I couldn’t flip it.

That was when I got on the bike and rode away. I guess you had to be there. Enjoy our Thursday as it means the weekend is only a dream away.
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Best intentions

March 20, 2019

Yesterday morning this little guy was enjoying his picnic on the lawn as the sun shined and the day warmed. I thought for sure this was a sign that the moon would pose for a great picture. It wasn’t going to happen. The sky got cloudier all day until by sunset the sky looked more like tear gas training in boot camp than a clear spring night.

Then the rain came and while I did see the moon it was just a blurry orb in the eastern sky. Forecasts for tonight call for more of the same but we’ll make an effort to at least try to get a shot of the full moon. I saw two cardinals yesterday as I was cruising around and since I didn’t have a camera with me there are not pictures.

There was a crow in a nearby tree who thought his job was to annoy everyone with his cawing. The crow shut his mouth long enough to get the picture above. His constant calling didn’t bring any friends and he flew away shortly after the shot.

These two were seen at around the same time and looked to be co-conspirators. Not as colorful as cardinals or blue jays, but interesting birds just the same. This morning there were no birds out and about as I put out some bird seed. When I came back in there were about a half dozen birds and one squirrel seen through the door glass. Guess they’re shy eaters.

Enjoy our Wednesday and the pictures as we’ll try to get more later. Now I need some more coffee before grabbing the camera.
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Different days

March 14, 2019

That sure describes yesterday. It started out with rain, ended with more rain, yet in between felt like the Twilight Zone. I still managed to get a few pictures in between chores and meals yet things happened that don’t usually.

Facebook was down, the flood forecast was in the news, and I noticed a tree at the other end of the block for the first time. The tree has been there for several years and yesterday as I looked through the zoom lens small tan balls hung all over the thing.

The picture isn’t the best but the experience made me wonder. How can you live somewhere and not see a tree at the other end of the block has little balls hanging all over it? I notice it now.

And I noticed this critter in a small tree and thought of the coloration. Grey squirrels are common, black squirrels are seen often, but I’ve never seen one auburn colored. Looked good on this one though.

The coloring on this squirrel is what we usually see here on the east coast of Iowa. Some say they are cute but I’m not among that group, yet they are fun to watch.

The clouds did not look happy at one point to remind me it was going to be a very rainy day. Nothing unusual there except it reminded me the camera isn’t waterproof.

And it wouldn’t be a critter post without a few pictures of the cardinals that hang around. Was lucky to get these during a lull in the rain and the model was a bit of a ham.

Enjoy our Thursday and we’ll try to get a few new pics before the rain visits again later. Now for more coffee.
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A few more pictures

February 28, 2019

Have you ever had one of those days when your brain goes on vacation and doesn’t let you know? Yesterday was one of those days when the lights were on but nobody was home. Even with good intentions of getting more done, I lost a day. A lot of what I thought was done was not and I missed a post again.

I did get out to take a few pictures like this one of the bird watching me watching him. Sometimes you wonder what they’re thinking but yesterday was not such a day.

This little squirrel didn’t like being watched and scampered off while the camera was pointed at her. Must have gotten cold as it has been chilly around here lately.

These two were perched in a small tree and kept looking around. Not sure what they were looking for but they kept it up quite a while.

Even the sky was a distraction. In one direction the jet with contrails cut across the blue and in another I thought of the waves off North Shore in Hawaii. I could imagine surfers riding this wave. The thought didn’t warm me up but did put a smile on my face.

Enjoy our Thursday as the weekend is just a dream away. Now for some coffee and leftover pizza.
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Getting ready

February 22, 2019

I’m going to take the wife to shortly but after getting our grocery shopping done we noticed this cardinal sitting in what we thought was a peaceful setting. It isn’t really, but it did look that way when we glanced over there..

A few squirrels were out and about, this one looked to be praying or else thought he was a Zen master. Not sure which but he was entertaining to watch. He and his buddies must like the warmer weather we’ll be having for a few days.

At the far end of the yard the Darth Vader of cats wes watching all the action. He never moved yet his eyes took in everything. It might have felt creepy to some but we know he’s just having some fun.

And the snow here is looking like it’s plastic coated as we had the snow followed by freezing rain which gives it a whole new look. It looks, and is, slick. With the thermometer getting up near 40 today perhaps we’ll have less of this as tonight we’re predicted to get rain followed by snow.

Since our politicians have learned the art of vocal voodoo I believe they should work on making woodpeckers bigger. We’ve had one hammering away at a nearby tree and only see a small red dot when we try to zoom in on it. If our politicians would pass a law to make them bigger, we’d appreciate it.

Enjoy our Friday as we will after I have my cheeseburger with pepper-jack cheese and the wife her soup.
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Random ramblings

February 19, 2019

This cardinal was out and about early and decided to pose for a picture that turned out pretty good. Another snow storm is supposed to hit us tonight into tomorrow bringing us up to another 5 inches of the white fluffy love above.

I tried to listen to the news on TV but turned it off once the Today show started. Local news is bearable but the National programs usuallyget me worked up and yelling at the TV over comments made. It would be easier to take if said TV news wasn’t so biased.

Why the weather forecasters feel it important to add how many people will be affected by a snow storm is beyond me. If memory serves me correctly, back in the day they might mention how many states were in the path of the storm and not how many people will be involved.

To me that makes no sense. But I guess at some point in the future the global climate change people will claim more people are affected by winter than ever before. And the birds and other critters just go about their business like nothing different is going on.

Something else that makes no sense to me is how crazy politicians have become. Some of the accusations and actions of this group have us shaking our heads. Just another reason we avoid the media and spend so much time outdoors. If you’re outside enough, the wildlife seem to make a lot more sense then someone being offended by something that we used to have the right to say.

Enjoy our Tuesday as we will. Now for some coffee.
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