Busy times

April 18, 2017

Since the running is done, time for a post. We stopped by to
visit with Dad and had a nice talk before heading to get some
odds and ends done. The wife wanted to send a package while I
needed some things myself.

After spending what seemed like an hour to get the package on
its way we went to the farm supply store to check some things
off my list. It’s scary how I know my way around the new store
already, but in no time we had bird feed, furnace filters, and
a rake handle.

I went back outside after we got home and spotted what I
assumed was a dead butterfly. It looked pretty tore up and
wasn’t moving so I snapped a picture and bent down to pick it
up. That’s when it took off like it was on fire.

Never did figure out what happened to the little critter, but
it could still fly. That reminded of few days ago when I saw a
yellow bird and got a picture of it.

Still don’t know what kind of bird it is, but thought it neat.
Must be my month to keep guessing. We may get rain tonight and
tomorrow so we’ll take in the perfect day until it does. Enjoy
our Tuesday. It will only seem like a week until the weekend
gets here.
Comments are always welcome.


Another snicker

April 9, 2017

A friend shared this fishing story and he got me again. So
We’ll share it with you.
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The king wanted to go fishing, so he called on the royal weather forecaster and inquired as to the weather forecast for the next few hours.

The weatherman assured him that there was no chance of rain in the coming days, So the king went fishing with his wife, the queen. On the way he met a farmer on his donkey.

Upon seeing the king the farmer said, “Your Majesty, you should return to the palace! In just a short time I expect a huge amount of rain to fall in this area”.

The king was polite and considerate, he replied: “I hold the palace meteorologist in high regard. He is an extensively educated and experienced professional. And besides, I pay him very high wages He gave me a very different forecast. I trust him.”

So the king continued on his way. However, a short time later a torrential rain fell from the sky. The King and Queen were totally soaked and their entourage chuckled upon seeing them in such a shameful condition.

Furious, the king returned to the palace and gave the order to fire the professional. Then he summoned the farmer and offered him the prestigious and high paying role of royal forecaster.

The farmer said, “Your Majesty, I do not know anything about forecasting. I obtain my information from my donkey. If I see my donkey’s ears drooping, it means with certainty that it will rain.”

So the king hired the donkey.

And thus began the practice of hiring dumb asses to work in the government and occupy its highest and most influential positions.

The practice is unbroken to this date and thus, the democrat symbol was born!!!


Just a couple things

March 31, 2017

For any who don’t know and those interested in such things,
today and tomorrow Mecum Auctions is holding a tractor auction
at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. There is rumored to be
400 tractors at the sale including a 1938 Minneapolis Moline
Comfortractor. One of about 40 left in existence.

So we went to get groceries earlier and the way they had half
the aisles blocked it looks like the store is preparing to move
the things we know how to find to a secret new location. We can
hardly wait.

After groceries got umpacked and stored in their designated
spots I took camera in hand to determine if I could locate any
colorful birds or new critters. It seemed like the birds and
other critters stayed in their living rooms to keep warm and
dry instead of venturing out into the drizzly chill.

But a critter was spotted, and although not among my favorite
species, I managed to get a few pictures.

Both pictures were taken on my Nikon and the settings were
shutter 1/500th of a second, aperture f/5.6 and ISO 900.

Not sure why this possum chose our neighborhood to scout but
it could be worse. There is a bright side to thinking about
this creature. And that is that possums are about eight times
less likely to carry rabies than wild dogs.

Of course to my knowledge we have no wild dogs in our area,
but this is one less thing to worry about. At any rate, this
one was too busy trying to be invisible to cause much harm.

Enjoy our Friday and the weekend. It will only seem like a
few fun days before Monday comes around. Now I have to find
a chocolate chip cookie for my sweet tooth.
Comments are always welcome.


A clarification

March 30, 2017

I have omitted information in previous posts and will try to
rectify that. So to that end, if you bear with me, I’ll
explain. The missing information concerns what I shoot my
pictures with and the settings used when doing it.

When taking most pictures I use my Nikon D 3300 with a Tamron
70-300mm lens attached. Since I haven’t figured out how to take
a picture of a camera with said camera, the above picture was
taken with my Sony Bloggie camera. The settings were shutter:
1/30 of a second, aperture f/2.8, and ISO 250.

The Nikon is considered an entry level DSLR and the Sony is a
pocket camera. Both work for what I expect and I have been very
happy with both. I prefer manual settings and manual focus as
the settings can make a picture pop and the manual focus gives
you total control on the sharpness.

The picture of the ground hog above was taken on the Nikon
with the lens extended to 300mm the shutter was 1/500th of a
second, aperture f/5.6, and the ISO 400.

I shoot in JPEG and not RAW. I don’t know enough about RAW to
be comfortable but I do know it uses more memory. I don’t have
any photo editing software and use Widows Paint to resize the
pictures or crop. I do have one app that will “automatically”
color the picture. It isn’t used often because it isn’t very
reliable.

And there you have the nickel tour of my picture taking
process. It isn’t pretty, but it is how I do it. Enjoy the
rest of our Thursday, the weekend is just a dream away.
Comments are always welcome.


It seemed so real

March 27, 2017

What is it with squirrels? The other night I made some
burritos topped with 5 alarm chili for my midnight snack and
later there were squirrels in my dream. These were not ordinary
squirrels either. They were evil spawns of Satan who were
plotting to take over the world.

The next morning I took my camera outside and the first thing
I spy is a squirrel on top of the neighbors roof. Not your run
of the mill ordinary squirrels, but one with an attitude. It
started chattering at me like crazy.

Oh yeah, the dream. So I dreamed that a militant group of
nomadic squirrels were planning to take over the world and they
didn’t know I was listening in on the plans. I can be sneaky
when there is a need.

The plan was simplicity itself in that it involved the general
mistrust of others that is rampant, at least in our country.
The evil critters were going to bring down society without
any violence or shots fired. Our government, religion, schools,
even healthcare.

The outlaw squirrels would simply wait until someone in charge
held a meeting and when that someone got to the key point of
their speech a volunteer squirrel would climb up their leg and
snuggle in their skivvies. The speech would be disrupted and
those who didn’t see the squirrel enter the pants would think
the speaker was going insane.

Plans were made to ensure the volunteer could run back down
the pants and to the nearest exit before medical help arrived.
Nobody saw the squirrel go in, nobody saw it leave, but they
did observe the important speaker jumping up and down faster
than a redneck at a hoe down.

To the untrained eye it would appear all people in important
positions had gone off the deep end. After all, would you
believe someone who jumps up in the middle of speech, starts
cussing, and makes moves not normally seen outside of an
exorcism. Trust would be at all time low and protests would
reach record highs.

It was at that point in the plans that the squirrels noticed
me. I somehow made it back inside without a squirrel up my leg
and considered myself lucky. Needless to say, I’m a little
leery of squirrels yet today. I’m having a pizza tonight. Enjoy
our Monday and look out for squirrels.
Comments are always welcome.


Strange sights

March 19, 2017

Sunday is winding down and before we know it Monday will be
here again. It could be worse. While out taking pictures I ran
across a cardinal who was having a bad hair day.

He was watching the other birds getting in line for the bird
feeder and I couldn’t tell if the wind was causing his problems
or if he was just that mad.

The mate of the cardinal didn’t look too happy, but the
smaller birds had a secret weapon. They posted a lookout in the
gutter to let them know when bigger birds were coming.

It’s not raining daffodils yet, but they are coming up. One
bud looked like something out of a 60s science fiction movie.
Almost likes it belongs on an alien spaceship from someplace
far away.

And the strange stuff just came coming today. I saw a bird
that looked like it couldn’t have a brain because of the shape
of the head. After uploading the picture, it didn’t look any
better to my untrained eyes.

So we’ll just say good night and hope you have a great Sunday
night. It’s all we have left of the weekend. Now I worked up an
appetite and know where a pizza if waiting to meet me for
dinner.
Comments are always welcome.


Odds and ends

March 13, 2017

Well we got 7 inches of white fluffy love from above here on
the east coast of Iowa and I don’t think the birds enjoy it as
much as I do. Didn’t even bother firing up the snowblower
either. This was a strange snow as grassy areas got the full 7
inches while roads and sidewalks ended up with about 3.

Since I live in Iowa again this question doesn’t pop up much
but it sure did in my traveling days. It never failed when I
was out of state and somebody asked me where I was from they’d
immediately ask if I knew their friend who used to live here. I
don’t even know everybody in town let alone in the state.

And I was having a great Sunday until the wife reminded me it
was Monday. No, a smart phone wouldn’t help. I’ll keep my flip
phone. Life just seems simpler that way.

Watching the local news one of the stars of the program was
talking about how great ethanol is and why it’s good for us
too. Of course our state is for it, we grow corn! I just
couldn’t believe they got away with broadcasting that many bold
face lies.

Yesterday this flock of geese appeared to be following the
jetliner west. It had me wondering if they didn’t know where
they were going or just thought it was mama. Wish the picture
was better but I couldn’t zoom in closer and keep both in the
shot.

Finally, the wife and I have been having a discussion over who
snores. She claims I do yet when I wake her up so she can get
ready for work the windows are rattling. I can now say the
answer is at hand and should be in mailbox shortly. See below
for my solution to the problem.

Enjoy your Monday or whatever day you think it is. Since I had
beer batter cod and french fries for lunch, supper will involve
a toasted pizza with all the toppings I can fit on top.
Comments are always welcome.