Good times

November 7, 2019

Some days we get so distracted that time passes and before we
realize it the day is gone. Today was such a day and most of it was
spent outside watching nature at its finest. At least that’s what I
believe.

Went out earlier and after feeding and watering the feral cats for a quick look around had me gazing to the sky. A nearby tree was losing leaves at a rate that had it been rain it would have been a good drizzle.

The alley went from gray concrete to the yellow, orange, and gold of
the new fallen leaves. And they just kept falling. Some would get
carried by the wind and spin through the blue sky to end quite a
distance from the tree.

And with the blue sky as a backdrop it seemed almost magical. I don’t
think Disney could pull off a more colorful display. Even the feral
cats got into the act by jumping up and swatting at the falling
leaves. Some were very acrobatic.

A couple squirrels scampered about looking for their hidden supplies
or running around with walnuts in the their mouths to hide them
elsewhere. With all that going on, I also noticed that there was not
a bird to be seen.

Not sure if they’re hunkered down in their nests or airing out their
long johns. Now back inside I realized it was not a wasted day but
one to remember. Everything meshed together like a well rehearsed
play.

Enjoy our Thursday, or Friday Eve if you prefer. Now for some coffee
to prepare for the chores that didn’t get done earlier.
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Late again

November 5, 2019

Here on our portion of the east coast of Iowa we vote. If you live
here, or have an election also, please vote. You may have noticed we
missed posting yesterday and while we’re sorry about that it couldn’t
be helped.

Seems I keep forgetting I’m no spring chicken anymore and push things that don’t need pushing. In this case it turned into a step back on the road to getting better. Now I’m almost to where I was before the set back.

Saw this bird while out getting some fresh air a few days ago and got
a shot. Seemed to be determined to enjoy the day.

A few of the feral kittens were out and about so we’ll share some pictures of how they’ve grown. They almost have me trained as they are outside waiting to be fed at 6 am every morning, rain or shine. Even mama cat is coming back around.

Since mama cat is no longer bigger than a basketball we believe she
had another litter. So far she has them well but when I’m feeling a
little better we’ll have a better look.

And again we’ll say that regular postings will begin again. I’m
getting ready to go out and see if any critters want a picture and
if so will share here in a later post. Enjoy our Tuesday as
tomorrow the pesky camel will be around. Now for more coffee.
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Odds and ends

October 23, 2019

The moon could almost be seen through the clouds over the weekend
and the man in the moon fought valiantly to keep from being covered.
It was a great weekend for the most part.

This little sat in the neighbors yard watching me as I got a few
shots. Good looking cat.

Once again the sky looked fantastic no matter what direction you
looked. Really love being outside on days like this. Couldn’t say what
today looked like as I slept it away. When I finally made it to the
kitchen the said that I should be slept out now.

Oh no. Went back in and slept some more. Tired of only feeling
comfortable while horizontal under the covers yet feel like I’m in a
meat locker when I get up.

Also want to get the camera out again and see if there is anything
out there to get a shot of. I’m pushing for tomorrow but not holding
my breath. Enjoy the rest of our Wednesday as it’s almost over with
anyway.
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Spaced out

October 16, 2019

Didn’t get a post out yesterday as I felt as goofy as the feral
kitten above looks. In the picture above she looks surprised to see me
standing close with the camera.

Perhaps she was looking at the strange sky above us. Not sure what was going on but it was fun watching the patterns swirl and move about the clear blue sky. The clouds were as white as the sky was blue.

Had a good visit with Dad and actually stayed a lot longer than I
normally do. But Dad felt like talking so I hung around. We talked of
the recent city general election, some truck stops he ate at when he
was on the road, the summer of 1936, and how he rode a horse to
school in 6 foot snowdrifts, uphill, both ways.

Then after sharing memories that had us both smiling I headed home
and quickly lost the rest of the day. Not sure where the day went,
or how I missed it, but all I remember is having a bowl of leftover
chili before watching a Perry Mason re-run.

I’ll try to not let that happen again. A friend gave me an Elk roast
the other day and when it thaws out we’ll cook it up and make some
gravy for potatoes. Haven’t had elk before and am guessing it tastes
a little like Bison and I have had that.

So enjoy our Wednesday and when the time is right I’ll do two posts
in a day to make up fro yesterday. Now for more coffee.
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Little talk

October 14, 2019

Over the weekend the Harvest Full Moon appeared and looked full all weekend. We’ve already posted Fridays moon and here now is Saturdays. We would show Sundays but clouds kept the moon from coming out to play.

So I was glad for the talk with the man in moon on Saturday. Here on the east coast of Iowa the temperatures have dropped into the basement at night and we’ve had frost warnings. That could be why the critters are hard to find.

The man in moon claimed he liked nights like Saturdays as the sky was
so inky black he felt he stood out and shined brighter. Couldn’t argue
with him there. That night reminded of some nights at sea when with
just the light of the moon it seemed liked you could see every detail
around you.

The caps on the waves would glow in the dark much like the water
churned up by the props and the gentle rocking of the ship changed
your view slightly.

The wife worked over the weekend and claimed she didn’t know there was a full moon until she got to work. She claims people act different when there is a full moon yet I think some people act different all the time. We will have more pictures just as soon as the critters get used to the change in the weather and stay out longer or I find something else to get a shot of.

Enjoy our Monday. Now for more coffee and some pizza rolls.
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Changing seasons

October 11, 2019

Had todays post figured out earlier and was all set to pound it out on
the keyboard until we pulled in the driveway after our weekly cruise to
the grocery store. As we stepped out the car I noticed movement just
above our roof and was surprised to see an adult turkey vulture flying
just above the rooftop.

It was drizzling with temperatures in the 40s and windy yet I kept my eyes to the sky. The wife asked what I was looking so told her to wait a minute and look at our roof. The vulture cleared our roof and got even lower before rising to clear the neighbors trees. Of course the camera was in the house, the house was locked, and said vulture was gone before I could grab my keys off my belt loop.

But what a sight. Then we carried the groceries in the house and got
out of the cold drizzle.

Yesterday was good also as the critters were out perhaps knowing it
would be the last warm day for a while. These two European starlings
appeared to be mad at something and were staring it down.

Not to be outdone, and in another part of the same tree, this robin
and starling were looking in the same direction as the other two. Not
sure what they saw but it kept them busy so I get a couple shots.

One of the feral kittens was practicing feline yoga and seemed calm. She held this pose for so long I almost thought something happened to her leg.

While the kitten was doing her workout this little black squirrel
tackled a walnut just feet away. Not sure where the walnut tree is
but am going to investigate when the drizzle quits. What can I say,
I like walnuts too.

That’s a little of what’s been going on here on the east coast of Iowa. We’ll share more pictures as we get them. Enjoy our Friday as that means the weekend is here. Now for some more coffee before I go back out to see if the liquid love from above stopped.
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Election wrap up and more critters

October 9, 2019

The “official” early results are in and nothing changed. With 19 absentee ballots left some are waiting to see if the gap widens in the Mayoral race. Eight votes separate second and third place candidates and that could be mean a recount. Meanwhile, below is a walk through yesterday complete with pictures.

This robin was perched at the very top of the old pine tree looking
south for who knows what. Think it can be safely said that he wasn’t
eyeballing the church.

Then he flew away and he was watched until he could no longer be seen by my old eyes. Just know he was making good time so must have been in a hurry to get somewhere.

The treetop was popular because as soon as the robin flew away a European starling took his place. This bird also looked around to the south before flying off. I waited for another bird to rule the roost but none showed up.

A little black squirrel managed to get across the yard without
attracting the notice of the feral kittens, evidently we feed them too
well for them to hunt.

Finally, after dark I ventured out to get a shot of the moon in the
chilly night. Had a short talk with the man in the moon who told me
it was colder up there than it is here.

Enjoy our Wednesday as it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. Now for more coffee
before I head back outside.
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