Weekend wrap up

September 16, 2019

Over the weekend this family of feral cats were playing in our
neighbors yard. The Mama cat, lower right in the picture, has the
biggest eyes for her head size we’ve ever seen. Thought it was odd to
see so many black cats at one place, five, but they were having fun.

This little critter is getting ready for winter in a big way. Not sure
what he had in his mouth and we gave him credit for this enthusiasm.
Surprised this one didn’t wear a rut into the alley.

This small flock of geese were headed east in the early morning hours
and looked to be in a hurry to get somewhere. Before long they’ll be
headed south and won’t be seen for a while.

On a bluff overlooking our downtown area the old bank building with
its clock tower still stands tall. I remember our first visit to the
place in the mid 60s and being amazed by the murals, marble, and
brass fixtures.

A favorite nearby creek brought memories of ice skating here long
before it started silting up. A lot of good times occurred on this
stretch of water and the memories are priceless.

And finally, a barge was tied off on Arsenal Island probably just
waiting for the locks to get freed up before it continues its journey
downstream. If the last 3 pictures seem a little blurry it’s because I
used a little point and shoot pocket camera and you never know how
things will turn out until you upload the files.

Enjoy our Monday because it’s here anyway. Now for more coffee.
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Another good one

September 9, 2019

Saturday the sky was an ever changing show of unmatched patterns
and varying colors. It was a great day but one kept eyes on the skies
just in case. The sun even tried to peek out a few times in the morning
when the clouds parted enough.


It was mentioned in an earlier post that the Monarch butterflies were
scarce here on our portion of the east coast of Iowa. We’ll share a
few pictures now that we’ve seen some.

These critters brighten the day but lately don’t sit still much.
We’ve seen many darting around almost like they were flying while
drunk, but finally saw a few that did sit still long enough.

Mama cat was acting needy and wouldn’t leave us alone whenever we
ventured outside. Don’t know if the nightly visits from the raccoons
have made her jumpy or the coming cooler temperatures but it brightens
our day anyway.

The cat birds haven’t been out much lately but saw this one in a
nearby tree and got a shot. They live in the bushes and we hear them
almost daily yet this one was quiet. Must not have felt threatened.

We’re still waiting for the pelicans to start their migration south
and may have missed it during one of the many cloudy days. We hope
not. They fill the sky when do leave.

A heat wave is supposed to hit today and last most of the week but
you hear us complaining. It’s been cool since we got back from our trip
so a few hotter days won’t spoil anything. Enjoy our Monday as we will
since we woke up breathing and our names weren’t in the obituaries.
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Lucky days

September 7, 2019

After getting the running done yesterday I went outside with camera in hand to see this little guy on a retaining wall nearby. He flattened himself out like he was enjoying the sun. And other critters were out and about.

This hawk kept circling closer and closer riding the thermals and
waltzing through the clouds. No sure what the critter was looking for
but watched it until it was just a dot again against the white clouds.

These two cardinals were playing around like a couple of kids hyped up on candy and seemed to have just as much energy. They played or courted for quite a while before chasing each other out of sight. I had as much fun watching them as they must have had putting on a show for me.

And this little one, who looked to only have one antenna, was
bouncing all over the yard. A still shot wasn’t to be had but we did
this one halfway decent shot. Saw some Monarchs too but wasn’t fast
enough to focus and zoom to get a shot. Perhaps today.

Haven’t seen any pelicans lately but believe soon they will start
migrating south and if luck holds out will get shots of them in the
sky. That’s always something to see. Didn’t get any shots of the young
raccoons either. Guess we should keep the camera closer to the door.

Enjoy our Saturday as before we know it the weekend will be over.
Now I need more coffee and some toast slathered with peanut butter.
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A good day

September 6, 2019

Yesterday started with me getting this look when I took food and water out to feed the outside bunch. Even though it was only 6:30 am I got the impression this little one thought I was late.

Later the same kitten looked like she had spent too much time on a
bar stool and was just getting in. Not sure what the problem was but
she was alright when I checked back.

Cinnamon appeared to having problems with fleas or another such pest while she was out enjoying the sunny day. She spent some time going after her itch then settled down for a nap.

The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a polar coaster winter and the old
pine tree agrees. The old tree has more pine cones this year than any
I can remember. I hope that just means cold with a little snow. I like
snow, but don’t like removing it from where we don’t want it.

That being said, most of the trees are still green. The trees are
relaxing to look at yet the view when they’re bare improves. Every
year the trees get taller and the steeple shrinks.

A starling came out to have a look around from his perch high up in an old oak tree nearby. He must have been impressed as he spent a long while just checking out the area.

Enjoy our Friday as it’s here anyway. Now I need some coffee to get
ready for unloading the groceries we’ll be getting later.
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The stand off

August 30, 2019

Had a chat with our neighbor during which I mentioned Mama cat was
raising hell the night before. He said he heard something but figured
I’d handle it. It was not what I expected.

As I glanced out the storm door things appeared normal with one
kitten eating and another getting a drink of water. Not wanting to
disturb them I looked as far to one corner as I could and saw Mama
cat standing on hind legs hissing and yowling like a banshee.

These three were forming a circle and eyeing the food bowl the one kitten was munching at while moving closer. Mama cat has proven she isn’t afraid of much but I feared she may have bitten off more than she could chew this time.

So I went out, the kittens scattered, Mama cat held her ground, and the pesky raccoons were still intent on eating the cat food. With the kittens gone I figured Mama cat would back down, let the raccoons have the food, and the battle would be over before it began.

Mama cat suddenly jumped on the back of the closest masked marauder and rode it like a rodeo star. So much for a peaceful conclusion. I blocked the other two from getting involved just as Mama cat jumped off the one she was riding. She backed up a few feet and the stand off continued.

Two of the raccoons decided I was bigger than them and dinner could wait, but the third stood his ground hissing like a tire going flat. He finally decided perhaps it wasn’t the time to go it alone and waddled off to join the others.

I got Mama cat settled down enough that she soon joined her kittens who were waiting behind some nearby bushes. Later when I looked out the raccoons had taken over the food dish, Mama cat and the kittens were nowhere to be seen, and the rest of the evening went great.

I would have gotten more pictures, but they’re had to take when you are wrestling raccoons. Enjoy our Friday as summer winds down. Now I need more coffee to get ready for whatever today will bring.
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A couple things I noticed

August 23, 2019

Dorothy was right, “there’s no place like home!” We had a great trip
and loved being with the kids and our granddaughter but it does feel
good to be home. We noticed a couple of things, one made us laugh
and the other made me mad. We’ll mention both.

First is the fact that I’m a country boy and can’t change that. The
wife laughed when I told her that when we went to Texas de Brazil to
eat I knew I was in trouble when I saw three forks and two goblets at
each place setting. I’m a much more simple man.

I mean no disrespect to the place or its employees, but I don’t need
servers to bring the meat to the table and cut it in front of me. Rich
folk love me at these places when I ask ‘what the hell is that?’
Hey, I’m laughing right with them, but don’t put anything in mouth
unless I know what it is and the only way to find out is ask.

This picture is the reason I was mad and sad at the same time. We’re
at a city park with nice pond filled with wildlife and some Bozo has
to throw their burger wrapper into the water. After seeing this we
noticed beer and pop cans, plastic bags, and other trash in the pond.
I was half tempted to wade out and get the trash off the turtle.

We noticed trash bins about 25 feet away and people are so lazy they
can’t do the right thing. It’s a sad part of our civilization that some
ruin things for others. Didn’t ruin our vacation yet that doesn’t make
it right.

Enjoy our Friday as we need to stock on groceries and fix my low pizza
supply.

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Day four

August 16, 2019

Yesterday was interesting and we have pictures to prove it. Most
were taken at the Tulsa Aquarium and of things seldom seen in our
part of the woods.

Above are a few pictures of the critters we saw at the aquarium
yesterday along with many more. There were fish and critters that
could be touched, a shark tunnel, and a huge but friendly turtle.

This critter could be a Walmart greeter. Every time someone
walked by he’d get up against the glass and ham it up. This one
is 30 years old and should live for many more.

After we had our fill of water creatures we spent some time
cruising around Tulsa before heading to our dinner reservation.
Don’t think we’ll be doing that again. The company was great but
I just can’t wrap my head around the concept of the place.

You start with a salad bar then when finished turn a little
coaster looking card to say yes or no to receive different kinds
of meat from the many servers passing by. I couldn’t understand
a thing they saying and must say the spicy Italian beef was a bit
on the hot side.

They offered desert later and we all passed. When the bill came
the wife and I were surprised 2 dinners came to $104! Some may
think that isn’t bad but I’m cheap and like cheeseburgers. The
wife wasn’t impressed either.

Enjoy our Friday as the weekend is here. Now I have to go down
to the lobby for coffee.
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