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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They were right

June 16, 2017

The sky was something to behold last night around sunset and
the TV folks who try to guess the weather were predicting
possible doom and gloom up to, and including, quarter sized
hail. After watching the remnants of the day I went inside and
the severe thunderstorm warnings were announced effective until
22.30 hours.

So I went back out with 20 minutes left on the warning to see
for myself. A slight breeze and some thunder and lightening to
the west were there so I awaited the rain. I went back inside
when conditions didn’t get worse and thought we were misled.
With about 10 minutes left on the warning all hell broke loose.

The wind picked up, heavy rain came at you sideways, and the
lightening lit up the sky while the thunder reached its peak.
And after what seemed like a few minutes, the storm was gone.
What a show.

This morning on the way to the grocery store we noticed a few
trees down on the way but our neighborhood did ok. The sky
still held more clouds than should fit, but the rain hasn’t
returned. We needed the rain but don’t want it as a frequent
guest. Just enough to help the corn grow and flowers bloom
would be great.

So those who guess the weather on TV were right this time, it
rained. I guess the odds predict they have to get it right once
in a while. Now I have to go clean the car that I just cleaned
before the storm. Enjoy our Friday, it could be the beginning
of a great weekend.
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Late edition

April 4, 2017

I don’t know why it is, but it seems to me the older I get the
more the subject of age comes up. During a visit with Dad today
he said he was blessed to have lived 91 years and that in a few
months he will be 92.

He gets around pretty well with the help of his cane, still
has his driver’s license and drives, and is sharp as a tack
most days. He also claims I don’t know what it’s like to be
91 and he’s right. I still don’t know how to act my age let
alone his.

Here on the east coast of Iowa we had a peek at some blue in
the skies this morning before the clouds came in an took away
the sun. The forecast for tomorrow is rain and a possible 1-3
inches of snow. Then this weekend a 70 degree high temperature.
What a great place to live!

One of these days I’m going to watch a “news” program from
start to finish and see if I’m missing anything. I don’t think
that is the case but am willing to watch to find out.

And that is going to wrap up this late edition of what should
have been posted this morning. I don’t consider it
procrastinating when I’m enjoying the day. We hope you enjoy
the first Tuesday in April. That is so special they had
elections across the river.

And now I need an ice cream cone to keep me going until my
late night pizza.
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On a rainy day

April 3, 2017

Once again I’m late to the party. Good intentions fell by the
wayside as the day started out party cloudy and there were
pictures to be taken.

Then the clouds started rolling in and experience said it
wouldn’t be long before the rain starts.

One would think that would be an excellent time to do the
post. But just as the rain started the wife decided we needed
to go run some errands. Her smart phone has been acting up
since she loaded an upgrade. I told her that sometimes the
upgrades have a few bugs and the company releases a patch to
fix the problems with the upgrade.

So we went to the cell phone store, waited about 20 minutes to
see someone, and the someone said that sometimes upgrades have
problems and to wait for the fix if the problem persists. That
sounded familiar, but then what do I know.

We made another stop before heading for the kitchen and to
shake off all the rain we acquired while running the errands.
Now it’s still raining, we are nice and dry, and the wife is
kicking back on her day off.

I was left thinking about the Hasselblad camera attachment the
phone store had for a cell phone. For a paltry $250 the camera
attachment could be yours after you bought the phone to use it
on. And that made me wonder what a Hasselblad DSLR costs.

Cruising online I found a Hasselblad H5D-60 Medium Format
Digital SLR Camera Body, with free shipping, for $43,000. After
finding this out I had no desire to price lenses for this beast.

Now a Snicker’s bar is in order to hold me over until I find
a pizza later. Enjoy our Monday, it’s the first one of the
month.
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Of rainy days

March 29, 2017

When I got up this morning we decided to take a little cruise.
Well, the wife did anyway. So we cruised about 100 miles north
to a little river town, cruised around the town, and came back.

The sky was filled with clouds that promised rain and
delivered on that promise about 30 miles north of home on the
return trip. It has been one of those days you know it’s
daytime but can’t see the sun.

It wasn’t as dark as night yet put a damper on any happy
thoughts. And it looks like it’s going to rain through tomorrow
night. But the birds and critters were still out an we spied a
couple eagles looking for prey and all kinds of critters.

We didn’t stop to eat because they replaced our favorite
restaurant, which served breakfast 24/7, with a Chick Filet.
I have nothing against chicken, it just isn’t our preferred
dining experience while cruising for the day. I prefer
breakfast or the biggest burger allowed by law. The wife does
not share my enthusiasm for such fare.

So for the next few days if you live on the east coast of Iowa
and wish to go outside, you will get wet. That’s not a problem
as I have the gear. I just don’t want my camera getting wet.
As we’ve said before, enjoy our Wednesday as it is the last
one we’ll get this month.

Don’t forget Saturday is April Fool’s Day. It never fails that
somebody has to try to put one over on us. Now I must go forage
for some tasty morsel to keep my strength up.
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Of rare days

March 7, 2017

I knew the moment I woke up this morning it was going to be
one of those days. Nothing was on fire or needed fixing, yet I
still knew in my gut I was going to have one of those days. It
really hit me as I was taking a picture of the moon and
realized I hadn’t done a post yet. (Said picture of moon is
below as evidence.)

One of those days where the sky looked like blue satin
highlighted with white cotton candy clouds. Birds were out in
abundance and singing while the squirrels scampered away with
stolen peanuts.

Even the sunset, though muted, was a sight to behold. I lost
even more track of the time as the stars took turns twinkling
for attention. And I owe it all to sleeping through the night
last night. Four and half hours of blissful, uninterrupted
sleep.

That happens so rarely anymore I knew the distractions would
be too many and too fast. Even though I put up the good fight
the entire day passed by while I marveling at what a
beautiful place we live in.

Not much time to cruise the information highway when you’re
standing outside with so much to see and so little time to
see it. So enjoy the rest of our Tuesday. Soon we’ll be into
Spring, things will green up, and the weather will get nicer.
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The rose and the stars

November 28, 2016

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Through the frosty nights and the just finished rainy day the
old rose bush is still holding up. We have had temperatures
down in the 20s lately and heavy rain today, yet it still
proudly blossoms. We’re going to enjoy it until it gives up
the year and await next years’ bloom.

As mentioned it rained, thunderstorms and hail were
forecast, central and northeast Iowa got tornadoes and it
was supposed to continue late into the night. Imagine my
surprise when I went to start the car so the wife could go to
work and saw stars above instead of clouds.

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There were so many stars in the sky the trees hardly had room
to breathe. The Heavens looked decorated for Christmas mixed
with the tree branches.

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Even where there were no trees the sky shined with all the
stars that Heaven could hold. If felt like God was telling us
this was gift for putting up with the nasty weather. Pictures
don’t do it justice, but here are a few more to help you
visualize the sight.

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I’m still smiling, but have to go in search of a pizza that
has my name on it. Enjoy the rest of our Monday as it means we
now only have four working days left this week.
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