The moon with a side of news

August 10, 2017

The man in moon was trying to hide last night but did so with
class behind a sheer curtain of pastel colored clouds that
looked like lace from the east coast of Iowa. And although he
did whisper, we had our little chat.

We noticed new candidates for the city council received a
mention in the local newspaper, we know one of the two, and it
could get interesting around election day. Since I couldn’t
sleep we talked until the moon finally disappeared behind a
solid grey cloud.

Dale Gilmour is running for 6th Ward Alderman and JJ Condon is
aiming for the Alderman at Large seat. Both are small business
owners and lifetime residents of the area.

Mr. Condon is a member of the Zoning Advisory Committee and is
on the board of directors of River Action, Inc. I don’t know
anything more about Mr. Condon, but wish him well.

Dale Gilmour is a life long resident of Davenport and we went
to the same high school. He has had his business for 25 years
and has been to more city meetings than almost everyone already
on the city council. When I was still going to the meetings I’d
see him there. He also has some really neat cars.

If we lived in the 6th Ward we’d vote for Dale but since we
don’t we wish him the best of luck. The elections will be here
before we know it.

On another note, the fires are still burning our west and we
hope the firefighters take the R & R when offered. Sometimes
you just have to step back and take a short break.

Enjoy our thursday. Even though the wife doesn’t believe me
I’m going to try to act like a responsible adult today.
Comments are always welcome.


Painted skies

August 4, 2017

When I awoke this morning it hit me. The wildfires have hit
Iowa. No, our state is not on fire. Nor or people stocking up
on all things needed to make smores. But when something happens
out west it ends up here.

While it makes for interesting days and beautiful sunsets the
smoke from the fires in our more western states has reached us.
And when that happens it causes one to go outside and enjoy.

Here on the east coast of Iowa we don’t worry much about air
quality when these things happen. Much like when severe storms
are in our area we grab a lawn chair and go outside to watch.

Even the critters appear to enjoy the sights.

Then again, this could all be a weather anomaly. Yet my
wandering mind thinks the winds were just favorable to push the
smoke in our general direction. Whatever the reason it gets me
outside even more. It looks like the skies were painted by
a brush in God’s hand.

Enjoy our friday. A day we stock up on pizza and Snicker’s
at Casa Cruiser. Now I need more coffee.
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Strange days

July 21, 2017

The people who get paid to make us think they know what the
weather is going to do were a little off yesterday. Although the
heat index in triple digits most of the day, the sunset was a
sight to behold, and the 20% chance of rain turned into a deluge
that had some guy named Noah worried.

The day started out like most summer days but the ever-changing
sky had me looking up in awe.

The Heavens offered entertainment for all who looked though
most stayed in because of the heat. The heat index was 105
degrees at 7 pm with enough humidity in the air to melt ice
cream trucks.

One would think plants and weeds would whither and die during
this heat unless they got hosed down good once in a while, but
one would be wrong. The beetles appear to love the heat and are
munching on everything edible in sight.

Then around sunset a change was noticed overhead. Said sunset
was amazing where it could be seen and noticeable were it could
not. Sort of hit or miss with dark clouds moving in.

Even with the cloud laden end to the light of the day not much
thought was given to rain. It just felt it would be hot enough
to pop the corn right on the stalk. Then shortly after the sun
went to bed thunder and lightening let you know that plans had
changed.

And then the skies opened up and the free car wash began. Not
sure how much rain we got, but the thunder could have caused a
dead man to sit up. Days like that make you happy to be alive.

Enjoy our friday, we won’t get another one this week. Now I
need coffee.
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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.
Comments are always welcome.


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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