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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What happened?

June 15, 2017

Last night we had a strange sunset after a short burst of rain
so I decided to stay up and get a few pictures of the moon
through the remaining clouds. But as sometimes happens, just
when you think you have things figured out the rules get
changed.

The moon didn’t show in the time I allotted for it to do so and
even though it was the wee hours of the morning when I ventured
back inside, sleep wasn’t in the cards. Finally around 5 am the
sandman came and I didn’t move again until the wife woke me
around 9.

Even with a solid four hour snooze I felt tired because while
I was sleeping I dreamed I never went to sleep because I was
outside waiting for the perfect shot and drinking coffee all
night. It wasn’t as vivid as some dreams, but I knew it was a
dream because I rarely use a tripod.

That and the fact that we don’t have a spiral staircase on
the outside of house. There was quite a view from the top of
the imaginary staircase though. Of course this made me ponder
a few things. Like why are the yellow pages yellow?

Or how many people know Dr. George Horace Gallup was born in
Jefferson, Iowa? If you can’t place who he is just remember
he is the founder of the Gallup Poll and a pioneer in public
opinion polling.

Sorry, got off on a side track. Enjoy our Thursday, we’re that
much closer to the weekend races.
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Late again

May 23, 2017

Earlier we went over to see how Dad is doing and he was doing
good. The health care person that was there put him through his
paces with some physical therapy and he had a good breakfast.
He said he was glad to be home and it showed.

It turned out to be a gray drizzly day and since I didn’t feel
like getting soaked it was an inside day. I ventured out a few
times to fill the bird feeder, put some peanuts out for the
squirrels, and bring in the trash bin from the alley.

Which caused me to wonder; if submarines had screen doors who
would be in charge of making sure a hatch was closed so said
door didn’t leak. I could imagine a long drawn out name for the
rate in charge of that.

Then I thought about why spiders have 8 legs. Why not 7 or a
hundred and two? Now some spiders who lost a leg only have 7
but I’ve never seen one with more than eight.

Because of trying to solve these problems this post is late.
The time flew by while my brain went into overdrive and now it
is late. In less than 2 hours I’ll get the wife up so she can
go to work. Guess I’m going to have to pay more attention to
what’s going on around me.

I’ll end there and say enjoy our Tuesday. Before we know it
hump day will be here.
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Trying days

May 22, 2017

When I awoke this morning I had good intentions of getting a
post done early. In case you don’t know how that works, I’m
writing this one now. It all started when I went to take the
garbage bag out to our garbage bin.

That went so good I decided to take some recycling out to that
bin. That also went well, but on the way back to the house I
noticed a squad car blocking our end of the alley. Once inside
the house I decided to go on the front porch to find out if I
could see anything.

I did. A deputy was standing there, asked me if I was me, and
handed me a subpoena. It was for the same drive by shooting as
the last one when I was told it was dismissed. So back in the
house my thinking turned to a post. Wrong.

As soon as I entered the kitchen the wife informed me she
wanted to go to Wal-Mart to get a new computer mouse and some
fixings for a salad to take to work. I like Wally World but
also wanted to get one early post in. As soon as we returned
from that errand I was ready to make a break for the office and
do the post.

That’s when I saw a squirrel swinging on the bird feeder and
it had broken off one of the feeding ports. On to plan C. Now
I had another trip to get a rainbow colored slinky, all they
had at the closest store that sold them. And now the slinky is
attached to pole, the bushes are trimmed around the feeder and
there is time to sit down. I hope.

Enjoy our Monday, it’s the only one we’ll get this week. Now I
have a hankering for some chocolate covered peanuts.
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Educational chuckle

May 7, 2017

A friend shared this and it gave us a laugh so we’ll share it
with you. Hope you haven’t seen it.

Units Of Measure

1. Ratio of an igloo’s circumference to its diameter= Eskimo Pi

2. 2,000 pounds of Chinese soup= Won Ton

3. 1 millionth of a mouthwash= 1 microscope

4. Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement=
1 bananosecond

5. Weight an evangelist carries with God= 1 billigram

6. Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour+
Knotfurlong

7. 365.25 days of drinking low-calorie beer= 1 Lite year

8. 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone= 1 Rod Sterling

9. Half a large intestine= 1 semicolon

10. 1,000,000 aches= 1 megahurtz

11. Basic unit of laryngitis= 1 hoarsepower

12. Shortest distance between two jokes= a straight line

13. 2,000 mockingbirds= two kilomockingbirds

14. 1 kilogram of falling figs= 1 Fig Newton

15. 1,000 cc’s of wet socks= 1 literhosen

16. 8 nickels= 2 paradigms


Another day…

April 11, 2017

another late post. Good intentions failed me again and a
curious mind led me astray. After going over to visit Dad first
thing this morning, number one on the agenda was to mow the
lawn. Yeah, it’s on my list for tomorrow now.

When I go outside the camera goes with me. Sometimes there’s
absolutely nothing that catches my eye and other times I rack
up 50 shots before I know it. Today was the later. So many
different critters to photograph and so little time to focus.

One of these critters is the yellow eyed bird above. He was
joined by a red tailed hawk, an eagle, 4 cardinals, 2 robins,
a blue jay, and some crows. And that was just this morning.

So after uploading the pictures I decided to straighten the
office. I thought real hard until I came to the conclusion that
if I organize the office I wouldn’t be able to find anything.
That brought me up lunch.

Since I was worn out from my busy morning I just took the wife
to one of our favorite spots so she could get a salad while I
consumed a burger with double pepper jack cheese. We left full
and smiling as I looked forward to the afternoon.

Before she went up to get some sleep, the wife turned the TV
on to an episode of NCIS that I hadn’t seen. You know where
this going. Now supper time is almost here and as worn out as
I am I’ll probably just make a pizza. I’ll need the energy to
mow the lawn tomorrow.

Enjoy our Tuesday, it’s the only one we get this week.
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Can’t go back?

March 24, 2017

I know this post is late again but it was such a beautiful day
here on the east coast of Iowa it forced me outside. The high
got up to 81 and that broke a record set in 1937. Tonight we’ll
get rain and the low is supposed to be 46, but I’ll be back out
there anyway after the wife goes to work.

Thoughts of Dad filled my head as I worked and snapped an
occasional picture. He is usually a quiet man until you bring
up something about the farm. One of his favorite subjects when
he gets on a roll is the summer of 1937. He claims it’s the
hottest summer he’s ever seen.

The farm house had no running water and certainly never had
air conditioning. One fan was supposed to cool the whole house.
So, in the summer of 1937, everybody slept on the porch because
it was cooler. According to him that went on all summer.

When I visited Tuesday I mentioned a plat book from 1930 that
was found online which had Grandpa’s name listed along with the
number of acres. For some reason that got him going again. His
face lit up like a young lad as he talked about neighbors and
some of their habits.

Up the gravel road to the east was an old lady who liked to
sit in the cornfield. She didn’t disturb the corn and was
friendly enough when he and his brothers walked by. And that’s
where he left it.

Then he mentioned a local character, who I also remembered, that
didn’t leave his farm house without a pocket pint in every
pocket of his coveralls. At that time it was a dry county but
this character always swore his bottles were dry when he finished
for the day.

People say you can’t, or shouldn’t go back. But the look on
Dad’s face while talking about the good old days told me that
at times it’s good for your soul.

Have a great Friday, the weekend has begun. If we use it
wisely it might even seem to last a couple days.
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