Things change

March 18, 2019

This past Saturday started great and warmed up nicely before things cooled down and later the snow came. Those who tell us what our weather will be predicted a dusting to an inch or two of white fluffy love from above but it wasn’t a problem as these same people told us it would get back in the 40s Sunday.

We awoke yesterday to discover a winter wonderland and were amazed at the beauty of all we surveyed. Since we knew the sight would only be around for a short time we got some pictures. Everything was covered with around 3 inches of snow by early morning.

By mornings end the snow was all but gone and the critters out an about. Not sure what of bird this is, but it was soaring over the neighborhood looking for something. Whatever it is the sight of this creature circling in the clear sky was something to see.

Somehow that was perfect ending to the snow arriving, then melting quickly once the sun came up. The bird hung in the sky for quite a while yet I didn’t have a great lens to get more pictures as he got further away each time each time he looped around.

So I decided to put the camera up, get some chores done, and the pics uploaded to the computer. By the time all was said and done I remembered it was St. Patrick’s Day. There are worse ways to spend the holiday and we were reminded that when it comes to the weather, things change.

Enjoy our Monday as it’s the first day of the rest of our lives.
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Different days

March 14, 2019

That sure describes yesterday. It started out with rain, ended with more rain, yet in between felt like the Twilight Zone. I still managed to get a few pictures in between chores and meals yet things happened that don’t usually.

Facebook was down, the flood forecast was in the news, and I noticed a tree at the other end of the block for the first time. The tree has been there for several years and yesterday as I looked through the zoom lens small tan balls hung all over the thing.

The picture isn’t the best but the experience made me wonder. How can you live somewhere and not see a tree at the other end of the block has little balls hanging all over it? I notice it now.

And I noticed this critter in a small tree and thought of the coloration. Grey squirrels are common, black squirrels are seen often, but I’ve never seen one auburn colored. Looked good on this one though.

The coloring on this squirrel is what we usually see here on the east coast of Iowa. Some say they are cute but I’m not among that group, yet they are fun to watch.

The clouds did not look happy at one point to remind me it was going to be a very rainy day. Nothing unusual there except it reminded me the camera isn’t waterproof.

And it wouldn’t be a critter post without a few pictures of the cardinals that hang around. Was lucky to get these during a lull in the rain and the model was a bit of a ham.

Enjoy our Thursday and we’ll try to get a few new pics before the rain visits again later. Now for more coffee.
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Great days

March 13, 2019

Yesterday was one of those days that makes life worth living and put a smile on your face that remains for hours. So many little things happened that the big things were forgotten. And it all started with a visit with Dad.

When back in our driveway a bird of prey was circling about a mile away and while the picture isn’t the best it does show the bald eagle soaring high above. The eagle never got closer which made me wish for a longer lens.

A cardinal was out and about and agreed to pose for a few shots, as long as it didn’t take too long. I’m happy with the results as he was a bright spot on a cloudy day.

And the icing on the cake was witnessing the return of the American white pelican. Over a mile away and following the river these large birds were a sight to see. With a body over 4 foot long and wingspan of 9 feet they are graceful in flight, and winter in South America. And yes, it’s hard to see mostly white birds when the sky is full of white clouds.

With all that going on, brush still got cut and the chores done. Later, while having a burrito the size of sub sandwich, I decided a day couldn’t get much better than that.

We’ll see what happens today and try to get more pictures of something other than a cardinal. Enjoy our Wednesday as we will. Now for some more coffee before going back out.
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Different kind of busy

March 9, 2019

Today I was out in the wind and rain to see if there was anything to take a picture of. Turns out, birds must like to eat in the rain. This group was chowing down like there’s no tomorrow.

This cardinal was getting around in the rain also. Not sure what his final goal was but he kept busy. A little later he even had a friend with him and they were eyeing something.

This cardinal just seemed to be enjoying the day, rain and all. Even the wind picking up didn’t phase him. It sure was something to see.

So after getting myself and the camera wet I decided to go back inside and have some bacon and eggs with my coffee before uploading the pictures to share here.

That got me thinking that it was only the second meal we could actually see to eat in months. I used to call the old dim light romantic and told the wife it was like we were dining by candlelight. Yeah, she didn’t buy it either. I’m afraid to admit but it is kind of nice to see what you’re eating. The light also helps when pouring coffee into a black mug.

Enjoy our Saturday as it’s one of my seven favorite days of the week. Now I have a few things to get done so I’m ready for the scary picture that will be featured later.
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March 6, 2019

I spent most of yesterday watching the sky and clouds play. There are times when that is more interesting than hearing the news on TV. Way too much time was spent out looking up instead of doing chores. Which means today I have yesterdays and todays honey do list to work on.

That being said, I did listen to the weather which once again assured us that it would be the coldest day of what is left of in the month of March. We’re thinking, until the next one.

Speaking of the weather, we have snow in the forecast for tomorrow and once again I’m confused. The local channels don’t agree on how much or
the timing. So we’re ready for anything from a dusting to a foot. If we get more than a foot we’ll need more salt.

And while watching the clouds climb up the sky and jets fly across I found it settled my soul and brought a smile to my face. As you may know, if I wake up breathing enjoying the day comes naturally. Not much else matters.

Even so, I can be a grumpy old man at times yet the wife still laughs at me occasionally. Last night while watching NCIS before she went to work I could have sworn one actor said “Don’t the have butt prints for babies?” After the wife finished laughing she said the actor actually said “Don’t they have foot prints for babies?”

Sure didn’t sound like it to me but the look the wife gave me was priceless. She keeps after me to get a hearing aid and I keep telling I don’t think it would help with a ruptured eardrum.

Enjoy our Wednesday as here it means no snow until tomorrow. Now I have to get busy and make more coffee.
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Great days

March 2, 2019

When I woke up this morning the sun was up, the day was bright, and I
thought it was a great day. Then I heard the weather on the TV and decided to stay inside today. At least for now.

Yesterday the high was in the 40s yet today that got cut in half and then some. That puts a person in the mood for an adult grilled cheese and coffee. We’ll have ours shortly.

Speaking of yesterday, when I went to sleep I had a dream (nightmare) that I was stuck in rental cabin with the Clintons. It was not pretty and it took a few moments to realize it was only a dream. I still had a good look around though.

The Detroit Autorama is going on through Sunday at Cobo Hall in Detroit. The link will take you some pictures for those of us who can’t attend.

The show is hosted by the Michigan Hot Rod Association (MHRA) and is home to the coveted Don Ridler Memorial Award presented ot the “best in show” at the show every year.

And if you need a reminder, Today is March 2nd. The 62nd day of the year with 304 days until next year. We’ll list a few things that happened on this date in history.

In 1877 the U.S. Congress declared Rutherford B. Hayes the new president even though Samuel J. Tilden had wond the popular vote.

In 1933 the movie King Kong opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

In 1961 John F. Kenneday announced the creation of the Peace Corps.

And in 1995 Yahoo! was incorporated.

Enjoy our Saturday as usually there are things to do regardless of the weather. Now I need coffee and bacon.
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That time of year

March 1, 2019

If you live in the snow belt you know I’m talking about the annual return of the pot holes. It’s getting so bad here you can’t even swerve around them as there are just too many.

After we finished running our errands and getting things put away, the wife showed me a picture of a pot hole within walking distance of our house. Claim was it is 3 feet by 5 feet and 15 feet deep. Now that’s a pot hole.

The location surprised me as the street has a crown in it and is much higher in the middle than along the curbs. So much for drainage. Not sure what caused the pothole but am fairly certain somebody is going to ignore the barricades and run into it.

Our city has patched several pot holes which always return after the plows come out to remove the latest snow. One former Mayor even declared a war on pot holes yet they keep returning. These holes do make driving interesting though.

We’re fairly certain that by July said pot holes will be a thing of the past and residents can then go and get tires replaced and front ends aligned. Until next year. It’s part of the cost of living on the east coast of Iowa.

If you live in an area that doesn’t get cold weather, snow, sleet, and pot holes you should count your blessings. Those of us do live in such an area just state that at least we don’t have a mosquito problem.

Enjoy our Friday as the weekend has arrived. Now I need more coffee, or a nap.
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