Interesting times

January 22, 2019

You don’t have to have a sense of humor to live on the east
coast of Iowa, but it helps. Today we’re told we’re going to get
hit with rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow and then the temps
will drop. Wind chills to -40 and a zombie apocalypse. Even the
birds are taking off.

Ok, not the zombies but it will make for interesting travel. It
just goes to show God does have a sense of humor too. Of course
the bitter cold will be going on right when we cruise to the store
to get groceries and pet supplies.

Those of us who have lived here long enough usually have enough
staples on hand that we wouldn’t have to venture out for a month,
but it gives us something to do in the early hours of a cold
day. And in this day and age one could find milk or bread at
hour in a pinch.

The last snowfall I had to shovel by hand as our snow blower
wouldn’t start. I haven’t been able to unfreeze the key since
the previous snow storm when the white fluffy love from above
was blowing sideways. I figured it will thaw out by April or
when I get tired of shoveling and bring our a torch.

One thing that never fails to happen in times like these is you
run into somebody who says they wish it was warmer. Noooooo. If
that gets said when summer does roll around we’ll have a bunch
of humid 100 degree days in a row. Think! God has a sense of
humor and a good memory.

So if your area is getting hit with something similar stay
safe. If not, quietly count your blessings. Enjoy our Tuesday
as enjoying it is better than the option. Now for some more
coffee.
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Got to thinking

January 19, 2019

Here on the east coast of Iowa we got some white fluffy love
from above and the time has come to remove it from where I don’t
want it and put it where it’s not in the way. I’ve also been
staring at the clock above the computer hutch in hopes time
would stand still.

It’s still ticking so that means I have to get the gear out,
gas up the snow thrower, and get busy. We were told before the
snow began that it would be a light fluffy snow but I have since
learned the snow is wet and heavy like the last batch.

So it now looks like I’ll be outside for at least a few hours
this morning moving snow. It’s also windy out there which means
I’ll come back in looking like Papa Smurf in a white snow suit.
It’s the price we pay for living where we do. And it’s worth it.

The Mississippi river is only a mile away, a good spot to
watch eagles about 10 miles, we can see all sorts of wild
critters just by walking out our back door, And we get all four
seasons to boot. So while we don’t have everything we want we
do have everything we need.

So enjoy our Saturday wherever you are. We’ve already had our
breakfast and 10 cups of coffee and that’s enough to get me
through my snow removal plan.
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Sunday night sky

January 17, 2019

This Sunday night we may be able to witness the Super Blood
Wolf Moon eclipse. This is an event that has a complete lunar
eclipse (Blood Moon), a full moon that is closest to the earth
in its orbit (Supermoon), and this months Full Wolf Moon. This
will be the last total lunal eclipse we can see from the U.S. of
A. until 2021. It is also the only lunar eclipse of the year.

The partial eclipse will begin around 10:30 pm eastern time and
an hour after that the moon will go through some unusual phases.
By 11:35 pm the moon will have a small bright spot while the
rest of it turns orange. This makes it look like the moon has an
polar cap.

Around 10 minutes after that the moon should take on a glow
like brass, could turn dark gray, or may look dark red. The
color will depend on earths atmoshere. And an added bonus is if
you’re away from any lights the darker moon lets the stars shine
bright.

So If it’s not cloudy where you live, and you can manage to
bundle up and go out to watch, it will be a sight to see. I have
seen it before and it didn’t look red to my tried eyes, but it
was different.

Enjoy our Thursday as the weekend is only a dream away. Now
after more coffee I’m going to work off my bacon sandwich with
some chores.
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Just one of those days

January 11, 2019

Yesterday the sky was blue and the birds were out. Today I’ve
been running since I got up. Yesterday I marveled at seeing
European starlings and crows in the same tree while today it
took all I had not to strangle a cat!

Yes, it’s been one of those days. After waking up this morning
I wandered into the kitchen and before the coffee was even done
one of the wife’s older cats decided to use her laptop bag as a
litter box. The bag is history but I did manage to save the
computer and most of the contents of said bag.

So after getting a late start on our errands a new one was
added to the list. We had to find a laptop bag that didn’t smell
as gamey as the old one. I didn’t realize there were so many
different sizes and types of bags for laptops. We learned not to
trust what you read on labels also.

The wife said her laptop was a 17 inch. Wally World only had
one bag with a tag that stated it fit a 17 inch laptop. So she
got it and after an hour running the rest the errands we were
back at home. This is when we learned not to trust the labels.

Although her laptop fit in the bag we couldn’t zip the bag
shut. I guess technically the laptop did fit and just assumed
that the bag would also close. At least everything else went
smoothly once we got the problems sorted.

And we have snow coming tonight, even though it doesn’t look
to be a bad storm. If all we get is 3 inches I’m going to feel
cheated. It’s hardly worth it to get my gear on and machinery
out for less than a foot. I’ll manage anyway.

So enjoy our Friday as that means the weekend gets here just in
time for the snow. Now I need more coffee while enjoying the
calm before the storm.
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Squirrely day

January 9, 2019

This is almost another afternoon post but we’ll get back to our
regular schedule soon. Most of the problem lies with my cooking.
I made 5 quarts of au gratin potatoes that looked and smelled so
good the wife and I ate most of it for our late lunch. After the
meal I got lazy and laid down for a nap, slept 2 hours, and then
couldn’t fall back asleep until the wee hours of the morning.

Yesterday after chores were done I went outside to get a few
pictures of birds eating the bird seed only to discover a
squirrel chowing down and another in a nearby tree waiting his
turn. These are the first squirrels I’ve seen since early fall
when they were burying acorns for the winter.

These critters are fun to watch but a little too destructive
for my liking. The two spotted yesterday seemed to be on their
best behavior though and scampered off when they noticed me
standing nearby with my camera. Guess I’ll put out some cracked
corn for the four legged critters along with the bird seed.

And if one looked up yesterday the clouds had an odd look to
them. Some were well defined while others foggy. Not sure what
caused this yet it was interesting to watch. Since I am once
again late with the chores we’ll leave it there.

Enjoy our Wednesday as we’ll have to wait a week to see
another one. Now I’m having more coffee before the getting to
the chores.
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Late day

January 8, 2019

I woke up early yet have been late the rest of the day. We all
have days like that but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. In
a short while I’ll be caught up and back to the regular routine.

Yesterday I heard the helicopter that transports patients from
hospital to hospital and wherever it going and it flew right
over our house. Don’t know how noisy they are inside but they
are noisy flying over.

And the cardinals were out for the second day in a row, this
time having lunch in our back yard. The male was greedy with
the seed put out on a small slab of concrete and even chased
the female off who came to join him.

He started making a lot of noise when a female tried to get to
the food and ran her off to a nearby fence where she watched him
eat. I didn’t see if she ever got her meal or not but hope so.

A little later I watched the sun set on another great day here
on the east coast of Iowa. It again looked as if the west end
was on fire and made me wish I could have gotten a clear shot.

Today my running is done and in honor of getting back on some
sort of schedule I’m making au gratin potatoes for a late lunch.
Since it can’t be called brunch we’ll call it lupper. Enjoy our
Tuesday as it’s a beautiful day here. Now I need more coffee
and the ingredients to make lupper.
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Of cardinals and the weather

January 7, 2019

While doing some outside chores yesterday I spotted a couple of
cardinals trying to hide in plain sight. When the first one was
seen my hands were full and the camera was on the computer desk.
So when I went back in the house and grabbed the camera I did
manage to get a shot of the other one.

It is said that a cardinal sighting means a loved one in
Heaven is paying you a visit, or thinking of you. Since I see
plenty of cardinals perhaps someone above feels I have left the
straight and narrow or at least strayed a little.

The sky looked like an old postcard that one could find in
various tourist traps around the country and had an almost
summer like feel to it. A perfect fit with cardinals spotted
earlier and a mood lifter for sure.

Later, I listened to the 6 o’clock news on TV and was told it
was 41 degrees outside and that today our high would be 58.
When I turned on the TV this morning at 7 a.m., it was 50
degrees and raining.

But this being Iowa I knew a change was on the way. Sure
enough, Wednesday the high will be 28 and a possibility of snow
is in the forecast for the weekend. It’s great to live here on
the east coast of Iowa. I can hope for a foot of snow by weeks
end while enjoying a warm day today.

Enjoy our Monday as it’s our first one of the year. Now I’m
going to fry up some bacon and make more coffee.
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