Happy New Year!

December 31, 2019

Like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! We hope it is both happy and prosperous. We’re almost down to the wire and the New Year’s Eve shows will be all over the TV. Here on the east coast of Iowa the fireworks will start and it’s anybodys guess when they will end.

Official fireworks hours here are from 10 pm to 12:30 am be we’ll
guess the skies will still be lit up and the ground shaking after the
official hours end. The usually do. Fireworks were going off before
they became legal and we don’t expect a big change.

Went over to see Dad this morning and the day started out great.
When I stopped to get his donuts the lady behind the counter said she
put in a couple extra donuts. I thanked her and Dad was impressed.
He may be 94, but he does have a sweet tooth.

Got back home and got busy and before I knew it the sun set and it
got dark outside. What little white fluffy love from above that fell
overnight has been swept away both here and at Dads so there just
wasn’t much to do outside anyway.

Dad was in an ornery mood this morning this morning. He said he was going to Nebraska for a vacation. When asked how he was going to get there he replied that a troupe of dancing girls were going to stop by and pick him up in their bus.

His caregiver told him he should take money as it might get expensive with all the girls. Dad came right back and said the girls were taking him and it wouldn’t cost him a dime. Seemed fair. Had another great visit with the Antique Farmer.

Enjoy what’s left of the last day of 2019 before it’s gone. Now for
some coffee and a little TV before I get the wife up.
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Almost here

December 30, 2019

As we welcome in the last Monday, of the last month of the decade we
here at Casa Cruiser look back at the decade that will soon be history.
We’ve lost family members, friends, and others we think highly of. And
of course some new additions were added to our family.

We’ve traveled a little, laughed a lot, and learned a few things
along the cruise that is this decade until Wednesday. That said, we
wouldn’t change a thing as we can’t anyway.

Wednesday we’ll cruise into the 20th year of the third millennium, the
twentieth year of the 21st Century, and the first year of the 2020
decade. Wow! And it’s a leap year. Hard to top that.

Some of us make new years resolutions, I do not. Just like when I
was drinking we didn’t go out on St. Patrick’s Day. We did celebrate
but considered most who went out that night amateurs. Sometimes
one just has to take it easy.

One thing that won’t change with the decade is our debate on when we were married. The wife says December 20th and I say the 21st. She claims she had no honeymoon while I say mine was in Hawaii. We do agree that somebody got married.

I will not be shooting off my shotgun at midnight Wednesday for a
couple of reasons. The first being a sore shoulder and another is the
realization that it might knock me on my butt and break it. I’ll just
watch the fireworks from around the world and call it good.

So Enjoy our Monday as it’s the last one of the year and decade.
Now I need some coffee and bacon.
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Late update

December 28, 2019

173 years ago today Iowa became a state. Iowa sits between the
Mississippi River to the east and the Missouri River and Big Sioux
River to the west. The largest city, Des Moines, is also the State
Capital. And it is said the state got its name from the Ioway people
who were one of the many Native American tribes that lived here.

Iowa has a population of 3,156,145. Crops cover 60% of the state,
grasslands cover 30%, forests cover 7%, and urban areas and water
cover 1% each. Over a 30 year span the state averages 47 tornados a
year. And we call it home.

Today on the east coast of Iowa we are having a wet day. Didn’t see
any sun but the rain has been on and off. We’re told when all is
said and done we will get about an inch of rain by 8 am tomorrow.

So the feral cats aren’t out running around and the birds have
been quiet. Read earlier in the Farmer’s Almanac that his winter
will be a polar coaster. Didn’t know what that meant then but have
since be given an idea.

The daily highs have been up and down like a yo-yo and both rain
and snow are in the extended forecast. Guess it’s time to get some
gas for the snow blower. After all, January is just around the corner
and will bring a new year with it.

Enjoy the rest of our Saturday. Now for some coffee and pizza.
Comments are always welcome.

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2019

Although here on the east coast of Iowa we will have 5 inches of
white fluffy love from above on the ground before the snow ends this
afternoon, the little ones will still be Trick or Treating tonight. It
looks, and feels, more like Christmas today.

The trees look flocked and grass is covered while the roads are
slushy right now. And life goes on. It just means we have to wear
boots instead of our house slippers when we go outside. It did look
like a Norman Rockwell painting when I went out earlier to feed the
feral cats, clear the driveway and get a few pictures.

Don’t want to overdo anything while I’m recuperating but also can’t
sit still. Might as well get it all done at once and come back in.
So far so good. I did get over to see Dad yesterday and glad I did.
When he opened the door and saw me with a bag of donuts he broke
out in a big grin and said he didn’t expect to see me.

Through the rumor mill he had heard I was in the hospital so I had to explain that I went to emergency room and was only there for about 4 hours. Then I made coffee and we sat in the kitchen and we had a good chat. I stayed a little longer than normal and when I got home the wife jumped my butt.

She claimed I wasn’t usually late getting back and she thought I had
a relapse. Didn’t happen, but I do appreciate her for worrying about
my health more than I do. Enjoy Halloween as it’s here.
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The day

September 11, 2019

Eighteen years ago today we were attacked on our own soil and as a result 2,996 were killed and over 6,000 were injured. It was a day when America reacted as one and we banded together as a nation to offer comfort and aid to those who needed it.

The terrorist group al-Queda was behind the attacks and if they thought these attacks would leave us running scared, they were wrong. Most of us old enough to remember the event also remember where we were when we heard.

I was at a shop hanging a quarter panel on a ’54 Chevy when the news came through. Needless to say the shop didn’t get much done after the= news. We watched the tragedy unfold, the towers fall, and heard the stories of the heroism of first responders and those about to die.

The attack started at 8:46 am (EDT) and the second tower fell at 10:28 am (EDT) but the news coverage continued. Now we know that first responders who weren’t killed during the attack succome to terrible illnesses and are having issues still.

So we are going to have a moment of silence to show we haven’t forgot and will never forget. Enjoy our Wednesday even though it falls on the day of these terrible attacks now 18 years in the past. Now for some coffee.
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Day six

August 18, 2019

The heat wave hasn’t gone away yet but we’ve been powering through
it. Even though it was 99 by 1 pm, we had already been to a surplus
store, a fruit stand, the Castle, the Amish Restaurant and were on
our way to the USS Batfish museum.

The first thing you see when you enter the grounds is this gun.
It’s hard to miss. As one drives closer to the museum you notice
Memorials. Pictures of a few of those are below.

We were given a nickel tour of the damage to the submarine in the
recent flood and the volunteer assured us the sub should be up and
running by July of next year. She was very informative.

On the grounds between the indoor museum and the sub itself are
rows of these plaques which commemorate all 52 U.S. submarines
that were lost in World War II. Each plaque is one sub and tells
date commissioned, date lost, and number of casualties.

Of course the USS Batfish is also on the grounds. The reason
repairs are needed become obvious as you look at this once
majestic lady. We hope they get her back to her former glory.

This reminds that freedom isn’t free and while all gave some,
some gave all. We did our part to help the cause and hope on a
future visit when the USS Batfish is restored.

On a happier note, later we went to the Oklahoma Festival of
Ballooning held in Muskogee and got to see the balloons and listen
to some music. We left before the fireworks to beat the crowd
leaving and because some of us don’t like loud noises.

Enjoy our Sunday as we’re going to a cookout.
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This and that

July 12, 2019

Here are a few pictures from yesterday in case you’re wondering how the kittens are doing. They run all over the yard and the lot behind our place yet never seem to get tired. Wish I had their energy.

These flowers in the neighbors yard never cease to amaze me. On a small incline and surrounded by weeds they flourish. One would think the weeds would choke them out yet the flowers return every spring and summer. I hope the weeds never win.

This sight made me think we may get some rain but later the dark clouds went away and the day turned out near perfect. The dark clouds even blocked the sun for a while and kept things cool.

There is a bird in this picture of the old oak tree across the alley and it sat up there on top of the branch for quite a while. Thought perhaps it had a nest until it flew to another part of the tree where it actually did have a nest.

And today is Collector Car Appreciation Day nationwide so if you have one feel free to give yours a hug. Today is also the second day of the Trucker’s Jamboree at the world’s largest truck stop in Walcott, Iowa.
We can’t make it this year as the wife is working out of town, but if you live close and have the time it’s worth a look.

Enjoy our Friday and the weekend is here. Now I need more coffee and some leftover pizza before going out to greet the day.
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