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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Enjoy our holiday

July 4, 2019

Happy Independence Day to all! As you know we celebrate this holiday on July 4th even though the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of Independence on July 2nd. After the vote Congress worked on the Declaration of Independence which revised the original wording and passed that on July 4th, 1776.

In case you didn’t know in 1777 the holiday was observed with gunfire, speeches, prayers, parades, concerts, troop reviews, and toasts. In 1779 the holiday fell on a Sunday and was celebrated on Monday, July 5th. In 1870 Congress declared Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees, and in 1938 Congress changed that to make it a paid federal holiday.

It is a day most celebrate with a cook out and plenty of red, white, and blue. Many of us travel on this holiday to be with family as three day holidays allow it. However you celebrate today enjoy our holiday as it’s the only one we get this year.
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Seeing what happens

June 29, 2019

The Air Show starts today and the Navy Blue Angels are part of said show. I took the above shot from our driveway and a few things became abundantly clear. I forgot my Navy training about how fast they fly, and our driveway is surrounded by a lot of old growth trees.

This means that when I hear the jets coming the camera has to be ready as the jets are only visible for 2-3 seconds. In that time you have to frame your shot, focus the lens, and take the picture. I’ll try to get some better shots today. I also found out I didn’t forget a few choice cuss words.

And I forgot how loud military jets can be when they are really booking. But at least the old training helps me locate where they’ll come out of the treeline. Perhaps I should try an auto-focus lens yet somehow feel that’s cheating.

This little critter was a lot easier to photograph as he is nowhere near as fast as the jets. With all the noise of the jets passing over this guy just stayed on the wall for about a half hour alloying time to get a few shots.

And like other areas of the country, we have a heatwave going on and I think that’s why the Mama cat didn’t have the kittens out. Mama cat herself came around to get her ears scratched and food bowl filled but the kittens must have been hidden in a shady spot.

Enjoy our Saturday since it’s here and we can’t change it anyway. Now for more coffee before the Air Show starts in about an hour and a half.
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Since you mentioned cars

June 21, 2019

It’s the ‘Back to the 50s’ weekend and as you’re reading this over 12,000 street rods and customs will begin entering the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for the 46th annual event. It will run Jun 21-23 at the fairgrounds in Falcon Heights (St. Paul), Minnesota. This is the car show on many a bucket list.

Speaking of cars, the wife picked up the new car she wasn’t looking for yesterday and we’re learning how to make all the bells and whistles ring and whistle. The car is a 2019 Fusion Sport and with it comes a hefty increase in horsepower.

Her old Fusion had 225 horsepower and enough power to get out of its own way. This new one has 325 horsepower and does it a little quicker. The only thing we don’t like about it is the shifter, or lack of in this case. It has a knob you turn to shift the gears that reminds me of an old television set we had years ago.

Everything looks about the same as her old one and is the same spot but now does different things. The monitor is in the same spot and when you put it in reverse the back-up camera fills the screen, but the icons for everything has changed. The GPS feature with the little arrow on the map telling you where you are drives me nuts, but she likes and it is her car.

I’m more of a hand on the shifter, other arm resting on the window sill kind of guy. Time will tell if it lives up to all the hype. Enjoy our Friday as we will even with rain in the forecast. Now for more coffee.
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Late one

June 15, 2019

I overslept and this post is late. Sorry about that but I can’t predict when this happens and know when they do an alarm clock wouldn’t help. So here we go.

If you’ve been out at night, and it hasn’t been cloudy or raining where you’re at, you may have noticed some almost electric blue clouds in the sky. These are known as noctilucent clouds. or night-shining clouds. The last few nights these clouds have been seen across the Northern Hemisphere.

They are started by dust from meteors and can be seen all night if conditions are right. We haven’t been that lucky here on the east coast of Iowa but they’ll be around a while. And don’t forget the full moon on Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day!

If that isn’t your cup of tea, how do feel about Friday the 13th? Just another day? Those with friggatriskaidekaphopia, or the irrational fear of Friday the 13th, this may not be your year as we’ll have two before years end.

In thirteen weeks, Friday, September 13th will greet us when we wake. Then, thirteen weeks after that is Friday, December 13th! This ocurance isn’t all that unusual, and any given year can have as many as three Friday the 13ths in it, it would be scary to some.

And exactly 13 weeks after Friday, December 13th, comes Friday, March 13. That’s a lot of 13s. Friday the 13th wasn’t even considered unlucky before the 19th century so it’s a fairly new phobia. Whatever your thoughts on the subject there should be plenty of ‘Friday the 13th’ movies on our TVs to watch.

Enjoy what’s left of our Saturday as the rain is tapering off here. Now for some coffee and leftover pizza.
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Moon watching

June 14, 2019

Today is Flag Day, Sunday is Father’s Day, and there will be a full moon Sunday night. To top off all that there will be a live band tonight at the Nova Reunion car show at Jumer’s Casino in Rock Island, Illinois. If you want to go the music starts at 7 pm.

We have Flag Day to celebrate legally making the flag ours on June 14, 1777 in a resolution of our 2nd Congress. And President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that established June 14 as Flag Day in 1911.

An early ‘Happy Father’s Day!’ to all the fathers out there. This day celebrates the contributions that fathers, and father figures, make. The holiday has celebrated in Europe since the Middle Ages.

A full moon will greet those who are outside, with clear skies, on Father’s Day night as mentioned. Almost like the icing on the cake. Not sure of what this full moon is called but the previews, like the picture above, promise it will be a good one.

Shortly we’ll cruise to get our errands done as time ran out yesterday. I did end up with a store bought hair cut so now people can see I actually do have ears. It worked out good though as told the lady cutting my hair to just cut the gray hairs out and leave the rest. I was a little afraid she wouldn’t stop until I was bald!

So enjoy our Friday as it means the weekend is here. Now for more coffee before the running starts.
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