This month

October 1, 2020

Well it’s the first day Of October, and the rest of our lives. The
bonus is we’re one day closer to end of 2020 and hope that 2021 will
bring an end to the insanity that occurred during this year.

October is the 10th month of our year and is usually associated
with autumn in the northern hemisphere and summer in the southern
hemisphere. The following is list of things that occur this month.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Health Literacy Month,
Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month, World Menopause Month and
Vegetarian Awareness Month to name a few.

Here in the United States we have National Adopt a Shelter Dog
Month, National Domestic Violence Month, National Work and Family
Month, American Pharmacist Month, National Dental Hygiene Month,
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month, National Pizza
Month, and National Pork Month.

Oktoberfests and Halloween are observed this month and car shows
start to become less frequent until the indoor shows start next year
here in the Northern part of country. Leaves on the trees start to
put on a show of color before dropping to the ground and critters
grow their winter coats.

This poem by Robert Frost sums up this month better than we could-

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

Enjoy our Thursday as the start of the weekend is only a dream
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September 10, 2020

Yes, this is late. I’ll make no excuses, just slept until the crack
of noon and needed several cups of coffee to be mobile again. Now
that I’m awake we’ll do this.

Tomorrow marks a solemn anniversary and most of us remember where we were when we heard the news on September 11, 2001. The day we were attacked on our own soil. 2,977 died and at least $10 billion in damages were done. It was the deadliest incident for fire fighters and law enforcement in our history.

But we also saw America come together and help others. Flags flew
all over our nation and help came from all over the land. It is not
something to celebrate but remember. We’ll have a moment of silence
tomorrow to do just that. We mention this today as tomorrow we will
busy and may not have time.

This is a short one but I’ve run out of words and so many have
already been said about this. We will say that as a nation we have
to remember as to forget would be letting the event slide into
obscurity. Thanks for reading and we will have more later.

Enjoy our Thursday as we’re one day closer to 2021. Now for more
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All over but the crying

August 14, 2020

Before getting to the post we must mention that today is the
anniversary of V-J Day. The day Japan surrendered and the war
was over. Dad was in Tokyo Bay when the surrender agreement was
signed on September 2nd, 1945

The pictures above are of some of the damage done in our neighborhood. We lost power for over three days and two streets were blocked by fallen trees. We didn’t have any actual damage with the exception of losing all the food in our refrigerator and freezer.

It was the darnedest storm I’d ever seen. Standing out in the
driveway the wind would be a steady 50 mph, then out of nowhere it
would gust to 100 miles per hour. After a short time the wind would
die down only to ramp up again, and again, and again.

Heard this morning farmers lost 10 million acres of soybeans and
corn in the storm. Food prices may be going up again. And when we
went to the grocery store to re-stock our fridge and freezer we
noticed something I thought odd.

We found most of what we needed yet when we got the condiment aisle noticed there was no mayonnaise. Tons of catsup, mustard, relishes, and barbecue sauce, but not a jar of mayonnaise! We can live without it until next week when it won’t be as popular.

To others affected by this storm, hang in there. And whomever is
saying ‘it can’t get any worse’, please stop. 2020 is taking that
as a challenge.

Enjoy our Friday as we’re another day past the storm. Now for more
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July 28, 2020

Having common sense is a curse. It didn’t use to be as most folks
had it. Yet somehow common sense has left the building for far too
many people. They’ve been buying the bull being shipped.

Case in point- this whole Coronavirus nonsense our politicians are
caught up in. We’ll give you a few examples. Doctors at ground zero
treating the patients are saying things are not bad as they seem and
cures scoffed at, and banned by others, Work.

Dr. Dan Erickson spoke at the ‘White Coat Summit’ in our capital
and said 99.8% of people get past the virus with little or no
progressive or significant disease. He also stated that the focus
shouldn’t be on the number of positive cases, but on hospitalizations
and deaths.

He also said the lockdowns were successful, but for all the wrong
reasons. Calls to the anxiety hotline up 1,000%, Child abuse,
emotional distress, suicide, alcohol abuse, people not getting cancer
screenings, and it also hurt people financially.

Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet said 20,000 Americans have died while the
FDA delays, since July 1, the approval of outpatient use of
hydroxychloroquine (HCQ).

Henry Ford Hospital physicians filed a request for the same thing
on July 1. Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Institute in
Dallas issued and urgent appeal in support of the Henry Ford request.

In a clinical trial, Henry Ford Hospital found a 51% reduction in
deaths if HCQ was started with 24 hours of admission. Another study
by Dr. Vladimir Zelenko using HCQ, azithromycin and zinc and given
within seven days of showing symptoms showed an 80% decrease in
deaths! And with no complications.

Having common sense then leads me to believe that the FDA is the
cause of these deaths and not our president. Why do they want a
vaccine so bad if HCQ is a cure?

Enjoy our Tuesday as it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. Now for more
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Crying shame

July 21, 2020

Yeah, I’m late again. But I got to thinking and lost track of
time. Got up and grabbed a glass of water from under the tap and
some more for coffee and didn’t realize how blessed we are. With all
these ‘protesters’ shouting how some of us are so downtrodden and
oppressed sometimes one needs a wake up call.

First, a little background. The Navajo Nation is a territory that
covers about 17,544,500 acres in northwestern Arizona, southeastern
Utah, and northwestern New Mexico with a population of 173,667 as
of the last census. The land size is bigger than 10 of our states.

As many as 40% of the Navajo Nation don’t have running water, paved
roads, or access to amenities like grocery stores or health care. In
the entire area there are only 12 healthcare centers and 13 grocery
stores while many have no access to transportation. And they’ve had
8,593 cases of Covid 19 with 422 deaths as of July 19th.

The man who runs the only funeral home in the western part of said
the Navajo Nation is overwhelmed to the point that he hired more staff, got a freezer trailer to store bodies, and has been running out of caskets every week.

If you have a half hour, and don’t mind sitting through a short
commercial at the beginning, this video is eye opening. If anyone
is oppressed in our country, it is Native Americans, and that’s
a crying shame.

Enjoy our Tuesday. Now I need more coffee.
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What next?

July 3, 2020

2020 so far has been one for the books. We had late snows, the
Covid-19 virus hit, murder hornets, riots, a war on police, flying
snakes, and finally Bruno may have been killed. Who is Bruno?

Bruno is a black bear who has a big following in the mid-west and many hope the rumors are wrong. Bruno has had quite an adventure which has garnered him many fans and we’ll explain why.

Bruno was first spotted May 13, 2020, in Muscoda, Wisconsin heading
south. Yesterday a bear, believed to be Bruno, was struck by a car
and killed near Foley, Missouri. Bruno left Wisconsin, then walked
south through Iowa before he swam across the Mississippi into Illinois,
swam back across the river and ended up in Missouri.

Bruno averaged around 50 miles a day, many times hounded by people with cameras wanting a picture and blocking side roads. It was thought he was headed to Missouri where there is a big park with other wild bears. We may never know.

Theories are plenty and facts are few. It just seems a shame Bruno
almost made it to where he was going and gets killed. Then, after a
little research, the truth comes out. Bruno isn’t dead! And as of
2:30 pm yesterday he was spotted around Winfield, Missouri.

Good to know. The bear with his own Facebook group ‘Keeping Bruno
Safe’ is still going. Nobody really knows where he’s headed, but he
is determined, and when he gets there somebody is going to party.

Enjoy our Friday. Now I need some coffee and breakfast.
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Early nickle tour

July 2, 2020

Well it’s a beautiful, albeit hot, day here on the east coast of
Iowa and it looks like it will stay that way through the weekend.
With the 4th of July coming up Saturday we hear the nightly song of
those who set off fireworks.

Some of these fireworks aren’t bad while others sound like something
fired from a cannon and even shake the ground. But soon these will
be a thing of the past and forgotten until New Year’s Eve. And even
though the city sponsored fireworks has been cancelled we should
have some pictures of some near our place.

Independence Day is an annual celebration commemorating the
Declaration of Independence even though the declaration was signed
on July 2, 1776, it was not declared until July 4, 1776.

Usually the holiday is celebrated with fireworks, parades, barbecues,
carnivals, fairs, concerts, baseball games, and family reunions; we
feel 2020 may look slightly different. Many events are cancelled yet
we’ll still celebrate.

In 1777, 13 gunshots were fired in salute, once in the morning and
once again as night fell.

In 1779, July 4 fell on a Sunday so was celebrated on Monday, July

In 1870, Congress made Independence Day an unpaid federal holiday,
and in 1938 Congress changed it to a paid federal holiday.

And that ends the nickle tour of our Independence Day. Enjoy our
Thursday as that means the weekend is only a dream away. Now for
more coffee and leftover pizza.
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Time to stop it

June 23, 2020

Been trying to get this post out all day but couldn’t as I was
tongue tied and couldn’t type. This utter non-sense that passes as
news isn’t getting any better. Things start with ‘news’ that
a noose was found in a garage at the track used by Bubba Wallace.

Local authorities and the FBI spent time on the issue and found out
that every garage has one as it’s used to pull the overhead door
down when needed. Has everybody gone crazy?

Jim Carey, Kind of the crazies, predicted Trump would be the first
to defect to Russia. A spokesman for Black Lives Matter said that
protesters should pull down statues of Jesus as they are all about
white supremacy and that the group are trained socialists.

Some of us know black lives don’t matter to these people or else
they would be in Chicago, Detroit, and other cities protesting also.
Black lives only matter to the group when there is a death at the
hands of a white police officer.

And yet people are supporting these groups and protesting for them.
Makes one wonder what they use for brains. I know common sense
had left the building years ago, but come on.

Then add to that those who are trying to scare us about the uptick
in confirmed Covid-19 cases and it’s enough to drive any rational
thinker to drink. Congress needs to get their heads out of their
asses and pass a law that levies a heavy fines and prison time on
some of this behavior.

You rob a business, you go to prison. You burn down a building, you
go to prison. You pull down statues, you go to prison. And when your
sentence is completed you can look for a job to pay reparation for
the damages you did.

Time to find out who’s bank rolling these groups and prosecute
them also. Enjoy the rest of our Wednesday. Now for more coffee and
a pizza to wash it down with.
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Stay calm…

June 8, 2020

One has to wonder why the protests continue. It started with wanting
justice for George Floyd. All officers involved have been arrested
and charged while awaiting trail. Now we keep hearing shouts of
black lives matter. Lord love a duck.

Let’s try to explain something that most are forgetting. I did a
post on this issue a while back and found incidents such as started
the protests and riots occur about .0027% of the time. Yes, they
shouldn’t happen at all, but they do.

And here’s why, members of our police forces are humans and humans
make mistakes. Nobody is perfect. Now the Minneapolis city leaders
claim they have a veto proof margin to disband the police in their
city. That is like banning all drivers for a drunk driver fatality.

This is looking more and more like a plot to ensure our president
doesn’t get re-elected and to start baby steps toward socialism. I
am not going to be shamed for being born white, get any vaccines
associated with the virus hoax, or give up my guns.

People need to take a deep breath and remember, you can love your
country while not liking your government. If you don’t like the
way things are being handled, vote new people in. From city
government all the way to Congress.

I didn’t mention the president as they have term limits already in
place. Personally, I think all our forms of government should have
8 year terms and no retirement unless they pay into it. Right now,
until I hear chants of “American Lives Matter” my beliefs will stay
as they are.

Enjoy our Monday. Now for some coffee and snack.
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Some thoughts

June 2, 2020

Before we start the reason for this post we wanted to mention that
this Friday there will be another full moon. And as happens sometimes
there will also be a penumbra eclipse of the moon. This is not the
full eclipse where the moon goes dark and the only real difference
to seen during the event is the moon will look slightly darker at

Now the post. We had a curfew last night, mall entrances were blocked with concrete, and the police were out in force. Then nothing happened. Don’t know if these rioters just thought our city was too much of a hassle to destroy or their bosses told them to move on down the road.

A rumor went around that the group was going to target houses instead of businesses which caused many to lock and load. It would not have ended well for the looters in many neighborhoods. Our youngest said about 9 businesses got vandalized in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last night and the National Guard was there.

For all the damage these people causing and people losing their life
savings when their business is looted and burned, these people should be arrested as domestic terrorists and their cases tried in Federal court. Then, when authorities find out who is behind the curtain paying them and yanking their chains, they should be arrested also.

This rioting and looting has to be organized effort with some of
the participants getting paid. And whoever is footing the bill knows
that after the paid jerk throws the brick, mob mentality will take
over. Recent statements from George Soros only make me more

We’ll have to wait and see what happens. Enjoy our Tuesday as we
won’t see another until next week. Now for more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.