It’s almost here

March 19, 2018

The vernal equinox begins tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. here in Iowa
which means spring has sprung. For those of us who have fond
memories of the 20th century this event occurred on March 21st.
That lasted until 2007 when the event was moved back a day to
March 20th as almanacs use Greenwich Time which moves the event
even closer to the start of the month. If we live another 20
or so years we will see it happen on March 19th.

The equinox is time of balance where we theoretically see 12
hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. Believe it or not,
the equinox also signals a rotation of the earth that puts
sunrise at due east and sunset due west. The later is true for
those of us who don’t don’t live near the South or North poles.

Perhaps what most of us have been waiting for though is the
sunlight is at its maximum annual rate and we gain an extra 3
minutes of sun a day here in North America. We will have the
longest day of the year, called June Solstice, between June 20th
and June 22nd.

Now the worms will emerge from the ground which also gives the
March full moon its name. It’s called the Full Worm Moon. Spring
also means planting season, the birds will be singing, and the
wild animals will start shedding their winter coats. Hopefully
they will have appropriate attire beneath.

But remember, you can’t say spring has arrived until you can
put your foot on nine daisies. Personally, I walk around them
but to each their own. Enjoy our Monday as spring is just dream
away. Now I need more coffee and some pizza rolls.
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It’s official

February 12, 2018

This past Sunday in our little portion of the east coast of
Iowa we broke a record set in 1868. We had measurable snow for
eight days in row breaking the old record by a full day. We
also have 14 inches of snow on the ground because of it.

I’m just glad that when all was said and done we have over a
foot of snow. And just in time for the warm up on Wednesday when
we could see 40 degree highs. That may cause some sloppy

And it’s good for the farmers as well. The snow will melt
slowly as spring arrives and put much needed moisture into the
fields. Yet with all that snow we are still about a foot below
normal. We’ll take it. Our snow shovel is worn down to the nub.

This could not have ended on a better day as that means we have
today to celebrate and not shovel. What’s to celebrate you ask?
If you have a minute we’ll tell you.

February 12th, 2018 is Lincoln’s birthday, National Lost Penny
Day, Hug Day, National Plum Pudding Day, NAACP Day, National
Freedom to Marry Day, Clean Out Your Computer Day, Oatmeal
Monday, Oglethrope Day, Paul Bunyan Day, Safety Pup Day, Sexual
and Reproductive Heath Day, and Shrove Monday.

So even though it may seem like just another Monday, it could
be a party in a plain brown wrapper. Enjoy our Monday, pick a
holiday, and enjoy our beautiful day.
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Someday I’ll laugh at this

February 11, 2018

Friday as the wife and I sipped coffee before she left for
work I could have sworn she had either a medical problem or a
wardrobe malfunction. I know my hearing is bad but last time I
had my vision checked, sight wasn’t a problem.

I guess I was staring at the wife as she said “What?”

My reply was “didn’t you feel that?”

“Feel what?”

And I said “your boob just jumped up 3 inches and then came
back down!”

Her reply was “What are you doing looking at my boob?”

Being completely honest my reply was “I wasn’t looking until
it jumped to attention.”

Of course she rallied with “it didn’t jump up!”

For some reason this exchange left her a little angry. Being a
guy I couldn’t figure out what would make her mad when I was
just trying to help. She even accused me of being crazy again.
I know what I saw.

Yet being married for 30 years has taught me to stop digging
when I get in too deep so I told her “I’ll never look at your
boob again!” That worked. She started laughing and soon I was
laughing right along with her.

But I have learned my lesson and if I ever see that body part
jump again I’ll keep it to myself. It isn’t worth the hassle to
voice ones concern at times like that. And there is the slight
possibility that what I saw wasn’t what happened.

So remember guys, if something like this happens to you, just
stay calm and act normal. Do not inform her of your concern. No
need to thank me, I just like to pass along what I’ve learned
along the way.

Enjoy our Sunday as before we know it Monday will be here.
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Eclipise thoughts

January 31, 2018

Knowing I wanted to get up early to see if the moon was visible
I went to bed at 1 am. After a good nights sleep I got up at 5
am to see if the TV weatherman was right. He was not. When he
threw his darts at the weather map last night and predicted a
cloudy morning I almost overslept.

Although I didn’t see any orange in the moon the first part of
the eclipse was visible and I took a few pictures before the
moon went behind a row of trees and disappeared. So we’ll share
them in case you didn’t see it.

The above photo was taken shortly after 5 am as the moon was
already caught in a tree. At this point I thought it would be
the only one.

At around 5:30 am, after walking a block down the alley, the
eclipse started. As mentioned it did not look red. I walked
back to the house to gulp down a cup of coffee before venturing
out again.

Walking the block back down the alley produced this picture
which still didn’t look red to me. And I kept hoping the clouds
would stay away.

This last one was taken around 6 am and was the last clear shot
to be had before distant clouds and the treeline got in the way.
By the time the moon did turn red it was a hazy blob caught in
those trees.

But we saw it and took the pictures. If I had a photo editor
these could probably be made to look red, but that isn’t what
was seen. Still feel blessed we beat the odds and got see a part
of the eclipse anyway.

Enjoy our Wednesday. Now I need more coffee and a Snicker’s.
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Counting down

January 30, 2018

We’ve been waiting for the lunar eclipse that we probably won’t
be able to see anyway. On the cruise over to visit Dad this
morning it was cloudy, when outside to photograph critters it
was cloudy, and when I went out to see if there was going to be
a sunset it was cloudier.

The guy who throws darts at the weather map on TV assured us
during the local news it would remain cloudy through Thursday
evening. According to him we could even see a little snow before
we see the sun, moon, and stars again.

I’m going to try and get a picture of the full moon including
the eclipse. At the moment it isn’t looking favorable for that
to happen but I’ll get up early tomorrow to see if I can see
anything besides gray clouds. If outside long enough and I get
lucky we will have a picture.

If not, I read somewhere NASA is going to do a live video of
the rare occurrence and that should be online to watch. There are
always options. Perhaps if it stays too cloudy to catch the
eclipse I could get some shots of the clouds.

So if it’s clear where you live in the morning and you’re up
early, try to catch the eclipse. We won’t see another blue moon,
super moon, total eclipse again in our lifetime. Enjoy our
Tuesday. It’s the last day of January and the Eve of February.
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Some thoughts

January 21, 2018

It’s all over but the crying, or partying. The 2018 edition of
the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction is over. About 1,700
vehicles sold for over $113 million with 37 hours of TV

Some highlights from Saturday were when former President George
W. Bush got on stage to help Jay Leno talk up a 2018 Chevrolet
Carbon 65 Corvette that sold for $1.4 million and raised
Barrett-Jackson funds raised for charity to over $100 million.
All proceeds went to a charity to help wounded veterans.

Then Ron Pratte donated a new 2017 Ford GT to the Evernham
Family Racing for a Reason that sold for $2.5 million and then
Pratte gave another $50,000 to the charity. The charity is to
help those with autism.

Craig and Caroline Jackson donated a 1988 35th Anniversary
Corvette to kick off “Driven Hearts” a charity in honor of Dave
Ressler of the extended Barrett-Jackson family. The car was
bought and resold three times for a total of $350,000 for the

Not all things sold at this auction are cars and in this
category lot #9499 caught our eye. A transportation themed
carousel made in Germany in 1957 by Wilhelm Hennecke brought a
record breaking $557,750. The carousel is fully functioning and
has 27 different cars, bikes, trucks and other transportation
themed vehicles instead of horses.

Now that the auction is over I can go back to not watching much
TV and perhaps even getting some things done. Enjoy our Sunday as
that means a new day is only a dream away.
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Auction thoughts

January 19, 2018

After watching hours of the Scottsdale auction today I came to
the same conclusion as other years. Some people have more money
than sense. Being the start of the weekend most cars brought six
figure prices.

A good example of this is the 2019 Bullit Mustang that went for
$300,000 to a charity picked by Steve McQueens son. The first
car built, a good cause, and every penny went to the charity.

Some of us remember the Charger from the Fast and the Furious.
It was one of the cars built and had a small block chevy with a
single 4 barrel under the non-functioning blower. It brought in
$140,000. That was either for bragging rights or somebody
doesn’t work hard enough for their money.

In todays auction the restored cars kept up with the muscle
cars, resto-rods, and custom builds. That seemed like a good
thing to this humble observer. Tomorrow the gloves will come off
and the prices will escalate. It will be interesting to see a
vehicle hit $1 million.

If you get the Velocity channel you may want to tune in
starting at around 3 pm again tomorrow. Or, coverage goes until
until 3 am tonight also.

Enjoy the rest of our Friday as it’s the last one we get this
week. Now I need some more coffee.
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