Truck talking

October 1, 2019

Had a good visit with Dad this morning that went longer than usual and I’m still grinning. When the mood strikes him he talks up a storm. Today he was in a mood to talk about some of the things that happened during his 30+ years of being a trucker.

He talked of the time he was heading toward a small town down a hill
and got stopped for speeding. He kept arguing the truck couldn’t go
fast enough to speed unless one pushed it off a tall cliff. He still
got the ticket.

Been there done that. And he mentioned another driver who dropped his trailer at the terminal and left with the Tractor for a date. That driver ended up in jail and Dad had to get it and drive it back. We laughed at many old stories, and a few new ones.

His caregiver shared some pictures of her family and life on the farm.
She wanted to have one enlarged and cropped and asked if I knew of
someplace to do it. I did and told her and she replied that if her
first choice didn’t pan out she’d try mine.

Nobody seemed to know where the year went with it being October and Dad wondered how it got to be Tuesday so quick. He claims he lost Monday and couldn’t figure out where it went. I didn’t lose Monday so I had no idea where it went.

Enjoy our first Tuesday in October as we may be turning on the heat
for October 2nd. Now for more coffee.
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Pleasant dreams

September 20, 2019

We’re back from the grocery a whole lot of dollars shorter than when
we left. And we didn’t fill the trunk! But once in a while we like to
stock up on certain things and a few cravings didn’t help. It all adds
up when you’re not looking.

Last night I had another strange dream yet strange in a good way. Mom stopped by for visit. She has been gone for 9 years now and sneaks up on me when I least expect it. Not a scary experience by any means, more like her spirit becomes visible and we talk.

Of course it wouldn’t be a visit from Mom without her pulling on the
end of my mustache to get my attention. She’d been doing that since
she found out I was skipping classes in high school. Earlier in the
day a pair of cardinals hung around in the nearby brush long enough
for me to get some pictures so I figured she was coming.

Never one to pull any verbal punches she told me all she thought I
was doing wrong then praised me for what was going right. The old
blue eyed Indian was in rare form. She got me laughing when she said
that Dad wasn’t going to be around forever.

That may sound odd, but Dad is 94 years old now and we know he has a lot more time behind him than ahead. I wish he outlived me but since he already lost one son also know it would be painful for him. I woke up shortly after the dream ended and Moms spirit had left with a big grin. It was a nice visit.

Enjoy our Friday as it will be raining here most of the weekend
here. If we get as much rainfall as predicted it will end the
drought. Now for some coffee.
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September 10, 2019

Don’t know what was going on but some of the birds were trying to
hide. Must be the kittens running all over that have them worried.
I just got back from Dads after another good visit as he was looking
like he needed a nap.

We talked of time in the Navy, traveling done, family, and a little bit of everything. For some reason he told the caregiver he wanted satin sheets on the sofa. When she asked why he said before he would lie down. Then he mentioned that he probably couldn’t fit on the couch anyway.

Of course the Ford Model T and the John Deere Model A came up. His
opinion was they were best car and tractor ever. I’m not a big fan of
all the gadgets on newer cars even though some of them are alright.
I still can’t get used to the back-up cameras and use the mirrors. And
can’t understand why car makers put an interactive computer monitor
in the center of the dash.

Air conditioning has spoiled me yet Dad noted the Model Ts had a
windshield that opened out to let air in and that was as good as
air conditioning. Been there, done that, and it’s not the same. We had
some laughs and when the visit was done I think we both felt better.

Now at home I noticed the humidity was up there and the high is going
to be around 90. Not much planned outside toady anyway so we’ll stay
in unless absolutely necessary. If something out there breaks, falls
off, or gets hit by a car, I’ll be inside.

Enjoy our Tuesday as times fly when you’re having fun. Now I’m going
to fry up some bacon and eggs, make more coffee, and enjoy what’s
left of the morning.
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Great start

September 4, 2019

Didn’t make it over to Dads place yesterday as the wife insisted I
stick around for the guy who was coming to look at our washer. Her
reasoning was that because I was watching the washer went it quit
working it was my fault it broke.

We began debating whose fault it was as she said since I was waiting
to unload the washer while it happened it was my fault. My take was I
just watched it, for her, so it was her fault. After about 20 minutes
of getting nowhere the repair guy spoke up and said it wasn’t
anybody’s fault a switch just broke.

I took that to mean he wasn’t married and told him I’d never win
this debate anyway. I’ve heard that some people, after being married
long enough, don’t debate such things. We’ve never learned that trick.
It seems I’m as stubborn as the wife.

In the end there was good news. Turned out to be a switch on the lid
and when the young man finished he told us there was no charge as
the wife has some kind of plan with them. As a cheap redneck that
suited me fine.

This morning had a good visit with Dad and we talked about dogs, the
weather, the Navy, and family. A great start to a good day.

Enjoy our Wednesday as it’s the only one we get this week. Now for
coffee.
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Good times

August 28, 2019

Had a great visit with Dad yesterday and at one point his caregiver asked what my favorite part of the trip was. She looked perplexed when I answered “seeing our driveway again”. I looked over at Dad and he was grinning ear to ear and said ‘coming home’.

Bingo! We enjoyed every minute of the trip, seeing our youngest and family, and everything about the journey. But being back home was the best part. My answer must have brought back memories for Dad as he still grinning when I left.

We talked about how many pictures I took on the trip, sights we saw, places we stopped, and everything in general about the trip. We talked of family, truck stops, old Route 66, the farm, and even the Navy. It was one of our longest visits and I loved every minute of it.

We got Dad a couple wooden farm signs and he really seemed drawn to the one with a barn scene painted on it. You could almost hear his brain switching gears to an earlier time as he peered at the painting. We picked that sign as it most closely resembled the barn on the old farm.

He was looking healthy yet was complaining about his weight. His last doctor visit he found he gained weight and weighs 220 pounds again. He joked he should go on a diet, but I think we both know how that would turn out. At 94 he enjoys his life and has few complaints so why change things up?

Enjoy our Wednesday as it means some of us have made it halfway through the work week. Us retirees just consider it another day. Now I need more coffee and some red meat.
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Day ten

August 22, 2019

We left Muskogee, Oklahoma around 10 am after doing some cruising
around town and ended up in Hannibal, Missouri at 10 pm after a
few distractions. Things like the Elm Street Cafe and the Smoke
Shop in Lebonon, Missouri, Lake of the Ozarks, the Worlds Largest
Gift Shop, the Candy Factory, several coffee breaks, and trying
to rescue a feral kitten at a Love’s truck stop.

We were afraid the little black kitten would get run over but
could get no closer than 3 feet away before the kitten ran off.
It was hot when we left and stayed that way until we hit rain in
eastern Missouri north of 19.

Needless to say by the time we got to the motel room, we were
beat. We did get to say goodbye to the kids and granddaughter
before we left so the wife could cry the first hour on the road.
We picked up some neat gifts, got some great candy, saw some neat
sights, and probably drank a gallon of coffee.

Later today will park the Fusion in our own driveway and we
hope the cats remember us. Or at least the wife does. I do have
a lot more pictures but have yet to get them uploaded and resized
and wifi and a small laptop is not the way to do it.

Once home at the desk top computer the picture will get ready and
we’ll share more here. Until then, enjoy our Thursday as I’ll be
kicking my boots off at home and grinning.
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Day seven

August 19, 2019

Yesterday was one of those days when you just felt like sitting
on the porch a while watching a wasp pull its spider prey up the
wall. It had rained earlier and we thought that might mean a
break in the heat wave.

Turned out Mother Nature was just playing with us. Before we
left the motel we noticed this Tesla parked right up next to the
door. They are all electric and the car was getting a charge. This
is the first one I’ve seen and have to admit it is a sharp looker.

Since it was Sunday everyone decided a cook out would be a good
idea and after getting supplies, the smoker was lit. Turned out to
be quite a feast, and I helped. Well, I watched Ken grill all the
meat anyway.

When we arrived at the kids house there was an emergency of sorts
and a run to a local clinic was made. Seems our granddaughter
thought it would be a good idea to stick a small toy up her nose
and nobody could figure out how to remove it.

Turned out alright as said toy came out at the clinic without any
medical intervention. It’s always something, but it made for an
interesting day. The wife had another problem with her blood sugar
level but we noticed right away and got her back to normal in no
time.

And we sat and talked of how good fried okra is when it’s done
right, getting older, working when older, and life in general.
It’s nice to just kick back, have a great meal, and watch the sun
set at the end of a hot summer day.

Enjoy our Monday as we will. We’ll be leaving Wednesday so we’ll
try to fit in a few more interesting places to visit before then.
Now I go in search of more coffee.
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