On the sea again

July 8, 2020

Went over to visit Dad this morning and he was in a talking mood.
Usually it’s a good day if he talks in spurts of more than two
sylables. He talked so much he had to stop and catch his breath.
That doesn’t happen often.

He said his ship was in the port when the peace pact with Japan
was signed to end WW I. The ship all the dignitaries were on was
visible from the deck of his ship.

Then he went on about star shells being fired out of the big guns
and other things concerning the guns. And he mentioned he crossed
the Atlantic Ocean three times. Not sure how that worked as his
memory isn’t what it used to me, but he stuck with three times.

We talked about the 4th of July and how it has gotten so noisy
now and his neighbor sneaking outside to set off firecrackers
at odd hours. We were both in good spirits when I left and I was
smiling long after I got back home.

So I let my guard down, sat on the couch after my return, and
promptly nodded off. This heat just doesn’t agree with me anymore.
After an hour nap I woke up hungry and thought it a little early
for pizza.

So I had 2 cheeseburgers thinking it would be healthier than what
usually makes it to my stomach. I even had them on toasted wheat
bread instead of a bun. Can’t get much healthier than that. Not sure
how long I can keep eating healthy, but hear it’s good for us.

Enjoy the rest of our Wednesday. Now I need more coffee.
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Was going crazy, came back

July 7, 2020

Time to admit I’ve been sweating bullets this week as I ordered a
ring from a jeweler in New York, the wifes birthday is today, and it
wasn’t here yet. Until today. Since the wife likes rose gold thought
something made with that would be nice.

Found a ring that I thought she’d like and started messaging said
jeweler found out 18K rose gold is 75% gold, 22.25% copper, and
2.75% silver. It is sometimes called Russian Gold.

I was still in over my head but figured the copper must be what
gives the gold its reddish tint. At first sight, the one I picked
reminded me of an old Art Deco era DeLahaye. All swoops and swirls
that supposedly represented an eternal love knot.

Not taking into account what the Covid-19 has done to shipping I
ordered the ring in mid-June thinking that was plenty of time to
get here by today. I got lucky.

And that’s how this old fart from Iowa got the wife a gift. It
wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t scientific, and it sure didn’t make
much sense to me, but it’s done.

When I get the wife up for work tonight a ring box will be waiting
on the kitchen table next to her coffee. And off the chance she
doesn’t like it, driving to New York would be faster than mailing
it back.

So Happy Birthday Dear, hope you like the gift. Enjoy our Tuesday
as I’m sure we will. Now I need a lot of coffee and a cheeseburger.
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A visit and more

June 24, 2020

Went over to visit Dad today and have to say I don’t like this
whole Covid-19 response. Why? On the way I stopped at the local
donut shop to get a half dozen assorted donuts that were $5.50
before the corona virus hit. Today they were $6.99!

I realize the donut shop had to close for a few months due to the
virus, but are they trying to make all the lost monies back at once?
May just be going to the big box grocery store and saving money.

Made Dad coffee and breakfast, gave him his medicine, then we sat
and talked for a while. He was in good spirits but said his knee
hurt. Of course he says that every time I go over and I remember he
is 95 years old. I could reach that age if time counted after I was
dead.

Yet the Antique Farmer keeps plugging along and claims to be
planning his next birthday party! Believe he has a good shot of
making it. The man just enjoys celebrations and holidays that much.

Just got back in from trimming the lawn and found out a neat fact.
The battery powered weed wacker runs out of juice at the same time
I do. Have the thank the wife again for the Father’s Day gift. Too
bad the battery powered mower doesn’t do the same.

On another note, by now we’ve all probably heard the noose non-
event in Bubba Wallaces’ garage yesterday. 14 or 15 FBI agents
looked the crime scene over and decided the ‘noose’ was part of a
door pull and not actually a noose.

Then came word from California that there were 5 nooses hanging in
a local park. Turns out these were also not ‘nooses’ but some
exercise equipment put up to work out with. And when these were
found to not be ‘nooses’ the Mayor didn’t let up anyway. How much
crazier do these people need to get before we, the people, put an
stop to them?

Enjoy our Wednesday as it looks to be a good one. Now for some
coffee and leftover pizza.
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Mixed feelings

May 27, 2020


Picture of Dad holding my brother, and myself in the foreground.

My younger brother would have been 67 today. In October of 2018 he
went into the hospital for a heart operation and never woke up. When
we went into his room after the operation and spoke with him, even
though he couldn’t respond, it didn’t look good.

I remembered all the times we’d cruise in one of our cars and the
trouble we used to get into. Now we’re left with the memories. Hope
they have cruises in Heaven John.

Later this morning I’ll go over to see Dad and have a chat. It’s been
over a month and we both miss the talks. Why a month you ask? First
the wife got exposed to the Covid-19 at work and we quarantined for
two weeks and when that was almost up, Dad got exposed.

But we didn’t get sick and our visits can resume. Dad will turn 95
in June and I have to keep reminding myself he doesn’t celebrate
birthdays anymore. As many as he’s had I told him he doesn’t have to
have birthdays if doesn’t want to.

Whatever we talk about I’m sure we’ll end our chat with smiles on
our faces. Tomorrow we may share a few pictures. Enjoy our
Wednesday as we will. Now I need coffee.
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We figured it out

April 22, 2020

The wife and I thought we were handling this stay at home-safe
distancing thing rather well, until today. We had a old small TV in
the kitchen and she wanted a new one. No problem. Went to Wally World and came home with a new 32 inch Vizio smart TV and thought our problems were over.

I hooked up said demon TV from hell and the wife went through the start up guide that came with it. It kept asking for our wi-fi information and wouldn’t accept the password we use. The wife admits to knowing nothing about technology and I know just enough to be dangerous.

So envision her pushing buttons, myself telling her she was hitting
the wrong buttons, and neither of us knowing which buttons to use. A
shouting match ensued and I’m thankful nobody called the police for a
domestic problem. We are not cool headed people when things go down the tubes.

I left to get a HDMI cable and thought that would fix the problem,
but the TV still didn’t recognized the cable as being hooked up. The
wife said “then you try” at one point so I tried to think of any
kids in the neighborhood that more about electronics than we did.

I had nothing. So after several hours of trying the same thing we
tried something different, and it worked! The only problem is I
already forgot what we did to get the set up going and the wife
wasn’t paying attention. If something like this happening again
we’re hiring somebody to install anything that has ‘smart’ on
the box.

The wife is happy now, I’m happy, and we hope you got a smile out
reading this. Enjoy our Wednesday as we’ve marked it off on our
calendar as a day to remember.
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2020

Even though this St. Patrick’s Day will be different for all of us with
the bar closings we hope you find a way to enjoy it. Back in our drinking days we never went on this day as we considered Amateur night.

Right now it might even be hard to find any corned beef or cabbage
for those so inclined but there are other ways to celebrate. We don’t
know any but you can use your imagination and come up with something.

Our oldest posted a picture yesterday of what the store shelves
looked like when they went grocery shopping. Empty is the best
description that comes to mind. Things are getting crazy.

Talked to our youngest today and he said when they went grocery
shopping they couldn’t even find any milk or eggs in their little part
of Oklahoma. To those buying much more than they can use, stop it!
There are others who have children, are elderly, and otherwise need
supplies too.

This is going to be short as the more I write the more worked up I
get so to all I’ll say just take a deep breath and calm down. It’s
not the end of the world, and if it is all your hoarded groceries
will spoil before there is anyone around to notice.

Now for some coffee and breakfast.
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Ending Wednesday

March 11, 2020

The birds were in the cat food again and didn’t look happy about it.
If the Kibbles aren’t good enough for them they can rob some other
cats dish. And the dark part on the right comes from shooting through
the storm doors and an upright got in the way.

The visit with Dad went well today as he ended up in a good mood.
Every time I go over the first thing he says is that he doesn’t feel
so hot. Yet after coffee, breakfast, and a good chat he’s in a lot
better mood. I hope it’s not because he knows I’m leaving soon.

The cardinals were out and enjoying the day. Well, I can’t be sure
of that, but they were around 3 feet apart. Heard the male singing
and with my good ear. Luckily the camera was with me so I took
a couple of pictures.

Then tonight a local channel cut in to programming to televise the
presidents talk of the virus going around. We aren’t worried and it
would take a lot better talking heads to convince us otherwise. Sort
of reminds one of the H1N1 virus when it started spreading. That
didn’t make us sick either.

Going to end this late post here to finish a few more things on the
list. Enjoy the rest of our Wednesday. Now I need more coffee.
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A few things

March 3, 2020

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Our prayers go out to all those affected by last nights torndao in
Tennessee.

Today is super Tuesday and we’ve been told that whoever wins tonight will have a solid lead on the others. If we miss the coverage now it can be seen tomorrow morning on the news shows then. Of course this happens on the night we like to watch a couple shows on TV and the local channels are covering the event.

No great loss there, just an inconvenient. If you live in one the
states involved in super Tuesday please go vote if you are so
inclined. We’ll wait and see who is ahead when the dust settles.

Went over to visit Dad today and he was in a rare talkative mood. He
joined the Navy in 1942 and said it was because he didn’t want to get
drafted. He also said he was in port in Okinawa, Japan, when the peace agreement was signed.

He mentioned how rough the Atlantic Ocean can get and how the ship
would bounce around when the going got tough. I mentioned the time
we sailed through a Typhoon and that wasn’t a smooth sail either. He
also claimed he crossed the Atlantic 3 times.

I didn’t catch it at the time, but wouldn’t you be back in Japan if
you crossed 3 times? Going to ask him next week. He also said the
chili I took over was great and I could bring more over any time.
Guess more chili is on the menu soon.

Enjoy what’s left of our Tuesday and we hope you’re getting decent
weather where you are. Now for some coffee and a pizza.
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The storm that wasn’t

February 26, 2020

Wouldn’t want to be one of the professional weather guessers around
here after the recent ‘winter storm’ warnings fizzled out and said
storm ended up miles to the south of us. Every TV channel had a guy
doing the weather saying it was going to be a bad with some forecasts
saying rain, then up to 10 inches of snow, then high winds causing
drifts.

And… we got nothing. The pavement didn’t even get wet! On April
1st we’d all get a good laugh out of it, but not so much now. Our
poor snow blower is feeling neglected. I go out to the garage and
check on it every so often to make sure it didn’t run away from home.

Since we didn’t get the predicted storm I went over to Dads yesterday
and brought along some chili I had made and donuts. He was like a kid
in a candy store. He’s 94 and had to tell me again that he’s been
hungry for chili and hadn’t had any for a while. He forgot he’d told
me that the last two visits.

But he’s still living in his own home, gets around pretty good, and
can remember things that happened in the late 30s like it was
yesterday. It was a good visit and I hope he enjoys his chili.

Enjoy our Wednesday as it’s the only one we get this week. Now I
need to refill my coffee as somebody drank it.
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Short update

February 17, 2020

Well it’s Presidents Day, the Daytona 500 had a rain delay so the
remainder of the race shown this afternoon, and it’s raining here on
the east coast of Iowa. Perhaps the rain will melt the rest of the
snow from our yards.

Yesterday was my Mother-in-laws birthday so her, the wife and I, my sister-in-law, and niece went out for breakfast. The wife and her Mom always get a laugh out of my order. Every time we go to breakfast I have biscuits and gravy and see nothing funny about it but it gets them giggling.

I order that because I like it and unlike some choices it doesn’t
contain something I don’t like. And it gives them a smile so that is
a bonus.

Tomorrow I’ll go over and visit Dad and see what’s new there. He may
have good tale to tell. In the mean time I’ll keep plugging along
with a few chores that didn’t get done yesterday.

Enjoy our Monday because it’s here and we can change that anyway.
Now for more coffee.
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