Missing hours

October 30, 2017

Here it is Monday morning and I realized there was no Sunday
post. Sorry about that. The weekend raced by so fast we didn’t
sense its passing until it was gone. I’d like to say it was
because eating healthy, exercising, practicing Tai Chi, taking
pictures, and watching the race all take time.

But I can’t. It was just one of those days when you wake up
and the next thing you know it’s time for bed. Days like that
are a good thing sometimes, even if we come out of them feeling
a bit like Rip Van Winkle.

We would like to thank Ronnie and Todd for the Halloween
goody bags, and everyone who called or stopped by this past
weekend. It is appreciated.

Today we’ll keep busy in an effort to offset what didn’t get
done yesterday. Sounds like a plan. And if that doesn’t work
we’ll formulate a plan B.

The wife informed me before she left for work that we had
another shooting about 3 blocks from our house last night. It
isn’t even a full moon yet. Here in our little berg on the east
coast of Iowa, shots fired calls are on the increase. This is
not acceptable.

All that said, enjoy our Monday as it’s the first day of the
rest of our lives. Now I need a caffeine infusion and a sugar
fix.

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The advertisement

October 21, 2017

You may remember we mentioned our trek to the movie theater
yesterday and the movie we saw while there. A day or two before
we left on that adventure we received a glossy advertisement
from the multi-screen theater airing the show.

Said advertisement stated in all bold letters that the
reserved seating featured luxury loungers that were all new
luxury recliners. It went on to add that the recliners were
electric-powered with recling backs and extended footrests and
that they were ergonomic, plush recliners with tables.

When the wife handed me the flyer to read about these modern
marvels she awaited my reaction. I believe that went something
like ‘Oh hell no!’ I can say after the experience that the
seats were comfortable and did kind of work as advertised. The
leg portion would raise so your legs were straight out, but the
back would only recline about an inch.

The wife used this feature, I did not. If I had used it my
snoring would have probably caused a rucus. The tables? Think
the school desks of our childhood. I do not consider a sliding
piece of artificial wood with built in cup holder a table.

This was a lot of luxury to someone who remembers getting in
to see movies for around 70 cents in my youth. Back then, movie
seats were mohair and wouldn’t move if you hit them with a
Mack truck. There was also a lot more people crammed into the
theater and your neck got sore from looking up at the giant
screen.

We’ll post a snicker later today so enjoy our Saturday.
Comments are always welcome.


Casual day

October 18, 2017

Had a visit with Dad this morning and we enjoyed a good chat.
Not many subjects were missed as we talked about our names, the
wildfires, food, health, and misconceptions. We even covered
John Deere and their recent lawsuit over colors.

At one point I even mentioned that the scaffolding was coming
down on the steeple of the church near us but the cross wasn’t
back on top. The cross was taken off before the steeple was
re-roofed and when the rigging was up never gave it much
thought.

The critters got fed while the rest of the chores are on hold
due to my lack of interest. It’s just too nice a day to work it
away. Time may be spent with the camera, or a nap, whichever
sounds more interesting when the time arrives.

I also found out the lady who follows me around got tickets
online to see “Only the Brave” Friday afternoon. She even
claims we have reserved seats. Many can’t believe that I have
not set foot in movie theater since the first Harry Potter
movie came out.

Never cared for watching movies inside and cell phone usage
has not changed my mind. So at 12:30 Friday afternoon we will
be in our reserved seats to view the 2 hour and 13 minute movie
along with others who attend. When that is over I’ll go back to
my mantra of ‘I can wait until they show it on TV’.

Enjoy our Wednesday, it’s a beautiful day here. Now I need
another cup of coffee and some leftover pizza.
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Some days…

October 8, 2017

life just sucks the jelly right out of your doughnut. And
yesterday was just such a day. Grumpy because I hadn’t seen the
man in moon for a few days, I decided to lighten my mood by
chatting with him last night.

The day was going pretty good until I noticed my desktop was
moving at the speed of a dial up modem. Then a message from our
youngest informed me he was receiving Hollywood gossip from my
email and wondered what was going on. So was I as that isn’t
something I would normally do.

Turns out settings and passwords had been changed and the
computer had been hacked. While the culprit hasn’t been located
yet the computer is again working like it should and has been
since about 3 am.

So about midnight I went out and took some pictures of the
moon, had a chat about trivial things, and cooled off. The talk
was just what was needed and gave me time to catch a second
wind to do battle with the hacker. I will locate the computer
they used to hack me and if it is a school or business will
inform them that their system may be compromised.

Thanks Kenny, I would have caught it but your message lit a
fire under me to get it done. And now we’re going to enjoy
some thick cut pork chops, corn, and potato salad for an early
supper. Enjoy the rest of our Sunday as tomorrow starts the
work week for some.
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Routine Friday

October 6, 2017

The lady who follows me around and myself stepped out the back
door ready to go grocery shopping and ran into the critter
shown above. The feral kitten did not seem happy that we put
groceries before him. He calmed down after I fed and watered
the bunch later.

Yesterday I observed a crew working on the church steeple
that is 3 blocks south of us. With the fog this morning we
couldn’t see even a hint that it was there. Upon returning from
getting our groceries we noticed a faint outline of the steeple
and were relieved it was still there.

And we are now having a critter problem that we didn’t see
coming. We feed the birds on the ground as that makes it easier
to get a picture when an interesting bird is present. But the
black kitten seems to think he is a panther. He stalks the
birds and attacks when he gets close.

The birds have posted look outs to protect their own. They
have even tried dive bombing the attacking kitten and getting
pretty noisy in the process.

So far we only have birds flying away and no casualties. That
doesn’t stop the kitten from trying. We will be looking for a
solution soon as he won’t be a kitten forever and we enjoy
watching the birds and the feral kittens.

It’s been spitting rain since we woke up and is supposed to
rain today and tomorrow so I may not get many pictures until
it clears. Couldn’t even see the full moon last night for all
the clouds.

Enjoy our Friday, it’s the last one this week. Now I need more
coffee and some chocolate doughnut holes.
Comments are always welcome.


Rambling thoughts

October 4, 2017

Our son called last night to inform me he had hit a deer on
the road to the reservation. Thankfully no one was hurt with
the exception of deer. The car was derivable after the accident,
but being a Saturn some of plastic fender didn’t look so hot.

We got some of the rain that was forecast and it looks like
there will be more to come yet this week. After the rain the sun
came out to dry things off. Almost reminded me of Hawaii in the
winter.

This morning I went to visit Dad to catch up on what happened
while we were cruising and visiting other family members in
Idaho. According to the Antique Farmer nothing happened while we
were gone of any significance. My brother was in the hospital
and released during our cruise and if we understand correctly
he is doing better.

The feral kittens have made their appearance once I started
feeding them again and the birds have also came back. We’re
getting back into the same stuff different day phase now. The
wife left for work and I’m trying to catch up on the honey do
list.

And I took a walk down memory lane about how things have
changed over the last 30 years as our anniversary is coming in
December. While my eating habits haven’t changed, the hours
have. Back then I could work a 12 hour day, come home and mow
the lawn, then go out to the garage and work until midnight on
the latest project.

I could do all that now but it would take a week and several
naps to get it done. I still believe getting older beats the
alternative hands down. So enjoy our Wednesday as I know we
will, after a nap and a pizza.
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Making time

September 29, 2017

We left Rawlins, Wyoming early this morning and arrived in
Paxton, Nebraska a few hours ago where we will spend the night.
When we left it was so foggy you couldn’t see past the hood of
the car so I kept it at 80 mph and the fog lights on.

After running through fog for most the way across Wyoming we
ran into a drizzle and some clouds that looked like they could
open up and rain our on cruise. Everything has gone right today
and shortly we will leave our room to dine at Ole’s Steakhouse
& Saloon. They have some of the best cheeseburgers I have ever
consumed and are located within a half mile of our motel.

Once again the lady that follows me around took all the pictures
and I haven’t asked if I can share them yet, but may post
later if see agrees. With a little cropping and slight touch up
most came out great so I hope she does.

Tomorrow afternoon we will arrive back home and posts will
return to a semblance of normalcy on Sunday. Or at least as
close to normal as I can get. We consider the trip an
overwhelming success and plan on doing it again. Perhaps as
early as next year.

But around this time tomorrow, or a little later, we will
unpack the trunk for the last time on this trip and see if
the critters missed us. The cat probably won’t want much to
do with us, but we’ll see. And I can do a Sunday snicker
post from home again.

Enjoy the rest of our Friday, we’re leaving for a cheeseburger
and fries with plenty of coffee.
Comments are always welcome.