Here’s your sign

May 15, 2019

I had my hands full going over to Dads yesterday with a bag of donuts, a bag of breakfast sandwiches, a big cup of decaf for him and a bottle of water for me, plus his newspaper. After we finished breakfast we had a little chat.

His caregiver is on vacation and Dad couldn’t figure that out. He asked why anybody would want to go to Germany. I told him she had relatives who were German and she wanted to go see where her roots were. To which Dad replied that we had German ancestors also but he wasn’t going.

He’ll be 94 next month and has a different perspective on a lot of things than myself. For some reason the talk turned to cars and he asked if I remembered a 1956 Ford I had years ago. He remembered I took most the chrome off and made some other changes but admitted he really liked how it looked when I got done with it.

When we ran out of words and his eyelids started to droop it seemed like a good time to go home and let him nap. I came home to find some pelicans circling a good distance away and a robin perched in a nearby tree. That seemed like a sign that it was going to be a good day. And it was.

Enjoy our Wednesday as Tuesday is just a memory and Thursday is still a dream away. Now for some coffee in preparation of mowing the lawn that didn’t get done yesterday.
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Oh well

May 13, 2019

Here in our portion of the east coast of Iowa the Mississippi river is finally under major flood stage after 51 days of being above it. The
record this broke was 31 days in 2001. As of yesterday we were one-tenth of an inch below major flood stage.

Hey, you have start somewhere. We are also warming up until Friday when the predicted high is forecasted to be 82. And if the TV weather man is right we’ll also stay dry for a change. We’ll just have to wait and see how things turn out.

And the wife made it back home after a couple days on the road as a travel nurse. After her cats got their treat and she changed out of her scrubs we even had a chance to talk. Now things are almost back to normal, or at least as close to normal as it can get.

Then we heard that Doris Day died at age 97. The wife gave me the look when I said that I’d heard she was already dead. When asked I told her at a classic car auction a few years ago I heard them say she died then but there was slight possibility I’d heard wrong.

After going into overtime with the look she stated there was a big chance I was wrong. After some internet research it was discovered that Miss Day did pass away today. I’m going to have to turn the volume up on the TV next time an auction is on.

So enjoy our Monday as it’s the first day of the week, and the rest of our lives. Now I sense a coffee cup has my name on it and wants to be warmed up.
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Strange

May 10, 2019

Yesterday was such a strange day even the birds looked at me funny. You may remember I mentioned going to the store to get the wife some britches, but we also got new pots and pans. After coming home, unloading and unpacking the purchases it got strange.

We hang the most used pots on a handy wall of the kitchen so after getting them out of the box and washing them it made sense to take down the old pots and put up the new. And that’s when it happened.

I could have sworn the wife said ‘we have to take the pants back because they don’t match the wall’. I admit to getting confused as I had no idea what one had to do with the other. The wife didn’t help as she stood there grinning at me.

After a little too much time I realized my mistake. She actually said ‘we have to take the pans back because they don’t match the wall’. That made more sense while the wife didn’t help, again. Instead I got the lecture about needing hearing aids again.

So outside I go, camera in hand, to get some pictures and calm down a little. The little guy below the male cardinal in the picture didn’t help. He looked like he was saying ‘are you the guy that thought your wife was talking about her pants not matching the wall?’

Later we laughed and laughed. At least it wasn’t as bad as when I though she said ‘let’s put pants on the chicken!’ Getting old isn’t for the lightweights.

In a few hours we’ll cruise to get the errands done and I’m going to be real careful when I talk to anybody there. Enjoy our Friday. Now for more coffee.
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Great start

April 16, 2019

Even though the price of donuts went up 50 cents a half-dozen it’s been a great start of a beautiful day. I took my laptop along as Dad had mentioned he’d like to see some pictures. After breakfast I fired up the laptop and we looked at pictures of wildlife, the river, old war planes that have flown over, the moon, and more.

I added a few farm pictures and Dad perked up when he saw them and started asking questions, most of which I couldn’t answer. Where did you take this? How many acres on that farm? See any livestock? And so on. After the pictures were shown talk went to the Notre Dame Cathedral and the damage the fire caused.

We talked about his son and my brother who we lost last year. I didn’t realize we had gotten into that much trouble growing up, or when we found the time. We spent the rest of the visit walking down memory lane and laughing a lot. As I was leaving he asked if I’d show him more pictures when I’m done sorting them and of course I agreed. I started the process with pictures from early 2016 and am now up to the middle of 2018.

And I know this is late but figured better to get it done now than wait until after chores are done. Because as we know, chores are never done. Almost like a honey do list. Enjoy our Tuesday as we will. Now for some coffee before getting busy.
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The duck at breakfast

April 11, 2019

With all the clouds in our sky here on the east coast of Iowa we haven’t seen the moon for a few days so I found a picture taken a few years ago to share. Can’t say why I like it, only that I do.

Breakfast yesterday with the wife and her Mom was good yet started out on a weird note. We got to the restaurant and parked, didn’t see her Moms car, and decided to wait a while in ours. Nothing strange there as we’ve done it before.

But as we’re sitting there the wife said see saw a duck. Now we’re at a Mall, with a divided highway in front of us, and a car dealership across the street. No ponds, lakes, creeks, or other water sources to be seen.

Being a little older now I couldn’t see this duck anywhere. So the wife said the duck was in the bushes in front of her. I looked over and again couldn’t see a duck so I told her to take a picture of the critter and she did. I then saw a picture of the bird.

So I looked out the window to where she pointed the camera and didn’t see the elusive creature. It would seem this duck had a sense of humor as every time I looked over the bird would lower itself into the bushes. So I kept looking until finally the bird raised its head and I could see it.

After that distraction we looked around the lot and realized her Mom had drove in and parked while we were looking for the duck. The rest of day went fine, the food was good and the company better.

Enjoy our Thursday as that means the weekend is only a dream away. Now I need more coffee and new eye glasses.
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Great days

April 9, 2019

We’ve had 3 days with highs in the 70s and today it’s going to be in the upper 60s so we’ve had some great days here on the east coast of Iowa. A visit with Dad today was the icing on the cake. He saw the bag of donuts I brought and grabbed one just as I set the bag on the table.

It seemed to him that everybody is in a hurry anymore while having a smart phone stuck to their face. We got him a cell phone once just in case something happened while him and mom were on the road. He just didn’t care much for it and gave it back after he gave it a try.

Then he wondered how, between the cells phones and the TVs, anyone got anything done. I admitted to not knowing the answer so we moved on. For some reason we talked about the time I got the pitchfork through my foot and how the old country doctor handled it. The doctor took one look at my foot with the pitchfork in it and said “that doesn’t belong there”.

Of course, Navy talk was thrown in to even things out. Fair winds and calm seas, typhoons, and getting ones sea legs when first aboard. When I left we were all smiling yet I’ll bet his won’t last as long mine. Oh, and our internet is back up and running.

Enjoy our Tuesday as I’m sure we will. Now I’m getting more coffee.
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Had to try it

April 4, 2019

I know this is late but as soon as I got up this morning she tole me we wanted to cruise 100 miles for a going out of business sale. The place going out of business is a midwest alternative to WalMart and usually had great deals.

Well, after cruising said 100 miles and entering the store we knew it was a waste of time. 10%-30% off all items and even more on select items. What the signs didn’t say is the prices were jacked up at least 40%. The wife used to get jeans for everyday use for around $8-$10. The cheapest pair seen at the sale were $39.99.

After looking around the wife checked out with a few things she wanted and we went to a local eatery for Mexican food before heading to Wally World. She had a taco salad and I chose the cheeseburger . At Walmart she found jeans at least half of the price of the closing place having the sale. I even found some flash drives at a price too good to pass up.

Then we put the bags in the trunk and headed south to get home a few minutes ago. We didn’t hit any rain on the way up while coming back the wipers were on most of the way. No more going out of business sales for us unless we hear there are actually deals to be had.

On top of it all it’s been a good week. Yesterday I bought a pizzeria made pizza and today I had a double cheeseburger at the place we stopped. And even though the skies were gray we had a good time. Enjoy our Thursday as it means the weekend is just a dream away. Now I need a bucket of coffee.
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