Just a couple things

March 19, 2019

The moon was out in its glory last night so here’s a picture in case you missed it. The full moon is supposed to be tomorrow and will be rare one. A full moon on the spring equinox and that only happens 3 times every 100 years. It is also the last super moon of the year so should be worth a look. Also the sun and moon both rise due east and will set due west.

And I had a visit with Dad this morning. I hadn’t even set the bag of donuts down on the table and he was grabbing for one. Don’t know if he was just hungry or needed something to do with his hands but he was enjoying it. He got half the toppings on his shirt and when offered a towel claimed he saving the crumbs for later.

We talked of many things from the fire in the gas terminal in Texas to tattoos and body piercings and about everything in between. I raised the height on his walker last week and asked how it was working for him. He said it was OK. I noticed he didn’t have as many canes as usual sitting by his chair and was told he moved the extras to his bedroom to give them a break.

I stayed until it was time for his bath and figured he’d need a break anyway so left to return home. Shortly the wife and I are going out to eat and then the car needs some cleaning. So it looks like I have a full day ahead of me before the moon comes out tonight.

Enjoy our Tuesday as we will. Now I need to get ready to go lunch.
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Time well spent

March 12, 2019

The moon was looking skinny last night but we had a talk anyway. Monte, the man in the moon, asked if I was going over to Dads today and when told yes he said to tell him hello. He usually doesn’t say something like that so I relayed his greeting.

Then we talked of many things. Everything from from the horses at the fair to the different parts of the world we’d seen while in the Navy. We talked a gravel roads and dust on the cornstalks. And we talked how the world had changed since we were young.

In between talks I raised his walker as it was low for him and he walked hunched over when he used it. About that time he noticed he had four canes next to his chair and I told him he needed a red one as two were plain aluminum and the other two blue.

When I left his flag pole in the back yard was listing to port so I straightened it out before getting in the car. His flag pole is straight again and old glory looks all the better atop it. And now I’m heading out to trim some bushes and trees before it rains tonight.

Somehow while that was going on my coffee level got evened out, hence the chores. If it’s not raining later I’ll check out the moon and if it is we’ll see how hard it rains.

Enjoy our Tuesday as that’s easier than complaining about it. Now for the pruning saw.
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Inmates running the asylum

February 4, 2019

Turn out the lights, the party is over. Perhaps you’ve heard
there is a bill before the 101st General Assembly in the state
of Illinois creating the offense of parental bullying? Here is
a little about that bill:

State of Illinois
2019 and 2020

Introduced , by Rep. La Shawn K. Ford


720 ILCS 5/12C-75 new
Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Creates the offense of parental bullying. Provides that a parent or legal guardian of a minor commits parental bullying when he or she knowingly and with the intent to discipline, embarrass, or alter the behavior of the minor, transmits any verbal or visual message that the parent or legal guardian reasonably believes would coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to the minor. Provides that parental bullying is a petty offense. Provides that if a person is convicted of parental bullying, the court shall order that person to pay for the costs of prosecution and that a portion of any fine imposed, as determined by the court, be placed in escrow for the purchase of a certificate of deposit for use by the victim when he or she attains 18 years of age.

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So if this passes, parents in Illinois will be fined if they
disipline their children? And what could possibly go wrong with
the government running he show? I didn’t read all of proposal
but what I read seemed to indicate that offenders would not have
the children removed from their home but be fined by the court
with a portion of said fine going into an escrow account for the
‘victim’ when they turn 18 years old.

IL HB 1769 doesn’t sound like anything I could get behind.

We don’t have a car in this race as we don’t live in Illinois
but have to say STOP! We don’t need government micro-managing
our lives and we certainly don’t need them running our families.

Enjoy our Monday as we get ready for a cold front bringing
freezing rain here on the east coast of Iowa.
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Beautiful day

January 29, 2019

Between running to get some things done a stop at Dads place
made for a beautiful day. Sure, it’s below zero and will be
until Friday, but the sky is sky is blue and the critters are

I came home see a flock of about 26 European starlings dive-
bombing the dish we put the cat food in. They flew away as I got
closer and I threw some bird seed on top of the snow figuring
the problem was solved.

When I looked out a little later the pesky birds were back in
the cat food. Usually this isn’t a problem as the feral cats are
around eating. They must be hunkered down somewhere until the
cold goes away.

Meanwhile, over at Dads, mention of the winter of 1936 came up
again as was the summer of 1937. The winter of ’36 was brutal
here in Iowa with cold temperatures and a lot of snow while the
summer of 1937 was the hottest on record.

Dad always mentions how they had to work the horses at night
because working them in the heat of the day would kill them. And
we talked of the wood burning stove in the farmhouse which got
cleaned and stopped being used in the spring whether it was cold
out or not.

We even talked about how good the well water tasted on a hot
day after a day of being in the fields. Tonight the wind chills
are supposed to be around -45 and colder than that on Wednesday
and Thursday. But walking down memory lane as we did warmed us
in a way that nothing else could.

Enjoy our Tuesday as it’ll be a cold here. Now after a slice of
leftover pizza we’re have some cheese and potato soup.
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Night and day thoughts

December 19, 2018

After a lot of running and a chat with my brother we took a
stroll down memory lan remember our time in the Navy and a
Destroyer that isn’t around anymore. When the running was done
a quick trip back outside told me it was around sunset.

Later the moon came out and I had a short chat with Monty, the
man in the moon. I said he looked pretty good but he thought
he needed more acne cream. Sometimes we just don’t know what
bothers others. He did say he celebrates Christmas much like we

And after coming back in the house it hit me that Christmas is
getting closer and if you’re going to go shopping we are
reminded daily that there is still time to have gifts shipped
if we so desire. If we choose a local business their hours are
expanded for the season.

To those who don’t celebrate because of religious beliefs, or
lack there of, you may as well enjoy it as you’re stuck in the
traffic right alongside us believers anyway. And traffic has
been heavy here on the east coast of Iowa. That will continue
but at least the weather looks favorable.

We won’t have a White Christmas this year and most I’ve talked
to are alright with that. Those complaining usually talk skiing
and slope conditions. So enjoy our Wednesday as we’re halfway
into the work week for those who do so. Now I need to get busy
and make more coffee.
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Almost here

December 14, 2018

Yesterday I mentioned a lot things that needed to be done and
I’m happy to announce that most of them are now checked off the
list. One of those items was to buy a gift for the lady who
follows me around for our anniversary next week. So yesterday I
took her along and we looked at jewelry.

That’s when the argument happened, again. This year will be
our 31st anniversary and the stubborn lady keeps insisting it
is on December 20th when I know it’s the 21st. She still claims
she has a marriage license to prove and I still have the car
club newsletter that says she’s wrong.

I even broke a record when I bought her gift as I usually
wait until the 18th or 19th. This year it was the 13th! I’m not
sure either of us will win the argument as I might be a little
stubborn myself, but it comes up every year about this time.

And the meteor shower was last night although we have no
pictures. Turns out that when I stepped outside late last night
the visibility was down to about three tenths of a mile. I
could have stayed out and watched yet figured if a meteor could
be seen streaking by within that distance we’d be goners

When I woke us this morning the visibility had gone up to about
a mile so I fed the feral cats and enjoyed the gray skies. You
could even see the church steeple three blocks away. It was

Finally, after doing the Sunday snicker on Saturday night we
have decided to put it out on Sunday morning and see how it
works. Enjoy our Friday and try to avoid the Christmas rush.
Now I need more coffee and some peanuts.
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Fall has fell

October 30, 2018

A quick look at the trees and one can tell that fall has come
to visit us on the east coast of Iowa. Most leaves that haven’t
yet fallen are gold or crimson while a few others are brown and

When I cruised over to chat with Dad the color was even better
but I didn’t bring a camera so have no pictures. Both Dad and
myself were feeling a little off this morning and he even said
he felt so rough he felt like he was 49.

And we both admitted we were clueless on who to vote for in the
upcoming election. One candidate says the other is a bold faced
liar while the other claims his opponent takes money that should
go to the sick and gives it to big business.

The street in front of his house is still torn up and turning
onto a side street brings out ones innovative spirit. When the
street is finally done and all lanes reopened is anyone’s guess
as weather this time of year can stop a project.

And soon the white fluffy love from above will coat our little
part of the world with some snow. We’re ready for that also. The
first snow of the year always lifts our spirits. I’m sure this
winter will be no different.

We hope you are enjoying our Tuesday as much as we are. Now for
more coffee and leftover pizza. We’re well stocked with both.
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