Delayed post

November 11, 2019

First I’d like to say Happy Veteran’s Day to all fellow veterans out
there and hope it was a good one. All set to do an early post today
my body rebelled and I didn’t even get out of bed until 10 am. Then I
went out to sweep and shovel the snow to feed the feral cats and
make a path to the car in case we needed it.

After doing that and fixing a quick bite I laid back down and fell
asleep again. So here I am at this late time putting this together to
get it on the blog. We also missed the Veteran’s Day parade but have
seen some coverage online.

When this is done I’ll hopefully get some things done that didn’t
get earlier before turning the TV on to watch a rerun of Perry Mason.
On another note, tomorrow there will be a full moon if anyone is
interested and we’ll wait until later tomorrow to see if the clouds
go away long enough to see it here.

Some people locally are mad that the snow plows didn’t get out
sooner. They seem to forget it is a holiday for city workers and I’m
just guessing someone had to approve the extra money for holiday pay. Things can get slick on the roads, be careful out there and take it slower than you usually would.

Leaving early to allow for the longer drive time beats ending up in
the hospital or morgue. Enjoy the rest of our Monday, Veteran’s Day,
as we will.
Comments are always welcome.

Late again

November 5, 2019

Here on our portion of the east coast of Iowa we vote. If you live
here, or have an election also, please vote. You may have noticed we
missed posting yesterday and while we’re sorry about that it couldn’t
be helped.

Seems I keep forgetting I’m no spring chicken anymore and push things that don’t need pushing. In this case it turned into a step back on the road to getting better. Now I’m almost to where I was before the set back.

Saw this bird while out getting some fresh air a few days ago and got
a shot. Seemed to be determined to enjoy the day.

A few of the feral kittens were out and about so we’ll share some pictures of how they’ve grown. They almost have me trained as they are outside waiting to be fed at 6 am every morning, rain or shine. Even mama cat is coming back around.

Since mama cat is no longer bigger than a basketball we believe she
had another litter. So far she has them well but when I’m feeling a
little better we’ll have a better look.

And again we’ll say that regular postings will begin again. I’m
getting ready to go out and see if any critters want a picture and
if so will share here in a later post. Enjoy our Tuesday as
tomorrow the pesky camel will be around. Now for more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

Had to do it

October 30, 2019

We keep learning life’s lessons no matter how old we grow. I found out yesterday I may be stubborn. After over a week of suffering through what ever it was I let the wife talk me into going to the Emergency Room. Things have changed in the 5 years since I was last there.

Think it’s safe to say I do not like hospitals or going to same. But
there are times when even skinny old rednecks can benefit from a visit.
When back in the room a nurse told me to take off my t-shirt and she
would put a gown on me. I bit back a snide remark but did as she

So there I am with a hospital gown on yet still wearing my jeans and boots laying on a gurney hooked up to a heart monitor and various other machines I knew nothing about. When the doc came talk led to the Navy and he used to a Corpsman. Good enough for me.

After a quick examination doc announced my chest was ‘tight’ and I wasn’t taking in much oxygen, as if I didn’t know. But the little clip on finger reading oxygen level said 96% so I wasn’t too worried. So after a breathing treatment that lasted an hour and chemicals ran through an IV doc asked it felt good enough to go. We were gone.

I now have the medicine to get better fast and the wife and I found
something to laugh about. After picking up prescriptions for steroids,
anti-antibiotics, and cough syrup with codeine we were sitting at the
table when I scratched my belly and got a funny look.

It felt like since my ER visit a nipple had grown on my stomach! This
made me question what they injected with until I lifted the t-shirt to
discover the leads for the heart monitor weren’t removed before we
left. That was certainly a relief.

Enjoy our Wednesday as it looks like more snow here on the east coast of Iowa and I’m ready for the up to 5 inches of the white fluffy love from above.
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Not as planned

October 26, 2019

When my eyes opened at 5 am this morning feelings of jummping up and getting things done sprang forth. In my haste to prove my super powers of recuperation I overdid it. Got a lot done in a short time then laid myhead on the pillow again for another 3 hours.

When I got up the second time, feeling better and again sure of my
capabilities, things were taken a little slower. I thought things
were going great until I saw a bug on the TV in the kitchen.
I crept over to behind the refrigerator to grab the fly swatter and
nailed the pest on the first shot.

But the bug was still there! So I swatted it again just as a commercial came and the bug was gone. Putting on my glasses I made 2 conclusions. The first was there were no bug guts on swatter and the other one was I had killed the station logo. No harm, no foul, and I didn’t have clean the TV screen.

So I decided I may not be all the way back to good health. Getting
closer yet not there. And since it’s drizzling outside today may as
well stay in and recuperate some more.

Enjoy our Saturday. Now for more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

Still fighting

October 25, 2019

My experiment this morning at the grocery store almost worked and
almost failed. While we did make it all the way through the store we
did have to double back a few times for things forgotten. And when we
finally get home, get said groceries put away, and sit down, I felt
like I’d run a marathon.

I was wheezing like an old steam locomotive with a boiler leak going
up a steep track. A short 4 hour nap and I was back to feeling like I did when we first got back. But I didn’t feel any worse. And I noticed
someone had mowed our yard at some point today. Have a good idea
who that was and will talk to them when feeling better.

Not a bad time of the year to be sick as it’s cool outside with lows
in the 30s and perhaps some snow Tuesday. As much as I like snow
this time might be a see it from the window experience as we’re not
supposed to get much anyway.

When I went out to get the wife off to work the sky was half clouds
and half clear which left some stars doing their darnedest to twinkle.
I just didn’t have the gumption to grab the camera yet.

Halloween is next week so if you drive at night look out little ones
in costumes. You can’t always guess what they’re going to do. Enjoy
the rest of our Friday as it’s almost over anyway. Now for more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

Seemed like yesterday

October 24, 2019

I got curious during a lucid moment today and decided to look into
the last time I got this sick. I remember ending up in the emergency
room and getting excellent treatment from everyone who came in, but
couldn’t remember the date.

Turns out it was November 30th, 2014 when I was mere 63 years old. I remeber the incident well and it was worse than this time but didn’t last as long. I also remember telling an old doctor to get his hand off my leg. He claimed he was checking for a heart attack and I told him my heart wasn’t that low.

Today turned out to be interesting in that I thought I was feeling a
lot better until I woke up and realized it was dream. Something to
shoot for. When this is over with no sleep should be needed for the
rest of the month as I’ve asleep more than I’ve been awake.

The wife has been a good sport about it and I’d like to thank her for
her patience. I can get grumpy when I’m sick but no longer sleep with
a knife under my pillow. I go from sound asleep to swinging faster
than most believe possible.

Tomorrow we cruise to the grocery store which will be the big test on
how well I’m doing. It should all go well an then perhaps the camera
will come out again. Tomorrow will be colder, but hey, I have a coat.

Enjoy the rest of our Thursday as Friday is just a dream away. Now
for more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

It’s here

September 2, 2019

Well the unofficial end of summer is here. Labor Day was started as a
way to honor the American labor movement and the day was officially
declared a federal holiday in 1894.

In some states Labor Day is the first three day weekend of the new
school year while other states have laws that prevent schools from
starting the school year until after Labor Day. Even if you don’t get
Labor Day off, it does affect us all in some ways.

As mentioned, schools start around this day. In the state of
Minnesota the State Fair ends on Labor Day, and if you’re fashion
conscious it’s the last day one can wear white. Or so we’re told.

And a lot of sports involve the holiday in one form or another. The
NCAA teams play their first games over the weekend and the NFL play
their kickoff game the Thursday after the holiday. NASCAR holds the
Southern 500 race at Darlington Raceway on Labor Day weekend and
at Indianapolis Raceway Park the NHRA holds their finals for the
NHRA U.S. Nationals over this weekend.

Labor Day is also the mid-point of weeks one and two of the U.S. Open
Tennis Championships. And in major cities their are celebrations. New
York has the Labor Day Carnival and fireworks at Coney Island, and in
Washington, D.C., they hold a free Labor Day Concert.

And many retailers hold Labor Day sales that are second only to Black
Friday. So whatever you think of the holiday it does touch us all. So
if you have the day off enjoy it and if you don’t just walk around
grinning like a fool. Others will be wondering what you’re up to.

Enjoy our Monday as we will. Now I need more coffee as I ponder
making an omelette out of whatever is in the fridge.
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