Needing a nap

March 15, 2019

I made the mistake of going to bed early last night and am now paying the price. For some odd reason by 10 o’clock my body was horizontal and nodding off fast. Usually I don’t even lay down until around midnight.

So thinking of a good nights rest with possible 4 or 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep, Imagine my surprise when I woke every hour once I put my body to bed. After 4 hours and 3 wake ups I decided that was all the sleep to be had.

Every time sleep overtook me I had the same dream. I was on the table in a hospital operating room and a doctor with a huge metal mirror over his head was working on the back of my neck while telling me to just relax. That was a bit strange to this redneck as I don’t like hospitals or operations.

When I mention this fact to others most act surprised and state that hospitals and operations keep us alive. But when I’m at home strange infections are never mentioned and medical mistakes are far from my mind. Actually, I don’t like the rehab after the operation either. But I digress.

So in the dream this surgeon keeps digging for what ever he believes is in my neck that doesn’t belong and telling me to relax. In the last dream I tell him that if I could get up I’d slap him silly. He chuckles at that but since I can’t move I can’t slap him silly.

Never did learn why he was operating on my neck or how it turned out but cannot afford to lose any sleep over it. Lost enough sleep last night. It wouldn’t have bothered except for the sitting up, wide awake, once an hour trying to figure out why I woke up.

Enjoy our Friday as it means we’re that much closer to St. Patrick’s Day. Now for some coffee, I really need it today.
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Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2019

This day is celebrated annually around the world yet is not a public
holiday in any country of the world. It originated as a Christian day
of feast to honor Saint Valentinus and is a cultural, religious
celebration of romance.

Stories include a written account of St. Valentine when the Romans
imprisoned him for performing weddings for soldiers and ministering to
Christians. Soldiers couldn’t marry in the Roman Empire and ministering
to Christians was persecuted. Legend claims that Saint Valentine
restored the sight to the blind daughter of his judge and he wrote her
a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

Today the celebration has come to include cards, candy, flowers, and
jewelry. In 2010 an estimated 15 million e-Valentines were sent as we
are also well into the computer age.

It is said that the verse “Roses are red” can be traced back to
Edmund Spenser’s “The Faerie Queene”(1590)-

She bath’d with roses red, and violets blew.
And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.

Before my time so I can’t swear all that is true but Happy Valentine’s
Day! Enjoy our Thursday as we will. Now I need some coffee to get my
strenght up for more shoveling.
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Starting over

January 1, 2019

We haven’t done a post since last year and we decided to get
off our butt and get one out. New Years Eve was one holiday I
didn’t go out and celebrate in my drinking days. We considered
it amateur night. A bunch of us would get together in someones
home and partied like there wasn’t going to be a tomorrow.

Since none of us had a job that said New Years Day was a paid
holiday, we also went to work with a hangover. Unless the day
fell on a weekend. So just in case you don’t get the day off
we’re typing slower than usual so as not to make too much noise
today.

Another thing I never bought into was the whole resolution
thing. For years watching others make, and then break them, it
was thought irrelevant. If I give my word I’m not going back on
it. A yearly promise is another matter.

I promise to be the tall skinny old redneck who’s mouth doesn’t
have a filter that everyone has grown to love. So may people
over the years have said you should change this, or think
before you speak. I have tried it in the past but when I do
there are some who think I’m mad!

One thing that is guaranteed on New Years is we will get new
calendars and make a few mistakes with anything we have to
write the date on. But we’ll get through it. So enjoy our New
Years Day as it’s the only one we’ll get this year. Now I need
more coffee.
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What are they smoking?

November 23, 2018

After a cruise to the grocery store we stopped at a pharmacy to
pick up my prescription. The pharmacist found said prescription,
rang it up, then announced that will be $291.00. That was not
acceptable. Before enrolling in Medicare my cost for the same
prescription was $75.

So the wife asked her how much it would be for one month of the
medicine and the pharmacist said $47. Doing that math in my head
I came up with $141 at that rate for the 3 month prescription.
Knowing it wasn’t the girls fault I was amused to find that once
again we were getting the shaft.

I was better off when I didn’t have insurance but thought that
Medicare sounded necessary for when I get old and may get really
sick. Since I’m only 67, that may be a while. Yet I can’t help
asking: if one month of this prescription is $47 why is three
months $291? What the hell are they smoking?

All I can figure is since it’s Medicare, the government is
involved and that means nothing makes sense. They must sit up
nights figuring out how to keep us confused.

We did learn something today so it wasn’t a total loss. Black
Friday is one of the best days to do our grocery shopping as
everyone else must have been standing in line elsewhere. No
traffic going out, hardly anybody else shopping, and empty
streets heading home.

Enjoy our Friday as it means the weekend is here. Now I need
coffee and left over pizza.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2018

Today is the day most of us have turkey and all the trimmings
while many loosen their belts in the aftermath. And it’s a day
for giving as people volunteer to help feed the less fortunate.
We hope all have many reasons to be thankful.

That being said, it’s also a day that ‘Blue Velvet’ keeps
playing in my mind as a reminder of what happened on this date
in 1963. Those old enough to remember know what they were doing
when the news came that President John F. Kennedy had been shot
and killed in Dallas.

In my case, I was lining up a shot on the pool table when they
cut off Blue Velvet playing on the bakelite AM radio to announce
that the president had been shot. Getting to a TV we watched a
mass of crying people gathered to await news on the presidents
condition and the nationwide sadness when news came he had died.

We had our Thanksgiving yesterday due the wifes work schedule
and took the turkey and trimmings over to her moms house to
enjoy and said meal tasted every bit as good as if we had it
today. We can still have the same today because there’s always
leftovers.

Finally, I’m sorry we didn’t get a longer visit Keith. You rang
the doorbell just as were getting ready to load the car and
leave for our early Thanksgiving.

So everyone enjoy Thanksgiving as we will. Now I have to refill
my coffee cup as somebody drained it.
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Thanksgiving thoughts

November 21, 2018

The day started and when the tv was turned on the local weather
person said “It’s likely we’ll see accumulating snow somewhere
in the Mid-west”. Coffee shot out my nose! So much for
‘pin point accuracy’.

And happy Thanksgiving! If you haven’t heard, it’s tomorrow.
The Easter Beagle will be busy hiding Easter eggs under the
tables and before we know it turkey with all the trimmings,
or pizza, will be on the tables. Of course after all is
said and done, have Black Friday after that.

Black Friday is one event I never understood. People stand in
long lines in the early morning hours to await the opening of
first store on their list then race all over town to other
stores to fight the crowds and get a deal. If it is you thing,
more power to you. I’ll be the one with a coffee cup in my hand
that isn’t there.

Friday is also a full moon night. Called the Full Beaver Moon
and also the Corn Moon, Milk Moon, Flower Moon, and Waking Moon.
We’re told the Chinese call it the White Moon and yet, if we do
get snow Friday we probably won’t be seeing it here on the east
coast of Iowa.

And of course Saturday is Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day. If
you don’t feel you have a unique talent you could always use the
day to rest up from the Thanksgiving feast and the Black Friday
rush. Or just have another cup of coffee.

Enjoy our Wednesday and the upcoming holiday. Now for some
coffee and leftover pizza.
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Today

November 11, 2018

We observe Veteran’s Day which celebrates all U.S. military
veterans. This is a holiday that falls on November 11th every
year. This is because WW I ended at the 11th hour of the 11th
day of the 11 month in 1918.

Yes, that means 100 years ago today World War I ended. Here’s
a short video that may bring a smile to my fellow veterans.