July 9, 2019

It’s going to get busy this morning as I have a doctors appointment before stopping over to visit Dad and before most chores get done. I really hope I still have a doctor to go to after my appointment. There are times he asks questions that put my attitude in overdrive.

Years ago said doctor asked me if there were any guns in the house and I told him it was none of his business what we had or where we had it. Of course he came back with ‘I had to ask’. That was all I needed to know it was the governments idea and not his.

Hopefully doc has learned his lesson and won’t ask any questions that push my buttons. I guess it is time for my four year check up anyway. I know the end result will be a short hospital visit and a trip to the lab. I don’t like either choice.

Whatever happened to taking your blood pressure and temperature, listening to your heart, and asking if you’ve had any problems? Now everything is have this test done, get this xray or scan, and get some blood taken for tests. If someone really was sick they’d die anyway before all the results got back to the doctor.

All that said, I don’t mind going to see doc as he’s a fellow car guy and is a photographer himself. A lot of the visit is talking cars and what we got pictures of lately. So we’ll see what happens.

Oh yeah, the picture above. We shared it as the wifes pick of the litter is on the right and shows the orange markings on the face. Enjoy our Tuesday as I’ll be caffiene deprived until after my appointment and that isn’t a pretty sight.
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Enjoy our holiday

July 4, 2019

Happy Independence Day to all! As you know we celebrate this holiday on July 4th even though the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of Independence on July 2nd. After the vote Congress worked on the Declaration of Independence which revised the original wording and passed that on July 4th, 1776.

In case you didn’t know in 1777 the holiday was observed with gunfire, speeches, prayers, parades, concerts, troop reviews, and toasts. In 1779 the holiday fell on a Sunday and was celebrated on Monday, July 5th. In 1870 Congress declared Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees, and in 1938 Congress changed that to make it a paid federal holiday.

It is a day most celebrate with a cook out and plenty of red, white, and blue. Many of us travel on this holiday to be with family as three day holidays allow it. However you celebrate today enjoy our holiday as it’s the only one we get this year.
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Thinking about…

June 20, 2019

Out yesterday before the rain and saw this lone dandelion in the grass. The weed starts out with several small yellow florets on top that change to the white seeds to be carried on the wind with the intention of driving perfectionists crazy.

We see them as weeds but others see dandelions as beneficial. Some say they are highly nutritious and loaded with vitamins A, C, E, and K. They are also filled with minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. They are rich with soluble fiber also. That said, I have not eaten any. I can say that dandelion wine isn’t too bad.

There are a lot of these weeds around and if you believe the hype they can make you healthier. Dandelions have potent antioxidants, may help fight inflammation, could help with blood sugar control, and even reduce cholesterol. Some rumors say they may even lower blood pressure and fight cancer.

While I will chew on a spearmint leaf from the garden occasionally I have yet to chow down on a dandelion. Yet I find myself marveling at the fact that this plant we consider a weed and love to hate is good for so many other things. And all we have to do is look outside to see this botanical marvel.

And smile comes to my face thinking about the guy on TV who used to talk of the benefits of wild hickory nuts. Enjoy our Thursday as I will once the wife gets home a little later this morning.
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Have you ever?

June 7, 2019

This has not been my day so I feel like I’ve been shot at and missed and shit at and hit all over. It’ll get better. Even my hearing was acting up again which caused the wife to give me ‘the look’.

After our morning errands the wife tuned the TV to the Today Show and that’s when it started. For a show calling itself a news leader they spent an awful lot of time talking, and listening to, the Jonas brothers. I didn’t mind that as my mind was elsewhere but just before the commercial break something was said that I heard wrong.

Giving air time to new show with the Jonas brothers in the frame I thought they said watch ‘Thongland’ on NBC. The mental image I got of these guys in thongs playing their music caused a strange look on my face and the wife was waiting to pounce.

Just then I got it. Looking at the wife I said ‘the show is called Songland’! The wife then asked me what I thought I heard and when told she rolled her eyes and looked at me like I was crazy, again. We both got a laugh out of it. So even though the day had a rough start I know it’s going to be a good one because I woke up breathing.

I was not alone in my misery as the bird flying away in the picture is probably not having a great day either. So enjoy our Friday. Now for more coffee.
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Memorial day

May 27, 2019

Quick update

May 25, 2019

Late yesterday afternoon the western sky looked like this about a half hour before sunset. There was a tornado about 80 miles away and when the storm did come I was sound asleep. After this is posted I’ll check the basement in case I slept through a good one.

Earlier in the day I spotted this little critter just sitting there enjoying the day. Not sure if he found what he was looking for put he flew off before I ran out of patience.

If not busy pumping out the basement I may watch the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway a little later today and turn up the surround sound. The wife is out of town until Monday morning so there isn’t anybody to complain about the ‘racket’ coming out of the speakers. And if it gets too loud I’m sure the neighbors will let me know.

Monday is Memorial Day when we honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. I know we’ll have a moment of silence here to remember and give a nod to our God also. If you have a flag, Monday would be a good day to display it.

Enjoy our Saturday unless you hate the day, then by all means be grumpy. Now for some coffee and leftover pizza to get the day going.
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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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