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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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.


Late edition

November 6, 2018

There was no dew on the grass this morning but it made for a
cool picture a few days ago. I woke up on the run and haven’t
had much of a chance to take a breather, until now.

Went over and had a good chat with Dad, voted, and got all the
chores I could remember done so can now take a break. Dad voted
absentee ballot earlier so he was all set and after my visit I
even straightened his flag pole.

He commented earlier how it reminded him of Iwa Jima. Now it’s
straighter and shouldn’t blow over if the wind keeps up. I will
make a permanent repair once the wind dies down.

And we voted at a different place as the old one closed up. It
must be a sign that we voted in a church. Someone is trying to
tell me I need more time in a pew. We’ll see how that works out
for everyone concerned.

We even had time for a bacon and egg breakfast so I’ll save
the leftover pizza for lunch. Later tonight, instead of
regularly scheduled programming, our local channels will cover
the election. We’re just glad we won’t have to watch any more
political ads for a while.

Finally, it has been gray skies here on the east coast of Iowa
and we hope that doesn’t turn into a trend. Veteran’s Day is
Sunday this year, 100 years since the end of WW 1. Our city has
proclaimed the 12th as the Veteran’s Day holiday but we’ll stick
with the 11th.

Enjoy our Tuesday, vote if you have a mind to, and enjoy the
rest of our day. Now for some coffee and some leftover pizza.
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Happy whatever you call it

October 8, 2018

Today is Columbus Day, at least that’s what we used to call it
back in the day. We were told in school it is to celebrate his
arrival in America on October 12, 1492. So why are we observing
the celebration on the 8th? We haven’t got a clue.

Columbus Day has been around since 1792 in various forms and
some don’t recognize the holiday at all. Alaska, Florida,
Hawaii, Oregon, South Dakota, and Vermont don’t recognize
Columbus Day.

Hawaii has Discoverer’s Day in honor of the Polynesian
discoverers of Hawaii. Vermont has Indigenous People’s Day,
South Dakota has Native American Day. Oregon renamed it
Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Several cities declared today something different from the
original name and it is now believed Columbus didn’t
discover America anyway so why bother. We don’t know as we
weren’t there. We’re old not dead.

And although Iowa and Nevada don’t declare it an official
holiday the governors proclaim the day each year. So regardless
of what you call today, whether you recognize it as a holiday or
not; Happy Whatever You Call it!

This post is late as I had a good intention of waking early and
taking off like a herd of turtles. Instead, while my mind said
go my body said not on my watch. But the chores got done and I
feel halfway human now. Golden years my rosy red behind!

Enjoy or Monday, or whatever you call it, as we will. Now I
need a lot more coffee to finish the rest the day.
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