Thoughts on New Years day

January 1, 2018

Well it’s the first day of a new year and people have been
asking about my resolution. My answer is simple, I don’t do
resolutions. I’m going to be the same opinionated, foul mouthed,
but lovable, person I was last year.

I’ve always believed the new year is book with 365 blank pages.
As the year goes on we fill the pages and at the end of the year
we hope it’s at least interesting. On this first day when I went
outside to feed the feral cats it was -17 degrees with a wind
chill of -40 degrees. It was about the same when I put feed out
for the birds.

Here on the east coast of Iowa we have been under a Wind Chill
Advisory since Thursday that is in effect until Tuesday morning.
The wife hates it even though I tell her it will cut down on
the bugs come summer.

And tonight we should get a real treat if the sky stays clear.
The first full moon of 2018 will also be a super moon. At 8:26
pm Central Time, the moon will be as close to the earth as it will
get all year. Last night when I started the car for the wife the
moon lit up the sky like God left a night light on for us.

So enjoy our first Monday in the new year as we won’t have
another like it until this time next year. Now, I’m a quart low
on coffee and know how to use the coffee maker.
Comments are always welcome.


Last dance

December 31, 2017

Since today is last day and last month of the year and soon
people will be celebrating a new year with a new dance, it felt
fitting to do this now.

The February edition of Motor Trend magazine arrived in the
mail yesterday and was set aside until a short while ago when
there was time to peruse it properly. You may notice the text at
the bottom of the picture which says “Supersized Subaru
3 rows 19 cupholders.

Naturally I assumed it referenced a 19 passenger SUV type
vehicle that looked like a station wagon on steroids. After a
quick read of article inside it was discovered the 2019 Subaru
Ascent would carry 7 or 8 passengers. Which made me wonder if it
had so many cupholders because it didn’t have any other options.

Turns out it will be the biggest vehicle Subaru ever made and
will be powered by a 2.4 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine
with a variable speed transmission about the size of a Toyota
Highlander, Ford Explorer, or Nissan Pathfinder. Prices will
start around $30,000 and the American version will be made in
Lafayette, Indiana.

It can tow 5,000 pounds, has Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive, and
has a smart rearview mirror that gives the option of camera
views. It has power outlets, Wi-Fi, and 8 USB ports to reduce
the need for seat mounted DVD screens. The vehicle also has
ledges in the front for phones, Starlink for connectivity, Apple
Car Play, Android Auto, a Harman Kardon stereo, and the earlier
mentioned 19 cupholders.

All this leaves me with a couple questions. Do all those
features allow for any time to drive the thing? And; what in
the hell do 8 people need 19 cupholders for?

Enjoy our Sunday for tomorrow is a new day of a new month in
a new year.
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Post Christmas thoughts

December 26, 2017

I know this post is late, but it’s a beautiful day and I’ve
been outside enjoying it. White fluffy love from above covers
the landscape and the temperature just hit a balmy 5 degrees.
The only downside is I have a song stuck in my head.

I’ll try the ‘Happy Birthday’ trick and that should fix the fly
in the ointment. We hope your Christmas was a special as ours
turned out to be and we heard at some stores the Valentine’s
Day displays are up. But we still have the spirit.

We even took a trip down memory lane to past winters and the
things we did in our youth. My stroll involved ice skating for
miles on frozen cricks (creeks to the city folk), and sledding
down the steep hills in the area. One particularly snowy winter
we even built and igloo in the back yard and spent hours inside
amazed that it didn’t crumble down on us.

The lady who follows me around still calls me crazy, but who
doesn’t go outside when the wind chill is below zero to take
pictures of icecicles dangling from the eaves? If that makes me
crazy I thank God he’s allowed to be me. And Him and myself
have no problem with that.

I just don’t see the sense in trying to be someone I’m not. So
enjoy our first post Christmas Tuesday as I know we are. Now, I
need more coffee as I am a quart low.
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This Christmas Eve

December 24, 2017

As you can see in the picture, we got almost 2 inches of white
fluffy love from above ensuring a white Christmas. Iowa averages
six white holidays out of seven and we are glad this isn’t one
without snow.

We’d like to thank Ronnie for dropping off a brightly decorated
box of goodies for Christmas. I don’t know how she finds the
time to make them up and deliver them but we really appreciate
the effort. Thank you for the perfect gift.

When the wife doesn’t work on Christmas Eve we try to make it
to midnight mass. Since she works tonight we won’t make it but
I will watch ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ while she’s gone. She does
have tomorrow off so we’ll see how that goes.

So enjoy the rest of our Christmas Eve, we all know what
tomorrow is. Since we finished the pizza from the pizza joint
I may have to heat up a frozen one later. I hear it goes good
with coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2017

We are thankful for those who sacrifice their Thanksgiving so
we may enjoy ours.

Armistice Day storm

November 11, 2017

We’ve been told for some time now that climate change is going
to end mankind as we know it. Gloom and doom are predicted. We
seem to forget history along the way, and thus, are doomed to
repeat it. In my lifetime we’ve heard of impending ice ages and
heat waves beyond belief.

None of which came to be. These threats did manage to raise
the cost of certain things while not changing anything. We were
being manipulated then as now. Dad talks about the record
breaking heat wave in the summer of 1937, we’ll talk of another
weather event.

Veteran’s Day used to be called Armistice Day and on November
11th, 1940 a super-storm came through Iowa and other parts of
the country. Global Warming? On that November day in 1940, it
was 58 degrees at 9 am.! Parades were being held in celebration
of the holiday, hunters were in the field, and it looked to be
a picture perfect holiday.

During the local parade the bands wind instruments froze when
the temperature dropped to 33 degrees in about a half hour. The
storm hit the Pacific northwest with near hurricane force winds
and didn’t weaken as it raced east. The storm inhaled moisture
from the Gulf of Mexico and cold air from Canada to become a

The winds that hit that day were called “the winds of hell”
and it is said they reached 70 mph. And then came the blizzard.
Two trains collided, hunters died in the field, boats and
freighters sank on Lake Michigan killing 66 sailors, one million
Thanksgiving turkeys died, and Collegeville, Minnesota
saw 27 inches of snow fall.

The storm tracked from Des Moines to Eau Clair, and the
pressure dropped to around 29 inches of Mercury. When it was
over it was discovered the storm had cut a 1,000 mile wide
path through the middle of our country.

The reason a storm warning wasn’t issued was because the
Midwest headquarters of the government forecaster in Chicago
wasn’t staffed overnight to track the storm. With today’s
advanced technology we hope this couldn’t happen again.

So don’t tell us how climate change is going to cause severe
weather changes and what we have to give up to stop it. Look to
the past for the answers.

Enjoy our Veteran’s Day.
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It’s time

October 24, 2017

After much debate and serious consideration it was decided
that is time for this post. Comments may flow in from the
haters, and others may voice their dismay over our timing, but
somebody has to do it.

Since we are nearing the end of October many retail stores
have already started to display Christmas decorations and gifts
so we’ll throw a few ideas out, add a link to the catalog, and
you can take it from there.

If yourself and lady who follows you around are always
debating if the toilet paper hangs in front, or back, this gift
may be for you. It would make it easy to switch the roll and is
only $89.99. And it’s stainless steel so would last forever.

Really in the dog house and looking for that special gift?
This could be what you need. The Crosley Bluetooth Jukebox
stands 4 foot tall and comes with a remote control to start
your trip down memory lane from anywhere in the room! This
one will set you back $1,499.99.

If that’s too much for the budget, how about silverware? What
says I love you more than a table setting that comes in its
own plastic storage case, and at only $24.99 it shouldn’t
break the bank.

Ladies if you’re at loss on what to get your significant
other, and he’s a gearhead, this could be it. A Stromberg 97
coffee mug. And it’s only $19.99.

And we won’t forget the tree either. What Christmas tree can
be considered complete without a Flying Eyeball ornament. The
perfect ornament for the perfect tree and only $8.99.

Those hints should help you on your quest to find the perfect
gift for that special someone, or yourself. If you wish to see
more of what’s available go here. You’ll find everything
you need and even things you don’t. All pictures are from the
same catalog.

We hope this helps with your gifting this year. Enjoy our
Monday because soon all we’ll hear is Christmas music.
Comments are always welcome.