It’s almost here

March 19, 2018

The vernal equinox begins tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. here in Iowa
which means spring has sprung. For those of us who have fond
memories of the 20th century this event occurred on March 21st.
That lasted until 2007 when the event was moved back a day to
March 20th as almanacs use Greenwich Time which moves the event
even closer to the start of the month. If we live another 20
or so years we will see it happen on March 19th.

The equinox is time of balance where we theoretically see 12
hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. Believe it or not,
the equinox also signals a rotation of the earth that puts
sunrise at due east and sunset due west. The later is true for
those of us who don’t don’t live near the South or North poles.

Perhaps what most of us have been waiting for though is the
sunlight is at its maximum annual rate and we gain an extra 3
minutes of sun a day here in North America. We will have the
longest day of the year, called June Solstice, between June 20th
and June 22nd.

Now the worms will emerge from the ground which also gives the
March full moon its name. It’s called the Full Worm Moon. Spring
also means planting season, the birds will be singing, and the
wild animals will start shedding their winter coats. Hopefully
they will have appropriate attire beneath.

But remember, you can’t say spring has arrived until you can
put your foot on nine daisies. Personally, I walk around them
but to each their own. Enjoy our Monday as spring is just dream
away. Now I need more coffee and some pizza rolls.
Comments are always welcome.


Old Farts

March 16, 2018

I had a senior moment (brain fart) that must have went on all
day as everything is a blank after our trip to the grocery store
to load up on coffee, Snicker’s, and pizza. So I’ll share this
that the wife shared with me.

Old Farts Pride

Old Farts are easy to spot at sporting events during the playing of the National Anthem —

Old Farts remove their caps and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment.
They know the words and believe in them.

Old Farts remember World War II, Pearl Harbour , Guadalcanal , Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, The Cold War, the Jet Age and the Moon Landing. They remember the 50 plus Peacekeeping Missions from 1945 to 2005, not to mention Vietnam .

If you bump into an Old Fart on the sidewalk he will apologize.
If you pass an Old Fart on the street he will nod or tip his cap to a lady.
Old Farts trust strangers and are courtly to women.

Old Farts hold the door for the next person and always, when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection.

Old Farts get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children and they don’t like any filth or dirty language on TV or in movies.

Old Farts have moral courage and personal integrity. They seldom brag unless it’s about their children or grandchildren.

It’s the Old Farts who know our great country is protected not by politicians but by the young men and women in the military serving their country.

This country needs Old Farts with their work ethic, sense of responsibility, pride in their country and decent values.

We need them now more than ever.

Thank God for Old Farts!

Strange tale

March 13, 2018

Not the rig mentioned in the story.

I read the following and wondered, what are they putting in our

Loaded tractor trailer stolen from Pilot Fuel Island in Satsuma, AL., by 5th grader and two younger brothers. Halted 550 miles later by Texas hwy patrol buckshot to left steer tire outside of Tyler Texas.

This came from a truckers site that usually has reliable
stories yet this is one on that can’t be confirmed. So let’s
just say it’s true and speculate a little.

First thing that came to mind is a trucker left his rig running
at a truck stop and the kids jumped in a took off. After all who
would think three kids would steal a semi? Perhaps if spotted
people would think they got bored and were just walking around.

And, if true, how can a 5th grader drive a big rig 550 miles
and not hit anything? Or it could be that he did hit other
vehicles and it wasn’t in the report. Kid must be tall for his

As mentioned, we don’t know if it is true or not, but the site
does usually have road closures and weather reports that are
accurate. If it is true it’s scary and if it isn’t it’s food for

Enjoy the rest of our Tuesday as it has been a long one here on
the east coast Iowa.
Comments are always welcome.


Good, bad, or ugly?

March 12, 2018

I read something recently that took me back to when our local
school and myself had a disagreement. Because he acted like a
growing boy our youngest was diagnosed with ADHD and given a
prescription. And when he said he didn’t like the medicine I
said I’d look into it.

When I read the side effects and came to ‘can cause heart
problems in later life’ a decision was made. I told the wife
no more and the school the same. The school and one teacher
foretold of the disaster that awaited my actions. It never came.

Jerome Kagan, who is a world-renowned child psychology expert is
ranked 22nd in the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th
century, ahead of even Carl Jung, doesn’t like the term either.
He blames ‘fuzzy diagnostic practices’ and the ‘war against

He claims that 50 years ago a child who was bored in school
disrupted classes would have been called lazy. The same child
today would be diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder). It has been said that 5.4 million kids
today are diagnosed with ADHD. Kagan states every kid who
doesn’t do well in school is sent to a pediatrician who claims
“It’s ADHD; here’s Ritalin.”

He also claims 90% of those do not have an abnormal dopamine
metabolism yet doctors will make a diagnosis which has an
available drug. He blames Big Pharma. The article is here.

Then I read of a school in Texas that has had success with a
drug free approach to ADHD. I don’t remember where I read it
but the solution was giving the students four 15 minutes breaks
a day, not counting lunch, to go outside to run or just take a
breather. And it seems to be working.

We don’t pretend to know the answer but do know our son went
without the Ritalin and did just fine. Enjoy our Monday as it’s
a nice one here on the east coast of Iowa.
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Just some pictures

March 9, 2018

Knowing the wife was working later I got early today anyway and
am glad I did. Even after sunrise the sky was amazing. So here
are a few pictures of it.

Another thing noticed was although we’re warming up a bit here
our feathered friends aren’t sharing the love. Could have
something to do with the feral cats getting older or perhaps
the birds are waiting for just a bit more warmth. Whatever the
cause they’re making themselves scarce. Since we did manage to
get some pictures of the birds we’ll share a few of those.

If this warming trend picks up we could be in the 50s around
Wednesday. And we spring forward this weekend to welcome
Daylight Savings Time even though I’m not a big fan. What’s
wrong with just leaving things as they are without the two time
changes a year?

Finally, I dreamed of being on a ship at sea again and am not
sure if that means I didn’t stay in long enough, stayed too long,
or if it means anything. But I did still have my sea legs in said

So enjoy our Friday as it will seem like a couple days have
gone by and Monday will be here. Now I need some coffee and one
of the boxes of animal crackers we picked up today.
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Sorry about that

March 8, 2018

I had good intentions of getting a post out yesterday, until I
got distracted. I started a new e-book and didn’t put it back
down until I finished it 18 hours later. That doesn’t happen
often but when it does I’m busy.

The book is ‘The Mark’ by Jason Pinter. According to book cover
he is an Internationally acclaimed author yet I had never read
any of his work before. And it’s a hard book to explain but here
is what I got out of it.

A 24-year-old college graduate gets a job at a large New York
City newspaper, which is all he had hoped for. Until he gets
asked by a veteran crime reporter to do an interview with an
ex-con. The kid does the interview but felt he was being lied
to so returns in search of the truth.

When he reaches the ex-cons apartment he hears sounds that
suggest violence, kicks in the door, and comes face to face with
an armed man terrorizing the ex-con and his wife. When the
gunman threatens to kill the wife if he doesn’t get the
“package” this kid grapples with him and the gunman ends up

He soon finds out the dead man is a cop and the FBI, New York
City Police, and a mob hit man are after him and his face is
plastered across every news source calling him a cop killer. By
sheer luck he manages to elude them all and find the package
that the mob wants back and the police are interested in.

Even though he is never armed he is shot twice, some FBI agents
and mob members are killed, and he ends up going from Public
Enemy Number 1 to exonerated in full. He even gets his old job
back. It sounds almost corny yet this writer pulls it off if
you like the genre.

There is more to story but I don’t want to ruin it in case
someone who reads this post gets the book. And now I need some
more coffee and a Snicker’s bar to wash it down with. Enjoy our
Thursday as that means the weekend is only a dream away.
Comments are always welcome.


Of interesting incidents

March 6, 2018

Sometimes the best intentions land one in situations that are
tougher than an old boot. Today I attempted to do something nice
for Dad and ended up in the Twilight Zone. I went through it and
still don’t believe it.

On the way over to Dads house this morning I stopped in a
grocery store that had a bakery and sold fresh bakery goods each
morning to feed those with a sweet tooth. After looking around
some sweet rolls with blueberry globs in the middle caught my

Dad loves blueberries so I wandered to the front and the
cashiers that awaited me there. And the Twilight Zone awaited.
The little machine that reads the credit/debit cards refused to
recognize my card. Since I don’t carry cash, I didn’t get the rolls.

No problem, I was in a store that had a branch of my bank in
the store. So the ATM beside this branch also informed me my card
was invalid. Walking around to the teller windows a sign
informed me the bank didn’t open until 9 am. It was 8:23 am when
I read it.

So I cruised over to Dads and after a good visit returned to
the bank in the store at 9:45 am. The nice lady behind the
counter took my card, typed something on a keyboard, and got a
strange look on her face. You know, the one someone gets if they
suck on a lemon.

She then said my account was flagged for fraud and asked if I
was in another country two days earlier. I naturally replied
that I was not. She then claimed that my account was flagged
due to charge for an International Border Crossing fee. Lord
love a duck.

I was invited into a little cubicle and tried to get to the
bottom of the problem. The lady told me I would get a new card
and I was not a happy camper as that would mean notifying those
who direct deposit into the account and the automatic payments
that go out.

My account was frozen over this border crossing fee which
turned out to be 8 cents! Luckily I kept my wits about
me and did finally walk out with my old card working like it
did before the ‘fraud’. In the end a company I’ve been dealing
with for over 3 years added the 8 cent fee on a separate
invoice and made my day interesting.

Enjoy our Tuesday and the white fluffy love from above.
Comments are always welcome.