Looking around

August 19, 2017

We’ve been so busy taking pictures none have been posted
lately. So, here are some critters we found interesting while
out and about.

The critter above, and all shown here, were taken on my Nikon
D3300. The settings were: f/5.6, ISO 400, shutter speed 1/1000
of a second, at 210 mm for this shot. You can click on any of
these pictures to get a better look.

Couldn’t resist this one as the bird looks like he’s posing for
the camera. Shot with the Nikon with the settings at: f/6.3,
ISO 400, shutter speed 1/600 of a second at 210 mm.

This critter was working the flower and was upside down as
shown. Hadn’t seen that before. Shot at f/6.3, ISO 400, shutter
speed 1/600 of a second at 210 mm.

This critter caught my eye too. Shot at f/11, ISO 500, 1/1000
of a second shutter speed, at 420 mm.

Finally these two are of a young male cardinal feeding a young
female cardinal. Never saw that before either. These two aren’t
the clearest as I was shooting through two storm door windows.
I still like them. The settings were: f/11, ISO 1000, shutter
speed 1/500 of a second at 420 mm.

Now that we’ve bored you to tears it’s time to mosey off into
the background and scrounge something to eat. Enjoy our day.
Comments are always welcome.


Sunday snicker

August 12, 2017

A woman was at work when she received a phone call that her daughter was very sick with a fever. She left her work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication. She got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys in the car.

She didn’t know what to do, so she called home and told the baby sitter what had happened. The baby sitter told her that the fever was getting worse. She said, “You might find a coat hanger and use that to open the door.”

The woman looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger that had been thrown down on the ground, possibly by someone else who at some time or other had locked their keys in their car. Then she looked at the hanger and said, “I don’t know how to use this.”

So she bowed her head and asked God to send her some help. Within five minutes an old rusty car pulled up, with a dirty, greasy, bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag on his head. The woman thought, “This is what you sent to help me?” But, she was desperate, so she was also very thankful.

The man got out of his car and asked her if he could help. She said, “Yes, my daughter is very sick. I stopped to get her some medication and I locked my keys in my car. I must get home to her. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?”

He said, “Sure”. He walked over to the car, and immediately the car was opened. She hugged the man and through her tears she said, “Thank You So Much! You are a very nice man.”

The man replied, “Lady, I am not a nice man. I just got out of prison today. I was in prison for car theft and have only been out for about an hour.”

The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out loud, “Oh, Thank you God! You even sent me a Professional!”


Oldfart moment

August 9, 2017

Made it over to Dad’s today and had a nice talk. When I asked
him how he was feeling his was reply was he felt his age, and
he’s 92! So we talked about everything from Johnny Popper
tractors, to horses, to family.

I mentioned that the livestock barns were empty when we walked
through and he had an answer. He said it was empty because city
folk wouldn’t walk through because they didn’t have the sense to
walk around the cow patties or the time to complain to the fair
manager when they got some on their shoes.

If you think you’re having a bad day the picture below should
help you to a better mood. At a Concourse De Elegance, the owner
of this 1936 Delaheye drove his car on the viewing stand to get
an award, then it got crushed.

After I returned home I found out Country Classic Cars had a
big fire overnight. The 5-alarm fire broke out just after sunset
and nobody was hurt in the fire. This classic car dealership is
right off Route 66 in Staunton, Illinois. We hope they rebuild.

Oh yeah, the oldfart moment. As Dad and I were talking I heard
a phone ringing but Dad didn’t pick up the phone. So I asked him
if he was going to answer it. He said it wasn’t his phone and it
was then I remembered my cell phone sounded just like a home
phone. By the time I got the phone out of my pocket the caller
hung up.

Enjoy our wednesday and don’t worry about me. I now know what
the ringing noise is now.
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Thoughts and tractors

August 6, 2017

Yesterday the wife wanted to go to the county fair and I nixed
her idea which didn’t make mama happy. Then shortly after our
youngest son called. He mentioned 2 firefighters had been killed
this week fighting the wild fires. Timber isn’t that important
but surrounding homes and families are. Our condolences.

So we went to fair after one of my unhealthy breakfasts. I see
nothing wrong with eggs cooked sunny side up in bacon fat yet
it drives some people crazy. If what these people say is true,
added to my years of cigarette smoking, I should have died 17
years before I was born!

At the fair we saw some good looking livestock, some wild
animals, rides, and of course tractors. It wasn’t a big show
but we’ll share some pictures. And some of the tractors aren’t
even green.

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Mamabear can show the pictures to her grandson and make his
day. These pictures were taken by the wife as my little Sony
quit working after two pictures. Although the display showed
a full battery I didn’t charge it.

Enjoy our Sunday.
Comments are always welcome.


Painted skies

August 4, 2017

When I awoke this morning it hit me. The wildfires have hit
Iowa. No, our state is not on fire. Nor or people stocking up
on all things needed to make smores. But when something happens
out west it ends up here.

While it makes for interesting days and beautiful sunsets the
smoke from the fires in our more western states has reached us.
And when that happens it causes one to go outside and enjoy.

Here on the east coast of Iowa we don’t worry much about air
quality when these things happen. Much like when severe storms
are in our area we grab a lawn chair and go outside to watch.

Even the critters appear to enjoy the sights.

Then again, this could all be a weather anomaly. Yet my
wandering mind thinks the winds were just favorable to push the
smoke in our general direction. Whatever the reason it gets me
outside even more. It looks like the skies were painted by
a brush in God’s hand.

Enjoy our friday. A day we stock up on pizza and Snicker’s
at Casa Cruiser. Now I need more coffee.
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A good sandwich

July 28, 2017

A few years ago in a restaurant out of town I tried a sandwich
called an adult grilled cheese. I liked it so much I kept trying
to duplicate it until I got it. Thinking it was the perfect
breakfast sandwich we stuck with my system until a just
recently. The picture doesn’t do it justice.

My version of the adult grilled cheese involves 4 slices of
bread, butter, Parmesan cheese, 8 slices of bacon, and 4 slices
of two different kinds of cheese. Usually cheddar and Colby
jack. But I upped my game and went to 8 slices of bacon the
last sandwich made.

That was when I decided it was the perfect breakfast sandwich.
When I told the wife my thought on adding another slice of
cheese between the bacon she thought it would be too much. So
I’ll share how to make it and you can decide for yourself if
it’s a good sandwich.

You’ll need:

4 slices of bread

butter or margarine

Parmesan cheese

4 slices of cheese

and as much bacon as you can handle.

When all that’s assembled, and after the bacon is cooked we’re
ready to begin. Butter one side of a slice of bread and shake
Parmesan cheese on the butter. Set this slice on your griddle
with buttered side down and butter the top of the bread.

Add a slice of cheese and either 4 or 8 slices of bacon then add
another slice of cheese on top.

Butter another slice of bread and place on top buttered side
down, then butter the top and shake Parmesan cheese over that.
Repeat for another sandwich and grill until brown. Place on a
plate and cut it in half and enjoy.

Works well with ham also but we prefer bacon. The Parmesan
will smell when cooking but the end result is worth it. Try it,
you might like it.

Enjoy our friday, it means the working folk may get a few days
off after work today.
Comments are always welcome.


As I see it

July 26, 2017

If you have any access to media you have heard of the current
debacle in Washington, D.C. No, not Russia hacking our election
process. I’m referring to repealing Obamacare. The topic seems
to be all over the media with varying degrees of accuracy.

It numbs my brain when I hear, or read, that if Obamacare is
repealed 20-30 million people will lose their insurance. Since
there are only about 8 million people on Obamacare where do all
the other people come from? And since when is health care a
right?

Remember AARP lobbying for the bill then getting an exemption?
Or hearing Congress would have to pass it so we could see what
was in it? Or our favorite, if you like your doctor you can
keep your doctor? Yet with all that has transpired since this
bill was passed some people still think it’s a good thing.

One has to wonder what our government is up to since they can’t
get anything done. A bill to allow illegal aliens to work is
more important than getting the government out our health care
and ensuring that social security is there for those who paid
into it for decades? We think not.

Republicans ran for office on the platform that they would
repeal the Affordable Care Act and are now saying it can’t be
done. It would be nice if there was an adult in Congress who
could play well with others and get something done. Excuses
aren’t getting it anymore.

I don’t blame Trump for this as I believe he is doing what he
said he would do during his campaign. He may doing it at a
slower pace than some would like, but he is doing it. And
finally, how can you be against a bill a isn’t even scripted
yet?

Enjoy our wednesday as it is the last one we’ll see this month.
Now I need more coffee and a pizza infusion.
Comments are always welcome.