October 22, 2018

As I get older the things one is never told about aging keep
popping up catching me by surprise. That’s not necessarily a bad
thing but does make one wonder. And sometimes it causes

Like yesterday. I took the last of one of my medications and
thought no problem, I got a 90 day refill less than a month ago.
Problem is I can’t find it. We brought it home, sat the bag
down, and the medicine just disappered.

Still thinking it was no problem we searched places I usually
put my meds until needed. Right. The bag is gone, the boxes are
gone, and the bottles, pills and all are nowhere to be found.
Most young folks have no idea how that feels.

We’ll keep looking. I do know where my suit is hanging and
later today will give it a test fit in preparation of the
visitation for my brother tomorrow. I even located a dress shirt
and tie last night, unless they have took off along with the

At first I thought it could be the concussions I’ve had over
the years until I looked in a mirror. The image that glanced
back at me was not as young as I origianlly thought. We’ll leave
it there for now as the search for my meds continues.

Enjoy our Monday because we won’t get another this week. Now I
need some coffee, leftover pizza, and my missing meds.
Comments are always welcome.


Wrong turn

October 18, 2018

We thought our world was going to Hell in a hand-basket, and now
we know. Big Bird is leaving Sesame Street? Makes one wonder how
the children are going to survive. Below are more reasons we
believe this.

We have people claiming we’re all going to die if we don’t stop
the climate from changing but have no experience in science. Yet
we are told if we don’t believe we are somehow mentally
deficient. We have people of one political persuasion telling
anyone who listens to go out and attack those who think

We have people who, while well-educated, have never been
president of anything giving opinions in the guise of news that
our real president is doing everything wrong. This while our
unemployment is low and our economy is booming.

At some point intelligent discourse and polite disagreement
went the way of common sense. There are different sides to every
story and everyone can’t be happy. Some adults among us have
turned into whinny little divas who believe the world owes them.
Everybody just needs to take a deep breath and keep calm.

At some point this perfect storm of nonsense is going to
implode. We’re not sure when we made the wrong turn as a
country. And to be honest, when I woke up I thought today was

Enjoy our Thursday as we will. We’ve got things to do and
coffee to drink.
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Hoping for the best

October 17, 2018

Some who know me acknowledge my dislike, perhaps even a phobia,
of hospitals. After being in one for an hour I have trouble with
my breathing and pace like a caged wildcat. The endless halls,
and most waiting rooms, have no windows in the ones we’ve been

But yesterday we did spend some time in a hospital as my brother
had heart surgery and word got to me he wasn’t doing
well. I have to admit when I first spied him it looked to me
like he went 8 rounds with Mike Tyson.

So I held his hand and talked to him a bit before I started
paying attention to what the nurses and doctor in the room were
saying. Things didn’t seem so dire after the chat. I hope he
pulls through and believe he’s just ornery enough to do it.

The picture of the moon was taken yesterday after we left the
hospital and seeing it soothed my soul so thought I’d add it
here and it may help someone else too. Here in a bit I’ll try
to get the yard work done that didn’t get done yesterday and if
that doesn’t pan out it will be on the agenda for tomorrow.

Now I’m going out to feed Mama cat and the feral cats outside
before having a cup of coffee. Enjoy our Wednesday as it looks
to be a good one here on the east coast of Iowa. At least as far
as the weather is concerned.
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Short one

October 16, 2018

It’s another fine day here on the east coast of Iowa and we’re
not complaining. The sun is out, the birds are singing, and once
it got above freezing enjoyable. Yeah, nothing wrong here today.

Went to visit Dad this morning and had a good talk and a great
visit. Left him in good spirits with enough doughnuts to last
him a few days and his TV working again. We even have our
internet and phone back. I’m not going to jinx it by saying
about time.

The wife and I went out to have lunch and managed to find a
parking spot close to our destination. There are days when that
just doesn’t happen. When asked how I want burger cooked I say
“burn it” and usually end up with the burger cooked anywhere
from rare to medium. This time, while not burnt, it was close
enough for me.

Tomorrow I’m going to try to get some of the yard work done as
it needs it. If I don’t there is always Thursday. So enjoy our
Tuesday as we will. Now I need more coffee as I’m still trying
to wear the kitten out.
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October 15, 2018

We ran across a riddle that didn’t take long to solve but
decided to share it anyway. And here it is…

A man lives on the 14th floor of a building. Everyday he walks
down to the elevator, hits the ‘lobby’ button, and rides it to
the bottom and then goes to work. When he comes back from work
he takes the elevator to the 7th floor and walks the rest of the
way on the stairs unless it’s raining or someone else is in the
elevator. Why? If you’re not groaning already with this oldie
we’ll have the answer at the end of this post.

We had a little snow here on the east coast of Iowa last night
but things will warm up a little later in the week. And it seems
like our weird luck is going to stretch on for a while. You may
remember our water in the basement from recent rain.

Now it seems we’ve had no phone all weekend and our internet
access has been hit or miss. We’re going to run this post while
we have access and figure out the phone later. When it’s working
the silly thing rings all the time anyway and I’m enjoying the

As for the snow, it won’t be long and we’ll have some serious
white fluffy love from above anyway and we find it calming to
watch it fall from the sky. Oh yeah, the riddle. Well, if you
haven’t figured it out the answer is the man is too short to
reach the button for the 18th floor and can only reach the
button for the seventh.

Enjoy our Monday as we will. Now I need more coffee and a bite
to eat.
Comments are always welcome.


October 11, 2018

After our last rain that dumped over 2 inches of water in less
than 8 hours I checked the basement and found it dry. Not one to
look a gift horse in the mouth it was quickly forgotten. Until

After breakfast I decided to do dishes as we don’t have a fancy
dishwasher. That was when I noticed the hot water tap was only
producing warm water. I knew that meant the rainwater had found
a path to our basement. When I finished said dishes a quick trip
downstairs proved me right.

Now the dishes are drying in the rack and the water is out of
our basement awaiting a fan to dry things out even further. I
should have the water heater up and running later today or else
tomorrow. Then the floors will get swept and mopped in
preparation of the next time.

Soon things will get cool enough that the basement won’t be a
problem until the snow melts in the spring. And to think, I was
going to clear some brush today as our low was in the 30s last
night. And the lawn needs going over one more time before the
first frost also.

Gotta love a challenge. Tomorrow we’ll see if our grocery store
got a supply of my of pizzas in and if not I may look into a
case of ramen noodles. Enjoy our Thursday as I’m sure we will
once the basement runs out of water. Now for more coffee.
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Here we go, again

October 9, 2018

Another afternoon posting that should have been done this
morning. Got up early enough, had good intentions, but didn’t
get it done. The chores did get done and I paid Dad a visit so
it was trade-off.

It could have been later if I’d taken a detour to see if the
grocery store has my bacon cheeseburger pizzas back in stock.
This week I’m working with a lone pizza in the freezer and no
back up. It’s going to be a long week.

Here on the east coast of Iowa it has been a strange day. The
sun has been out, the wind has died down, it’s in the 80s and
no rain. By the time we get to end of our extended weather
forecast the highs are supposed to be in the 40s. Ah, fall in

And I thought with the warmer temperatures the critters would
be out and about in abundance. Not so. We’ve only seen a couple
of birds and a squirrel aside from the feral cats. Just waiting
for things to get back to normal so I can use the camera again.

The upside to all the rain we’ve been getting is everything is
so wet it won’t burn. Have to get to bundling up some brush as
it probably won’t be dry enough to burn until around Christmas.

Enjoy our Tuesday as it’s a beautiful day here and we plan on
enjoying it. Now I need more coffee so I can figure out how to
make that pizza last.
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