Strange sights

March 19, 2017

Sunday is winding down and before we know it Monday will be
here again. It could be worse. While out taking pictures I ran
across a cardinal who was having a bad hair day.

He was watching the other birds getting in line for the bird
feeder and I couldn’t tell if the wind was causing his problems
or if he was just that mad.

The mate of the cardinal didn’t look too happy, but the
smaller birds had a secret weapon. They posted a lookout in the
gutter to let them know when bigger birds were coming.

It’s not raining daffodils yet, but they are coming up. One
bud looked like something out of a 60s science fiction movie.
Almost likes it belongs on an alien spaceship from someplace
far away.

And the strange stuff just came coming today. I saw a bird
that looked like it couldn’t have a brain because of the shape
of the head. After uploading the picture, it didn’t look any
better to my untrained eyes.

So we’ll just say good night and hope you have a great Sunday
night. It’s all we have left of the weekend. Now I worked up an
appetite and know where a pizza if waiting to meet me for
dinner.
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Thoughts on the weather

March 14, 2017

For a change it was fun watching the local morning news today
as they stumbled over commenting how everyone was surprised
that the weather forecast was so far off. The talking heads
that give their opinion said the snow is done during last
nights broadcast and I woke up to an additional inch of fluffy
white love from above covering everything that had been swept,
shoveled, or had melted yesterday.

A person can listen to news broadcast of the day locally but
as sure as God made little green apples the weather is going to
do whatever it wants. Evidently the people who do these
programs forget the weather doesn’t watch their channel.

Warnings were given about possible black ice later when the
sun goes down and the temperatures drop back to single digits.
At first I think, “how dumb do they think we are?’ Then I
remember the amusing times watching people trying to get their
cars up the hill out front. For a reason I could never figure
out some of these drivers seem to think flooring the gas pedal
will get them up the hill.

When I went over to Dads this morning a broom was thrown in
the trunk so I could sweep his sidewalks, porches, and the
driveway. When finished I went in for chat and we talked about
2 cylinder John Deere tractors. Of course he had to throw in
that they used have to walk six miles, uphill, through snow
drifts taller than they were to get to school.

So all in all, it has been a great day here on the east coast
of Iowa. Our thoughts are with those in the northeast who may
get hit with a couple feet of snow and high winds. Enjoy the
rest of our Tuesday.
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Odds and ends

March 13, 2017

Well we got 7 inches of white fluffy love from above here on
the east coast of Iowa and I don’t think the birds enjoy it as
much as I do. Didn’t even bother firing up the snowblower
either. This was a strange snow as grassy areas got the full 7
inches while roads and sidewalks ended up with about 3.

Since I live in Iowa again this question doesn’t pop up much
but it sure did in my traveling days. It never failed when I
was out of state and somebody asked me where I was from they’d
immediately ask if I knew their friend who used to live here. I
don’t even know everybody in town let alone in the state.

And I was having a great Sunday until the wife reminded me it
was Monday. No, a smart phone wouldn’t help. I’ll keep my flip
phone. Life just seems simpler that way.

Watching the local news one of the stars of the program was
talking about how great ethanol is and why it’s good for us
too. Of course our state is for it, we grow corn! I just
couldn’t believe they got away with broadcasting that many bold
face lies.

Yesterday this flock of geese appeared to be following the
jetliner west. It had me wondering if they didn’t know where
they were going or just thought it was mama. Wish the picture
was better but I couldn’t zoom in closer and keep both in the
shot.

Finally, the wife and I have been having a discussion over who
snores. She claims I do yet when I wake her up so she can get
ready for work the windows are rattling. I can now say the
answer is at hand and should be in mailbox shortly. See below
for my solution to the problem.

Enjoy your Monday or whatever day you think it is. Since I had
beer batter cod and french fries for lunch, supper will involve
a toasted pizza with all the toppings I can fit on top.
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Demon birds

March 9, 2017

I got busy again and thought, time for a post before I devour
a pizza and get lazy for the day. Besides getting a lot done I
ran across a critter today the likes of which I don’t remember
ever seeing before. This critter had a blue head with a dark
body, purple tinted wings, black legs, and yellow eyes that
seemed to look right through you.

There were a couple of these birds eating off the ground at
the base of our bird feeder pole today which caused all the
other birds to keep away. Since I knew the types of other
birds that frequented our birdy diner, and didn’t know what
type of bird had invaded, I took action.

I ran over stomping my feet and yelling while said evil birds
flew away. Of course with all the noise so did all the other
birds. A little later I heard a commotion, went out, and saw
the same birds back again.

I don’t trust colorful creatures with yellow eyes ever since
an encounter with ancient tattooed sailor who would drink your
after-shave if you left your locker open while taking a
shower. He would also drink torpedo juice in a pinch and was
crazier than out house rat.

The birds may be a run of the mill variety, but until I get
used to them and their eyes I’m not turning my back on them.
I may not ever trust them as they remind of the grizzled old
sailor mentioned above. Time will tell.

Enjoy the rest of our Thursday as the weekend is almost here.
Now I’m off to incinerate a frozen pizza and drown it with
coffee.
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Just thinking again, but nobody got hurt

March 6, 2017

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Since yesterdays race was about as exciting as watching paint
dry on a destroyer it was decided the day was made for fixing
a few things that weren’t broke. And since my blood type is
gasoline, it also involved tinkering.

So after tinkering with the snow blowers, the lawn mower, the
weed wacker, and the chain saw, it was time to get serious. I
had noticed the cardinals don’t come around as often as they
did when I put peanuts out. Originally I had wedged a plastic
plate into the top of the hedges and called it a bird feeder.

But the squirrels also liked the peanuts and had easy access.
Said squirrels ate the peanuts before the birds could get to
them. Earlier this month I had devised a hanging peanut holder
to fit on the pole that holds the bird feeder.

After that idea failed the wife caught me eyeing her metal
pie pans and informed me that said pans were for pies only and
not feeding birds. She didn’t buy my innocent look either. I
don’t mind because if there’s one I have it’s ideas. I am now
leaning toward using an old Chevy hubcap, a muffler clamp, and
a small American flag to make a new peanut holder.

All that’s left of the planning stage is deciding how many
holes, and what size, are needed to allow water to run out the
bottom so the hubcap doesn’t fill with water during a hard
rain. And of course the choice between an old half cap or a
60s full hubcap.

I can’t use a rally wheel hubcap because the only one I had
is now my shop clock. I’ll keep working on that problem and
you can enjoy our Monday.
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Attitudes and circus peanuts

March 3, 2017

The day started out like any other until I had my first half
gallon of coffee. It was then I decided to go out and see if
there was anything worth taking a picture of, and the fun
began.

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As I looked over towards the church steeple this critter was
on the neighbors roof and looking like he had an attitude. He
didn’t run off when I aimed the camera his way so I got a
picture.

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Then I saw this guy under the bird feeder also looking like
he had a chip on his shoulder. Again, he didn’t take off as
soon as the camera was pointed at him. So I had now seen two
different critters with the same attitude on a Friday morning.

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So after searching for a friendly face this guy came
strutting up the alley. At least he looked more bored than
mad. This stray cat is usually gone in a flash when I aim the
camera his way. All this before we went to get groceries!

Grocery shopping done we headed for the local farm supply
store to get a shower head. That actually went well. When we
walked out I was only toting the shower head, a new coffee
pot, and a pound of circus peanuts. Now I have an orange
tongue, but the new coffee pot looks pretty good on the
counter top.

Some days, circus peanuts make all the difference in my mood.
Enjoy our first Friday in March, I know we have. Since I had
a dozen tacos for lunch I now go in search of the ingredients
to make some more for supper.
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Of great days

February 22, 2017

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We are just ending up another record breaking, picture
perfect day here on the east coast of Iowa. Seen all kinds of
critters and the tulips are popping out of the ground. From
what we hear though, tomorrow is another day, and will be
around 20 degrees cooler working its way to Saturday when snow
is in the forecast.

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Even our friendly neighborhood hawk put in an appearance
looking for new friends. Even the wifes’ cat caught the spring
fever. She didn’t get ambitious or anything, just got caught up
in the great weather.

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We even spotted our first robin of the year. He didn’t look
like a happy camper sitting atop the neighbors roof waiting
for the southerly winds to die down. It was breezy.

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I knew it must have been a great day as the wife even came
outside a couple times and I didn’t even have a phone call.
The days of highs in the 70s are behind us now until later in
the year but it was sure fun enjoying it while it lasted.

The way things are going I may go out and get some pictures
of the stars. The night sky will be clear, the winds should
die down, and if I wait long enough I know it will get dark.
We even had a healthy supper of fish with wild rice and
vegetables. I’m stocking up on pizza Friday.

So enjoy the rest of today, we hope you had a great one also.
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