Thoughts about Saturday

July 22, 2018

It all started yesterday with me oversleeping and stumbling to
the kitchen. The wife was not a happy camper yet didn’t wake me
up. So after a quick cup of coffee to wash down my meds we
headed to the lab to get blood drawn for whatever tests our
family doc decided we needed then had a late breakfast.

After some chores got done I ran across this little critter
darting around the neighborhood. The butterfly didn’t stay in
any one place too long but was entertaining to watch. I did
manage to get a few pictures before he flew away.

A little later we decided to try the “Dinner for Two” kit we
purchased at our little grocery emporium. It contained two
thick-cut boneless chop chops, two twice-baked potatoes, and a
bag of something that was called brussel sprouts covered in a
cheesy sauce.

The meal turned out great with the exception of the mixture
we thought was brussel sprouts. Ever the adventurer I speared a
chunk of the green cheese covered vegetable and decided not to
overdo it with the healthy eating. We left the table full yet
wondering what happened with the green stuff that was labeled
‘brussel sprouts’.

The forecast-ed cloudy day looked like the picture above when I
stepped out the back once the evening meal and chores were done.
I figured this could make for some interesting shots so I hung
around and waited for the sunset.

And I wasn’t disappointed when the time come. The western sky
took on a life of its own and put on a show you just knew came
from the hand of God. I walked back in the house grinning and
the wife thought I was up to something. I was just amazed at a
perfect ending to a great day. As always, you can click on the
pictures to enlarge them if you wish.

Enjoy our Sunday as before we know it the work week will begin
for some. Now I need to go feed the feral cats, get some coffee,
and eat myself.
Comments are always welcome.


Bad day

July 20, 2018

You’ve probably heard that Iowa was hit by as many as 27
tornadoes yesterday and reports of injuries and damages are
still coming in. From what we’ve heard the damages were mostly
in the central part of our state.

In Pella a Vermeer plant had major damage and some empolyees
went sent to the hospital with injuries. The plant that makes
agricultural and industrial equipment is closed to assess the

In Marshalltown around 10 people were injured and thankfully
none critically. Several buildings were damaged and clean up
will take some time. The tornado even took the top of the clock
tower off, which laded in the street.

In Bondurant it was much the same. Downed trees, damaged
houses, and clean up and repair. Other cities and other towns
were hit as well. The affected areas are asking that gawkers go
elsewhere to allow medical, law enforcement, and clean up crews
full entry.

Our hearts goes out to those impacted and prayers have been
sent. Enjoy our Friday as it will only feel like a couple hours
before the weekend is gone. Now for some coffee.
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Some times…

July 19, 2018

you just have to go out and look around to entertain yourself.
Or at least I do.

The little fellow above was perched atop the pole that holds
our bird feeder and although a bit drab looking he caught my
attention. He’s only about a half-inch long so the pictures may
not super clear but we’ll share them anyway.

If you look close there is a blue jay in this tree who was mad
about something. He was squawking and jumping around the tree
like he lost his billfold or something.

As I was looking at this little new growth tree I noticed the
upper branches swaying way too had for the small breeze we had
at the time. A closer look revealed the squirrel who was
bouncing around like someone at a Planet Fitness.

A little later I glanced up to the sky and noticed what looked
like a snarling face. Don’t know what he was mad at but shortly
after I snapped the picture the wind blew the clouds in some
unrecognizable globs of white.

Later the moon was visible and the man in moon was looking
good. We didn’t chat long as I knew he getting close to setting
on the horizon and his voice would get muffled by the trees to
our west.

Yesterday brought more clouds that when pictures were taken
looked almost like paintings. Not sure if the wildfires out
west or upcoming storms were the reason but I was glad I had
the camera.

And that concludes this little excursion into the sights from
our little portion of the East coast of Iowa. Enjoy our Thursday
as the weekend is only a dream away. Now I’m off to get some
coffee and leftover pizza for breakfast.
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Something’s up

July 12, 2018

We’ve been feeding the outside critters who happen into our
yard for a while now and there seems to be an ever-changing cast
of critters over time.

Lately it’s been down to 3 or 4 cats in the lineup and one in
particular caught our attention. A tan-colored female just
showed up one day and had been showing up every morning by the
back porch for a scratch behind her ears and to watch me fill
the food and water bowls.

At some point her belly got bigger and we realized she was
pregnant yet she was still waiting every morning for me to go
out with the food and water. Until about a week ago. Then she
just disappeared like she was never here.

Yesterday as I was filling the food dish I felt a familiar head
butt on my hand and sure enough, she had returned. She is now a
much slimmer looking critter and we think that means we’ll be
getting a visit from smaller versions of the mama before long.

The cat showed up again this morning wanting attention and
some food. We haven’t found where she has her kittens yet but
we’re sure they’re good hands. If you must have feral cats
around it makes things easier when they’re well-behaved.

We do wish people would stop disposing of unwanted animals by
throwing them out like trash so they can become other people’s

Enjoy our Thursday as that means Friday is only a dream away.
Now I need more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

Getting distracted

July 11, 2018

After watching a little bit news that the wife had on the TV
yesterday I decided to leave our air-conditioned abode and step
into the heat to watch some nature. I saw a segment where a
politician was accusing the Supreme Court nominee of being a
Contitutionalist, like that would be a bad thing. So rather than
listen to their sponsored outrage I figured it had to be better

As someone who likes to look at clouds to find shapes, animals,
and even numbers in the white wonders in the sky. The clouds
above sure looked like a 7 to me.

The I noticed this bird on a nearby roof. It also looked like
the roof was designed so it wouldn’t clash with the bird.

The white and green object in the picture above made me think
of the old Horror movies we watched as kids. It had my attention
for some time as I was sure it would start shaking, the bud
would open, and an eyeball would stare back at me. It didn’t.

And finally, the cardinals were out and about. This time of
year it can be hard to get a good shot of them as the trees are
all leafed out. You can hear them in the trees yet can’t see
them unless the tree is dead, so I took these when a few
ventured out for lunch.

Enjoy our Wednesday as we will since a little cool down has hit
our little plot on the east coast of Iowa. Now for some more
coffee and leftover pizza for breakfast.
Comments are always welcome.

Sad anniversary

July 9, 2018

On July 2nd, 1994, the South Canyon fire began with a bolt of
lightning near the base of Storm King Mountain seven miles west
of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. This persistent little fire
would go on to claim the lives of 14 wildland firefighters and
the fire was also called the Storm King Fire.

By July 4th the fire had only burned 3 acres but residents of
nearby Canyon Creek Estates became concerned and it was decided
that the firefighters would start the battling the blaze the
next day.

On July 5th the firefighters started to approach the fire
which was made harder due to the terrain and began cutting
firelines to hold back the fire. That evening smokejumpers
arrive to help and all quit early because of the danger from
rocks rolling down from above.

On July 6th twenty Hotshots from Prineville, Oregon rushed to
help fight the fire. A cold front passed through the area which
increased the winds and fed the fire. By 4 pm the fire had
jumped the fireline and was now below the crew and to the west.
It raced towards the firefights fueled by the dense vegetation.

12 firefighters couldn’t outrun the fire and perished along
with 2 helltack firefighters who were also killed. The Storm
King Mountain Memorial Trail. leads visitors to the memorial to
those who died.

Those are:

Prineville Hotshots- Kathi Beck, Tamera Bickett, Scott Biecha,
Levi Brinkley, Douglas Dunbar, Terri Hagen, Bonnie Holtby, Rob
Johnson, and Jon Kelso.

Missoula Smokejumper- Don Mackey

McCall Smokejumpers- Roger Roth, Jim Thrash

Helltacks- Robert Browning, Jr., Richard Tyler

John Maclean wrote a book called ‘Fire on the Mountain: The
True Story of the South Canyon Fire. If you wish to learn more
about the fire, loss of life, and how it happened, go here.

Enjoy our Monday as it’s the only one we get this week. Now for
some coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

Just a few

July 2, 2018

Lately the weather has been in the news because of the heat and
flooding, along with kids getting stabbed at a birthday party in
Boise, and politicians acting goofier than usual, so we thought
it time for a little distraction and will share some pictures.

This feral cat has been hanging around and I call him Popeye
because he just has the look. Something in those eyes just
shout “We Own the Seas”.

And we found out this one is good at tracking ants. He’ll keep
busy staying on the trail of a single ant so we call him the
bounty hunter.

I really wanted a picture of a soaring eagle in the clouds but
had to settle for this turkey buzzard as the eagles weren’t out
and about. We can just pretend he’s an eagle.

The sunset last night was as good as we’ve seen in a long time
so we ran with it. Yes, there are power lines in the way but it
was colorful.

Finally, with the 4th of July right around the corner, some
fireworks as seen from our backyard set off by neighbors. We’ll
try to some better ones tomorrow.

Enjoy our Monday and stay cool. Here on the east coast of Iowa
we’re getting a short break from the heat but it will be back.
After all, it is summer. Now I need some coffee.
Comments are always welcome.