Update, with pictures

July 11, 2020

Been awhile since we’ve shared some pictures so here are a few as
a distraction from all the craziness going on in our world right
now. The picture above is of the clouds with a little blue sticking
out, just before a storm.

This little critter kept buzzing around the wifes car and I waited
until he settled to get this shot. It looked almost like he was
grinning the whole time before he took off and was gone.

The moon made an appearance during the day and it was a little too
bright out to get a lot of definition, but we still like this one.
The man in moon didn’t have much to say and due to the heat we
were alright with that.

The little black feral kitten posed for a shot so I took it. Usually
he just runs away at the slightest noise yet seemed calm this time.

Oddly enough, the groundhog in the neighbors yard didn’t run away
either. This one usually waits until I’m almost focused and runs off.
Didn’t take long, after a couple of shots, and she was gone.

And that concludes the photo tour of what’s been going on in our
neighborhood. When we get more pictures we’ll share them also. Enjoy our Saturday because if you don’t it will seem like the weekend is gone before we know it. Now I need coffee.
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June 30, 2020

The moon was out in all its glory last night and the man in moon
claimed he was working toward a full moon on the 4th. Looks like he’s
well on his way to making it. He has a few more bumps and bruises
as he has aged, but don’t we all.

Our neighbors planted these flowers when they moved in and the
flowers keep popping up every year. And it seems they get even more colorful with each passing year.

As day was turning night yesterday, this lone dandelion stood out.
With the white of the clover and the green leaves the yellow and
pale stem just popped. Or at least that’s what I thought.

Don’t know what it’s like where you’re at, but here on the east
coast of Iowa events keep changing daily. It’s on, it’s off, it’s
on again, it’s postponed. All due to the Covid-19 virus.

Even the CDC admits false positives could be as high as 50%, the
death rates are down in a lot of states, but because there are so
many positive test results some want to shut things down again. To
that we say not only no, but hell no.

Isolate the people most at risk and let rest keep on keeping on.
Our economy can’t take much more, small businesses are dying faster
than at risk Covid patients, and many are close to losing their

There has to be something, somewhere, that is just as newsworthy as
this dead horse the media keeps beating.

Enjoy our Tuesday. Now for some coffee and leftover pizza.
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Photo update

June 29, 2020

Saturday the clouds were something to watch as they danced across the sky. Spent too much time doing just that and don’t feel like I wasted a second.

This little critter was buzzing around like he’d had too much
coffee. Not the greatest shot, but figured if I couldn’t get him to
sit still I’d get a shot while in flight.

This one of Patches kitten made me laugh. That tail made me think of
a Chiropractor commercial about straightening people up. The tail just looks like it either hurts, or you crank it to give the kitten more run time.

The moon was out early and when between clouds could be seen
clearly. Was outside at just the right time to get the picture while
the birds sang their evening songs. Later the fireworks would start
going off.

It’s early enough that local news won’t be on for hours and a much
needed break from the media is being observed. Instead we’ve been
cooking. The wife has had 3 nights off in a row so we made some
boneless pork loin chops, Salisbury steak, and last night, spaghetti.

All turned out good so I admit to being full at the moment, and
that is a first. Usually unless I just got done eating I’m hungry.
Hope that isn’t a Covid-19 symptom.

Enjoy our Monday as some of us go back to work while us old farts struggle to remember what day it is. Now I need coffee.
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We’d do it again

June 27, 2020

The other day I mentioned some homemade weed killer that we were
going to try. Wanted it mainly for the cracks in the driveway where
grass and weeds keep popping up. Said home made weed killer only
has 3 ingredients and we had those on hand anyway.

The version we tried called for:

1 gallon white vinegar

1 cup salt

1 teaspoon liquid dish soap

Warnings abound on the site with the recipies that this mixture will
kill all living plants within the area sprayed, which made it perfect
for the cement cracks.

The vinegar, at 5% acetic acid, is straight from the grocery store
and acts as a desiccant. Put simply, it removes the moisture from
the plant.

Salt, rock salt or water softener salt, also acts to wick moisture
from the offending plant. Salt can also also affect other plants
nearby and should not be sprayed on any plant you want to keep.

Soap, liquid dish soap, is added to improve the absorption of the
liquid into the weed. The soap breaks down the waxy surface on most
lawn weeds which helps the vinegar and salt get absorbed.

Of course there are variations and we found several. As mentioned,
we used the one we did because all ingredients were already here.
Another version used the following ingredients:

1 gallon white vinegar

2 cups Epsom salt

1/4 cup original blue Dawn dish-washing soap

Both recommend to wait until early afternoon, or all the dew is gone
from the weeds. Both claim by the next afternoon the weeds are dead.
Both also urge caution around plants you may not want to kill.

We had varying degrees of success and I blame that on myself. The
recipe page said wait until afternoon and I went out mid-morning. The
sites also mention not to apply the mixture if rain looks likely
within two day of spraying, we had rain the next evening.

So, if you think this may be the answer to your weed problem, we’d
recommend it. If you follow directions. Enjoy our Saturday. Now I
need coffee.
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Cat tales & weeds

June 25, 2020

This bunch was lounging around the pool yesterday. Ok, it’s their
water bowl, but they were sitting there. One of the orange colored
kittens was missing as he got hungry and was at the food bowls.

This kitten looked tuckered out and relaxed under the car. Must have
been doing some heavy thinking. Perhaps dreaming of a bigger food
bowl? Or posing for Super Kitten magazine?

This little one is the smallest of the bunch and only kitten of
Patches. Being so small, and having a short stubby, it sure can run
quick. Think this one is faster than the bigger kittens.

These two were playing around and their wrestling got pretty
heated, but no kittens were harmed while taking this picture. As this
group get bigger their play area expands. The neighbor and myself
make sure they don’t play in the alley as some cars think it’s a

We’re supposed to have another clear day today before things get
wet again tomorrow. We’ll wait and see if we get much rain tomorrow.
As for today, I’m mixing up some homemade weed killer and if it
works will share the recipe.

If it doesn’t work we’ll find a use for it anyway. And we’ll start
with a half batch because if I mixed up a full one we could kill
every weed in the neighborhood.

Enjoy our Thursday as the weekend is only a dream away. Now for
some more coffee.
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As promised

June 22, 2020

Promised a few pictures today and if things work out will share a
few. Took this picture at the Tulsa Zoo almost 2 years ago and still
like it. Every time we looked around this bird was above us looking

This is Patches kitten and the only one she had. Since it was her
first litter that may not be odd. Also noticed the kitten has a
short tail. Hope it grows out.

Friday night it was cloudy, I noticed around sunset that everything
looked orange out the window. This picture was taken looking north,
but any direction you looked was about the same.

Earlier the skies looked like this. That wasn’t hard to look at
either. Don’t know if we got rain later as the day was almost

And one of Mamacats kittens was playing by the neighbors fence so
had to take a shot. Not sure what scared it but caught the sequence
when it hit the step again.

Still trying to find some birds in the neighborhood without luck.
An owl has been making noise and a hawk puts in a regular appearance so that may be the problem. Did see a cardinal later but it was too dark out for a picture.

Enjoy our Monday and hope yours started better than mine. Woke up
when one the cats used my ankle for springboard and left three
gouges that required iodine. Now for some coffee and whatever else
I can round up to eat.
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Little bit of everything

June 20, 2020

Haven’t heard anything on the black bear since he reached the
northern edge of our city. Rumors up to that point were all over
the place. The last one heard is that said bear swam across the
Mississippi River and was now in Illinois.

Yesterday was running from when I woke up until the evening news
started and didn’t get a post out. Did get over to Dads and gave
him his Father’s Day gift while we have coffee. Happy Father’s
Day to all dads tomorrow!

It rained a little last night and we’re supposed to get more
today. Might try getting the mower out and running it over the
lawn. Seems like the mower scares about half the grass and
the other half just laughs.

And got a few more pictures yesterday which haven’t been
uploaded yet and if some turn out we’ll share a few Monday.
It should be no surprise that said pictures are of clouds and
cats. The birds are scarce this year and not sure why.

When the protests first started a young lady was shot and
killed while sitting in a vehicle in our city. Rumors were running wild on that but we heard today that someone has been arrested for the crime. That’s all the local news you didn’t know you wanted to read this morning, you’re welcome.

Enjoy our Saturday and Father’s Day tomorrow. Now for some
coffee and leftover pizza.
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This and that

June 17, 2020

Just got back from my visit with Dad and will admit we both had a
lot of fun. Even learned something so I can forget it in a few days.
He said during the depression you could get arrested just for being

He couldn’t remember the reasoning behind it but we both thought
it may have had something to do with nobody having much money and
the temptation of theft. Could have been a different reason altogether
and we guessed wrong.

Then we talked of the black bear spotted in corn fields one county
to our north that had made it to our county and almost to the
interstate highway. Were told that officers of DNR got the bear
turned around and headed north again.

The DNR also said a county road had 150 people stopped to get
pictures of the bear and some children were within 30 feet of the
bear on their cell phones. Obviously, these people have never seen
a bear run. They are a force of nature.

The bear hasn’t attacked anyone and seems in a hurry to get
somewhere, but nobody knows where that is. If you wish to get a
picture of said bear you should zoom in your camera and not get

Got so much done yesterday I’m walking like an old man today. Proof
positive that just because we feel younger doesn’t make it so. Still
happy I got several of the volunteer trees cut out but will not
push as hard next time to save my back.

Enjoy our Wednesday as we all got another day older with its
coming. Now I need more coffee before a pizza run.
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New plan

June 16, 2020

Got a lot done yesterday and still managed to get a few pictures so
we’ll share some. Later today I’ll be back at it and hopefully get
more done if I don’t get distracted. We’ll see how that goes.

Once again the sky caught my eye and the sun seemed to split this
picture in half. Not fancy, but I like it. This portion of the
western sky stayed this way until almost sunset.

Patches was watching her kitten scamper about but didn’t seem to
have the energy to keep up. She only had the one kitten while
Mamacat had four.

For some reason the computer won’t let me load any more pictures
today so we’ll try to add more later. Once in a while this does
happen so we’ll look at all the angles, throw some ideas at it,
and see if that fixes the problem.

After I finish some more yard work it will get looked at. If
I don’t get distracted, then it would be whenever I get around
to it. But soon. Drives me nuts when I have pictures and ideas
to go with them but can’t get them up.

Hopefully there will be some birds out today as I’d like to get a
picture of something besides cats. Enjoy our Tuesday as we won’t
see another until next week. Now for some coffee and leftover
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Just thinking out loud

June 13, 2020

I may be getting my ears lowered a little bit today if things go
according to plan. That’s because we’re pretty sure the place we’re
going requires face masks and the way I’m breathing today that isn’t

And I just can’t get my brain sold on the idea that a guy can even
get a good haircut with a face mask on. Seems to me that at some
point the sides of the mask would have to be removed to ensure a
proper trim. We’ll see how it goes.

Got way more done yesterday than I thought possible and about 90%
of the brush I wanted removed is gone. Also got a new, battery
powered, weed wacker to finish trimming the yard. With the old gas
powered one I ran out of steam cranking it for it not to start.
Thanks Dear for the early gift.

When I went outside this morning to feed and water the feral cats it
was cool. Did I miss summer? 50 degrees at 6 am? Seems like since
my birthday earlier this year that temps under 70 degrees are cold
and require extra clothing.

While out feeding said cats, Mamacat and a kitten from her first
litter both wanted petted at the same time and purred loudly as I
did so.Then a few pictures got taken of things besides the cats.
If they turn out we’ll share some Monday as tomorrow is snicker day.

Enjoy our Saturday. Now I just need some coffee, a new body, and
million dollars to make it a perfect day.
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