Interesting times

January 22, 2019

You don’t have to have a sense of humor to live on the east
coast of Iowa, but it helps. Today we’re told we’re going to get
hit with rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow and then the temps
will drop. Wind chills to -40 and a zombie apocalypse. Even the
birds are taking off.

Ok, not the zombies but it will make for interesting travel. It
just goes to show God does have a sense of humor too. Of course
the bitter cold will be going on right when we cruise to the store
to get groceries and pet supplies.

Those of us who have lived here long enough usually have enough
staples on hand that we wouldn’t have to venture out for a month,
but it gives us something to do in the early hours of a cold
day. And in this day and age one could find milk or bread at
hour in a pinch.

The last snowfall I had to shovel by hand as our snow blower
wouldn’t start. I haven’t been able to unfreeze the key since
the previous snow storm when the white fluffy love from above
was blowing sideways. I figured it will thaw out by April or
when I get tired of shoveling and bring our a torch.

One thing that never fails to happen in times like these is you
run into somebody who says they wish it was warmer. Noooooo. If
that gets said when summer does roll around we’ll have a bunch
of humid 100 degree days in a row. Think! God has a sense of
humor and a good memory.

So if your area is getting hit with something similar stay
safe. If not, quietly count your blessings. Enjoy our Tuesday
as enjoying it is better than the option. Now for some more
coffee.
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Cold night

January 21, 2019

I was outside often between 9:30 pm last night and 1:30 am this
morning trying to get some pictures of the eclipse. Between the
clouds and the below zero temps, I didn’t get many. So here are
a few of them.

When I went out to get the wife off to work at around quarter to
ten the moon was starting the eclipse. I wasn’t sure what to
expect but continued to go out every 15-30 minutes to see if a
shot was possible.

At 10 o clock the moon was getting darker and the clouds didn’t
seem too bad. At least I could tell it was the moon.

When 10:30 rolled around the moon was over half covered in
darkness. Not much light for a picture but I tried.

When the moon turned orange the clouds were heavier and a clear
shot wasn’t possible. I saved this one as it does show the
color.

About 20 minutes after the show of color the moon was almost
entirely dark. Just a sliver was left.

Later, I took this cloud masked photo when the eclipse was
nearing its end. I would have continued going out until the full
moon popped out again but am not ashamed to say this old redneck
got tired around 1:30 am. You can enlarge the pictures, just
click on the one you want bigger.

There is a brief pictorial of the eclipse as good as we could
make it with the clouds. Enjoy our Monday as we will. Now for
some coffee.
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Got to thinking

January 19, 2019

Here on the east coast of Iowa we got some white fluffy love
from above and the time has come to remove it from where I don’t
want it and put it where it’s not in the way. I’ve also been
staring at the clock above the computer hutch in hopes time
would stand still.

It’s still ticking so that means I have to get the gear out,
gas up the snow thrower, and get busy. We were told before the
snow began that it would be a light fluffy snow but I have since
learned the snow is wet and heavy like the last batch.

So it now looks like I’ll be outside for at least a few hours
this morning moving snow. It’s also windy out there which means
I’ll come back in looking like Papa Smurf in a white snow suit.
It’s the price we pay for living where we do. And it’s worth it.

The Mississippi river is only a mile away, a good spot to
watch eagles about 10 miles, we can see all sorts of wild
critters just by walking out our back door, And we get all four
seasons to boot. So while we don’t have everything we want we
do have everything we need.

So enjoy our Saturday wherever you are. We’ve already had our
breakfast and 10 cups of coffee and that’s enough to get me
through my snow removal plan.
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The weekend

January 14, 2019

When the white fluffy love from above quit falling we had
almost six and one half inches on the ground. I also felt my age
after shoveling and running the snow thrower over it. The snow
got moved from where I didn’t want it to where I didn’t care if
it was there and later my body said to not do that again.

Sunday morning I woke to pains in places I didn’t know I had
and a feeling the classified ads might have a snowplow with my
name on it. I almost bought one years ago then remembered that
we don’t get snow every year and when we do it isn’t always wet
and heavy.

I also have a project for this summer. I’m going to restore the
old Montgomery Ward self-propelled 2-stage snow blower. I should
have it completed in time for a winter we get no snow, but it
sure will look fancy.

And after all that the people who guess what the weather is
going to be in few days claim it will get just warm enough to
melt the snow! We’ll believe it when we see it. While we’re
waiting to see how that works out I be back out a little later
moving a move snow and cussing the plow truck drivers who
insist on blocking the end of our alley after I have cleared
it of snow.

Enjoy our Monday on this, the 14th day of our new year. Now I
need some coffee and doughnut hole for the strength to go back
out.
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Getting it

January 12, 2019

The white fluffy love from above has arrived. We had 2 inches
on the ground early this morning and the snow is supposed to
continue into the evening. The forecast has been updated from
2-3 inches to 5-7 and we’re just watching it float down on us
from above.

I was out shoveling earlier and can say it is a wet, heavy,
snow. Now I’m warming up and waiting to hear the snow plow go by
before doing another pass. It isn’t too cold either so moving
the snow from where I don’t want it to where I don’t mind it
should be easy-going.

Used the shovel already, put mink oil on my boots, and have the
snow thrower ready to go. All that is needed now is the ambition
to go out and get it done. We’ll make it at some point.

So enjoy our Saturday and this short post as I have to use
the power of positive thinking and get back out there.
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Squirrely day

January 9, 2019

This is almost another afternoon post but we’ll get back to our
regular schedule soon. Most of the problem lies with my cooking.
I made 5 quarts of au gratin potatoes that looked and smelled so
good the wife and I ate most of it for our late lunch. After the
meal I got lazy and laid down for a nap, slept 2 hours, and then
couldn’t fall back asleep until the wee hours of the morning.

Yesterday after chores were done I went outside to get a few
pictures of birds eating the bird seed only to discover a
squirrel chowing down and another in a nearby tree waiting his
turn. These are the first squirrels I’ve seen since early fall
when they were burying acorns for the winter.

These critters are fun to watch but a little too destructive
for my liking. The two spotted yesterday seemed to be on their
best behavior though and scampered off when they noticed me
standing nearby with my camera. Guess I’ll put out some cracked
corn for the four legged critters along with the bird seed.

And if one looked up yesterday the clouds had an odd look to
them. Some were well defined while others foggy. Not sure what
caused this yet it was interesting to watch. Since I am once
again late with the chores we’ll leave it there.

Enjoy our Wednesday as we’ll have to wait a week to see
another one. Now I’m having more coffee before the getting to
the chores.
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Late day

January 8, 2019

I woke up early yet have been late the rest of the day. We all
have days like that but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. In
a short while I’ll be caught up and back to the regular routine.

Yesterday I heard the helicopter that transports patients from
hospital to hospital and wherever it going and it flew right
over our house. Don’t know how noisy they are inside but they
are noisy flying over.

And the cardinals were out for the second day in a row, this
time having lunch in our back yard. The male was greedy with
the seed put out on a small slab of concrete and even chased
the female off who came to join him.

He started making a lot of noise when a female tried to get to
the food and ran her off to a nearby fence where she watched him
eat. I didn’t see if she ever got her meal or not but hope so.

A little later I watched the sun set on another great day here
on the east coast of Iowa. It again looked as if the west end
was on fire and made me wish I could have gotten a clear shot.

Today my running is done and in honor of getting back on some
sort of schedule I’m making au gratin potatoes for a late lunch.
Since it can’t be called brunch we’ll call it lupper. Enjoy our
Tuesday as it’s a beautiful day here. Now I need more coffee
and the ingredients to make lupper.
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