Clean living

June 10, 2019

Last night, since the wife was out of town, I decided to go out and talk with the moon longer than usual. Problem was he was dancing with the clouds and I didn’t want to interrupt. But I did get a picture.

This morning I woke up with fewer than normal sore joints and took that as a sign it was going to be a great day. Had my coffee and took my meds before the wife got home so we could talk a bit. She surprised me with Kindle Fire for Father’s Day which I took as another good sign.

Then I went to go in the office and it all fell apart. I turned the knob, pulled on the door, and nothing happened. Yes, the knob turned but the striker didn’t. Since I put the lock set in around 1994 it was time to replace it. Luckily the door opened into the dining room so I removed the hinges and got the door open that way.

Thinking I may have a striker sitting around I headed to the basement in hopes said striker would be there. Imagine my surprise when I spotted a new lock set on a shelf beside the stairs! So I took the old lock set out , put the new in, rehung the door and was back in business.

The wife might roll her eyes, but I think it was all due to clean living and a little bit of good luck. If I still went with my old ways things might not have gone so smoothly. My temper did flare a bit, only because I don’t like surprises. But the lock got fixed and this post got out.

Enjoy our Monday or hate it if you must. Now I need some coffee so I can get a late start on mowing.
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Soggy day

April 29, 2019

We got so much rain during the storms overnight a hippo was seen at a local parking ramp. Ok, it wasn’t that bad and the picture is actually from our trip to the Oklahoma City Zoo, but what a rain storm! Here on our portion of the east coast of Iowa we got 2 inches of rain overnight and there are even some power outages in the area.

We here are not claiming it’s due to global climate change, it’s just a soggy day and we’ve seen worse. We also know it won’t help the flooding which has been at major flood stage for a record number of days. But we’ve been there, done that, and have the t-shirt.

Some people foretell of doom and gloom at times like this but we look on the bright side. I woke up breathing again and can’t mow the yard in this slop. It will be a little taller when things dry out but we’ll get it done. The storm knocked the local TV station off the air for about a half hour and people who live in low-lying areas might have some problems and we wish them well.

I will be checking the basement and hope I don’t find a hippo or a swimming pool, although that would be something different. If there isn’t any water I’ll check later and if the water is over the sump pump I may go buy a kayak to survey the damage.

Enjoy our Monday as the new week begins. Now I need more coffee and the ad from the farm supply store to price kayaks.
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What’s the odds?

April 27, 2019

I chose this picture of the Highway to Heaven for todays post even though it isn’t a two lane road and doesn’t have anything to do with the post. I just like the picture.

A little later today the wife is going to cruise about 100 miles north for work while the area is supposed to get hit with up to 8 inches of snow, cold temperatures, and high wind gusts. Here in our portion of the east coast of Iowa we’re supposed to get rain ending with some possible snow.

The snow is possibility aand the low here tonight is supposed to be 28 degrees with wind gusts over 40 mph. I wouldn’t mind a little white fluffy love from above if the wife wasn’t going to be driving into the heavy stuff. At any rate it shouldn’t stick to the pavement and dresses things up sticking to lawns and trees.

Since she is traveling for work the wife will take the four lane divided highway. If she chooses not to do so we know some two lane blacktop roads that take longer but have some great views. Perhaps we’ll save them for the summer.

All that said, one has to wonder about this snow storm in late April. What’s the odds of this happening? Between that and it being about 25 degrees colder than average leads me to believe we have to turn all the wind turbines the other way.

Now I’m going out in the rain to feed the critters before breakfast and a lot more coffee. Enjoy our Saturday as the weekend is half over
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Back roads

April 26, 2019

Some ask why I like two-lane roads instead of the Interstate highways and this picture answers that question for me. I haven’t seen a sight like this on any Interstate. And I didn’t even take it, the wife did.

Sure, it’s slower going and one slows down even more going through the small towns that dot the landscape, but strangers driving by will wave and most times there is something to see for miles in any direction, weather permitting. We don’t travel gravel roads as often as we used to as the dust gets into everything in the car, including cameras.

And this picture couldn’t be taken on any Interstate we’ve been on. It’s a scene that puts a smile on most faces we know. The poles and wires bringing electricity to the farm, the red barn with the white roof, the silos, and the rolling green hills. To us it’s therapy.

No putting up with somebody going slower in the left lane or trying to figure out how fast to go so you don’t pass everybody or slower so everybody passes you. Road rage is almost unheard of and those in big hurry just pass you and go about their business.

When we went to Oklahoma last year we were told it could be driven in 12 hours straight through. We took the back roads and made it in a day and a half while retaining our sanity. A small price to pay.

Enjoy our Friday as it means the weekend is here and on the east coast of Iowa so comes the rain. Now I need coffee so as not to bite anyones head off.
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Not trying that again

April 24, 2019

Yesterday after my chat with Dad, lunch with her Mom, running errands, and getting various little chores out of the way, I made the decision to stay up and go through around 100,000 pictures taken and stored digitally. The task actually started a while ago but I was only up to the July 2017 file when starting last night.

Not noticing the time slipping by I opened the last folder on the last thumb drive at 2:45 this morning. So before going to bed I had a cup of coffee and smoke. Thinking I’d lay down at 3:30 and get up around 6:30 I put my head on the pillow.

Woke up feeling great and decided the nap was worth it when I discovered it was almost noon! Jumping up to get the morning chores done, medications taken, and breakfast, I vowed not to do that again and found out I’m not as young as first thought.

The brain is still young but my body said that if I ever did that again it would bring me pain like never felt before. Even so, it was worth it as while looking at all the pictures I found myself strolling down memory lane. Not believing others when they mentioned I was documenting our family history, the point came to me last night.

May share some of these pictures at a later date as they still aren’t sorted. Once sorted and in separate files I’ll share some good ones here. Sorry this is late but do feel my time well spent. Enjoy our Wednesday as we will. Now for more coffee and look outside to see if it stopped raining.
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Changed plans

April 20, 2019

Earlier I was all sent to say something about the hub-bub surrounding the Mueller investigation, but when the wife came home she mentioned an ariticle online where a Washington state Senator had said that nurses in small rural hospitals probably spend most of their time playing cards.

After watching the video and reading the article I was amazed at this womans lack of knowledge on the subject. It reminded of what some people said when they came into the folks tavern and when I was self-employed. “It must be rough to be rich and work only when you want”.

I was also saddened that people with this little knowledge of something have the responsibility of enacting laws that directly affect this profession or any other for that matter. It would seem we do have the best lawmakers money can buy.

That being said I have no car in this race other than the fact that it was even said. My wife however is a nurse. I can’t count the number of times she’d pack a lunch only to bring it back home at the end of a shift because she didn’t have time to eat it. And I know that wasn’t because she playing cards.

The statement may have happened during a brain fart or an open mouth insert foot moment, yet still rubs me the wrong way. I don’t handle stupidity well. I will say that she has the right to say whatever she wants but should also be prepared for any fallout.

Enjoy our Saturday as it looks to be a good one here on the east coast of Iowa and I’ll try to get some more pictures if the opportunity arises. Now for some coffee and bacon.
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Wasted day

April 17, 2019

Woke up this morning with a foggy brain and it hasn’t cleared yet. The body is willing while the mind is saying not today thanks. This happens almost every time I get over 4 hours sleep a night. Perhaps I need a new alarm clock.

The river is still up, politicians are still passing the buck, and the TV ‘news’ is as bad as ever. That stuff is better when watched for short durations or avoided altogether. At times like this I grab the camera and head outside.

Not sure what there is to see but it has to be better than watching anymore news. Today we’ll be in the 70s here which tomorrow the thermometer will top out in the 50s. We’ll get, and stay hot, soon enough without wishing for it now.

This is a short post as my brain won’t allow too many thoughts to translated into words. So enjoy our Wednesday as I think we will. Now I need some coffee.
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