Something is different

March 20, 2023

As the morning greeted me yesterday and I got out of bed there was a strange feeling that something was different. It took a while for me to realize that my neck didn’t bother me. For the last 25+ years my neck would snap, crackle, and pop with the slightest movement and the pain would follow.

Yet, I can’t deny that the pain, and noise, is gone. Thinking back on what I may been doing differently yielded no result, I haven’t been to the doctor in years, and yet I feel like a new man. Sure, the other injuries to my body still hurt but they are minor when compared with my old neck.

And I’m not going to the doctor for an explanation as when I asked him about it last time the answer was that with what my body has been through aches and pains should be a daily occurrence. Going into the second day the pain is still gone and I thank God for that. Enjoy our Monday.

Sunday snicker

March 19, 2023

A bible thumping granny gets on a cross town bus sitting across the isle from two Cajun’s talking quietly.
So of course she starts to listen.

The older of the two gentlemen was saying, “First, Emma came, den I cum, then us and us again, together! And then I cum again.”

The lady stands up and says “you should be ashamed of yourself for talking like that about anyone and things like that should not be spoken at all!”

The men cower down and apologize to the lady saying there would be no more talking like that if she would answer one question. “The older man looks her in the eye and says “before we shut up could you please tell him how YOU spell Mississippi?”

Cold one

March 18, 2023

Just went out to feed the feral cats and found it cold outside. When I got back inside and checked the weather app it said the wind chill was -11. That explained why it felt cold and also why only 3 cats were waiting for me to fill the food bowls.

Yesterday, there was a lot of running around to get done and we’re happy to report that the errands all got finished and only one had a glitch. The exercise didn’t do me any harm and I actually felt better when all was said and done. Even with getting groceries early it was a productive day.

Haven’t seen many birds unless you count buzzards flying low, and I don’t. At least after this cold snap, things are supposed to start warming up again. This is going to be a short one and we’re sorry for that but also have to keep moving. Enjoy our Saturday.

It’s here

March 17, 2023

This feral cat was not impressed when told yesterday that today is St. Patrick’s Day. Perhaps he wasn’t interested or was hung over and that is why his eyes are crossed. Since it is today, we’ll wish all a happy St. Patrick’s Day! As usual around here, the annual bi-state St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be tomorrow.

We’ve been told this is the only bi-state parade to celebrate this holiday as it starts in western Illinois and ends in eastern Iowa. It is going to be a chilly parade this year as happens sometimes and yet we’re sure all the smiling faces will help keep people involved feel a little warmer.

In my youth, whilst I was a professional drinker, we didn’t go out on St. Patrick’s Day as we considered it amateur night. It is one of two nights of the year that we would stay home and party, the other being New Year’s Eve. Now that I am no longer a drinker, staying home sounds like a better option. Enjoy our Friday.

A few pics

March 16, 2023

Yesterday I managed to get a few pictures of the critters, and the moon, in our neighborhood and will share them here. In no particular order, here they are.

The moon was still out in the morning, and after a short talk I got this shot, Not the best and yet I like it so decided to share it. The settings should have been changed but we hope you can tell it is the moon.

This squirrel was at the top of young walnut tree having a bite. The day had some wind and I enjoyed his acrobatics while eating. This one didn’t look like he was starving so I figure he just liked to be at the top of the tree and doing a balancing act.

I liked how the sun highlighted the wing feathers as this one perched in the same walnut tree. It appeared this bird used the tree as a lookout instead of a buffet. At any rate, we still like the picture. It almost makes it feel like spring.

This cardinal was a different tree and was singing his heart out, which made it hard to get a clear shot. Had about as much luck with that as he had getting a mate. After his song didn’t attract any females he soon flew off.

Perhaps this little lady was too young to enjoy the songs of the nearby male as she didn’t move or fly off. She was there after the mating calls stopped in the nearby tree. This is the last picture in this set and we hope you liked them. Enjoy our Thursday.

So it goes

March 15, 2023

Yesterday’s trip to the treasurer’s office went as expected, it didn’t. After getting there early with only about 5 other people I was sure my luck would change. I stood 3rd in line and noticed odd numbers being called out that told which clerk to visit. About this time I asked somebody, where do you get a number?

I was told the office was now appointment only and nobody would wait on me without one. Ok, when did this nonsense start? I need an appointment to pay the property taxes? To get license plates for the car? Then I came home and made an online appointment. So far, so good. I got lost when the site mentioned QR codes and smart phones, then follow the instructions at the office to check in.

This could get interesting without a smart phone, but time will tell. Of course, it is a government office so that explains it not making any sense. We’ll find out in 2 days if I make it this time or have to go for lucky number third time. At least after the trip to the office yesterday where nothing got done, it was a productive day. Enjoy our Wednesday.

We’ll see

March 14, 2023

This little guy has nothing on me today as I’m going to try get some things done. I’m not a fan of dealing with our government so visiting the treasurer’s office today is not on the top of my list. I’ve been told it is a simple process to get the needed copies of the papers I need, but experience tells me otherwise.

I remember trying to get a car put in my name while trying to jump through the hoops the clerk kept throwing at me. I finally just asked my youngest son to try, and he got the title and plates in about 5 minutes! But one has to try. I’m just hoping it doesn’t take all day to get that job done. On the off chance that goes well, I do have other stops planned.

And if the stop takes all day, I’ll have some other stops tomorrow. At least we’re supposed to have a decent day today with it being warmer than yesterday. Now, I’m off to feed and water the herd of feral cats outside. Enjoy our Tuesday as we can almost mid-week from here.

Times flying

March 13, 2023

It seems like time is flying by again and getting things done takes longer than it used to. When we’re younger it feels like time stands still, like waiting on Christmas Eve night for Christmas day to be with family, open presents, and have a big meal. Then as we age, we have to adapt to new technology, learn new lingo from the young folks, and put up with pains we never knew we had.

One has to wonder what’s going to happen next. Between the government turning into a circus full of clowns and everything costing more, where is it going to end? Makes me think I need another project car to keep my sanity. When we sold our old cars, it wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be as we replaced the cars with traveling and photography.

I guess it’s true what they say, the more things change the more they remain the same. For instance, the wild child of my youth has turned into a grumpy oldfart. It’s amazing how things play out. Not complaining though. I’ve got a busy today so I’ll end this here and get some things done that should have been done yesterday. Enjoy our Monday.

Sunday snicker

March 12, 2023

George Bush swears he sees Moses in the crowd at a rally….
…..and he doesn’t want to miss the opportunity to meet such a well-known biblical celebrity.

He yells at him, “Sir, you look a lot like a man from the old testament. Are you Moses?” Looking around, the man slowly shakes his head side to side denying the gesture. Bush is not convinced.. one more time he asks, “Sir, I don’t see the need to lie to me; are you Moses?” Once again, a back and forth shaking of his head. Bush tells his security detail to interrogate him.

His lead security agent asks the man in complete confidence, “The beard, the cloak, the staff, the wrinkled skin… you look exactly like Moses.” Moses replies, “Because I am.”

Confused, the security agent asks, “Why didn’t you just tell the president that then? What harm could it have caused?” As a matter of fact, Moses replies, “The last time I talked to a Bush, I was stranded in a desert for 40 years.”

Anger management

March 11, 2023

Yesterday I learned the anger problem I had when younger didn’t go away as thought. Either that or I have a real problem dealing with stupid people. It all started with a phone call that asked if I was me and I replied, ‘I am’. Whoever was calling the said my answer wasn’t good enough, I had to say yes. The caller was then informed that I don’t have to do anything except pay taxes and die.

From there the conversation went downhill. The caller then said that I owed the company she represented a good size chunk of change. We’re talking a lot of money! I explained this was news to me and I would need more information before decided what to do. So, the caller stated they couldn’t give any more information on the account as I did not have authorization to be told. I said, ‘you want me to give you an undisclosed amount of money for an account you cannot name and a total you cannot disclose?’

Of course, the caller told me I was right. Not sure if this was a scam or an actual debt, but I used to talk to Mom with the same mouth that told this person off. I was told I was rude, and the language was uncalled for but didn’t really care. If I owe money, I’ll pay it. Unless you can’t tell me why and how much. And I was having a good day too. Enjoy our Saturday.