We don’t need it

May 18, 2018

Ok I get it. Tomorrow there is going to be a Royal Wedding over
in England. That said does it really take the whole week for the
talking heads to cover if the brides father will be there, what
kind of hats the ladies will be wearing, or how to drink tea the
proper English way?

We’ve had the ongoing volcano in Hawaii, a tornado in southern
Idaho, wildfires, a couple school shootings and much more that
the talking heads didn’t talk about. At least the little bit of
the nonsense I watched. So the TV is off again until said
talking heads report some news or a race comes on.

We don’t need no stinking TV anyway and I’ll tell you why.

When I walked off the back porch I saw this critter on a down
spout and while I’m sure it wasn’t building a nest it was busy.
Since I’m allergic to their stings I give them a wide berth

Then I heard a racket in the sky above and saw this beauty
making its way south to Illinois. As loud as it was on the
ground I wondered what it sounded like up close.

Then I saw these at the end of the neighbors fence to the north
and thought the colors just seem to go together. No birds that I
could see but I’m sure there are plenty around.

To the east the sky looked like a picture postcard. Not sure
what it would say though.

And finally, to the west the sky was sending mixed messages
and we’re not sure what they were. It looked almost like you
fall in and never stop dropping.

So we don’t need the TV thank you as we’ll keep enjoying what
God decides to share with us. Enjoy our Friday as it looks to
be a good one.
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A new day

May 14, 2018

Yesterday was Mother’s Day so we had dinner with my Mother-in-
Law. All went well, everyone ended up full, and we all had a
good time.

Today I put off mowing the lawn again as I had a feeling it was
going to rain before I could finish. When you have a battery
powered lawn mower you don’t want to mow in the rain.

So I grabbed the camera and ventured outside anyway. Saw this
squirrel scampering around an oak tree about 75 foot up and got
a shot. It looked almost like he was lunching on leaves. He
stayed up there longer than my patience lasted.

The I spotted this yellow and black critter almost on the
ground. He wasn’t buzzing around but preferred to walk his way
up the plant. He was also there longer than I cared to watch and
earned an E for effort. He really wanted that flower.

This little guy looked like he wanted to sample the cracked
corn before the rain. He actually tried some before moving on.
Not sure if he had a problem with corn or was on a quest for
something tastier.

Later he found some bird seed over by some hostas and chowed
down. Made we wondered if he tried the hostas also as they had
that chewed on look.

About that time it started raining pretty hard so I put down
the camera and went back out to watch the storm. And sure
enough, after about a half hour the rain just stopped. So I
grabbed the camera and saw these feral cats playing on a
felled tree in a neighboring lot.

So enjoy the pictures, and our Monday. I’m going for some
coffee and a burrito as I forgot lunch again.
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What I saw

May 9, 2018

The other night the western sky looked like this just after sun
set. Yes, there are power lines running through the shot but it
was the best shot I could get and I’m happy with it.

After the overnight rains the sky to the south looked like this
today and made the steeple seem tiny. Since the lawn was too wet
to mow again I just looked at the sights and dandelions. They’ll
be gone again for a few days shortly anyway.

Even in the first picture you can see the crispness of the
yellow, the almost metallic colors of the fly, and even the
different shades of green. In the larger picture you can see
most of that plus the delicate wings of the fly and the fluffy
center of the dandelion.

Most people would probably only see a weed and want to get rid
of it but I guess I see something different when I look. That
could mean I’m crazy but I see the beauty in this common weed.
And if I did pull the dandelions I’d make wine and hard telling
what I’d see then.

Enjoy our Wednesday as I’ve been. It means the work week is
halfway done. Now I need some coffee before I head back outside.

Brainless days

May 2, 2018

The day started with cloudy skies, a little wind, and the
humidity was so high you’d sweat buckets outside. So I decided
it would be a great day to get some inside jobs done. The
problem was while my body was ready to have at it my mind
decided to take a day off.

I opened windows and had fans running but the house was still
as hot and humid as outside. Even though my brain was nowhere to
be found I decided what we needed was another fan to cool the
house so the wife and I went to the farm supply store to find a

After some searching we found one we thought would work and we
wouldn’t need an electrical engineering degree to figure out. I
didn’t realize it’s hard to find a window fan without a remote
control. As a society we have gotten lazy.

We bought this technological marvel and once home unwrapped it,
sat it in the window, and discovered the cord was about a foot
to short to reach the outlet. Since I didn’t want to run
extension cords to trip over another plan was devised and said
fan was moved to another room where the cord did reach the

Turned the fan on only to discover it didn’t help keep the
hot, humid air out. And then it hit me. Take the fans out of
the windows, shut the windows, and turn on the central air.
That worked! But heh, even without my brain working the problem
was solved.

Enjoy our Wednesday as we are now that I figured how we could
cool off. Now I need more coffee and a pizza and I can handle
that with one brain tied behind my back.
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April 18, 2018

I heard the bells ringing in a nearby church and realized yet
another day got away from me. Nothing new there yet I’m hoping
this isn’t the beginnings of a trend.

Was still day dreaming last night as the sun said a colorful
goodbye to the day. The picture was taken in our backyard and
has a lot of things cluttering it up, but I like it.

This is the poor excuse for a squirrel that has been bouncing
around our area for a while now. If they had Olympic competition
for critters this one could take the gold for back flips.

And doves were all over the neighborhood, like this one on a
nearby roof. It can’t be our one little bird feeder that brings
all these critters in and we doubt it’s the weather. When we
figure it out we’ll let you know.

The weather forecasts have missed the mark again. Perhaps we
will send a suggestion to the TV station that those who predict
the weather get a room with a window. It might help.

Finally, we tried something new at lunch and the wife and I
both enjoyed it. Because she’s on a Keto diet I fried up a few
inch think steaks them smothered them in a mushroom garlic
sauce that turned out great. It will never replace pizza for
me but will be in the top 10 favorites.

Enjoy the rest of our Wednesday. I’m going in search of a cup
of coffee.
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Thinking all over the place

April 17, 2018

I made the mistake of buying a newspaper Sunday and after
perusing said paper felt like the $4 would have been better
spent elsewhere. After the wife got up and read the paper later
she said the same thing.

We just heard former First Lady Barbara Bush has passed away,
she was 92. Our condolences to the family. Perhaps TV coverage
of that will slow the Trump lawyer bull the media has been

There was a black squirrel bouncing around the back yard that
must have been looking for goodies he buried in the yard. As I
get older I appreciate the enthusiasm. When we see him again we
might get a picture.

Since I found a Rural Farming channel on the TV I have watched
the tractor auction about 6 more times. Don’t know if that means
I’m hooked or just like tractors.

Dad was in good spirits today and on the mend. Turns out he has
pneumonia and his medicine is doing a good job of getting rid of
it. Tractors came up during the visit but in my defense he
brought the subject up.

Finally, by the sound of it we are going to get a few inches of
snow tomorrow along with some rain and freezing rain. We are
hoping for the best while preparing for the worst as we had a
high of 50 today.

Enjoy our Wednesday as the working folks are halfway to the
weekend and we retired folk are observing just another day. Now
I need more coffee.
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Of busy days doing nothing

April 11, 2018

The neighbors think I’m nuts again but this is the warmest day
we’ve had since last October and the only way to enjoy it was to
get outside and experience it. Still in the middle 60s when I
walked back into the house yet if I didn’t do it then nothing
else would get done.

I’ve heard a woodpecker working on an old tree, the European
finches squawking, the cat birds distinctive cry, and more than a
few cardinals serenading a potential mate. As things warm up
these sounds will be replaced by kids playing, people arguing,
lawn mowers, and boom boxes rattling the windows.

When I think of that I remember looking up at the mountains
from parts of Treasure Valley at a parcel of land that would be
perfect to build a cabin on. The sights were amazing and the
noise non-existent. At least man-made noise. It won’t happen in
my lifetime, but the thought puts a smile on face while the
hours speed by.

So I came back inside to missed calls, new emails, and chores
that should have gotten done while I was out watching the day
surround us, and getting this post out. All should have been
taken care of earlier but as mentioned above, it was just too
nice out.

And later this year I’ll get to gaze at the mountains again as
the wife and I head to Idaho again. Even though our youngest and
his family has moved into Boise we will stay in Mountain Home
and commute. It just seems more like home than a big city like

That always reminds of the little farming community where some
of my youth was spent. The town now has a whopping 151
residents! Enjoy our Wednesday as you working folks are halfway
through your work week. Now I need coffee and a pizza.
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