Different kind of busy

March 9, 2019

Today I was out in the wind and rain to see if there was anything to take a picture of. Turns out, birds must like to eat in the rain. This group was chowing down like there’s no tomorrow.

This cardinal was getting around in the rain also. Not sure what his final goal was but he kept busy. A little later he even had a friend with him and they were eyeing something.

This cardinal just seemed to be enjoying the day, rain and all. Even the wind picking up didn’t phase him. It sure was something to see.

So after getting myself and the camera wet I decided to go back inside and have some bacon and eggs with my coffee before uploading the pictures to share here.

That got me thinking that it was only the second meal we could actually see to eat in months. I used to call the old dim light romantic and told the wife it was like we were dining by candlelight. Yeah, she didn’t buy it either. I’m afraid to admit but it is kind of nice to see what you’re eating. The light also helps when pouring coffee into a black mug.

Enjoy our Saturday as it’s one of my seven favorite days of the week. Now I have a few things to get done so I’m ready for the scary picture that will be featured later.
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March 6, 2019

I spent most of yesterday watching the sky and clouds play. There are times when that is more interesting than hearing the news on TV. Way too much time was spent out looking up instead of doing chores. Which means today I have yesterdays and todays honey do list to work on.

That being said, I did listen to the weather which once again assured us that it would be the coldest day of what is left of in the month of March. We’re thinking, until the next one.

Speaking of the weather, we have snow in the forecast for tomorrow and once again I’m confused. The local channels don’t agree on how much or
the timing. So we’re ready for anything from a dusting to a foot. If we get more than a foot we’ll need more salt.

And while watching the clouds climb up the sky and jets fly across I found it settled my soul and brought a smile to my face. As you may know, if I wake up breathing enjoying the day comes naturally. Not much else matters.

Even so, I can be a grumpy old man at times yet the wife still laughs at me occasionally. Last night while watching NCIS before she went to work I could have sworn one actor said “Don’t the have butt prints for babies?” After the wife finished laughing she said the actor actually said “Don’t they have foot prints for babies?”

Sure didn’t sound like it to me but the look the wife gave me was priceless. She keeps after me to get a hearing aid and I keep telling I don’t think it would help with a ruptured eardrum.

Enjoy our Wednesday as here it means no snow until tomorrow. Now I have to get busy and make more coffee.
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That time of year

March 1, 2019

If you live in the snow belt you know I’m talking about the annual return of the pot holes. It’s getting so bad here you can’t even swerve around them as there are just too many.

After we finished running our errands and getting things put away, the wife showed me a picture of a pot hole within walking distance of our house. Claim was it is 3 feet by 5 feet and 15 feet deep. Now that’s a pot hole.

The location surprised me as the street has a crown in it and is much higher in the middle than along the curbs. So much for drainage. Not sure what caused the pothole but am fairly certain somebody is going to ignore the barricades and run into it.

Our city has patched several pot holes which always return after the plows come out to remove the latest snow. One former Mayor even declared a war on pot holes yet they keep returning. These holes do make driving interesting though.

We’re fairly certain that by July said pot holes will be a thing of the past and residents can then go and get tires replaced and front ends aligned. Until next year. It’s part of the cost of living on the east coast of Iowa.

If you live in an area that doesn’t get cold weather, snow, sleet, and pot holes you should count your blessings. Those of us do live in such an area just state that at least we don’t have a mosquito problem.

Enjoy our Friday as the weekend has arrived. Now I need more coffee, or a nap.
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Random ramblings

February 19, 2019

This cardinal was out and about early and decided to pose for a picture that turned out pretty good. Another snow storm is supposed to hit us tonight into tomorrow bringing us up to another 5 inches of the white fluffy love above.

I tried to listen to the news on TV but turned it off once the Today show started. Local news is bearable but the National programs usuallyget me worked up and yelling at the TV over comments made. It would be easier to take if said TV news wasn’t so biased.

Why the weather forecasters feel it important to add how many people will be affected by a snow storm is beyond me. If memory serves me correctly, back in the day they might mention how many states were in the path of the storm and not how many people will be involved.

To me that makes no sense. But I guess at some point in the future the global climate change people will claim more people are affected by winter than ever before. And the birds and other critters just go about their business like nothing different is going on.

Something else that makes no sense to me is how crazy politicians have become. Some of the accusations and actions of this group have us shaking our heads. Just another reason we avoid the media and spend so much time outdoors. If you’re outside enough, the wildlife seem to make a lot more sense then someone being offended by something that we used to have the right to say.

Enjoy our Tuesday as we will. Now for some coffee.
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The white stuff

February 18, 2019

It snowed off and on all day yesterday and even the birds took to higher ground. They perched on wires, fences, and tree branches to watched the white fluffy love from above make its way to the ground. A few of the birds liked the snow and played in it.

Never heard how much snow we got but do know I was out a few times pushing the snow blower and a shovel. For a change it was a light snow so the work wasn’t hard, just aggravating. The snow would quit falling and when done the driveway, alley, and front walks were down to bare pavement.

So I’d watch some of the Daytona 500 until the snow started again and my gear went back on to remove it. When the snow falls there is usually an eerie quiet that is only broken by the sound of snow blowers and shovels scraping bare pavement. Even the birds just looked on in silence.

The last time out was after sunset so I decided to do one more pass and leave the inch of snow that fell later until today. Since I knew the moon would be out I looked to the Heavens only to see a blanket of white covered the sky. It looked like even the sun couldn’t penetrate the snow.

Now I’m getting ready to go back out and shovel again. With the sun shining today it should be a piece of cake. Plus I can see what I’m doing. To those who dislike winter and the snow that sometimes falls I will say it’s only about 3 weeks until Spring.

So enjoy our Monday as it means we’re one day closer to Spring. Now I need coffee and bacon before going out.
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One picture

February 13, 2019

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this one pretty much sums up being outside today on the east coast of Iowa. The freezing rain is covered with a fine dusting of snow on yards and
fine white fluffy love from above is falling or blowing on the wind.

The little bird has a good grip on the ice covered branch and looks to be waiting for a ride to warmer climes. Even with the weather people of TV forecasting gloom and doom some birds haven’t left. In fact, the birds come every morning after I put out the bird food in number.

A couple cardinals next to wrens next to starlings gather and have a meal. Things don’t thin out until later in the day when some playful young squirrels scrounge through what is left before running away to climb into the trees and play some more.

Tomorrow is supposed to be warmer before another cold front moves in and drops us in the deep freeze again and the forecast calls for the wind chill to be at -12 about the time we go grocery shopping Friday. The actual temperature will be around 12 above which tells us it will be windy.

And if I was a gambling man I’d bet the birds and other critters will be out enjoying the day Friday regardless of what the weatherman says. I’m going back out myself after I finish this to reclaim the part of our driveway that hasn’t been cleared yet.

So enjoy our Wednesday, and Valentine’s Day tomorrow. Now I need a cup of coffee before putting on my gear to clear the snow.
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Stay calm

February 12, 2019

Even the squirrels are getting confused here on the east coast of Iowa. Overnight we got about an inch of white fluffy love from above and two tenths of an inch of ice. And if you turn on the TV to listen to the local news and weather you may think it’s the worse storm ever. Cars in ditches, icy spots on the roads, and high winds later.

The critters are still out foraging for their food, traffic keeps going by, and the end of our alley got plowed in again. I don’t get how a plow can turn an inch of snow into a berm of heavy, frozen slush a foot high and a couple of feet wide. In another hour it won’t be there as I’m going to grab the shovel in an attempt to clear the alley.

We have some without power to their homes and being told the number of us without power could grow when more freezing rain comes later. 50 mph wind gusts? Bring it on as that just means it’s harder to start the grill. We’ll say again; it’s not the coldest winter ever, the snowiest, the windiest, or the longest.

So everybody take a deep breath then leave a little early to get to where you’re going without ending up in a ditch. Put the smart phones away, don’t try to eat and drive, keep both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Now I have to shovel all the love the plow left at the end of our alley.

Enjoy our Tuesday and hang in there. Before long we’ll be laughing at
all this. Now to get my gear on and the snow moved.
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