It’s official

February 12, 2018

This past Sunday in our little portion of the east coast of
Iowa we broke a record set in 1868. We had measurable snow for
eight days in row breaking the old record by a full day. We
also have 14 inches of snow on the ground because of it.

I’m just glad that when all was said and done we have over a
foot of snow. And just in time for the warm up on Wednesday when
we could see 40 degree highs. That may cause some sloppy

And it’s good for the farmers as well. The snow will melt
slowly as spring arrives and put much needed moisture into the
fields. Yet with all that snow we are still about a foot below
normal. We’ll take it. Our snow shovel is worn down to the nub.

This could not have ended on a better day as that means we have
today to celebrate and not shovel. What’s to celebrate you ask?
If you have a minute we’ll tell you.

February 12th, 2018 is Lincoln’s birthday, National Lost Penny
Day, Hug Day, National Plum Pudding Day, NAACP Day, National
Freedom to Marry Day, Clean Out Your Computer Day, Oatmeal
Monday, Oglethrope Day, Paul Bunyan Day, Safety Pup Day, Sexual
and Reproductive Heath Day, and Shrove Monday.

So even though it may seem like just another Monday, it could
be a party in a plain brown wrapper. Enjoy our Monday, pick a
holiday, and enjoy our beautiful day.
Comments are always welcome.


Someday I’ll laugh at this

February 11, 2018

Friday as the wife and I sipped coffee before she left for
work I could have sworn she had either a medical problem or a
wardrobe malfunction. I know my hearing is bad but last time I
had my vision checked, sight wasn’t a problem.

I guess I was staring at the wife as she said “What?”

My reply was “didn’t you feel that?”

“Feel what?”

And I said “your boob just jumped up 3 inches and then came
back down!”

Her reply was “What are you doing looking at my boob?”

Being completely honest my reply was “I wasn’t looking until
it jumped to attention.”

Of course she rallied with “it didn’t jump up!”

For some reason this exchange left her a little angry. Being a
guy I couldn’t figure out what would make her mad when I was
just trying to help. She even accused me of being crazy again.
I know what I saw.

Yet being married for 30 years has taught me to stop digging
when I get in too deep so I told her “I’ll never look at your
boob again!” That worked. She started laughing and soon I was
laughing right along with her.

But I have learned my lesson and if I ever see that body part
jump again I’ll keep it to myself. It isn’t worth the hassle to
voice ones concern at times like that. And there is the slight
possibility that what I saw wasn’t what happened.

So remember guys, if something like this happens to you, just
stay calm and act normal. Do not inform her of your concern. No
need to thank me, I just like to pass along what I’ve learned
along the way.

Enjoy our Sunday as before we know it Monday will be here.
Comments are always welcome.

Sunday snicker

February 10, 2018

The wife shared this on she found on The Country Depot Forum.
It made me smile so here it is.

“Lord, I Hate Buttermilk”

A visiting Priest was attending a men’s breakfast in Ohio farm country.
He asked one of the impressive older farmers in attendance to say grace that morning. After all were seated, the older farmer began …

“Lord, I hate buttermilk.”

The Priest opened one eye and wondered to himself where this was going.

Then the farmer loudly proclaimed, “Lord, I hate lard.”

Now the Priest was overly worried. However without missing a beat, the farmer prayed on,

“And Lord, you know I don’t care much for raw white flour.”

Just as the Priest was ready to stand and stop everything, the farmer continued,

“But Lord, when you mix ‘em all together and bake ‘em up, I do love fresh biscuits.”

“So Lord, when things come up we don’t like, when life gets hard, when we just don’t understand what you are sayin’ to us, we just need to relax and wait ‘till You are done mixin’, and probably it will be somethin’ even better than biscuits.”


Feeling my age

February 9, 2018

As I sit here hurting in places I didn’t know I had places from
removing more snow, I got to thinking of something mentioned in
an earlier post. I had mentioned that when the wife took her car
in for an oil change the dealer suggested several things that
should be done at 30,000 miles.

These included a transmission flush, a fuel injector flush,
a coolant flush, a brake flush, PTU service, and rear
differential flush that totaled $910 on the estimate. Our
youngest informed me the PTU is the power transfer unit, which
I think is akin to a transfer case in a 4×4.

Since then research has told me the PTU isn’t factory sealed,
can leak, and may fail if driven under low fluid conditions. As
someone who is both old school and a tightwad this seems like
overkill to me. Some make sense to have done and others don’t.
But since I know way more about 50+ year old vehicles than I do
new ones we’ll probably have some of the work done.

Especially since we may be taking another vacation later this
year. She has owned the car for about 14 months and it worked
flawlessly on our trip last year, yet it may be better to get some
things looked at.

To show you how much I pay attention, I just found out today
the car has air-conditioned seats! Really? The heated steering
wheel had amazed for months; but air-conditioned seats? I’d
still rather drive a 48′ with manual steering, transmission,
and brakes! Of course with a stock drivetrain I wouldn’t want
to drive it to California either.

We’ll make up our minds before the vacation rolls around just
in case. Enjoy our Friday as it’s the last one we’ll get this
week. Now I need something for my aching back and more caffeine.
Comments are always welcome.

Guess again

February 8, 2018

We had a snow emergency declared overnight and didn’t get any
snow. Now we have another snow emergency announced and the
people on TV who guess the weather are getting sneakier. We
figured out long ago that said ‘forecasters’ don’t look out a
window when they make their predictions, but come on.

“We could get as little as 1-3 inches, 4-5 inches is more
likely, and depending on which way the weather band moves it
could be as much as 8-10 inches.” Schools may be closed tomorrow
and driving will be hazardous in the morning possible into the
evening commute.

If I heard correctly, snow is supposed to start this afternoon.
Well, I hope the rest the forecast is more accurate. As you can
see in picture above, it’s snowing now!

My aching back has one more go-round with the shoveling, so hit
me with your best shot. Let’s aim for a foot of snow. I have
enough pizza to last another day and enough coffee to get me
through Easter.

All this going on around here and parts east while Idaho is
seeing record warmth. Highs in the 60s? Send it east. Speaking
of east, if you live east of Iowa you’ll probably get snow too.
Just keep warm and don’t panic. Come July we’ll all talk about
how we survived this winter.

Enjoy our Thursday as the weekend is just a dream and some
white fluffy love from above away. Now I need to refill my
Comments are always welcome.

Of flaming bears

February 7, 2018

It’s no secret that I’m easily distracted but since yesterday
one has stuck with me like bubble gum on the bottom of a shoe.
The wife received a couple of packages in the mail and when she
opened one it was like the lights were on but nobody was home.


She sent away for a DVD of the movie ‘Only The Brave’ and the
moment I saw it two scenes have stuck with me. At one point
Josh Brolin, who plays Granite Mountain Hotshots superintendent
Eric Marsh, is describing what he saw on an earlier fire. Click
on the link above to see portions of the “flaming bear”. It’s
in the first 20 seconds of the clip.

He claimed he saw a bear, completely engulfed in flames, racing
out of the forest fire. He made it sound almost spiritual. In
the other scene it shows a huge bear made of fire charging out
of a raging fire. And even though we knew it was computer
generated we felt it was special.

Even when I went over to Dads this morning and shoveled his
walks I couldn’t get this flaming bear out of my mind. When I
got back home and shoveled our front walks and the alley said
bear was never out of my mind.

There are other good parts in the movie yet these stick with
me. I guess watching it again with the surround sound cranked
up is the solution to my dilemma. And now that all the shoveling
is done I can honestly say I don’t care if we get another flake
the rest of this winter.

And of course all that made me wonder; is a transmission flush
really necessary after 30,000 miles? Enjoy our Wednesday as it
means we’re closer to the weekend.
Comments are always welcome.

Shoveling it

February 6, 2018

I didn’t make it over to Dads today but did manage a phone call
to let him know I’d stop over tomorrow. He was in good spirits
and took the news well. Since a visit with him didn’t work out
it seemed like a good time to get the rest of the shoveling

When the white fluffy love from above falls in January waiting
for it to melt usually isn’t an option. I decided to start at
the end of the alley as a feeling told me there would be a snow
tsunami from the city plowing the street.

This one was a doozy. I still think they import snow from
another neighborhood just to put it at the end of our alley.
Five inches of snow becomes a foot tall and three-foot wide.
But the street does looks nice.

When the snow lets up later this week we may even get more
pictures taken. As for now shoveling takes more out of me than
it used to and I feel a short nap coming on. We’re looking into
a few things for possible posts and have a Sunday snicker later
this week that is one of the best we’ve heard in a while.

Enjoy our Tuesday as here on the east coast of Iowa we have
more white fluffy love from above in the forecast and we hope it
is only an inch.
Comments are always welcome.