In the zone

January 15, 2019

I must have woke up in the Twilight Zone this morning and just
stayed there. Up early only to run late all day. I realized that
I haven’t even had breakfast yet and the sun is almost down.

Over at Dads we had a good talk before coming home and leaving
again to return a laptop bag that was too small for the device
so of no use to us. I should have just stayed in bed.

I didn’t get on the computer until just now, got no chores
done, haven’t had any meals, yet the time has flown by. I’ll
have to double up tomorrow so I at least have a reason for the
day to go so fast.

And now it looks like we have more snow, along with a lot
colder weather, on the way later in the week. We’ll have to get
closer to the weekend to figure out what we’ll end up. Not a
problem there as the snow blower is gassed up and I have the
gear for colder weather.

I even had to go from the kitchen to the office three times to
remember why I went there. I came out with a belt and a knife
before I got it right and grabbed a bottle of water. Getting old
isn’t as much fun as I thought it would be.

Enjoy our Tuesday and I hope it went slower for you. Now I need
more coffee and time to figure out which meal to have.
Comments are always welcome.

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The weekend

January 14, 2019

When the white fluffy love from above quit falling we had
almost six and one half inches on the ground. I also felt my age
after shoveling and running the snow thrower over it. The snow
got moved from where I didn’t want it to where I didn’t care if
it was there and later my body said to not do that again.

Sunday morning I woke to pains in places I didn’t know I had
and a feeling the classified ads might have a snowplow with my
name on it. I almost bought one years ago then remembered that
we don’t get snow every year and when we do it isn’t always wet
and heavy.

I also have a project for this summer. I’m going to restore the
old Montgomery Ward self-propelled 2-stage snow blower. I should
have it completed in time for a winter we get no snow, but it
sure will look fancy.

And after all that the people who guess what the weather is
going to be in few days claim it will get just warm enough to
melt the snow! We’ll believe it when we see it. While we’re
waiting to see how that works out I be back out a little later
moving a move snow and cussing the plow truck drivers who
insist on blocking the end of our alley after I have cleared
it of snow.

Enjoy our Monday on this, the 14th day of our new year. Now I
need some coffee and doughnut hole for the strength to go back
out.
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Sunday snicker

January 13, 2019

Father Michael, of St Mary’s church began his sermon with this story: ‘I was on a plane last week, from Edinburgh to London, when we ran into some very severe weather which resulted in turbulence. As it got worse, the passengers became more and more alarmed, and even the airline stewards began to look concerned.

Finally, one of them noticed that I had ‘Reverend’ in front of my name on the passenger list, so she approached me, and said, ‘Sir, this is really frightening. Do you suppose you could, I don’t know………do something religious?’


Getting it

January 12, 2019

The white fluffy love from above has arrived. We had 2 inches
on the ground early this morning and the snow is supposed to
continue into the evening. The forecast has been updated from
2-3 inches to 5-7 and we’re just watching it float down on us
from above.

I was out shoveling earlier and can say it is a wet, heavy,
snow. Now I’m warming up and waiting to hear the snow plow go by
before doing another pass. It isn’t too cold either so moving
the snow from where I don’t want it to where I don’t mind it
should be easy-going.

Used the shovel already, put mink oil on my boots, and have the
snow thrower ready to go. All that is needed now is the ambition
to go out and get it done. We’ll make it at some point.

So enjoy our Saturday and this short post as I have to use
the power of positive thinking and get back out there.
Comments are always welcome.


Just one of those days

January 11, 2019

Yesterday the sky was blue and the birds were out. Today I’ve
been running since I got up. Yesterday I marveled at seeing
European starlings and crows in the same tree while today it
took all I had not to strangle a cat!

Yes, it’s been one of those days. After waking up this morning
I wandered into the kitchen and before the coffee was even done
one of the wife’s older cats decided to use her laptop bag as a
litter box. The bag is history but I did manage to save the
computer and most of the contents of said bag.

So after getting a late start on our errands a new one was
added to the list. We had to find a laptop bag that didn’t smell
as gamey as the old one. I didn’t realize there were so many
different sizes and types of bags for laptops. We learned not to
trust what you read on labels also.

The wife said her laptop was a 17 inch. Wally World only had
one bag with a tag that stated it fit a 17 inch laptop. So she
got it and after an hour running the rest the errands we were
back at home. This is when we learned not to trust the labels.

Although her laptop fit in the bag we couldn’t zip the bag
shut. I guess technically the laptop did fit and just assumed
that the bag would also close. At least everything else went
smoothly once we got the problems sorted.

And we have snow coming tonight, even though it doesn’t look
to be a bad storm. If all we get is 3 inches I’m going to feel
cheated. It’s hardly worth it to get my gear on and machinery
out for less than a foot. I’ll manage anyway.

So enjoy our Friday as that means the weekend gets here just in
time for the snow. Now I need more coffee while enjoying the
calm before the storm.
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Confusing times

January 10, 2019

As the sun was setting yesterday I got to thinking about things
going on in our country. News programs don’t get the truth out,
politicians don’t legislate, and it feels like most are easily
offended if you don’t agree with them.

It seems odd to this oldfart, who can remember when opposing
political parties could be civil to each other and reach an
agreement that was a compromise of what they really wanted yet
still good for our country.

Now politics appears more like a war than the meeting of great
minds. And while is getting done all are getting paid while
not doing their job and tell us hard they’re working for us.
We don’t know where this is heading but it has to stop.

One has to wonder how different things would be if our silly
politicians didn’t get paid during these shutdowns and were not
paid after it’s over for time spent doing nothing but slinging
insults at those who disagree with their version of the truth.

If one looks at some polls on building the wall a majority of
us say they are actually for the wall, but not at the cost of a
government shutdown. Yet polls of border enforcement agency
employees overwhelmingly believe it is necessary, and now. We
may do a post on just these polls later.

It may be time to change the laws so we can elect monkeys to
run our country as some of us feel the monkeys couldn’t make
things any worse.

Enjoy our Wednesday as we’re 10 days into our new year. Now I
need some coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Squirrely day

January 9, 2019

This is almost another afternoon post but we’ll get back to our
regular schedule soon. Most of the problem lies with my cooking.
I made 5 quarts of au gratin potatoes that looked and smelled so
good the wife and I ate most of it for our late lunch. After the
meal I got lazy and laid down for a nap, slept 2 hours, and then
couldn’t fall back asleep until the wee hours of the morning.

Yesterday after chores were done I went outside to get a few
pictures of birds eating the bird seed only to discover a
squirrel chowing down and another in a nearby tree waiting his
turn. These are the first squirrels I’ve seen since early fall
when they were burying acorns for the winter.

These critters are fun to watch but a little too destructive
for my liking. The two spotted yesterday seemed to be on their
best behavior though and scampered off when they noticed me
standing nearby with my camera. Guess I’ll put out some cracked
corn for the four legged critters along with the bird seed.

And if one looked up yesterday the clouds had an odd look to
them. Some were well defined while others foggy. Not sure what
caused this yet it was interesting to watch. Since I am once
again late with the chores we’ll leave it there.

Enjoy our Wednesday as we’ll have to wait a week to see
another one. Now I’m having more coffee before the getting to
the chores.
Comments are always welcome.