Needing a nap

March 15, 2019

I made the mistake of going to bed early last night and am now paying the price. For some odd reason by 10 o’clock my body was horizontal and nodding off fast. Usually I don’t even lay down until around midnight.

So thinking of a good nights rest with possible 4 or 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep, Imagine my surprise when I woke every hour once I put my body to bed. After 4 hours and 3 wake ups I decided that was all the sleep to be had.

Every time sleep overtook me I had the same dream. I was on the table in a hospital operating room and a doctor with a huge metal mirror over his head was working on the back of my neck while telling me to just relax. That was a bit strange to this redneck as I don’t like hospitals or operations.

When I mention this fact to others most act surprised and state that hospitals and operations keep us alive. But when I’m at home strange infections are never mentioned and medical mistakes are far from my mind. Actually, I don’t like the rehab after the operation either. But I digress.

So in the dream this surgeon keeps digging for what ever he believes is in my neck that doesn’t belong and telling me to relax. In the last dream I tell him that if I could get up I’d slap him silly. He chuckles at that but since I can’t move I can’t slap him silly.

Never did learn why he was operating on my neck or how it turned out but cannot afford to lose any sleep over it. Lost enough sleep last night. It wouldn’t have bothered except for the sitting up, wide awake, once an hour trying to figure out why I woke up.

Enjoy our Friday as it means we’re that much closer to St. Patrick’s Day. Now for some coffee, I really need it today.
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Different days

March 14, 2019

That sure describes yesterday. It started out with rain, ended with more rain, yet in between felt like the Twilight Zone. I still managed to get a few pictures in between chores and meals yet things happened that don’t usually.

Facebook was down, the flood forecast was in the news, and I noticed a tree at the other end of the block for the first time. The tree has been there for several years and yesterday as I looked through the zoom lens small tan balls hung all over the thing.

The picture isn’t the best but the experience made me wonder. How can you live somewhere and not see a tree at the other end of the block has little balls hanging all over it? I notice it now.

And I noticed this critter in a small tree and thought of the coloration. Grey squirrels are common, black squirrels are seen often, but I’ve never seen one auburn colored. Looked good on this one though.

The coloring on this squirrel is what we usually see here on the east coast of Iowa. Some say they are cute but I’m not among that group, yet they are fun to watch.

The clouds did not look happy at one point to remind me it was going to be a very rainy day. Nothing unusual there except it reminded me the camera isn’t waterproof.

And it wouldn’t be a critter post without a few pictures of the cardinals that hang around. Was lucky to get these during a lull in the rain and the model was a bit of a ham.

Enjoy our Thursday and we’ll try to get a few new pics before the rain visits again later. Now for more coffee.
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Great days

March 13, 2019

Yesterday was one of those days that makes life worth living and put a smile on your face that remains for hours. So many little things happened that the big things were forgotten. And it all started with a visit with Dad.

When back in our driveway a bird of prey was circling about a mile away and while the picture isn’t the best it does show the bald eagle soaring high above. The eagle never got closer which made me wish for a longer lens.

A cardinal was out and about and agreed to pose for a few shots, as long as it didn’t take too long. I’m happy with the results as he was a bright spot on a cloudy day.

And the icing on the cake was witnessing the return of the American white pelican. Over a mile away and following the river these large birds were a sight to see. With a body over 4 foot long and wingspan of 9 feet they are graceful in flight, and winter in South America. And yes, it’s hard to see mostly white birds when the sky is full of white clouds.

With all that going on, brush still got cut and the chores done. Later, while having a burrito the size of sub sandwich, I decided a day couldn’t get much better than that.

We’ll see what happens today and try to get more pictures of something other than a cardinal. Enjoy our Wednesday as we will. Now for some more coffee before going back out.
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Time well spent

March 12, 2019

The moon was looking skinny last night but we had a talk anyway. Monte, the man in the moon, asked if I was going over to Dads today and when told yes he said to tell him hello. He usually doesn’t say something like that so I relayed his greeting.

Then we talked of many things. Everything from from the horses at the fair to the different parts of the world we’d seen while in the Navy. We talked a gravel roads and dust on the cornstalks. And we talked how the world had changed since we were young.

In between talks I raised his walker as it was low for him and he walked hunched over when he used it. About that time he noticed he had four canes next to his chair and I told him he needed a red one as two were plain aluminum and the other two blue.

When I left his flag pole in the back yard was listing to port so I straightened it out before getting in the car. His flag pole is straight again and old glory looks all the better atop it. And now I’m heading out to trim some bushes and trees before it rains tonight.

Somehow while that was going on my coffee level got evened out, hence the chores. If it’s not raining later I’ll check out the moon and if it is we’ll see how hard it rains.

Enjoy our Tuesday as that’s easier than complaining about it. Now for the pruning saw.
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The circus is back

March 11, 2019

Sometimes you have just have to shake your head and wonder what’s happening in our country. I actually listened to some of the drive-by medias’ take on things this morning and had to laugh. I listened long enough to hear about the woman who jumped into a panther enclosure at a zoo to get a selfie, a guy who was in a whales mouth, and the meeting of the Democrat candidates for president in Texas.

The woman was an idiot, the guy was lucky, and the candidates are all crazier than an outhouse rat. It seemed they were all in agreement that we need to change our healthcare system and that said healthcare is a right. Excuse me, but aren’t you people the very ones who pushed the Affordable Care Act down our throats?

It was your bill, passed by Democrats and endorsed by Obama. Now you say we need Medicare for all? Those campaigning are saying that it wouldn’t cost us a dime, except a small deductible. You should just tell the truth and admit you’re going to tax us until we bleed. But hey, at least we’ll have insurance.

If creepy Biden joins the fray it will be a great circus to watch during the upcoming debates. The sad thing is people are backing these candidates knowing all their pipe dreams can only mean much higher taxes. At the rate they’re going it won’t take long to run out of other peoples money.

That being said, if you don’t agree with my opinion your feelings don’t trump my right to say it. We have no safe rooms or coloring books at Casa Cruiser. Enjoy our Monday as it’s looking to be another good one here on the east coast of Iowa.
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Sunday snicker

March 10, 2019

Wilson runs a nail factory and decides his business needs a bit of advertising. He has a chat with a friend who works in marketing, and he offers to make a television ad for Wilson’s Nails. “Give me a week,” says the friend, “and I’ll be back with a tape.”

A week goes by and the marketing executive comes to see Wilson. He puts a cassette in the video and presses play. A Roman soldier is busy nailing Jesus to the cross. He turns to face the camera and says with a grin, “Use Wilson’s Nails, they’ll hold anything.”

Wilson goes mad, shouting, “What is the matter with you? They’ll never show that on television. Give it another try, but no more Romans crucifying Jesus!”

Another week goes by and the marketing man comes back to see Wilson with another tape. He puts it in the machine and hits play. This time the camera pans out from a Roman standing with his arms folded to show Jesus on the cross. The Roman looks up at him and says, “Wilson’s Nails, they’ll hold anything.”

Wilson is beside himself. “You don’t understand. I don’t want anything with Jesus on the cross! Now listen, I’ll give you one last chance. Come back in a week with an advertisement that I can broadcast.”

A week passes and Wilson waits impatiently. The marketing executive arrives and puts on the new video. A naked man with long hair, gasping for breath, is running across a field. About a dozen Roman soldiers come over the hill, hot on his trail. One of them turns to the camera and says, “If only we had used Wilson’s Nails!”


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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