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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Going off course

March 7, 2019

I find it ironic that members of Congress take an oath then many just forget or ignore what they swore to do while in office. This goes as follows:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

After taking this oath some quickly attack others along party lines, try to change said Constitution, and spend money with no regards of how to budget for it. For those who don’t know or care to forget, the right to own guns is in the second amendment of our Constitution. Many laws they pass are not.

Although it’s hard to tell in our current society, they work for us. For some odd reason many of them seem to think they are royalty or something. It’s a crying shame. The current bunch in office have spent more time and money trying to find something to use to get our president impeached.

One could go on but I have gone off course and will try again at a later date. Enjoy our Thursday as we will on the east coast of Iowa.
Now I’m going to fry up some bacon and have 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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Getting ready

February 22, 2019

I’m going to take the wife to shortly but after getting our grocery shopping done we noticed this cardinal sitting in what we thought was a peaceful setting. It isn’t really, but it did look that way when we glanced over there..

A few squirrels were out and about, this one looked to be praying or else thought he was a Zen master. Not sure which but he was entertaining to watch. He and his buddies must like the warmer weather we’ll be having for a few days.

At the far end of the yard the Darth Vader of cats wes watching all the action. He never moved yet his eyes took in everything. It might have felt creepy to some but we know he’s just having some fun.

And the snow here is looking like it’s plastic coated as we had the snow followed by freezing rain which gives it a whole new look. It looks, and is, slick. With the thermometer getting up near 40 today perhaps we’ll have less of this as tonight we’re predicted to get rain followed by snow.

Since our politicians have learned the art of vocal voodoo I believe they should work on making woodpeckers bigger. We’ve had one hammering away at a nearby tree and only see a small red dot when we try to zoom in on it. If our politicians would pass a law to make them bigger, we’d appreciate it.

Enjoy our Friday as we will after I have my cheeseburger with pepper-jack cheese and the wife her soup.
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Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2019

This day is celebrated annually around the world yet is not a public
holiday in any country of the world. It originated as a Christian day
of feast to honor Saint Valentinus and is a cultural, religious
celebration of romance.

Stories include a written account of St. Valentine when the Romans
imprisoned him for performing weddings for soldiers and ministering to
Christians. Soldiers couldn’t marry in the Roman Empire and ministering
to Christians was persecuted. Legend claims that Saint Valentine
restored the sight to the blind daughter of his judge and he wrote her
a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

Today the celebration has come to include cards, candy, flowers, and
jewelry. In 2010 an estimated 15 million e-Valentines were sent as we
are also well into the computer age.

It is said that the verse “Roses are red” can be traced back to
Edmund Spenser’s “The Faerie Queene”(1590)-

She bath’d with roses red, and violets blew.
And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.

Before my time so I can’t swear all that is true but Happy Valentine’s
Day! Enjoy our Thursday as we will. Now I need some coffee to get my
strenght up for more shoveling.
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Freezing rain and Sears

February 5, 2019

The last few days I’ve been busier than a long-tailed cat in a
room full of rockers. And now that I’ve finished spreading about
100 pounds of salt on the sidewalks, driveway, and alley, I’ve
just about have my to-do list finished. If we get the 1/4 inch
of freezing rain that is predicted we’ll be ready.

Then there’s Sears whose catalogs back in the day they were
Sears-Roebuck kept many of busy with our dream wish list. I’ll
admit we haven’t been there since Sears sold Craftsman tools to
Stanley along with the rights to the name and manufacture of the
tools.

While many fond memories remain of the ‘old’ Sears my last
experience there left no reason to return. Those of us old
enough to remember the thick catalogs probably remember that the
company began in the 1880s and the mail order catalogs that sold
everything from toys to tombstones.

The mail order catalogs made Sears the Amazon of its day when
the company started and now e-commerce is getting the blame
for Sears going under. It’s not the first long-established
company to go belly up but we miss it already.

In our local store the warranties on tools and power equipment
have become a joke, customer service just isn’t anywhere to be
found, and one could shoot a cannon down the aisles and not hit
anyone. A sad reality.

Now we wait for the freezing rain if it comes. A quarter inch may
just have us out later clearing fallen trees. Enjoy our Tuesday
as that means it’s not Monday anymore. Now I need more coffee
and a nap.
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Here we go again

January 30, 2019

It seems the older I get the more I get confused. Had someone
ask me yesterday if wind chills were this cold when I was a wee
lad. The younger person who asked that question looked confused
when I stated we didn’t have wind chills when I was growing up.

Back then if it was -20, it was -20. The weather report may
have mentioned wind, or lack of, but it was still -20. Fast
forward to todays weather speak and it looks like this-

It is now -19 with west winds from 10 to 15 mph with gusts to
25 mph and wind chills to -51. Tonights low will be -27 with
west winds from 5 to 10 mph with wind chills to -45. Huh? I’ve
been out a few times this morning and it felt like it was -19.

If it is -19 and windy I put on an extra layer, go out and do
what has to be done, and get back inside. And yes I know about
frostbite. The backside of one ear is still purple from the
experience. I didn’t like it then and am not looking for a
repeat.

Putting up with colder weather in the winter is a small price
to pay for our beautiful summer days here in Iowa. And spring
will be here before we know it. Of course I’ve also seen snow
here in April so who know what spring will bring.

So our coffee pot is working overtime, there is no danger of
our water pipes freezing, and ourselves and this 109 year old
house will survive the cold spell just fine. Besides, the high
Sunday is supposed to be 40. I am going to look into getting
heat into my office though.

So enjoy our Wednesday and keep warm. Now I need more coffee
and to check the heater on the water pipes.
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