Great start

April 16, 2019

Even though the price of donuts went up 50 cents a half-dozen it’s been a great start of a beautiful day. I took my laptop along as Dad had mentioned he’d like to see some pictures. After breakfast I fired up the laptop and we looked at pictures of wildlife, the river, old war planes that have flown over, the moon, and more.

I added a few farm pictures and Dad perked up when he saw them and started asking questions, most of which I couldn’t answer. Where did you take this? How many acres on that farm? See any livestock? And so on. After the pictures were shown talk went to the Notre Dame Cathedral and the damage the fire caused.

We talked about his son and my brother who we lost last year. I didn’t realize we had gotten into that much trouble growing up, or when we found the time. We spent the rest of the visit walking down memory lane and laughing a lot. As I was leaving he asked if I’d show him more pictures when I’m done sorting them and of course I agreed. I started the process with pictures from early 2016 and am now up to the middle of 2018.

And I know this is late but figured better to get it done now than wait until after chores are done. Because as we know, chores are never done. Almost like a honey do list. Enjoy our Tuesday as we will. Now for some coffee before getting busy.
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Great days

April 9, 2019

We’ve had 3 days with highs in the 70s and today it’s going to be in the upper 60s so we’ve had some great days here on the east coast of Iowa. A visit with Dad today was the icing on the cake. He saw the bag of donuts I brought and grabbed one just as I set the bag on the table.

It seemed to him that everybody is in a hurry anymore while having a smart phone stuck to their face. We got him a cell phone once just in case something happened while him and mom were on the road. He just didn’t care much for it and gave it back after he gave it a try.

Then he wondered how, between the cells phones and the TVs, anyone got anything done. I admitted to not knowing the answer so we moved on. For some reason we talked about the time I got the pitchfork through my foot and how the old country doctor handled it. The doctor took one look at my foot with the pitchfork in it and said “that doesn’t belong there”.

Of course, Navy talk was thrown in to even things out. Fair winds and calm seas, typhoons, and getting ones sea legs when first aboard. When I left we were all smiling yet I’ll bet his won’t last as long mine. Oh, and our internet is back up and running.

Enjoy our Tuesday as I’m sure we will. Now I’m getting more coffee.
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Had to try it

April 4, 2019

I know this is late but as soon as I got up this morning she tole me we wanted to cruise 100 miles for a going out of business sale. The place going out of business is a midwest alternative to WalMart and usually had great deals.

Well, after cruising said 100 miles and entering the store we knew it was a waste of time. 10%-30% off all items and even more on select items. What the signs didn’t say is the prices were jacked up at least 40%. The wife used to get jeans for everyday use for around $8-$10. The cheapest pair seen at the sale were $39.99.

After looking around the wife checked out with a few things she wanted and we went to a local eatery for Mexican food before heading to Wally World. She had a taco salad and I chose the cheeseburger . At Walmart she found jeans at least half of the price of the closing place having the sale. I even found some flash drives at a price too good to pass up.

Then we put the bags in the trunk and headed south to get home a few minutes ago. We didn’t hit any rain on the way up while coming back the wipers were on most of the way. No more going out of business sales for us unless we hear there are actually deals to be had.

On top of it all it’s been a good week. Yesterday I bought a pizzeria made pizza and today I had a double cheeseburger at the place we stopped. And even though the skies were gray we had a good time. Enjoy our Thursday as it means the weekend is just a dream away. Now I need a bucket of coffee.
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It takes all kinds

April 2, 2019

It starting to warm up here on the east coast of Iowa and since it’s Tuesday I stopped over to Dads bearing donuts. He must have been hungry since he had one before his breakfast and part of another after. And we talked of sights to see around the country, how things have changed, and a homeless guy who got caught noodling.

If you don’t know what noodling is, it’s catching fish with your hands and is illegal in Iowa. A homeless guy was seen walking around our downtown carrying a 50 pound catfish. The sight made the internet and local news programs as it’s something you don’t see everyday.

We have no information on who took the picture above to give them credit. So they guy sold the catfish and later got a ticket for noodling from all the publicity he was getting. The man claims he’s going to court as he didn’t know this practice was illegal. I was always told ignorance of the law is no excuse. Hope he got enough from selling the fish to pay his fine.

Then talked of family both here and who have passed on and a little bit of everything else. All in all I think we both had a good time. Back home we face the reality that soon we’ll be mowing the lawn and trimming back the weeds. Time flies.

Enjoy our Tuesday as it’s been a good one here. Now I need some coffee and Snickers.
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Just a couple things

March 19, 2019

The moon was out in its glory last night so here’s a picture in case you missed it. The full moon is supposed to be tomorrow and will be rare one. A full moon on the spring equinox and that only happens 3 times every 100 years. It is also the last super moon of the year so should be worth a look. Also the sun and moon both rise due east and will set due west.

And I had a visit with Dad this morning. I hadn’t even set the bag of donuts down on the table and he was grabbing for one. Don’t know if he was just hungry or needed something to do with his hands but he was enjoying it. He got half the toppings on his shirt and when offered a towel claimed he saving the crumbs for later.

We talked of many things from the fire in the gas terminal in Texas to tattoos and body piercings and about everything in between. I raised the height on his walker last week and asked how it was working for him. He said it was OK. I noticed he didn’t have as many canes as usual sitting by his chair and was told he moved the extras to his bedroom to give them a break.

I stayed until it was time for his bath and figured he’d need a break anyway so left to return home. Shortly the wife and I are going out to eat and then the car needs some cleaning. So it looks like I have a full day ahead of me before the moon comes out tonight.

Enjoy our Tuesday as we will. Now I need to get ready to go lunch.
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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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Inmates running the asylum

February 4, 2019

Turn out the lights, the party is over. Perhaps you’ve heard
there is a bill before the 101st General Assembly in the state
of Illinois creating the offense of parental bullying? Here is
a little about that bill:

State of Illinois
2019 and 2020

Introduced , by Rep. La Shawn K. Ford


720 ILCS 5/12C-75 new
Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Creates the offense of parental bullying. Provides that a parent or legal guardian of a minor commits parental bullying when he or she knowingly and with the intent to discipline, embarrass, or alter the behavior of the minor, transmits any verbal or visual message that the parent or legal guardian reasonably believes would coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to the minor. Provides that parental bullying is a petty offense. Provides that if a person is convicted of parental bullying, the court shall order that person to pay for the costs of prosecution and that a portion of any fine imposed, as determined by the court, be placed in escrow for the purchase of a certificate of deposit for use by the victim when he or she attains 18 years of age.

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So if this passes, parents in Illinois will be fined if they
disipline their children? And what could possibly go wrong with
the government running he show? I didn’t read all of proposal
but what I read seemed to indicate that offenders would not have
the children removed from their home but be fined by the court
with a portion of said fine going into an escrow account for the
‘victim’ when they turn 18 years old.

IL HB 1769 doesn’t sound like anything I could get behind.

We don’t have a car in this race as we don’t live in Illinois
but have to say STOP! We don’t need government micro-managing
our lives and we certainly don’t need them running our families.

Enjoy our Monday as we get ready for a cold front bringing
freezing rain here on the east coast of Iowa.
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