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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Starting over

January 1, 2019

We haven’t done a post since last year and we decided to get
off our butt and get one out. New Years Eve was one holiday I
didn’t go out and celebrate in my drinking days. We considered
it amateur night. A bunch of us would get together in someones
home and partied like there wasn’t going to be a tomorrow.

Since none of us had a job that said New Years Day was a paid
holiday, we also went to work with a hangover. Unless the day
fell on a weekend. So just in case you don’t get the day off
we’re typing slower than usual so as not to make too much noise
today.

Another thing I never bought into was the whole resolution
thing. For years watching others make, and then break them, it
was thought irrelevant. If I give my word I’m not going back on
it. A yearly promise is another matter.

I promise to be the tall skinny old redneck who’s mouth doesn’t
have a filter that everyone has grown to love. So may people
over the years have said you should change this, or think
before you speak. I have tried it in the past but when I do
there are some who think I’m mad!

One thing that is guaranteed on New Years is we will get new
calendars and make a few mistakes with anything we have to
write the date on. But we’ll get through it. So enjoy our New
Years Day as it’s the only one we’ll get this year. Now I need
more coffee.
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Breaking in

December 18, 2018

The wife got me a new camera for our anniversary and I’ve been
breaking it in. Several things are different on this model as
opposed to the old one and there wasn’t much to take pictures of
yesterday. The trees above are testament to the season even
though the weather is a little warmer than usual.

Leaves can be found, on the ground, if one looks hard enough.
They aren’t quite as colorful as earlier in the year but some
color remains. We even still have leaves on some trees.

The old oak has a few hold outs that won’t let gravity get hold
of them in the otherwise bare tree. The old pine tree in our
back yard is still green though.

A turkey buzzard was gliding in circles about a block away
then quickly veered north and out of sight before many pictures
could be taken. The buzzards must find enough road kill as they
have been around a few years now.

And this old feral cat isn’t good at taking directions. I told
him to look up and smile, this was the best I got. He did seem
to be enjoying the sunshine even without the smile.

We have our Christmas shopping done for this year which is odd
as I usually wait until a day or two before to head out. It
feels strange to have it done before I usually go out to look.

We’re going to get a surprise this year too. We’d tell you but
then it wouldn’t be surprise, plus I promised not to tell until
after the fact. We’ll mention it after, maybe. So enjoy our
Tuesday at it means Christmas is just a week away.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2018

Today is the day most of us have turkey and all the trimmings
while many loosen their belts in the aftermath. And it’s a day
for giving as people volunteer to help feed the less fortunate.
We hope all have many reasons to be thankful.

That being said, it’s also a day that ‘Blue Velvet’ keeps
playing in my mind as a reminder of what happened on this date
in 1963. Those old enough to remember know what they were doing
when the news came that President John F. Kennedy had been shot
and killed in Dallas.

In my case, I was lining up a shot on the pool table when they
cut off Blue Velvet playing on the bakelite AM radio to announce
that the president had been shot. Getting to a TV we watched a
mass of crying people gathered to await news on the presidents
condition and the nationwide sadness when news came he had died.

We had our Thanksgiving yesterday due the wifes work schedule
and took the turkey and trimmings over to her moms house to
enjoy and said meal tasted every bit as good as if we had it
today. We can still have the same today because there’s always
leftovers.

Finally, I’m sorry we didn’t get a longer visit Keith. You rang
the doorbell just as were getting ready to load the car and
leave for our early Thanksgiving.

So everyone enjoy Thanksgiving as we will. Now I have to refill
my coffee cup as somebody drained it.
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Thanksgiving thoughts

November 21, 2018

The day started and when the tv was turned on the local weather
person said “It’s likely we’ll see accumulating snow somewhere
in the Mid-west”. Coffee shot out my nose! So much for
‘pin point accuracy’.

And happy Thanksgiving! If you haven’t heard, it’s tomorrow.
The Easter Beagle will be busy hiding Easter eggs under the
tables and before we know it turkey with all the trimmings,
or pizza, will be on the tables. Of course after all is
said and done, have Black Friday after that.

Black Friday is one event I never understood. People stand in
long lines in the early morning hours to await the opening of
first store on their list then race all over town to other
stores to fight the crowds and get a deal. If it is you thing,
more power to you. I’ll be the one with a coffee cup in my hand
that isn’t there.

Friday is also a full moon night. Called the Full Beaver Moon
and also the Corn Moon, Milk Moon, Flower Moon, and Waking Moon.
We’re told the Chinese call it the White Moon and yet, if we do
get snow Friday we probably won’t be seeing it here on the east
coast of Iowa.

And of course Saturday is Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day. If
you don’t feel you have a unique talent you could always use the
day to rest up from the Thanksgiving feast and the Black Friday
rush. Or just have another cup of coffee.

Enjoy our Wednesday and the upcoming holiday. Now for some
coffee and leftover pizza.
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Today

November 11, 2018

We observe Veteran’s Day which celebrates all U.S. military
veterans. This is a holiday that falls on November 11th every
year. This is because WW I ended at the 11th hour of the 11th
day of the 11 month in 1918.

Yes, that means 100 years ago today World War I ended. Here’s
a short video that may bring a smile to my fellow veterans.


Happy whatever you call it

October 8, 2018

Today is Columbus Day, at least that’s what we used to call it
back in the day. We were told in school it is to celebrate his
arrival in America on October 12, 1492. So why are we observing
the celebration on the 8th? We haven’t got a clue.

Columbus Day has been around since 1792 in various forms and
some don’t recognize the holiday at all. Alaska, Florida,
Hawaii, Oregon, South Dakota, and Vermont don’t recognize
Columbus Day.

Hawaii has Discoverer’s Day in honor of the Polynesian
discoverers of Hawaii. Vermont has Indigenous People’s Day,
South Dakota has Native American Day. Oregon renamed it
Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Several cities declared today something different from the
original name and it is now believed Columbus didn’t
discover America anyway so why bother. We don’t know as we
weren’t there. We’re old not dead.

And although Iowa and Nevada don’t declare it an official
holiday the governors proclaim the day each year. So regardless
of what you call today, whether you recognize it as a holiday or
not; Happy Whatever You Call it!

This post is late as I had a good intention of waking early and
taking off like a herd of turtles. Instead, while my mind said
go my body said not on my watch. But the chores got done and I
feel halfway human now. Golden years my rosy red behind!

Enjoy or Monday, or whatever you call it, as we will. Now I
need a lot more coffee to finish the rest the day.
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