Quick update

May 25, 2019

Late yesterday afternoon the western sky looked like this about a half hour before sunset. There was a tornado about 80 miles away and when the storm did come I was sound asleep. After this is posted I’ll check the basement in case I slept through a good one.

Earlier in the day I spotted this little critter just sitting there enjoying the day. Not sure if he found what he was looking for put he flew off before I ran out of patience.

If not busy pumping out the basement I may watch the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway a little later today and turn up the surround sound. The wife is out of town until Monday morning so there isn’t anybody to complain about the ‘racket’ coming out of the speakers. And if it gets too loud I’m sure the neighbors will let me know.

Monday is Memorial Day when we honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. I know we’ll have a moment of silence here to remember and give a nod to our God also. If you have a flag, Monday would be a good day to display it.

Enjoy our Saturday unless you hate the day, then by all means be grumpy. Now for some coffee and leftover pizza to get the day going.
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Cookies?

May 24, 2019

The much forecast thunder storm rolled through about an hour ago and once again we were not impressed. As a matter of fact I was outside with camera in hand trying to get some shots of the lightning before it got too wet.

We’ve seen the weather forecasters so much lately we feel as it we know them. It even looks like the flood is going to pay another visit soon. If the wife was working I’d be out on the porch sleeping on hammock so I could hear the rain.

This batch of storms appears to have spread across the country and several areas got a soaking, we even have tornado warnings for later today. I’ll be checking the basement for water and napping in between so will miss a lot of the forecasts and warnings. Don’t think I’ll be missing much.

Earlier the local weatherman compared warnings and watches to cookies! He pointed out that all the ingredients to make the cookies on the counter is like a watch and the baked cookies are like a warning. Lord love a duck! Have we gotten that stupid as a society that things have to explained with cookies?

At any rate be careful if you’re having severe weather. Things can go from bad to worse in a heartbeat. Enjoy our Friday as it is the start of a 3-day weekend for some. Now I need some coffee to stay awake until we get back from buying groceries.
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One of those days

May 23, 2019

Hard to believe but all the pictures above were taken within 15 minutes of each other. The top one is facing east and looks like a normal day this time of year. The kind of sky that has kids guessing what the clouds look like as they slowly dance across the sky.

The middle picture is facing south and looks a bit different. These low flying clouds looked great yet might also foretell of rain. They were so low the trees got in the way of a great shot.

The bottom photo faces west and was the last taken. Grey clouds came out of nowhere and tried to block the sun and again, looked like the kind of sky that would have the little ones seeing all sorts of critters in the clouds. And we didn’t get rain until much later in the day.

During all that a lonely dandelion was fighting a losing battle with the winds and would soon be just a shadow of its former self. The thunderstorm that came later last night finished it off and it now looks like a half eaten Tootsie Pop.

And yes, this post is late. I overslept and it took me a half hour to get vertical. My back decided not to work today and I’m fighting it to get mobile to get things done.

Enjoy our Thursday as the weekend is only a dream away. Now for some coffee and leftover pizza.
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Catching a break

May 22, 2019

The wet weather has moved on and we’re already warmer this morning than we were all day yesterday. When the rain stopped we had 60 mph sustained winds for over 30 minutes that rattled the windows in our 110 year old house. Surprisingly, no downed trees or loss of power around our house either.

Oklahoma got hit for sure and we’ve seen videos of tornadoes, flooded roads, and damaged buildings. Not sure what other states got hit with but we haven’t heard much about fatalities and hope that number is low. Here we may have another flood with all the recent rain.

With all that going on I noticed several little green pine cones growing on the pine out back and was reminded that no matter what we get hit with things will get back to normal at some point. It’s funny how some people don’t know, or care enough to find out, that crazy weather has been around longer than we have.

We talked about that during my visit with Dad and he said he’d been through droughts, floods, record heat and record cold, tornadoes, the great depression, and had gotten wet more than a few times. His take is we setting up for a drought which is hard to swallow as wet as everything is around here. That being said, as far off as some weather forecasters have been he could be right.

Enjoy our Wednesday as it means we’re half way through the work week. Now for coffee so I have the strength to push the mower around later.
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Odds and ends

May 21, 2019

You got to love this weather we’re having. Some states in the central part of our country are getting tornadoes and enough rain to fill a basement, while we get an inch of rain and a breeze. Of course our low was in the 40s. Who knows what will hit us later in the week as starting tomorrow the highs will be around 80 again.

At least most of our yard got mowed yesterday before the liquid love from above started falling again. The remainder should get done during a break in the rain today. The entire yard would have gotten mowed if it wasn’t for our battery powered lawn mower running out of juice before I did.

If you have ever tried to mow an eight foot embankment with a 4-cycle mower you’ll know why we tried battery power. And we’ll keep using it until it quits running at which time we may go to plan B. Just pave the bank and paint it green. Works for me.

And I did see some wildlife yesterday but didn’t have the camera along. Heard geese before seeing them flying over, a hawk circled above looking for lunch, and a cardinal stayed still long enough I could have drawn him if I had a sketch pad and pencil. Of course when I ran inside to grab the camera nothing was moving.

So if you’re thinking severe weather may come your way keeping your TV or radio on may inform you where the nasty weather is. If the sun is shining where you’re at get out and enjoy it. Have a great Tuesday as we can’t change it anyway. Now for some coffee.
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Of cats and the moon

May 17, 2019

I got a chance to see the moon the other night and it didn’t disappoint. Also told the feral cats the moon would be out later and one got so excited he decided to start watching early. Don’t know if he saw the moon later or not but gave him a ‘e’ for effort.

Tomorrow night, Saturday, May 18th, the Blue Flower Full Moon will make an appearance to those with clear skies. Some don’t name full moons, but it is a tradition that goes back to Colonial times. Perhaps even farther.

The moon won’t actually look blue nor like a flower. A blue is just the second full moon that occurs in any calendar month. Some other names this moon was called are Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon.

If you believe the folklore, May’s Full Moon marks a time of increased fertility, warmer temperatures, the end of frosts, and flowers in bloom. More folklore claims that clothes washed for the first time during the Full Moon won’t last long. But the Full Moon is a great time to accept a marriage proposal.

We won’t be seeing the moon tonight and tomorrow doesn’t look promising due to storms in the area. If it doesn’t rain we’ll try our best to get a picture and share it. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

Enjoy our Friday as it looks to be a good one here even with the weather forecast. Now I need more coffee and some leftover pizza to engergize myself for the day.
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The problem with birds

May 16, 2019

When I went out yesterday these two were busy looking at something that couldn’t be seen by yours truly. I also got some shots of the sun set and moon but haven’t uploaded them yet so if they turn out alright we’ll share them later.

The wife is out of town again for her job but she called and we had a little chat before she starts things up again later and I get busy with a few chores. I traveled a lot for business when we were younger so now it’s her turn.

Little birds, like the one in the picture above, have been driving me to distraction. When food is put out for the feral cats and said cats aren’t at the dish these birds take turns diving into the dish and grabbing a piece of the cat food then flying off.

I’ve counted as many as 30 waiting in the tree to raid the cat food. Not sure if the birds eat them or hide them from the cat so she can’t.
I wonder if they think hiding the food will make the cat weaker so she won’t go after them.

All the other birds eat the bird food put out for them but this bunch only touch the cat food. If they start meowing from the branches drastic measures may be taken.

Enjoy our Thursday as you use less muscles to smile than to frown. Now I need more coffee to be able to face the day.
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