Just some pictures

March 9, 2018

Knowing the wife was working later I got early today anyway and
am glad I did. Even after sunrise the sky was amazing. So here
are a few pictures of it.

Another thing noticed was although we’re warming up a bit here
our feathered friends aren’t sharing the love. Could have
something to do with the feral cats getting older or perhaps
the birds are waiting for just a bit more warmth. Whatever the
cause they’re making themselves scarce. Since we did manage to
get some pictures of the birds we’ll share a few of those.

If this warming trend picks up we could be in the 50s around
Wednesday. And we spring forward this weekend to welcome
Daylight Savings Time even though I’m not a big fan. What’s
wrong with just leaving things as they are without the two time
changes a year?

Finally, I dreamed of being on a ship at sea again and am not
sure if that means I didn’t stay in long enough, stayed too long,
or if it means anything. But I did still have my sea legs in said

So enjoy our Friday as it will seem like a couple days have
gone by and Monday will be here. Now I need some coffee and one
of the boxes of animal crackers we picked up today.
Comments are always welcome.


Of interesting incidents

March 6, 2018

Sometimes the best intentions land one in situations that are
tougher than an old boot. Today I attempted to do something nice
for Dad and ended up in the Twilight Zone. I went through it and
still don’t believe it.

On the way over to Dads house this morning I stopped in a
grocery store that had a bakery and sold fresh bakery goods each
morning to feed those with a sweet tooth. After looking around
some sweet rolls with blueberry globs in the middle caught my

Dad loves blueberries so I wandered to the front and the
cashiers that awaited me there. And the Twilight Zone awaited.
The little machine that reads the credit/debit cards refused to
recognize my card. Since I don’t carry cash, I didn’t get the rolls.

No problem, I was in a store that had a branch of my bank in
the store. So the ATM beside this branch also informed me my card
was invalid. Walking around to the teller windows a sign
informed me the bank didn’t open until 9 am. It was 8:23 am when
I read it.

So I cruised over to Dads and after a good visit returned to
the bank in the store at 9:45 am. The nice lady behind the
counter took my card, typed something on a keyboard, and got a
strange look on her face. You know, the one someone gets if they
suck on a lemon.

She then said my account was flagged for fraud and asked if I
was in another country two days earlier. I naturally replied
that I was not. She then claimed that my account was flagged
due to charge for an International Border Crossing fee. Lord
love a duck.

I was invited into a little cubicle and tried to get to the
bottom of the problem. The lady told me I would get a new card
and I was not a happy camper as that would mean notifying those
who direct deposit into the account and the automatic payments
that go out.

My account was frozen over this border crossing fee which
turned out to be 8 cents! Luckily I kept my wits about
me and did finally walk out with my old card working like it
did before the ‘fraud’. In the end a company I’ve been dealing
with for over 3 years added the 8 cent fee on a separate
invoice and made my day interesting.

Enjoy our Tuesday and the white fluffy love from above.
Comments are always welcome.

It’s an Iowa thing

March 5, 2018

What a day! It started out with rain which later turned into
sleet and ended up snow by the afternoon. That just means
another day in Iowa where we see three seasons. Since we had
some running to do later in the day we ran into the sleet and
snow before cruising back home.

Due to the weather the birds were not around and only one of
feral cats ventured to food bowl for a snack. The winds tried
to rattle whatever could be rattled and blow away what couldn’t.
A day not fit for man or beast and I loved it.

A pair of cardinals did brave the elements after it started to
snow, but didn’t look too happy about having to do so.

As you may have guessed, I was out with the camera just in case
something caught my eye. The wife called me crazy again, the
camera got a little wet, and I grinning like a fool. Because before
long days like this will be gone as we get into the warmer

Perhaps the last hurrah of winter before we get into spring and
later summer. We enjoyed it and hope you enjoyed your Monday as
much we did. Now I need more coffee and a donut so I can last
until my midnight pizza.
Comments are always welcome.

It’s not my fault

March 2, 2018

Last night I had a dream between trips to the head. It wasn’t
as strange as some yet seemed so real I woke up tired. This
dream involved a wooden hulled sailing vessel loaded with
Conestoga wagons and headed for Japan.

In the dream we did everything including loading said wagon into
the hold. Because this occurred in la-la land each wagon had to
be disassembled on the dock, carried to the hold, then get
reassembled. And halfway through the trip we ran into a typhoon
at sea.

I almost came to yelling ‘Land Ho’! When I looked at the clock
it showed we were late for our weekly trip to the grocery store.
After waking the wife and jumping into some denim we made our
way to the mecca of all things edible almost an hour late. And
I was worn out by the time we made it past the produce

Even with the lack of sleep, inability to shake the foggy
brain, and need of coffee we completed our trip only forgetting
half of what we should have got. Due to this fact I will left
with the option of either eating animal crackers plain, or
putting catsup on them.

I guess there’s always the option of making some frosting but
that isn’t going to happen today. My goal at this point is just
to survive this day. If I dream tonight I hope I dream I’m a
tractor. It explains the snoring and isn’t as stressful.

Enjoy our Friday as it means spring is getting closer. In just
9 days we go to Daylight Savings Time and in 18 more days spring
will officially arrive.
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We’re number 1?

March 1, 2018

Talk here in Iowa has been about the fact that on February 27,
2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Iowa the best state in
the United States.

And it’s said they are the global authority on rankings. This
involved evaluating our 50 states across 77 metrics with
thousands of data points in eight categories. They are: health
care, education, economy, opportunity, infrastructure, crime and
corrections, fiscal stability, and quality of life.

Truth be told, we didn’t want the secret to get out. If you
don’t mind a harsh winter occasionally it is a great place to
live. So let’s look at a few of the reasons our politicians are
now patting themselves on the back.

Iowa ranks 3rd in healthcare which is up 2 spots from 2017.

Iowa ranks 5th in education, up 3 from last year.

We rank 17th in economy and that’s up 13 places since 2017.

In opportunity we are at 4th, up 2 from 2017.

With infrastructure we’re number 1, up 15 slots from last year.

Quality of life is a new category for 2018 and I’m not sure
where we rank there. I do know last year we were the 6th best
state. As some one who was born here and came back after my
Navy hitch, I have a hard time believing we’re first in the
infrastructure category. But that’s just my opinion.

So if you’re thinking of moving out of your state and are in
search of another to call home we’d recommend Missouri or

Enjoy the rest of our Thursday as it is almost gone. Now I’m
up for a pot of coffee and a pizza.
Comments are always welcome.

Bird day

February 27, 2018

The high temperature today almost reached my age and I just had
to get outside again and enjoy the east coast of Iowa. So I
checked out any critters flying about. This cardinal perched on
a branch and tried to figure me out.

After watching her watching me I looked up to find 2 flocks of
geese heading north. I took that as a good sign that perhaps
winter is almost behind us and spring is getting closer.

Then imagine my surprise when a huge flock of American White
pelicans flew overhead. There were too many to count and they
got here earlier this year. They were headed east, but hey,
they’re here. As always, you can click on the pictures to
enlarge them.

And finally, after these huge birds were done flying over a
bird of prey decided to take over the airspace. I believe it’s
some sort of hawk but not sure.

So I spent the day outside, missed all automated calls, and got
to relax. I’m working on figuring out how to get the coffee pot
to work while walking around outside. Perhaps a power inverter
and a small cart.

Some may call it wasted time, or avoiding work, but in my case
it’s therapy. No matter my mood, when the camera is in my hand
and a few pictures snapped I’m smiling. Having a nice day to
take pictures is an added blessing.

Enjoy our Tuesday as it has been a great one here.
Comments are always welcome.

Banner day

February 26, 2018

Today started like most other days and then something weird
happened. Shortly after the sun went down I realized all the
chores I assigned myself for today were done! I guess there are
times where giving up sleep for a night work out.

Some of the chores were easy, others I didn’t like to do, and
the rest were done first. It’s a dirty job but somebody has to
do it. The first chore of the day was to finish the donuts that
weren’t finished yesterday. I’m no quitter. After checking that
off the list I moved on the next two chores. Have coffee and
eat some leftover pizza.

Batting 1,000 at this point I had a short nap to make up for
the loss of sleep last night. Number 4 on the list was checked
off shortly after recovering from the nap. Yes, I drank a whole
bottle of ‘purified drinking water’. After all, we have to keep

Feeding all the critters and refreshing their water was 5 and
6 and we even managed taking a few pictures, which wasn’t on the
list. Been so busy I even got the garbage and recycle out so the
city can take them away tomorrow. No wonder I feel tired.

I even took the time to check the garden and noticed a buds
starting to come up through the ground. Not sure what’s growing
but can wait to find out. Just talking about today is wearing
me out so enjoy our Monday. Now I need more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.