A short note

May 27, 2022

The wife was just taken to the hospital by ambulance, so I’m headed that way to be with her. As soon as things calm down and she’s stabilized we’ll do a post later. Thank you for understanding.


Upcoming eclipse

May 13, 2022

If you are a fan of such things, are awake to see it, and the clouds don’t get in the way, we can watch the Full Blood Super Moon AND the first total lunar eclipse of 2022. The other total lunar eclipse will happen on November 8th. A super moon occurs when the full moon is at perigee, or its closest to the earth for the month.

Total lunar eclipses occur when the whole moon passes through the innermost portion of Earths shadow, known as the umbra. During these types of eclipses earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the moon. The earth blocks the sunlight and gives the moon an orangish red color while all sunlight is blocked.

If you’re on the east coast of Iowa the eclipse should start around 8:32 pm on May 15th and end around 1:50 am on May 16th for a total duration of 5 hours and 19 minutes. If you are elsewhere, you should be here anyway. Or just figure in your time zone and you’ll be close enough.

Said lunar eclipse will make the moon appear red at times, hence the blood moon. We saw the last one and about mid-eclipse it did look red. This eclipse will also be visible in parts of Asia, Australia, northern and eastern Europe, and most of South America.

We going to hope for the best and plan for the worst. We’ll have the camera batteries charged up for best case, and a frozen pizza ready for the oven in the worst case. That’s what we know, and now you do also. Enjoy our Friday. Now for some coffee.


Not bad

May 3, 2022

While at the grocery store Friday, the wife came up with an idea that turned out great. We were back by the meat department when it was announced that certain steaks were on sale at half price. Walked up to the counter and saw two that caught my eye and bought them. They were bacon wrapped tenderloins about an inch and half thick and looked good enough to eat.

Well I grilled them yesterday afternoon and that’s when I discovered that I didn’t know how to grill meat that thick, or expensive. Learned that the meat doesn’t have to look like charcoal when you take it off the heat. I worried for nothing as both turned out perfect and it was the juiciest, tenderest meat we’ve ever had. The wife and I agreed we could get used to having these steaks on a more regular basis.

Was also outside quite often yesterday and noticed there wasn’t a lot of critters around. We’re supposed to get over an inch of rain tonight, which is also why I grilled this afternoon. The upcoming storm made me wonder if that is what kept the critters away. We’ll get some more pictures to share if the rain goes away in the afternoon.

Enjoy our Tuesday since it’s here. Now for some more coffee.


Rainy days

April 23, 2022

Thursday this robin was all over the neighborhood. Friday he must have stayed in his den and out of the rain. We had rain, thunder and lightening, with wind gusts. Early in the morning the TV, internet, and phone all went out and didn’t come back from a short break.

Turned out, due to vandalism 44,000 customers were without service for anywhere from 2 to 8 hours. At least I could make instant coffee on the stove. Before the service was restored, we left to go to the hospital so the wife could have labs done, then to the grocery store so I could get sticker shock. And yes, it was raining the whole time.

So we came home and I unloaded the groceries and after we put the groceries away we noticed we still didn’t have phone, internet, and TV. The wife came up with the great idea to take a nap and I agreed. Sure enough, when we woke up the TV was going and everything else worked like it should. That’s when the thunder and high winds started.

We were hoping it didn’t knock out the power as we don’t have a generator since the last one went to generator Heaven. We’ll be looking for a replacement soon, perhaps even a whole house generator. Turns out we didn’t lose power and dodged the bullet this time. During all this the feral cats were trying to catch some birds who were trying to eat the seeds we put out.

Later I went out to see if I could catch sight of any meteors from the meteor shower, and I did. Just one blazing across the sky but I saw it. All in all a great day and we didn’t even get that wet. Enjoy our Saturday as we will. Now for some coffee before I lay down.


Expensive circus

March 7, 2022

Don’t shoot the messenger for the message. This post is about what ‘experts’ believe is going to happen in our near future and not written in stone. These views are not necessarily the beliefs of this blogger.

This cardinal preening just looked so bent out of shape it reminded me of what’s going on around us. On Saturday we had a high around 70, severe thurderstorms, wind, hail, and tornadoes here in Iowa. Then overnight we got about an inch of snow! That’s wild weather, even for the east coast of Iowa.

But what made us think that the political circus is back, and it’s going to get expensive is two recent pieces of news seen yesterday. News came yesterday that oil prices hit a 13 year high of $126.64 a barrel as gas prices topped $4 a gallon for the first time since 2008. As we know, gas prices have been steadily rising for last 60 days and the immediate future doesn’t look so hot either.

Gas prices hit $5 a gallon in San Francisco last Thursday, and Dan Dicker, who is an energy strategist, says gas prices could hit $6.50 to $7 a gallon. We hope he’s wrong yet fear he’s right.

Then came more bad news we feel the same about. On a recent Tucker Carlson show on Fox News, the owner of Blue Diamond Farming Company here in Iowa has said we should get ready for our grocery bills to go up by $1,000 a month, AND the possibility of empty shelves again. Don’t know about you but we think that’s going to hurt the monthly budget if true.

Reasons for the increase include the fact that the cost of nitrogen has tripled since last year while the price of phosphorus and potassium fertilizer had doubled. A majority of these come from Russia. This farmer also claims failed energy policies and environmental, social, and governance policies don’t help, then stated this could be called the food crisis of the Green New Deal.

Enjoy our Monday since it’s here. Now I need coffee while we can still afford it.


Another time

January 20, 2022

Went out to feed and water the herd of feral cats this morning. Was told it was -2 degrees with a wind chill of -14 and believe that about right. So, while I was outside this morning, it just didn’t take me long to look at it. So cold out that one of the most skittish feral cats around didn’t run off when I opened the door.

Tomorrow we will once again cruise to get the errands done between groceries and the pharmacy, we shouldn’t be at it all day. We can hardly wait to spend more at the store for less in the trunk. It isn’t the stores fault but it is getting old fast. Now I can get my Chester’s Flaming Hot Fries, but can’t find any shoestring potatoes!

Heard the Democrats lost the chance to get their election change law passed yesterday. It is amusing to watch these actors get in front of a camera and say that democracy is lost since this didn’t pass. We don’t live in a democracy, so nothing is lost. How did these people get elected?

Enjoy our Thursday and keep warm. Now for some more coffee.


A busy Sunday

January 17, 2022

The snowfall stopped but the clean up continues. Spent a few hours outside shoveling the white fluffy love from above and got most of what I wanted gone removed. A little after sunup today the rest will get done. As things happen, the wife said something when I finished that had me smacking my hard head.

I came in from the second round of shoveling, took off my gear, and the wife said ‘why didn’t get the snow blower out?’ Of course my first thought was that I had just bought a new snow shovel and wanted to break it in. Which basically meant I was being cheap again. But, I did need the exercise. And it was a brand new shovel.

The neighbors are down with the new variant of Covid so I did their walk also. Figured they would do the same for us and got it done. Would have done it sooner but assumed they felt good enough to do it. Next time I’ll pay attention.

With the wind the snow was drifted a little deep in some spots yet still manageable for this oldfart. When finished, a few cups of coffee got me right back on track and ready for an oldfart nap. After the nap we heated up the leftovers from the meal that will not be repeated. It wasn’t terrible, but if I added enough spices for me to like it the wife wouldn’t eat it.

So enjoy our Monday, this year also called Martin Luther King Day. Now for some more coffee.


Been trying

January 6, 2022

The snow has been piling up while the temps drop through the basement. When we left to get groceries this morning the wind chill was -15. We decided to go today instead of tomorrow because tomorrow morning it’s going to be even colder.

I’ve been trying to keep the early posts coming but with these cold temps I check on the feral cats water bowl and change it out when frozen. This starts between 4 and 6 am and ends around midnight and my skinny old redneck body needs some sleep in between. So I going out to the farm supply store this morning to get what’s needed to put a heated water bowl out there.

If that set up works more sleep at regular hours may be in my future. If you get any news you may have heard the Democrats are telling us about how World War III almost broke on this date a year ago and how they felt their very lives were threatened by an unarmed, mostly peaceful group that got inside their building. They upped the level of bull being shipped with this one.

Now I’m leaving to see if I can get a heated water bowl hooked up and if anyone knows how to keep birds out of the cat food bowls. I’m thinking a fake owl to put on the house or having a life size picture of me holding my shotgun to tape to the storm door.

Enjoy our Thursday as it’s the first one of the new year. Now to gulp some coffee before I leave.


Something different

January 1, 2022

We’ve done so many late posts recently, thought we’d start the new year with an early one since I’m still up. Yesterday morning when I went out to feed the feral cats we had another new visitor to the food bowls. Imagine my surprise when I looked out and saw a good sized dog chowing down on the cat food! We’ve had raccoons, possums, squirrels and birds, but this was the first dog.

And after being married since 1987 this year was the first time we got wish each other Happy New Year in person, the wife had always worked nights and would call instead. So this year, at midnight, we wished each other a happy new year, hugged, and even sneaked in a smootch. Could get used to that.

Today is supposed to be a snowy day if the weather guessers on TV are to be believed. The forecast calls for 3-6 inches of white fluffy love from above. If you’ve lived here in Iowa a while you know that could mean anything from a trace of snow to a foot. This time we’re ready as I went out and got 100 pounds of salt and new snow show shovel and know how to use them.

Enjoy our Saturday, the first day of 2022. Now for another cup of coffee before a nap.


This month

October 1, 2020

Well it’s the first day Of October, and the rest of our lives. The
bonus is we’re one day closer to end of 2020 and hope that 2021 will
bring an end to the insanity that occurred during this year.

October is the 10th month of our year and is usually associated
with autumn in the northern hemisphere and summer in the southern
hemisphere. The following is list of things that occur this month.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Health Literacy Month,
Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month, World Menopause Month and
Vegetarian Awareness Month to name a few.

Here in the United States we have National Adopt a Shelter Dog
Month, National Domestic Violence Month, National Work and Family
Month, American Pharmacist Month, National Dental Hygiene Month,
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month, National Pizza
Month, and National Pork Month.

Oktoberfests and Halloween are observed this month and car shows
start to become less frequent until the indoor shows start next year
here in the Northern part of country. Leaves on the trees start to
put on a show of color before dropping to the ground and critters
grow their winter coats.

This poem by Robert Frost sums up this month better than we could-

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

Enjoy our Thursday as the start of the weekend is only a dream
away.
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