We’d do it again

June 27, 2020

The other day I mentioned some homemade weed killer that we were
going to try. Wanted it mainly for the cracks in the driveway where
grass and weeds keep popping up. Said home made weed killer only
has 3 ingredients and we had those on hand anyway.

The version we tried called for:

1 gallon white vinegar

1 cup salt

1 teaspoon liquid dish soap

Warnings abound on the site with the recipies that this mixture will
kill all living plants within the area sprayed, which made it perfect
for the cement cracks.

The vinegar, at 5% acetic acid, is straight from the grocery store
and acts as a desiccant. Put simply, it removes the moisture from
the plant.

Salt, rock salt or water softener salt, also acts to wick moisture
from the offending plant. Salt can also also affect other plants
nearby and should not be sprayed on any plant you want to keep.

Soap, liquid dish soap, is added to improve the absorption of the
liquid into the weed. The soap breaks down the waxy surface on most
lawn weeds which helps the vinegar and salt get absorbed.

Of course there are variations and we found several. As mentioned,
we used the one we did because all ingredients were already here.
Another version used the following ingredients:

1 gallon white vinegar

2 cups Epsom salt

1/4 cup original blue Dawn dish-washing soap

Both recommend to wait until early afternoon, or all the dew is gone
from the weeds. Both claim by the next afternoon the weeds are dead.
Both also urge caution around plants you may not want to kill.

We had varying degrees of success and I blame that on myself. The
recipe page said wait until afternoon and I went out mid-morning. The
sites also mention not to apply the mixture if rain looks likely
within two day of spraying, we had rain the next evening.

So, if you think this may be the answer to your weed problem, we’d
recommend it. If you follow directions. Enjoy our Saturday. Now I
need coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

Cat tales & weeds

June 25, 2020

This bunch was lounging around the pool yesterday. Ok, it’s their
water bowl, but they were sitting there. One of the orange colored
kittens was missing as he got hungry and was at the food bowls.

This kitten looked tuckered out and relaxed under the car. Must have
been doing some heavy thinking. Perhaps dreaming of a bigger food
bowl? Or posing for Super Kitten magazine?

This little one is the smallest of the bunch and only kitten of
Patches. Being so small, and having a short stubby, it sure can run
quick. Think this one is faster than the bigger kittens.

These two were playing around and their wrestling got pretty
heated, but no kittens were harmed while taking this picture. As this
group get bigger their play area expands. The neighbor and myself
make sure they don’t play in the alley as some cars think it’s a

We’re supposed to have another clear day today before things get
wet again tomorrow. We’ll wait and see if we get much rain tomorrow.
As for today, I’m mixing up some homemade weed killer and if it
works will share the recipe.

If it doesn’t work we’ll find a use for it anyway. And we’ll start
with a half batch because if I mixed up a full one we could kill
every weed in the neighborhood.

Enjoy our Thursday as the weekend is only a dream away. Now for
some more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.

A visit and more

June 24, 2020

Went over to visit Dad today and have to say I don’t like this
whole Covid-19 response. Why? On the way I stopped at the local
donut shop to get a half dozen assorted donuts that were $5.50
before the corona virus hit. Today they were $6.99!

I realize the donut shop had to close for a few months due to the
virus, but are they trying to make all the lost monies back at once?
May just be going to the big box grocery store and saving money.

Made Dad coffee and breakfast, gave him his medicine, then we sat
and talked for a while. He was in good spirits but said his knee
hurt. Of course he says that every time I go over and I remember he
is 95 years old. I could reach that age if time counted after I was

Yet the Antique Farmer keeps plugging along and claims to be
planning his next birthday party! Believe he has a good shot of
making it. The man just enjoys celebrations and holidays that much.

Just got back in from trimming the lawn and found out a neat fact.
The battery powered weed wacker runs out of juice at the same time
I do. Have the thank the wife again for the Father’s Day gift. Too
bad the battery powered mower doesn’t do the same.

On another note, by now we’ve all probably heard the noose non-
event in Bubba Wallaces’ garage yesterday. 14 or 15 FBI agents
looked the crime scene over and decided the ‘noose’ was part of a
door pull and not actually a noose.

Then came word from California that there were 5 nooses hanging in
a local park. Turns out these were also not ‘nooses’ but some
exercise equipment put up to work out with. And when these were
found to not be ‘nooses’ the Mayor didn’t let up anyway. How much
crazier do these people need to get before we, the people, put an
stop to them?

Enjoy our Wednesday as it looks to be a good one. Now for some
coffee and leftover pizza.
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As promised

June 22, 2020

Promised a few pictures today and if things work out will share a
few. Took this picture at the Tulsa Zoo almost 2 years ago and still
like it. Every time we looked around this bird was above us looking

This is Patches kitten and the only one she had. Since it was her
first litter that may not be odd. Also noticed the kitten has a
short tail. Hope it grows out.

Friday night it was cloudy, I noticed around sunset that everything
looked orange out the window. This picture was taken looking north,
but any direction you looked was about the same.

Earlier the skies looked like this. That wasn’t hard to look at
either. Don’t know if we got rain later as the day was almost

And one of Mamacats kittens was playing by the neighbors fence so
had to take a shot. Not sure what scared it but caught the sequence
when it hit the step again.

Still trying to find some birds in the neighborhood without luck.
An owl has been making noise and a hawk puts in a regular appearance so that may be the problem. Did see a cardinal later but it was too dark out for a picture.

Enjoy our Monday and hope yours started better than mine. Woke up
when one the cats used my ankle for springboard and left three
gouges that required iodine. Now for some coffee and whatever else
I can round up to eat.
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Little bit of everything

June 20, 2020

Haven’t heard anything on the black bear since he reached the
northern edge of our city. Rumors up to that point were all over
the place. The last one heard is that said bear swam across the
Mississippi River and was now in Illinois.

Yesterday was running from when I woke up until the evening news
started and didn’t get a post out. Did get over to Dads and gave
him his Father’s Day gift while we have coffee. Happy Father’s
Day to all dads tomorrow!

It rained a little last night and we’re supposed to get more
today. Might try getting the mower out and running it over the
lawn. Seems like the mower scares about half the grass and
the other half just laughs.

And got a few more pictures yesterday which haven’t been
uploaded yet and if some turn out we’ll share a few Monday.
It should be no surprise that said pictures are of clouds and
cats. The birds are scarce this year and not sure why.

When the protests first started a young lady was shot and
killed while sitting in a vehicle in our city. Rumors were running wild on that but we heard today that someone has been arrested for the crime. That’s all the local news you didn’t know you wanted to read this morning, you’re welcome.

Enjoy our Saturday and Father’s Day tomorrow. Now for some
coffee and leftover pizza.
Comments are always welcome.

Of bears and other things

June 18, 2020

Well, the black bear who has become a local celebrity was sighted
near the interstate highway that marks the north end of our fine
city. We’re told the DNR and local police are keeping a close watch
on said bear to see where it’s headed.

And here in our little portion of the east coast of Iowa we had our
own encounter with a wild critter. Fangs showing, demonic eyes,
strange noises and all. Didn’t know what was going on but had to
check it out.

Yes, this is the critter. Not sure what set her off, but this cat
was pissed! Funny thing is she usually is a gentle cat and stops by
to have her ears scratched when I’m around. Didn’t try that after
I took the picture though.

The roses are about done for the year. Looked pretty earlier but
time takes it toll. We’ll have a high close to 90 degrees and that
will probably finish them off for this year. We’ll wait for spring
and get another shot.

Finally, don’t know about everyone else but I have limited my
exposure to the mainstream media to local news which updated the
bear story and told of a farmer with cancer who couldn’t get his
wheat in so other farmers pitched in and did it for him.

Any watching of national news has me wanting to throw my coffee
mug through the TV, and I like that mug. Time to go back outside
and piddle around.

Enjoy our Thursday as the weekend is only a dream away. Now for
some coffee and leftover pizza before going out.
Comments are always welcome.

This and that

June 17, 2020

Just got back from my visit with Dad and will admit we both had a
lot of fun. Even learned something so I can forget it in a few days.
He said during the depression you could get arrested just for being

He couldn’t remember the reasoning behind it but we both thought
it may have had something to do with nobody having much money and
the temptation of theft. Could have been a different reason altogether
and we guessed wrong.

Then we talked of the black bear spotted in corn fields one county
to our north that had made it to our county and almost to the
interstate highway. Were told that officers of DNR got the bear
turned around and headed north again.

The DNR also said a county road had 150 people stopped to get
pictures of the bear and some children were within 30 feet of the
bear on their cell phones. Obviously, these people have never seen
a bear run. They are a force of nature.

The bear hasn’t attacked anyone and seems in a hurry to get
somewhere, but nobody knows where that is. If you wish to get a
picture of said bear you should zoom in your camera and not get

Got so much done yesterday I’m walking like an old man today. Proof
positive that just because we feel younger doesn’t make it so. Still
happy I got several of the volunteer trees cut out but will not
push as hard next time to save my back.

Enjoy our Wednesday as we all got another day older with its
coming. Now I need more coffee before a pizza run.
Comments are always welcome.

New plan

June 16, 2020

Got a lot done yesterday and still managed to get a few pictures so
we’ll share some. Later today I’ll be back at it and hopefully get
more done if I don’t get distracted. We’ll see how that goes.

Once again the sky caught my eye and the sun seemed to split this
picture in half. Not fancy, but I like it. This portion of the
western sky stayed this way until almost sunset.

Patches was watching her kitten scamper about but didn’t seem to
have the energy to keep up. She only had the one kitten while
Mamacat had four.

For some reason the computer won’t let me load any more pictures
today so we’ll try to add more later. Once in a while this does
happen so we’ll look at all the angles, throw some ideas at it,
and see if that fixes the problem.

After I finish some more yard work it will get looked at. If
I don’t get distracted, then it would be whenever I get around
to it. But soon. Drives me nuts when I have pictures and ideas
to go with them but can’t get them up.

Hopefully there will be some birds out today as I’d like to get a
picture of something besides cats. Enjoy our Tuesday as we won’t
see another until next week. Now for some coffee and leftover
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Clouds and the garage

June 15, 2020

Watching the clouds dance by the other day distracted me from doing
what I should have been doing so the work will get done today. Did
get a picture of part of the dance.

In another part of the sky things looked a lot different. I let my
imagination go and the thin darker clouds became fish swimming in
the ocean. That kept me busy a while as these were very slow moving

Yeah I know, should manage my time better. But even with all the
cloud watching some things got done. Got the recycle bin fuller than
it was, cut up a box that did have my new weed wacker in it, and
even made a few cheeseburgers. So today it’s back outside to do what
I didn’t yesterday. If there aren’t any clouds, birds, feral cats,
or other critters that catch my eye.

Later I came inside for a Coke and a smile the doorbell rang. When
I opened the door our neighbor was standing there. He claimed to
have some bad news and went on to say his son had hit the side of
our garage with his truck.

I told him not to worry about it as I hadn’t heard a loud crash so
knew there wasn’t much damage to said garage. He insisted on showing me the damage so we walked around and I did see a new crack between the cement blocks. I again told him not to worry about it so he insisted he would tuck point that side of the garage to fix the damage.

Not sure where that’s going yet but I’m not going to worry about it.
Enjoy our Monday as best you can. Now for some coffee and a snack.
Comments are always welcome.

Sunday snicker

June 14, 2020

A man is driving down a deserted stretch of highway, when he notices a sign out of the corner of his eye. It says SISTERS OF MERCY HOUSE OF PROSTITUTION 10 MILES. He thinks it was just a figment of his imagination and drives on without a second thought.

Soon, he sees another sign which says SISTERS OF MERCY HOUSE OF PROSTITUTION 5 MILES and realizes that these signs are for real. When he drives past a third sign saying SISTERS OF MERCY HOUSE OF PROSTITUTION NEXT RIGHT, his curiosity gets the best of him and he pulls into the drive.

On the far side of the parking lot is a somber stone building with a
small sign next to the door reading SISTERS OF MERCY. He climbs the
steps and rings the bell. The door is answered by a nun in a long black habit who asks “What may we do for you, my son?” He answers “I saw your signs along the highway, and was interested in possibly doing business.”

“Very well, my son. Please follow me.”

He is led through many winding passages and is soon quite disoriented. The nun stops at a closed door, and tells the man “Please knock on this door.” He does as he is told and this door is answered by another nun in a long habit and holding a tin cup. This nun instructs “Please place $50 in the cup, then go through the large wooden door at the end of this hallway.”

He gets $50 out of his wallet and places it in the second nun’s cup. He trots eagerly down the hall and slips through the door, pulling it shut behind him. As the door locks behind him, he finds himself back in the parking lot, facing another small sign: GO IN PEACE, YOU HAVE JUST BEEN SCREWED BY THE SISTERS OF MERCY.