Another good one

September 9, 2019

Saturday the sky was an ever changing show of unmatched patterns
and varying colors. It was a great day but one kept eyes on the skies
just in case. The sun even tried to peek out a few times in the morning
when the clouds parted enough.


It was mentioned in an earlier post that the Monarch butterflies were
scarce here on our portion of the east coast of Iowa. We’ll share a
few pictures now that we’ve seen some.

These critters brighten the day but lately don’t sit still much.
We’ve seen many darting around almost like they were flying while
drunk, but finally saw a few that did sit still long enough.

Mama cat was acting needy and wouldn’t leave us alone whenever we
ventured outside. Don’t know if the nightly visits from the raccoons
have made her jumpy or the coming cooler temperatures but it brightens
our day anyway.

The cat birds haven’t been out much lately but saw this one in a
nearby tree and got a shot. They live in the bushes and we hear them
almost daily yet this one was quiet. Must not have felt threatened.

We’re still waiting for the pelicans to start their migration south
and may have missed it during one of the many cloudy days. We hope
not. They fill the sky when do leave.

A heat wave is supposed to hit today and last most of the week but
you hear us complaining. It’s been cool since we got back from our trip
so a few hotter days won’t spoil anything. Enjoy our Monday as we will
since we woke up breathing and our names weren’t in the obituaries.
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Lucky days

September 7, 2019

After getting the running done yesterday I went outside with camera in hand to see this little guy on a retaining wall nearby. He flattened himself out like he was enjoying the sun. And other critters were out and about.

This hawk kept circling closer and closer riding the thermals and
waltzing through the clouds. No sure what the critter was looking for
but watched it until it was just a dot again against the white clouds.

These two cardinals were playing around like a couple of kids hyped up on candy and seemed to have just as much energy. They played or courted for quite a while before chasing each other out of sight. I had as much fun watching them as they must have had putting on a show for me.

And this little one, who looked to only have one antenna, was
bouncing all over the yard. A still shot wasn’t to be had but we did
this one halfway decent shot. Saw some Monarchs too but wasn’t fast
enough to focus and zoom to get a shot. Perhaps today.

Haven’t seen any pelicans lately but believe soon they will start
migrating south and if luck holds out will get shots of them in the
sky. That’s always something to see. Didn’t get any shots of the young
raccoons either. Guess we should keep the camera closer to the door.

Enjoy our Saturday as before we know it the weekend will be over.
Now I need more coffee and some toast slathered with peanut butter.
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Of strange dreams

September 5, 2019

Late yesterday afternoon went to see if the moon was visible in the
blue sky, get a picture, and have a chat. After returning inside I
realized I hadn’t eaten anything so fried up a couple cheeseburgers.
Add a Coke, a big helping of potato chips, and a Snicker’s ice cream
bar and it was the perfect meal.

The food made me drowsy so I turned in early at 8 pm. Decided a good nights sleep was in order and woke up refreshed but noticed it was still dark out. Thinking it was early morning I made coffee but when I looked at the clock it displayed 11:15 pm.

But all was not wasted as I had a dream that needed to be thought
about. In the dream I built another vehicle, a Model A pickup this
time. And this one was different as it had no windows. Everywhere a
window opening should be was covered with metal.

It was a masterpiece. Until I tried to drive it. Plans of putting
rubber bumpers all around the truck was quickly dismissed as I
imagined that while said bumpers may prevent some body damage the
owners of vehicles hit might get a bit angry.

So another path was taken. I enrolled in the Roy Orbison School of
Driving for the Blind. When that didn’t work a periscope was rigged
that stuck out of top and swiveled. This worked reasonably well but
still left a huge blind spot.

So I chopped the top to allow 4 inch tall windows all around and believed the problem was solved. It was not. The cab was now so short I couldn’t get skinny old body into it, but it did look sharp. It may be for sale in my next dream.

Enjoy our Thursday as it means we’re that much closer to the weekend. Now I need more coffee to solve the problem.
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Day eight

August 20, 2019

Everyone in our group, except yours truly, decided to have a
little pool party but the wife thought the water was too cool. At
the time it was 92 degrees and sunny!

Our youngest child decided this was as much as he was taking off
for the pool time. Since the deepest part of the pool was only 5
feet deep this wasn’t a problem.

Eventually he took off the t-shirt but not his hat and sunglasses.
Everyone looked to have a good time, including me as I got to take
pictures from the umbrella at the table.

As you can see in the picture they all had a great time cooling
off in the heat of the day.

And our granddaughter had a lot of energy to burn and our
daughter in law was there as her spotter. All in all it was an
easy way to waste a few hours in the heat of the day. They got
cooled off, I got some pictures, and all were happy.

The wife has been bugging me to get her picture in this chair.
She calls it the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ chair so even though I had
a long lens in the camera I got the picture.

Today will be our last full day here as Wednesday we head back to
Iowa and the wifes cats, Mama cat, and all her kittens. We hope
it’s cooler there than it is here.

Enjoy our Tuesday as we’ll be enjoying ours here. Now I only have
about 400 more pictures to look at before I’m done.
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Day one

August 13, 2019

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This one is early but I had a good 3 hours sleep and thought it time to get something done. We left Iowa at 7 am yesterday and after a bit of a scare crossed into Missouri around 10 am. Thought if we left early we’d beat the storms but the car got wet for about an hour before we drove through it.

We traveled a lot of two lane blacktop, spent time on bigger roads, and saw some of Lake of the Ozarks and a dam before arriving at our stop in Lebanon, Missouri. Our motel is right on Route 66 and we liked that idea, until we got our room.

Actually went outside a short time ago as I thought there would be less bugs out there. We’ve seen about a dozen roaches, the table was sticky, and the door doesn’t have a deadbolt. We won’t be back. This motel won’t get a good recommendation and when we head this way again we’ll drive right by.

The upside is we’re here and had dinner last night at the Elm Street Diner. When we’re on the road I eat healthy so ordered the half-pound cheeseburger with pepper jack cheese and onion rings. the lady who follows me around and myself left happy with the place.

In about 3 hours we’ll leave here and head to Muskogee, Oklahoma and a much better motel. Oh yeah, the scare earlier yesterday. The wife had an issue with her blood sugar level and was getting bad. But a quick stop at a quick shop got her back on track.

We’ll share pictures as we get them finished as I can’t crop any on my lap top. The screen is too small for the size I want the pictures to be. Enjoy our Tuesday as we will since hearing the heat wave down here ended yesterday.
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Going, going, gone

August 12, 2019

The moon made a appearance last night as I took a last look at the late day sky here before leaving on vacation. In a few short hours we’ll be cruising south through most of the ‘Show Me’ state before stopping at a motel in southwest Missouri.

Pets will be fed and watered, doors locked, and appliances turned off as we prepare to leave. While I’m sure we have everything needed for the trip, I’m also sure something will be forgotten. We’re not even sure which route we’re taking we’re sure we’ll end up where we planned to be.

The wife prefers a GPS box from hell, I use maps and an atlas. Once on a return trip from Idaho the wife had to hide said GPS as if I could have gotten my hands on it the GPS would have been road litter somewhere in Wyoming.

The route we’re taking this time isn’t the fastest, the shortest, or even the straightest, yet looked to us to contain more smiles per mile than others we’ve considered. We’re not sure what we’ll see, where we’ll stop along the way, or even how the pictures will turn out but we’re not turning back.

Not sure when we’ll post after this one, but we’ll put something up every day. Tonight we’ll stay along a major highway that runs right beside Route 66 and have around 180 miles to travel tomorrow to reach our destination.

Enjoy our Monday as it’s the first day of the rest of our lives. Now for another cup of coffee so I don’t nap at the wheel.
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Quick update

June 17, 2019

Shortly I’ll be leaving the house to report for jury duty. That could get interesting as it’s drizzling, the courthouse is a few miles away, and the wife has the car in Dubuque. I’m guessing I’ll be wet when I get there.

I didn’t plan ahead because there wasn’t any rain in the forecast last night. I’m hoping by the time I leave the drizzle fizzles but am preparing for it anyway. I have a ball cap and a long sleeved shirt that should get me through.

Who would have thought they’d change the forecast? Of course it is also forecasted that the drizzle will stop about an hour after I get down there. It will be interesting to see if anything has changed since the last time I hoofed it that way.

Enjoy our Monday as it’s the first day of the week and rest of our lives. Now I need another cup of coffee for my hike.
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