We’re back

June 24, 2017

We survived our weekend mini-vacation and have no lumps,
bumps, or bruises to prove it. Things started out great until
we saw the smoke signals at the crest of an upcoming hill and
noticed the traffic had ground to halt.

After sitting in park for about a half hour traffic started to
move again and we came upon the reason for the delay. A two
vehicle fatal accident complete with one car burnt to the
ground and still looking hot as we passed.

Once things got moving again we marveled at the beauty of our
Iowa countryside. The crops were looking good and sky was blue
with enough clouds to cast interesting shadows on the landscape.

Of course when we arrived in the river city we’d decided to
spend the night at the traffic was bumper to bumper. Yet we
kept our good mood as we were escaping the daily grind, if only
for a short time. I even had some greens with my supper. Well,
if lettuce and pickles on a cheeseburger count.

The ceiling in room didn’t leak, everything else worked, and
the sky put on a spectacular show as the sun dipped behind the
trees. Thanks to the wife for taking the pictures while I was
driving.

We arrived back home grinning, refreshed, and ready to tackle
whatever life hits us with until the next getaway. Enjoy our
Saturday, we will have a snicker later that a friend shared.
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Longest day?

June 21, 2017

Today we will experience the longest day, and shortest night,
of the year. It is now summer. I was leaning toward yesterday
being the longest day as I got distracted and that lasted all
day.

Yesterday after a busy morning the clouds and critters called
me outside and I hardly went back inside the whole day into the
night. There was something to see everywhere you looked.

The critters were really enjoying the day and everyone of them
from the common grackle to the house finch. Even the squirrels
were out and about enjoying the day.

So I was happily distracted. No cell phone, no TV, no
computer, not even a radio to bother me and the sound of nature
was all I heard. Sometimes you just have to tune out all the
commercials and nonsense what passes for news and get back to
basics. It recharges your soul and clears your mind.

And as I watched the sunset through all the power lines that
crisscross the alley it was a perfect ending to another great
day here on the east coast of Iowa.

So I am now ready for the longest day of the year and hope you
are too. Enjoy our Wednesday, we won’t have another until next
week.
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Weekend wrap up

June 19, 2017

We made it out to the Heartland Nova Reunion show, met up with
an old friend, and saw a few more while checking out the cars.
Held at the Casino nestled on the banks of the Mississippi a
constant breeze made the morning perfect.

We haven’t been to a show in a quite a while so it was nice to
get out, meet some old friends, and stretch the legs a bit. We
had good intentions to go along the levee later and get some
pictures of the river but I got distracted so it didn’t happen.
That is on the list.

Back at home we noticed the critters were out in abundance and
acting goofy. Don’t know if they were celebrating Father’s Day
early or got into some fermented fruit. One little bird just
kept jumping in place. He didn’t go anywhere but he sure was
working his legs.

There was even a cardinal who I think believed he was Jack
Nicholson! You could almost imagine him shouting “Here’s
Johnny!” We glad the critters were enjoying the cool down and
they did put on a show.

And as the sun set here on the east coast of Iowa we gave a
nod to our God for allowing us to share another great day.

I stopped by Dad’s Sunday, had a good visit, and we may
write more about that in a later post.

Enjoy our Monday. We’re going to give it our best shot. Now I
smell some leftover pizza that wants to be my friend.
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They were right

June 16, 2017

The sky was something to behold last night around sunset and
the TV folks who try to guess the weather were predicting
possible doom and gloom up to, and including, quarter sized
hail. After watching the remnants of the day I went inside and
the severe thunderstorm warnings were announced effective until
22.30 hours.

So I went back out with 20 minutes left on the warning to see
for myself. A slight breeze and some thunder and lightening to
the west were there so I awaited the rain. I went back inside
when conditions didn’t get worse and thought we were misled.
With about 10 minutes left on the warning all hell broke loose.

The wind picked up, heavy rain came at you sideways, and the
lightening lit up the sky while the thunder reached its peak.
And after what seemed like a few minutes, the storm was gone.
What a show.

This morning on the way to the grocery store we noticed a few
trees down on the way but our neighborhood did ok. The sky
still held more clouds than should fit, but the rain hasn’t
returned. We needed the rain but don’t want it as a frequent
guest. Just enough to help the corn grow and flowers bloom
would be great.

So those who guess the weather on TV were right this time, it
rained. I guess the odds predict they have to get it right once
in a while. Now I have to go clean the car that I just cleaned
before the storm. Enjoy our Friday, it could be the beginning
of a great weekend.
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What happened?

June 15, 2017

Last night we had a strange sunset after a short burst of rain
so I decided to stay up and get a few pictures of the moon
through the remaining clouds. But as sometimes happens, just
when you think you have things figured out the rules get
changed.

The moon didn’t show in the time I allotted for it to do so and
even though it was the wee hours of the morning when I ventured
back inside, sleep wasn’t in the cards. Finally around 5 am the
sandman came and I didn’t move again until the wife woke me
around 9.

Even with a solid four hour snooze I felt tired because while
I was sleeping I dreamed I never went to sleep because I was
outside waiting for the perfect shot and drinking coffee all
night. It wasn’t as vivid as some dreams, but I knew it was a
dream because I rarely use a tripod.

That and the fact that we don’t have a spiral staircase on
the outside of house. There was quite a view from the top of
the imaginary staircase though. Of course this made me ponder
a few things. Like why are the yellow pages yellow?

Or how many people know Dr. George Horace Gallup was born in
Jefferson, Iowa? If you can’t place who he is just remember
he is the founder of the Gallup Poll and a pioneer in public
opinion polling.

Sorry, got off on a side track. Enjoy our Thursday, we’re that
much closer to the weekend races.
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Going to be a hot one

June 13, 2017

I went out early to get some shots of the early birds and the
birds were busy. They must have wanted to get their exercising
done before the heat of the day. Then I stopped over to visit
Dad.

He was in good spirits and the therapist arrived shortly after
I did so he got his workout in. We talked of different things
and at one point I walked to the grocery store 3 blocks away
for some needed supplies. Now he should be set for a while.

More critters were out when I came back home so I got the
camera out again to get some more photographic proof that I
don’t make this stuff up. Two squirrels were playing in an old
oak tree like kittens with a ball of yarn.

A rabbit was trying to be invisible in the neighbors grass
while a bird was raising hell in another tree. And they were
noisy.

We two legged critters were out and about also and a Life
Flight helicopter flew over then a small plane.

Now I’m trying to decide between going out and bundling some
brush or taking a nap. We’re told be the weather guesstimators
that the heat index will be 102 this afternoon and evening so
I’m leaning towards a book and nap.

Whatever the outcome of our day, enjoy our Tuesday. Before we
know it the weekend will be here. Now I hear a Snicker’s bar
calling my name.
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Short note

June 12, 2017

For some odd reason I decided to attack some out of control
overgrowth yesterday when the temps were in the 90s. Progress
was made and today I remember why this isn’t done often. My
heart was in it, my mind was willing, yet at some point along
the way my body went AWOL.

Today the Hot Rod Power Tour will stop at the Mississippi
Valley Fairgrounds here in Davenport, Iowa. We are told there
is no spectator parking at the fairgrounds and that those who
want to see the cars should park at West High School and take
a shuttle bus to the event.

The event will run from noon to 6 pm and I don’t think we’ll
make it this year. The wife works tonight and will be sleeping
during this event while I look, and feel, like I was on the
losing end of a fight with porcupine. After chopping up one
small tree today, it will be done.

It’s amazing that as we get older, things we used to do all
day now take us all day to do. This is going to be a short one
as if I don’t get started things won’t get done.

Enjoy our Monday.
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