Quick update

November 13, 2019

Like most of the country it has been cold around here on the east
coast of Iowa which doesn’t help my ventures outside in search of
critters to photograph. In the last three days all I’ve seen are the
feral cats and one cardinal.

Of course when the cardinal was seen the camera was on my computer desk. Just ran out to do a quick errand and didn’t expect to need it. On the upside, there is always a next time.

We may even get a little snow later tonight although it’s not
supposed to be much. We’ve already had over 9 inches of the white
fluffy love from above and that’s enough for now. And I know this is
another late post, but at least I’m getting it out now.

Had a talk with our youngest yesterday who said he was in the dog
house. Guess he called me for all the experience I have. We had a
good chat before hanging up. Tomorrow we’ll try to get a post out
earlier and see how that works. Hope it’s doable.

Enjoy our Wednesday night as we will and keep warm if it’s cold
where you’re at. Now for more coffee and something for my sweet
tooth.
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The old days

November 12, 2019

Went over to visit Dad today and found out he had a tooth pulled
yesterday after it broke off. That didn’t stop his appetite as he had breakfast and one of the donuts I’d brought over. Then we went into the front room, he got comfortable in his recliner, and we talked.

He got on a roll about the winter of 1936 and how all the farmers
got together with scoop shovels and cleared the gravel road all the
way to the highway. My back hurts just thinking about that. But as
happens in the country during the winter the road drifted over in
places.

Grampa was really sick so they called the town doctor and he agreed
to drive out to the farm. A little later the doctor called from a
farmhouse down the road to say the road drifted over and could
someone come with a team of horses to pull his car through the
drift.

So my uncle took a team of horses and pulled the doctor through the
drift then followed back to the farm. Grampa got some medicine to get
him better and the doctor went back to town. Thankfully Grampa made
it through his illness and lived to the ripe old age of 94.

Kind of makes starting the snowblower and following it around seem
almost like play instead of work. I may clear a half block of alley
along with the driveway and sidewalks, but at least it isn’t a mile
of gravel road using a scoop shovel.

Enjoy the rest of our Tuesday as tomorrow we may see a camel
running around.
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Just watching the lawn

November 8, 2019

My mind seems to travel more than I do and another day got away
from me. Distractions were many and while my brain was thinking
of odd things my body was content to transport said brain from
distraction to distraction.

When we returned from cruising to the grocery store early this
morning I noticed this patch of grass covered with frost. After the
groceries were put away I went out and snapped the picture above.
Not sure why so much time was spent looking at this marvel of
nature but I should have been getting things done.

Of course the little piece of Gods green earth reminded me that just
last week I took another picture around the same area. In this one
it was dew on the grass and not frost. Both caught, and held, my
attention. Seven days, a week, and things changed dramatically.

Most people would probably just walk by and not notice the dew or
frost, but I’m not most people. The sun glistening off the dew and the
water beading on the blades of grass was amazing last week.

And the hair like frost got my attention this week. If more people
actually looked at what is right in front of them I think the world
would be a better place. It doesn’t coast anything, isn’t time
consuming, yet definitely makes one feel better for having looked.

Enjoy our Friday evening as we will. Now for some coffee and a bite
to eat as I forgot lunch.
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Good times

November 7, 2019

Some days we get so distracted that time passes and before we
realize it the day is gone. Today was such a day and most of it was
spent outside watching nature at its finest. At least that’s what I
believe.

Went out earlier and after feeding and watering the feral cats for a quick look around had me gazing to the sky. A nearby tree was losing leaves at a rate that had it been rain it would have been a good drizzle.

The alley went from gray concrete to the yellow, orange, and gold of
the new fallen leaves. And they just kept falling. Some would get
carried by the wind and spin through the blue sky to end quite a
distance from the tree.

And with the blue sky as a backdrop it seemed almost magical. I don’t
think Disney could pull off a more colorful display. Even the feral
cats got into the act by jumping up and swatting at the falling
leaves. Some were very acrobatic.

A couple squirrels scampered about looking for their hidden supplies
or running around with walnuts in the their mouths to hide them
elsewhere. With all that going on, I also noticed that there was not
a bird to be seen.

Not sure if they’re hunkered down in their nests or airing out their
long johns. Now back inside I realized it was not a wasted day but
one to remember. Everything meshed together like a well rehearsed
play.

Enjoy our Thursday, or Friday Eve if you prefer. Now for some coffee
to prepare for the chores that didn’t get done earlier.
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Late again

November 5, 2019

Here on our portion of the east coast of Iowa we vote. If you live
here, or have an election also, please vote. You may have noticed we
missed posting yesterday and while we’re sorry about that it couldn’t
be helped.

Seems I keep forgetting I’m no spring chicken anymore and push things that don’t need pushing. In this case it turned into a step back on the road to getting better. Now I’m almost to where I was before the set back.

Saw this bird while out getting some fresh air a few days ago and got
a shot. Seemed to be determined to enjoy the day.

A few of the feral kittens were out and about so we’ll share some pictures of how they’ve grown. They almost have me trained as they are outside waiting to be fed at 6 am every morning, rain or shine. Even mama cat is coming back around.

Since mama cat is no longer bigger than a basketball we believe she
had another litter. So far she has them well but when I’m feeling a
little better we’ll have a better look.

And again we’ll say that regular postings will begin again. I’m
getting ready to go out and see if any critters want a picture and
if so will share here in a later post. Enjoy our Tuesday as
tomorrow the pesky camel will be around. Now for more coffee.
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Kodak moments

November 2, 2019

Yesterday afternoon I ventured outside with the camera on the off
chance there would be a Kodak moment awaiting. When this robin flew
on the fence rail and started bouncing up and down I figured this must
be it. Either that or I had slept through winter.

Then this colorful cardinal popped up in some bushes and the smiles
started. My lucky day, hope for one shot and get two. Sure they’re
pretty common birds around here but to see both within minutes was
pushing my luck. But we have the memories now.

But the luck didn’t end there. Just as I was ready to give it up and go in to warm up this White necked sparrow flew onto another bush so that made three. This one also seemed content to just sit around and enjoy the sunshine since the snow Wednesday.

After taking the last picture of the sparrow it was time to go back
inside to warm up and have some coffee. Some day I may invest in a
photo editor of some sort but for now I don’t think pictures look
too bad without one.

Now more coffee and a short break before doing a few chores to test
if I’m up to snuff. Enjoy our Saturday as tomorrow we set the clocks
back.
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Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2019

Although here on the east coast of Iowa we will have 5 inches of
white fluffy love from above on the ground before the snow ends this
afternoon, the little ones will still be Trick or Treating tonight. It
looks, and feels, more like Christmas today.

The trees look flocked and grass is covered while the roads are
slushy right now. And life goes on. It just means we have to wear
boots instead of our house slippers when we go outside. It did look
like a Norman Rockwell painting when I went out earlier to feed the
feral cats, clear the driveway and get a few pictures.

Don’t want to overdo anything while I’m recuperating but also can’t
sit still. Might as well get it all done at once and come back in.
So far so good. I did get over to see Dad yesterday and glad I did.
When he opened the door and saw me with a bag of donuts he broke
out in a big grin and said he didn’t expect to see me.

Through the rumor mill he had heard I was in the hospital so I had to explain that I went to emergency room and was only there for about 4 hours. Then I made coffee and we sat in the kitchen and we had a good chat. I stayed a little longer than normal and when I got home the wife jumped my butt.

She claimed I wasn’t usually late getting back and she thought I had
a relapse. Didn’t happen, but I do appreciate her for worrying about
my health more than I do. Enjoy Halloween as it’s here.
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