Day two

April 10, 2021

Made it to day two of being 70 and the sky hasn’t fallen on me yet. Yesterday after chores were done went out with the camera and decided to share a few of the pictures here. First is the flower above, right after the rain stopped. The rain drops hadn’t had time to disappear and the lighting helped make a contrast.

In this one a male cardinal was up in the pine tree preparing to sing me the song of his people. Don’t actually know it that is true or not but it sounded good. This guy stayed where he was for quite a while so we managed to get a few pics. All we can say is he had a great singing voice.

Here he’s getting a lung full of air to begin his serenade. Always wondered what they’re thinking when they look right you. Tried to stare him down but think we were too far apart for normal tactics to work. Do know that his singing could be heard from the front of the house also.

This guy caused me to do a double take as he was perched on the lip of the cats water bowl! He was looking at the cats and they were watching him. The cats left him alone and when he’d had enough water he flew to a nearby fence and looked around. Almost as if he was surveying his kingdom. Ended up being the first robin we got a picture of this year.

Sorry for not posting yesterday but it felt like I either had a camera, or junk food, in my hands all day. At least it was grocery day so we could buy extra of my favorite junk foods. Enjoy our Saturday. Now for more coffee. Comments are always welcome.


After Easter

April 5, 2021

The cardinals didn’t take Easter off and were abundant in the neighborhood. Their singing brought me outside while the longer you listened and looked, the more there were. Even the day itself was a good one with clear blue skies and a few clouds dancing around the edges and highs is the 70s. One could say it was a great day.

The birds kept me busy listening to their songs and watching them dart from tree to tree. Even saw a group of four birds of an invasive species sitting in an old tree nearby. They quickly scanned all the cardinals and decided to try being bullies somewhere else. Can’t say that hurt my feelings.

This is our first Easter without Dad so I had a chat with him while outside and he seemed to enjoy the talk as much as I did. Still miss our talks when it was just the two of us. Hope the bus full of dancing girls finally found you Dad.

Now that Easter is in the rearview mirror we can move on to other things. Going to get outside and get some work done instead of taking pictures. Don’t worry, there will still be pictures, it just won’t be a priority for a few days. Got some volunteer trees starting to bug me so getting rid of them is in order. Free yard waste pick up starting is a good incentive also.

We don’t know what this week will bring but wishing for the best and expecting the worst. Don’t know about anyone else but we’re tired of the bull being shipped out of Washington. Somebody needs to tell the politicians they aren’t royalty they work for us. At least Iowa now has Constitutional Carry.

Enjoy our Monday as we won’t get any younger if we ignore it. Now for some coffee. Comments are always welcome.


Late post

March 20, 2021

Didn’t get to see the sky light up again as I overslept. This shot isn’t as wild as some sunrises but we thought it interesting and worth keeping. Yesterday we had more cats running around than usual and while some were good looking critters, we hope this doesn’t become a trend. So here are a handful of those who were hanging out.

Seen this one a few times and are amazed at his ability to always look like he just climbed out of bed. Not a bad looking cat but could do with some grooming. He just sits at a distance and watches until I return to the porch before getting any closer. Once the storm door closes he comes up to get some food and water.

This one has been around quite a while now and we can remember when she was born. It was a litter of two and her sibling is also white but has dark markings and looks like a Siamese. She still doesn’t get close like Lil Bit and does come around when the food bowls are filled as long as we stay on the porch.

And here’s Lil Bit. Born around the same time as the cat above, Lil Bit will come up to get her ears scratched before heading to the food bowls. She has turned into a chubby little thing with a short tail. We don’t know what happened to her tail as it was short and bent when we first saw her. That doesn’t seem to bother her though.

It’s rare we see this cat around. Brother to the white and orange one above and really likes to stay back. This is the closest I’ve ever seen him get and that’s probably 15 feet away. Not sure of this disposition but often wonder how he sees with those crossed eyes. Doesn’t look too bad in the picture yet some days it makes you dizzy just looking at his face.

A little update. Tippy is still pregnant, Mama Cat stops by occasionally to visit, we are still looking for the kittens from a tabby cat who just had a litter, and the older black cat that got hit by a car is no longer with us. Probably for the best as he was pretty beat up. This ends our tour on some of the cats in our backyard.

Enjoy our Saturday as it’s here anyway. Now for some more coffee and a little sunshine. Comments are always welcome.


Strange days

January 21, 2021

You may have noticed there was no post yesterday. That was because I avoided all forms of media from TV to the internet. Was on the computer long enough to check emails and got off to go out and take some pictures. Heard there are some memes online that state since Biden is now president they would respect him. I say respect is earned. Sharing some of the pictures taken yesterday which are mostly of icicles.

We had an iceberg slowly moving down the roof over the tool room and it was interesting to watch. Haven’t checked this morning to see if it made its way to eaves or not. To each their own.

First thought when seeing this icicle hanging from the metal awning is we must have gotten some wind overnight. This one was taken early morning when it was still a little chilly. Later the temperature would rise to almost 40 degrees.

Later in the day, the melting icicles appeared to have a blue tint to them. I chalked that up to reflection of a clear blue sky. Don’t know what actually caused it but liked the results. One day soon we’ll be pulling the lawnmower out.

Then towards sunset the drips turned a dark blue against a snowy backdrop. Thought for sure that shooting it with the snow behind would weaken the colors, but that was not the case. When I came back inside for a cup of coffee, I thought Chicago Med would be starting about the time the coffee was ready. Ended up more inauguration bull so I shut the TV off again.

We did watch the weather on our local Fox channel before the wife went to work and turned the TV off until 10:30 for a rerun of Perry Mason before, you guessed it, turning off the TV again. If you watched all 27 hours of the inauguration coverage, God bless you. I’m hanging on to whatever sanity I have left.

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


Bits and pieces

November 28, 2020

We’re getting ready to hit the road soon and hope we don’t forget anything. Actually, I’m just hoping we don’t get turned around in the truck stop above and come out the wrong end again. That was a strange feeling.

The lows here got down in the 20s and reminded me once again that there is no heat in the office. It’s a bit nippy but can’t see my breath so it’s bearable. At some point I’ll remember that fact when it’s hot outside and get it fixed. That’s the plan anyway.

And last night I noticed there’s a light on in the garage that I’m going to remedy at some point today. Don’t remember leaving one on but will check it out since there are no energy efficient bulbs out there. Don’t know how long it’s been on as the security light usually makes it hard to see.

Lately I think I’ve been turning into my Dad. When I’d visit him he’d always mention his bad knee while I still had a right knee and a left knee. Now I’ve got a good knee and a bad knee too. At least most days one is good.

One of feral cats that’s been missing for some time showed up a few nights ago and has been hanging around. I missed Patches and we’re glad to have her back. Not sure why she took off or where she was but she looks good so she wasn’t mistreated.

Enjoy our Saturday before the weekend turns into a Monday. Now for some coffee. Comments are always welcome.


Oops!

November 21, 2020

Seems I misspoke yesterday when I wrote that Little Bit was the last feral cat left. I saw this white one in a trap and later said trap was gone. Silly me, I thought that meant we’d never see this white cat again.

Imagine my surprise when going out later yesterday to find the cat had gotten away somehow and was now in the wind again. Even Little Bit seemed happy with that. She went from several playmates to none in a short time.

Not sure how long the white ghost will remain free but look forward to find out on my own. With feral cats you never know. We’ll just enjoy her while she’s around and miss her when she’s gone. As mentioned yesterday we can’t bring them all in or we’d have to add a room to the house.

It’s turning cooler today and we may get some liquid love from above to make it seem cooler. Don’t know about where you’re at, but it’s been windy here and though we’ve gotten used to it we could use a calm day. We’re just looking forward to a little vacation next month, unless everyone is on lockdown.

Enjoy our Saturday as it’s one of the shortest days of the week. Now I need coffee. Comments are always welcome.


Last one standing

November 20, 2020

We call the cat in the picture Little Bit and she is now the last of the feral cats still running free. Saw our neighbor while unloading the groceries and he said they had her trapped once but when they opened the trap to grab her, she ran off.

Almost thought about catching her and bringing her in the house until I remember the wife already had 4 cats in the house. That wouldn’t be so bad except they get underfoot and scream when I step on them. Know my heart must be ok with all that unexpected screaming going on.

According to the neighbor, all the trapped cats are getting spayed or neutered and will be released in the wild. I forgot to ask him where ‘the wild’ is. Said neighbors and us have been feeding these cats since they’ve been weaned and we’re not sure they could hunt their own food.

Next time I see the neighbor I have some questions. On the bright side, we should use a lot less cat food than we have been using. But that also means I may have to travel to find critters to photograph. With the colder weather the birds aren’t as plentiful so we may have a lot of sky pictures in the short term.

Enjoy our Friday as it’s here anyway. Now for some more coffee and a snack. Comments are always welcome.


Fall

November 12, 2020

Leaves on the trees are all but gone and the sky has shades of gray in it most days while the temperature drops enough to get out the winter gear. Been trying to rake said leaves but the past few days have been too windy to do so.

This female cardinal was out early scouting the neighborhood. Saw her mate but he was further away than she was and couldn’t get a decent picture. This couple has been around for a few years and we hope will be for a few more.

Every morning we go out this is a common sight. You can rake them up, bag them neatly, and the next morning there’s more. Most are not colorful this year but we do have one tree with red leaves in the neighborhood we may get a shot of at some point.

Also noticed the feral cat population is dwindling. Used to have about eight to ten cats and kittens lined up when the food bowls were filled but am now down to two or three. Among the missing is one the white kittens that we took a liking to. Just hope it was caught and in a shelter.

Enjoy our Thursday as we will. Now for some coffee and quiet. Comments are always welcome.


New day

November 9, 2020

With all the nonsense going on around our world we’re going to share a few pictures taken yesterday and see how that goes. And since our media news boycott we don’t know what’s going on anyway.

The leaves left on trees and bushes are turning colors and give the promise of more raking when they do drop. But the colors are amazing. It never ceases to amaze me that we have no trees that drop leaves in our yard yet end up with 6 bags full of leaves for the city to haul away.

This little critter was running all over the neighborhood like the Energizer bunny. Wore me out just watching as he kept going, and going, and going. For some reason we are seeing more black squirrels this year than usual. And this one has a ways to go to fatten up for winter.

Watching the sunset last night was worth the time. The first picture is looking west when the sky was still colorful but starting to darken. The colors were gone just a few minutes after the shot. The bottom picture isn’t actually a sunset. It’s looking to the south and the sunset tinted the dark clouds pink. It was a great end to a great day.

Getting the feel of the new computer and operating system and am still learning. So far no major glitches or problems that can’t be repaired. Today may be the day the lawsuits start flying over the election. Won’t get into that much today as I’m in a good mood and want to stay that way. Now for more coffee. Comments are always welcome.


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.
Comments are always welcome.