We’ve gone crazy

August 13, 2017

Recent events have caused me to think of the state of our
current society and in all honesty I have to say too many of us
are crazier than an outhouse rat. Bear with me and I will try to
explain.

If I understand things correctly a white supremacist group
planned a demonstration and when word got out a counter group
organized a counter protest. At that point it would seem that
everything was as it should be.

Then came word both groups had helmets, weapons, and chemical
deterrents to the opposition. At that point, if one is honest
with themselves, it became a riot. We’ve heard talking heads
blame our president, the mayor, law enforcement, the white
supremacists, and the devil himself.

Throw in a guy in a car running over some of the counter
protesters and it’s a recipe for disaster. First off, the white
supremacists have every right to assemble peacefully as do the
the counter protesters. You may not like what they are saying
but they have the right to say it.

Please tell me how any of those getting blamed could have
stopped what happened. In a rational, educated society this
should not have happened. Said supremacists would have had their
little parade, met a planned destination, had their meeting,
and went home.

We can not mute one segment of our society because it offends
another segment. If what the group is saying offends you, don’t
go to their meetings! It seems to me that ones claiming the
supremacists are the fascists are the fascists.

This whole dividing our citizens has been planned and this
event is proof the plan is working. A state of emergency has
declared? If everyone would take a deep breath, read the laws
concerning assembly and follow them, this never would have
happened.

Grow a pair. Or better yet, grow up. That’s my opinion and
you’re welcome to yours.
Comments are always welcome.


Is curiosity dead?

August 8, 2017

As the moon came up through the trees last night I thought back
to our visit to the county fair and after talking with the man in
the moon he agreed the fair had changed since the last time we
attended.

When we walked through the livestock barns it became clear we
had the place to ourselves and the arena for the horse show was
placed so far back on the fairgrounds it could have been in a
different zip code. And again, not nearly as many spectators as
days gone by.

While meandering we saw majestic Belgian horses being led
into a trailer and quarter horses getting a workout with their
riders in the ring. We saw tigers, elephants, a wild animal
show, and even New Mexico duck racing. Yet the biggest crowds
could be found near the food vendors and amusement rides.

This country boy doesn’t get it. Have we gotten to the point
that snapping a cell phone picture of your child getting
strapped into the roller coaster more popular than teaching
said child about the world around us?

Now they could have went through the livestock barns and gazed
upon the horses and tractors before we arrived. And we did see
parents with children at a small wildlife show that brought
everything from armadillos to wolves onstage, but the numbers
were few.

I also know the rides are fun and the kids enjoy them, but how
many opportunities does one get to see a six-horse-hitch pull
a wagon and make it look easy? Has instant gratification taken
the place of curiosity in the children?

The man in the moon then informed me that you can’t take the
country out of the boy. He’s right because the simpler things
mean more to me.

Enjoy our tuesday. I’m leaving in a bit to visit with the
Antique Farmer and get his take on it.
Comments are always welcome.


Thoughts and tractors

August 6, 2017

Yesterday the wife wanted to go to the county fair and I nixed
her idea which didn’t make mama happy. Then shortly after our
youngest son called. He mentioned 2 firefighters had been killed
this week fighting the wild fires. Timber isn’t that important
but surrounding homes and families are. Our condolences.

So we went to fair after one of my unhealthy breakfasts. I see
nothing wrong with eggs cooked sunny side up in bacon fat yet
it drives some people crazy. If what these people say is true,
added to my years of cigarette smoking, I should have died 17
years before I was born!

At the fair we saw some good looking livestock, some wild
animals, rides, and of course tractors. It wasn’t a big show
but we’ll share some pictures. And some of the tractors aren’t
even green.

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Mamabear can show the pictures to her grandson and make his
day. These pictures were taken by the wife as my little Sony
quit working after two pictures. Although the display showed
a full battery I didn’t charge it.

Enjoy our Sunday.
Comments are always welcome.


Painted skies

August 4, 2017

When I awoke this morning it hit me. The wildfires have hit
Iowa. No, our state is not on fire. Nor or people stocking up
on all things needed to make smores. But when something happens
out west it ends up here.

While it makes for interesting days and beautiful sunsets the
smoke from the fires in our more western states has reached us.
And when that happens it causes one to go outside and enjoy.

Here on the east coast of Iowa we don’t worry much about air
quality when these things happen. Much like when severe storms
are in our area we grab a lawn chair and go outside to watch.

Even the critters appear to enjoy the sights.

Then again, this could all be a weather anomaly. Yet my
wandering mind thinks the winds were just favorable to push the
smoke in our general direction. Whatever the reason it gets me
outside even more. It looks like the skies were painted by
a brush in God’s hand.

Enjoy our friday. A day we stock up on pizza and Snicker’s
at Casa Cruiser. Now I need more coffee.
Comments are always welcome.


Hard to figure

August 2, 2017

The more I try to figure out what’s going on in our world the
more I like taking pictures of critters. Nothing much makes
sense to this old redneck who doesn’t believe in coincidences.

When this happens I end up with more questions than answers
and said questions bother me. Not because the questions are
there but because of the number of questions that pop up. That
being said, here are some things I’ve noticed.

Facts don’t matter anymore. We’ve all heard the abuse of
numbers when talking heads want to prove a point. It makes no
difference if they’re fact or fiction.

Too many people are buying the bull being shipped. We won’t all
die if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, gun owners are not
sadistic morons who maim puppies in their free time, and our
history is not based on the feelings of the offended.

People get flu shots every year that don’t protect them from
actually getting the flu because a different strain appears. We
are told our children need dozen of vaccinations full of
harmful things they wouldn’t normally wouldn’t be exposed to.

It has gotten to the point that being a member of a certain
political party can be harmful to ones health and freedom of
speech is on the endangered species list. We are a rudderless
ship on troubled seas and the lighthouse is without power.
And if there are houses on the moon I wonder what they sell
for.

That being said, enjoy our Wednesday and don’t worry. We’ll
get a few more this month.
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A good sandwich

July 28, 2017

A few years ago in a restaurant out of town I tried a sandwich
called an adult grilled cheese. I liked it so much I kept trying
to duplicate it until I got it. Thinking it was the perfect
breakfast sandwich we stuck with my system until a just
recently. The picture doesn’t do it justice.

My version of the adult grilled cheese involves 4 slices of
bread, butter, Parmesan cheese, 8 slices of bacon, and 4 slices
of two different kinds of cheese. Usually cheddar and Colby
jack. But I upped my game and went to 8 slices of bacon the
last sandwich made.

That was when I decided it was the perfect breakfast sandwich.
When I told the wife my thought on adding another slice of
cheese between the bacon she thought it would be too much. So
I’ll share how to make it and you can decide for yourself if
it’s a good sandwich.

You’ll need:

4 slices of bread

butter or margarine

Parmesan cheese

4 slices of cheese

and as much bacon as you can handle.

When all that’s assembled, and after the bacon is cooked we’re
ready to begin. Butter one side of a slice of bread and shake
Parmesan cheese on the butter. Set this slice on your griddle
with buttered side down and butter the top of the bread.

Add a slice of cheese and either 4 or 8 slices of bacon then add
another slice of cheese on top.

Butter another slice of bread and place on top buttered side
down, then butter the top and shake Parmesan cheese over that.
Repeat for another sandwich and grill until brown. Place on a
plate and cut it in half and enjoy.

Works well with ham also but we prefer bacon. The Parmesan
will smell when cooking but the end result is worth it. Try it,
you might like it.

Enjoy our friday, it means the working folk may get a few days
off after work today.
Comments are always welcome.


As I see it

July 26, 2017

If you have any access to media you have heard of the current
debacle in Washington, D.C. No, not Russia hacking our election
process. I’m referring to repealing Obamacare. The topic seems
to be all over the media with varying degrees of accuracy.

It numbs my brain when I hear, or read, that if Obamacare is
repealed 20-30 million people will lose their insurance. Since
there are only about 8 million people on Obamacare where do all
the other people come from? And since when is health care a
right?

Remember AARP lobbying for the bill then getting an exemption?
Or hearing Congress would have to pass it so we could see what
was in it? Or our favorite, if you like your doctor you can
keep your doctor? Yet with all that has transpired since this
bill was passed some people still think it’s a good thing.

One has to wonder what our government is up to since they can’t
get anything done. A bill to allow illegal aliens to work is
more important than getting the government out our health care
and ensuring that social security is there for those who paid
into it for decades? We think not.

Republicans ran for office on the platform that they would
repeal the Affordable Care Act and are now saying it can’t be
done. It would be nice if there was an adult in Congress who
could play well with others and get something done. Excuses
aren’t getting it anymore.

I don’t blame Trump for this as I believe he is doing what he
said he would do during his campaign. He may doing it at a
slower pace than some would like, but he is doing it. And
finally, how can you be against a bill a isn’t even scripted
yet?

Enjoy our wednesday as it is the last one we’ll see this month.
Now I need more coffee and a pizza infusion.
Comments are always welcome.