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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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

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

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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Dry heat?

June 9, 2017

I got up early this morning and after a shower and several
cups of coffee wondered where the wife was. Turned out it was a
problem at work that finally got straightened out so we began
our cruise to the grocery store about an hour later than usual.

That went well and my 5 pizzas didn’t get time to thaw so when
we got home they went straight into the freezer and everything
else was put away. Then I got the idea that it was only 10 am
and I should have plenty of time to mow the lawn before we hit
the 90s on the thermometer.

I goofed up again and listened to the weather estimator who
said it was going to be a ‘dry heat’. After mowing the lawn I
knew why they called it that, the heat was so dry it sucked all
the moisture out of me. I came in the house looking like I went
swimming and drank a whole lot of water.

As for my furry friend picture above, he kept an eye on me
while the moving got done. Not sure what his intentions were
but I wasn’t worried either. And tonight we should have a full
moon and the space station is going to fly over the east coast
of Iowa.

Enjoy our Friday, it’s the last one we get this week. Now I
need another cup of coffee before I look outside to make sure
I really the mowed the lawn and didn’t dream it.
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The yardwork plan

June 7, 2017

The critters were out looking for food and whatever else they
do, the blue sky didn’t have a cloud in it, and the weather was
great. The only down side is I didn’t get to see the space
station when it went over the east coast of Iowa because of all
the trees in its projected path.

But the moon and stars came out and lit up the night sky like
bulbs on a Christmas tree. I even managed to get a little yard
work done. I have now figured out that if I do a little every day
by the end of the year the yard will only look half bad. I even
watched local news for a bit and learned we will have another
open seat on our city council soon.

We await the upcoming holidays to see if the new law that
legalizes the sale of fireworks will have any impact on the
amount of fireworks set off. Our city law states it is legal to
use the fireworks for a week around the 4th of July and around
the same on New Years.

When sales were illegal the fireworks usually began the middle
of June and went through August then again around New Years.
We will soon find out if this year will be louder. That being
said it’s time to attack the yard and see if progress can be
made. I always have plan B to fall back on. Pave the whole
yard and paint it green.

Enjoy our Wednesday. We’re halfway through the traditional
work week, or as we retirees say “just another day”.
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Got er done

May 31, 2017

The birds were singing, the sky was blue, and the time perfect
to go over and trim Dads bushes this morning. The task was well
thought out with plans made and enough tools to do the trees
also. Then the plans changed.

The bushes did get trimmed and I’ve been told they look good
yet I couldn’t finish the job for lack of a rake. With the wifes
old car it was no problem getting a rake into the trunk. With
the new one I don’t believe it possible.

Knowing that Dad had a rake in his garage I began. The
trimming went great, but when I asked Dad for the keys to get
into the garage and grab a rake that all went downhill. He
said he didn’t know where the keys were but did know where the
remote was for the overhead door.

Thinking my luck had changed I strode back outside to the rear
of the garage, hit the button, and nothing happened. I tried
several different positions holding the remote at various angles
yet the door didn’t go up. I even tried saying “Open sesame to
no avail.

So while the greenery looks good the piles of clippings around
them do not. I called my brother and he said he’d take care of
it later as he was going to mow anyway. Some days we’re the
windshield and some days we’re the bug.

Enjoy our Wednesday, we’re halfway to the weekend. Now I need
more coffee and some Biofreeze on my sore back.
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Beautiful day

May 19, 2017

When we started our errands today it was 30 degrees colder
than yesterday and pouring rain. We got soaked twice but I’m
grinning ear to ear because it’s a beautiful day. After 17 days
in the hospital Dad is back home.

We were with him until around 10:30 this morning and a short
time later he was back in his recliner living large. He’ll need
24 hour a day assistance, but in his own house. He’s happy,
we’re happy, and a little rain won’t change that.

I’m not even upset that my agreeing to another pneumonia shot
backfired. Yesterday. I didn’t even feel the nurse stick me
with the syringe so I thought the pain wouldn’t come. I woke up
this morning with that arm feeling like somebody wailed on it
with a baseball bat. That didn’t put a damper on the day

Even the constant nonsense called network news couldn’t get me
yelling at the TV today, I just shut it off. I may not even
turn it back on later tonight when Perry Mason comes on. I can
take no more of the insane accusations leveled against our

It is a little hard to believe that our fellow citizens are
believing the bull the media is shipping. If Trump is so
unpopular, how did he get elected? He said he would drain the
swamp, is doing so, and the career politicians are running
scared. That tells me the president is doing exactly what he
said he would.

Enjoy our Friday and don’t worry about the weather.
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Another non-event

May 18, 2017

The weather guessers and media were busy last night predicting
doom and gloom with sever thunderstorm warnings and tornado
warnings so frequent in made watching television a chore. We
were told high winds, pea sized hail, heavy rains, lots of thunder
and lightning, and a tornado were heading our way and to seek

So of course I grabbed my camera and went outside to get some
amazing pictures of the monster storm. And it never appeared.
We did have wind, some rain, and few distant rumbles of thunder
with the occasional lightning. The end of a branch blew onto
our garage roof, our garbage bin blew over, and an hour after
the rain the streets were mostly dry. The damage has been

This morning we stopped by to see Dad and he did great during
his rehab session before we left for my doctors appointment. I
saw a different doctor than our family doctor, but things went
as expected.

I got a shot, x-rays and tests are ordered, and I now have 3
prescriptions to fill instead of one. They also asked me to
return in 6 weeks to discuss the results of the tests and how
the new medicine is working.

We’ll see. Enjoy our Thursday as the weekend is only a dream
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