New week

May 21, 2018

It’s a new week, we survived the weekend, and I haven’t started
myself on fire again. What a great day! It may be raining
outside but we’re nice and dry in the house. And I haven’t
watched any TV news in days.

I did hear from a friend who seemed upset about the royal
couple leaving on their honeymoon in an electric Jaguar. When
that was mentioned I felt that nothing important was missed by
my avoiding watching any news.

Talked to our youngest over the weekend and learned something
new about the Fusion that surprised me. The wife got the car in
for the recall of the nut behind the wheel but I haven’t noticed
a difference. Perhaps it takes a while.

And I have good intentions of getting outside with the camera
to snap more pictures as soon as this rain stops. We do need the
rain though as the weeds can’t grow without it and some of the
weeds make interesting pictures.

This is going to be a short one as breakfast is going to be
ready soon and even though I may not look like it, I do like to
eat. So enjoy our Monday as it’s the first one we get this week.
Now to get some coffee and see what’s on the menu.
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A new day

May 14, 2018

Yesterday was Mother’s Day so we had dinner with my Mother-in-
Law. All went well, everyone ended up full, and we all had a
good time.

Today I put off mowing the lawn again as I had a feeling it was
going to rain before I could finish. When you have a battery
powered lawn mower you don’t want to mow in the rain.

So I grabbed the camera and ventured outside anyway. Saw this
squirrel scampering around an oak tree about 75 foot up and got
a shot. It looked almost like he was lunching on leaves. He
stayed up there longer than my patience lasted.

The I spotted this yellow and black critter almost on the
ground. He wasn’t buzzing around but preferred to walk his way
up the plant. He was also there longer than I cared to watch and
earned an E for effort. He really wanted that flower.

This little guy looked like he wanted to sample the cracked
corn before the rain. He actually tried some before moving on.
Not sure if he had a problem with corn or was on a quest for
something tastier.

Later he found some bird seed over by some hostas and chowed
down. Made we wondered if he tried the hostas also as they had
that chewed on look.

About that time it started raining pretty hard so I put down
the camera and went back out to watch the storm. And sure
enough, after about a half hour the rain just stopped. So I
grabbed the camera and saw these feral cats playing on a
felled tree in a neighboring lot.

So enjoy the pictures, and our Monday. I’m going for some
coffee and a burrito as I forgot lunch again.
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Brainless days

May 2, 2018

The day started with cloudy skies, a little wind, and the
humidity was so high you’d sweat buckets outside. So I decided
it would be a great day to get some inside jobs done. The
problem was while my body was ready to have at it my mind
decided to take a day off.

I opened windows and had fans running but the house was still
as hot and humid as outside. Even though my brain was nowhere to
be found I decided what we needed was another fan to cool the
house so the wife and I went to the farm supply store to find a
fan.

After some searching we found one we thought would work and we
wouldn’t need an electrical engineering degree to figure out. I
didn’t realize it’s hard to find a window fan without a remote
control. As a society we have gotten lazy.

We bought this technological marvel and once home unwrapped it,
sat it in the window, and discovered the cord was about a foot
to short to reach the outlet. Since I didn’t want to run
extension cords to trip over another plan was devised and said
fan was moved to another room where the cord did reach the
outlet.

Turned the fan on only to discover it didn’t help keep the
hot, humid air out. And then it hit me. Take the fans out of
the windows, shut the windows, and turn on the central air.
That worked! But heh, even without my brain working the problem
was solved.

Enjoy our Wednesday as we are now that I figured how we could
cool off. Now I need more coffee and a pizza and I can handle
that with one brain tied behind my back.
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Picture perfect day

April 20, 2018

Been hearing bird calls like we were invaded by several new
species of birds and today I found the culprit. It is the bird
pictured above, the brown thrasher. They deliberately sing
phrases and repeat them twice.

But what I found interesting is that this bird has the largest
documented song repertoire of all North American birds with
over 1,100 song types. No wonder I couldn’t find all those birds
I was hearing.

And I caught the moon out last night and thought the picture
turned out pretty good so we’ll share it too. If it had been a
full moon we’d need a bigger camera.

This morning a healthy looking squirrel was out digging for
goodies in the neighbors yard while the day was warming up. Not
sure if he found anything but it kept him busy most of the day.

Days like this put a smile on my face and I even learned a
little about the brown thrush. Yeah it’s great when there’s a
blue sky, critters are running around, and we have a freezer
full of pizza. Enjoy your Friday as we have, tomorrow is
Saturday so I’ll mow the lawn. Now I need to check my coffee mug
for a small hole as it keeps coming up empty.
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Distractions

April 18, 2018

I heard the bells ringing in a nearby church and realized yet
another day got away from me. Nothing new there yet I’m hoping
this isn’t the beginnings of a trend.

Was still day dreaming last night as the sun said a colorful
goodbye to the day. The picture was taken in our backyard and
has a lot of things cluttering it up, but I like it.

This is the poor excuse for a squirrel that has been bouncing
around our area for a while now. If they had Olympic competition
for critters this one could take the gold for back flips.

And doves were all over the neighborhood, like this one on a
nearby roof. It can’t be our one little bird feeder that brings
all these critters in and we doubt it’s the weather. When we
figure it out we’ll let you know.

The weather forecasts have missed the mark again. Perhaps we
will send a suggestion to the TV station that those who predict
the weather get a room with a window. It might help.

Finally, we tried something new at lunch and the wife and I
both enjoyed it. Because she’s on a Keto diet I fried up a few
inch think steaks them smothered them in a mushroom garlic
sauce that turned out great. It will never replace pizza for
me but will be in the top 10 favorites.

Enjoy the rest of our Wednesday. I’m going in search of a cup
of coffee.
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Thinking all over the place

April 17, 2018

I made the mistake of buying a newspaper Sunday and after
perusing said paper felt like the $4 would have been better
spent elsewhere. After the wife got up and read the paper later
she said the same thing.

We just heard former First Lady Barbara Bush has passed away,
she was 92. Our condolences to the family. Perhaps TV coverage
of that will slow the Trump lawyer bull the media has been
pushing.

There was a black squirrel bouncing around the back yard that
must have been looking for goodies he buried in the yard. As I
get older I appreciate the enthusiasm. When we see him again we
might get a picture.

Since I found a Rural Farming channel on the TV I have watched
the tractor auction about 6 more times. Don’t know if that means
I’m hooked or just like tractors.

Dad was in good spirits today and on the mend. Turns out he has
pneumonia and his medicine is doing a good job of getting rid of
it. Tractors came up during the visit but in my defense he
brought the subject up.

Finally, by the sound of it we are going to get a few inches of
snow tomorrow along with some rain and freezing rain. We are
hoping for the best while preparing for the worst as we had a
high of 50 today.

Enjoy our Wednesday as the working folks are halfway to the
weekend and we retired folk are observing just another day. Now
I need more coffee.
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Of interesting times

April 16, 2018

We’ve been getting snow here in the Hawkeye State and it
doesn’t look like we’ll get back to normal weather until the end
of the month. The people complaining they’ve had enough of
winter while calling this Apriluary will be the first to whine
that it’s too hot in a few short months.

Birds had a different take on our weather. Some got out and
braved the cold rain that preceded the snow while others were
huddled together under the eaves to keep dry.

But a day before the snow we got a picture of a daffodil that
didn’t seem bothered by the upcoming weather alert that told of
snow. It’s still there and doesn’t look any worse for wear after
the cold snap.

As someone who remember when some swimming pools were called
Natatoriums and cars has wing windows, a little snow doesn’t
bother me in the least. Been there, done that, still have the
t-shirt.

No, it’s not January 106th. No weather records were broken
because of extreme cold or snowfall and we’ve only lost power
twice. People look at me like I’m crazy when I ask them how
they are on this beautiful day.

Yet it is a beautiful day if I wake up breathing regardless of
the weather and I thank God for giving me the gift of another
day. I guess those who think I’m crazy believe the day is owed
to them.

Enjoy our Monday as we have more snow in the forecast for
Wednesday and Thursday. Now I need a refill on my coffee and a
Snicker’s
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