That’s it!

February 14, 2018

No more mister nice guy. I am reclaiming the title of the
most unromantic man in the world. As I shuffled out the door last
night to get the car ready for the wife to go to work, something
happened that changed my way of thinking.

I know her car doesn’t like me. At times the car won’t unlock
when I press the car touch pad, the seat is always so far
forward my knees hit the steering wheel, and I can’t keep the
car at the speed limit on the highway.

So what happened you ask? Well, since tomorrow is Valentine’s
Day, and since I’ve done it every time I get the car ready for
her, I bent in to kiss her goodbye. That’s when I changed my

As I bent in to give her said kiss her evil car dropped a ton
of snow down my back! I mean a major snowfall. Snow in the hood
of my jacket, snow inside the jacket, snow inside my sweatshirt,
and yes, snow all the way down to my skivvies!

After the wife got done laughing and we had our kiss I waddled
back into the house looking like a flattened Hostess Snowball.
A closer look showed me the jacket hood was full of snow and as
I started stripping off clothes in the kitchen I discovered the
snow had even made it inside my boots.

After drying off, getting dressed in dry clothes, and mopping
up the lake on the kitchen floor I drank about 4 cups of coffee
so I didn’t get hypothermia. And if that’s what being romantic
is all about, count me out.

Enjoy our Wednesday, and for you romantics Happy Valentine’s
Day. This realist is going for more coffee to warm up.
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It’s official

February 12, 2018

This past Sunday in our little portion of the east coast of
Iowa we broke a record set in 1868. We had measurable snow for
eight days in row breaking the old record by a full day. We
also have 14 inches of snow on the ground because of it.

I’m just glad that when all was said and done we have over a
foot of snow. And just in time for the warm up on Wednesday when
we could see 40 degree highs. That may cause some sloppy

And it’s good for the farmers as well. The snow will melt
slowly as spring arrives and put much needed moisture into the
fields. Yet with all that snow we are still about a foot below
normal. We’ll take it. Our snow shovel is worn down to the nub.

This could not have ended on a better day as that means we have
today to celebrate and not shovel. What’s to celebrate you ask?
If you have a minute we’ll tell you.

February 12th, 2018 is Lincoln’s birthday, National Lost Penny
Day, Hug Day, National Plum Pudding Day, NAACP Day, National
Freedom to Marry Day, Clean Out Your Computer Day, Oatmeal
Monday, Oglethrope Day, Paul Bunyan Day, Safety Pup Day, Sexual
and Reproductive Heath Day, and Shrove Monday.

So even though it may seem like just another Monday, it could
be a party in a plain brown wrapper. Enjoy our Monday, pick a
holiday, and enjoy our beautiful day.
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Feeling my age

February 9, 2018

As I sit here hurting in places I didn’t know I had places from
removing more snow, I got to thinking of something mentioned in
an earlier post. I had mentioned that when the wife took her car
in for an oil change the dealer suggested several things that
should be done at 30,000 miles.

These included a transmission flush, a fuel injector flush,
a coolant flush, a brake flush, PTU service, and rear
differential flush that totaled $910 on the estimate. Our
youngest informed me the PTU is the power transfer unit, which
I think is akin to a transfer case in a 4×4.

Since then research has told me the PTU isn’t factory sealed,
can leak, and may fail if driven under low fluid conditions. As
someone who is both old school and a tightwad this seems like
overkill to me. Some make sense to have done and others don’t.
But since I know way more about 50+ year old vehicles than I do
new ones we’ll probably have some of the work done.

Especially since we may be taking another vacation later this
year. She has owned the car for about 14 months and it worked
flawlessly on our trip last year, yet it may be better to get some
things looked at.

To show you how much I pay attention, I just found out today
the car has air-conditioned seats! Really? The heated steering
wheel had amazed for months; but air-conditioned seats? I’d
still rather drive a 48′ with manual steering, transmission,
and brakes! Of course with a stock drivetrain I wouldn’t want
to drive it to California either.

We’ll make up our minds before the vacation rolls around just
in case. Enjoy our Friday as it’s the last one we’ll get this
week. Now I need something for my aching back and more caffeine.
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Guess again

February 8, 2018

We had a snow emergency declared overnight and didn’t get any
snow. Now we have another snow emergency announced and the
people on TV who guess the weather are getting sneakier. We
figured out long ago that said ‘forecasters’ don’t look out a
window when they make their predictions, but come on.

“We could get as little as 1-3 inches, 4-5 inches is more
likely, and depending on which way the weather band moves it
could be as much as 8-10 inches.” Schools may be closed tomorrow
and driving will be hazardous in the morning possible into the
evening commute.

If I heard correctly, snow is supposed to start this afternoon.
Well, I hope the rest the forecast is more accurate. As you can
see in picture above, it’s snowing now!

My aching back has one more go-round with the shoveling, so hit
me with your best shot. Let’s aim for a foot of snow. I have
enough pizza to last another day and enough coffee to get me
through Easter.

All this going on around here and parts east while Idaho is
seeing record warmth. Highs in the 60s? Send it east. Speaking
of east, if you live east of Iowa you’ll probably get snow too.
Just keep warm and don’t panic. Come July we’ll all talk about
how we survived this winter.

Enjoy our Thursday as the weekend is just a dream and some
white fluffy love from above away. Now I need to refill my
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Shoveling it

February 6, 2018

I didn’t make it over to Dads today but did manage a phone call
to let him know I’d stop over tomorrow. He was in good spirits
and took the news well. Since a visit with him didn’t work out
it seemed like a good time to get the rest of the shoveling

When the white fluffy love from above falls in January waiting
for it to melt usually isn’t an option. I decided to start at
the end of the alley as a feeling told me there would be a snow
tsunami from the city plowing the street.

This one was a doozy. I still think they import snow from
another neighborhood just to put it at the end of our alley.
Five inches of snow becomes a foot tall and three-foot wide.
But the street does looks nice.

When the snow lets up later this week we may even get more
pictures taken. As for now shoveling takes more out of me than
it used to and I feel a short nap coming on. We’re looking into
a few things for possible posts and have a Sunday snicker later
this week that is one of the best we’ve heard in a while.

Enjoy our Tuesday as here on the east coast of Iowa we have
more white fluffy love from above in the forecast and we hope it
is only an inch.
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We know

February 5, 2018

This is late getting here and there was no post yesterday. It
all started with what we thought was a great idea and didn’t end
the way intended. You may not believe this, but it all started
with a pizza.

Our favorite pizza emporium was called Saturday for a large
taco pizza and things went according to plan until I arrived at
said emporium to pick up our pizza. Every pizza we’d ordered
before was on a circle of cardboard and a white paper bag was
tented over the top. Yet this time it was in a box!

Figuring it could be the practice of putting different pizzas
in different containers it was decided to wait until we got
home to pass judgement. Then came the second surprise. Every
pizza we’ve ordered before was cut into strips with a single
cut through the middle. This pizza was cut into wedges!

First the box, then cutting it different, we wondered what else
could possible go wrong. We ate ourselves almost to the point of
a pizza induced coma then napped a good portion of the rest of
the afternoon away. And when we awoke there was still half a
pizza left! I’ve got to go into training.

Then this morning, knowing we were going to get at least five
inches of white fluffy love from above by tonight, I decided to
run some errands. We were in dire need of bird feed, donut
holes, and cigarettes. I noticed that when such weather events
are forecast in advance that most people go to the store for
milk, bread, and toilet paper.

I don’t normally pay attention to what people buy yet noticed
this time as the store was packed and my cart seemed the only
one not to include these items. I didn’t ask the reason as all
were looking at my cart full of bird feed. Perhaps next time.

I’ll be busy shoveling in a bit, and again later, and again
even later. So enjoy our Monday as here on the east coast of
Iowa the falling snow and blanket of white on the ground makes
a peaceful scene.
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Cruising while thinking

January 22, 2018

We are supposed to get rain or snow tonight and will experience
a cool down for a while here. That makes me think of coffee and
as I was cruising the information highway on a straight shot of
two lane blacktop I came across a link to a tale behind a new

In my youth many a shot of Jack Daniel’s old No 7 ended up
warming my insides and turning my brain into something akin to
a monkeys. 30 years have past since my last drink but I remember
it well.

What does that have to do with coffee you ask? While cruising
I discovered that Jack Daniel’s is now making coffee and while
it is non-alcoholic the coffee is said to smell and taste like
whiskey. The claim is when you drink it hints of caramel and
vanilla will caress your taste buds.

The coffee should hit stores soon. It won’t be a cheap coffee
as an 8.8 ounce can will run $21.95. Or if you just want to
try it to see if you like it, a 1.5 ounce bag is $6.95. And it
comes in decaf and caffeinated.

You can go to Jack Daniel’s Coffee website to learn more if you
are so inclined. At the bottom of the link is a list of where
you can buy the product now. Iowa isn’t listed. Even though
flavored coffees aren’t my favorite, this is one I might try.

Sometimes it pays to cruise the information highway. Enjoy the
rest of our Monday.
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