Thoughts on the weather

March 14, 2017

For a change it was fun watching the local morning news today
as they stumbled over commenting how everyone was surprised
that the weather forecast was so far off. The talking heads
that give their opinion said the snow is done during last
nights broadcast and I woke up to an additional inch of fluffy
white love from above covering everything that had been swept,
shoveled, or had melted yesterday.

A person can listen to news broadcast of the day locally but
as sure as God made little green apples the weather is going to
do whatever it wants. Evidently the people who do these
programs forget the weather doesn’t watch their channel.

Warnings were given about possible black ice later when the
sun goes down and the temperatures drop back to single digits.
At first I think, “how dumb do they think we are?’ Then I
remember the amusing times watching people trying to get their
cars up the hill out front. For a reason I could never figure
out some of these drivers seem to think flooring the gas pedal
will get them up the hill.

When I went over to Dads this morning a broom was thrown in
the trunk so I could sweep his sidewalks, porches, and the
driveway. When finished I went in for chat and we talked about
2 cylinder John Deere tractors. Of course he had to throw in
that they used have to walk six miles, uphill, through snow
drifts taller than they were to get to school.

So all in all, it has been a great day here on the east coast
of Iowa. Our thoughts are with those in the northeast who may
get hit with a couple feet of snow and high winds. Enjoy the
rest of our Tuesday.
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Odds and ends

March 13, 2017

Well we got 7 inches of white fluffy love from above here on
the east coast of Iowa and I don’t think the birds enjoy it as
much as I do. Didn’t even bother firing up the snowblower
either. This was a strange snow as grassy areas got the full 7
inches while roads and sidewalks ended up with about 3.

Since I live in Iowa again this question doesn’t pop up much
but it sure did in my traveling days. It never failed when I
was out of state and somebody asked me where I was from they’d
immediately ask if I knew their friend who used to live here. I
don’t even know everybody in town let alone in the state.

And I was having a great Sunday until the wife reminded me it
was Monday. No, a smart phone wouldn’t help. I’ll keep my flip
phone. Life just seems simpler that way.

Watching the local news one of the stars of the program was
talking about how great ethanol is and why it’s good for us
too. Of course our state is for it, we grow corn! I just
couldn’t believe they got away with broadcasting that many bold
face lies.

Yesterday this flock of geese appeared to be following the
jetliner west. It had me wondering if they didn’t know where
they were going or just thought it was mama. Wish the picture
was better but I couldn’t zoom in closer and keep both in the
shot.

Finally, the wife and I have been having a discussion over who
snores. She claims I do yet when I wake her up so she can get
ready for work the windows are rattling. I can now say the
answer is at hand and should be in mailbox shortly. See below
for my solution to the problem.

Enjoy your Monday or whatever day you think it is. Since I had
beer batter cod and french fries for lunch, supper will involve
a toasted pizza with all the toppings I can fit on top.
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Just a few things

January 13, 2017

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Today is Friday the 13th and a full moon. This is a year
where we will see two Friday the 13ths, the next one will be
in October. Don’t know if that one will be accompanied by a
full moon or not.

People have been asking me why I haven’t mentioned the fact
that former Alderman Bill Edmond died Tuesday, as he commented
on this blog from time to time and was a friend. Truth of the
matter is I’m having a hard time translating my thoughts to
the keyboard. Our condolences to his family.

He was a Vietnam veteran and will be buried with full military
honors, was one of the most honest men I’ve ever met, and we
talked when we saw each other. There will be a post before his
burial on Tuesday.

Finally, we are preparing for a possible storm with freezing
rain, sleet, and all the fun stuff we associate with that. We
have coffee, bread, and enough pizza to feed a family for a
couple weeks. We’re good if it hits us, good if it don’t.

Yet with the record our local forecasters have we are not
holding our breath. We’ve had these storms predicted before
and we sometimes just got a little wind and other times got 5
times as much fluffy love from above as forecasted. I have the
gear to get out in the worst of it and the equipment to
remove whatever comes.

Enjoy our Friday the 13th, we see another until October.
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Break time

December 18, 2016

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It’s now official. Things got chilly last night with wind chills
locally dropping to almost -30 and the white fluffy love from
above blowing around didn’t help. But once the wind chill got
up to a balmy -15 I did venture out to shovel.

Even that took longer than expected with my eyes watering in
the constant 25 mph breeze. It was shovel, wipe my eyes,
shovel, wipe my eyes, and repeat. But the job got done and I’m
no worse for wear.

Things are looking up though. By Wednesday the high is
supposed to be above 30 with a bit calmer breeze. My winter
gear held up and after several cups of coffee I can honestly
say I’m nice and toasty sitting at the kitchen table.

Our anniversaries are coming up and yes I meant the plural.
The wife got married on December 21st all those years ago and
I tied the knot on the 22nd. No problem, we just celebrate
both days. And a few short days after that it’s Christmas.

A great time of the year and it sure looks like it could be
a white Christmas for those of us on the east coast of Iowa.
I spent one Christmas in Hawaii, and while it is a beautiful
place I just couldn’t get in the spirit.

Regardless of where you are, hot or cold, we wish you a Merry
Christmas! In the mean time I have to find a pizza that has my
name on it.
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Some odds and ends

December 16, 2016

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When I shot this picture yesterday I never thought it would
affect me as much as it did. When uploaded and viewed on my
monitor I noticed a face in the clouds on the left side of the
picture and thought of Mom. Strange how things work out.

Today is the anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of
the Bulge, our bloodiest battle in all of WW II. All gave
some, some gave all. It is a reminder that freedom isn’t free.

The local weather guessers predicted 1-3 inches of snow yet
so far we’ve only seen a dusting. They may have to look into
getting a new crystal ball. We can only hope their prediction
of wind chills to -25 Sunday morning are wrong too.

It won’t be long before the stores are advertising swim suits
and summer clothes so we wondered when we saw discounted
Christmas cookies on sale today. We didn’t wonder long at the
price marked, and they were good.

And are we the only ones wondering when our country got
stupid? It can’t be the water, we all drink it. Some of the
things coming out of politicians and celebrities mouths make
us wonder who they’re trying to kid. We’ll leave it at that
and you can draw your own conclusions.

Now I crave a bacon cheeseburger pizza in case I need the
strength to shovel the predicted snow that hasn’t arrived yet.
Enjoy your weekend and remember what a wise person once said;
there is no bad weather, just bad clothes.
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Cloudy days

December 15, 2016

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The day started with strange clouds in the sunrise and wind
chills below zero then ended with strange clouds around the
moon and cooler wind chills.

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Every time I ventured out the wife refused to go along and
called me crazy to boot! I didn’t stay out long enough to
worry about frostbite or put on shoes yet I continued to hear
the woman who sometimes follows me around yell “crazy!”.

All that being said, it was a great day. Now we prepare for a
weekend snow that may dump a few inches of white fluffy love
from above on us. We have enough coffee to last all winter,
bacon in the freezer and coke in the fridge. I don’t see how
it could get any better.

If we get the snow I’ll be outside moving it from where I
don’t want it to where I don’t care if it sits until spring.
After a trip to the grocery store in the morning the snow
blower will be checked and the shovel ready.

And if we’re going to the store in the morning then the end
of week is almost here. That means the weekend will be gone
before we know it. Bundle up if you’re cold, cool off if you’re
hot, and make the most the of it. Before we know it we’ll be
out of weekends until next year.
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Lucky day

December 14, 2016

It happened again. I had a good supper, went to bed by 10,
and woke up at the crack of 3 am. Some days it doesn’t pay to
think things out. So I grabbed my house slippers, camera, and
jacket to catch this shot.

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I did find out that my fleece sleep pants don’t do well in
below zero wind chills. This evening, with the temperature
hovering near 12 and a 25 mph breeze, I tried again. This time
I did have my jeans and a hat added to my earlier wardrobe.
When I first went out the moon was still in the trees.

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Once I got inside the wife was informed the stars were out in
a glorious night and I asked her if she wanted to go out a little
later while I took a picture of the moon. Yeh, that went over
like a lead balloon. So I put a bigger lens on the camera and
went back out for one more shot.

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I know, the moon even looks cold in this one. Didn’t see any
snow or the man in the moon though so it must be a little
warmer up there. And as I was walking around the house I
noticed light coming from across the street from this.

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What a great day, hope yours was just as pleasant. Now I need
a pizza to warm me back up.
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