Just another day in paradise

July 31, 2018

The little beauty above flew by low enough and was nice enough
to pose for a picture. Not sure where it was going but it seemed
in a hurry to get there. I often wonder why people fly with all
the restrictions put on them and the chance of having to get
searched to even get on the plane.

While pondering that I noticed the magnificent specimen above
and began to wonder if I didn’t mow it over next time I mow what
it would become. Probably a weed, but interesting on no
doubt. We’ll know tomorrow if it survives mowing.

Not to be outdone, the sky caught my eye and I noticed a
pattern of etch-a-sketch and finger painting. Whatever it was
I kept watching until my eyes crossed then moved on.

And the Mississippi Valley Fair starts today with Kids Day. I
was going back and forth as to attending until the morning news
stated that fair-goers should allow extra time as everyone
entering the gate would be searched.

Some think it’s a great idea while I believe it to be as dumb
as a glass outhouse. Another subject we’ll have to wait for the
outcome to see how we feel about it. I just know when we heard
about the search at the gate my response was Oh hell no!

It would take the security people doing the searches about 20
minutes for me to empty my pockets and even longer to explain
why I carry so many things on my person.

Enjoy our Tuesday as it’s the first one this week. As for
myself, nothing wrong with me that a gallon of coffee and some
leftover pizza won’t fix.
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Stay calm and watch racing

July 23, 2018

Since I was in a good mood yesterday a clog in the kitchen sink
didn’t bother me much. At first. Grabbed the plunger and began
my attempt at a quick fix so I could watch the race on TV. And
things didn’t get any better.

After a half hour of plunging with no real progress it came to
me that we had some drain cleaner that was guaranteed to open
up the drain with one application. Yeah right. When it did nothing
to get the drain flowing the plunger was again tried.

Nothing. So I went to a local store and bought some baking soda
and vinegar in an attempt to open the drain while going natural.
After two attempts and a still plugged drain I thought perhaps a
drain snake would be the way to go.

Going to the basement I soon discovered that the drain snake
was not on a shelf where I usually put it. After a quick search
of the shelves in the basement it was decided that I either
loaned the snake to someone who didn’t return it, or somebody
broke in and only stole said snake.

By now the race had started and I really didn’t want to cruise
across town to buy another drain snake, so the plunger came back
out. Several minutes later I got the drain working at about 80%
and had time to catch the end of the race. So after the other
chores are done today I’ll shoot for 100% even it means buying
another snake to do it.

That’s how things went here at Casa Cruiser yesterday. Enjoy
our Monday while I get more coffee and some bacon.
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About the 3rd

July 3, 2018

Tomorrow is the 4th of July and many will celebrate the holiday
and since we feel every day we wake up breathing is important,
here are a few things that happened on July 3rd. If you already
know what occurred you can look at the picture.

On July 3, 1754 in the French and Indian War George Washington
surrendered Fort Necessity to the French forces.

On this date in 1775 George Washington takes command of the
Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

The Wyoming Valley massacre occurred on this date in 1778 during
the Revolutionary War when the Iroquois, who allied with Britain
killed 360 people.

On July 3, 1819 the first savings bank, The Bank for Savings
in the City of New York opened.

In 1852 Congress established the United States 2nd Mint in San
Francisco.

In 1886 the New York Tribune became the first newspaper to use
a linotype machine which eliminated typesetting by hand.

In 1890 Idaho became the 43rd state on this date.

In 1938 the world speed record for a steam locomotive was set
in England at 125.88 mph.

In 1938 President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated lit and
dedicated the Eternal Light Peace Memorials eternal flame at
the Gettysburg battlefield.

In 1962 Jackie Robinson became the first African-American
inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 1979 President Jimmy Carter signs the first directive for
secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.

Much more happened on this date including the fact that I got
a haircut. And I can honestly say this is the first time in two
years my ears and back of my neck have felt sunshine on them in
two years.

Enjoy our Tuesday and the 4th tomorrow. Now I need more coffee
and some leftover pizza.
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June 15, 2018

The June solstice is coming up on June 21st and marks the
longest day of our year and natures signal that summer has
arrived. If you like to celebrate and don’t have anything on
your calender for that day, the solstice occurs at 5:07 a.m. CDT
here in the U.S. of A.

Don’t know about where you’re at, but here on the east coast of
Iowa we’re starting 4 days with highs in the upper 90s today and
heat indexes over 100. Sounds a lot like summer to me.

We will also be able to see the young moon, a waxing crescent,
just after sunset in the western half of the country. It’s a
sight to see. And there’s a bonus this time around. In the west,
about 50 minutes after sunset, the Moon, Venus, and Mercury can
be seen though June 16.

So we’re into the part of our year where sunburns, exposure to
poison ivy and poison oak, and people complaining about the heat
become commonplace. Those complaining are the same people who
were wanting things to warm up in January.

Enjoy our Friday as it has to be 5 o’clock somewhere. Now I
need a gallon of coffee and a few Snicker’s.
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Just an average day

May 30, 2018

I woke up feeling pretty good for a man my age, made some
coffee and had it quickly squirt out my nose when I read a post
on the wifes facebook page. Here are the first two sentences

Please pray for my hubby…

He got stung by a bee in the forehead and he’s in the ER. Now his
face is all swollen and bruised and he almost died.

Well that woke me up! I thought I was having the most
realistic dream ever. Then I read the last line-

Luckily I was close enough to hit the bee with my shovel.

Ok, that’s when I got it. I knew it was a joke because the wife
doesn’t own a shovel.

So went outside to do a critter check and ran into this little
squirrel giving me the look. I had just put out more cracked
corn, what more does he want.

I heard this noise that sounded like a pissed off eagle
was ready to pounce on my back that turned out to be a blue jay
barreling toward me. He stopped where I had set the cracked
corn and proceeded to dine.

Then this cardinal flew down, the blue jay and squirrel ran off
for parts unknown, and said cardinal strutted around like a
rooster. But he did get his cracked corn.

So I’m not in the hospital but am allergic to bee stings and
don’t like getting hit with a shovel. I can’t mow yet as
the lawn isn’t dry from last nights rain yet. Guess I’ll just
have to keep taking pictures.

Enjoy our Wednesday as nothing unusual is happening around here
today. Now I need more coffee and a couple pieces of leftover
pizza.
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Got er done

May 11, 2018

Usually I’m a last minute shopper, you know the type. Christmas
Eve is early enough for Christmas shopping and the like. But
today I broke that habit and can proudly say I got the wife a
gift for Mother’s Day. And no, she’s not my mother but is the
mother of our youngest. Now I can get the lawn mowed tomorrow.

It’s like how I don’t celebrate birthdays anymore, instead I
celebrate the anniversary of the first time I was slapped. Got
so mad I yelled then didn’t speak to anyone for a few years.
Yeah, I can be that stubborn. But I digress.

Today I went to a place I sometimes go to when looking for a
gift for the wife and no, it wasn’t Auto Zone. I approached the
sales counter and before I could say anything the clerk said
“Aren’t you a little early?”.

I won’t divulge what I bought her as the wife occasionally
reads this blog. Pretty sure she’ll like it though and I know I
do as I got a good deal. Guess we’ll find out Sunday. If there
is no post on Mother’s Day, I bombed. It’s hard to put out a
post when I’m in the dog house.

And a hint for the guys, if you shop early the stores aren’t
as busy. All that said enjoy our Friday as that means we made
it through another week. Now I’m thinking more coffee and a few
cheeseburgers to charge my batteries depleted by the shopping.
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Going to be busy

May 4, 2018

We had another senior moment that lasted a couple weeks so will
mention Vintage Torquefest 2018 now since it starts today. All
proceeds from this traditional hot rod and motorcycle show go
to Helping Hannah’s Heart. The show runs through tomorrow.

The wife mentioned today is also National Nurses Day so we’ll
thank all the nurses and wish them a great day. Today is also
Military Spouse Day.

May is National Electric Safety Month, National ALS Awareness
Month, National Burger Month, National Foster Care Month,
Mental Heath Awareness Month, National Military Appreciation
Month, and Older Americans Month to name a few.

The second Sunday of May is Mother’s Day and the week beginning
May 6th is National Nursing Week.

May is the 5th month of the year and May’s birthstone is the
emerald. If you were born in May your birth flower is the Lily
of the Valley.

With that said we readily admit we know just enough to be
dangerous and list only things that interest us so if we missed
a day or week or month observed in May it was not on purpose.
If something is listed wrong while we didn’t make it up that
goes back to our drinking days when we liked to find something
to celebrate before we hit the saloon.

And any rate, enjoy our Friday as it’s looking to be great
weather here. Now for more coffee and some Flaming Hot Cheetos.
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