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Monday, May 23, 2016

A Birthday Wish.

I just want to say "Happy Birthday" to my beautiful wife.  Yep, she is finally over 21. . . and she is really something special.

Happy Birthday, Honey.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

You Think You Know Someone.

You think that you know someone, but then you find out that you only knew part of who he was.  My neighbor, who's property butts up against mine, passed away.  Yesterday, I went to the viewing (at 09:00 am) and funeral service (at 10:00 am).  After talking to his relatives and listening to the story of his life, I realized that I really didn't know the man.

Yes, I knew that he was an over the road truck driver, then he purchased his own rig and became an owner operator, and after he decided to give up driving, he drove a chase car for large and extra wide loads.  You have seen them, they have the sign on the roof with yellow flashing lights that tell you there is an over sized load coming behind them or going in front of them.  What I didn't know was that he was a guitar picker and singer, and what I heard about him yesterday, he was very good at both.

Dang!!  How many times have I been sitting here at home picking my guitar and even singing once in awhile, and thinking how great it would be if I had someone to pick and grin with.  I never knew that he played and sang, now it is too late.  What a missed opportunity for me.  Now I feel doubly sad; sad that he is gone and sad of not knowing that we had something in common that we could have shared and enjoyed.  So never put off doing something that would please yourself and someone else at the same time.  Too late comes way too fast.  Now have a great day, you hear?

Friday, May 20, 2016

I Ate The Whole Thing.

How many of you remember that old add for Alka-Seltzer?  Or the jingle, "Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is"?  In case you don't know or forgot it, here is a link to the original jingle:

Then later, just a few years ago, the couple who played Ray's parents in the show "Every Body Loves Raymond", remade that add.  Just in case you were like me and didn't know that, here is a picture showing Peter Boyle in the Alka-Seltzer add:

And here is a link to the video of that add:

OK, all of the above is fiction but I just did that at lunch time.  Remember that carton of eggs that our daughter-in-law gave us with the one huge egg?  In case you forgot:

Well, I ate that egg today along with the one beside it.  Yep, I can't believe I ate the whole thing.  They made three and a half sandwiches.  Guess what.  I was thinking that it had to be a double yolk egg, but when my wife cracked it open and put it in the frying pan, there was only one yolk, but it was a doubly large yolk and was not as round as a regular yolk.  But let me tell you, it tasted great!!  Now I want all of you to have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Complete Darkness

How many of you have experienced a place that was completely dark, a place that was absolutely void of any light?  I bet very few of you have.  Just in case you ask, I have.

The first time was many, many years ago when I got to tour a cave.  The guide turned off the lights and way down there below the surface of the earth, it can be really, really dark.  One other time, in the "mushroom mines" when the lights got turned off.

What??  You never heard of mushroom mines?  In western Pennsylvania where I grew up and lived for the first half of my life, there were a lot of limestone deposits and they were mined.  The walls, roof, and floor looked like concrete.  I toured one that was turned into a mushroom farm.  Mushrooms grow better in no or low light.  They would bring in a rail car load of manure to make compost that the mushrooms would grow in.

The other one that I was in a few times was used by a gun club as a shooting range.  We could shoot in there any time of year and it was always a comfortable cool temperature and it was spacious enough to drive your vehicles in there and park just behind where the shooters were.  That made it very convenient.  Just get out, get your rifles, and you only had to walk a few steps.  And oh yes, you definitely had to wear ear protection.

That is the only time in my life that I have experienced complete darkness.  Now tell me the times that you have been in the absence of any light and have a great day, you hear? 

Monday, May 16, 2016

A Little Wood Pecker.

I have had a lot of different birds visit my bird feeders and the suet.  Sometimes I get unwanted guests.  I just went outside and chased away four squirrels.  I also put a scoop or two of seed on the ground so the pesky squirrels can get some without damaging my feeders.  Of course I have to run out and chase them once in awhile to keep them on their toes (grin), or maybe just for fun.

Earlier this morning, I saw this bird on my suet:

I wasn't sure what it was.  I thought that it was a Downy Woodpecker, but I thought that they always had a bit of red on the back of their heads like the one in this picture:

Well, I learned something this morning.  I looked it up and yep, it was a Downy, but a female Downy.  Hey, I am 73 years old and I don't ever remember seeing a female before.  Surely I have, but for the life of me, I can't remember.  I can usually remember things from years ago very easily, it is just that short term memory thing that I have trouble with. . . now what was the topic of this blog???  Oh yes, I guess it was for the birds. . . now you all have a great day, you hear?

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Doctors Have Changed.

I got thinking back to when I was kid growing up and what the doctors were like back then.  No!!  It wasn't back in the horse and buggy days, I am not quite that old, but things were quite different then.

For example, let me tell you about our family doctor when I was a kid and what all he did.  He had an office in the town about 8 or 10 miles from our home.  If I got sick, my parents didn't have to take me in to his office and my Dad didn't need to miss work to take me in to see the doctor, he made house calls.  I suppose most of you who are a lot younger than I am have no idea what house calls were.  The doc would come to our house and I wouldn't have to get out of bed.  He would administer any medication, pills or shots, that he thought that I needed.  Yep, no need to go to a drug store back then.  The doc had a big black bag that he carried everything that was needed.

That very same doctor did minor surgery in his office.  Yep, I had my tonsils and adenoids removed in his office.  The only bad thing about it was that he used raw ether to put me under.  He put a wire mesh thing that had some kind of fiber on it over my nose and mouth and poured ether on it.  Dang, I didn't like that one bit.  It didn't smell that bad, but I started to get a buzz in my head which continued to get louder and louder until I was ready to scream that I had enough and couldn't stand it anymore. .  . then I woke up.  If you have never had raw ether, I sure do not recommend it, take my word for it.  I have been put under later in life with sodium pentothal, and that is the way to go, if you have to put to sleep for some kind of operation or procedure.

I guess that I am giving my age away when I said the doctor made house calls and that I had my tonsils out in his office.  Back in the day, going to a hospital was a last resort, as it still should be.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Friday, May 13, 2016

Premature Baby Tomato

Remember my blog back a few days ago about our first full size ripe tomato off our "patio" tomato plants?  In case you missed it, here is link to that posting:

Well, we just found a premature baby tomato that the mother plant aborted way too soon.  Yep, it was just laying there under the plant where my wife found it.  It is just too young to ripen on its own.  Oh, such a sad event.

Here is a picture of the little fellow in the palm of my hand:

Oh the inhumanity of it.  This little guy never got a chance to grow up.  Now, I hope you all have a better day than this tomato had, you hear?