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Monday, January 16, 2017

Bad Weather Day

Not a very pretty day here in Cut and Shoot, TX.  This morning a tornado was spotted on the ground and of course tornado warnings were issued.  The weather has cleared some, and we didn't get any really bad weather here at my place, just some rain and it wasn't all that heavy.  From the reports on the TV weather news, it should be a wet week.  At least the bad weather held off long enough for Houston to get its marathon completed.

I was checking out some jokes on the internet and found this joke on

Here is the joke from the above internet site:

A Minnesota couple decided to vacation to Florida during the winter. They planned to stay at the very same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday. His wife would fly down the following day.

The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an e-mail to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her e-mail address, and without realizing his error, he sent the e-mail.

Meanwhile.....somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband's funeral. He was a minister of many years who was called home to glory following a sudden heart attack. The widow decided to check her e-mail, expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she fainted.

The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I've Arrived
Date: 16 May 2003
I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send e-mails to your loved ones. I've just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is not as uneventful as mine was.
P.S. Sure is hot down here!

I sure hope you got a chuckle out of that joke and if you want more, got to the web site.  What ever you do, have a great day, you hear?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Acoustic Kitty

I found an interesting story on the internet.  It was called, "Acoustic Kitty" and after a brief explanation, you will understand why it was called that name.

Back during the "Cold War" days, a lot of strange things were tried  by all parties involved.  So, I guess we shouldn't be surprised that back in 1967, the CIA spent millions of dollars to try and train house cats to spy on the Soviet Union.  How was this done?  Well, the CIA implanted electronic spying equipment into live cats and then trained them to get close to the unsuspecting targets.

Now I have owned a few cats in the past. . . wait, you don't own a cat, they own you.  OK, I had cats that lived with us and we fed them, but we never really "owned" them.  I guess we could say that they owned us and we were their servants and if we took really good care of them, they would let us pet them.  Here is a link to the sight, if you want to read it yourself:
http://www.livescience.com/40172-declassified-military-cia-secrets.html
This is to the webpage but not to the specific information.  You will have to scan through it to find the link.  BTW, it is the 15th page that tells about it.

Here is the CIA memorandum: 

It is amazing what we humans can think up just to get the better of another group.  Now, pet the kitty and have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Warmer Than Normal.

January is supposed to be in the midst of winter, even here in Texas, but it sure doesn't feel like winter.  It has been warm and is supposed to get warmer.  All this heat moved in just after we had, what the news called, a hard freeze.  In fact, the temperature is supposed to climb all day today until it hits eighty degrees and stay warm all week!!  Now that is just about right.  Don't have to run either the furnace nor the air-conditioning.  Going to be a cheap week, utility wise, since my furnace is electric, too.

This has been perfect weather to get some use out of our new magnetic screen door.  We installed it on our sliding doors and since then, temperature permitting, we can leave the door open and the pups can go out and come in anytime they want too.  I found some pictures on the internet of some similar ones:


Ours was installed by placing thick double sided tape on the door frame and then pressing the edges of the screen to the tape.  Works great for us and our three Shih Tzu pups, that is, when the temperatures are not too high or too low.  Otherwise we have to open and close the sliding doors for them to get out and come back in.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Seeing Faces in Things.

Ever since I was a kid, I always looked for faces in things.  Yes, I look for other things, also, but faces are my favorite to find.  Maybe you don't know what I mean.  Let me see if I can find a couple of pictures that I have taken in the past, some of which I have posted on my blog before.

OK, I found a couple.  This first one was of a fungus that was growing along my driveway.


Let me enlarge it some.  Look at the left side of the center blob.   That looks like face to me.


Let me show you the part that looks like a face to me.  I can see a protruding forehead, eyes, nose, cheeks, mouth, and chin.  Can you see them, too, or is it just me???


OK, let me try another one.  I have previously posted this picture on my blog.  It was of a wild mushroom which came up in one of my wife's potted plants.


OK, now enlarged some.  I see a face of what looks to me like a cat.  It is near the top of the mushroom.


OK, I will enlarge it a bit more.  Now can you see the cat?

Now, I hope you don't think I am not right in the head because I see faces in things.  I just wanted to show you them to verify that you can see them, too.  OK Barney, don't you dare say you can't see them because you are the sane one (grin).  Now, lets all start seeing faces in things and have a great day, you hear?


Friday, January 6, 2017

Five Squirrels.

Five squirrels is how many are feeding on the bird seed I put out for the birds this morning.  I think they are starting to learn that I don't bother them when they eat the bird seed on the ground.  Yes, I put plenty of it on the ground for them.  They have to learn, however, that they are not allowed up on the bird feeder.  Some of them are slow learners and I have to tickle their behinds with my low powered BB-gun that my son gave me as a gift just for that purpose.  It doesn't hurt them at all, but just lets them know that they are doing something I don't want them to do and that I CAN reach out and touch them.

Before I went out and chased the one off the bird feeder, I took a picture out the window.  Sorry the pictures are not real clear.  The window I took the pictures out of has screen on the outside which blurs the picture and of course, it is a dreary, misty, cold day here today.  Right now it is 32 degrees and is not supposed to warm up any further today.  The news is predicting sleet and freezing rain. 




And oh yes, the birds come to the feed, also.  I just now went and looked and there was only one squirrel there, but there were 18 birds with more coming all the time.  Yep, those birds were coming and going so fast that it was hard to get an accurate count, but of course I did (grin).

We don't usually get a lot of freezing weather in this area of Texas, but when we do, it is big news and if it snows, it makes the headlines.  I have lived here since the mid 1980's and have only seen snow a few times.  One of those times was when we had the RV parked at Galveston Island State Park over the Christmas holidays back a few years ago.  I believe that this picture was taken on Christmas day.

Yes, that has been awhile ago.  It was back when I had the travel trailer and Ford pick-up.  That trailer got a lot of use and got to park in many states.  It was traded in and replaced with a class-C motorhome which was later upgraded to the diesel pusher I have now.  I am just going to hope that snow here in Texas is just a memory.  Now, you all stay warm and have a great day, you hear?


Monday, January 2, 2017

It Has Been Five Days.

Wow, I can't believe it has been five days since I last posted a blog.  Did you miss me?  NO???  Well, I didn't think so, but whether you like it or not, I am back posting.


A line of thunderstorms rolled through here early this morning.  It is now 06:00 and the storm is only a memory, although I can still hear some thunder off to the east.  There is another storm on its way, but it looks like the worst of it will pass to the north of us.  This next storm reaches from here in Cut and Shoot, TX the whole way up to Wichita with only one break in the front north of Oklahoma City.

I think that I will leave this blog with a joke I found at:

A completely inebriated man was stumbling down the street with one foot on the curb and one foot in the gutter. A cop pulled up and said, "I've got to take you in, pal. You're obviously drunk."

Our wasted friend asked, "Officer, are ya absolutely sure I'm drunk?"

"Yeah, buddy, I'm sure," said the copper. "Let's go."

Breathing a sigh of relief, the wino said, "Thank goodness, I thought I was crippled."

Now, you all have a great day, you hear?


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Some Grins for Today??

Christmas is over and you have had few days to relax and unwind.  So, you sit in your easy chair, sip a cup, and watch your favorite TV shows.  Then you start to feel ashamed, because of all that you have and knowing that some are not as fortunate as you are.  Then you realize that you are having a really great day while some others may be having a very bad day.

Having a bad day, if it ain't you, can be very funny.  Don't believe me?  Well, just take a look at these examples:


I would imagine that most of you still have your Christmas tree sitting in your house.  A lot of people place a star on the top of their trees to signify the star of Bethlehem.  Some people prefer to place an angel on top of their tree.  The following link explains how this angel on top custom got started:

https://www.shortstories101.com/story/christmas-story/

These two links made me laugh and I hope they made you laugh, too.  I don't know why it is, but we can't help laughing at other people's problems and troubles.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?