Wondering about wild grapes

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Son Made Us Raised Gardens.

Well, actually, he made us raised beds to plant with vegetables or flowers or both.  It is getting close to planting time and we wanted the new beds to have time to settle and weather a bit.  OK, I suppose you want to see some pictures?  OK, since you asked, this first one is of my son dumping dirt into the frames.  BTW, he also brought up one of his chain saws and cut the poles to fit. 

The two frames he made and the one on the left already full of good top soil:

And a closer picture of my son on his John Deere:

The tractor sitting in our drive way:

His wonderful wife came up and visited with my wife and I while her husband, our son, was working on the raised beds.  After he was done, she climbed aboard the tractor and was ready to head home.

And here they are riding off into the sunset. . . well, actually they were heading east, but you get the picture:

Here is a picture of the finished beds:

So, have any of you got your garden plots ready for planting?  Around here they plant potatoes on or before my birthday, which is Valentines Day.  Now you all have a great day, you hear?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Wondering Aboout a Pet Peeve.

As you may have guessed, I have a bunch of pet peeves, but for brevity reasons I will only talk about one of them tonight.  If you have been following my blog postings you know I like to watch old westerns on TV.

Because I don't hear quite as well as I did decades ago, I put on the closed caption and can read along as the actors talk.  Well, I have noticed a couple of times during a western when the Indians were speaking in their own language that the closed captions just said that they were speaking in "a foreign language".  Heck, the white folks were speaking in a foreign language, English, and the Indians were speaking in Native American.  So, which language is foreign in America, English or American Indian?  Isn't England a foreign country and didn't America fight and win its freedom from the English?  So, what do you think?  Do I have the right to be slightly peeved?  Now, have good evening, you hear? 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Wondering About Putnisite.

I bet most of you have never heard of Putnisite.  I actually only came across that word this morning when I was leafing through my newest edition (January/February) of Discover.  It was number 96 of the top 100 stories of 2014.  The reason it caught my attention was the picture posted.  It was a beautiful purple against a green background.

This must be a rare gem because it was first discovered by a Western Australian mining company in 2006.  Now ain't that purty:
How about one that is more on the blue side:
Remember I told you above that it was first discovered in 2006?  Well, after eight years of analysis it was announced earlier this year that it is an unknown substance and would be named Putnisite in honor of Christine and Andrew Putnis.  Putnisite has both style and substance.  According to the article in Discover, "The shimmering mineral has an otherworldly look, and while most new minerals are chemically or structurally related to other known minerals or synthetic compounds, putnisite is unique on both fronts."
So, every now and then there is something new under the sun. . . well maybe not, because this stuff was not under the sun, it was below ground level.  Yep, that is why a mining company discovered it.
Now you all have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Satellite TV Guy Was Here Yesterday.

I wrote this blog posting yesterday and for some dumb reason, I forgot to hit the publish button or I did hit the button and it didn't publish, anyway.  So, I will put it below and then I will follow it with a little more useless information.  The following, in red, is what I wrote yesterday:

The Dish Satellite guy is here to update my boxes and antenna.  He is now on the roof.  He said he was going to start with replacing the old antenna so that I could get the high definition signal.  I told him I didn't have any have any high definition televisions, but he said that you probably would in the future.

OK, all is done and I have a new antenna and two new tuning boxes (DVRs).  He told us we could even receive the programs on our computers and tablets while traveling.  There is a place on the internet where we can get that mobile programming.  First, though, we will have to download a special app to do that.

Lunch is almost ready and I sure don't want to be late answering the dinner bell.  Eating is one of my favorite things to do.  So, you all have a great day, you hear?

OK, now for today's question.  How many of you know what a "Mechanical Paradox Orrery" is?  OK, for those who do, when was the first one made and by whom?

First, an Orrery is a mechanical interpretation of the sun, earth, and moon and the first one was built back in 1750 by a Scottish Astronomer named James Ferguson for use in his lectures about the solar system.  Here is picture of an interpretation of that original Orrery:

 And here is a picture of a working model:

 OK, now you have a lot more useless information to clutter up your mind.  Now, if you really want to see a cluttered up mind, take a look at mine. (grin)  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Wondering About Death Valley Days.

My wife and I love watching the old TV shows, like the black and white versions of Gunsmoke, Death Valley Days, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, etc.   The Death Valley Days that we have been watching was narrated by the Old Ranger and the newer ones by Ronald Reagan, who also acted in quite a few of them.  Here is a picture of the twenty mule team that pulled the borax and water wagons:
And a picture of the Old Ranger:
Now, they have colorized the show and it looks like this:
And then Ronald Reagan took over for the Old Ranger:
Both as narrator and actor:
And while I am at it, here is a color picture of the twenty mule team and wagons:
 How many of you remember that show?  How many of you remember their sponsor, Twenty Mule Team Borax?  I like the Western Channel because of all the older shows that it broadcasts.  I would say that it is my favorite channel and my wife's favorite channel is QVC.  Oh well, I can't win them all (grin).  Now you all tell me what some of your favorite shows are and make sure that you all have a great day, you hear?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Wondering About Two Kinds of Zeppelins.

There maybe many kinds of zeppelins, but I can only think of two kinds this morning.  The one is heavy and the other is light.  I think I will start with the light one.  Yep, it is even lighter than air.  It was back in World War I when the world first started hearing about them.  In fact, it was in January 1915 that Germany sent three zeppelins on a two-day bombing mission over England.  Here are some pictures of them.

 These next two look to me like they are huge!!  Notice that they have two gondolas under them.  I have seen pictures of some that had cargo space inside the main structure of the zeppelin.

The heavy one is lead (actually it is "led"), now that is heavy (or they are led around).  Have you ever heard of the led-Zeppelin?  I don't know much about them, other than they were a singing group.  Since they didn't record any country-western or bluegrass music, I have never heard them that I know of.  OK, here are a couple of pictures of them:

Even though I have posted pictures of a rock music group, my satellite radio is always sitting on the bluegrass station.  Now, you all listen to what ever music you like best and have a great day, you hear?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Wondering About a Beautiful Flower.

Our daughter-in-law gave us a beautiful flower for Christmas this year.  It is really something special and we have been enjoying it.  Since Christmas, the buds have broken open and it began to bloom, spilling out some of the most beautiful red color possible.  It is called a Giant Amaryllis.  Here are a couple of pictures that I took of it.  This first one was only two day's ago:
 And the rest of the pictures I took just a few minutes ago:

Now tell me, ain't they beautiful??

Just trying to put some beauty into yours and my world and I sure do hope that you all have a great day, you hear?