Wondering about wild grapes

Monday, August 31, 2015

Our Son Took a New Job

Our son got a new job and quit his old job.  His new job pays better and he will get to see new things, that is the good part.  The bad part is that it is located on the North Slope of Alaska!!  That is a long ways away from Texas, both in miles and in temperature.  Here is a map of Alaska, look for Deadhorse:

He will be working east of Deadhourse near Point Thomson.  Yes, it is an oilfield job and he will be in north slope training for a few days at the ANS or Alaska North Slope. 

He showed me some of his cold weather gear.  He needs more but you just can't find a lot of that kind of thing down here in Texas.  He had to order it and at least he got one complete suit to start and said when he has a layover in Anchorage, he will look for more.

I am anxiously awaiting photos from him.  I will never get to travel to that area, even if I wanted to (grin).  Well at least he is getting up there in the summer, but even so, there is a big difference from the temperatures up there compared to here.  I think that would be a real shock to a person's system, but then, it may feel very refreshing.  I sure hope all goes well for him and he enjoys his work.  Now you all have a great day, you hear?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ten Years Ago Today

Ten years ago today, back in 2005, New Orleans had a really bad day.  Can you imagine that it was that long ago when hurricane Katrina slammed into that city as a Category 4 storm.  It packed 145 mph winds, set off 36 tornadoes in at least five states.  When it visited New Orleans, it came tossing vehicles, knocking down homes, and of course cutting all power to that area.  I remember it well.  Lots of people from that area evacuated to East Texas.  And guess what, some of them never went back home.  Of course most of them didn't have homes to go back to.

We get complacent when there have been a few years without any local major storms.  Anyone living near the coast or in low lying ground, should keep a wary eye on the Gulf at all times.  It is amazing how fast the Gulf can give birth to a damaging storm.  Some packaged and dry food, canned goods, and lots of bottled water should be kept in a safe and accessible place in case of emergencies like hurricanes.  Don't forget to rotate your food stores once in awhile by eating the old and replacing it with new.

Me?  No, I ain't prepared.  I would do the same thing I did last time one hit this area. Then we all jumped in the motorhome and got the heck out of Dodge the Houston area.  That was back on Sept. 13, 2008 when Hurricane Ike came a visiting.  Here is my old blog posting about McKinney Falls State Park:  

That was back when I had the class-C motorhome.  My son stayed home and therefore we had someone to watch the place and report to us.  Of course all power and phone lines were down for miles in all directions from my place and it took weeks to get it all restored.  When you live in paradise, every now and then you have to pay your dues (grin).  Paradise, you ask?  Well, I like it here!!  Now, hope there is only a little breeze at your place and I want you to have a great day, you hear?

Friday, August 28, 2015

Severe Separation Symptoms.

Yes, I had SSS or Severe Separation Symptoms for a few days now.  Today, I am so much better.  You see, I had to be separated from my computer so that it could be fixed.  The plug in the computer where the battery charger plugs in, broke loose and lost contact.  Yes, I took it apart but didn't know where to solder it to and figured that maybe an expert should do it.  As it turned out, the whole plug needed replaced and the part had to be ordered.  That is why it took so long, but the separation is now over and I am happily typing this blog and of course had to play some games, too.

I tried using the tablet, but I can't stand to pick and then punch a key on the keyboard, you know, the Columbus method of typing. . find a key and land on it. (BTW, I do like playing Angry Birds on the tablet)  But now I am back on my 17 inch laptop and very happy to be united with it again.  Now, if I only had something interesting to tell you, everything would be perfect.  But, I guess you will have to wait until tomorrow's blog posting to be awed and amazed, or is that bored, wearied, and uninterested?  Either way, you have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

No Post for Awhile

Computer is broke, so no post for awhile.

have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Giggle For Today

I thought that you all may like to read a joke and get a little giggle today, so of course I went and searched the Internet and after reading and laughing for the last three hours, I just remembered I was suppose to write a blog posting.  Therefore, I decided to copy and paste the last joke I read here in my blog.  I hope you get a little giggle out of it, too.  I did.

A blonde, wanting to earn some money, decided to hire herself out as a handyman-type and started canvassing a wealthy neighborhood. She went to the front door of the first house and asked the owner if he had any jobs for her to do.
"Well, you can paint my porch. How much will you charge?"
The blonde said, "How about 50 dollars?" The man agreed and told her that the paint and ladders that she might need were in the garage. The man's wife, inside the house, heard the conversation and said to her husband, "Does she realize that the porch goes all the way around the house?"
The man replied, "She should. She was standing on the porch."

A short time later, the blonde came to the door to collect her money.
"You're finished already?" he asked. "Yes," the blonde answered, "and I had paint left over, so I gave it two coats. "Impressed, the man reached in his pocket for the $50. "And by the way," the blonde added, "that's not a Porch, it's a Ferrari."

I got this at:

Well, I hope I have you smiling and if I do, I hope you have a great day and can smile and laugh all day long, you hear?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

When Stars Go Bang!!

Some stars just burn up their fuel and die slowly to a cinder that takes many years to cool off, some violently explode, and others die somewhere in between the two extremes.  Of all these, the most famous is the double star system, Eta Carinae.  There have been many photos of this system published but I never get tired of looking at them.  The first four pictures show the two huge balls of gas being blown off the two stars which will probably go super nova if they haven't already.  This system is 7500 light years away, so it sure could have and we would not know it for a long, long time.  Let's hope we don't get hit with too much gamma ray radiation when these two stars do explode.

This next picture shows the two exploding stars in their home star system.

Another picture (must have been taken at a different light frequency than the one above).

This is the complete star system:

 And this shows where the double stars are located within the system:

There, you all got your dose of astronomy for the day.  The universe is such a huge and grand place, full of many sights and wonders.  Some of which we know about and a lot more that we don't.  I hope I got you all wondering about what all is out there in our universe and if there are more than one universe and if there are more than one, if the laws of nature are the same in them all or different in each one.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Questions for You with Answers.

Today I am going to ask a bunch of trivia questions and at the end of the posting, I will give you the answers.  This is just something you can do for fun.  Some of the questions will have answers that you never knew and others will have obvious answers.  Of course the answers that you know will be the ones that obvious to you. (grin).

OK, here are 10 questions:

1)   Who were the first couple shown in bed together on prime time TV?
2)   When bats exit their cave, which way do they turn?
3)   Who can read smaller print, men or women?
4)   Who can hear better, men or women?
5)   Which animal can go the longest without water, a rat or a camel?
6)   What words rhyme with orange, purple, and silver?
7)   What was the weatherman, Willard Scott, the first of.
8)   Name a food that uses more calories to eat than it contains.
9)   Speaking of foods, what is the only food that doesn't spoil?
10)  What are the only mobile National Monuments?

Answers to the questions:

1)   Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
2)   They turn left.
3)   Men can read smaller Print
4)   Women can hear better.  (I wonder if that is why sometimes I don't hear my wife tell me what to do)
5)   A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
6)   There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with these words.
7)   He was the first Ronald McDonald.
8)   Celery has negative calories.
9)   Honey. . . although I have heard of biscuits that would be a close second.
10)  The San Francisco Cable cars.

How many of got all of the questions correct?  I only knew three for sure.  Let us know how you did and even if you didn't get any correct, you may now know more than you did before you took the test. . . I do.  So now, you all have a great day, you hear?