Wondering about wild grapes

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy
Thanksgiving


I tried to post a bunch of neat Thanksgiving pictures, but after trying for the last couple of hours, I gave up.  I have no idea why blogger will not let me add pictures today.  But, I am thankful that at least I can still wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, you hear?










Wednesday, November 26, 2014

No Blog Today.

I am not going to post much of blog today.  In fact, I may take a break for awhile.  When I have something positive to say, I will post another blog.  Until then, you all have a great time doing what ever you enjoy doing.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wondering About a Stealthy Night Visitor.

Just before I went to bed last night, I took the dogs out.  I don't have to go out with them, since they have a fenced in yard, but it was a beautiful, clear night and I was looking at the stars.  The Pleiades (Seven Sisters) constellation was directly over head and, of course, I was looking at it.  As I was standing out there looking up, a huge, silent object came out of the intense dark area under the trees to my right, went just a couple of feet over my head, and glided up into a tall tree to my left.  What impressed me the most was just how silent it was.  A huge flying object like that surely would have to make some noise.

This is what I first thought it was:

But it turned out to be a Barred Owl.

They are an impressive sight, especially when they are that close!!


Of course, most of us see them in the daytime just sitting in a tree resting up for the upcoming night's hunt.



There are quite a few of them around here and I just love to hear their calls.  The have quite a repertoire.  The following is a link to a YouTube video that will let you hear their vocalizations:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5zc-NHIipw


I love these birds and love to listen to their calls and conversations.  Now, you all have a great day and a great night to night, you hear?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Wondering About Gravity

Sometimes when I don't take time to think about something, the conclusion is usually faulty.  I know that I am not alone on this.  I was wondering where I would weigh the most if I used the same spring scale but got weighed in different locations.  So, don't take time to think about this but tell me, where do you think you would weigh less, in Death Valley or on top of Mount Everest?

My quick answer without thinking was Death Valley because I would be closer to the center of the Earth, as if the center of the Earth is where gravity comes from.  Well, after thinking about it, I changed my mind and now think it would be on top of Mount Everest.  Why, because there is more mass below me up on the mountain than there would be down in Death Valley.  Mass is (or particles are) what posses the attracting force we call gravity, so anywhere there is more mass under you, you would weigh more on a spring scale.

The same is true for the moon.  In my latest copy of Discover, there was an article in it that told about two moon orbiters that have sent back information about gravity on the moon.  The warmer colors, like reds, are the highest and the darker the lowest.  Well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I am going to post a picture to keep my hands from getting too tired trying to type a thousands more words:

OK, I think I made it large enough to read what it says, if not, click on the picture to download it or enlarge the blog page.  Now you all have a great out of this world day, you hear?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Wondering About a Guy We Love to Hate.

There are a lot of people, especially the characters that we see on TV and the movies, that we just love to hate.  Not the actor or actress, but the character that they play.  One of these is the actor Larry Hagman who fulfilled both the lovable and the despicable characters.  I remember him well in both shows and I bet you do, too.

The first show I remember was "I Dream of Jeannie", with Barbara Eden as the Jeannie that appeared out of the lamp or bottle or whatever they appear out of.  Here are two pictures from that show.


Did you notice how young Mr. Hagman was in that show and it was in black and white?

When the TV show, Dallas, came on in 1978 and ran till 1991, Larry played J.R. Ewing in that show.  He was sort of the black sheep of the family and did a lot of wheeling/dealing that may or may not have been above board.    

Larry Hagman had a long career and he was still playing J.R. up until his death two years ago today in the newest version of the Dallas show.  Most viewers loved him in his first show and loved/hated him in the last one.  How about you?  Did you have a love/hate thing going on for Larry?  Now, have a great day, you hear?




Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wondering, What Is It?

 Went to the Flea Market and walked around this morning.  One thing I spotted that looked out of place was a tan bump on the asphalt in the parking lot.  I just figured somebody dropped something and it looked to me like it was a slice off of some fruit or vegetable.  Here is the picture I took of it:
 
OK, I suppose you want to see a close-up of it, so I cropped everything off the picture except the thing in question:

I nudged it with my foot and it was firmly anchored to the asphalt.  It looks like it cemented itself to the parking lot surface with some white, slimy looking stuff.  On the left, it looks more fuzzy than on the right where it looks like larger strands anchored to the road.

OK, somebody tell me what it is.  So far, I have been unable to find it on any of the fungus or mushroom sites I have checked, but I will continue to search for it and if I find it, I will update my blog with the answer.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wondering About a Dream about a Playmate.

I had a dream last night.  I dreamed that I was camping in my motorhome and took a walk up a wooded mountain and came across a fellow camping in a tent.  I realized that he was an old playmate I had when I was a young kid.  How did I recognize him? . . . Heck, I don't know, everything is possible in a dream.  I hadn't heard that name since I was in grade school, and for some reason, I can't remember him in school.  I only remember him coming to my place and the two of us playing.  I don't even remember what we played.  In fact, now I don't even remember what he looked like.  All I have after awakening is a name.

Of course I Googled that name and found a bunch of matches, but none of them seemed to be the right person.  I even checked the obituaries, but no luck there, either.  I know I am not dreaming (well, yes I was dreaming) but I swear I used to know someone with that name.  What name, you may ask.  Well, the way I remember (or dreamed) it was Eugene Johns.  If any of you reading this blog post is Eugene or if any of you know Eugene, please let me know.  The Eugene I am talking about lived in western Pennsylvania in the early 1950's just south of Butler.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wondering; wife has hairy eyeball.

For the last week, my wife has been bothered by a slight irritation in her eye.  It didn't get any better, so she went to our eye doctor.  After a quick look, he determined that she had a couple of eyelashes that were growing backwards.  So, he did what had to be done. . . Yep, he plucked the two trouble makers out and now all is well.  So I joked and mentioned that she had hairy eyeballs!!

Just the thought of hairy eyeballs gave me the creeps.  So, of course I had to search the Internet to see if I could come up with a couple of pictures, and of course, the internet had them.  Here is the first one:

 
The other picture that I found looked more like a hairy eyeball monster man:


The doc also gave her some salve that would help do away with any inflammation and irritation.  She felt a lot better almost immediately.  We don't realize just how important our eyes are until something happens to them.  I am sure glad it all worked out and she is doing just fine.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wondering About Gettysburg.

Have you ever been to the battleground at Gettysburg?  I have and it is impressive and awe inspiring.  It is also sobering because we Americans were killing each other and in some instances, it was brother against brother. 

No matter which side they fought on, all the soldiers had one thing in common, they were all Americans.

One of the sights that I saw was the one shown below.  It was the rocks which the snipers hid behind and picked off the soldiers from the other side, preferably the officers.  I could almost hear the echo of the guns.
 
The reason I remembered my trip to Gettysburg was that on this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous speech, you know, the one that begins with "Four score and seven years ago, ...."
 
Even today, there are still a lot of subjects that the North and South do not agree on, but so far we have been able to work things out.  Although, every few years I hear rumblings of a lot of Texans who want Texas to secede and claim that since Texas was at one time a country and not a state, it had a right to secede.  Since Texas is a vital part of the U.S., that would be a catastrophe to the rest of you but we who live here, not so much.  Now, Texan or not, have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wondering About Wilted Flowers.

 Don't have much to say, so I will let these pictures do the talking:
 
 
 
 
I wouldn't know if that will work or not, there is none of that drug in our house.  You all have a great day, you hear?
 
 
 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Still Wondering About Music.

Yes, I know I have posted a couple of music related blogs lately, but heck, since I am on a roll, why not try one more.  I have told you before about the Hootenanny TV shows that were filmed on college compasses including Penn State where I attended.  Folk music was very popular at the time, the early 1960's (I graduated from high school in 1961).  I really loved folk music and still enjoy it today.

Well guess what, on this date back in 1958, the Kingston Trio's "Tom Dooley" hit number one on the Billboard pop chart.  We all remember Tom Dooley and I still sing and play it today.  It was a hundred year old song that they re-introduced, with great success, I must say.

Did you ever wonder what was the inspiration for such a sad folk song?  Well, even if you didn't, I am going to tell you anyway.  Back in May 1, 1868, a man named Tom Dula was hanged for the murder of his fiancĂ©e.  The newspapers covered the trial extensively it became a national topic.  Tom Dula proclaimed his innocence even as he stood on the gallows.  So, hang down your head, Tom Dula, you are about to die.  I guess the name was changed to Tom Dooley for the song.  OK, you all try to get that song out of your heads today and have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Wondering About a Heavy Song.

 I was talking with someone this morning about the cold winters up north and we both remembered the coal furnaces that heated our homes.  When I was a kid, we had a big ole coal furnace in the basement and it used this black, combustible rock as fuel:
 
 
Of course one lump of coal was not near enough, we had to shovel in a lot of coal to keep the "home fires" burning:
 
So what does this have to do with a song, you may ask?  Well, I was thinking about Tennessee Ernie Ford's big hit song, Sixteen Tons and why was I thinking about that song today?  Well, on this day back in 1955, it hit the top of the charts and stayed there at number one for eight weeks.  Too bad it couldn't have stayed there twice that long then it would have been 16 tons for 16 weeks (grin).
 
I remember Ernie Ford very well although he passed away back on October 15, 1991.  (By the way, his real name was Ernest Jennings Ford.)  Can you remember any of his other songs?  Just in case you can't, I will list them here and the year he released them.
 
Mule Train - 1949
Shotgun Boogie - 1950
The Cry of the Wild Goose - 1950
I'll Never Be Free (duet with Kay Starr) - 1950
Mr. and Mississippi - 1951
The Ballad of Davy Crockett - 1955
 
He also made religious albums and had a TV show from 1956 to 1961.  In 1960, he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
 
Here is a picture of Ernie early in his career: 
 
And later in his career:
 
Now, don't "load sixteen tons and what do you get?  Another day older and deeper in debt. . ."  Then you will owe your soul to the company store. . .but have a great day, you hear?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Wondering About the Four North Poles.

Now, I bet you thought that there was only one North Pole and then you saw the title to my post.  What the...???  You probably asked. 
 
 
Well, I will just have to explain.  The easiest way is to list them:
 
1)   The terrestrial North Pole - That is the one located opposite the South Pole on the Earth's axis of spin.
 
2)    The North Dip Pole - the spot where the geomagnetic field is perpendicular to the Earth's surface.  This is the point your compass points to.
 
3)    The Geomagnetic North Pole - It is calculated by mathematical models based on an imaginary line running through the geomagnetic center of the Earth.
 
4)   The fourth one is a city, North Pole, Alaska.  (Yes, I know that is stretching the definition of a pole. .(grin)
 
 
OK, that is enough dancing around poles. . . oh yes, that would be a May Pole, right?  Now, have a good weekend, you hear?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Wondering About Billy Bob's Boats.

I am wondering about the model boats that Billy Bob is building and painting.  Way back a few years ago, I first met Billy Bob just north of Terlingua, Texas at a crossroads where the Grub Shack used to be located.  That Grub Shack sure made great hamburgers, but I digress.  But even back then Billy Bob was building model boats.  Here is the model he had been working on back then:

 
I had my RV parked at BJ's RV park a few miles west on 170 from 118.  When I found out that Billy Bob was fairly close, I just had to go meet him, and I did.  Sure glad I got that chance and I also got that picture of him holding that river boat.

Now, I see from his blog, that he is building another boat.  This one is a tug boat and can be remotely controlled.  So far, it is looking pretty sharp, don't you think?  Just look how the black paint on the hull shines!!
 
Now, if you want to read more of Billy Bob's adventures, got here:
 


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


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wondering About Company Towns.

I actually worked for a company that had built its own company town with a company store.  No, I didn't work at the plant that had the company town.  I worked for over 17 years at the Butler, Pennsylvania plant, but Pullman did build a plant in Illinois, named. . . I bet you could never guess. . .  Pullman, Illinois.  In 1884, George Pullman completed the new facility and town just south of Chicago on 4000 acres of land.

I have been to another town that got its start as a company town and I just bet you all have heard of it. . . Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Believe me, that town does smell like chocolate!!

I also attended the last few years of my public education at a new high school complex built on the south side of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania.  Here is a quote I found on Wikipedia.org "Founded in 1832 by John A. Roebling, who is known for the design of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York and for innovation in producing wire rope, the community was initially called "Germania", which was soon changed to "Sachsenburg" and eventually anglicized to Saxonburg."  Perhaps you remember from my old blogs or from history that the first commercial radio station, KDKA, had its transmitter set up there.  But the town that bears his name is Roebling, N.J.  There was also a town named after a musical instrument, Steinway village, N.Y.  Surely you have heard of Steinway pianos.

It is amazing, but a lot of towns and cities got their start as company towns.  Remember Ernie Fords song: "Sixteen tons of number nine coal. . . I owe my soul, to the company store?"  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wondering About The General Lee.

General Robert E. Lee was the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.

No, I am not talking about that Robert E. Lee but this Robert E. Lee depicted in this painting:

Yep, it shows a typical chase by the local sheriff who was under the control of the evil Boss Hogg.  I remember that show, The Dukes of Hazard, very well and enjoyed watching it although I knew no automobile could withstand the terrible and exciting stuff that they put that car though and survive.

Do you remember the three who usually rode in that car?  Yep, they were Bo and Luke along with their cousin, Daisy.  Here is a picture of all three of them and the famous car:

 These characters along with Uncle Jesse made up most of the cast, along with Waylon Jennings who sang the theme song, but the most famous member and the one that got the most fan mail, was the car, The General Lee.

Here is a composite picture showing many of its huge, huge jumps.

No car could take that kind of punishment and survive.  Even though the cars used as The General Lee had beefed up suspension and a protective push bar on the front, they demolished at least one car per episode.  The producers sent people out to purchase all the Dodge Chargers they could find around the 1969 vintage.  They also loaded the trunk with either concrete or lead weight to keep the car from flipping over during the long jumps, and they tampered with the brakes to allow it to allow it to make those 180 degree turns.

Do you remember the tune that the car's horn played?  It was the first 12 notes of "Dixie".  To me, it was a silly show, but fun to watch.  Yes, I watched it and I bet some of you did, too.  Now if you venture out today don't drive like the Dukes but be safe and have a great day, you hear?

P.S., the reason I wrote about them today is that on this day in 1978, the General Lee made its first jump over a police car and that jump (16 feet high and 82 feet long) made TV history. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Wondering About an Early Christmas Gift.

My wife ordered a Christmas gift for me.  Guess what?  It was delivered yesterday, so I am having my Christmas early this year (grin).
 
Santa Claus wasn't wearing his regular red suit, I guess it is too warm here this time of year to wear a heavy red wool coat.  He was dressed in brown, shorts and shirt, with "UPS" embroidered on his shirt.  Hey, Santa can wear what ever he pleases, who am I to argue with him especially when he was bearing gifts.  But, unlike the Santa dressed in red who leaves gifts under the tree, I had to get it into the house myself.  Oh yes, now I know why. . . we didn't have a Christmas tree to put it under and if we did, it wouldn't fit under one anyway.
 
OK, I kept you in suspense long enough.  The gift was a La-Z-Boy rocker/recliner.  Oh wow!!  Just what I wanted.  My wife has one and I used to have one, but mine bit the dust some time ago.
 
Anyway, I tried it out and it is great, but I made on big mistake.  I got up out of it to get something and when I went to sit back down this is what I saw: 

The flash didn't go off in the above picture so it didn't show the color of the chair.  The next picture is closer to the color but not quite.  It is browner than what the picture shows:
 
OK, got to hurry up and post this blog.  Why?  Because my wife just fed the dogs and they are all eating and maybe I can reclaim my chair. .  . oops, waited too long.  You can sure tell who runs this household. . . Dogs rule!!  The youngest dog got left out, but I am sure that she will sneak up there when the other two are somewhere else.  Now, have a great day, you hear?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Wondering About Harold Lloyd Jenkins

I bet you all have heard of Harold Lloyd Jenkins, right?  How many of you said no?  Well for those who said no, I will give you a few clues to his identity.

1.  First of all, with a name like Harold Lloyd you may have deduced that this person is a man.  OK, I will give you another clue.

2.  He was in the Army.

3.  He was a singing star.

4.  His stardom was in both rock-and-Roll and then in country music.  Some of his recordings were hits in both.
        BTW, the difference between rock-and-roll and country ("Hillbilly music") at that time was difficult to tell apart.

5.  After he got out of the Army, he heard Elvis's "Mystery Train" and immediately decided to pass on a minor-league baseball contract and instead, pursued a music and recording career.

OK, have you guessed who it is?  Well, how about some better clues?

5.  His first recordings with Sun Records were never released.

6.   After two years of performing and a name change, he landed a five-year contract with MGM.

7.  He picked two towns, one in Texas and one in Arkansas, as his new name.

Now, have you guessed who it is yet?

If not, I am sure the names of some of his hits will do the trick.

It's Only Make Believe. (his first big hit)
After the Fire is Gone
All I Have To Offer You is Me
By the Time I Get to Phoenix
You've Never Been This Far Before
Touch The Hand
There Stands the Glass
Skip a Rope
Long Black Train
I Made Her That Way

And lots, lots more.

OK, now tell me, what was your favorite Harold Lloyd Jenkins' song?  Hum or sing a few of those songs and have a very great day, you hear?



OK, his name is Conway Twitty.  The two towns were Conway Arkansas and Twitty Texas.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Wondering About The Old Porch Swing.

I got a call this afternoon from my cousin who lives in West Virginia.  I always enjoy talking to her and like always, after we got caught up on current happenings, we started reminiscing about the good old days when we were kids.  As I have said before, I was one of the luckiest guys in the world, being born into such a loving, caring family, and I don't just mean my parents.  We all just loved getting together and we did so every chance we could.

Of course it didn't take long to get around to all the evenings that we kids sat on the porch swing and told stories.  To be a little more accurate, I told the stories and they all listened.  They tell me that way back then, I was a pretty good story teller and they all looked forward to "swing" time and stories on the old porch swing.  Did any of you have access to a porch swing when you were young, not that you need to be young to enjoy a porch swing.
 


I sure enjoyed those times and I am finding out now that I wasn't the only one.  Remembering back to those great times is a great way of spending some time.  Speaking of time, wouldn't it be great to go back to that era when the only thing we had to worry about was thinking up stories or trying not to get scarred from listening to the spooky ones.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Wondering About Candy.

I like candy and I bet you like candy, too.  I don't eat a lot of different kinds of candy.  I have two favorite kinds, dark chocolate and sweet and sour candies.  Yum, yum.  No, I don't eat them together.  There are two kinds of sweet and sour candy that I like.  The one I like the best is the SweeTarts that look like pills or lozenges:
 
And here is the box they come in:

Oh those are so good, but I also buy Mini chewy SweeTarts and they come in a box that looks like this:

 These are a lot sweeter than the other style but still have enough tartness to make them irresistible, at least to me.  I just love both styles, they seem to satisfy my deep down cravings. . .

And then there is chocolate.  I am not a big fan of regular chocolate and I do not care for white chocolate at all, but I sure do love the Special Dark Chips:
 In fact, I have a mouth full of these chips right now, and boy are they good, good, good.

  And it comes in bars, too, which I also love:

I also buy these:

That is about the extent of my regular candy eating.  Now tell me, what are your favorite candies?  Don't be bashful, we all like some kind of candy whether sweet or sour or dark or white or. . . Now, treat your sweet tooth to something it is craving and have a great day, you hear?



Friday, November 7, 2014

Wondering About Porch Bloomers.

So, what the heck is a "Porch Bloomer"?  OK, get your mind off of underwear.  I am not talking about this kind of bloomer:

 OK, so while we are thinking about the above picture, do any of you ladies out there ever remember having to wear such things?  I have no idea when they went out of style, but I sure don't remember any women or girls wearing them, but then, I didn't check to see because I don't like being slapped. . .

I walked out on the back porch this morning and noticed that this one plant was still blooming.  It blooms constantly.  I hope it enjoyed the cool front that came through.  At least it didn't seem to bother it.
 
 
Here is a close up.  Now ain't they purrrety??

We haven't had a cold winter here for a long time.  Who knows, maybe this will be the year for a real winter.  What would I call a real winter here?  Well, maybe a few mornings of frost.  If you have ever spent any winters up north, the one big difference that you notice about winters down here is that the sun is always hot.  If you can get out of any cold wind, you can sunbathe and not be cold.  Another thing you notice is that it stays light longer in the winter evenings in the south than it does in the north but the days are shorter down here in the summer than they are up there in the north country.  If fact, if you go as far north as you can (the north pole), the sun doesn't set in the summer but barely comes above the horizon in the winter. 

Now, you all take time to smell the posies and have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wondering How Fast Your State Is Growing?

Some folks live in states that are growing, some in states that are shrinking, and some live in states that are holding their own.  By growing and shrinking, I don't mean in physical size, I mean in population.  So, I have a few questions for you

Is the state you live in growing or shrinking?

What are the fastest growing states?

Which ones are shrinking the fastest?

The following map may help you see where the fastest changes are taking place.  My state of Texas seems to be the fastest growing state on this map.  I guess more people are discovering what a great place it is to live.  It seems that the people in Maine and Michigan have decided to move elsewhere.  I have been seeing a lot of out-of-state license plates around here lately.
Map of population change in U.S. states from April 9, 2010 to July 31, 2011.
 
For a complete list of all the states and the change in population between the 2010 and the 2013 census, go to this site: (click here).
 
Wow, Texas has sure grown a lot since the first European stepped foot on its soil on this date back in 1528.  That was when Cabeza de Vaca discovered Texas.  He got himself shipwrecked on an Island off the coast of Texas, but he was the first fellow from Europe to set foot on Texas soil, or should I say, sand.
 
Now, you all have a great day, whether you are in Texas or not, you hear?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wondering About My Favorite Generation.

 I have said before that I was born too late.  Growing up I listened intently to my parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts tell about the great times they all had going camping.  During the years they had several camps and they would go to them often, usually with a big group of relatives and friends.  I scanned a few of the old pictures and am going to post them here.  Remember, you can click on a picture to enlarge it.

I only recognize a few people in this first picture.  The couple on the right in front of the car is my Grandma and Grandpa on my Mom's side of the family.  The fellow standing beside my Grandpa looks like it could be my Uncle Bub and the on the other side of the picture, the guy with his hands behind his head, is my Uncle Bill.

They went camping every chance they could get.  It must be in our blood because I love to camp and always have.

Here is another picture of another camping trip.  I think I know everyone in this picture.  Starting with the one on the left with the big duffle bag on his shoulder, I will name them from left to right.  The one on the left is my uncle Marion (Hank), uncle Robert (Bob), and I believe the one in the center is Tiny Russel, then my Dad (way before I was born), and  uncle Milton (Bub). 

You know, they all, except for Marion, enjoyed camping and hunting all their lives.

Many years after the above pictures, the four brothers got back together at my Uncle Bill's farm in western Pennsylvania for a reunion.  Actually, it was more like an old family get-to-gether with a lot of reminiscing going on.  I believe that was the last time all four of them got together.  Just in case you can't recognize them from the picture above, from left to right they are, Uncle Bill, Uncle Bub, Uncle Marion, and Uncle Bob.

 
 
Well now you have met my uncles.  I always enjoyed visiting with them and listening to them talk about the good old days.  Now, let us all enjoy today because someday, these will be considered the "good old days", you hear?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Wondering About a Road Block.

This morning, I noticed that there was a road block in my drive way.  It was a spider and he had built his web across my driveway.  He was sitting in the middle of it keeping guard but when I went up to get a close up picture of it, he headed away toward the edge of his web.  In fact, he ran out on one of the support threads that held it up.  I was hoping to get a picture of it in the middle of its web, but he didn't cooperate but I snapped this picture of him, any:
 
I am going to stop writing for awhile and go back out and check to see if it is in the center of the web, yet.  The sun is still not hitting it, but maybe I can get good picture of the web.
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Well now, that was disappointing!  The web is gone, the spider is gone, and only a single strand is left spanning the driveway.  The wind must have been too much for him.  Now I feel sorry that it is gone.  You know, the best laid plans of mice and men and spiders. .
 
On a sad note.  Go to kareninthewoods and read her blog posting.  My wife and I have tears in our eyes because we know exactly what she and her husband are going through.
 
I hope you all are having a great day, you hear?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Wandering To Tractor Hospital.




My little baby John Deere tractor is not feeling too well.  The first thing is a sore throat carburetor.  It's motor races and slows, races and slows, over and over again.  The only time it doesn't oscillate is when it is under a very heavy load.  I was told that it may need a tonsillectomy the carburetor rebuilt, or so it seems.  It also broke one of the two mower belts.

So we loaded the baby up on the big boy's trailer.  (Remember my blog about the big John Deere that my son bought?)  Here are a couple of pictures that I took this morning of the poor baby getting ready to go.  Doesn't it look small and lonely on the big boy's trailer:


And a picture from another angle:

It may have a long wait after we get it there.  I called this morning and the gal said I can bring it in and they will put it in line.  It seems they have a lot of tractors to work on.  Well, at least it will not be lonely in there, it will be surrounded by a lot of other sick or broken tractors; something like the waiting room at the doctor's office. (shudder to think about that)

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