Wondering about wild grapes

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Lonely Lawn Mower.

I often wonder if a pieces of non-living things have emotions.  No, of course they don't, but we seem to put human traits to those things.  You know, like cars, boats, etc.  So, when I noticed this abandoned lawn mower behind my place, I thought it looked lonely and that the morning glories were trying to cheer it up.

Here is a picture of some of the morning glories:

The first thing I noticed was the vine going from the ground up to the handle.  Now those morning glory vines are very limber and couldn't grow straight up in the air, but it didn't wind its way up the handle from the ground.  Yep, I always have to have something to wonder about.

Here, take a look for yourself:

What do you think?  Does it look sad and lonely to you and do you think the flowers are trying to cheer it up?  Or do you think that there is a more logical explanation for it?  I prefer to think about both, makes life more interesting, don't you think?  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Way I See It.

The way I see it, is sometimes a little different than most people see things.  I like to be accurate when I say something.  For instance, how many times have you heard it said that someone got hurt falling.  That would be a rare occurrence.  It is usually the sudden stop when the falling person hits something, like the floor or the sidewalk or some other solid thing.  I have had a few memorable falls.  I have already written blogs about them.

I just wasted a lot of time writing two large paragraphs about those falls when all I had to do was give you links to the original posts.  Here is the link:


You know, maybe I will just leave the two paragraphs in this blog but put them at the end.  They are the next two paragraphs:

Once when I was visiting at my Aunt and Uncle's home in a little town on the river in Pennsylvania, I was out walking the sidewalks.  It was winter time and quite cold, so I had my hands in my pocket.  I tripped over an uneven piece of sidewalk.  The falling part didn't hurt at all, I was quite comfortable on the way down.  It was that sudden stop when I hit the sidewalk face down that hurt.  You see, I couldn't get my hands out of my pockets quick enough to catch myself.

I remember another one.  When I was in my early teens, my buddy and I would spend one week at a church camp.  I would take the top bunk and he would take the one below me.  Since it was in the mountains and the nights got rather cold, most of us slept in sleeping bags.  I was zipped up in my bag with my hands down by my side, and I rolled over.  Oooops. . . I woke up have way to the floor which I hit face first.  Well, at least I have an excuse for being ugly (grin).  Now, try not to fall on your face and have a great day and night, you hear?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Just a Little Bit of Info.

This is a post about just a little bit. . .  No, I didn't forget what I was going to say.  This posting is about the words "little bit".  By the way, we used to have a dog named Little Bit.

First, let's take the word "little".  We all know what that means.  Yep, small, not tall, younger sibling (little brother).  Or a short period of time (wait a little).  Not important (make little of).  Or a short distance (down the road a little).

OK, now for the word "bit".  According to the on line dictionary ( http://www.thefreedictionary.com/bit ) it can be " A small portion, degree, or amount"  Also, we all know that the coin, a quarter, is called two bits.  So one bit would have to be twelve and half cents, right?  There are bits and bytes in computers, I bit down on my sandwich yesterday, he put the bit in the horse's mouth, I only get bit parts, and yes, I am working on it bit by bit.  There are a lot more meanings and I am sure you know more than I have listed here.  Now, have a little bit of fun and have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

East Texas Weather.

The weather here in East Texas this time of year is hot and humid.  It is so hot. . . well just how hot is it?  Well you just can't take a leisurely walk.  Nope, if it is a short distance between air conditioning, you can run or walk real fast.  If it is a far piece, you better walk slow and pace yourself.  It is best to find some shade to walk in but that shade doesn't stop the humid heat.  Hey, they say humidity is great for one's complexions.  If that is so, we who live in this area must have perfect complexions.

Above, I said that you could run or walk real fast.  That works if it is only short distance between air-conditioned places like between your car and your home or between your car and an air-conditioned store.  Sometimes there are power outages when the demand for electric gets too high because of all the AC units running at full blast.  That is when I am real glad that I have an RV parked in the driveway with a diesel generator and two AC roof units.  That can always be used in an emergency.

As for now, I think that I will just sit here rocking, watching TV, and looking at interesting things on my laptop.  That is a good way of staying in the AC.  I sure do pity people who have to work outside.  Hope you all are staying cool and have a great day, you hear?

Friday, August 11, 2017

My Jeep Attacked Me.

My Jeep attacked  me.  Well maybe that is a little too harsh a statement, since it was only the door that caused the trouble.  OK, the door had something to do with it but it wasn't the main culprit.  It was the window.  Maybe I should explain.  Actually, it was humorous and I did get a chuckle out of it.

Coming back from getting some supplies, I had both left and right windows down about an inch to help circulation.  It was really warm and I had the AC running at full blast.  As I pulled into my driveway, I hit the buttons to close the windows.  All well and good so far.  Got parked and turned off the engine.  I opened the door and it almost pulled my head off trying to scalp me.  Yep, my hair had blown out the slightly opened window and got caught in it when I shut the window.  When I flung the door open, my hair and head wanted to go with it.

Got the door shut and the window down.  Most of my hair came out of the window easily.  I don't have any bald spots so all is well that ends well, right?  Before I got out of the Jeep, I did have a good laugh.  Glad no one was looking (grin).  Now, keep your hair inside the vehicle that you are riding in and have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Buckle Up

Do you buckle up when you first get into your vehicle?  I do.  If I don't, that annoying "ding ding ding ding" just will not stop.  My first couple of cars (a 1955 Desoto and a 1957 Chevy Convertible) didn't have seat belts.  Did I just give my age away?  How many of you remember cars without seat belts?

Seat belts for automobiles have been around for quite some time.  I wonder if they were used on a horse you were riding or on the saddle or maybe even in the buggy behind the horse?  Check this information that I found on the internet:

The first U.S. patent for automobile seat belts was issued to Edward J. Claghorn of New York, New York on February 10, 1885. Claghorn was granted United States Patent #312,085

That was before the Model-T Ford which was produced between 1908 and 1927.  The Model-A Ford was produced between 1927 thru 1931.  Now, why did the A come later than the T??  Maybe that could be the subject of another blog.  For now, you all drive safe in whatever you drive and have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

I Didn't Forget, Really

No, I didn't forget, really.   I knew our wedding anniversary was August First.  I wouldn't ever forget that.  What I did forget was that yesterday was August first.  I thought that it was still July.  So last night when we went to bed, my wife mentioned that we had a nice anniversary.  Ooooops!!!

Yep, it was 53 years ago yesterday that we eloped.  At the time, we lived in Pennsylvania and most everyone that eloped went off to Maryland to get married.  Not us, we had to be different.  We went to New York and spent our wedding night in Ohio.  It wasn't a spur of the moment thing, it was well planned.  We had our blood tests taken, found a preacher in New York, and made the appointment.  We went home and waited for the day.

My friend agreed to be my best man and his girl friend would be the bride's maid.  The night before, my Dad, Mom, and Aunt (who was visiting) were sitting around the table talking and I asked them if they would like to attend a wedding the next day.  They asked who was getting married and they almost fell off their chairs when I said I was.  They agreed to go and not to tell anyone, so we had a few guests.  There were eight of us at our wedding, counting the preacher and my wife to be and myself.  We spent our wedding night in Ohio.  I remember that day very well even though it was 53 years ago.  I even remember that we had spaghetti for our first meal later that same day.  Now, try not to forget any important dates, at least the important ones to your spouse, and have a great day, you hear?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Lurch Was Born on this Date.

Yes, I watched The Adams Family and my favorite on that show was Lurch.  Do you remember him?  He was born on this date fairly close to where I was born and lived the first thirty some years of my life.  Yep, he was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  I used to live about thirty miles north of Pittsburgh on route 8 just south of Butler.

His real name was Ted Cassidy and he played the butler, Lurch:

I can remember him saying "You rang?" in that deep voice of his.  He passed away back in January of 1979 at a young age of only 46 after complications following open-heart surgery.

How many of you remember him now that you have seen his picture?  Let us know and as always, have a great day, you hear?

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Large Hopper

There was a large hopper on my deck again.  No, I don't mean a container, I mean a real, live hopper.  This is another of those really big ones that show up here once in a while.  This one that showed up this evening was almost four inches long.  I don't think it has been missing too many meals since it looked a little on the chubby side.

And a close-up of this big hopper:

As I said above, one shows up every so often.  Actually, they don't show up every year, so I am glad to be able to take pictures of them when they do.  I am sure that a swarm of them could wipe a grain field clean as a paved parking lot.  One or two of them at a time are nice to see. . . a large swarm, not so nice and hope I never see a large swarm.

Here is a link to one of my old blog posts about another one that stopped for a visit:

You all have a great evening and a wonderful tomorrow, you hear?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

When In Rome. . .

You know the old saying, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do".  OK, instead of using Arabic numbers, what if we had to use Roman numerals?  How many of them do you know?  How high can you count with them?  Let me simplify this question and ask what is the Roman numeral for one million?

OK, how many of you knew it without looking it up?  We don't use them very often except for dates used in the credits of movies and TV shows.   OK, there is no reason to turn this into a long, drawn out blog posting so here is the answer.  If you draw a line over a Roman numeral, it means to multiply it by one thousand.  So if "M" is 1000 than an M with a line over it means to multiply it by 1000 which will give you one million.  There, now you know, so have a great day, you hear?

Monday, July 24, 2017

1, 2, 3, and 4.

OK, maybe this will work.  I have told you before that I have had trouble with the squirrels emptying my bird feeder very, very quickly.  I was told to put a one gallon plastic bottle on the post to the feeder.  I tried that.  I cut an X in the center of the bottom of the plastic bottle and then slit it from the center of the bottom up the side and out the opening at the top.  I then pulled the jug apart far enough to slip it on the post.  That worked all of an half an hour.  They figured out that they could jump over it.

OK, I figured I would fix them.  I put two bottles on it.  The squirrels would jump up above the top one and ride it down so that both jugs were at the bottom.  I kept adding plastic jugs until I got to four of them.  So far, that seemed to work.  But!!!  Last night the feeder was completely empty (it usually lasts for five to seven days and those pesky squirrels emptied it in less than a day!!  They somehow had removed a couple of the jugs.  I just replaced the jugs and this is what it looks like:

I guess I will have to go out and wrap all the jugs with duct tape.  Do you think that will stop those little thieves?  Remember, I have even tickled their behinds with my BB gun, and that didn't stop them from coming right back.  Now, keep your bird feeders full and have a great day, you hear?

Friday, July 21, 2017

A 48 Year Old Foot Print.

Forty-eight years ago this footprint made world wide news:

Why?  Well because it was the first footprint man had made on the moon.  Yep, it was made by Neil Armstrong and it was made forty-eight years ago today.  No, they didn't land on the moon 48 years ago today.  They landed on the moon July 20, 1969 but Neil didn't take his historic walk until the next day.  Here is another picture I found on the internet:

I sure do remember that day.  We were all glued to the TV watching history happen high above us.  How many of you remember that day?

I can also remember what he said when he stepped off the landing craft onto the moon.  I am sure you all remember what he said, also, so I will not have to post it here.  Now, you all have a great day and keep your feet well planted on good ole Mother Earth, you hear?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Another Intruder.

I get frustrated with all the squirrels that eat ninety percent of the birds' feed.  So I thought that I would give them a scare by running very quickly outside and chasing them out of the dogs' fenced in yard where the bird feeder is located.  Yep, they sure did run and while I was standing there feeling like I accomplished something, I looked down and saw that I was standing right beside a copperhead snake.  Yes, it was beautiful but I do prefer not to be surprised by one.
I don't know why he didn't strike at me, but he just laid there looking at me, as if to say, "what the heck do you think you are doing".  I would have stomped on his head, but I was wearing those flimsy Crocks on my feet and they don't give very mush protections against anything, especially a snake.

I quietly walked away, went and got my shovel which I planned to use to decapitate that guy.  The shovel was just inside my screened in porch and it only took a few seconds to get it and get back to the snakes location, but as you probably guessed, it was gone by then.

Do you remember my past posting of the copperhead in my shed?  I got a good picture of that one.  Here is a link to that post LINK.  The dogs and I were very lucky that the snake was quite docile.  Now watch where you step and have a great evening, you hear?

Friday, July 14, 2017

Remembering 1950's TV Shows.

My parents got our first TV in 1949 or 1950.  It looked something like this one:

  There were a lot of wonderful shows on for a kid my age.  Guess what???  I have been watching a lot of those shows on TV now.  Yes, they are in black and white, but that makes them even better.

I just got through watching The Lone Ranger (1949-1957) and that brought back a lot of memories.  The one I watched was from 1953.  Now, Perry Mason (1957-1966) is on.  I do like to watch a lot of the old TV shows and do so.

Yep, I guess I am showing my age when I can remember before we had a TV and listened to radio shows.  Straight Arrow was my favrite radio show.  There were a lot of great radio shows.  The Great Gildersleeve 1941-1957, The Life of Riley 1943-1951, Amos and Andy 1928-1960, Dragnet 1949-1957, and of course the westerns like Gunsmoke, Hopalong Cassidy, Red Rider, and many, many more.

What was some of your favorite radio shows?  Now I don't mean disc-jokey shows, I mean shows like I listed above.  I am sure you had some favorites, or are all of you way too young to have listened to shows on the radio?  On our Sirius Radio, they have a station that plays a lot of those oldies.  Now, you all have a great evening, you hear?

Friday, July 7, 2017

What is Most Abundant?

What is most abundant in our Universe?  Can it be stars, or planets, or dust, or asteroids, or cosmic rays, or. . . .?  Come on, give me your best guess and write It in the comments.

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I love astronomy.  I have several telescopes, the biggest one is taller than I am and has two foot diameter tube.  The primary mirror is 16" and about 4 inches thick and weighs quite a bit.  On a clear, dark night I can see millions of other suns (stars) and I would not be surprised if quite a few of them could sustain life.  Some of them could even have intelligent life living on them.

My Bible tells me that God created the heavens and the earth and all that there is.  So, why would He only put life on this planet?  Yes, this planet was and is (so far) a life bearing world.  Just look at the diversity of life on this planet and then wonder what life on other ecosystems would be like.

OK, now I will answer my question, "What is Most Abundant" in this universe.  The answer is NOTHING!!  Emptiness is the most abundant.  That is why they call it "space".  It is empty space, and a lot of it.  Some of that empty space seems to creep into my brain and into a few other peoples' brains that I know.  Of course, all of you who read my blog postings have a head full of brains, right?  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Monday, July 3, 2017

Things I See On Trees.

Yes, I know that it has been awhile since I last posted, so I got busy today and went outside and took a few pictures and decided to write a blog posting about them.  I took pictures of a few trees that I thought appeared to have pictures on their barks.  I could see these images on the bark of those trees. Maybe it is just me and my vivid imagination, so I want to show you these pictures  that I took and ask whether you see what I do or if you see something else or maybe nothing but bark.

OK, here are the pictures.  If you look at the white spot about a third of the way up the tree, it appears to me to be the head of a little grey man that just stepped out of a flying saucer.

OK, here is an enlarged view of that part.  Also, I see a deer outlined in the reddish lines.  OK, it could be a goat or a . . . .

And in the next one, the part I circled with an orange line, I see a pig:

Want a closer view?

Yep, it sure looks like a pig to me.

Now, in this last one, I can see two things.

On the left edge of the tree, I see the eyebrows, eyes, nose, and elongated chin of a man looking to the left.  Also, it the center in white, I see the face of a, ah ah ah, maybe a man, or an alien, or a skull.  Whatever it is, it is not the friendliest face I have aver seen:

And of course, an enlarged view:

Well, that is it for today.  I have showed you enough of my weird imagination.  Now, you all tell me what you see on those trees in the pictures I have posted and have have a great day, you hear?

Monday, June 19, 2017

A Surprise Phone Call

The phone rang last night and I rushed to get it before the answering machine took over.  Got there in time, and said "Hello".  I was thinking that it was someone calling to check on my wife and I was in the middle of a household chore or two or three.  I heard a female voice say hello, and I asked who was calling.  Since I was busy with something, I wasn't paying complete attention to the phone call and when she said her name the first part was muffled and all I heard was ??? Lynn.  Of course, I said "WOW", is this Loretta Lynn?

Guess what?  It wasn't, it was my cousin, Judy Lynn who I have not heard from in many, many years.  She was the youngest child of my Dad's oldest brother.  She is older than I am and her brother is fifteen years older than she is.  Gee, I wonder if she was a surprise baby?  She wanted to tell me that her brother had been in the hospital and is now home but isn't doing all that great.  Well, he is in his 90's and just because his Dad lived to be a hundred, I would guess that he has a good chance of hitting the century mark.  Yep my Dad's brother lived to be a hundred and my Dad died at 60, 40 years less than his brother.

Now, let's hope that you all inherited the longevity gene in your family and live long and well, you hear?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Need to Update Blog.

I have been real busy, but am taking a little time to update my blog and surf the internet.  My wife is recuperating but it will take some time for her broken ankle and broken knee to heel.  In the mean time, I am chief cook and bottle washer, nurse, and fixer of all household problems.  Quite a burden, I would say.

Our male dog rarely leaves her side, only to go out a couple of times a day and to eat.  Other than that, he lays right beside her.  Dogs always seem to know when something isn't right with the humans that they love.  The two female dogs know something isn't right, also, but I have been keeping them in the other part of the house.  Three dogs would be a little too much to have in bed with her, and the girls would probably be fidgety.  You know, two is company and three or more is a crowd, and our male dog said he is the only one allowed to stay with her.  Of course, he is nice enough to let me sleep in our bed at night.

It just takes a lot of time for bones to heal.  The good news is she says that it doesn't hurt near as bad as it did, but still is quite painful.  I will try to keep you informed, now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Saturday, June 10, 2017

An Engineering Feat

When I took the bird feeders out this morning, I saw where a spider spun a single strand of its web from very high up in a tree down to the bird feeder stand.  This amazed me.  It was quite an engineering feat.  If that spider had planned it that way, he or she or it would have had to take into consideration the distance away from straight down, the direction and velocity of the wind, and combining those two, decide the very best moment to jump.  Of course it could have been a "Hail Mary" type of jump and it just worked out that way.

I took a couple of pictures.  I hope you can see just how far that strand is.  It seems to be coming from the eye of the metal bird:

OK, it is hard to see in the above picture.  I also took one closer to the bird feeder stand that shows it a lot clearer.  Now that was a very acrobatic spider for sure:

Yep, that sure was a long, long strand.  I wish I could have seen the spider doing it.  Isn't Nature wonderful and full of surprises.  Surprises?  Yes, it is quite a surprise when you are walking in the woods and walk right into a spider web.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Monday, May 29, 2017

Just Something I Noticed.

Last night, I got into bed and was laying there on my back.  Before I pulled the sheet over me, I looked down and noticed how my stomach seemed to have disappeared.  On further study of this interesting situation, I noticed that my both sides were bulging out a little bit.  So, I put a hand on each and pushed in.  Low and behold, my stomach popped back out.  OK, another of life's little mysteries solved.  Now have a great day, you hear? 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Past Time to Update.

It has been awhile since I updated.  The doctor's office called and said to make an appointment to get the results.  Asked to get the results over the phone since it is hard to get her to the doctor's office.  Of course they wouldn't do that.  I guess they just wanted a little more money out of us.

So, she called our grandson again and to our great pleasure, he showed up with his better half and our beautiful and happy great grandson.  That made the trip down and back all that much better.  I believe I have mentioned a few times in some past blog postings just how cute that little guy is.  You just have to love that little guy!!  Although this wasn't a pleasure trip, they made it as pleasant as possible.

OK, the news is that she has two fractures.  There is a bone in her ankle that is broken along with another bone in her knee.  She said, "see, I told you I broke something".  It will be a long healing process.  The doc wrote a prescription for a wheel chair, which we purchased on the way home.  Now, she has that cart with small wheels for inside the house and the wheelchair for all other times.    She can't get around by herself in the cart, but will be able to do so with the wheelchair.  Our grandson took measurements and said he will be back with the lumber to build an outside ramp to get to the front door.  Things are looking up.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Another Trip to the Hospital.

The hospital had made an appointment for my wife to get an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging).  This was the third trip to that hospital and the third person to take her.  The first was our daughter-in-law, the second was by ambulance, and the last was our grandson.  He had a wheel chair with him and that worked out al lot better than the rolling seat with the little wheels that she has been using in the house.

The one nice thing was that it gave us a chance to talk to our grandson.  He works all over the world and I believe that he said he has been in every continent except Antarctica and most all the countries.  He made the wait go by faster with his stories and the pictures on his phone.  We also talked about hunting and he showed me pictures of some of the game he has recently bagged.

In case you haven't guessed it, we still have not heard from the hospital and she is still flat on her back.  So far, my cooking hasn't made her any worse.  And yes, I am still trying to run our household and do some of the chores.  You did notice that I said "some" of the chores.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Update on Wife's Condition.

My wife is in bed suffering with lots of pain.  Her knee is not near as bad as her ankle, but both are extremely painful for her.  She refuses to take any strong pain medication, so Tylenol is what she has been taking instead.   The people mover cart or what ever you call it, has come in quite handy.  I push it up next to the bed and she slowly gets into it and I push it into the bathroom.  Don't know what we would do without it.

At the end of the visit to the emergency room, they made an appointment for her to return and see a surgeon.  The had wrapped up her leg and used stiffeners to keep it straight.  That would make it very difficult for her to get into my Jeep Liberty so we had an ambulance service take her down and bring her back.  That was quite expensive but the easiest way for her to travel.  They (the ambulance service) will return to take her down for her next appointment, if not called out on an emergency.  The third trip, second trip in the ambulance, should be covered by Medicare, we hope.

I have been chief cook and bottle washer, more cook than washer.  This new job of mine, nurse, servant, cook, and dish washer has been keeping me quite busy.  Sorry that I haven't updated my blog before this.

The pups know something is amiss.  The male pup stays with her all the time and the two girls have been moping around but all three of them have been eating well.  OK, you are updated as of now and I will try to post again real soon.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Monday, May 8, 2017

One Small Step. . .

One small step.  I remember watching the first man step on the moon, Neil Alden Armstrong, on black and white TV way back in 1969.  When he first stepped out onto the moon's surface, he said, "A small step for man, a giant leap for mankind".

Saturday, coming home from the flea market where she had rented a table for the weekend to set up and sell some of her stuff, my wife went up the stairs to get on the deck at home.  No problem so far.  At the entrance to the side door, there is a raised platform about seven inches higher than the rest of the deck that wraps around from the side of the house to the rear and down to the screened in back porch and rear entrance.  When she tried to step up on this raised portion, she didn't get her foot far enough onto it and she twisted both her ankle and her knee, falling to the side scraping her arm (took a chunk out of it) and breaking a plastic flower pot with her head.  Yep, with the help of our daughter-in-law, we got her to the emergency room at Memorial Hermann hospital down I-45 toward Houston in the Woodlands.  There we spent a big part of Saturday night.  They did treat us very well, but of course they were quite busy.

Well, at least she didn't have glass slippers on.  See, it could have been worse.  Like my Dad always said that "nothing is so bad it can't get worse".  Now she is making the best of the situation by staying in bed and having me play nurse.  I guess I need a white uniform and one of those cute white hats that they wear.

She will be seeing a surgeon later this week to see if he can re-attach the torn ligaments and tendons.  It would have been better if she had broken a bone (X-ray showed no fractures).  Bones heal faster than tendons and ligaments and they are easier to fix.  If that is the case, maybe I will have to get more than one nurse outfit.  What do you think?  Now, you all try not to fall and have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Pretty Volunteers

Out next to what used to be our garden, a big patch of volunteer wildflowers are blooming.  Ain't they beautiful?   Just look at all the colors that flower has!!!  Yellow around the edges and in the middle, a gradual blending from yellow to pink as you look in past the edges, and dark red with spots of greed ringing the bright yellow center.

I have posted pictures similar to these before, but the beauty of nature should be viewed again and again and again.

This squirrel (and a lot of other ones) are trying to figure out how to get over or around that jug on the pole leading to the bird feeder.  Probably next time I see him sitting there, he will have glider wings attached to his back. . .

I went back and looked over some of my old blog posting and realized that I was a much better writer back then.  Of course I had more subjects to write about that I had not yet used.  Now, most every subject I think about, I have already made a posting of it, so I have to dig deeper.  The pictures on this blog posting are recent, but have posted similar before.  So, I hope I have not bored you too much, but have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Crash At Flea Market.

We had a little excitement at the flea market today.  My wife was set up this weekend and I stayed with her today.  All was going along as usual until we heard a loud bang a few tables down toward the entrance and the highway.  I figured that there was a wreck out on the road, maybe someone pulled out in traffic and got hit.

I decided to take a walk down that way since we were set up not far from the entrance.  It was not out on the road.  Someone smashed into a vendor's van, his tables, and was stopped by a steel H-beam post that supported part of the roof.  Here is a picture that I took:

That created a real mess.  Tables and sale items all over the place.  Aisle walkway blocked.  The policeman on duty there called it in and a firetruck and an ambulance and of course, more police showed up.  The driver had some kind of seizure and his foot floored the gas peddle, so the driver was the only one that needed treatment.  It sure could have been a lot worse if  he had not hit that pole, which stopped the car.  The aisles on the other side of those tables were full of people; men, women, and children.  Hate to think what would have happened if he had not hit that pole first.  That kind of excitement I can do without.  Now you all drive carefully, walk alertly, and have a great day, you hear?

Friday, April 28, 2017

Back Yard Update

There have been a lot of visitors to our back yard.  Birds of all sizes, from large Crows to beautiful Painted Buntings-and of course squirrels and rabbits.  If you have been a reader of my blog for awhile, you know I have had trouble with squirrels emptying the feeder and I would have to refill it two or three times a day.  At the end of the day, it was always empty.

I was buying 50 to a 100 pounds of bird feed every couple of weeks.  Tractor Supply was getting rich, I was getting poor, and the squirrels were getting fat and sassy.  My wife found a suggestion in a book that sounded like it would work.  Run the support pole through an empty plastic container and place it half way up the pole, high enough to prevent the squirrels from jumping from the ground to the pole above the container.

I couldn't do that since my pole divided into two prongs that stuck in the ground.  So, I just split the jug up the side and cut an "X" at the end of the slit at the bottom.  I slipped the pole into the side of the jug and made sure where it exited the bottom that it was in my "X" cut.  I then tightly taped the jug closed around the pole.  Guess what?  It works!!!  The last fifty pound bag I bought will now probably last me a month or more or longer.  Sorry Tractor Supply.  I will still put some seed on the ground for the rabbits, and the squirrels can eat that, too.

This first picture shows all the feeders, the plastic jug, and the squirrels on the ground:

This next one is taken out of the kitchen window.  My wife's succulent plants sit on the inside window sill:

This last picture is about the same except for the cardinal on the feeder:

Well, I guess this blog posting was for the birds, as they say.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

My Bucket Has a Hole In It.

When I went to bed last night, I turned my Sirius Radio on.  Yes, it is always on the Blue Grass station, "Blue Grass Junction".  I know, I have told you before about how much I like blue grass, but they played an old Hank Williams, Sr. song, "My Bucket's Got a Hole in it" and it is OK, but it ain't one of my favorite songs, in fact, I was hoping it would hurry up and get over so I could listen to something else.

After it finished playing, I just shut the radio off and tried to go to sleep.  Yep, you guessed it.  The chorus kept playing over and over in my head, like a stuck record.  Took me quite awhile to get to sleep.

Yea! my bucket's got a hole in it
Yea! my bucket's got a hole in it
Yea! my bucket's got a hole in it
I can't buy no beer.

And just in case you are interested, here is the rest of that song:

Well I'm standin' on a corner - with a bucket in my hand
I'm waitin' for a woman - that ain't got no man.

'cause my bucket's got a hole in it
Yea! my bucket's got a hole in it
Yea! my bucket's got a hole in it
I can't buy no beer.

Well, I went upon the mountain - I looked down in the sea
I seen the crabs and the fishes - doin' the be-bop- bee.

Well, there ain't no use - of me workin' so hard
When I got a woman - in the boss man's yard.

Extra verse.
Well, me and my baby - we just bought a ford
And now we sit together - on the running board.
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

We are having a bright, clear, cool morning.  It is gorgeous.  Yesterday my son cut the whole place.  The parts that he couldn't get to with his big John Deere (like the fenced in yard for the dogs), he used his rotary hand pushed mower.  He did a great job and the next time I see him, I will have to thank him, for sure.  Now you all listen to some bluegrass music and have a great day, you hear?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Flea Market Weekend.

My wife decided to set up at the local flea market this past weekend.  The weatherman sure did cooperate.  The weather couldn't have been any better except for the wind.  When I walked with the wind to my back, my hair would get to my destination few minutes before I did.  Well maybe not that far, my hair ain't quite that long. . . yet.

My wife gathered up a bunch of stuff around the house that we really didn't need, I loaded them into the Jeep, we put them on the table that she rented, and she just about sold out on Saturday, so we had to find some more for Sunday.

These pictures were taken on Saturday.  Remember, you should be able to click on them to enlarge them.  This first picture is her table.  She brought the parrot and the red headed girl home.  Yep, she decided that she wanted to keep them for awhile.

Another picture of her table with my wife sitting in the background.  Can you find her?

Right beside us was our friend Dot.  She is well liked by all and my wife and I think she is something special, and she is:

  Don't forget, you can click on the pictures to enlarge them.  That was the highlight of our weekend.  We have become friends with a lot of vendors and while my wife is busy at her table, I walk around and chat with everyone.  Once in awhile, I take over at the table and let my wife take a walk.  It has to be a quick one, since I can't answer the potential customers' questions.  Now, I hope you all had a great weekend and a better day today, you hear?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

H i-Yo Silver, Away!

If any of you are near my age, you will remember the TV show, The Lone Ranger".  Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels were the stars of the show, Clayton played the Lone Ranger, Jay played his faithful sidekick, Tonto.  I will post a couple of pictures to spur your memory.

This first one is of Clayton Moore in the Lone Ranger costume:

And this one is of him without the mask.  I bet you always wondered what the Lone Ranger looked like unmasked:

Of course we can't leave out Tonto.  Since Jay Silverheels, who played Tonto, was a real Native American, I can't say for sure if he is in costume or not.  Maybe he always dressed this way:

Well, did I jog your memory or are you younger than I am.  When I was a kid, I sure did enjoy those shows but just the other day, they aired one of those shows.  It sure did bring back memories for me and the reason I made this post.  Now, watch your partner's back and have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter.

I hope all of you have a happy and blessed Easter.  Now, I am going to go eat some Easter Eggs.  Have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fixodent and Rollerblades.

When you bump into a tree with your car and get a dent in the fender, you take it to the body shop to get it fixed.  Or you can just buy a tube of Fixodent?  If you are quite accident prone, maybe you should carry a case of Fixodent in the trunk.

Rollerblades are ice-skates that have rollers instead of blades on the bottom.  Roller-skates have four wheels on each foot consisting of two pairs, one in front and one at the rear, whereas rollerblades have three or four wheels in a straight line on each foot.  So why are they called blades?  The wheels are not as sharp as a knife blade
but they do resemble ice-skates.  I guess that is why they call them roller blades.

If I wanted to, I could go on and on, but it is getting late and I want to get this posted.  Feel free to add your own comments and have a great day, you hear? 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Things I Have Learned Over the Years.

I have learned that we can never experience what is happening right now.  Nope, everything we perceive is in the past, whether a millionth of a second or a million years, it is all in the past.  It takes time for the signals of what happens now (what we have seen, felt, heard, or smelled) to reach our brain, deciphered, and become a memory.

I have learned not to upset the cook.  You definitely don't want the cook mad at you.  In fact there is a huge list of people that you don't want to upset... let's just say it isn't wise to upset anyone.  And yes, it is best to let sleeping dogs lie.

I have learned that no matter how hard you try, you can't please everyone, and some people you can't please at all no matter how hard you try.  The trick is to know which ones you can please and which ones you can never please.

Never feel embarrassed.  Embarrassment is a one sided emotion and all one sided emotions are useless.  Sometimes love can be one sided, but love doesn't need to be returned.  I love a lot of things that are incapable of loving me back.  For instance, I love the wilds of nature, but nature can be quite dangerous at times.  I love chocolate chip cookie dough ice-cream, and I don't think that it actually loves me back but it does make me feel gooooood.

I have learned that you don't always get wiser with age, although you do have a lot more past experiences to help you make the right decisions.

I could go on and on and on, but I don't want to bore you, so I will say goodnight for now.  Now, you have a great day, what is left of it, and a better day tomorrow, you hear?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sometimes I Feel Really Old.

Sometimes I get to feeling really, really old.  You know, like old enough for my uncle to have been personal friends with Adam and Eve.  And my cousin had picked up a piece of the first stone tablet containing the ten commandments that Moses had smashed.  Just in case you haven't noticed yet, I have exaggerated these facts a tad.  It is just that some mornings I do feel that old.

OK, I will tell you exactly how old I am.  According to the internet site "myagecalculator.com", a very short time ago I was "74 years, 1 month, 27 days, 0 hours, and 31 minutes" old.  Wow!!!  I definitely have lived longer than the time I have left.  That may be a little off, since I didn't know the exact time I was born.  So you see I am really old, maybe not as old as dirt but pretty close.  My Dad passed away when he was 60 years old but my Mom lived to be in her mid 90's.  So, I have lived over 14 years more than my Dad but have a ways to go to catch up with my Mom.  The truth of the matter is that we only have right now.  Yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come, so make the best of your todays, you hear?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

It Took Forty Tries.

Try, try again and again. . . How many times would try to get something right before you gave up?  Over 60 years ago, back in 1953, three workers at the San Diego's Rocket Chemical Company took forty (40) tries to get it right.  What they were trying to get right?  They were trying to make a water displacement product that would protect missile skins and they planned to sell it to aerospace and defense contractors.  Today, this is a very popular product with everyone and used in thousands of ways.

Hints from the above paragraph should have given you enough clues to guess what this product is.  It was originally created as a water displacement, hence the first two letters in the name, WD.  And since it wasn't perfected until the 40th try, it was named WD-40.
You can always find a can or two of this stuff around my house and for sure, it goes with us in our vehicles.  There are many uses for it, some practical and some ridiculous.  Do you keep a can of it handy?  What are some of the uses you have found for it?  Keep things lubricated and moving freely without any squeaks and have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Squeak, Squeak, Squeak.

No, I am not talking about my joints, although they do make strange noises sometimes.  And no, my recliner/rocker doesn't squeak.  OK, I will tell what I am talking about.

The pups have toys that have squeakers in them.  They just about destroyed most of them.  I pick up the worst damaged ones and throw them away but first I check to see if the squeaker in them still works.  I found one that does, and I carry it around in my pocket. and every now and then I squeak it.  Of course I act nonchalant.  I act very innocent and they just can't seem to find where that squeak came from.  Of course I don't over do it.  I just squeak it a couple of times and wait for a long time to do it again.  Got to give those pups something to react to.  Don't want them to lose interest in life and what is going on around them.  OK, I am a bad boy but it sure is fun and it is hard to hold in the laughing.

Don't feel bad for my pups.  They are spoiled rotten.  Wife cooks gourmet meals for them, they have their own beds and pillows, and of course they have my wife and I as their personal servants.  They live the life of millionaires, except that they have no money.  They even visit the groomers once a month, whether they need to or not.  Yep, we love our pups and we wouldn't have it any other way.  Now, if you have a pet of your own, give it a pat on the head from me and have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Wondering What I'll Get If I. . . .

What will I get if I go into a donut shop and ask for half a "baker's dozen"?  Since a baker's dozen is thirteen, is half a baker's dozen six and a half?  And what if I am bad?  They will say I am in the dog house, but what if my dog is bad, is she sent to the people house?  Sometimes I get very confused.

What will I get when I go into a health food store and ask for another six months of good health?  They just might think that I am a little touched in the head.  Or what would I get if I walked into a body shop and ask the guy for a 40 year younger body and maybe one that looks somewhat more handsome and dashing, maybe a sports model?  Sometimes I get very confused.

I don't want to be selfish or anything so maybe I could take my dogs into a pet shop and tell them I want them to pet my dogs.  I would offer to purchase twenty minutes of petting time for them.  Then on the way home I could stop at a dress shop and ask for a bottle of French and a bottle of blue cheese dressings.

I know not to make the cook mad.  As much as I love to eat, that would be a real bad mistake if I did, then I would be wondering what I'll get for supper.  I could go on and on but think I will just get out of here, I have said enough.  Now, have a great evening, you hear?

Sunday, April 2, 2017

And Again, I Ask Why?!?!

Yep, I am always questioning things.  Simple things that we take for granted and say all the time, are one example.  Like, why do we say up north, down south, out west, and back east?  I hear that no matter where in the U.S. I am.  OK, here is a list of things that may cause you to ask why, too:

Why is a boxing ring square?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from
vegetables, then what is baby oil made from?

Why don't you ever see the headline Psychic Wins Lottery?

Is French kissing in France just called kissing

Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?

Why is it called Alcoholics Anonymous when the first thing you do is stand up and say, 'My name is Dizzy, and I am an alcoholic'?

Why do they call it a pair of pants, but only 1 bra?

I like to take things literal, so I like this one. - Are you breaking the law if you drive past those road signs that say "Do Not Pass"?

And this one made me laugh - Do you realize how many holes there could be if people would just take the time to take the dirt out of them?

How do you get off a nonstop flight?

If a mirror reverses right and left, why doesn't it reverse up and down?

If the funeral procession is at night, do folks drive with their lights off?

Where in the nursery rhyme does it say Humpty Dumpty is an egg?

Why are you expected to slow down in a speed zone?

Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?

Why do you need an appointment to see a psychic?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why doesn't the fattest man in the world become a hockey goalie?

OK, that is enough for today.  Hope you found some of them funny.  We are under severe storm warnings and a tornado watch here today, but I want you all to have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

You Did What?!?!

I bet the 911 operators get some odd and crazy calls.  I was just thinking of a possible one.  A fellow calls in and said that he has just killed an intruder that was threatening his family.  Of course the 911 operator wants some more details, like "how did you kill the intruder?".  The fellow told her that he used his son's toy BB gun.  She says that it would be impossible for him to kill the bad guy with his son's toy BB gun.  The guy says that it was the closest weapon and it got the job done.

Of course, the 911 operator still didn't believe him and kept pushing him for more details.  The guy says "You would believe me if you saw all the blood all over my son's BB gun that I used to beat the fellow to death with.  So, some times even things that sound absurd or even impossible just may be true.

I saw this statement on the internet, "More people are killed each year by dishwashers than by sharks."  At first that statement sounded absurd to me but when I thought about it for awhile, it made a lot of sense.  I would guess that over 90 percent of the people in this country have had some close contact with a dishwasher (either mechanical or human) but very, very few have had close contact with a live shark.

People also alter their bodies.  In 2015, $13.5 billion was spent by Americans for aesthetic procedures.  Most all of them, I would surmise, were done on people who really didn't need anything changed.  They were just vain or insecure and wanted to be something they weren't.  Some really needed the surgery.  Me?  I would rather be ugly than have an operation and spend all that money.  Other people alter their looks in the opposite way, by deforming, tattooing, cutting and scarring, etc.  I think that we all should try to make the best of the way we were born and only physically change your body if there are extreme problems that inhibit you from getting through life.  Go on a diet, work out, and if you are a man, grow a beard.  I grew a beard and long hair to take people's attention away from my ugliness.  Of course you all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Of course all my readers are handsome and beautiful and I want you all to have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

When it Rains. . . etc.

It has been a very rainy day here in East Texas.  Of course, you all understand, that everything in Texas is big.  Check out this picture of the Texas Highway Patrol chasing a speeder:

Sometimes you have to walk your dog in the rain, but when it really rains hard, you can take you pet fish for a walk: 

There are days when I thought I heard Noah building an ark:

As we age, we get to be better weather predictors:

Sometimes we also get tornadoes.  In fact, there was one that showed up on the weather Doppler Radar this morning:

 But most of all, it gets hot here in the summer, really hot:

That is enough about the weather.  Here is a scene that happened in a doctor's office.  I bet there are some of you that can emphasize with this last cartoon: 

Well, the rain has stopped for now but it is still cloudy.  You
know that in everyone's life some rain must fall.  Now, rain or shine, you all have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Wondering About Art

I like and appreciate good art.  In fact, I have even tried painting and drawing.  I loved to draw pictures when I was young and  now after I got old, I prefer painting.  I posted pictures of my paintings on several of my blog postings but this one is shows a good example (click here).

The world without the arts, like paintings, music, poetry, etc. would be a mighty dull place.  I think this picture says it all:

There are a lot of funny signs out there like the one above.  I will show you just a few of them below:

OK, I have a cousin who lives in West Virginia and she is divorced.  I guess I will have to ask her that question next time I talk to here.

The sign below is the last of this series.  Great name for a beauty salon I would say.  If I had to go to one of those salons and spas, I think I would curl up and die (grin).

Well, I hope these signs put a grin on your faces, they did make me grin, for sure.  Now don't curl up and die, but rather have a great day, you hear?