Wondering about wild grapes

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Got a Chill

I have always preferred the cold to the hot.  Even when I was a little guy before I started to school and lived in western Pennsylvania, I would love to go out and play in the snow.  When I got a little older, I would just love to take moonlight walks in the woods after a fresh snow had fallen.  And of course we all wanted a fresh tracking snow for the opening of buck season.  If you remember, I told you that in college I slept beside an open window, even in the winter and sometimes woke up with snow on my covers.  Yep, always preferred cold to hot.

That being said, last night I took a really bad chill and it was 73 degrees in here.  I shook so hard that I am sure I put off some seismic detectors somewhere.  In case you heard reports of a possible earthquake, it was just me shivering.  I can not explain it or what caused it.  I climbed into bed and it took awhile to get my warmth back.  I was not sick and am not sick today, so I have no idea what caused that bad chill and severe shivering.  I have felt normal (for an old guy) all day today.  Hoping that doesn't happen again.  Now, stay warm and cozy and have a great evening, you hear?


Friday, October 13, 2017

What is in a Name.

I know that there are a lot of things written about the meaning of names.  I have my own way of thinking about names.  Want an example?

OK, let's take the name Mary.  Christmas comes to mind, doesn't it?  But, on the other hand there was "Mary Mary quite contrary".  So, Mary could be peaceful or obstinate.

Since I used a biblical name to start, let's do it again with name John.  John the Baptist and John the Disciple.  But then it could also be used to refer to a bathroom.  You know, "got to go to the John

Mike can be short for Michael or slang for microphone.  "Give the mike to Mike so that he can sing his song."

How about the girls name, "Cadence"?  It means "rhythmic", so I bet that gal can dance and sing.

"Ace" is a male name meaning "unity or one".  But I would rather have four aces in my hand than one.

Hazel always reminds me of the maid on the old TV show, played by Shirley Booth.  I am sure some of you remember her.  That character was caring but a little on the bossy side.

Since we are going in alphabetical order, I guess Imogene would be next.  That name makes me recall the "Imogene Coca and Sid 
Caesar" show on TV.  How many of you remember that show?

OK, the next letter in the alphabet is "J".  So for someone as old as I am, it would have to be for Jane.  My first reader in school was "Dick and Jane".  Oh, Oh, I guess I am giving my age away again.

Kay would come next.  Kay could mean "rejoice" or "elder sister" or "Fire or FieryI guess it would depend on Kay's mood what meaning would be best.

Just one more for today.  Remember the show Laverne and Shirley?  Laverne means either "like the spring" or "The goddess of thieves in ancient Italian lore".

If you want to see more, I found these names and meanings at http://www.meaning-of-names.com/english-names/

I may continue the alphabetical list of names in tomorrow's blog posting or maybe not.  Either way, I want you to have a great day, you hear?


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Growing Like a Weed.

I got this weed in the middle of the dogs' yard that is "growing like a bad weed".  No, in fact it is growing much faster than any weed I have ever seen.  A couple of days ago it was only about a foot tall, and now it is about six feet tall.   Look at it:

Yep, it is about six feet tall.  I must contact NASA and let them know that I may have a very inexpensive way to reach the moon.  It could save them millions if not billions of dollars.  It seems to be growing a couple of feet a day.  All they have to do is climb up the stem. . . wait a minute, maybe that wouldn't be too wise.  First, it would be a long, long wait for it to grow as high as the moon.  I just remembered the old story of Jack and the Bean Stalk.  Jack would have to be really tough to climb this stalk, see the thorns?

An enlarged and trimmed view showing just the lower portion of the stalk.  Not too inviting to a climber, is it?

I think that I will let it grow a couple of more days and see if it will get any taller.  Now, you all be careful when reaching for a tall weed to pull out of your yard, because I want you 
  all to have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Some Interesting Facts

In case you suffer from Cherophobia, which is the fear of fun, maybe you shouldn't read the rest of this blog (grin).  For the rest of you, I hope you have fun leaning some weird facts.  In fact, I found these at:

Wouldn't it be great to have a billion dollars?  Well, we may not be rich but if you are 32 years old you will have lived for about a billion seconds.

In 32 years. there are about 1 billion seconds

I am glad I don't live in Albania because I surely would be getting into a lot of trouble.  Why, you may ask.  See this next weird fact:

In Albania, nodding your head means 'no' and shaking your head means 'yes'.

I guess that rubber bands are in the vegetable category:

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated

I sure do believe that these twins could get confused about which one is the oldest:

A twin was born 34 minutes after her brother, but because daylight savings time kicked in, was actually born 26 minutes before.

When someone tells you that you have a glowing smile, they may be more correct than they thought:

False teeth are often minutely radioactive.

I don't understand the reason for this next one.  Maybe you could explain it to me.

A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule won't.

OK, that is enough for today, now you all have a great evening, you hear?

Sunday, October 1, 2017

More Things About Texas

I know that I have talked about Texas (the state that I live in) before, but I thought that I would just post some jokes about Texas that I found on the internet.  I hope you get a grin or two or so out of them.

The aspiring psychiatrists were attending their first class on emotional extremes. "Just to establish some parameters," said the professor to the student from Arkansas, "What is the opposite of joy?"

"Sadness," said the student.

And the opposite of depression?" he asked of the young lady from Oklahoma.
"Elation," said she.

"And you sir," he said to the young man from Texas, "how about the opposite of woe?"

The Texan replied, "Sir, I believe that would be giddy-up

Don't speed in Texas.  Why?  See below:

Riding Horses A Texan, a Californian, and a Nevadan were out riding their horses.

The Texan pulled out an expensive bottle of tequila, took a long draught, then another, and then suddenly threw it into the air, pulled out his gun and shot the bottle in midair.

The Californian looked at the Texan and said, "What are you doing? That was a perfectly good bottle of whiskey!!

The Texan replied, "In Texas, there's plenty of whiskey and bottles are cheap.

A while later, not wanted to be outdone, the Californian pulled out a bottle of wine, took a few sips, threw the half full champagne bottle into the air, pulled out his gun, and shot it in midair.

The Nevadan couldn't believe this and said "What the heck did you that for? That was an expensive bottle of wine! The Californian replied, "In California there is plenty of wine and bottles are cheap."

A while later, the Nevadan pulled out a bottle of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. He opened it, took a sip, took another sip, then chugged the rest. He then put the bottle back in his saddlebag, pulled out his gun, turned, and shot the Californian.

The shocked Texan said "Why in the hell did you do that?"

The Nevadan replied, "Well, in Nevada we have plenty of Californians and bottles are worth a nickel.

Cowboy in Texas

A cowboy rode into town and stopped at a saloon for a drink. Unfortunately, the locals had a habit of picking on strangers. So when he finished his drink, he found his horse had been stolen. He went back into the bar, handily flipped his gun into the air, caught it above his head and fired a shot into the ceiling. ''WHICH ONE OF YOU SIDEWINDERS STOLE MY HOSS?'' he yelled. No one answered. ''ALL RIGHT, I'M GONNA HAVE ANOTHA' BEER, AND IF MY HOSS AIN'T BACK OUTSIDE BY THE TIME I FINISH, I'M GONNA DO WHAT I DONE IN TEXAS! AND I DON'T LIKE TO HAVE TO DO WHAT I DONE IN TEXAS!'' Some of the locals shifted restlessly. The cowboy had another beer, walked outside, and his horse was back! He saddled up and started to ride out of town. The bartender wandered out of the bar and asked, ''Say partner, before you go... what happened in Texas?'' The cowboy turned back and said, ''I had to walk home.''

OK, that is enough for now.  I sure do hope I have left you with a grin on your face.  I love Texas and have been here for over half my life and would not want to move to any other state.  Now, have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

So Far, a Great Day

Yep, so far it has been a great day.  I woke up alive this morning, that is always an important part of having great day.  The weather is beautiful.  Yep, blue skies and not too hot, yet.  It is still in the upper 70's, but I am sure that will not last long.

To top it all off, I just walked through the kitchen and my wife was putting to pieces of boudin style sausage on to cook.  When it is near done, she will add a couple of eggs.  Oh my, that is one of my most favorite meals.  Of course, I like all my meals, but some are extra special, like white boudin sausage.  Well, maybe if I tell the truth, all my meals are special to me.  It sure helps to be married to a great cook who has been known to make a gourmet meal out of nothing in just a few minutes.  She is a kitchen magician, for sure.  Now enjoy your  meals and have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Words I Didn't Know.

Even though I like to talk a lot and like to write blog postings, there are a lot of words that I don't know nor do I know their meanings.  Maybe I could list them and see if you know their meanings.  Then at the end, I will list their meanings.  Let me know how many of them you know.

1  -  Valetudinarian

2   -  Agastopia

3   -   Zoanthropy

4   -   Titynope

5   -   Kakorrhaphiophobia

6   -   erinaceous

7   -   Bibble 

8   -   Halfpace

9   -   Nudiusterian

10  -   Doodle sack

I think that is enough for now.  Did you know all of them?  If so let us know, you are way, way smarter and better educated than I am.  If not, then look below for the meanings
Now, I will list one definition for each word.  Some may have multiple definitions, but I will only list the most common.

1   -  A sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health.

2   -   Admiration of a particular part of someone's body.

3   -   Delusion of a person who believes himself changed into an animal.

4   -   A small quantity of something left over.

5   -   Fear of failure.

6   -   of, pertaining to, or resembling a hedgehog.

7   -   To drink often; to eat and/or drink noisily.

8   -   A platform of a staircase where the stair turns back in exactly the reverse direction of the lower flight.  (And here I thought it meant to just take little steps)

9   -   The day before yesterday.  (boy was I way off on this one)

10  -   Old English word for bagpipe.

OK, now tell us, how many did you get right.  I will tell you right now that I got zero right.  You know, if you can't get them all right, you might as well get them all wrong.  Now have a  great day, you hear?

PS  Here is a link to the site that lists the words:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Beating Myself Up.

I have usually heard that phrase, "beating myself up", to mean that I am finding fault with my actions, lack of action, or doing the wrong thing, etc.  But this time it was physical.  Yep, I took a hard fall.  I was bringing in the bird feeder, the suet, and the hummingbird feeder when I came up the steps, opened the screen door and entered the screened in porch section of our deck.  The next thing I knew was that I was laying face down with bird feed all around me.  What the heck happened.  I looked around and saw lots of red fluid beside me.  Oh Oh, am I bleeding that much?  Then I realized that it was the red humming bird liquid feed that spilled after I fell.

That was the night before last and I am still sore.  Got a gash above my wrist a few inches long and my middle finger on my right hand got a deep scrape on it.  Yep, that is the finger that some drivers use to signal to other drivers what their IQ is.  I just sort of hurt all over in general.

Also our male Shih Tzu went to the groomers the day before yesterday.  He was knotted up so bad that the groomer had to shave him.  He is an old dog and has never been shaved before.  I guess that has been quite a traumatic experience for him.  He is still not acting like his old self and he looks oh so much different.  At first glance I thought they were giving us the wrong dog.  I am sure in a couple more days he will get used to it.  He has to feel a lot better, right?  Now, don't fall down and don't get your dogs shaved, but have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Sign Of a Better Day

.It was the end of my second year of attending Penn State University.  At the time, I was living in a house off campus where other students and grad-students lived.  We had finished our finals and were waiting for the results.  I expressed my uneasiness to the group and one grad-student said that he had been grading the final tests and that I had failed the test.  This test was very important, I needed that class credit to go on.

Yep, that hit me real hard and I walked out of the house, got into my car, and headed for the mountains.  The forests have always been my best friend and I sure needed a friend so I headed for the mountains.  Parked my car and took off on foot.  Walked and walked and it started to get dark.  So, I found a good spot, sort of a depression, and filled it with hemlock branches and leaves.  Collected some more branches to cover over with and went to bed.  Oh what a beautiful star filled night sky overhead.

The next morning I woke feeling a lot better and then noticed two deer standing a short ways off, staring at me.  To me, that was a sign that everything would be all right.  With a better attitude, I took the long walk back to where my car was parked and drove back to where I was staying, all refreshed and ready to take on another day.  Then I found out that the grad-student who told me that I failed, was just kidding.  I got mad and happy at the same time and the happiness won out.  In a way, I was glad that happened since the experience of waking up with nature and wildlife is still one special memory.  When I went to bed last night, I kept thinking about that experience.  Now you all have a great day you hear?  I plan to. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Oh What a Beautiful Day.

We are having some gorgeous weather.  It is cool for this time of year (highs in the 80's), and a low humidity which is rare for this area, with a slight breeze.  Can't beat that and it is suppose to stick around for quite a few more days.

I was laying in bed last night and for some reason, I started to think about my parents and how much I loved and appreciated them.  I was an only child so maybe that is why I got a lot of attention.  My Dad took me fishing and hunting and canoeing and all that "manly stuff".

My Mom was great.  Yes, she treated me like a mother but she also was my friend and companion.  I remember one time that will prove what a great friend she was to me.  I loved to take walks in the woods behind our home.  One day, as I was returning home, I saw an animal way up at the top of a tree.  To me and at that distance, it looked like a baby groundhog.  For any of you who do not know what a ground hog is, think of Punxsutawney Phil, who predicts if winter will end or last another six weeks just by whether he sees his shadow or not.  Just google "Punxsutawney Phil" and you can read about him yourself.

Anyway, I ran home and told my Mom that there was a baby groundhog up a tree and would she help me carry the extension ladder up there so I could get up there and catch it.  The tree didn't have any low limbs so it was clear up to the branch that the groundhog was on, about 20 feet up.  I would have never expected to find a groundhog up a tree.  I didn't think that they could climb and why the heck would he want to.  Maybe it was chased by something that wanted it for lunch.

She and I carried the ladder along with a shopping bag up into the woods.  Set it up and I went up the ladder wearing gloves with my Mother right behind me carrying the empty bag.  I reached up and grabbed it by the neck and, by the way, it was not juvenile.  It was full grown.  I pulled it off the tree and dropped it into the bag my Mom was holding.  Wooooops!!!  It went right through the bag, fell to the ground with its feet already running, and disappeared in a flash, leaving my Mom and I up the tree laughing at ourselves.  That is what kind of Mom I had.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Saturday, September 2, 2017

After The Storm

Oh what a beautiful day.  Harvey had come ashore near here and dumped tremendous amounts of water but it decided to move on.  Good riddance, but it did clear out the skies and we have had a beautiful sunshiny day with highs only about 88.  That is cool for this time of year here near the East Texas coast.

We went to Walmart to get some groceries and supplies yesterday.  The shelves were half empty.  I figured that before the storm, people made a rush trip there and cleared the shelves but overheard a clerk talking to someone and she said that the warehouse had flood waters all around it and couldn't ship out supplies.

I really don't have much more to say.  So if you want more, use your imagination (grin).  Now, have a great day, you hear?

Monday, August 28, 2017

Update on Harvey

They are now predicting a couple more days of heavy rain.  The weather man is predicting 8-12 inches of rain on top of the 10-20 inches that has already fallen.  The TV is now showing lots and lots of boats helping out with the rescues.  Rockport officials have told the people that if you were in an area that was told to evacuate and you decide to stay, please write your name and SS number on your arm so that it will make it easier to identify the bodies.  That is how bad the flooding is.

I would imagine that there is a lot of flooding in our area, too, since we are only about 30 miles north of Houston.  I decided to just stay home and watch it on TV.

Bu the way, Harvey is still bouncing off and on the land on the coast.  It doesn't seem to be able to make up its mind exactly where it wants to go.  Every time it bounces out to sea, it picks up new energy.  It will be the major weather maker for the next few days around here.  Now, you all have sunny day, if possible, you hear?

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Wondering About Harvey.

I enjoyed that movie with Jimmy Stewart.  He was one of my favorite actors.

Yes, I am sure you remember him.  Now, do you remember the movie he made named "Harvey"?  Harvey was a 6'-3 1/2" tall rabbit that was his best friend.

The Harvey I am wondering about is not near as friendly but it is moving in without being invited.  I suppose that pictures are worth many thousands of words so in order to save my poor old fingers from typing thousands of words, here are some pictures.  Just click on the link and you will see what is going on in our area:

We are getting more heavy rain and it is suppose to rain for quite a few more days.  Just now (11:42) my satellite TV signal was lost.  Now I will have to look outside to see what the weather is like and keep my ear tuned to the roar of tornadoes. . . Oh good, it came back on, now I can stay in my rocker/recliner.  Now, keep your powder dry and try to have a great day, you hear?

Update. . .  we have already had about two feet of rain and they are predicting 20 to 22 inches more tonight and tomorrow.  That will be a total of almost four feet.  That is almost a half a years worth of rain all in a couple of days.  

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Still Have My Head Above Water.

I still have my head above water, although most of the Texas east coast has had some degree of flooding.  Some places have had more rain than they have had for forty years.

If you are reading this Barney, your favorite area on the Texas coast, Rockport, got hit very hard.  Hurricane Harvey came slowly ashore in the Rockport/Corpus Christi area, and just sat there for awhile pumping water inland.  Pictures are worth a thousand words so go to this site and look at the pictures: 

Here were I live we have had some gusts of wind and rain all day long.  Nothing too bad but the rain water has to go somewhere and there is and will be flooding around the area.  I don't have a problem with flooding since water runs away from my house.  Now my son, who lives on the back of my property, says he was temped to stuff empty sealed 55 gallon drums under his house and make a sail out of a couple of those blue tarps and take cruise.  Aloha son.  Now you all stay high and dry and have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Going To Get Wet.

It is going to get wet around here.  A storm system is moving in off the Gulf and will hit the East Texas coast a little south of Houston.  That puts us up here north of Houston on the wet side of the storm and they are predicting from ten to twenty inches here and south of me, maybe up to two or three feet.  That is a lot of water!!!

I should be OK where I live since water runs away from my home.  Maybe it does that because I am so ugly I scare it away.  Well, I hope it works this time, too.  Too little or too much rain can be a real problem and we get both of these situations at one time or another.

I am sure hoping that everyone in the path of this storm will get through it without too much hardship and especially without any physical trauma to themselves.  I know some of you will be hit hard with this storm whereas others will be missed entirely.  Now, if you can, have a great day, you hear?

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?