Wondering about wild grapes

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Strange Visitor

We had a strange visitor come to our home.  I think that he came from a water world somewhere in our universe.  You know, he could have come from someplace in our solar system, like the sixth-largest moon of Saturn, Enceladus.  It is believed that under that icy shell there is a warm ocean that could contain some type of life forms.  This is what Enceladus looks like:

I believe that he had been shrunken with all his fluids removed to preserve him for his long, long trip to Earth.  See, he is less than four inches tall:

 And another picture showing him against a dark background:
 He was in this envelope and it didn't have a return address or a stamp on it.  You may want to click on the picture to enlarge it so you can read it easier.

After a couple of hours, he had grown to seven inches tall and got a lot fatter.

And view from the front:

I guess the pups, my wife, and I will try to give him a good home until he can figure out how to get back to his home.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wonderin Over a Few Words

I get frustrated trying to figure out the only language that I have ever known, English.  Too many words have too many meaning and too many meanings fit too many words.  Ok, maybe you don't believe me so here is what I am talking about.

Take the two words, "fly" and "die" and the different way they can be used.  For instance, "A fly dies but flies die."

Why is it that "a fly" is singular but "dies" can be either singular or plural?

OK, let's try it another way:  That fly died and all the flies died"

Now the first "died" was for one fly but the second "died" was for multiple flies, but they are the same word.  The first one told of only one death but the second one told of multiple deaths.

OK, now let's look into the future.  "That fly will die and all the flies will die."

The now "die" and the future "die" are both spelled the same.  So, I guess the word "die" can be now or future tense.  I get so mixed up when it comes to English.  Maybe you all can do better, let me know.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Take A Walk With Me-Part 2

Yesterday, you took a walk with me half way around my property.  Today, we are going to finish that walk.  This first picture is going down the south side of my place, the pond/swamp would be on the left side.

OK, went down the south side and turned left.  This next picture is looking down the path that runs near the east side of my property.  The lake/swamp would then be on the left:

And a little further along.  The brush is really thick along here:

And a short distance on down the path:

Oh look what I spotted.  Bluish colored mushrooms.

And a couple more on over here:

Have you ever seen mushrooms that color?  That was a first for me and I used to take walks for the whole purpose of finding mushrooms and other fungi.

In this next picture, you can start seeing water along the path:

My son and his wife raise all kinds of animals and birds and if you look closely, that white speck out there on the pond is one of their ducks.

This next picture is after I walked down past the pond and took it looking back:

Almost back to the house, and took this picture.  This is probably the deepest part of the whole swamp:

OK, that completes my walk around the swamp.  The above picture gives you an idea the size of the swampy area.  I always enjoy walking around my place and always see something new every time.  Now, you all take a walk and have a good year, you hear?

Monday, December 11, 2017

Come, Take A Walk With Me.

Today, I took a walk around my place.  My son had cut paths with his big tractor (I got a little John Deere and he has a BIG John Deere).  The paths were quite wide, since his big brush hog is quite big.  He and I walked around yesterday after he cut it but I went back today with my camera and took a walk around with my camera.  So, take a walk with me around my place where he cut yesterday.  I will start from my front yard, are you ready?

Well, not exactly my front yard but I was standing at the edge of my front yard when I took the picture looking south.

I walked out the path my son made and took this picture:

And a little further out the new trail. . . see how short it is mown:

The next three pictures are on down along the trail:

From the south side looking north:

From the east side, looking west:

Not wanting to bore you with all the pictures I took today, I will stop here and maybe put the rest of them on my next blog posting.  Just giving you fair warning. . . (grin).   Now, get out, take a walk, and enjoy what Mother Nature has to show you and have a great day, you hear?

Friday, December 8, 2017

Not Since 12-1-2009

Yep, it has been a long time, not since Dec 1, 2009 around this area.  What am I talking about?  Snow!!!  Yep, we woke up to snow.  Not just a little, but enough to turn my place into a winter wonderland.  Hard to believe, isn't it?  They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so that is why I took a bunch of pictures and I am going to post them all here:


It has been eight years since any measureable snow has fallen here, so it is a big deal!!!  Of course, this time, the ground was quite warm so the snow didn't accumulate there except for a very few places, but the trees were a different story.  I hope you enjoyed our winter wonderland as much as we did.  Well, the pups decided to wait awhile to go out (grin).  Now, keep warm and have a great day, you hear? 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A Drop of 50 Plus Degrees.

Old Man Winter is trying to get into East Texas.  Yep, so far it has dropped over fifty degrees and is suppose to get a little cooler before morning.  Of course, it is too early in the season for it to last very long, maybe a day or so.  I guess we have to have a few cool days just to get everyone in the mood for the holidays (grin).  I thought it was quite refreshing and brings back memories of when I lived up north in western Pennsylvania.

Just now, the TV news had the weather forecast and they said that the temperature is dropping and will continue to drop all night until it gets down in the 40's.  In fact, they said it would be in the 40's all day tomorrow.  Brrrrrr.  What a change.  The high yesterday was in the 80's and the high today was in the 70's.  I guess that there is one of those "blue northerns" blowing in from the arctic.  They say that there is nothing between here and the arctic except for a few strands of barbed wire.  Oh well, I will bundle up and stay warm and around here, the weather changes quite quickly (except in mid summer).  Now, you all stay warm and have a great day, you hear?

Monday, December 4, 2017

Buying in Quantity.

I don't usually buy in quantity unless I see a real bargain on
something that I use a lot.  The other day I was in Wal-Mart and one thing that I needed was bathroom tissue.  I usually buy Northern and low and behold, they had a huge package of it.  It just wasn't the small rolls but a big package of Mega-Rolls!!  Yep, I just had to get that.  What a bargain.  There were 18 Mega Rolls.  The package stated that 18 of these huge rolls were equal 72 of the normal size rolls.  You know, that is so much TP that at my age I 
may have to list it in my will. . .

I looked on the internet and found a picture of that package:

OK, enough said about that subject.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Almost Looks Like Winter

Yesterday morning, we woke up to a very foggy, damp morning.  There was dew everywhere.  I thought it was different, since I had never seen anything that looked just like this before:

Just in case you can't make it out in the above picture, here is a closer look at it:

What it was, is that there seemed to be a lot of small spider webs on the trees and the dew formed on them.  I didn't see any spiders so am not quite sure what the webs were from or what made them.  That doesn't matter, they looked eerily beautiful to me.  Always take time to look at the beauty that Mother Nature makes out of just simple things and have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The First Man Who. . .

I wonder if the first man who found out that it was not a good idea to wipe his rear end with a plant that had three leaves, invented toilet paper?  Poison oak or ivy does not make a good toilet paper substitute.  And just in case you are wondering, I did not discover this personally (grin).

That first guy who unwisely used the poison ivy leaves was probably named Rosie Rear, no not Rosie Greer (grin).

The first man to notice that there were more than eight planets was Clyde Tombaugh.

That was back in 1930.  Later it was found out that Pluto was just one of a whole lot of minor planets and plantetistamals.  Pluto was demoted and promoted between planet and plantetistamal many times.

Now this next guy, Thomas E. Selfridge, was the first airplane fatality.  Somebody had to be first, right, so this guy took that honor.


This is a photo taken of Mr. Selfridge's crash site:

It is amazing how many people were first at doing something.  Well, wait a minute.  I guess there always had to be someone to do something first, except there were no others before Adam, the first man.  OK, now you can try to be the first person who comments on this blog (grin), and of course, have a great day, you hear?

Friday, November 24, 2017

Update On Pup.

The medication that the vet gave us to give to Muffy every twelve hours, seems to be working.  She is not coughing as much and is eating.  She still wheezes now and then but she isn't fighting for breath like she did before.  Sure glad we got her to the doc's before the Holidays.  They were going to be out of the office from Thanksgiving until the next Monday.  The pills must be helping drain the fluid from her lungs.

The funny thing about dogs, they get real sick real fast and, if they are going to get better, do it real fast, too.  I am keeping my fingers crossed hoping she has a few more good years left.  With only half of her heart working, it sure puts a lot of load on the working side.  It is time for her take it easy, but she hasn't learned how to do that yet.  I try to help by carrying her up the stairs to the porch from the dogs' yard.  Most of the time she is like a little kid and says "Daddy, I would rather do it myself", and up the steps she runs.  I guess it is hard to take the pup out of the old dog.

I am sure glad to have another day with her.  All I can do is take one day at a time.  Neither dogs or humans are granted tomorrow.  All we have is now, and the older I get the more I understand that.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Oldest Pup Had Problems.

During the night, our oldest pup woke me up with a blood curdling scream.  The master bedroom is at the end of the house, next to it is the living room, next to it is the kitchen, next to that is the dining area, and next to that is the family room.  That pup was at the far end of family room.  That is a long ways from where I was sleeping and her scream woke me up.  I ran out and found that she had another spell where she was laying up next to a box, stiff as a board, with her legs stiff and sticking up in the air.  That terrified me and I picked her up until she came out of it.

This happened before back in last January.  At that time, after a thorough examination and x-rays, nothing wrong was detected.  This time it was her heart which was not beating correctly and made her lungs fill up with fluid.  Dang, she had no symptoms at all until that seizure.  The vet gave her a shot and pills to take that should get rid of the fluid and put her back to her old self.  She is getting up in years (14), but has been in great health.  I sure do love that pup and hope she can stay with us for quite some time to come.  And yes, I have shed a tear or two.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Yeah Right.

Our language can be hard to understand.  Sometimes a positive answer is really a negative answer.  For example, when someone asks you if you want to do a dirty, stinky job for him free of charge, you could respond with "yeah right", meaning "heck no" or "no way".  If I would ask someone that question and they came back with the "yeah right" answer, I would then ask them if they could start on it immediately and walk off while I told hem to let me know when it was done.

Literally, isn't it a positive answer, although meant to be a negative answer?  It doesn't take long at all to find more words and phrases used in American English that can be taken in more than one way.  Multiple meaning words can be dangerous to use in very serious dialogs when damage could occur or in life threatening situations.  And, of course, you all just said "yeah right", right?  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?  

Monday, November 13, 2017

Four Things That Scare Us the Most.

According to the internet,
there are four things that scare people the most:

DEATH:  I would think that the fear of the unknown would be what people fear most.  Of course what happens after death is mostly unknown.  What fears me the most about dying is being separated from the people and pets that I love.

HELL:  That sort of goes along with death, doesn't it?  Hell is a place of eternal torment.  To me, it is a place of evil where good and love and God's blessings are missing, and a place where they keep the thermostat turned up way, way too hot.

SNAKES:  Most people really fear snakes.  I never have.  In fact, I used to have a pet snake.

The Dark:  The dark didn't scare me, even as a kid.  In fact, I would run into the dark to get away from bullies, etc.  For some reason, I seemed to have very good low light vision.

OK, so do any of the above scare you?  What else scares you the most?   When you go to bed tonight, turn out the lights and think of all the things that scare you.  Now, have a great day, you hear?


Friday, November 10, 2017

Wampus Cat

Back when I was a kid, we used to spend a lot of time at our family's camp near Tionesta, Pennsylvania.  At the time, it was at the end of a long dirt road which passed through two gates.  I was there when my parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins helped build it.  BTW, the first building completed was the outhouse.

In the evenings as it got dark, we built a fire outside in the fire ring that we made from rocks and told stories.  My cousin's husband told us about the Wampus Cat, a really scary and dangerous critter.  As we listened to those stories, the light from that camp fire that we were sitting around sure didn't shine as far into the darkness of the woods as it had before the story was told.  Here are a couple of pictures of Wampus Cats:

Now, just before you go to bed tonight, take a real close look at the two pictures above so that you will recognize them if they try to sneak into your bedrooms, and then have a peaceful sleep you hear?

Funny Story I Found on Line

I love humor and a lot of things make me laugh.  I see humor in things that most people do not.  Sometimes my sense of humor gets me in trouble and sometimes people like it and laugh.  I never know which way they will react.

Well, I actually look for humorous stuff on line.  Some of it is stupid, some of it is sick, some of it is not funny at all, but some of it is funny, at least to me.  For example, here is a funny story that I found at:

Easy to Swallow?My sister, Paula, and her husband, Chris, had just finished tucking their young ones into bed one evening when they heard crying coming from the children's room. Rushing in, they found Tommy crying hysterically.
He had accidentally swallowed a 5p piece and was sure he was going to die.  No amount of talking could change his mind. Trying to calm him, Chris palmed a 5p coin that he happened to have in his pocket and pretended to remove it from Tommy's ear. Tommy, naturally, was delighted.  In a flash, he snatched it from his father's hand, swallowed it and demanded cheerfully - 'Do it again, Dad!'

I had a couple of boys and could really see this happening.  OK, enough for today, hope to see you all tomorrow and make sure that you have a great day, you hear?

Monday, November 6, 2017

I Used To Be Good AT .. . .

Way back a few hundred years ago when I was a boy. . . Well maybe not a few hundred years, but it was a long time ago.  We kids were given an assignment at school to draw pictures of birds and label them.  I think that the teacher also wanted us to tell something about each bird.

Back then, I was quite good at drawing pictures of things, especially pictures that someone else had drawn.  So, I got out my Peterson's Field Guide to the Birds and started drawing and then coloring them with crayons.  I thought that I had done a great job but after the teacher graded them and returned them to us, I was shocked to see I got an "F".  My parents were furious.  In fact they went to see that teacher and the teacher said that the pictures were so perfect they had to be traced.  My parents insisted that I didn't trace them, but had just drew what I saw in the book.  Yep, the pictures in that book were drawn and painted by Peterson himself.

I guess the only moral to this story is that sometimes a person (or kid) can do some things too well.  I don't think that I could do that good of job anymore.  I am out of practice.  Of course if Grandma Moses could start painting in her old age, I should be able to sketch, draw, and/or paint in my old age.  Maybe I should sign my painting as Great Grandpa Dizzy. . .

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

How About a Poem?

I want to rhyme the words in today's post.
Using easy words that we use the most.

That may not be an easy thing to do.
There's more words than animals in a zoo.

But I will try to do my very best.
Without my getting all worked up and stressed.

Just occurred to me that it could be done.
So I think I will keep on, just for fun.

I have written poems back in the past.
I had so much fun, it was quite a blast.

So thought I would try it again today.
No, it's not because I had things to say.

Couldn't come up with anything better.
But I am not going to be the regretter.

So I am coming to the very end.
I promise that this will not be a trend.

I will get back to my old posting ways.
Maybe tomorrow or in a few days.

Rhyming is the easiest part to do.
It's the rhythm that makes it work for you.

So I will end this with just this to say,
I want you to have a very good day.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Lazy Bird

I happened to walk by a window and I glanced out to where the bird feeder was.  Not only do I put out a bird feeder full of bird seed, but I also put out suet and then pour bird seed on the ground.  What I saw made me chuckle.   There was a lazy bird laying on its stomach eating the bird seed on the ground.  Now, I thought to myself, that is really a very lazy bird.

I went to get my camera but that bird was standing up by then.  Dang, that would have made a great picture for my blog.  I guess that is about all I have to say today, so you all have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

I'm Back. . .

No, I didn't go any where, I just couldn't think of a good subject to post about.  I know, you may say that never stopped me before (grin).

Some times I think that I am living in the past.  I had a wonderful time in the past with steam locomotives, great stories on radio and then on black and white TV, enjoying my relatives, and much, much more.  Yes, of course I went through illnesses, sad losses of loved ones, and ups and downs, but mostly I try to forget the bad and remember the good.

Now, I seem to live in the past by watching old black and white TV shows.  I just finished watching Perry Mason.  The old shows to me, are the most enjoyable thing about having Dish satellite TV.  And of course, they televise the NHRA Top Fuel races which I always watch.  OK, I am going to get back to rocking in my chair and watching old TV shows and I want you to have a great day, you hear?

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?