Wondering about wild grapes

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Stuff You May Not Know

As I have said in the past, I am quite interested in astronomy and have several telescopes, the largest having a 16" dia. mirror and the scope is taller than I am.  Although I have seen many wonderous and strange things, I have really never seen a black hole.  One of the ways that a black hole is formed is when a huge star collapses.  Black holes suck in everything and anything within its gravitational field.  A black hole is made mostly from matter.

OK, we all know about black holes, right?  Well now the cosmologists and physicists are talking about "white holes", which are the opposite of black holes.  The black holes suck matter in but the white holes spit matter out.  Could it be the same matter that is sucked in by one is spit out by the other?  If so, how did it get from the one to the other?

Want to torment a scorpion?  Place a small amount of alcohol on it and it will make it go crazy and sting itself to death.

Did you ever hear someone say shoo fly to scare a fly away?  That will never work because flies are deaf.

A very few species of turtles can breathe through their butts.

For every human on Earth there are 1.6 million ants.  The total weight of all those ants, however, is about the same as all the humans.

There is only one country (Russia) between North Korea and Norway.  Eleven miles of North Korea borders Russia.

After reading this post you will not recognize that the
the brain doesn't recognize the second "the".

Tears caused by sadness, happiness, and onions look different under the microscope.

The expiration date on water bottles is for the bottle, not the water.

I could go on and on but I think this post is long enough, so have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

African Dust

I am not unusual for liking to get unexpected gifts, especially from a far off country but I have just about had enough of the gift that Africa is sending us, a lot of its dust.  I know they predicted that it would blow into this part of Texas but I didn't think that it would block out all our blue sky.  There is not a cloud in the sky, so it should be blue but all that dang dust is blocking out all the blue.  Just in case you don't believe me, I took some pictures.  It looks a lot worse in person than the pictures show but at least they will give you an idea of what it is like:

The thicker, darker part of the dust seems to show up in these pictures as a bluish color, but in reality, they are a darker grey than the thinner ones are.  

When I went out to go to the corner Dollar Store and Post Office, I discovered that my right rear window was down and it wouldn't go up.  All the windows are crank-less and operate from buttons on the center console between the front seats.  I could hear the motor working but the window didn't come up at all.  So. . . I went to the nearest auto repair shop and he said he had to order parts and to go home and he would call when they came in.  He figured it would take three or four hours.  So, here I am, writing this blog posting and waiting for his call.  It will not be soon.  Now, you all have a great day and let me know if you have any African dust problems at your place.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Just Sitting and Aging.

I will make this posting even though I really have nothing to say.  Like I said in the post title, I am just sitting here aging.  My mother used to say that "getting old ain't for sissies".  Boy was she right, although I feel rather well but don't have any get up and go.  I am so old that all the hair on my legs migrated to my stomach. . . and all my hair has turned a snowy white (grin).

OK, maybe this is a good time to post some old age jokes, so:

Q: Is it a common problem for 60+ year olds to have trouble with memory storage?
A: No. Memory storage is not the problem. Memory retrieval is.

I grew a beard thinking it would say "Distinguished Gentleman." Instead, turns out it says, "Senior Discount, Please!"

Aging gracefully is like the nice way of saying you're slowly looking worse.

Regular naps prevent old age, especially if you take them while driving. *********************** OK, I hope you got a chuckle out of those jokes that I found on the internet.  I guess when you get right down to it, getting old is better than the alternative.  Now, you all have a great day and live every day to its fullest, you hear?    

Thursday, July 12, 2018

It Has Been Awhile. . .

It has been awhile since I have posted and yep, I am still alive and kicking.  I didn't die, but my computer did.  The computer people couldn't get it to work so they had to wipe my hard-drive clean, so I lost a lot of my pictures and information that I had stored in it.  Oh well, I decided to post and let you know that all is now OK. . . or let me say, I hope all is OK.  So far, so good.

OK, now back to posting my blog.  I noticed some mushrooms or fungi growing along my driveway and thought it was worth taking a few pictures of them, which I did.  So, I will post those pictures on this blog.

This double mushroom is growing on the same stalk: 

Same mushroom, different angle:

And a close-up taken from ground level:
Those of you who have followed my blog postings for quite awhile, will know that I have always been interested in mushrooms.

Thanks for stopping by today to check out my posting and have a great day, you hear?    

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

It Is HOT here.

It is HOT here where I live in East Texas.  Just how hot is it?  Well, I am going to tell you but since it is so hot, don't rush me.  It is too hot to hurry.

I have mentioned in past blog postings about my bird feeder and how much we enjoy watching all the birds.  We have been seeing a painted bunting quite often and he is really pretty flashing all those different colors.  Here is a picture that I found on www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/painted-bunting:

Back to "how hot is it?", well it is so hot that it melted the suet blocks that I purchased to feed the birds.  In this next picture,  you can see that the block of suet with seeds has almost three quarters of it melted away and a lot of it dripped on the bird feeder.

 Here is closer picture of the mess on top of the feeder:

And of course one of the many squirrels just had to have a bite at the free lunch counter:

I was standing right there when he came out of the bushes and right after I took that picture, he was joined by another squirrel.  It is not unusual to see a half a dozen or more of them out there at one time, but not when I am standing right there.  They must be hungry or too lazy to go forage for food in the wild.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Wedding and Reception.

I took lots of pictures, so I am going to bore you with most of them.  If you do get bored looking at them, please skip to the last one, but I would prefer that you look at them all.

This first one is of my grandson, Jimmy, holding his son (my great grandson), Lane:

Lane being held by a bigger boy, whose name I do not know:

Grandson Jimmy and soon to be wife, Tamany, about to take their vows:

Jimmy and Tammany showing their son, Lane, the brand:

 Here is a better picture of it:

Jimmy, Tamany, and Lane:

The bride with the groom and his buddies.  Notice that they are all armed.  I guess they didn't want anyone backing out the ceremony: 

This is a picture of Jimmy's uncle (my son) and his family:

The bride and groom waiting to make their little speeches, mostly praising each other: 

And of course the bride and groom had the first dance at the reception:

This was the sign at the entrance to the hall.  Notice the deer antlers?  Both bride and groom are avid hunters:

It was a wonderful wedding and reception.  It just couldn't have been any better except for some of the relatives that have passed away left a void, but I am sure they were watching from up above.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Saturday, April 28, 2018

What is Going On in Back Yard

We have a part of our place cleared and I call it my back yard.  The dogs have a part fenced in where they can go out and get some air, check things out, and do their business.  They have to share that area with the bird feeder, so there are always a lot of birds and squirrels that come to our free food bar.  Their was even some woodpeckers working on the suet.

Of course there is usually a bunny or two or so out there somewhere.  This one didn't seem to want to run very far.  It just ran to the edge of the thick growth so that it could disappear in a flash if needed:

Then I found something a little strange.  There must have been some hanky-panky going out there.  Or maybe some cross breeding between different species of trees.  Take a look at this leaf and you tell me how it happened to look like that:

Our grandson is getting married today, so I have to cut this short and go get ready to go.  Don't want to be late.   Now, I am planning to have a great day and I hope all of you have a great day, too.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Not Much to Say.

I don't have much to say if anything, except that there is an emptiness in me I can't seem to fill and ache in my heart that will not go away.  I know it isn't good to mourn over a pet for this long but I will probably keep mourning for a long, long time to come.  I will always miss her.  Muffy (Ginger Muffin) and a pup I had before and a little after we got Muffy, Buttons, were the two pups that I have missed the most.  Muffy is now buried next to where Buttons was buried.  The way I feel now, don't be surprised if I don't post for awhile.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Lost a Huge Part of Our Lives

This morning at 10:30 am, we lost a huge part of our family and our lives, Muffy.  I stayed up all night with her because she was feeling quite bad.  I held her in my arms most all night and this morning she passed away while I was holding her.  I am so broke up that I can hardly type this because of the tears in my eyes.  Both my wife and I have tears in our eyes and the sniffles they cause.
My wife and I dug a deep, wide hole that the container she was in would fit into.  We wrapped her up in her favorite blankets, placed her in the container and lowered her into the hole.  Both my wife and I filled in the hole while sobbing.  I am still sobbing and probably will for quite some time to come.  She was extra special and kept the other two pups in line.  My son stopped by and offered to dig the hole for us but we refused.  My wife and I had to do it ourselves.  It is going to take a long, long time to get over this, if ever.  I have nothing else to say, just have to go blow my nose.  Sure do hope that you all had a better day than we have had.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

What Is This?

I thought I would put a picture of something that was my Mother's and see if you know what it is or what it was used for.  Yes, I know what it is, but I bet most of you middle aged and younger readers have never seen or held or used one of these.  But then I may be wrong.  Here is the picture:

Well, have you figured out what it is yet?  Well guess what, I found a picture of one of these for sell on: https://www.etsy.com/market/antique_button_hook

Yep, it is a button hook.  Can be used on blouses, shoes, etc.  How many of you knew what it was and how it was used?  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Monday, April 9, 2018

For Those Who Have Been Asking About Muffy

For all of you who have been wondering about our dear little Muffy, here is an update.  To be honest, I am not happy with her progress.  She sleeps most all of the time.  I don't know if that is all the medication she is taking or her illness.  This morning she seemed to want to eat, but when I tried to give her something, she just walked away.  Now, she is sitting in front of my wife's chair just staring at her as if to say, "get up off your rear and get me something to eat!!!"  I hope she eats some today.

I gave her the medications, even set my alarm for the one in the wee hours of the morning.  I smash up the pills in a folded piece of paper, put the required amount of water in the syringe, added the smashed up pills along with a some honey to sweeten it, and gave it to her.  I had to sit down on the floor, hold her in my lab, and force the medication into her mouth, which she swallowed.  I don't try to hide it in any food or treats because she is just way too smart to let me get away with that, and like I said above, she doesn't want to eat anything.  She does drink water so I keep her bowl clean and filled.  She is a tough old gal and I am hoping and praying for the best.

Below is a picture I just took of her.  No, her eyes do not look like that.  The odd coloring must have been from the flash of the camera.
I will say adios for now and I want you all to have great day, you hear?

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Not Much To Say Tonight

I don't have much to say tonight.  For those who know me, you know that I always have something to say.  Yep, I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut which at times has given me a dose of "Foot and Mouth" disease. . . No, I guess that would be "Foot In Mouth" disease.  It is a good thing that I have rather small feet. (grin)

For those of you who have been wondering how our little Muffy has been making out, I will give you an update.  I would say that she is doing a lot better, especially when they thought she wouldn't make it through that first night.  The medicine seems to be working and she is resting and sleeping a lot better.  She is also eating a little, but not like normal.  Her breathing is still fairly fast and labored and her heart seems to beating rather hard, but she is a lot more like her old self.  I feel much better about her tonight.  I want to thank all of you for your concern.  Have a good evening, you hear?  I am going to stay up until going on one a.m. so I can give Muffy her medication that is due at that time.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Update On Muffy

Muffy spent all of yesterday at the vets having treatments for her congestive heart failure or what ever it is that is ailing her.  After we got her home she dank lots of water and ate a big supper.  She wasn't eating much at all before, if any, so it gave us hope seeing her eat her meal and drink water.

Her heart murmur is so loud I can hear it when she sits on my lap.  She is a tough, stubborn pup and that alone will give here a more than an even fighting chance.  I hope she has the strength left to keep on fighting.  Why oh why do we get so attached to our pets.  They are like our children, and of course we love them and treat them as such.

She definitely does not want to take her medications.  It doesn't work to try and hide them in food, like Vienna Sausage or cheese.  She finds them somehow and then will not eat any of it.  We have a big syringe that we use.  We crush the pills and then dissolve them in a little water.  Then we add a  couple of drops of honey.  She still does not want to take them, but so far, I have been able to get them in her using that syringe method.  I am still quite depressed over her situation.  The other two pups just seem to mope around and sleep.  They know something is wrong. . . .

The phone just rang, it was the vet's office asking how Muffy is doing and my wife is talking to them right now.  They were checking on our pup since they will be closed for the weekend and just wanted us to know.  They really seem to care.  By the way, all the personnel at that clinic are women.  Maybe that is why Muffy likes them so much.  They are so very kind and gentle with their patients.  Just wanted to update the situation with Muffy for you, and now I want you all to have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Not Good News At All. . .

Our precious Muffy is not doing to well.  We went back to the Vets this afternoon and they said that she was close to death.  They put her in a pure oxygen chamber and then gave her a cocktail of medication.  It seemed to perk her up some.  When we got home she even ate a little bit and has been sleeping ever since.

They said that if she made it through the night to bring her back in the morning or if she doesn't, to call and tell them.  It sounds to me that they don't expect her to make it through the night.  Yes, I am very, very upset and can't seem to keep my eyes clear of tears.  The vets kind of suggested that we should put her down, but she doesn't seem to be in any pain and as long as she seems to be active and enjoys being petted, I will continue to pet her.

We mentioned that she was getting up in years and must be at least 13 years old.  They told us according to their records that she was 17 or 18 years old.  Wow, I guess she has been training my wife and I for a long time, and keeping the other two pups and my wife and I in line.  Yes, I know that none of us can live forever but as long as someone lives on to remember, they are not really dead and forgotten.  Of course, we hope that she may rally and get back to her old self, but I have to realize that is a very slim possibility.  I must end this blog before I really start crying and short out my laptop's key board.  I sure hope you had a better day than I did.

Monday, April 2, 2018

What Have We Been Doing?

What have we been doing lately?  Well, the major thing is trying to keep our oldest pup, Muffin, alive and well.  She is old but normally full of life topped off with vim an vigor  She has had a few heart attacks and had another bad spell yesterday.  She screams and falls over on her side with her feet sticking straight out.  I hurriedly picked her up and rocked her.  It didn't take her long to get back to her perky self, but she sure does scare me.  I know, one of these days, she will not snap back.

She takes three different medications for her problem and last night we ran out of one after she took the last pill.  This morning my wife and I ran up to the Vets and got that prescription renewed and then hurried back and gave her one of those pills to keep her on schedule.  She takes her medication at ten in the morning and again at ten in the evening.  She will be on medication for as long as she lives, which I hope is a long, long time.  Our other two pups sense that something is wrong.  I believe that dogs know a lot more about what is going around them then we humans do.

I know that I have published a blog posting about Muffy's health problems, so just think of this posting as another follow-up.  Now, I hope you and yours will have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

It's Been How Long?!?!

How long has it been since my last post?  Well, it looks like it has been about ten days.  I sure have been getting lax with this blogging thing, so I shall try to correct that problem.  It is just that time travels so very fast when you get to my age.  You know, you get up in the morning, turn around, and dang, it is bed time already.

Actually I have had nothing special or exciting happening in my life.  Doctor visits, veterinarian visits, trips to town for supplies, etc., etc., etc.  Nothing that unusual for someone my age.  Speaking of my age, here are some old folks' jokes for your entertainment:

Hospital regulations require a wheelchair for patients being discharged. However, while working as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet who insisted he didn't need my help to leave the hospital.
After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel him to the elevator. On the way down I asked him if his wife was meeting him.
"I don't know," he said. "She's still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown."


Four United States Presidents get caught up in a tornado....and off they whirled to the land of OZ.  They finally made it to the Emerald City ... 
...and went to find the Great Wizard.

"What brings the four of you before the great Wizard of Oz?"  Jimmy Carter stepped forward timidly:  "I've come for some courage."

" No Problem!" said the Wizard. "Who is next?"

Richard Nixon stepped forward and said:  "Well, I think I need a heart."

"Done!" says the Wizard.

"Who comes next before the Great and Powerful Oz?"

Up stepped George W.Bush and said,  "The American people say that I need a brain."

"No problem," said the Wizard. "Consider it done."

Then there is a great silence in the hall.

Bill Clinton is standing there, looking around, not saying a word.

The irritated wizard finally asks, "Well, what do you want?"  Bill replied, "Where's Dorothy?" ______

Found these jokes at www.you-can-be funny.com.  OK, I hope you got at least a little giggle out of those.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Is It Leaning or Not?

Sometimes, your eyes play tricks on you and sometimes it just depends on how you look at things.  I took a couple of pictures this morning of my bird feeder.  I would like you to straighten me out on what I was seeing.  Is the pole holding the bird feeder vertical or not or is the wind blowing very hard and pushing the feeder off to the side?  Take a close look at these two pictures and post your answer below.

In the above picture, it looks like the wind is blowing very hard and pushing the feeder off to the right.  Is that the case?

Or, is the pole leaning and the feeder is hanging straight down?

Do you have it figured out yet?  Let me know what you think and have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

This Posting is for the Birds

I don't know why, but this morning I started thinking about a book that my uncle Bub gave me back when I was a kid.  Yes, we always called him by his nickname not his real name.  My parents gave me his first name as my middle name.  His given name was Milton but was always known as Bub.  My Dad's name was Richard but he went by Dick.  So, I was named Richard Milton which morphed into Dicky Bub.  Then when I got my amateur radio license, my call ended in ***DZY.  So, of course all the hams started calling me Dizzy or Dizzy Dick and it stuck.

Sorry, I sort of got off the subject.  The book he gave me was "A Field Guide to the Birds" by Roger Tory Peterson and it was the 1947 version.  Before this one there was a 1934 and a 1939 version and I am sure there were many more after my version.  I have used it over and over and over again and again throughout my lifetime, and still use it today.  Thank you Uncle Bub.

Now, there are all kinds of field guides that cover almost everything that you would see in nature.  But I have to say that the one of the birds is my favorite.  I have some of wild flowers, snakes, etc. but the one about the birds gets used the most.  Take time to watch our feathered friends, put out some bird feed, and you all have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Night Time Visitor.

My son has been having a night time visitor.  He has seen it a few times and says it is quite large.  Its frontend is huge and muscular and it is every bit the predator.  Since my son and his wife have quite a varied collection of pets and farm animals, including chickens, ducks, geese, quail,  goats, etc.  I would say that the night time visitor is after the poultry.

Like I said, he has seen it many times and just lately, his game camera has caught it in infra-red light.  Here is a picture of the big coyote that is showing up for a midnight snack:

It is a little blurred, since he really didn't want to pose for a portrait.  He said he hadn't had a chance to comb his hair.

My son said for me not to let my pups out at night alone, so I go out with them and stand guard.  They complain about not having any privacy, but you know for dogs and humanity, those who want safety and protection from their government always end up as servants and slaves.  Of course in my case, I am our pups' slave, but I don't mind at all.  Now you all have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Time For Some More Questions and Answers

I got some questions and answers for you today.  I will list the questions first and at the end of the posting, will list the answers.  That way you will be able to see right away if you got them right or wrong and if you please, let us all know how you did.

1.   Where and when was a child born to the youngest parents ever?

2.   Which baseball player wore a cabbage leaf under his cap and for what reason?

3.    How many dimples are on a regulation golf ball?

4.    In space, can astronauts cry?

5.    What is the average speed that catsup (or Ketchup) leaves the bottle?

6.     Are babies born with kneecaps?

7.     Which weighs more, an average elephant or the tongue of a blue whale.

8.     What is the longest word that can be typed using only the left hand?

9.    How many US states claim that their test scores in their elementary schools are above the national average?

10.   How many ridges are around a dime?

Ok, that is all the questions.

1.   The world's youngest parents, 8 and 9, lived in China and the year was 1910.

2.   Babe Ruth did to keep his head cool.  He changed it every couple of hours.

3.   There are 336 dimples in a golf ball.

4.    In space, there is no gravity and tears can't flow.

5.    It leaves the bottle at a rate of 25 miles per year.

6.    Not exactly, they are born with cartilage that later hardens into a kneecap.

7.    The elephant weighs less than the tongue of a blue whale.

8.     Stewardesses

9.     All 50 of them.  Now that doesn't seem to add up to me.

10.   A dime has 118 ridges.  Now I wonder how many of you are counting those ridges right now.

OK, that is all the questions and answers.  How many did you get right and which one was a surprise to you?  You all have a great day, you hear?

Monday, February 26, 2018

My Mind Kept Me Awake.

My mind kept me awake last night.  I laid in bed wide awake for about four hours or so.  I hate it when that happens.  My mind was giving me all kinds of good ideas for a blog posting, but as you probably guessed, by this morning I couldn't remember any of them.  I guess the problem is when you get as old as I am, there is just so much stuff (memories, facts, etc.) in my brain that it can't hold any more.  Hey!!  That is as good of an excuse that I could come up with in short notice.

Since I don't have anything else to say about that, how about I end this blog with a few jokes.  This first one really made me laugh.  Yes, I know it may be slightly off color but I have to share.

What is the difference between a snowman and a snowwoman?

I managed to lose my rifle when I was in the army. I had to pay $855 to cover the loss.
I’m starting to understand why a Navy captain always goes down with his ship.

 “My wife suffers from a drinking problem.”

“Oh is she an alcoholic?”

“No, I am, but she’s the one who suffers.”

I was sitting in a bar one day and two really large women came in, talking in an interesting accent.

So I said, “Cool accent, are you two ladies from Ireland?”

One of them snarled at me, “It’s Wales, dumbo!”

So I corrected myself, “Oh, right, so are you two whales from Ireland?”

That’s about as far as I remember.

A woman in a bikini reveals about 90% of her body.... and yet most men are so polite they only look at the covered parts.
Two guys are out hunting in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t appear to be breathing, his eyes are glazed over. The other man pulls out his phone with trembling fingers and calls 911. He gasps, "My friend is dead! What can I do?"

The operator says "Please stay calm. I will help you. First of all, let's make sure he's dead."
There’s a silence, then a gun shot. The guy gets back on the phone and says "OK, now what?"

I got another letter from this lawyer today. It said “Final Notice”. Good that he will not bother me anymore.

Father: “Son, you were adopted.”
Son: “What?! I knew it! I want to meet my biological parents!”
Father: “We are your biological parents. Now pack up, the new ones will pick you up in 20 minutes.”

I got these jokes at:


OK, keep on smiling and have a great day, you hear?