January 30, 2019 Burrrr…

20190130_074033.jpgKeeping the shades closed today as there is a thermal property to them and last I looked it said it was -29 outside (that does not include the windchill).

So then, this morning, I started seeing sunlight on the shades and just had to venture a peek.


There’s is:


Sunrise, though anemic.  Not delivering a lot of heat today….so the shades are still down to help keep the furnace from running all so much. Maybe we will save a little on the heating.


Mandy: Oh sure, save on heat, but does she let me do my business inside…NO! She just yells at me, ‘Hurry, Mandy, Hurry!’  I will say that I am no longer taking my time out there. Dang!


Lemme: Hey Mandy, got a box for ya! Heh Heh.

Happy Wednesday!


January 29, 2019 – Cold


The sun is coming…but will mean next to nothing in the weather department today. I mean it is good to see the sun and all…but…just sayin’.


So supposed to be even colder as the week goes on. Maybe breaking a record here. But then probably most of you all can commiserate as you are feeling the cold as well.

Mandy wants me to share something with you….


Mandy:  Pleeze put in plumbing for an indoor doggy potty station!!! (see my bathroom above).


Mandy:  Purdy Pleeeezzzzzuuuhhh!

You know, she goes out there and messes around when I am yelling ‘hurry Mandy…hurry!’ Then she starts spinning around and runs in without doing anything.  Only to have to redo the entire act 10 minutes later because she didn’t go.  I try explaining it to her but I am met with this:


which leads to this:


Then in a short time we are back to this:


Rinse and repeat.


Fidget: Mandy Schmandy, the litter box is a cats only facility. Heh heh…cats rule, dogs have to pee outside. Sucker!

Stay warm and Happy Tuesday!



January 23, 2019

Looking for that beautiful sunrise this morning but seeing nothing but clouds. 20190123_071443.jpgLooking off to the left you could see the sun was up, but that is all I have been able to see of it. (below)20190123_071450.jpg

I hope the clouds ease up today and let the sun have a little face time.

A friend of mine sent us some photos the other day, THANK YOU!

Pretty cool, so I will share them.Karissa and Kim with Happy bear.JPG

These are my girls way back when.   Now they are 40 and 37 years old.  The oldest is holding Happy Bear (she named it).  Above is not taken at our house, but I can’t recall where it was taken.

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And there is Grandpa Ralph with the girls.   He passed a little over a year ago – Ralphie we sure do miss you!!!

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Here we are out hiking with a close family friend.  Youngest daughter shown here I believe and that is her God Mom in the Navy top…we won’t discuss the other person holding her hand, but Dad is bringing up the rear.  My guess is that oldest daughter is out in front with the person taking the photo. She might even be taking the photo…??

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There she is! Over Dad’s shoulder.  Looks like it was a fun time!  Thanks again for sending the photos.


Today it looks like this, and we are hitting a very cold streak of weather. So we won’t be hiking for a while.


Mandy:  I am pretty unconcerned about it all most of the time however, my bathroom is a awfully cold.

Happy Wednesday!

January 21, 2019







Not the sun…meet Mr. Moon.


Full moon last night and it was The Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse.  The lack of trees and city lights gave us a pretty good view, though I should have gotten out my good camera to capture it, it was very cold and I am pretty lazy, so I used my cell phone.

They came out ‘okay’ not great, so please bare with me here – there are much better photos and videos online.




Anyway, you get the drift. We thought it would be a little more dramatic but not so much at least from our vantage point.  Plus the camera doesn’t do it justice, but we did see the slow eclipsing of the moon and it did turn in color to more of a rust.

It didn’t start until the moon was pretty high in the sky and the night was very cold, like below zero, so we didn’t set up outside. It was in and out of the house all night to view it.


You could see the stars all around the moon, the sky was nice and clear. That is what the white dots are in the upper right quadrant of the photo.

Moving on to wild life around here….


Yes, the four legged kids provide some pretty wild moments on occasion.

This is Fidget who managed to find the automatic hand soap dispenser when he got up on the counter in the kitchen.  Since it is a definite NO NO!! I kind of feel a sense of justice in the whole thing, but am wishing I would have had a video camera set up.

I didn’t know he was up there until I heard the sudden crashing and yowling as he tried to escape the kitchen sink that the pump hangs over.


The photos were delayed due to a freaking out cat who thought he was being attacked by something wet and foamy.  I will add that no animals were harmed, but I did laugh so hard I nearly sprained something. (just kidding) Took a while to catch him so I could clean him up.  (Plus I had to get photos.)  I will also add that he hasn’t been up there since and I might get more of the soap dispensers to keep him off other places he goes to cause trouble. 😉

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and a Happy Monday!