Monday, December 31, 2007

This is just one of many we seen while traveling through Yellowstone Park. This old boy was about four or five feet from us but we let him have his merry old way. They can get as onery as a German lady.

Our trip was very good and we had a great time. The only drawback was we both had the flu before leaving and it would not let me enjoy the trip as much as I wanted. More pictures will be coming.

Now listen, it is New Year's Eve and I don't want to hear reports of any of you getting all snockered and doing things you normally would not. (Alice are you reading this?) Just enjoy the evening and be ready for better things tomorrow. We are having pizza and two movies. Harry Potter and Bourne Ultimatum (sp). I will go to bed and Cheryl will wake me up to say Happy New Year and that will be that. I am sooooooooooo boring.

Since I am Irish I have come up with a new theme song which goes like this...

"Oh Lord it's hard to be humble, when you're perfect in every way." and continues on from there. I thought it quite appropriate don't you?

Have a nice day everyone and since I have the month of January off I will probably do more blogging, I think.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

I really did not think I would have time to post anything today but........

We are finally getting some much needed snow in our mountains. I only have two more days to drive until the end of January so I guess I can handle adverse conditions for two days... then let her rip.

Cheryl and I are really looking forward to our trip next week. To many it is just a small thing but to us it is quite huge. I will try and get some really good pictures of Yellowstone and post them.

Pam I am glad to hear you are feeling better. You have had quite a go of it lately. Just relax and let everyone dote on you for a while.

Foam!! When are you going to post a CLEAR picture of you so I can know just what a crazy lady really looks like?

Alice P what have you been up to lately? I miss your sassy emails. You are a nut.

I haven't heard from the ladies down under for a while. I hope they are not too sun burned and dried up. I understand Australia is having another drought. This world is really getting into a mess.

Got to keep this very short since I have to leave in a few minutes. My friend Sarah, who lives in Iowa, posted the following and I just had to share it. Sorry Sarah.

An older lady gets pulled over for speeding...

Older Woman: Is there a problem, Officer?

Officer: Ma'am, you were speeding.

Older Woman: Oh, I see.

Officer: Can I see your license please?

Older Woman: I'd give it to you but I don't have one.

Officer: Don't have one?

Older Woman: Lost it, 4 years ago for drunk driving.

Officer: I see...Can I see your vehicle registration papers please.

Older Woman: I can't do that.

Officer: Why not?

Older Woman: I stole this car.

Officer: Stole it?

Older Woman: Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner.

Officer: You what?

Older Woman: His body parts are in plastic bags in the trunk if you want to see

The Officer looks at the woman and slowly backs away to his car and calls for back up. Within minutes 5 police cars circle the car. A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half drawn gun.

Officer 2: Ma'am, could you step out of your vehicle please!

The woman steps out of her vehicle.

Older woman: Is there a problem sir?

Officer 2: One of my officers told me that you have stolen this car and murdered the owner.

Older Woman: Murdered the owner?

Officer 2: Yes, could you please open the trunk of your car, please.

The woman opens the trunk, revealing nothing but an empty trunk.

Officer 2: Is this your car, ma'am?

Older Woman: Yes, here are the registration papers. The officer is quite stunned.

Officer 2: One of my officers claims that you do not have a driving license.

The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out a clutch purse and hands it to the officer. The officer examines the license. He looks quite puzzled.

Officer 2: Thank you ma'am, one of my officers told me you didn't have a license, that you stole this car, and that you murdered and hacked up the owner.

Older Woman: Bet the liar told you I was speeding, too.

Don't Mess With Old Ladies!!

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, December 17, 2007

This time each Christmas season this is about how I feel. Let's just get it over with!!

I haven't been around too much lately partly because I got quite ill and partly because the schools really push to get a lot of activities completed before the break.

This part of the country has had a strange illness going around and naturally I had to get it. The only problem is that when I get ill I get it worse than most people do. I am going on three weeks now trying to shake this pesty problem. When I am not feeling too well I tend to become a little grouchy and the coaches, students and whomever else I deal with seem to shy away from me. Maybe it is just because I don't shower as often.

I have to take the whole month of January off so I will hopefully catch up on a lot of things like blogging. I do want to take this time to wish everyone a very merry Christmas, or happy holidays, whichever you prefer. I love the lights and the music for this time of year. As I drive from town to town I see how everyone has decorated their places and some of them are quite elaborate. (Not like the VW that Foam put up.) I wonder what they do in Canada, Australia and other places. It would be so different to be in Australia with the weather so warm.

Oh my gosh I am past time for taking my nap so I better close. I will be running hard after today so if I don't get to say it again... MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, December 03, 2007

My daughter in Provo sent me an email telling about her Christmas decorations. She supposedly sent a picture to show me what they look like but this is the only picture I could find. Maybe she moved and didn't tell me she was living in red neck country. Actually I think these are the decorations around Foams house.:)

I took the Jr. High girl's basketball team on a trip last week and I just have to share some of the comments I would hear coming from behind me.

Girl 1: " Hey, if you tell me who you love I will tell you who I love."

Girl 2: " I'm not telling."

Girl 1: "Oh, come on. Okay I will tell you who I love. I love Jimmy, Johnny, Dusty, and oh, yeah, Tom."

Girl 2: "Okay, I will tell you who I love." The list is formulated and this list was longer than the first.

Cracked me up just listening to them. Then they get telling stories about their Dad's when they are at home. They never speak about their Mom's in this manner. Hmmmmmmmm.

Girl 1: "My Dad walks around the house in his underwear."

Girl 2: "So does my Dad and it is so gross."

Girl 3: "My Dad picks his nose while reading the paper."

Girl 1: "So does my Dad and THAT is very gross."

The conversations continue for at least 10 minutes telling all the little details about their Dad's.

You never know what kid's are perceiving about you. They got talking about kissing one day and the next thing I hear is, "Hey, Mr. Bus Driver. Tell us about your first kiss." My reply, "I don't think so." Then the pleading and whining starts but thank goodness I had 5 kids of my own, well six with Cheryl, and I can resist that sort of intimidation very well. I am NOT talking about my first kiss.

I used to be a custodian for our church and one day at dinner time I decided to eat my lunch in the kitchen. There were a group of mother's in the building involved in some sort of activity and of course their little darlings were running all over the place. For some reason all the kids migrated to the kitchen, where I was having lunch, and started talking to me about this and that and everything under the sun. Suddenly the talk turned to parental punishment and stories were being told of how each one's parents would discipline them. One little girl made the comment, "My Mom just beats the crap out of me." I thought to myself, "I have to see who this abusive parent is."

When it came time for the mother's to take their children home all the kids were still in the kitchen with me. I watched very closely for the "mean" one. Not being able to spot which one she was I asked all the mothers who was the parent to this child. One very sweet, very timid woman responded that she was and wanted to know why. I told her that I was informed that she "beats the crap out her child". I thought she was going to have a coronary on the spot. The other mothers started laughing like crazy. The poor woman was sooooooo embarrassed. Turns out that she is the most unlikely to have a mean bone in her body. Funny how kids interpret our actions.

Kids give me a lot of laughter while I am transporting them, yet I am sure that many of you would not see them as quite so funny. I probably wouldn't either if they were my own kids. Coming home from the game I had about six or seven of them standing around me singing Christmas songs in full volume. I was beginning to wonder if I had created a montster when I encouraged them to sing Christmas songs.

Well, I have been up for about two hours and it is time for my morning nap.

Have a nice day everyone.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Okay, okay, okay and this is mainly for Alice Price who lives so far in the Canadian woods that she only sees a man once a year and then only if she has been good and Santa comes to visit. I now know what a "budgie" is although for the life of me I don't know why Canadians can't call them parakeets like the rest of the world.

I received a most interesting cyber Christmas card today. I think it came from Canada also.

I now know what a "Toastmasters" club is. It is a group of women who don't get enough talking in during the day so they meet at night just to listen to each other talk some more. The subjects they choose are from outerspace. If a man was part of any such group he would talk about sports, sex, food, sex, beer and more sex.

Oh, by the way my Canadian friend did you see what countries are considered the most desirable to live in? The top 5 included Australia and Ireland but not even an honorable mention of Canada. Hmmmmmmmmm.

Hooray, hooray, hooray we are getting some snow as I write. Not that I enjoy driving in the snow but we need moisture so badly. Even the fish are saying daily prayers for more moisture.

Yep Foam old (er young) buddy we are both looking forward to Yellowstone and promise to take pictures. Nothing like a Grandma with a camera.

Jeralee I am with you when it comes to snakes. No snake could actually kill me with it's bite because my heart would give out long before any venom reached it. They petrify me.

This is for my friends down in Australia. I know you don't have Thanksgiving but do you guys celebrate Christmas? Bwahaaaaaa or however you write a hearty laugh.

Got to go. I must get my sleep in since I have to take the girl's basketball team to a game tonight.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Well Thanksgiving is over for another year and Christmas is roaring toward us like a freight tain that has no engineer. I refused to go to the stores on "black friday" since it had to be pure mayhem. I already have my gift for Cheryl and she even knows what it is and cannot wait until Christmas to receive it. I have reserved us a room for two nights in West Yellowstone, Montana where we will board a snow coach and go see Yellowstone in the winter. Now if we could just get some very needed snow. I am hoping the animals will all be out and moving. Anyway that is my gift to her this year. I already gave her a new camera so she can take lots of pictures.

We were privileged to attend our two granddaughters baptism into our church and that is always special. The kids are so sweet (when they are asleep). Las Vegas is a town that I cannot understand why anyone would want to live in that part of the country. It is nothing but sand, rocks and cactus. One lady was telling us of the tarantula invasion they had where she lives. I guess they were everywhere and it was nothing to have one of them crawling somewhere in her house. I can just imagine what I would be like to wake up feeling one of them crawl across my face; yuuuuuuuuuuck!! Then she got talking about the scorpions and other creepy things. Luckily she never mentioned rattlesnakes or I would have been out of there.

I hope anyone and everyone who reads my drivel had a good Thanksgiving. I know my Australian friends don't celebrate this day but I am sure they have equal days. It always amazes me how people drive on these holidays. It is like they got up and decided to tempt fate and drive in a suicidal manner. We saw two very bad wrecks and I couldn't help but think how sad that their holiday was ruined, who knows how badly, by a second's decision on someone's part. I am just grateful that Cheryl and I made it home with no problems.

Guess that is it for today.

Have a nice day everyone.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Isn't that just like a couple of women talking to each other. We men suffer sooooooooo much.

I am thankful for... baked turkey, baked ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, hot rolls, dressing, pumpkin pie or cherry pie, olives, carrots (raw), celery sticks with peanut butter and all else that goes along with a yummy Thanksgiving dinner. Of course there is FOOTBALL, FOOTBALL, FOOTBALL. Most of all I am thankful I have a family to share it with. We are going to Las Vegas tomorrow to spend the holiday with our daughter and her family and while there we will attend the baptism of two of our granddaughters. Should be a very special weekend.

I have truly missed Pamela and her comments and I hope she is doing well.

Since this is the Thanksgiving time I want to thank all who read my drivel for reading my blog and I hope you have a great weekend with your loved ones. Remember Friday is "Black Friday" so be careful with your spending.:)

Have a nice day everyone.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

I am grateful for............... A free country to live in. I know this sounds corny but I truly am grateful for my country even with it's problems. I don't see soldiers walking the streets with guns and checking for papers or etc. I can get in my car and travel anywhere in the US I want without fear of being stopped and accused of doing something against my government. I can go fishing whenever and wherever the season is open and am not regulated to a certain spot at a certain time... I LOVE MY COUNTRY.

Just taking a few moments to do a little blogging before I go back to bed. Cheryl is out in the kitchen fixing breakfast, she had done the laundry, she has cleaned the bathroom, she started a fire so I would be warm today, and all this before 7:00 am. I don't know what she has been doing the rest of the time but I know she is capable of accomplishing much more; the old slacker.

Got home about midnight last night from taking the girl's basketball team to their latest defeat. They played good for a quarter and a half then fell apart. Oh well.

I noticed on the Internet news this morning that in Australia Santa is banned from saying ho, ho, ho when he greets children. Why,, you ask? Because a very slight minority found it offensive and sexist, or so the news put it. The question I ask myself is how do these people manage to get all the headlines? Now if someone (like the silent millions) said they like Santa going ho, ho, ho there would be not a word spoken about it.

Well, I smell hot bacon cooking in the pan and I feel it my husbandly duty to go and eat it so off I go.

Here is something to think about.

My ex-wife started taking flying lessons about the time our divorce started and she got her license shortly before our divorce was final, later that same year.

Yesterday afternoon, she narrowly escaped injury in the aircraft she was piloting when she was forced to make an emergency landing in Southern Tennessee because of bad weather. Thank God our kids were with me at the Beach House this weekend.

The NTSB issued a preliminary report, citing pilot error: Judy was flying a single engine aircraft in IFR (instrument flight rating) conditions while only having obtained a VFR (visual flight rating) rating.

The absence of a post-crash fire was likely due to insufficient fuel on board. No one on the ground was injured.

Photographs below were taken at the scene show the extent of damage to her aircraft.

She was very lucky.

Have a nice day everyone.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I was reading my friend, Tigersue's Jungle, blog and she had a neat thing she was doing that I thought I would try and imitate. Each day she was writing about 1 thing she was thankful for and why. For instance yesterday's post was about being thankful for warm towels fresh from the dryer and how the smell, the warmth made her feel better about things as well. Even though I am her senior by a few years I have the same feelings about warm towels fresh from the dryer. So here goes....

Since this is day number one of my doing this I will start this way....

I am grateful for... A WARM FIRE ON A COLD DAY.

Today is a cold day and I have yet to start the fire but believe me I am glad I have the privilege and ability to be warm. There are many in this world who have no home, no food, no warmth and no family. I truly feel for them and wish I had the means to do something about it. These warmongers on the earth today cause a lot of needless suffering to innocent victims and then of course there are the disasters everywhere. A question? Would living in Canada be considered a disaster?:)

I hope everyone is having a nice day except for Alice Price who thinks the Irish came from Africa. May she be buried in snow without a shovel.:)

Cheryl met a German lady who lives in our area and she is a character according to my wife. Hmmm, must be something about the birthplace or heritage. I guess I will have to enlist her aide in translating Foam's latest post about WWII and her family. Foam are you sure your first name is not Susan?

Was reading my niece Jeralee's blog and if that girl don't slow down she is going to have a coronary. Mercy!!

Not much to say today so will close. Got to read the latest Australian jokes to brighten my day.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, November 12, 2007

I don't know if any of you have seen this picture before but it does answer a lot of questions about why a man should not take messages, especially if he has bad hearing.

Spent three days in Boise, ID last week. I took the student body council to a seminar they have each year that teaches them how to be better leaders. The kids were a very enjoyable group and did nothing to embarrass their school, their parents or themselves. I walked into the convention hall once and talk about noisy. Kids were there from all over the state and many groups were doing chants or whatever trying to outdo the other group doing the same thing. It was funny but oh, so noisy. For the most part they all looked so clean and dressed up. As ususal their were the few that had the grunge look which I am sure their schools could not be happy with.

Each day, or when I can take the time, I try to read Alice's blog if for nothing more than to get the quote for the day. Merle does the same thing plus her jokes crack me up. I have got to find my book of Irish quotes so some TRUE wisdom and great advice can be found.

Well I am supposed to go out and get the camper ready so we can go camping this weekend. Is it cold, why heck yes it is cold, but does that matter to my crazy wife? Why heck no, she says we can just turn up the heater and enjoy it. Have I ever mentioned that I am married to a crazy woman?

I guess I had better go and get busy or when Cheryl gets home she will put knots all over my head. Have I ever mentioned I am married to an abusive woman?

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Now I don't know how many of you are golfers but this picture certainly adds to the hazards a golfer has to play through. I have had antelope on the fairway, deer on the fairway and of course squirrels and prarie dogs, but never a grizzly bear. Who said golfing was easy?

Speaking of golf I am hoping my back heals enough so that next spring when I begin taking the highschool students to their golfing events I can take an old club and try hitting a few to see how my back holds up. I used to really love playing golf and would like to get back doing it.

This reminds me of a golf story. I was first introduced to golf while living in Greeley, Colorado and each weekend we would be off playing some course in the neighboring area. When I later lived in Rock Springs, Wyoming I played as much as I possibly could and thoroughly enjoyed it. However................., this was also at the time that I had a temper and if things didn't go my way I would become quite irate. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

One day I took Cheryl golfing and I just knew I was going to show her a thing or two. As it turned out my day was horrible. I couldn't hit a ball with a club the size of a barn; nothing was working. One particular hole I teed off and the ball dribble about 20 feet and I exploded, took my club and intended to throw it at the ball. (Very mature attitude... oh yeah.) Cheryl was standing behind me and watching the circus. The problem; the club somehow stuck in my hand, did a 180 degree turn and zipped toward Cheryl just narrowly missing her head by inches.

I was so shocked at the events that all I could do was stand there and look. To think of what might have happened was very sobering. I put my club back in the bag, picked all of them up and announced that we were going home. When I finally gained my composure from anger and then fright I looked at Cheryl and said that if I couldn't control myself any better than that then I had no business playing the game. It took quite a while for me to get over this experience but I can assure you I am a lot more calm about things now; afterall it IS just a game.

I went one time with my boys when we were living in California. One particular par three hole had a large mound on the left side of the green and guess who hit their ball in the wrong place. The boys were over on the other side of the green waiting for me to hit but they couldn't see me since the mound was so high. I peeked around to see if they were watching, and they weren't, so I picked up the ball and tossed it onto the green just a few feet from the hole. "Wow, Dad, what a great hit!" were the comments I heard. I snickered about that "great shot" for several greens before I decided to tell them the truth.

My son, Mike, has the unique gift of making things seem believable when they are not quite that way. He and I went golfing one day. He hit a ball that sliced a wee bit and landed by some guys who were getting ready to tee off. I watched him as he walked over to retrieve his ball and noticed they were talking to him. Upon returning to where I was I asked him what they had to say. He told me that they had said if he couldn't play any better than that he should get off the course. I was immediately angry. No one has the right to say that let alone to MY child.

I instantly whirled around and was headed over to the group to settle the issue once and for all. Here comes Mike right behind me, "Dad, Dad I was just kidding. They didn't really say that. They just said hi to me." That made me angrier and I whirled around again, poked him in the chest with my club and proceeded to tell him things that only a truck driver would understand. To this day I think Mike has the impression of that club on his chest. Little s--t anyway.

I have had some good times golfing with my family. I am not very good and since I have been put on depression medicine I have help now controlling myself and am a lot more enjoyable to be around. I just hope my physical problems will allow me to do some of the things I truly enjoy.

Okay, okay that is my golfing blog and I hope you enjoyed it. Oh by the way.......,
Alice you are a poop. Irish came from Africa indeed.

Have a nice day everyone.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

These pictures are mainly for my friend who lives near Rifle, Colorado. Show them to your husband so he can remember the good old days near an oil rig. I don't remember where exactly we were when I took these pictures but I do remember it was COLD.

Well the "hallowed" day is over, all the little witches and goblins and angels and whatever all was out there have gone into hibernation for another year. Cheryl dressed up as "The Cat In The Hat" and I spent my evening in the hospital emergency room with an old gentleman who suddenly developed blood clots in his leg. I cannot say who enjoyed the evening more, Cheryl or me. The old gentleman is 94 years young and is a hoot. Cheryl got to be with the candy and maple bars. Oh well.

I hope everyone had a good time last night and there were no bad situations.

Not much to say today so will close with a couple of jokes. Trying to keep up with my Aussie friends you know.

Two boys were walking home from Sunday School after
hearing a strong preaching about the devil.

One said to the other, "What do you think about all this
Satan stuff ?"

The other boy replied, " Well, you know how Santa Claus
turned out. It's probably just your Dad."

A very loud, unattractive, mean-acting woman walked into a department store with her two kids, yelling obscenities at them all the way through the entrance.

The department store Greeter said pleasantly " Good morning, and welcome. Nice children you have there. Are they twins?"

The ugly woman stopped yelling long enough to say, "Hell no they ain't twins."
"The oldest one's 9 and the other one's 7. Why the hell would you think they're twins? Are you blind, or just stupid?"

"I'm neither blind nor stupid, Ma'am," replied the greeter. "I just couldn't believe you got laid twice." "Have a good day and thank you for shopping with us."

One night a guy dropped his girlfriend at her home.

As they were about to wish each other goodnight at the front door, the guy started feeling a little in the mood.

With an air of confidence, he leaned with his hand against the wall and smiling, he said to her "Honey, would you give me a kiss?"

Horrified, she replied, "Are you mad? My parents will see us!"

"Oh come on! Who's gonna see us at this hour?" He asked grinning at her.

"No, please. Can you imagine if we get caught?"

"Oh come on!

There's nobody around, they're all sleeping!".

"No way, it's just too risky!"

"Oh please, please, I love you so much?!?".

"No, no, and no. I love you too, but I just can't!".

"Oh yes you can. Please?"

"No, no. I just can't" "I'm begging you ... "

Out of the blue, the light on the stairs went on, and

The girl's elder sister showed up in her pajamas, hair dishevelled, And in a sleepy voice she said,

"Dad says to go ahead and give him a kiss, or I can do it. Or if need Be, mom says she can come down herself and do it, but for God's sake and all of ours....


I am not sure but I might have received those jokes from Merle in Australia. I apologize Merle but they were so good I had to have them too.

Have a nice day everyone.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

This picture sooooooooo reminds me of our cat, Gus, when he was with us. There was not a project in this house that could be started and he would be right there in the middle of it. Cheryl loves to sew and he loved to come and set on top of her pattern. It got to be quite a joke in our house. He would ALWAYS plop himself in front of my monitor when I would be on the computer or he would play with the yarn when I was making hats. We miss him. Here is a picture of Gus in the middle of Cheryl's sewing stuff. We like it so much that we are thinking of having a 750 - 1000 piece puzzle made out of the picture.

Just wanted to say hi for the day. Still in a depressed funk. Sorry "State of Mind" for some reason I thought you lived in Washington. Senior moments you know. Foam old buddy how come you don't dress up for Halloween? Those kids would love it. Jeralee, your children are angels so I guess the costume fits quite well.

Going to take my depressed body and lie down and feel sorry for myself. Like I told some friends last night, it is hard to put up with these small inperfections when you are Irish and feel you are perfect in every way. Oh, Lord it's hard to be humble when you are perfect in every way.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, October 29, 2007

A friend sent me this picture and I just thought it was so neat. What a story.

I hate depressions. They come from out of nowhere, make you feel like you are lower than a snake's belly and cause you to just feel rotten. Yep, I am suffering from a bout of depression today. No reason for it that I can think of, it just happens. I told Cheryl one time that it feels like someone threw a blanket over you. Maybe it was the self-portrait Foam sent me of herself; scary, very scary, and I thought she was a pretty, petite German type lady. Then Pam said to put a raisin in the belly button to be dressed like a cookie or something. I worry about Pam, she is a spicy Grandma. I know what it is... I had to go into Utah on Saturday. AYEEeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Well, the new TV shows have been out for a while now and I am curious which ones are liked the most. Personally, I really like "Chuck" which comes on Monday night. Then I like NCIS; Ghost Whisperer is all right but a little far fetched at times. I also like Moonlight (the girl is so cute) and Life. Heros is getting too wierd and the Bionic woman I am still deciding on. Whatever happened to Lost? I thought it was a highly ranked show.

How about those Boston Red Sox. I am not a Boston fan but was impressed with how quickly they showed Colorado how the big boys play baseball. Then there is the Oregon Ducks who showed USC that there are other teams in the PAC-10. (Right Jeralee)

I was truly surprised that I received no comments about my feelings on Rosie O'Donnell. Maybe everyone agrees or they just didn't want to hurt the Irishman's feelings. I throw comments like that out just to see what response I get. I do that in church at times. I will ask questions that I already know the answer to just to see what others think. Interesting, vellllly interesting.

So how IS everyone dressing up for your Halloween fun and parties? Cheryl decided on the Cat in the Hat and I am going as Tim, the Ramblin' Irishman incognito. Come on Foam I know you are dressing up for your school and Pam I am willing to bet you will do something for those grandchildren. My friend from Washington, The Insane Mind, I worry about the costume being a bar stool and a pole; that is scary.:)

Got to go. Have a nice day everyone.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

No special caption with this picture. I just liked the colors in it and the time of year it reminds me of.

We are suffering from the Halloween costume dilema in our house. Cheryl always likes to dress up some way some how but this year is having a problem deciding on what to do. Oh the stress it is causing that poor woman. She could dress up as Hillary Clinton but then it would traumatize all the little children and scare the by-gollies out of many, many adults.

I have come up with the perfect candidate for President of the United States... Rosie O'Donnell. All foreign countries would stop their terrorism plans, there would be no attacks on the President of the United States, Congress would be in such a state that they would be numb. Why no attacks you might say? Well consider this; once that mouth got going all our enemies would realize she is doing more damage than they could possibly come up with. Why try to attack?

Okay, okay enough of that. Got to make a run to SLC with the bus tonight and pick up a group of students who are flying in from somewhere. I just love going to SLC with it's crazy drivers and many, many vehicles. Luckily I am in the bus where I can shove myself around a little also.

I have got to quit. Cheryl is in one of her moods where she is flitting here and flitting there while bugging me all the time. I CANNOT CONCENTRATE... doesn't that silly woman know that?

Have a nice day everyone.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I have often wondered who the "REAL" father of my children was. Not that I am accusing my wife of infidelity because I know better but early in her life she was abducted by aliens and the affects had long lasting results. Starting on the right and going counterclockwise that is Leslie, Kimberly, Katherine, Michael, Patrick with Kip being held by his mother. I knew I had proof that my children could not possibly be my own and here it is. Cheryl and I are having some very long discussions about her previous life.

This being the Halloween season I thought it would be proper for me to show just how that alien abduction has influenced my wife to do strange things.

Now did those aliens do silly things to her mind or what?

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, October 22, 2007

This is a picture of me when I was first born. I was such a sweet little angel. (No, the pink flowers doesn't mean that someone thought I was a girl!!!)

Monday morning has dawned bright and cold with a lot of new snow in the mountains. I have pushed Cheryl out the door so she can get to work on time and I am just goofing off while getting ready for my naptime.

What a weekend I had. Friday I took the football team to their district championship game which they lost very badly. The game never started until after 10:00 pm which meant we never left the arena until after midnight. By the time I got home it was going on 3:00 am. I had enough time to get my 8 hours of off duty time and then take a bunch of choir students a big gala. They were there until after midnight as well, although I must admit it was an enjoyable program. When we exited the building to go home there was a raging blizzard going on. I could hardly see the road due to driving snow. So another late night. Sunday, because I am such a gooooooood boy, it was up and off to church at 9:00 am. Needless to say I am a bit tired today.

I see my other niece, Avery, has been reading my blog. Thank you for your comments. I feel sorry for this particular niece because she lives in a place that is so horrible that we don't even like to mention the name. It is (cough, choke, vomit, spit) UTAH.

It is nice that my nieces read my blog but dangerous in other ways. Now I cannot say any bad things about my family or Cheryl's since these nieces are Cheryl's sisters children. My sister, Aleaha, reads my blogs so I can't say anything about my family or embellish my accomplishments cause she knows better. Man, this sucks. What am I going to write about? Where is Foam when you need her?

After today Cheryl and I will be filing for a divorce. Today I am having a man with a backhoe come and take out several lilac bushes, rose bushes, trees, and anything else I can think of. How does that song go, "They tore down paradise and put in a a parking lot." That is exactly the plan. Needless to say Cheryl is not happy with my decision. Oh, I forgot to put out the garbage. Gotta go.

Have a nice day everyone.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

As the caption to this picture said, "Archaeologists have discovered the remains of the first politician." Oh how true.

This will be my last blog for a few days since I have several bus runs lined up and, yes, I WILL remember them this time. I want to thank those who sent me helpful hints on how to help my memory; now if I can just remember where I saw them. Hmmm.

I had a silly question go through my head this morning. (Which demonstrates why my head is considered a vacant space.) Where did the number 13 gain it's notoriety as being unlucky? Did it come from the hangman's noose? A hangman's noose was tied with 13 wraps in the knot and in some areas it is still illegal to tie a knot with 13 wraps. I wonder what happened to the person who was hung with only 12 wraps? Maybe they were considered not quite so bad as to deserve the 13 wraps. Hmmmm, again.

I am sure most of you have seen the pictures of the wedding gowns made out of toilet paper. Quite innovative if I do say so and talk about being useful... you can get married and have a years supply of toilet paper at the same time.... Of course if you have a grandson like I have a toilet paper gown would come in handy when an emergency occurs and there is not paper around. Hmmmmm.

I was thinking about Foams picture of the skeleton in the bathroom. A lot of people call a bathroom a closet. Is that possibly where the saying came from, "She has skeletons in her closet." Maybe it is a German thing; they do strange things, or so I have been told. I think they learned it from the Canadians. I guess from now on when I hear the statement, "They have a skeleton in their closet", I will know that they have a skeleton in their bathroom.

Well I am sitting here listening to Bobby Goldsboro singing about "Honey" and the tears are blurring my vision so I had better wrap this up. Where is that toilet paper gown when you need it?

I mentioned in my last blog that my niece from Oregon has a blog. Now this niece is an interesting person. She is a professional harpist which is extremely neat in it's own right, but she is also a boxer; you know like the Million Dollar Baby. Now how does a harpist become a boxer? The only other one who did that as far as I can recall was Harpo Marx. Now there is a role model to follow. (Just kidding)

Have a nice day everyone.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Now you have to give someone in the department of highways credit for a sense of humor. They should have more signs like this for construction sites.

I was going to post a picture of myself with the caption, "What an idiot looks like", but I couldn't find a picture. I am not one to have many photos taken of myself since the years have not been kind to me. I don't see how all you ladies stay looking so beautiful all the time while men, on the other hand, seem tooooooo...... well let's just say you are much better looking.

Why would I post such a caption? Well, the story behind that is I AM AN IDIOT!!! I had a scheduled bus run yesterday and I completely forgot it. I thought it was for today. My boss tried to call me but when the phone rang I passed it off as another telemarketer and wouldn't answer it. He then tried to call on the cell phone and I didn't recognize the number so I thought it was a wrong number and refused to answer it. Needless to say that when he did catch up with me he thought I had been in an accident or whatever. When I told him,"No, I was just setting in front of the computer," he sounded a little exasperated. Anyone got any good ideas about how to improve memories?

It is cold and rainy here today and I love it. Two things I like very well are wind storms and rainy days, as long as I don't have to be out in it. I snuggle up to my old computer, a good book, or favorite movie, pop some popcorn, grab a cold Pepsi and settle in.

Surprise, surprise, surprise my niece Jeralee, who lives in Oregon, sent me her blogging address. Cheryl and I hardly ever hear from or about her unless her Mother stops by for an occasional visit. When those visits do occur you can be sure that every child in the two families is discussed thoroughly, so much so that their ears should be well done.

I have been looking for a used laptop that I could acquire and take with me on the bus for two reasons; one, so I can do my indexing while waiting, waiting, waiting, and two, so I can watch movies on a larger screen while waiting, waiting, waiting. The little 7 inch screen is okay but very little. So if anyone knows of a good used laptop (cheap) let me know.

A couple of blogs ago I mentioned that I would like to learn ventriloquism. (I don't know how I can learn it when I can hardly spell it.) Foam asked me what kind of dummy would I use and in my mind I came up with three. G I Joe, Gordy the biker, and Pam the Grandma. I could have a lot of fun with those.

Time to quit and get to doing some indexing. Oh before I forget I have to say Happy Birthday to an old (ooooolllllldddddd) friend in California; Kay Keith. Happy Birthday old timer. Cheryl might call but don't count on it. She forgets things worse than I do. She keeps asking me who I am and where is her husband.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Now don't tell me that many teachers would like something like this to take care of that "ONE" child in the class that is always doing something wrong or etc.

Is it true that today is National Mushroom Day? Well how about that and I thought there was nothing to celebrate. I guess I will have to get me a calendar that tells me what is being celebrated each day of the year. This is exciting... National Mushroom Day!!

So what new and exciting things are happening in my otherwise boring life? Nuthin!!

We went to Kim and Robin's yesterday and had dinner with them and the kids. Other than being a little on the loud side (Brandon and Jeremy) we had a great time. We attended church with them where they were addressing the congregation about prayer. I tried to catch up on some sleep while they were talking but Cheryl felt like that was rude and kept nudging me.

The mightly hunters are attacking the hills like a horde of angry bees in search of poor little Bambi. Now is not a safe time to be in the mountains. I have to smile at the ones who say it is so they can get some winter meat. By the time they spend all the money for toys, guns, food, gas, vehicles, campers plus many other items I can't think of right now, they would be better off to purchase meat at the local butcher shop... it is cheaper. On top of all that a deer does not produce that much meat. If it is big enough to produce even a 100 lbs of meat it has to be so old and tough that you want to just feed it to the dogs.

I kind of long for the days when I would venture out (by myself) and spend the time doing the same thing. I didn't have all the niceties though, I just had my horse, my old 30-30 carbine, 5 shells and away I would go. I used to be so proud of myself that I could make a killing shot with just one bullet and would bring the remaining 4 home. I always figured that if it took me a carton of bullets to get one animal then I needed to go home and practice some more.

I had one occasion where greed got the best of me though. (I hope those of you who might be anti-hunting will forgive my stories. I no longer hunt with a gun but try to get some camera shots.) I was following a large doe and her two yearlings up the mountain when I suddenly came upon them. I shot the one yearling and the doe but the other yearling got away. As I finished dressing out the first yearling I drug him down to where the large doe had fallen. To my surprise the other yearling was laying on top of her. I could not find a bullet hole anywhere; I guess it had died of fright. I cussed myself for being so greedy that day. The snow was waist deep and I had to get three animals down the mountain in it. I was sooooooo tired when it was all said and done. The venison meat sure tasted good though.

Sure hope the spud farmers get their potatoes out before the snow hits. We have had a couple of storms come through that is definitely warning us of things to come. There are fewer things worse than frozen potatoes to work in. When they warm up they turn to mush and stink to high heaven. We would have to run them over a sorter table and pick all the mush and yuck out before they could go to market. It would be so bad that we would have to wear rubber gloves or our hands would just be soaked, let alone frozen.

Okay, enough of my ramblin about my youth and the things I did. I am sure I was one of those kids whom the teachers would have liked to send down the shredder slide.

Have a nice day everyone.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Now THIS is one frightening image. I probably won't sleep for quite a few nights now.

The snow has come and the snow has gone. Actually it is a little early for snow to stay on the ground since there are still many potato crops that need to be harvested. In my home town of Driggs, ID it was not uncommon at all to harvest in the month of October. Of course it was done with one eye on the sky and the other on the job.

Took the volleyball team to a meet the other night... they got their butts whipped. The coaches were so furious with them that they refused to stop and let them get something to eat. After realizing that maybe that was a little too harsh they came to me and asked me if I was hungry. I said I could always stand something to eat cause I knew that was their way out of being a little too harsh and they were saving their own embarassment. Women... I tell you they are STRANGE.

I am supposed to be paying our bills right now but blogging is more fun. I see where "Fried Lemon Pie" has quit blogging and she will be missed. Sometimes there was some very colorful language when she would get upset by some happening in the world. I am finding that to blog every day is very hard. I have decided that I will blog when I feel I have the time and the inclination. I do miss all the comments though and still visit some of the sites for jokes, information and just to see how everyone is doing.

I had better close and get to paying bills. Cheryl wonders just what I do with my time while she is gone; I tell her I do nothing so don't expect anything. I do have a load of wash I better go take care of so she won't have to do it. I will close with this bit of humour....

Blonde Jokes
A blonde named Pam is appearing on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" with Regis Philbin.
Regis: "Pam, you're up to $500,000 with one lifeline left: phone a friend. If you get it right, the next question is worth one million dollars If you get it wrong, you drop back to $32,000. Are you ready?"
Pam: "Yes."
Regis: "Which of the following birds does not build it's own nest? Is it A) robin, B) sparrow, C) cuckoo, or D) thrush."
Pam: " I think I know which it is, but I'm not 100% certain. I'd like to phone a friend. I'd like to call Carol."
Carol (also a blonde) answers the phone: "Hello?"
Regis: "Hello Carol, it's Regis Philbin from Who Wants to be a Millionaire. I have your friend Pam here who needs your help to answer the one million dollar question. The next voice you hear will be Pam's..."
Pam: "Carol, which of the following birds does not build it's own nest? Is it A) robin, B) sparrow, C) cuckoo, or D) thrush."
Carol: "Oh geez, Pam. That's simple. It's a cuckoo."
Pam: "Are you sure?"
Carol: "I'm sure."
Regis: "Pam, you heard Carol. Do you keep the $500,000 or play for the million?"
Pam: "I want to play; I'll go with C) cuckoo".
Regis: "Is that your final answer?"
Pam: "Yes."
Regis: "Are you confident?"
Pam: "Yes; I think Carol's pretty smart."
Regis: "You said C) cuckoo... And you're right! Congratulations, you have just won ONE MILLION DOLLARS!"
To celebrate, Pam flies Carol to New York. That night they go out on the town. As they're sipping champagne, Pam looks at Carol and asks her,"Tell me, how did you know that it was the cuckoo that does not build its own nest?"
"Pam, it was easy," replies her friend. "Everybody knows that cuckoos live in clocks."

A blind man and his guide elephant enter a bar and find their way to a stool. After ordering a drink and sitting there for a while, the man yells to the bartender; “Hey , you wanna hear a blond joke?”
The bar falls quiet. In a deep husky voice the woman next to him says;“Before you tell that joke, you should know something. The bartender is blonde, the bouncer is blonde and I’m a 1.82 tall, 90kg blonde with a black belt in karate. The woman sitting next to me is blonde and she’s a weight lifter. The lady to your right is blonde and she’s a pro-wrestler. Think about it seriously, mister; You still wanna tell thatjoke?”
The man says;
“Nah, not if I’m gonna have to explain it five times.”

A blonde calls her boyfriend and says, "Please come over here and
>help me.
>I have a killer jigsaw puzzle and I can't figure out how to get it
>Her boyfriend asks, "What is it supposed to be when it's finished?"
>The blonde says, "According to the picture on the box, it's a
>Her boyfriend decides to go over and help with the puzzle. She lets
>in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table.
>studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns
>her and says, "First of all, no matter what we do, we're not going
>be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a tiger."
>He takes her hand and says, "Second, I want you to relax. Let's have
>nice cup of tea, and then .." He sighed...............
>"Let's put all these Frosted Flakes back in the box

A painting contractor was speaking with a woman about her job.

In the first room she said she would like a pale blue.
The contractor wrote this down and went to the window, opened it, and yelled out "GREEN SIDE UP!"

In the second room she told the painter she would like it painted in a soft yellow. He wrote this on his pad, walked to the window, opened it, and yelled "GREEN SIDE UP!"

The lady was somewhat curious but she said nothing. In the third room she said she would like it painted a warm rose color. The painter wrote this down, walked to the window, opened it and yelled "GREEN SIDE UP!"

The lady then asked him, "Why do you keep yelling 'green side up'?"
"I'm sorry," came the reply. "But I have a crew of blondes laying sod across the street.

Have a nice day everyone.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Considering the devastation from hurrican Katrina those folks in New Orleans might consider this type of housing for the future.

I read an interesting tidbit in the news yesterday that I just have to make a comment on. It seems there is a group of (I will say "idiots" for lack of a better word) in the South that want their states to sucede from the United States of America. Not only is it some southerners but their are some in the New England states who advocate this as well. Apparently they think each state should become an independent nation of their own. They are working on getting other states to join them including California which is where anything weird is going to happen no matter what.

Folks wake up!!! This has been tried back in the 1860's and it didn't turn out too well then. Sure America has problems but it is still the best around. I wonder how many of these parents when they conceived thought to themselves, "I want my child to grow up and become a complete idiot." It is amazing how fast we forget our history lessons. Harrumph!!! Enough of this chatter.

Took the Jr High School volleyball teams yesterday. They got blown out but it didn't seem to dampen their enthusiasm about life. They were laughing and yakking as if nothing had happened at all. One little gal kept "signing" me that I was handsome. Little does she know that I took a sign language class and do understand and remember the GOOD words. Another one approached me and said, "I have to do this as a dare. I want to tell you that you are the best bus driver we have known." Yes, my head swelled a wee bit. Those kids sure keep me thinking on a younger level. I think that is why Cheryl has been a Pre-K teacher for so many years; she loves children and they bring so much joy to her. (Of course our own kids were a whole different story... little brats anyway.)

Thinking of my little brats I think I will go call my son and tell him I love him.

Have a nice day everyone.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Well another day has dawned and I am just as dull as the previous day. Our lovely weather which was to bring much moisture has failed again to produce. The wind blew, the clouds grew dark and ominous but the rain and snow did not fall in our section of the country.

How about those Denver Broncos????? Are they a pathetic team this year or what. I will admit I don't watch football like I used to. I think it is because I get tired of hearing those overpaid, whiney babies who are playing tell now mistreated they are. The of course there are the Michael Vick's of the sport. Getting paid lots of big bucks and seem to think they are above the law. Maybe they will throw him and O.J. Simpson in the same cell so they can think about the glory days.

I think I will send my oldest son, Kip, a "howler" letter. Of course unless you have read Harry Potter you would not understand what a howler is. He has promised me a camera book (which he had) for a long time now and still no book. Darla or Kay if you read this you may call him and give a "howler" phone call. 398-1093.

Went to the Red Lobster yesterday and piiigggggeeeeddd out. We ate so much shrimp scampi that neither one of us wanted to be in the same room with the other. Whoooee that garlic does strange things to a person. We had a good time though.

Today I will be takng the volleyball team to Burley, ID for a match. They are not doing so well this year. Maybe it is because they have a new coach and are adapting to her methods. Anyway I will enjoy the trip since I do enjoy watching volleyball. Now soccor, that is another story. That is about as exciting as watching paint dry. Read LOWA's blog yesterday about her son and his hockey playing. I must admit I miss going to Bakersfield's hockey games. I didn't understand too much of it but it sure was fun to watch and be with the crowd.

This weekend starts the hunting season around here and everyone is all excited about going out and killing Bambi or a large elk. Since my hunting rifles all got stolen in California I have not had any interest in that sort of thing. I enjoy shooting them with a camera now.

Hopefully this time next week I will be a bonafide General Class Ham Radio Operator. My test is scheduled for next Monday. Why am I doing this? I don't know... just something to keep my mind active I guess. I have even thought about getting a book on ventriloquism to see if I could do it. I try to keep my mind active in some sort of way.

Enough ramblin for this day. Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Well shoot, I haven't been on the computer long enough to get some pictures to post so I guess I will just do my "ramblin".

Took a load of high school kids to a cross country track meet last Saturday and it was very miserable. It started snowing a very wet snow when we arrived and never quit until we had finished. Those poor kids were so wet and miserable. One girl asked why I didn't come and cheer for her while she was running. I told her that I just looked out the window of the bus (where the heater was running) and said, "You're on your own sister."

The next day the weather jumped up 26 degrees, according to the weather station, but today it is a lowering sky, very windy and more precipitation on the way. Bring it on!!! Things are so dry around here that fire danger is still posted in the extremes.

What this is is great flu weather. If Cheryl gets the flu she has to sleep outside in the tent so I won't get the flu.

We have no good fish and seafood resteraunts around this area so tonight Cheryl and I are splurging and going to the Red Lobster for all you can eat shrimp. Yum, yum, yum. I love shrimp. How I would love to tie into a plate of those king sized shrimp and eat my heart out.

Finished picking the pears off our pear tree today, dug up the beets which were a sore disappointment and got three scraggly carrots. If it wasn't for our tomatoes and squash our garden would have been a hugh disaster. However, our tomatoes are so delicious and firm, the squash multiplied like rabbits and the canteloupe produced some delicious fruit.

My back is doing very well. It talks to me when I overdo and when it talks..., I listen. I was climbing a ladder last week to fix a fan and by the time I finished I was hurting pretty good. Big sissy.

Mercy I have to get back to doing my genealogy. I was so involved with it for the longest time and now I just don't even look at it. I wonder why that is?

Sure wish I knew who got booted of Dancing With The Stars last week. They have some very interesting "celeb's" this time.

Okay I have rambled enough for today.

Have a nice day everyone.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I promised myself that I would be a little better at posting. I returned last night (or I should say this morning) at midnight so I am a little tired and not responsible for what I say.

Darla, if you read this I want to say congrats to Janine and the new one. Glad to hear that all went well. Cheryl had left for work by the time I checked the emails so she doesn't know yet but I printed your note so she can see it tonight. I am sure she will be calling in the near future.

Dana, thank you for your email. I sure wish I had a daughter that liked to go fishing and would treat her father to a nice fishing trip. The one who used to fly fish has now turned into a big sissy and doesn't do that sort of thing anymore.

Well, let's see what I can bore everyone with today.

While on our trip this past summer we visited Mesa Verde National Park and found it quite interesting to see how the people who dwelled in the cliff houses lived. Hard to imagine living in those conditions.

Good grief my mind has gone completely blank so will close and try another day. Senior moments are not fun. I think I will go back to bed.

Have a nice day everyone and don't forget to do your genealogy.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Part of the reason I have not been blogging much as of late.

Goodness, thank all of you for your comments on my "last" post. I didn't realize it had been so long since I posted. I will try and repent.

We are doing fine. Cheryl started work today at the Marsh Valley School District but I am not sure what exactly she does there. I know it is helping with all the little darlings which is right up her alley. I am back to bus driving which I really enjoy. It makes me quite tired but what the heck, I am an OLD man.

My back is doing fine. It talks to me when I try to overdo with lifting, bending, twisting and etc. Of course when it is not talking to me I pretend it is so Cheryl will feel sorry for me and take good care of me.

I have to tell you about my back. When I approached the Dr. about this surgery I asked him how long I would be down. His answer was 3 weeks on my back in a bed, and then approximately 8-12 weeks before I would be able to go back to work. Now I don't know if you folks are religious people or not, but I am and I truly believe in God and his abilities. I had a blessing in which the person giving it said I would heal quickly and all would be well. While in the hospital a couple of men from our church came by, complete strangers to me, and I asked them to give me another blessing. It was almost word for word as the first one. The results... 21/2 weeks after my surgery I was given a clean bill of health and told I could go back to work. Now to me that is short of miraculous. I did not think that God even knew who this little peon was but apparently He does and said, I will help him.

Okay enough of this religious stuff. About California....

It actually started in Albuquerque, NM when we rented a U-Haul trailer. We wanted to take it all the way to Idaho but the dealer said our time was too long and suggested we rent it from Albuquerque to Bakersfield, CA, there we would re-rent the trailer from Bakersfield to Idaho. The cost from New Mexico to California was just under $100 and mileage did not matter. When we went to re-rent the same trailer from California to Idaho the cost was a whopping $600. I about fainted. Come to find out that California does not want the trailers leaving the state and if you take one out you are going to pay a hefty fee. Grrrrrrrrrrrr, I hate California.

I guess this is enough for today. I have bus runs for the next 4 days so will not be back but I will try and do better at communicating. Hope this finds everyone well and happy.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, August 20, 2007

This 2 1/2 year old MONSTER is my granddaughter Isabelle. I was out on the deck reading the newspaper and she thought she should be reading it with me.

Another story about my summer vacation.

California is such a lovely place... as long as you don't have to live there, drive there, breathe the air there and a few other mentionables that I won't mention. We have not been back to California for a few years and living in our little one horse town we forget what it was like there. The first town we stopped in reminded us very quickly why we left.

Coming from New Mexico we took highway 40 to Barstow, CA. In Barstow we decided to gas up and get something to eat. The whole length of our trip we had paid for our food with our bank card and never encountered a problem. Not so in California. Nope, in Barstow we went to Taco Belle, ordered our food as usual and when I went to pay for it with my bank card I was informed it would cost me $1.65 extra to use it. Shocked, I told them to keep their food and I would go elsewhere, all this time thinking that Taco Belle was really a clip joint. We walked across the stree to Burger King, (we eat in only high class restaurants)and found the same thing there. To use the bank card would cost us extra money. Needless to say we did not eat in Barstow or anywhere else until we arrived at our kid's place.

To use the card at a gas station cost extra money. I swear California has many ways of sticking it to you. It is so good to be back in Idaho.

That is another story about our vacation. The next time I blog I will tell the story about the U-Haul trailer... that one is a good one.

Closing for now. Hope everyone is well and happy. Dana, I only caught one fish so far this summer. Too much pain to go fishing. Now the resevoirs are so low and streams have dried up that just to find the water is a job in its own right let alone fish in the water. Oh well..............

Have a nice day everyone.

Friday, August 17, 2007

This motley crew is the Red Hat Downey High Steppers who won the Mayor's Choice Trophy in our county fair parade. The one at the top is my sweety and best friend.... Oh she is also my wife Cheryl. As you can tell the Mayor was desparate.................

Well one and all I am back in a fashion. I don't know how consistent I will be at blogging but will do my best. Sometimes the old world just crushes down on you and time flys by.

I can honestly say this has been the summer from HELL!!! I won't bore anyone with the whole story right now but will share bits and pieces as the days go on.

It all started with a trip to New Mexico and California which I really gritted my teeth over due to the longness of the trip and the hotness of the weather. Top that off with driving and being back in California the summer just was not destined to be a good one. While in California I started experiencing severe hip and leg pain and my legs would go completely numb causing me to collapse when I would be walking. (Please excuse my spelling today.) Cheryl had to drive most of the way home 'cause I was in so much pain.

It ended with me in the hospital having back surgery where they went and cut several of my vertebrae in half so my spinal cord could have some expansion room. For over two months I could not walk or sit (except in great pain and I do mean GREAT PAIN). Now I am recovering and doing very well. It will be a matter of days before I will be back to my normal, onery self.

Gee whiz Foam what happened to have you post the comments about men the way you did? That didn't sound like the sweet, loving, beautiful woman I had come to know in my writings.

Well, I am only supposed to sit up for 30 minutes at a time and this is going on over two hours so I am going to go lay down for a while.

Have a nice day everyone.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Now this looks like something I would expect to see in the great state of Texas.

I have some bad news and some good news depending on how you look at it.

The Irishman is going to be gone for about 2 months or so and will not be posting again, probably in August. I have enjoyed blogging with all of you and want you to know I consider you to be my friends, even though we have never met.

I have been on a bus run for a few days and then got sick for a few more and am just now starting to feel like being up and doing something worthwhile. Think I will go and lay down for a while.

Dana I still wonder if a Baptist will take a Mormon fishing.

Foam I will miss your comments. I feel it would be a real pleasure to meet you some day buttttttttttttttttttttttt it is nice to know you in cyberspace.

I will still check in on all of your websites once in a while and maybe leave a comment or two.

Next week we leave on a trip to New Mexico and California. Not exactly a vacation trip but will try and enjoy it. We will be bringing back 4 grandchildren with us which will keep the summer interesting.

I cannot leave without posting another of my silly jokes or stories. Sorry.

Apple Computer announced today that it has developed a computer
chip that can store and play high fidelity music in women's breast

The iTit will cost $499 to $599 depending on speaker size.

This is considered to be a major breakthrough because women have
always complained about men staring at their breasts and not listening
to them.

A young ventriloquist is touring the clubs and one night he's doing a show in a small town in Arkansas.
With his dummy on his knee, he starts going through his usual dumb blond jokes when a blond woman in the 4th row stands on her chair and starts shouting:

"I've heard enough of your stupid blond jokes. What makes you think you can stereotype women that way? What does the color of a person's hair have to do with her worth as a human being? It's guys like you who keep women like me from being respected at work and in the community and from reaching our full
potential as a person. Because you and your kind continue to perpetuate discrimination against not only blonds, but women in general...and all in the
name of humor!"

The embarrassed ventriloquist begins to apologize, and the blond yells, "You stay out of this mister! I'm talking to that little sh*t on your lap."

I am sure I have more to say but will close for now.
Have a nice day everyone.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The Cruise
> An elderly couple was on a cruise and it was really stormy.
> They were standing on the back of the boat watching the moon, when a
> wave came up and washed the old man overboard.
> They searched for days and couldn't find him, so the Captain
> sent the old woman back to shore, with the promise that he
> would notify her as soon as they found something.
> Three weeks went by and finally, the old woman got a fax from the
> boat. It read: Ma'am, sorry to inform you that we found your husband
> dead, at the bottom of the ocean.
> We hauled him up to the deck, and attached to his butt was
> an oyster, and inside it was a pearl worth $50,000....please advise.
> The old woman faxed back: Send me the pearl and re-bait the trap.

They were together in the House.

Just the two of them.

It was a cold, dark, stormy night. The storm had come quickly


each time the thunder boomed he watched her jump.

She looked across the room and admired his strong appearance...and

wished that he would take her in his arms, comfort her and protect her

from the storm.

Suddenly, with a pop, the power went out... She screamed...

He raced to the sofa where she was cowering.

He didn't hesitate to pull her into his arms.

He knew this was a forbidden union and

expected her to pull back.

He was surprised when she didn't resist but instead clung to him.

The storm raged on...

They knew it was wrong...

Their families would never understand... So consumed were

they in their FEAR that they heard no opening

of doors...just the faint click of a camera......


Don't have time to write so will post these for your pleasure.

Have a nice day everyone.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

I need some good pictures to post. My digital camera is a cheapy and doesn't take very good pictures so I don't use it. Cheryl is stingy and won't let me buy anymore toys until she gets a bedroom set. I don't know what is so bad about sleeping on the floor... she has a mattress for crying out loud and boxes to put her frillys in.

I greatly appreciate all who read my blog. Your comments are welcome and enjoyed. I was asked on my last blog posting what variety of tomatoes I plant. RED ONES!!! Is there any other kind? (I know, once a smart butt always a smart butt.) I just purchase and plant. The only difference in types is cherry and regular.

Aleaha this is mainly for you since I know you read this drivel. Thanks for your email and I will bet Lance is happy to be back in the United States. Sharon and Larry probably sighed a sigh of relief also.

I did not know A.J. and Rosemary were doing that well physically to consider a mission. I have this friend named FOAM whom they could go visit. Ha, ha, ha.

Yes, I have been to Cabela's in Alpine. I keep thinking of Lehi and didn't realize they call it Alpine. It is definitely a store to see.

Cheryl and I had been to Aunt Verba's and Uncle Cecil's grave and place also. Dana is right... it is a mess. The University of Wyoming people are not taking care of it at all. We looked in the big house and were shocked at the condition. Everything is run down and ill kept.

When will we stop in SLC and visit? Now there is a good question. Since moving to Downey I have gotten so laid back that the thoughts of going to a large city just repulses me. Seeing more than two cars on the roads here is making me feel crowded anymore.

Please stop in when you go to Driggs. Mercy you are getting OLD to be having a 40 year anniversary.

Conard Jensen stopped in the other day and filled us in on his parents. He was telling us of Sharon and Larry having some problems with people doing bad things to their house in Darby. What has happened to that valley? It used to be such a lovely place. Now I have no desire to go there.

Okay enough for Aleaha.

I imagine everyone is shedding lots of tears over the Paris Hilton abuse by our legal system. Such a sweet, young, upstanding example of a lady. How could they do that to her?

Okay I have said enough for today. This will probably be my only blog this week. Cheryl leaves tomorrow morning for girls camp, I have bus training tomorrow and then the rest of the week I take a group of young people to SLC for youth conference. Busy, busy, busy and no time for a nap.

Have a nice day everyone.

Friday, June 01, 2007

This is a picture of Grandpa's little helper. I was planting tomatos and she just had to be there as well. If I can find the picture of my other little helper I will post that as well.

This will be extremely short. I have a Ham Radio test at noon today and I NEED to study. My church just called and want me to teach Sunday School this Sunday and the lesson is on hypocrisy. They sure picked the largest hypocrite to teach that one. Should be an interesting Sunday.

Hooray, hooray, hooray. I finally put my pontoon boat in the water, didn't catch any fish 'cause I wasn't there that long, butttttttttttttt, I did get some rowing practice in. I have never rowed a boat in my life and I think I covered every inch of the water trying to get back to shore. Cheryl felt so bad that she finally agreed to let me get a motor for it so we went and did that yesterday afternoon. I should be a happy man now... that is if I can catch some fish.

Watched my favorite movie star of all times last night, John Wayne, in the movie "The Searchers". Yes, it was a good day yesterday.

Got to get moving or time will run out on me. I will leave you with this from a Catholic school teacher... many of you probably have seen it.

Oh, by the way, welcome "Mountain Mama" to my blog. Good to have another genealogist on board. I have been trying to put the bug in some of my blogging friends but so far no takers. Aleaha thanks for the note. Is that Cabela's store in Alpine, Wyoming? Sarah (iowamom) sorry for not answering your questions. I don't know the lady you asked about. I have got to get my lazy hindend doing more research on the Lewis line. Now about the school teacher....
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The Catholic School teacher was sitting at her desk grading these papers all the while trying to keep a straight face and maintain her composure!


Kids, you gotta love them.

This was Grandpa's other little helper that day. She wasn't too sure about the dirt and the grass felt funny to her.

Have a nice day everyone.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Isn't this a gorgeous picture? I make butterflies out of 2 liter soda bottles and this will definitely be one of my patterns.

Well the weekend is over and I hope everyone made it back home safely and soberly. Lots of barbeques going on and good food consumed. Me, I got a bowl of cold cereal, a cold hot dog and a comment to be grateful for what I got or I could fix my own. (Just kidding) We didn't do much this past weekend. Went to our daughters place in Paradise, UT and visited with them for an afternoon but that was the highlight of our weekend. Cheryl is out of school and just bursting with projects to get done around the house. I am trying to find something to put in her food so she will slow down and let me get my rest.

I bought a pontoon boat over a month ago and it has yet to see the water. Either the wind has been blowing like all the politicians in Utah are talking at once or I have been off doing other things. Maybe this week.

Now listen, the squirrel remedy is supposed to work and I am sure hoping so because I need to keep them out of my garden. Last year they mowed down my beet tops like a lawn mower. I know if you hang a 3/4 can of beer where wasps and yellowjackets are they are attracted to the beer and drown themselves. Of course they do it with a large smile on the faces.

I don't know if my sister Aleaha reads these anymore since we don't hear from her anymore. If she didn't read my blogs I would share some family secrets... NOT!!

Well Cheryl says I have to clean the garage today, finish planting the garden and still do my 200 names of indexing. She plans on taking it easy. Sure wish some of you folks would get involved in genealogy and help with this indexing of the 1900 census. It is a BIG project and open to anyone.

Just got a chance to watch the movie Eragon and it was good. However after reading both the books the movie leaves out sooooooo much that I felt I missed too much. Oh well. Tonight is another John Wayne movie... yeah THE DUKE!!! There will never be another John Wayne, never. Rough, tough, lover of horses, sometimes mean to the bone and yet cool, suave and romantic for the women. Oh yeah, the Duke.

Here is another tip about taking care of ticks should you happen to be out in the woods and gather some.

Tick Warning

I hate it when people forward bogus warnings, and I have even done it
myself a couple times unintentionally... but this one is real, and it's
important. So please send this warning to everyone on your e-mail list.

If someone comes to your front door saying they are checking for ticks
due to the warm weather and asks you to take your clothes off and dance
around with your arms up, DO NOT DO IT!! THIS IS A SCAM!! They only want
to see you naked.

I wish I'd gotten this email yesterday. I feel so stupid.

Have a nice day everyone.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Just a brief note. I was visiting Pamela's site and wanted to pass on some information if so desired. To keep squirrels out of the bird feeder just sprinkle black pepper around or in the feeder. Birds cannot tell it is there but squirrels don't like the smell and will not go near it. Just a thought. That clematis is beautiful. Will it grow in cold country (5000 ft)? My wife would love that.
Behave yourself this weekend.
Since a certain young woman I know of is going camping this weekend, and from the description of the food supply she will probably wander out into the wilderness and pick up some ticks; I thought she should know this information. Hmmmmmmm.

Subject: Removing Wood Ticks

This is a good thing to know for any of us living, picnicking, camping

or just being in the woods etc. At least it is worth a try.

Please forward to anyone with children or hunters, etc!! Thanks!

A pediatrician tells he believes is the best way to remove a tick. This

is great, because it works in those places where it's sometimes difficult

to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc.

"Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked

cotton ball and let it stay on the repulsive insect for a few seconds (15-20),

after which the tick will come out on it's own and be stuck to the cotton ball

when you lift it away. This technique has worked every time I've used it (and that was

frequently), and it's much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me.

Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this would be damaging

in any way. I even had my doctor's wife call me for advice because she had

one stuck to her back and she couldn't reach it with tweezers. She used

this method and immediately called me back to say, "It worked!"

Please pass on; everyone needs this helpful hint.

Not much to say today so will close with this....

Have a nice day everyone.