Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Now is this a study of pure concentration or what? Look at the eyes how serious they are. The red cheeks from blowing so hard. The glasses are steaming up from the effort. Here I thought she would consider it a dumb toy and throw it away or give it to the grandchildren. I never realized such a small thing would bring such great pleasure.

Have a nice day everyone.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Today is Christmas day and Cheryl made me get up so we could open presents. I thought with the children gone I could sleep in but their mother had other ideas. Her reason for getting up early? So when the kids call we can tell them how much we liked the presents they gave us; and we did. I am going to try and post a video of what we did with our $10 gifts for each other. We laughed quite a bit over what we did. Here goes:

Cheryl decided to do the same thing with the video so here is her gifts to me.

Foam I owe you an apology... a major apology. I apologize for using your real name in one of my posts. I never stopped to think you might not like someone doing that. I am so sorry.

Well today we are having an old fashioned Idaho blizzard. The wind is blowing like crazy and the snow is coming down. Cheryl and I are just burrowing in like some of these crazy squirrels outside should be doing. We have no where to go and I am sure the roads are an absolute mess. So if any of you are traveling during a storm please, please be careful.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope this week is a very enjoyable one for all of you.

Sorry for not posting for a while but busy, busy, busy. I won't have any excuses from now until the end of January. The school district makes me take the month of January off, which I don't completely understand, but they make the rules.

Foam, my friend, before I forget I did not get any email so try again. I never look in the spam folder I just delete everything. I think I did see something from Diana and just thought it was another of those emails wanting my body and etc. Boy would they be in for a surprise. My friend, Diana, has this fixation with boobs and draws pictures of them all the time. Not that I mind since she keeps them lifted up and pointy. Must be a NC thing.

This morning is an interesting morning. Thanks to Pamela and all those Washington people, plus the Canadians, we now have lots and lots of snow. I got up around 4:30 am to see what the weather was doing and it was just flaking a little. By 8:00 am we had about 8 inches and more pouring down. The little finches and juncos are flitting around the feeder trying to uncover what food they can find. The squirrels just holed up and said the heck with it all.

Did I mention what Cheryl and I are doing for Christmas this year? Since we have no family close enough to come to our place, or for us to go to their place, we decided to take $10 and go to the dollar store to get presents for one another. It should be very interesting. Actually I think what I got her is neat, funny and... welllllllll, let's just stick with neat and funny. I will post about her reactions on Christmas day.

Our daughter, Leslie, and her family were here for a visit this past Saturday and Sunday and we really enjoyed it. Our granddaughter, Rylie, is a hoot and kept me laughing most of the time.

Guess I better close before anyone reading this falls asleep and hurts themselves by banging their head on something. Cheryl is setting behind me sewing plus talking on the telephone with another daughter and they are breaking my concentration. I think I will go take a nap and let the irritation pass.:))

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, December 15, 2008

A cheery good morning to one and all. My song for this morning is "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, snow is everywhere." Yep, we have snow and lots of it. It is cold, cold, cold and more snow expected today.

Just returned from a 400 mile trip with the wrestlers. While in Nephi, UT I walked into the gym to watch for about an hour. When I walked back out there was a raging blizzard going on. Needless to say when we finally left for home the roads were icy and slick with the average speed about 40-45 mph. Fun, fun, fun. The bus driver we had was an excellent, handsome, witty man and we never worried one bit with him behind the wheel.:))

Just read Foam's blog about the furnace breaking down. It never happens during the summer time for some reason. Hope all is well now. All that baking made me hungry however. Nothing like the smell of fresh baking to fill the house especially on a cold day.

Not much to say this morning. Just had a nice cup of hot chocolate, a yummy breakfast, a kiss from a beautiful woman so life is good here.

Now I have to pay the bills so the day is heading south in a hurry.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Just a quick note today. I was reading Pamela's blog and laughing so hard that my sides hurt. If you have no idea who Pamela is you should go and visit her blog. I would publish what her blog is but I can't seem to remember it since I have it bookmarked. I will get it and post it later.

Anyway Pam has a certain attraction to farts. Recently she published an embarrassing moment she had with her flatulence problem and it was hilarious. Now she has published about how she tried to get back at her teasing dentist only to have her fart machine backfire on her. Pam, Pam, Pam. You are such a hoot. Reminds me of the time our doctor in Idaho Falls, ID pulled a similar prank on Cheryl. He had a remote controlled fart machine that he placed in the room where Cheryl was waiting to be examined. The nurse was the one who actually activated the machine and she waited until the doctor was in there and just beginning his examination. That machine went off and both the doctor's and my eyes went wide as we looked at Cheryl. It was so realistic that she went red as a beet and I made the comment, "Cheryl, that is very unlady like." It only took a second for her to figure out what was happening and we all got a good laugh. Nice to have a sense of humor once in a while.

Pamela also posted asking what our favorite Christmas music is. I have to admit I love any and all Christmas music. Some of my favorites are: LeRoy, Rudolph's cousin (can't remember the exact name of the title.) White Christmas, Blue Christmas, All I Want For Christmas Are My Two Front Teeth, Here Comes Santa Claus, oh shucks any of the oldies but goodies. Religious music I like it all. The First Noel, Angels We Have Heard On High, Christmas Bells, Oh Little Town of Bethlehem and the list goes on.

Cheryl just finished singing in the Madrigal Choir, The Forgotten Carol Choir and now she and I both are singing in the church choir. She loves singing and so do I although my work schedule makes it very hard to attend some of the practices.

I will never forget attending church as a kid and my adopted father with two other men were singing as a trio in church. My adopted father got up and announced the song this way. "We will now murder the Angel From On High." and they did.

Got to go. Hope everyone is doing okay.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Ho,ho,ho,ho. I love this time of season. I don't care for the presents and all that kind of stuff but I do love the music, the atmosphere with the lights and etc.

Pam, I got a kick out of your granddaughter picture. I think every one of us has done that at some time in our life. I love olives and she would have had a fight on her hands just to get that many for the fingers.

I hope everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving. I hope you got to spend time with family or doing what you wanted.

This year was a first for Cheryl and I. The kids live so far away that it was not feasible for them to come to our house or for us to go to theirs. The one daughter that lives closest to us spends Thanksgiving with her in laws which is all right. Soooooo, Cheryl and I decided to take in a movie and then go to a buffet for dinner. The movie was very good but when we got to the buffet place it closed its doors just as we pulled up. Needless to say we had Thanksgiving dinner at the local truck stop and it was not that good. Oh well.

Last night we had a bunch of friends over for a small get together. The occasion, one set was leaving for St. George, Utah for the winter, the big sissies. We had a good time though and I know they will miss me especially.:))

Keeping this short today. Cheryl has many, many projects for me to do. Oh how I miss working. Keep smiling everyone.

Have a nice day.

Monday, November 24, 2008

No picture today since I want to talk about something that has been bothering me lately. I think I am writing about it to help myself deal with the problem and not to burden readers with it. So if you don't want to read today's blog I completely understand.

Before I say what I want to I must mention to my good friend Foam that I just read your blog about your Mom. I have not had to deal with the Alzheimer problem and I hope I never do. I admire you for your thoughtfulness toward your Mom and the love you give her. You have my utmost respect. Now about those religious services. Hmmm, I hope you don't hold it against me because I am a fairly religious person in that I believe in God and His works but I don't believe in Bible thumping and finding fault with others for what they believe or do. I might not agree with others but when I become perfect then I can throw rocks. (Damn, better duck cause the Irish are quite perfect you know.):)) All I can say to your Mom is keep up the good work of heckling. She is my kind of gal.

A couple of weeks ago I received a call from my oldest son informing me that his only daughter was pregnant, still in high school and he was quite distraught. What do you say back. I gave him my sympathies and all the encouragement I could. I must say I am so disappointed in my granddaughter. Until she hit her teen years she was a good kid, respectful and sweet as the day is long. She had friends who uplifted her and they even made a pact to remain virgins until the day they married. Suddenly she started hanging out with a different crowd, no respect for her parents and siblings and her grades went from A's to F's. No matter what anyone would say they were wrong and she knew best. Now she is 18, single, pregnant and not a clue what life has in store for her. She has the attitude that Mom and Dad will be built in baby sitters while she continues playing with her friends. The one I feel the sorriest for is the yet to be born baby. That little one has done nothing wrong but is already starting life on two strikes. I asked my son if he even knew who the father is and he said he did. The father is now an inmate at one of the California prisons. What a legacy. I will be surprised if the baby grows up even knowing who the father really is.

I was six months old when my mother died. She was only 24 years old at the time and my brother was 3 years old. She was the second wife for my father and both of them died. His first wife was only 19 when she accidentally took the wrong medicine for migraine headaches. So here was a young father having lost not one but two wives at an early age. My brother and I were passed from relative to relative for a while. Finally one Aunt and Uncle, who had no children of their own, asked my father if I could live with them and they would raise me as their own.

They lived on the shores of Jackson Lake which is nestled up against the Teton mountains. Beautiful place, just the kind I always dream of. When I first arrived there I was close to death myself. My Aunt had to change my diapers with tweezers and carried me around on a soft pillow because my body could not handle anything harder. She nursed me back to health and I have pictures of her and I when she would take me fishing with her on the lake.

One day my father showed up unexpectedly, picked me up and told my aunt and uncle he was taking me to someone else. It about broke her heart and the closeness she had with me was broken that very day because she didn't want to be hurt that bad again. I was taken to another aunt and uncle who had told my father that they would raise me with the understanding that he was to never interfere, not to visit but once in a while, and I was to not have anything to do with my mother's family. They would adopt me and I would know them as the only family I had.

Needless to say this was not a loving situation. As much as I would like to remember many good times unfortunately I can only remember the frequent beatings, the harsh discipline, and the hatred toward my mother's family. I was not allowed to use the indoors bathroom except for taking a bath. If I had to relieve myself I was to go out to the barn and do it in the gutter where the cows stood. I learned to hate the woman with a passion.

I wanted to know my father so badly. I knew who he was, where he was (most of the time) but was not allowed to visit. To this day I know very little about my father and almost nothing about my mother. When my father would come for a visit on Thanksgiving day he would not talk to me.

Why do I mention this? I think of this new unborn baby coming into the world soon and wonder what kind of life it will have. Grandpa will be there but there is only so much Grandpa and Grandma are allowed to do. Will it even know it's parents? The mother is getting flakier by the day. So my heart goes out to this little one, the innocent one, the one who has no control on what is happening. What has happened to being responsible for out actions?

So to my friend Diana I say thank you for being a good daughter. Your mother needs you even if her mind is weakening and yet in her own way she is very grateful.

Sorry for sounding like I am feeling sorry for myself because I truly am not. I have learned to cope and move on. I have a GREAT wife who has helped me sooooooo much. She is my angel on earth. Now you know a little more about this Irishman.

Have a nice day everyone.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Okay, so I lied about not blogging anymore but I seen this on Tigersue's blog and just had to do it. So Tanya, your husband was a Bonneville Bee. Well, we can't all be perfect like the Teton Redskins.:))

High School Tag ~
1. DID YOU DATE SOMEONE FROM YOUR SCHOOL? Yes, sort of, a little bit. I wasn't much of a dater I guess.

2.WHAT KIND OF CAR DID YOU DRIVE? The folks owned Pontiacs and if I got to drive it would be that or a 1953 Chevrolet pickup. Mostly it was a horse or bicycle.


4.WHERE YOU A PARTY ANIMAL? Hmmmmmmm, define party animal.


6. WERE YOU IN BAND, ORCHESTRA, OR CHOIR? All three plus Pep Band and Dance Orchestra.

7. WERE YOU A NERD? Most likely

8. WERE YOU ON ANY VARSITY TEAMS? Baseball but that party thing came into play and I was asked to not play.

9. DID YOU EVER GET SUSPENDED/EXPELLED? No, but if closeness counts it was very close.


11. WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE TEACHER? Mr. Murdock in music and electronics

12. WHERE DID YOU SIT FOR LUNCH? Anywhere and everywhere

13. WHAT IS YOUR SCHOOL'S FULL NAME? Teton Redskins, Driggs, ID

14. WHAT IS YOUR SCHOOL'S MASCOT AND COLORS? Mascot ???, Colors: maroon, white and orange

15. DID YOU GO TO HOMECOMING AND WITH WHO? Our dance band probably played for it and I watched the girl I liked out there having a good time while I blew sour notes.


17. WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER MOST ABOUT GRADUATION? Nothing special. Had my teeth all pulled out the very next day.

18. WHERE DID YOU GO SENIOR SKIP DAY? I don't know if they did that.


20. HAVE YOU GAINED SOME WEIGHT SINCE THEN? Yes, but that is as far as that question is being answered.

21. WHO WAS YOUR PROM DATE? The girl of my dreams and that is as far as it got.

22 ARE YOU PLANNING ON GOING TO YOUR 10 YEAR REUNION? I didn't go to any of my reunions until the 40th. We lived too far away.

23. DID YOU HAVE A JOB IN HIGH SCHOOL? Yes. I worked in the potato cellars, drove cat's and tractors for local farmers, logged one summer and always helped my old friend Frank Harrop in the hay.

So there you have another little tidbit about me. Enjoy and let me know if you do one so I can read it.

Have a nice day everyone.

This will definitely be my last post before the Thanksgiving holiday. Sooooooo HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ONE AND ALL.

I have another school district wanting me to come and drive for them as a sub driver and it has been interesting observing what they want me to do. First they gave me a book about 1 inch thick and told me I had to study it then pass 10 tests from it. I finally got that done last week. Whew!! Now they want me to be finger printed to make sure I am not some loose pervert that should not be around children. Of course the school district that I already work for should have done this three years ago but somehow it got overlooked. They could have a real STRANGE one in their midst.

I am also applying for my concealed weapons permit and that means getting finger printed again. After all these finger printings take place I will either be a confirmed hardened criminal or an angelic irishman in the midst of society.

Looks like it will snow today. Of course it is since I have to take a 300 mile trip tomorrow with the girls basketball team. Oh well.

Time for me to go and take a nap. I have strained myself severely just sitting here fiddling around on the computer. There was something I was going to say to Pamela and Foamy but now I forget so another time.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, November 17, 2008

It is still Monday and I have not set down to watch "Chuck" yet because I read my sister-in-law's and my niece's blogs about gratitude. I must give it a shot. Most of my youthful life I was told I was an ungrateful little s--t so this might be hard for me. These are not necessarily in priority order although the first two certainly are.


1. Without a doubt, my wife Cheryl.

2. My religion.

3. A warm house on a cold day.

4. Rain. I love to watch it rain.

5. Animals. Especially north american animals like moose, deer, horses..., oh you know what I mean.

6. Hugs from my grandchildren.

7. Having my children tell me they love me..., and mean it.

8. The smell of baking bread.

9. Listening to a brook.

10. A drink of cold, cold, milk.

11. Listening to my wife snore. (Sometimes it can be very comforting.)

12. To hear the wind blowing in the trees.

13. Bacon.

14. Friendships, although it is hard for me at times.

15. For my current job which I enjoy.

16. The smell of new mown hay.

17. That the words Pappa or Poppy were invented by little girls.

18. Freedom and I mean this most seriously. Thank you veterans and those currently serving in our armed forces.

19. The United States of America and what a great place it is and hope it will continue to be so.

20. Last but certainly not least..., my God, who is real and He cares about us all.

There you have it. 20 things I am grateful for and it wasn't that hard to do. If you feel inclined do the same on your blogs and tell me so I can read them.

Have a nice day everyone.

If I get busy and don't get time to set down and wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving then I wish to do it now. Hope all of you enjoy your holiday and please, be safe.

So, what is everyone doing for Thanksgiving? Cheryl and I are just staying home like a couple of senior citizens. All of our kids have moved so far away that it takes 10 hours to get to the nearest one. (Oops, I forgot about the one in Provo but she has other plans.) That means they won't be able to come here and we won't be able to go to any of their homes. For Thanksgiving I sort of miss having the family gather. As a youth it was the one day that the Delaney brothers and sisters with their spouses would come to our home and it was just neat. Normally during the year I did not get to see much of them. I thought I would carry on the tradition with our family but necessity took them a long ways away.

Cheryl has had her operation and is doing just fine, a little tender, but just fine. Personally I think she is milking the kindness needed thing too much. I don't mind helping but there is a limit you know.

Got an email from my son in New Mexico and he led me to a website that has pictures of my grandson playing baseball. It was really neat seeing him in his uniform being all serious. I guess he is quite the ball player too. All star of course. I have another grandson in Bakersfield, California who was chosen as an all star in football. Yep, this grandpa's buttons are popping.

Winter has given us a warning here. Snow on the mountains which we need so badly. It is just about time for me to take my time off from work. I have to take the Christmas break and the whole month of January off which about drives me crazy and poor Cheryl even crazier. I have nothing more to do than chase her around the house. When I think of the other drivers out there in the snowstorms I don't feel like I am being punished too much.

Well one of my favorite shows will be coming on so I best get in front of the TV in my relaxed mode. The show? "Chuck" cause I like that hot little blond on it.:)))))

Have a nice day everyone.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Noticed this on LOWA's blog and thought it would be fun to do. I like these things because I learn so much about a person. Soooooooooooo, if you want to fill in your own answers please let me know so I can read them.


1. Where is your cell phone? Charging on the dresser.

2. Where is your significant other? Out in the kitchen fixing supper.

3. Your hair color? Salt and pepper now. It used to be black as our American Pre..., I can't say that.

4. Your mother? In heaven praying for her wayward son.

5. Your father? In heaven praying for his wayward son.

6. Your favorite thing? Ohhhhhhh, lots of things. Mostly that which Cheryl and I can do together.

7. Your dream last night? Probably another nightmare which had me working for Halliburton again.

8. Your dream/goal? To visit Alaska, Ireland, and make it to the Celestial Kingdom of Heaven.

9. The room you're in? Spare bedroom which we call the computer room.

10. Your hobby? Hmmmmm, several things get my attention but fishing, computers, bothering Cheryl comes to mind.

11. Your fear? My family not making it to the Celestial Kingdom or they make it and I do not.

12. Where do you want to be in six years? Still around and getting ready for our 50th wedding anniversary.

13. Where were you last night? In Blackfoot, Idaho with a group of band students attending an Army Jazz Concert.

14. What you’re not? Able to function very well due to pain.

15. One of your wish list items? To be able to visit said Alaska and Ireland but to do it pain free.

16. Where you grew up? Teton Valley, Idaho in the Darby section.

17. The last thing you did? Started the fire which I hope Cheryl is taking care of or it will go out.

18. What are you wearing? Welllllllll, aren't we getting nosy.

19. Your TV? An old one. We need a new one so bad it is not funny.

20. Your pet? None now. Since Dusty (the dog) and Gus (the cat) died we have not wanted to replace them.

21. Your computer? I don't know. One that works.

22. Your mood? Hungry, my back hurts, and I feel like watching TV.

23. Missing someone? No. I got Cheryl what more could I want?

24. Your car? A 1989 Ford Tempo that we call the "Scab".

25. Something you’re not wearing? Well, I certainly am not wearing a BRA!!!

26. Favorite store? Any sporting good store or tool store.

27. Your summer? Recuperating from pain.

28. Love someone? Absolutely..., Cheryl.

29. Your favorite color? Deep blue and/or deep purple.

30.When is the last time you laughed? Pretty much every day.

31. Last time you cried? Oh no. Real men don't cry..., just ask John Wayne.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Hello good people. Tomorrow is the day to elect a new president and I hope all of you will get out and vote.

Just got back from a two day run to Boise, ID where our high school girls took 1st in the state cross country run and our boy took second. What a congregation of schools. I counted almost 100 buses and that did not include the ones that were coming and going at the time. Kids and parents were like watching an ant hill. All had some place they knew they wanted to be but never in the same direction.

Cheryl went with me this time and all she did was stick her nose in a book the whole time. I tried to get her to help me find certain streets but she was just too involved. The book? "Eclipse" the fourth book in the series about vampires, werewolves, and a stupid girl who wants to become one of them. There is a movie version coming out this November, I think, but it only covers the first book. That wife of mine is really hooked on these books, as are other women in this neck of the woods.

The surgeon says I have to have another back operation so he can insert pins in my vertebrae. He wanted to do it a.s.a.p. but I opted for next summer. He said as long as I can stand the pain he doesn't mind. So oh joy, oh joy another summer coming where I do nothing but recuperate.

Wednesday is the day of Cheryl's surgery. She is so nervous. Right now she is taking self injections for offsetting cumedin. I keep telling her she is a pin cushion that sprays like a shower head.

So there you have it.... The boring life of the Delaney's. Now if I was a beer drinking, petite German I would have all kinds of stories to tell. Or maybe to be like a Grandma in Washington who is always up to something and it is always nice. I don't even mention the Canadians. To think they might have been U.S. citizens at one point in history but nooooooooo, they chose not too. I guess I could be like the Iowans. Hmmmmmmm, that about said it all concerning them.

Guess I will close. Cheryl is back from her morning walk and I must go and start begging for food. The woman is so mean to me.

Have a nice day everyone.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Since it is that time of year I want to wish anyone who reads my drivel to have a happy and safe Halloween. None of the partying as portrayed in the picture... FOAM. I tell you, those Germans and their beer. Not everyone can be saintly like the Irish I guess.

Update on Chery and my aches and pains. Cheryl is having shoulder surgery on November 5 but we lucked out, if you can call it that, in that she is having arthroscopic not actually cutting. It seems her should is full of arthritis and bone spurs that are cutting into the muscle. While it is true she has a torn rotator cuff it is not of such that she needs to have it repaired. She just has to be a good girl for a change and do what the doctors tell her to do. Too often she thinks she is macho woman and can do more than she should.

This coming Tuesday I visit the surgeon to see what needs to be done to my back...again. Will keep any who are interested updated.

It has turned cold but lovely here. The nights are quite cold but by afternoon it is shirtsleeve weather. The deer are migrating from the mountains which makes it scary for driving. I only need to kill three more and I am an ace. (It takes six) Not exactly the kind of honor I am looking for but............

Tomorrow I get to take the bus to beautiful downtown Salt Lake City, UT, hell hole of Utah, and pick up FFA students returning from the east. Oh joy, oh joy. I tried to beg off but the boss would not hear of it. He seems to think I have experience for that sort of thing.

Foam how are the eyes coming along? Haven't heard from Pamela for some time so hope she is fine.

Oops got to go.

Have a nice day everyone.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tis getting close to the Halloween time so I thought this picture appropriate.

My goodness, I did not realize how long it has been since I last posted. I have been extremely busy plus the pain I suffer from keeps me from setting down to the computer.

We received our first snowfall last weekend, oh joy, oh joy. Actually Cheryl and I welcome the cooler weather since we seem to do better in it, or we used to. Poor Cheryl has been suffering from shoulder pain for at least a month. She finally broke down and seen the specialist yesterday and probably has surgery looming in the near future. Her Parkinson causes her to fall and she has taken a couple of nasty ones this year. Apparently they had more of an affect on her than we originally thought.

I am having a very difficult time walking due to pain. I see the surgeon in November and probably have surgery looming in my future. Ahhhhh, life with it's little setbacks. I keep telling my boss that I am fine because I truly love my job.

Okay, enough whining. Well, since the elections are coming up very shortly I must post this picture. This year in politics reminds me of the time the Gadianton robbers ruled the America's and caused so much turmoil in government to the point that it crumbled. Sure hope this will not be the case.

Thank you Sarah for the pictures. I know I have not blogged for a while butttttttt, what can I say... I am lazy.

Foam, if you are still checking my blog, sorry about your eye condition. Do you know what has caused it or did you mention it and I forgot?

Did I mention that my daughter Kimberly and her family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma? Yep, they cain't seem to speak without a drawl now. We miss our grandkids but are happy they have work and are doing okay.

Guess this will be all for today. Got to study for a test, pull vegetable vines from the garden, sleep, eat and dream of old whiskey, fast women and faster horses. Now if I knew what to do with old whiskey, fast women, and faster horses I guess I would be in great shape. Maybe I will dream of Pepsi, older women, and wheel chairs.

Have a nice day everyone.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

This picture was captioned, Patience and Wisdom, and I still wonder about the wisdom part of it. The dog should be a LOT further away for his own good.

Had the procedure done on my back today and so far so good although there is still quite a bit of pain in my legs. The Dr. said it was normal and would go away. Sooooooo I am waiting, waiting, waiting for it to go away.

Was checking out Foam's blog and it reminded me of a visit we had to the shores of Lake Erie. We had been married for about a year and had our oldest son who, at the time was about 1. We had been invited to go water skiing with another couple and their kids and naturally were having a great time. Like many parents do, we got a little neglectful as to what our baby was doing on the beach. I looked over and he was chewing on a dead fish that someone had discarded, or it had washed up on the beach. I about freaked out. We grabbed that kid and rushed home, called the Dr. to find out what to do since we didn't want him dieing from poisoning. First call, the doctor said stick your finger down his throat and make him throw up. Finger down the throat... finger out of the throat with blood oozing out. The little pup had bitten so hard that it brought blood. Called the Dr. again, "Give him a raw egg." Got the raw egg, put it to his mouth and he slurped it down like it was honey coated and wanted another one. Called the Dr. again, "Give him some milk." Okay, but I don't remember what the milk was supposed to do for him. By this time that kid was yowling and fighting us something terrible and it was a real chore to get him to take the milk. Called the Dr. again. "Hell", he said, "Just put him to sleep and watch him. If he has survived this ordeal with you he will probably be just fine." So Cheryl and I put him to bed, went and medicated our wounds received from him and the doc was right... everything was just fine.

That was our experience at a shore of any kind and I would rather never have one like it again. The after effects on the boy... he is a big moose living in California and is okay.

Pamela I loved the train video. My brother-in-law gave me a cd of the Yukon train and I love it. How I want to take some of those special train rides. I still remember the steam engine pulling into Driggs, ID and I would stand and look at it in awe. I especially loved it when the rotary plow was on it. They would hit those big snow drifts and the snow would just fly. It was as big as the engine.

Sarah R. I enjoyed that song about super glue. I am going to try and memorize it and sing it at a church function sometime.

Back is hurting a little and need to change chairs. Sure will be glad when this all takes affect cause I got things to do.

Have a nice day everyone.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Not much to say today. Just posting so those who are interested will know how we are doing.

Cheryl had another shot in her left arm and it is still bothering her. Doesn't seem to slow her down too much though. She is still canning like crazy. Seems like each time I ask what she is doing, with the hopes of doing something together, she has this to can and that to can. I know this winter when the wind blows and the snow falls it will be nice to have all that good food to nibble on.

I went and had another MRI done yesterday and they found a bulging disc that is pressing against my nerves which is causing me so much discomfort. Tomorrow I go and have an epideral procedure which hopefully will take care of the problem. I really miss going to work. If the epideral does not work then it is back to the surgeon to see what he suggests. Oh how fun that would be.

The weather has turned cool. We picked all our tomatoes just in time because it froze big time last night. We have been grateful for the produce from our garden this year.

Well, I have got to get out of this chair because it is making my back hurt big time. Guess I will go read a book. Oh, by the way, if you ever have a desire to watch the movie "Sweeny Tood", don't. It is a very dark, blood thirsty, undesirable movie. We didn't realize what it was like when we rented it but it was bad, bad, bad. Just finished book 3 of Fablehaven and it was very good.

Miss ya Foamy and Pamela.

Have a nice day everyone.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Oh thank you, thank you Dana. I am having a little fun with that website you mentioned in a blog of your.

I don't know how someone got a picture of my wife and her sister but her it is posted on a magazine cover for all the world to see. Bwah ha ha ha ha.

Create Fake Magazine Covers with your own picture at MagMyPic.com

Trying out something that Dana had used on her blog.

Several have asked what is wrong and why have I not been blogging. Welllllllllll, the truth of the matter is I am kind of burned out with blogging although I will post an entry every now and again. The other truth of the matter is I am in a lot of pain and have not even been able to sleep lying down for about a week now. For the last 5 or 6 nights I have averaged about 1 to 1 1/2 hours of sleep per night. I am so tired I don't know which end I am on.

The problem? My back has slid and is pinching nerves again and it hurts......., a lot. I received a shot in the hip yesterday to kill some of the pain but the major problem is taking a little longer to correct and is a little more complicated. Right now it hurts like crazy to set in this chair and type. Cheryl knew something was wrong when I turned down a couple of bus runs because I really enjoy doing them.

I have taken so much Percocet that I am rummy. Yes, I know, I am rummy without any medicine. Anyway that is what is going on. Cheryl is busy canning all sorts of goodies and it makes me feel bad, real bad, that I cannot be out there helping her.:))) I will force myself to enjoy the fruits and veggies later.

It turned warm again. It must be at least 80 degrees.

Our children made it to Oklahoma safely, thank goodness. They are finding it quite warm and humid. Of course having the effects from hurricane Ike dropping on them adds to their misery. All in all they are doing okay though. I think I will go call them to see how today is going.

That is all for now. Back is hurting too much and the only place to give me comfort is my recliner. It is now my bed, table, tv chair, actually my home right now.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Well, it is fun Monday and I don't know who is doing what. I normally check Pamela's blog to see where to go but she is taking a rest from blogging.

Foam tell me it isn't true!!!!! I enjoy your blogs and will miss you. Darned fickle artists anyway.

Mercy, what a week we just finished. I had runs every day and believe me I am tired. To add to that our one daughter and her family are moving to Oklahoma and they have been staying here for a while. Our garage and other storage areas are full with their stuff which they say they will come and get in a month. That would be nice since I have plans for garage usage this winter.

Cheryl has been canning, canning, canning. She is such a hard worker. Now if she could only fish. Actually she has wanted to go fishing this summer and I have been the one to drag my feet. Too many projects and too little time. Now I am back to work with less time.

Did I mention we inherited two ATVs? Yep, Kim and Robin left their ATVs here and we get to use them. Cheryl is ecstatic, Tim has to get them repaired first. I love my son-in-law but he breaks everything. As they were unloading their stuff into the garage I would ask about this item or that item and the answer would be pretty much the same. Well, it is broken. He is trying to move to Oklahoma with a vehicle that has expired license plates. Just didn't get around to taking care of the problem.

Anyway they are gone and I will miss my grandchildren. This was the closest family to us and that little blond headed granddaughter had grandpa wrapped around her finger pretty good. Now she will be a blond Okie.

Cheryl is so tired today that she is just lying on the bed listening to a book on tape. I have partially vacuumed the carpet and must get away from this computer and finish my job.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, September 01, 2008

OK. This is fun Monday and the host is asking for a picture of the area where blogging is done. Whooooooooo boy, I don't think so, so I will pass this week. Thank you Pamela for the information and you will be missed but I will keep checking for when you do post.

Hi to whoami (I hope I said that right)and thank you for commenting on my blog. Always good to see new faces (in a blogging sense of the word.) Gwen, you rascal, how are you doing? I have not heard anything from Australia for a long time. I thought maybe it had reverted back to being a British possession.:))

An update on Cheryl. She is doing fine. A little behind on her chores so she is not allowed to go out and play until she catches up. I even had to revoke some of her phone privileges.

Mercy it has turned cold overnight. Yesterday it rained and it was so refreshing although the grain farmers probably don't think so. Today it feels like snow in the mountains. I visited a couple of fishing places and they are nothing but puddles right now.

All right I have to ask the question: How many of you have read or are reading the "Twilight" series of books? I hate to admit it but I have read all four of them although, from a man's point of view, I did not find them all THAT great. Who in their right mind would want to be a vampire? However, I can think of a few necks that I wouldn't mind sucking on. (Yes, I am a dirty old man)

I have got to quit and get Cheryl moving. She is laying in bed reading "Fablehaven" and "I" have not been fed yet. Looks like another day of grounding.

Have a nice day everyone.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Cheryl likes moose and I like bears.

An update on Cheryl and I since some of you read my drivel and that is how you keep posted on us.

Cheryl is doing much better. A couple of weeks ago she got tangled up in a dog's leash and fell. Now when Cheryl falls it is like watching a sack of grain hit the ground... one big splat. She has no coordination to help herself. I don't say this to be mean or nasty, it is just fact. Anyway she is a mass of bruises on her right side and her knee was not doing too well for a while. She is now walking much better.

I think the whole town knew that she had fallen 'cause I was trying to get to her but my feet were all tangled up in the dog's leash too plus I had grandkids under my feet and I didn't want to trample and hurt them. All I could do is stand there and cuss and I did a fine job of it.

The other day Cheryl's left shoulder and arm started hurting real bad and she could not lift it much past her waist. I sighed, I cussed, I took her to the doctor. Turns out she developed a case of bursitis from canning (I think) and had to have a shot in her shoulder. She is much better now.

Me, I just keep plodding along. Nuff said about that.

Foam, that statue is interesting, not very flattering though. Personally I prefer the breast to be firmer and pointing upwards, the hips slimmer and streamlined and the butt a tiny bit smaller. I knew a West Virginia man who always claimed a woman was not worth marrying unless she was two axe handles wide. His wife was skinny as a rail. I have decided that to be a school bus driver one of the qualifications for a woman is she MUST be at least two axe handles wide. Mercy, there are some huge women driving buses. Men, they just need an overhang that prevents them from seeing their toes or other parts of their anatomy. I know some of them have not seen parts of their bodies for many, many years. Nuff said about that.

Pamela, I sure would like to be involved in some of your Monday and Wednesday blogging but am not sure how to go about it, plus I am not sure a man is too welcome. I thought the trivia thing was kind of neat. Who decides and who lets you know what is coming next?

I am trying Facebook.com. A friend of ours got us interested so I thought what the heck. I have some lippy nieces that post on it, they live in Utah and Oregon. Our friend lives in Reno, NV but we don't claim to know her if asked.

Ahhhhhhh, school is going and the bus is rolling and I am a happy, but tired, man. I have today off but the rest of the week is busy. Our neighbor wants me to work on his genealogy but he doesn't understand I have a life as well. He is always over here checking to see what I have done. Maybe he will get tired and go away. (In my dreams.) He is such a pest in town that he has been banned from most of the business's.

Guess I will close for now. Told you my blogs were boring.

Have a nice day everyone.
Ok, I will give this a try. Mamadrama is hosting the Monday thing and it is about trivia learned while in school. The one that comes to mind is from my old electronics/music teacher who used to say, "When you get to thinking you are too important or too good for everyone around you, stick your finger in a glass of water and see how large of hole it leaves when you pull it out. That is how important you are. "

Having never tried this Monday thing before I hope I did it right and will be considered a part of the group in the future.

Have a nice day everyone.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I ran and ran and ran but I couldn't outrun the long arm of western law. They hauled me off in this modern paddy wagon and I have not been heard from since.

Several people have asked me why I have not been blogging lately. Truthfully, I am just burnt out on blogging. I like reading some of my favorite blogs but I cannot think of anything creative to say. I will try and insert a blog or two every now and again but cannot promise how often it will be.

I have enjoyed blogging. I originally started so my kids would know what Mom and Dad were up to but they never read the blogs so why bother.

Awww the blessed school year starts for me on Friday. I take the volleyball team to a contest. Saturday it is the soccer team to one of their contests. It will feel good to be back to work again.

Today marked a special day in history, my history that is. I finally come to grips with a problem I have had for many, many years. I scheduled an appointment and had my hearing tested which included me getting hearing aids. My family has been begging me to do something like this for years but what it took was me finally realizing I was having a hard time hearing. Previously I told everyone they were mumbling and to speak up. I guess I am officially a senior citizen complete with hearing aid.

Got to go. The boss, Cheryl, has called me and I must respond or pay the consequences. She is so mean to me.

Have a nice day everyone.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Got this from my niece and had to try it out.

What Your Feet Say About You:

You are pretty average in your expressiveness. You can express yourself well, but you don't always want to.

You are a very passionate person. You are highly charged and easily inspired.

You are an assertive and aggressive person. You are determined and not likely to ever give up.

You take a while to fall in love, but once you do, you stay pretty attached to your partner.

You are not afraid of anything. You are brave and courageous, even when most people would be terrified.

You are very practical and down to earth. You're more concerned with action than thoughts.

You are an amazingly hard worker. You aren't spoiled and you don't mind getting your hands dirty.

You are easily influenced by other people. You're quite impressionable, so you should only be around people who are a good influence.

I am trying to post some pictures from our trip to Yellowstone but am having problems so bear with me.

A couple of comments. Foam, you are a very pretty young woman. I don't know why you try to hide your face all the time. I see nothing to cause embarrassment or keep hiding. Now if you looked like this ugly old man you would want to destroy all cameras in the world and make everyone blind.

Sarah, I have got to go through the papers you sent and show you where I felt we hooked up. I don't think it was close to Daniel Lewis but I really don't remember. I think Daniel was a cousin to your line.

Have a nice day everyone.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Just received this and thought it too good to not pass on.
Sorry, no pictures yet. Should finish my project this week (knock on my wooden head) and then will do some things here that I would like to.

Going to be another warm one today. It is only 8:00 am and I have shut the house up to keep as much cool air in as I can. Got to go and pick up Cheryl and her sister in a little bit and bring them home. All my peace and quiet will be gone, gone, gone.

I have been sitting at the kitchen table watching my little flying friends come and go to the feeder. I don't know why it took me so long in life to realize what a small pleasure it is to watch the small animals and birds. Too busy thinking like a hunter and not realizing what I was destroying. We put a new feeder out by the plum tree and the song birds are just now realizing we have it full of thistle seeds and they are flocking. This morning had the prettiest yellow bird.

I was thinking about some experiences in my life that were interesting, if not amusing. One was a situation with a snake.

I was about 17 at the time and spent my summer logging in Island Park, Idaho. We stayed in a tent for a week at a time and came home, or to see our girl friends, on the weekends. My friend and I were always jangling about this and that, in a good natured way, and our boss had just about had it with us. One thing we always argued about was who got to set by the window in the truck when we went back to camp or wherever.

One day we were walking down the hill to the truck and doing our usual harping when our boss stopped, bent down like he was tying his shoelace and then continued on after us. These were his words. "I am so sick and tired of you two constantly bickering over who sets where. Get in the truck and I don't want to hear another word." Well!! We were surprised by that attitude to say the least.

My friend, Garl, jumped in the middle and I had the door. I had just barely closed the door when our boss jerked open his door, threw a snake in on us and said, "Now let's see how fast you can get out!" That darned Garl had that snake land across both of his forearms and he just kept it moving over to me. My feet hit the dash and I about tore that door off trying to get out of there. I thought our boss was going to die from laughter. I cussed him for over a half an hour and I could cuss real good back then. Poor old snake just slithered out the door and went on about his business.

So that is one of my experiences from my youth. I have a deathly fear of snakes and that did not help me overcome it.

Got to go.

Have a nice day everyone.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mercy, I don't even have a decent picture to post. I have been so busy with a special project concerning genealogy that every possible minute is spent on the computer typing in names. Right now I am up to 13,200 and still climbing but I think I see a speck of light at the end of the tunnel. I am shooting for the goal of having all these names indexed before I go back to work.

My darned Internet supplier has been screwing with our service and I have not had Internet for about two weeks or better. The original company sold out and the new company has totally gone downhill. I am hooking up to another company this Friday so hopefully things will be better.

I have missed everyone. I see where Foam has been skinny dipping, Pamela described a rain storm so beautifully that I could almost feel it. Dana posted a thing (can't think of what it is called) about a wildlife preserve near her home and the pictures were beautiful. Foam talked about going skinny dipping, oh I mentioned that. hee, hee, hee. My poor brain cannot remember who else is doing what. I know those Australian women are still telling good jokes.

Cheryl has a sister from Florida visiting which is keeping her busy. Right now they are camping and they keep trying to tell me they are having fun in this heat. Right!!! All I know is the house is nice and quiet, the air conditioner is working just right and I am getting lots done on my project.

Our tomatoes are producing like crazy and so is the squash. Cheryl canned some pickled beets from the garden and they are delicious. Of course they always are when they are your own.

Would you believe that I have done so much typing that my fingers are actually sore.

How is everyone doing? Any new trips this summer that were fun? I get an email from Alice in Canada every so often and she is a hoot. Still looking for a man but apparently all the good ones are taken. Oh yeah.

Oh, did I mention that Foam said she is a skinny dipper? Where did I hear that from? Racy German lady anyway. We have a German lady that lives here. I will have to find out where she is from and let you know. She is a character also.

Would you believe that I have not even been fishing this year. When I get this project completed I am taking some time off and enjoying what I want to do without a deadline.

Enough of my sniveling. Hope this finds everyone well and happy. Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sorry, but no picture today. We just got back from a lovely trip to Yellowstone Park and I have not downloaded the pictures as of yet. We had such a great time. I have never seen the mountains look so beautiful. The wild flowers were in rich abundance and painted the mountainside with blues, yellows, whites and pinks plus throw in some red Indian paintbrush and it was an artists dream. The lakes and rivers and streams were full and clear. We seen bison, elk, deer, bear, moose, in fact the only major animals we did not see were the wolf and bighorn sheep. We even saw a bald eagle and a golden eagle plus several osprey. The eagles were no big deal to us since we have both species around here and it is quite common to see them but it still was neat.

Cheryl and I probably averaged 25 - 30 mph at best even though there were many who insisted on driving much faster and missed so much.

Following Yellowstone we traveled through Grand Teton National Park. It has been called the Matterhorn or America. All I know is this year was especially beautiful. As a kid there was a common saying in the valley where I lived, "If there is snow on the Grand Teton at the beginning of July then it was a good year for water." There is A LOT OF SNOW on the Grand as well as the whole range. Mt. Moran looks like it might start forming another glacier if the winter keep up the good work.

The only down part of the whole trip... too many Utah cars. I was very good and didn't let them get to me.

People do some silly things though. All kinds of warnings about approaching animals but I guess we have a literacy problem here in America. We came across a bear cub, people jumping out of their cars and approaching it very, very closely without giving a single thought that Mama bear might be near by and she would not be happy. Bison have a reputation of suddenly attacking without any warning but that didn't stop people from approaching them. They look so docile. Hmmm.

The bottom line is we had a great time. I wish everyone could visit Yellowstone this year and experience the beauties there.

Have a nice day everyone.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Back in the earlier days of where we lived there was this band of hooligans that roamed the country putting fear in everyone. They were dangerous to say the least. Today they are scattered to the four winds but their shenanigans still live on, except for the parents of course. From left to right, in the back, the names are Katherine, now in Pahrump, Nevada, Michael, now in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the head of the clan, Tim, now in Downey, Idaho, don't you just love the mustache, Kip, now in Bakersfield, California. In the front we have Kimberly, now in Trenton, Utah, the worst of the bunch is Ma, aka as Cheryl, now in Downey, Idaho, and last but not least we have Leslie, now in Provo, Utah. It makes me shudder to think of the crimes this bunch has committed.

We had this picture taken when we visited Virginia City, Montana many years ago. We had a lot of fun on that trip. We also visited the Lewis and Clark caverns which was really neat, although I get a little claustrophobic in closed situations or around a lot of people.

Anyway, I was looking through some of my memory books and came across this and thought I would share it. I was actually looking for my birth certificate which I just knew where it was, but it wasn't. Cheryl had to come along and help me out and of course rub it in a little that I cannot find anything on my own. Harrrumph.

I don't know what the rest of the country is like but it is a tad warm here. Tomatoes are growing like crazy and so are the pickle plants. Normally I have a rough time with pickles but hopefully this year will be a bumper picking. Squash is like a weed. It just spreads all over the place.

We watched the movie, The Notebook, the other night and it reminded us of our life in a way. Cheryl was engaged to another fellow when I came into the picture. Her parents were very much set against me which caused us to elope. I have always regretted that my wife never had a real wedding but she did get a REAL MAN!!! Okay, enough laughing if you please.

Guess I will close for today. Tomorrow we leave for Star Valley, WY to attend the funeral of my brother in law. Kind of gets your attention when someone passes on who is only a few years older.

Have a nice day everyone.

Friday, June 27, 2008


A message every adult should read because children
are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you hang my
first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately
wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you feed a
stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind
to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you make my
favorite cake for me, and I learned that the little
things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn't looking I heard you say a
prayer, and I knew that there is a God I could always
talk to, and I learned to trust in Him.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you make a
meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I
learned that we all have to help take care of each

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you give of
your time and money to help people who had nothing,
and I learned that those who have something should
give to those who don't.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you take care
of our house and everyone in it, and I learned we have
to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw how you
handled your responsibilities, even when you didn' t
feel good, and I learned that I would have to be
responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw tears come
from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things
hurt, but it's all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw that you
cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking I learned most of
life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and
productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking I looked at you and
wanted to say,'Thanks for all the things I saw when
you thought I wasn't looking.'

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Just a quick howdy doody to one and all. Hope all of you are well and happy. I am doing nothing but being lazy this summer and I LOVE IT. With gas costing so much we just don't go anywhere since both of us are unemployed until school starts. Unlike some eastern school teachers we don't get a high pay to carry us through the summer. By the way Foam I liked the classical music you had on your blog. Frequently I enjoy listening to that kind of music although I prefer full orchestras.

Have a nice day everyone.

If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah ..
If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Godzilla and Four-eyes.

When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in
£20, even though it's only for £32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.
When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.

A man will pay
$2 for a 1 item he needs.
A woman will pay $1 for a 2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.

A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel from M&S.
The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337.
A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.

A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

Women love cats.
Men say they love cats, but when women aren't looking, men kick cats.

A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does.

A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the bins,
answer the phone, read a book, and get the post.
A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.

Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
Women somehow deteriorate during the night.

Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children.
She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favourite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.

A married man should forget his mistakes.
There's no use in two people remembering the same thing.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

OK Pam, can you identify this bird? I called it a spinner.

Here is something for most women to consider. Someday you will be a mother-in-law. Maybe you are a mother-in-law. Perhaps you will or do have sons who have a mother-in-law. Consider the following carefully.

An old woman has three daughters. One day she decided to test her sons-in-law. She was walking alone at a lake shore with the first son-in law. Purposefully, she fell in the lake and started yelling for help. The first son-in-law jumped in the lake and dragged her to shore. The very next day he found a brand new Ford Focus in his driveway with the words "Thank you, your mother-in-law loves you very much."

Another day she was walking along the lake shore with the second son-in-law. Purposefully, she fell down the lake and started yelling for help. The second son-in-law jumped into the water and dragged her to shore. The very next day he found a brand new Pontiac Sunfire in his driveway with the words, "Thank you, your mother-in-law loves you very much."

The third day she was walking with the third son-in-law and repeated the test, but that guy didn't respond to her cries for help and didn't make a single move to save her. The poor old lady who wanted to test her sons-in-law drowned and died. The next day he found a brand new Mercedes convertible in his driveway with the words, "Thank you very much! Your father- in-law."

Have a nice day everyone.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Oh to be young again. I used to hike up mountains just to ski down them.

My wife and I are at it again. I think we need a divorce counselor. She got all upset with me because when she went to use the bathroom I yelled out, "Turn off the light, the gas will ignite and the house will blow up!" Now what is wrong with that?

My wife is mean and cruel. I am a poor, humble, crippled, pleasantly fat person who is regulated in what he should be doing physically. Does that bother her? Oh, no!!! For the past few days, (thank God for Sunday), she has had me shoveling, planting, watering, spraying, and all other manner of thoughtless work items instead of letting me be like Dagwood Bumstead and enjoy resting.

She claims that my garage is a disaster. Now what right does any woman have to claim the one and only space that a poor man has, that he can claim his own, is a disaster? It might be a little junky, maybe a little dirty but it is organized confusion. Maybe if the little woman would take all her stuff out of the garage (the man's domain) he might be able to move about and enjoy it more.

Did I mention we went camping? All the time there it was, "Get out there you lazy lout and catch me some fish." She don't even like fish. I think she was trying to get rid of me. I had to kneel down and beg her to let me stay in the camper and rest.

I had a poem I was going to write but now I can't think of it. It would have been an original and probably a masterpiece. I could tell the story sent to me by Alice P in Canada but the ending was not a pleasant one and I would be afraid someone might get the wrong idea. What she proclaimed doing to a poor little mosquito was just not right.

Have a nice day everyone.

PS Spraying yourself with Listerine does keep the mosquitoes off.

Friday, June 13, 2008


OPEC sells oil for $136.00 a barrel.
OPEC nations buy U.S. grain at $7.00 a bushel.
Solution: Sell grain for $136.00 a bushel.
Can't buy it? Tough! Eat your oil!
Ought to go well with a nice thick grilled filet of camel ass!!!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Now I am not a drinking man but sometimes this makes sense.

I am in a LOT of pain today so will be very short. Cheryl and I just got back from her heart stress test and we are both worn out. It has been a long day.

Now for anyone who might be a school teacher I was sent the following from one of my nieces. Enjoy!!

'Late again,' the third-grade teacher said to little Sammy.
'It ain't my fault this time, Miss Crabtree. You can blame this'un on my Daddy. The reason I'm three hours late is my Daddy sleeps naked!'
Now Miss Crabtree had taught grammar school for thirty-some-odd years.
Despite her mounting fears, she asked little Sammy what he meant by that.
Full of grins and mischief, and in the flower of his youth, little Sammy and trouble were old friends, but he always told her the truth. 'You see, Miss Crabtree, out at the ranch we got this here low down coyote. The last few nights he done et six hens and killed Ma's best milk goat. Last night, when Daddy heard a noise out in the chicken pen, he grabbed his shot gun and said to Ma 'That coyote's back again, I'm a gonna git him!''
'Stay back,' he whispered to all us kids.
He was naked as a jaybird, no boots, no pants, no shirt! To the hen house he crawled, just like an Injun on the snoop. Then he stuck that double barreled 12-gauge shot gun through the window of the coop. As he stared into the darkness, with coyotes on his mind, our old
hound dog Zeke had done woke up and comes sneakin' up behind Daddy.
Then as we all looked on plumb helpless ; old Zeke stuck his cold nose in Daddy's butt crack!
'Miss Crabtree, we all been cleanin' chickens since three o'clock this mornin'!'

Oh yeah.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Cheryl says this picture is her and I. Now I never considered myself to be a moose and I certainly would not call Cheryl one... a bear maybe but not a moose.`

Our trips are over and we are both still recovering. Cheryl's trek was a lot of fun, very wet, a little cool, and provided more than it's share of blistered feet. Instead of the porta-potty she rode in the covered wagon and helped drive the horses. Oh yeah, I can just see her driving a team of very large horses, especially knowing she is afraid of horses a little bit. She did more than her share of walking which upset me greatly, although I didn't say much, because she enjoyed it so. Prior to this trek the doctor had explicitly told her not to be walking due to her heart condition, but like most women she didn't listen.

My trip was quite enjoyable also. I took students from three different high schools to Moscow, ID for an FFA convention. (Pam is that very close to where you live?) It rained all the time we were there and all the way back home. The first day some of the kids went river rafting and the rapids were quite high which brought many a squeal both of delight and fear. We were following in the bus and watching, plus being a little envious that I couldn't be out there with them. The cost was $40.00 per person so not too many could come up with that kind of money. We also visited Dworshak dam which was kind of interesting.

The drive up was very tiring but the drive back was a killer. The advisor's didn't want to stop for hardly anything and it is a solid 11 hour drive with some interesting hills, passes, winding roads and etc. Whine, whine, whine. Needless to say I was VERY tired when I got home that morning.

I just read Pam's blog about childhood memories. Loved it. Tonight we are having a group of people over and that is what we are going to talk about so Pam couldn't have posted a better blog at a better time. Some of my childhood memories are:
1. Fresh bread or rolls
2. Barnyard smells (I don't know if that is a good memory though.:))
3. Water running in a creek bed nice and clear and tasty.
4. The smell of the horse, the creak of the saddle, the freshness of the morning.
5. Music. Playing my trumpet in band, orchestra, pep band, dance band.
6. Shooting my old 22 rifle and becoming a pretty fair shot.
7. Riding or climbing in the mountains to see what I could see.
8. The smell of pine wood burning in a camp fire.
9. Laying out on the lawn at night and watching the stars. Wondering if aliens were coming to get me. (Invaders From Mars scared the by gollys out of me.)
10. Thanksgiving when all the relatives from my father's side would gather for the meal.

OK, OK, enough of this prattle. By the way Foam old bud, are those pictures on your blog self portraits or what? MERCY WOMAN!!! (I liked them)

My driving days are through for a couple of months so maybe I can get some things done that have been neglected. I kept hoping that lazy Cheryl would get out there and do my work but she didn't see it that way. I'm just kidding about her being lazy. We both know who the lazy one is in this household and it isn't her. The cat and dog are both dead so they can't be blamed for anything. That leaves just me. Oh well, guess I'll go eat worms.

Have a nice day everyone.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

My goodness how time flies when you are having fun, er, even when you are not having fun. I did not realize how long it has been since I last posted. I have been in a funk lately about blogging or even being on the computer... I think it is called burn out.

We have been busy planting, cleaning, and visiting doctors. Cheryl finally got to see the heart specialist and he is having her do all kinds of tests. I went and had my DOT physical and passed with flying colors. To make sure my blood pressure was down I doubled up on my medicines that morning. I had the best reading I have had since I was born. Of course the after effects of doing such a stunt was not all that pleasant.

Monday I leave for a week long trip with the FFA students. Should be interesting at the very least. Cheryl is going on a trek with a group of youth. They are walking in the back country pulling handcarts and there will be at least one covered wagon. The doctor told her she is not to walk so she gets to drive and pull the porta-potty. PEEEYEWWW.

Visited your blog Foam, old buddy, and viewed the picture of a younger you. I'll bet you were quite the little pistol when you were a teen and early 20's. What am I saying, you probably still are quite the little pistol.:))

I wish I had something wise and wonderful to say but I can't think of anything. Generally I can think of all sorts of humorous things but not today. Good grief I hope I am not changing into a sober faced old man, that will never do.

I have really enjoyed driving this year. Several kids come up and joke around, tell me some of their life doings and want to know if I am going to come and watch them perform. That makes me feel good that they feel that way about me. I received a very nice card from one of the advisor's I took to Boise thanking me for the wonderful trip. All the kids signed the card too. I have kids get on the bus and tell me they are sure glad I am the driver. I asked one boy why and his answer was that I was fun. Hmmmm, I wonder if art teachers get those kind of comments? Yep, I bet they do plus many more.

Pam, I love your pictures. In fact I enjoy your blog period. You have a neat way of writing, so does Foam and you both make me envious.

Oh, I got to see the new Indiana Jones movie. I was surprised at how many did not like the movie 'cause Cheryl and I did. Maybe we don't look for realism, just enjoyment. Speaking of viewing things my NCIS ended in a strange way. They sure have a way of perking your interest so you will watch next fall to see what is going on.

I went to the bookstore the other day and was surprised at how many books there are right now about vampires. What is the interest in vampires? Speaking of which have you read the Twilight series? They are pretty good in a chick flick sort of way. I am currently reading the End of the World series and Chery is reading Indiana Jones adventures.

Got to go.

Have a nice day everyone.