Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Was going to post a picture of the bus and me but couldn't find it sooooooooooo....

As you can tell my blogging has taken a turn for the worst. Maybe I am just too lazy to keep up with it. If I was popular like Pam I would probably do better. I do get some email messages from people who read my blog but never make a comment saying I haven't done it in a while. They probably think I am dead or something. Right Darla, Kay and Sarah?

School has started and I am driving almost everyday except Sunday and most Mondays. Have had the bus quit me already while taking the football team to their game..., didn't make for good feelings about my bus. I think I have taken every sports team we have plus the Jr. High volleyball team plus the music band. Whew, what an interesting diversity of personalities. Each group has a different mind set.

Cheryl is busy canning, waiting on me and making sure I am comfortable and well fed. She likes to experiment and this year was zucchini pickles which turned out to be very good. She also learned how to make zucchini pineapple which is quite a bit like the real pineapple. I am glad she likes to do this because our zucchini plant went crazy.

Our pepper plants have produced but due to the cool spring and not so hot summer they did not get extremely large but they sure have excellent flavor. The string beans went crazy and that is good for Cheryl because I don't especially like string beans. Now new potatoes and fresh peas from the garden, oh yum, yum, yum.

Looks like we are going to have to pull our tomatoes and hang them in the garage. The nights are just too cool for them to keep ripening.

Okay, enough about our garden. Cheryl and I are doing fine for a couple of old farts. We have our aches and pains but we keep plugging along. She is at the cannery today helping can whatever they are canning and she is with a lady that she really enjoys. Me, I have another run with the volleyball team.

Cheryl has learned to ride the atv and now there is a bunch of these "elderly" ladies that like to get on them and go riding. Personally I get quite a kick out of it all. I can just see Darla, Kay, Sarah, Pam and a few others that age riding around the countryside on atv's like a gang of hooligans. Ha, ha, ha. Go for it gals.

Guess I will close for now. Going to be a very busy week and I have not done one bit of indexing for genealogy so I have to get busy when I can. Take care.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, August 17, 2009

I have decided that all women are crazy, well, most women anyway. This silly woman that I am married to gets up every morning at 5:30 or 6:00 to read her scriptures and then go walking with a friend. Now who in their right mind does such a thing? I appreciate that she wants to get up that early but she always manages to disturb the sleeping beauty next to her and then I get a guilty feeling for not being up and doing things. Come on ladies..., old age is to be enjoyed by being lazy, going fishing, less yard work and etc., etc., etc. By the way Pam you have a lovely yard. Ours would look that nice if Cheryl would get up a little earlier and do some outside work.

What is going on in the life of Delaney? Nuthin, absolutely nuthin. Next week starts the driving for the school and then it will be busy, busy, busy, I hope. I am getting the itch to put the pedal to the metal.

It has been quite cool here the past few days and I love it but my tomatoes are hating it. I have so many but they are not turning red. What is a person to do? I look forward to having fresh tomatoes each year. We have so much spaghetti squash that I am sick of looking at it let alone eating it.

Good grief I really cannot think of anything to say. Now if Cheryl was doing this she would go on about anything and everything for ever and ever. Put a telephone in that woman's ear and she can talk all day long. Do I get fed when she gets that way..., noooooo. I am so abused.

Breakfast calling. Got to run.

Have a nice day everyone.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Okay. I have had some inquiries as to why have I not been blogging. Here is the reason. Starting from left to right at the top, Rachel, John, Sibyl, Brandon, Jeremy, Amber, Isabelle, and Rylie. This is where a lot of our summer has been, trying to keep them all happy, active and not fighting. Rachel, John, Sibyl and Isabelle are from Pahrump, Nevada. The other three, Brandon, Jeremy and Amber are from Tulsa, OK and Rylie is from Provo, UT. While there were some interesting times we also had a lot of good times.

Cheryl and I would take shifts in watching for blood and tears while the other one took a time out and laid down. I cannot speak for Grandma but whenever I went to lay down I had all of them come and bother me at one time or another. Guess I wouldn't have it any other way.

Took the boys fishing every day for a week and we went to different lakes each time. The best lake was where the bluegill are and all I did was take fish off, put bait on, take fish off, put bait on. The bluegill were really hitting but they were very small so we didn't keep any. Probably a good thing since neither Cheryl or I know how to clean and prepare them for eating.

Cheryl took the gang to the local swimming place where they have a slide that a portion of it is known as the "black hole" and I guess it scares the by gollies out of you. Even the adults were thinking before launching.

We dug a fire pit in the back yard and had wiener roasts, mosquito bites, smoors, more mosquito bites and a lot of fun. Poor Jeremy is allergic to any bug bites and a mosquito bit him on the cheek which caused him to swell up big time. Isabelle would freak out at any bug she put eyes on. Mercy!!!

I could go on but it would be boring to all who reads this so I will close by saying this; Cheryl and I love our grandchildren but we sure are glad they are back home now. We took the Oklahoma kids back and it was a very, very, vvvveeeerrrryyyyyyy long trip. Coming back we decided to not drive the freeways and really enjoyed seeing some of the rural areas of Oklahoma and Colorado. We were going to drive over the Royal Gorge bridge but they wanted $28.00 admission fee so we slowly backed up and waved adios as we drove away. We topped a mountain pass at 11, 200 feet and we both were suffering from lack of oxygen. I never realized it until my reactions became very pronounced and slow. When we dropped down I got quite the head ache.

Now we are home, the zucchini is overrunning the place, the spaghetti squash is really overrunning the place, the tomatoes are thicker than thick but still not ripe, the green beans were begging to be picked and we have one pickle. Cheryl has a recipe that makes the best dill pickles.

We are healthy and fine. School will be starting soon which makes me happy. Right now the county fair is going on downtown and the cowboys and cowgirls are having their rodeo today. Cheryl has never been to a rodeo and I haven't seen one since I was about 13 years old. I just don't care for them.

Hope this finds all of you well and happy. I didn't realize that there are several who read my blog but never comment until I have not posted for a while. Sorry about that.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Some pictures of when Cheryl and I went camping. Even though it rained every day and every night we still had a good time.

This is pretty much how the complete week looked from the campsite.

But did I complain? No sireeeee. I had a good book, (Brisinger), I was warm, my chef kept me well fed so I was happy.

The streams were all swollen. This is near the headwaters of the Cub River and although it rained, rained, and rained some more the water was very clear.

Yep, we were just below the snow line. To have this much snow at this time of year is very extraordinary.

Beautiful meadows of flowers. Look how green the mountains are.

Let it rain. I came prepared. Almost didn't get the fire going it was so damp.

Aw yes, marshmallows to roast. I normally don't eat them but this time they seemed quite tasty.

Okay, enough of this crap. I wanna go home! Whether rain or shine three days is my limit.

Have a nice day everyone.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

In recognition of Father's Day I came across this video from the Mormon church and really felt I should share it with my blogging buddies. Hope all of your Fathers and Husbands have a great day. Gifts are nice but having you is much nicer.

A Father Indeed.”

Have a nice day everyone.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Okay. So I was going to post some pictures of where we went camping this last week butttttttttt, I came across this blurb from the women's guide and I just loved it and had to share it with all of you. Darned thing isn't too large but if you know how to enlarge it please do it and pay attention to the very last few items, especially the last one. Oh for the good old days.

I am always getting myself into hot water and this is an example of why.

Have a nice day everyone.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Cheryl's brother Matt made this little guy and gave him to her for Christmas. I am just slow posting the picture. His name is Rustican. I thought it was very creative and we enjoy him as part of our family.

Yesterday Cheryl and I had a very enjoyable time together. She got up and weeded in the garden while I slept in. I have a hard time sleeping at night so she is patient with me while I catch up during the day. Cheryl looked at me and said she wanted to do something adventurous so we went fishing. (Her choice) When we arrived at the lake the rain was coming down quite hard so we just sat there and enjoyed listening to it pound on the pickup roof. We could see fish jumping but we didn't want to get out in the rain. The pelicans were flying around like big dive bombers on a mission. When we finally ventured out we had absolutely no luck at fishing but we sat there talking and giggling like a couple of kids. Then we finished up the night by watching a movie called "Catch Me If You Can" which turned out to be a very good movie.

I know this doesn't mean much to anyone else but we sure had an enjoyable time.

Breakfast is waiting and the cook is threatening.

Have a nice day everyone.

Friday, June 05, 2009

This spring we had an unexpected snowfall and this was the picture from out deck. I think it is very pretty myself. Now the snow is all gone, except for the mountains, we have had a lot of rain which is great, and everything is like Ireland... shades a green everywhere. Cheryl and I took a couple of trips to check out different campgrounds and the mountains are so beautiful. Luscious greens everywhere and the flowers of yellow, pink, white and blue are like icing on a cake, the best part. We seen animals in their natural habitat and they look so good. Too bad man is in such a hurry to pollute.

Not much to say this fine morning. I thought I would surely get a comment from Foam about the smores but she must be off doing her thing. Pamela has been very quiet also. I have a friend who claims she is going to start reading my blogs but time will tell on that. Her name is Rebecca but I call her Bubbles and she is a hoot.

Guess I will close. Nobody loves me, everybody hates me, guess I'll go eat worms.

Have a nice day everyone.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Since I really have nothing to say I will continue posting pictures. These pictures are of the gang that hangs around our house and eats, eats, eats. I wish this was a better picture because some of them are finches but two are a bird we have not seen before. We think they are grosbeaks.

A table full of finches. The yellow ones have left for parts unknown but they sure were pretty.

Have a nice day everyone.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

This blog is dedicated to the Nielsen family from Tulsa, Oklahoma who came to visit us.

Here we have from left to right, Brandon, Kimberly, Jeremy, Robin and Amber

The first thing Grandpa does is put them to work. Heh, heh, heh.

Amber "Butt crack" Nielsen who is a very good worker for a two year old.

Yes folks the butt crack was very evident that day.

The supervisor who didn't realize how dirty he was but liked the job he had.

Awwwwww, the results of hard work. Hot dogs and marshmallows.

Have a nice day everyone.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

This posting is by Rylie Patching, my granddaughter so bear with us all.

Dad, Mom, Rylie, Grandma, Ruby and Major. The gang out camping.

Mom, Dad and Rylie fishing. (Grandma loose with the camera.)

The best Grandma in the whole wide world. (Subject to personal opinion)

Oh Foam, take it from me. Smores and Vodka just don't mix too well.

Just give me the bag and I will take it from there. Much too slow to roast them.

Have a nice day everyone.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Whew!!! Just got the parents from Oklahoma out the door, listened to a two year old cry her heart out because they were leaving, Grandma is in the kitchen cleaning up from breakfast and I have disappeared to the computer area for quiet and solace. It has been an enjoyable visit though... just noisy. Grandma and I realize we live a life of quiet and sometimes it is hard to adjust to the clamor and bustling life style of a young family. However many memories came flooding back as we watched the kids teasing each other, agitating each other and loving each other.

I hope to start posting some pictures fairly soon. Cheryl has mentioned that every time I download her pictures onto the computer I seem to lose some of them. Now being the perfect person that I am I reminded her that it is not I who has the problem but SHE thought she had taken some pictures which she did not. Me making a mistake. Hah, it just does not happen.

Took a ride on the ATV's yesterday up into the mountains that surround us. The mountains are so lovely and green with black eyed susan's all over the place. The choke cherry trees look like they are going to really produce this year. YUM, YUM, YUM. Nothing like chokecherry syrup on waffles unless it is native cherry syrup then it is YUM, YUM, YUM all over again.

Sounds like my friend Foam had a good time on her camping trip. I would like to be a squirrel in a tree listening to that silly bunch of women especially when they started nipping on the spirits.

Pam is on Facebook now. I must admit I don't know much about Facebook and am too lazy to find out. My daughter in Nevada introduced me to Facebook but that was about as far as it got.

Well, the boring person from Idaho has rambled enough so will close.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Good morning everyone!! Happy Memorial Day to all of you and I hope it is a safe one. Just a comment about Memorial Day. I am so grateful for those who gave their lives for the freedoms that I enjoy. Thank you men and women of the armed forces.

I have my children from Tulsa, OK visiting this week and it has been enjoyable although Grandpa is not used to having little ones under foot all the time. Cheryl and I worried terribly about these kids moving to OK but it has been all for the best and they seem happier than we have seen them in a long time. I know from reading blogs (Pam's mainly) that there are those who think their grandchildren are the cutest and the brightest but my "blondie" tops them all. She already knows that if she gives that cute smile she will get her way. Hmmmmm, must be a female thing.

Sounds like breakfast is ready so this will be short. Having biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and bacon. Wish those kids would visit more often so I can get fed better.:))

I hope everyone has a flag in their yard or on their house to remind us of this great country we live in. Problems? Oh yeah, but still the best there is.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Whew!! I am finally home from a four day trip to Boise with the track and field team. I enjoyed watching our kids compete but the overall experience of watching track and field is as exciting as watching cars rust. BORRRRRRRRINNNNGGGG. It appears that I am finished for this school year. I now have a full time job ducking and dodging Cheryl and all her honey do projects.

My friend Foam posted 10 things about herself that were interesting and eye opening. I thought I would give it a try about my 10 things.

1. Turn Offs:
Loud talking people, male or female.
People who seem to have no concern about their appearance.
Uncourteous people in stores and etc.

2. Turn On or Pleasing To Me:
Soft Music.
Mountains in the springtime.
Cheryl's laughter.

3. I love to tease and it gets me into lots of trouble.

4. I enjoy large equipment like trucks, buses, trains, airplanes. No boats though since I am slightly afraid of water.

5. I enjoy most animals. I really like horses, cattle, dogs (friendly ones), cats and the list continues with deer, elk, moose, bear, mountain lions. Just about any mountain animals in the northwest.

6. I am not romantic. I don't need a special day or time to get my wife a gift. Everyday she is a gift to me and she is my best friend as well as my lover and wife.

7. I like creating friendships to a point. I truly dislike it when others start to take advantage of our friendship. I like to flirt but if anyone truly made an advance on me I would run like a scared jackrabbit. However on the down side I have a very hard time trusting anyone. I keep wondering when they will do me dirt.

8. I do like guns and using them. Being raised with one was as natural as drinking water.

9. I enjoy movies and even an occasional chick flick.

10. I love living in Idaho with it's beautiful mountains, streams, fairly clean air and the freedoms I get to enjoy. I love the USA and am proud to be called an American.

So there you have a little something about me. I guess I should include that I am boring, boring, boring.

Guess I better close and get something done today. Cheryl is off to the cannery where she is volunteering her time making chicken soup for those who struggle. I just took a percocet to help with the pain and now am feeling sleepy so that will be the first project I will tackle.

Jeralee, I don't know if you read my drivel or not but we have Russian records that we are indexing and could sure use anyone who can read them. Hint, hint, hint.

Have a nice day everyone.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

I cannot believe that I never wished all mother's out there a very happy Mother's Day. I am truly sorry.

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Saturday, May 09, 2009

My computer developed a problem some time ago and I still have not worked all the bugs out. I wanted to post a picture of two but have not recovered them, soooooooooo no pictures.

Yep, I have been very busy traveling and it looks like it will continue at least for another week. It is amazing how many trips the schools have right before shutting down for the summer. Our track team qualified 21 for the state meet which is next week, our girl's softball team qualified for the state tournament which is next week plus who knows what else. I will either be in Boise or Post Falls, ID which is in the panhandle in very beautiful country.

Cheryl and I are doing fine. She is busy planting raspberry's and other gardening delights while I set around and watch. My back is so bad that I have a very difficult time walking 100 yards. The only thing that does not seem to bother it (as much) is driving.

Cheryl is a happy woman right now. She just had the floor replaced in the kitchen and it turned out lovely. When she first started the kitchen project I just groaned but now that it is almost finished I must admit it is very nice. It scares me what she will want to do next. She is already talking about designing some exercises that will help me supposedly. It made my back start to ache just to listen to her.

Pam, I do enjoy your blog. You are so darned creative. I really enjoyed the pictures and post about your family. It has been a long time since I have seen chickens being fed that way and it brought back memories of my feeding chickens. The one thing about chickens that I will never forget is cleaning the coop. Now there is a job that every young person should get to experience.
Of course there is also the springtime when old hens must be butchered which means the chopping block, the bouncing bodies, the blood squirting all over the place, the boiling them in hot water so the feathers can be plucked and last but certainly not least, the taking care of the feathers so they can be used in pillows. Ugh and double UGH, UGH.

Foam why do you hide your beauty? You are a pretty lady.

Yesterday I treated Cheryl to her Mother's Day present which was dinner and a movie. Why yesterday you might ask? Because Sunday might not allow us to have the day to ourselves. We ate at the Texas Roadhouse (yum, yum but expensive) and watched the movie "Star Trek" since my wife is a trekky fan. It was pretty good and I will add it to our home library of movies. We came home so she could watch "Ghost Whisperer" ( I can't stand the show anymore it is so mushy gushy), and then watched the movie "Bedtime Stories". I am not an Adam Sandler fan of any kind but this movie was fairly good and we will add it to our home library as well.

Guess that is all the blarney for today. Oh, Sarah. I do read your emails but like everything else I don't make many comments. I am just a quiet, bashful, reserved, humble person full of Irish blood.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Today is a beautiful day and I awoke with feelings of ambition and great expectations. Since I have not been home too much this past week I had to catch up the bank account that Cheryl has been using quite liberally purchasing shrubs, trees and etc for the yard. Now my feelings of ambition and great expectations have been overtaken by feelings of depression and despair. I think I need to rest a while and rethink my priorities.

Can you believe it snowed here yesterday? I would say "CRAP" but that wouldn't be too nice so I won't.

In catching up on my email I found someone had sent me an e-card and it was sooooo funny. It had a couple of old, maybe I should say elderly, people doing a Mexican hat dance. Actually they were quite good and the expressions on their faces never changed. Cheryl and I got quite a kick out of it. Thank you old people for sending that too me.

I took the track team to a meet last week and it rained all the time they were out there. The temperature had to be close to 40 degrees with a wind blowing. Again I felt so bad that I stayed on the bus and kept it warm for them, but my heart was with them in their suffering............. NOT!!

The following day I took the girl's softball team to a game and it was sooooooooooooo cold. A north wind was blowing and I tried to sit out in the elements and watch the game. I finally broke down and asked one of the girls who was playing if I could borrow her blanket to keep warm. All season long I have waited for a foul ball to be hit my direction so I could show off my skills. Low and behold one came to me, it was perfect, and I dropped it. Talk about embarrassed. Me, an old baseball player dropping the ball. I felt so bad that I went and sat on the warm bus.

I guess I had better go and rest. All this typing just wears me out and I am a delicate old person. Cheryl is off to a class about learning how to not fall down or something like that. She can really use that since she has a hard time with her Parkinson. I will close with this bit of wisdom.

If you take a worm and turn it inside out, and a bird comes along, eats that worm, in reality the worm thinks it is eating the bird. (Now how is that for some great Irish wisdom?)

Have a nice day everyone.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Cheryl and I just got back from a two day trip with the baseball team. Beautiful weather even though our team lost all four games. Two of our games were in Hailey, ID right next to Sun Valley and it was exciting watching the boys play against the mountain backdrop.

Cheryl and I have re-introduced a forgotten method into our conversations. It is called talking to the hand and I am sure most of you know what that is. She was trying to listen to her book on tape and I was just talking, mainly to myself, about the game, the players, the good looking mothers (oops... hmmmmmm) and etc. Anyway Cheryl got peeved because I was interrupting her activity so I started acting like my hands were she and I. Got her to laugh.

Jeralee.... You need an attitude adjustment! Didn't your Mother teach you that we are to be kind, loving, benevolent, and all that stuff? What kind of family did you come from? Cheryl and I thought a refreshing visit for your uncle would be just the ticket to recovery. Ha,ha,ha.

Pam, unfortunately yes, we have those in our family as well. Cheryl's family has half on one side and half on the other and they don't see eye to eye most of the time. Me? I am so full of love that I just sit on the sidelines and smile. Yes, I said LOVE, not BULL.

Got company coming so must close. Looks like another week of run, run, run but it will all end very soon.

Have a nice day everyone.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Good morning and Merry Christmas. Yep, we have 2 inches of new snow this morning and some of us were foolish enough to think spring had arrived. Thank all of you for your comments on my last post. Pam, you made me a little envious about your plantings. Just when we think we are going to be able to plant along comes another snow storm. Foam did you know that beer is good for plants? Yep, you pour some beer in with your new plants or seeds and they come up out of the ground with a big happy face. Avery, Cheryl did just fine with her solo. Great vibrato from being scared to death. By the way did your Mom tell you about the phone calls she and Cheryl received from "YOUR" Uncle Aaron? He is looking for a place to stay so I suggested 1., your Mom, 2., your place, 3., Jeralee's, 4., Tiffany's, 5., Jason's, (are you seeing a trend here?) We suddenly developed an acute, very contagious sickness and would not recommend anyone being here, especially them in their weak condition.

I took a group of golfers to a tournament this week and felt sorry for them all day long. It started raining then snowing when their tournament began and never stopped. Those poor kids were soaked to the bone, cold and just plain miserable. It really bothered me that I remained on the bus with the heater on and listened to music all day. I must repent of my attitude.

Not much else to say. Cheryl and I are just lazing about by the warmth of the heater.

Have a nice day everyone.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Okay, okay, okay!!! So I have been extremely lazy, extremely busy, (yeah right), and again extremely lazy. I have not blogged for a while because, and I cannot believe anyone with Irish blood would say this, I could not think of anything to say. Plus my computer went on the fritz and I am slowly getting it back to its original working condition. Nope I will not admit that I might have had something to do with it wiping everything out. Then of course there is the proverbial springtime flu bug that managed to keep me down and out for a while. I am back to being my normal, ornery self now so beware.

Hope everyone had a great Easter. Cheryl and I sang in an Easter Cantata on Saturday night and it was enjoyable, hot but enjoyable. Cheryl even had a solo part in it. I was so nervous about doing my part right that I missed her singing completely. That did not make for pleasant feelings when I was quizzed about how she sounded.

I just got back from spending most of the week in Twin Falls, ID where I took a bus load of FFA students for a convention. I had a little bit of excitement going to Twin in that a twister touched down for about 5 minutes. I only knew that the bus was all over the road at one point and then I ran into 2-3 inches of pure hail and lots of water everywhere. Being the excellent driver that I am (snort) I managed all difficulties with ease.

Time to plant the peas here. The other day Cheryl ran into a friend of ours and this is how she greeted the man. "Bob. I took one look at you and thought instantly of manure." Oh, that wife of mine. So what did she get out of that conversation? A truck load of manure delivered to our garden.

Okay, I will quit now. I will try and do better about posting but make no promises. I have also lost all blogs that I was following so now I have to wait until Pam, Foam, Tigersue, LOWA, oh all of you guys. I miss you.

Have a nice day everyone.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

YEEEEE HAWWWWWW!! The taxes are done and I didn't have to pay. Of course I wasn't worried about that part anyway since I don't make enough to worry about paying. It is just a relief to know they are done for another year.

Tiger Sue, which blog do you use for people like me to visit? I know you have told me but tell me again and maybe this time it will sink in. Just ME, it is good to hear from you once in a while. Is the hubby still working in the oil fields out there in lovely Wamsutter, WY? Wamsutter what a lovely place. The nearest tree is at least 50 miles away and the roads are made of clay so that if a drop of rain hits them they are instantly slicker than snot. Of course I don't go around testing snot to see how slick it is so someone must have told me that. Yep, Wamsutter a place to plan for your vacations if you are looking for a relaxing time, no phones, no food, no service, you get the picture. There was a Mexican lady that opened her home to serving meals to the oil field people. It was not a pretty place and kids ran amuck when you entered but, mercy, could that woman serve a great meal. I ordered a glass of milk to go with my meal and she served almost a half of a gallon. Oh yeah, Wamsutter is a lovely place. Miles and mile of nothing in any direction you want to go. I always said that when God got through with creation and he had the Southwest corner of Wyoming left to do he just molded up a patch of mud, threw it down and said, "There it is finished and I am tired." There are places that one does not see from the highway that are so ugly and desolate even the crows won't go there. Yep, Wyoming where men are men and sheep are nervous.

I just watched the Spiderwick Chronicles and really enjoyed it. Reminded me a lot of the book Fablehaven. Yes, I read those kind of books. In fact I am reading the last book of the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher and I really like these books. War, romance, war, sissy stuff, and more war. What more could a man wish for. However, for those who might read this I need suggestions of authors and titles of books that might be on tape that we can order. Due to Cheryl's illness she has the talking book service from the State of Idaho but we have a hard time figuring out which books have clean language and no sexual descriptions of any kind. That is what I like about Louis L'Amour. Always clean, always romance between the cowboy and his horse, always good action in many canyons and draws, many bars, many streets... awwww Louie why did you pass away.

Do you know the tv shows Cheryl and I like the most nowadays? Of course you don't so I will tell you since I am in a gabby mood. We like Chuck on Mondays, NCIS and The Mentalist on Tuesdays, Cheryl likes Night Rider on Wednesdays but I am so so with it. Then we have Life on Wednesdays, Thursday is Bones and Burn Notice, Friday is Ghost Whisperer although it is getting too much kissy kissy lovey dovey any more. That just about does our week in. The other days, Saturday and Sunday, we watch movies we have here at home or that we rent. I think we have over 300 movies here at home.

Okay then, got that out of my system. Have a nice day everyone.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A short post for today so everyone knows I am still alive and kicking. After today I might not be since this is the day for suicide. Why, you might ask? Today is the day I decide to do something I have put off for a while. Something I don't like to do. Something that I am beginning to wonder if it really is worth it. Something that I feel is totally unappreciated. Something that is as much fun as a really bad dose of the flu. What could be that bad you ask?


Have a nice day everyone cause I won't.

Monday, February 23, 2009

My word. I really had not realized how long it has been since I last posted. I am like Foam in that sometimes I just don't know what to write about. I do know that I have been extremely busy the past few weeks taking high school students to their very many basketball games. Both the girls and the boys lost out in their district tournaments which means no trips to state this year. In a way I breathed a sigh of relief.

Cheryl is feeling under the weather right now. She caught a cold virus from someone very dear to her and is now paying the price for being so loving. (heh, heh, heh) She is prowling around the house like an old grizzly bear with a sore tooth. She even had the nerve to ask me to fix breakfast this morning and serve her in bed. I THINK NOT!! Does she pamper me when I am down. No!!! It is get up you lazy man and do this and do that. Oh no, no sympathy at all.

I have not taken the time to read blogs, emails or anything like that although I did skim through Pam and Foam's blogs. Speaking of Pam's blog, I seen the picture of the hawk and it was beautiful. The past few weeks we have had golden eagles and bald eagles hanging around and they look so majestic. The mice have been coming out lately and the eagles and hawks are going crazy catching them.

This for Sarah. I am sorry I have not posted more but we are doing fine. I actually thought I would get a chance to work on the Lewis line but so far... no time. I really want to take a trip to Dedham and look around for myself. I just have this feeling that some of those Delaney's are relatives.

Got to go. Have a nice day everyone.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Cheryl and I visited our daughter in Provo, UT and the following pictures are what "THIS" Grandpa had to deal with. Our granddaughter, Rylie, with the desk we gave her. Now she can work just like her mother.

Showing Grandpa how everything works on her new desk.

The desk has been checked out and now it is time for Grandpa to get his physical by Dr. Rylie. She really did a double take at my hearing aids in my ears. I wish the camera could capture the intensity of her eyes.

No doctor visit is complete without a shot for good measure. Sometimes even a dozen of them are even better.

I was so sick that I had to have an IV immediately!!

Checking the old pie hole. I told her there was no way she was putting on latex gloves for a further examination, especially lower down.

"Grandpa you have no heart!!!"

"Oh! There it is."

"Now about those teeth?" She is doctor and dentist rolled up into one. I stuck my lower denture out at her when she was examining so closely and scared her a good one. Then it REALLY was an examination of my teeth.

"Okay Grandpa. This doctor has concluded that you are a very sickly fellow and need lots of TLC from a cute granddaughter. Come back in a week or so for a another checkup. Here is a kiss to keep you going."

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I just finished looking and reading Pamela's blog, http://thedustwillwait.blogspot.com/ and seeing the old sled in her picture reminded me of a happening a long, long time ago. (I don't know how to make a link to Pam's blog.) ( Pam, I did it, I think)

I was either 4 or 5 years old and had not been living with the people who adopted me very long. In the Teton Basin of Idaho there is plenty of snow to sled on and sledding was a favorite thing to do with the new friends I had made who lived just down the lane. At that time in history it was not uncommon to have snow anywhere from 6 to 10 feet deep. Down the road was an abandoned rock quarry that had been used to make gravel for the roads in the area. The sides were quite deep but there was one spot that provided great sledding.

One afternoon with my friends Dan and Irvin, we decided that all of us should take our sleds and have some fun at the rock quarry, and boy were we having fun. I had a sled similar to the one in Pam's picture however on one side of the steering bar the wood had been broken off leaving a rather pointed end. I took off on my sled for a fun run when all of a sudden it veered off the path and went down one of the steep sides of the quarry. Needless to say the bottom brought me to a very abrupt stop and a very painful one.

I knew my leg hurt quite badly but the pants weren't torn and all seemed well until I notice blood seeping through my pants and making quite a mess. Naturally that scared three little boys but thank goodness Irvin had enough presence of mind to remain calm. I couldn't walk due to pain so he laid me on the sled and drug me home.

My "new" parents first thought I had peed my pants and were furious with me. Then they realized it was blood and due to the pain I was in they couldn't get my overboots off nor my pants to see how bad things really were. Down to the local town to the doctor we went where the medical staff had to cut my boots off as well as my pants.

I had just barely missed the artery in my right leg but had torn a large chunk of meat out of my inner thigh. It took some doing for the doctor to patch me up and to this day I have a large scar on my right inner thigh about 4 inches long and about 1/2 to 3/4 inches wide. ( Sorry but no pictures allowed!)

It never stopped me from sledding when I healed and I managed to do many interesting things to my body in future years.

So there you have it. My story of sledding on a sled with metal runners, wooden slats for the hind end, and the mind impressing wooden steering bar. Thanks Pam for the picture and the memory.

Have a nice day everyone.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

This will be short and to the point. Every day lately I kneel down and pray to God that he will nudge my boss so I can go back to work. Morning and night I do this and the reason why? That darned Cheryl has more honey do projects than a man can do in a lifetime let alone in a few days. Now she is stripping the wallpaper from the kitchen walls so she can paint them. Of course that means I have to be nearby so she can pester me with questions, get items for her, come and remove objects from the wall and the list goes on. Darla if I don't get to your genealogy as soon as I suspected I would... you now know the reason why. A phone call telling her to leave me alone would help.

Cheryl and I had a "Narnia" day last Sunday. We watched the "Prince Caspian" and had to go back and watch the "Witch, The Lion and The Wardrobe" so we could figure out some of the things in Prince Caspian. Needless to say we had a very enjoyable day. Following those two excellent movies we watched "Chainsaw Massacre" so we could top the day off on a good note. (Just kidding) I don't watch any horror movies at all. Now westerns are a different thing all together. Why am I mentioning this? Darned if I know.

I have decided the people in Washington and Canada are extremely jealous of Idahoans. Why, you ask? Well, they keep sending us the crappiest weather. First we have freezing rain, then we have snow, now we have bitter cold. It is their fault and that is my story.

Got to close. A friend of ours (yes, I have one or two friends... I think.) is taking us out to supper and we are having steak. Yum, yum.

Have a nice day everyone. (Yes, that includes those in North Carolina too. What has happened to those Tarheels anyway?)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Okay, today is truly a bull day. Enjoy.

LAGOS (Reuters) – Police in Nigeria are holding a goat on suspicion of attempted armed robbery.

Vigilantes took the black and white beast to the police saying it was an armed robber who had used black magic to transform himself into a goat to escape arrest after trying to steal a Mazda 323.

"The group of vigilante men came to report that while they were on patrol they saw some hoodlums attempting to rob a car. They pursued them. However one of them escaped while the other turned into a goat," Kwara state police spokesman Tunde Mohammed told Reuters by telephone.

"We cannot confirm the story, but the goat is in our custody. We cannot base our information on something mystical. It is something that has to be proved scientifically, that a human being turned into a goat," he said.

Belief in witchcraft is widespread in parts of Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation. Residents came to the police station to see the goat, photographed in one national newspaper on its knees next to a pile of straw.



INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – An Iowa woman has been arrested because she failed to return a library book.

Thirty-nine-year-old Shelly Koontz was arrested Thursday night on a fifth-degree theft charge. She is accused of keeping "The Freedom Writers Diary," which she checked out from the public library in nearby Jesup in April.

Police say the book — which is about a high school teacher's effort to inspire students to write — is valued at $13.95.

Court records show library employees tried repeatedly to contact Koontz by phone and mail. A police officer even visited her home last September.

Officials at the Buchanan County jail say Koontz was released after posting $250 bond. No telephone listing for Koontz could be found in the Independence area.

Only in IOWA!!


It seemed like an urban legend -- but it's confirmed by a 1979 article in the L.A. Times. A Pennsylvania banker punished more than 50 customers who were late on their loan payments by...spanking them in his office.

In the tiny town of Baden, Pennsylvania (population 4,377), bank manager David Rhodes admitted that he'd spanked all 50 of the delinquent customers, bragging that it was effective because "I never had any trouble with them afterward."

The best part of the story? He was later convicted for "misappropriating" $88,000 in bank money -- and was sent to prison for three years.

The reason? "[H]e was forced to make eight unrecorded loans totaling $88,268 when six of those who were spanked threatened to report him to his superiors."

Rhodes had worked at the bank for 14 years, averaging about 1,500 loans a year. But most of the customers he spanked were men -- not middle-aged men, but younger -- and one of them threatened to report it as a homosexual activity. At the trial, Rhodes' attorney defensively presented polygraph results and psychiatric tests, saying later that "all undertones of homosexuality were disproved." (Rhodes was married and had two teenaged children.)

"Although he was aware the loans were illegal," the AP reported, "Rhodes said he didn't turn himself in because he didn't think the authorities would believe his story."

Jet magazine called him the "Banker Spanker," and provided one more crucial detail about his case. "He said he was glad when bank auditors caught up to the scheme." And the L.A. Times' site provides the ultimate epitaph, offering the "all-time great headline" which appeared in another newspaper.

Ex-banker, Spanker, Winds Up in Tanker.


Have a nice day everyone.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Catching Up

My gosh I did not realize it has been so long since I last posted. Not much has happened to make posting worthwhile. Both of us are fine although I am in trouble at church. Seems as though some of the members think I tease my wife too much. I cannot help it if they are a pack of duds who wouldn't know how to laugh at life's problems or at funny things in life. Cheryl and I do and she has her moments with me that are quite humorous.

Well, we now have a new president. I say the following without any prejudice or feelings one way or the other. I would not want to be Mr. Obama. He is a man with a very large target on his back and if he gets assassinated while in office there will be race riots that will beat all the others. Too many hate groups out there and too many fanaticals on the loose.

Has it been cold where you live? We have lovely days but very chilly and the nights are COLD!! Makes me think of those who live in Iowa. Gets up to zero degrees and it feels like a heat wave.

I am having a very bad case of the blues lately. Only one more football game until next fall. What am I going to do??????? Of course this years Superbowl will be a pushover and a lot of the interest has waned since Pittsburg is so much more dominant than Arizona.

Been doing quite a bit of genealogy lately. Unfortunately it has not been on my line. I love to do the indexing on line and a lady came to me and just knew she couldn't find any more information on one of her relatives. I just had to prove her wrong. (Yes, I am a showoff.) I hate it when people won't make an honest effort in their research and just write that relative off. I found a bunch of stuff for her but would not tell her how I did it. I told her she had to take the sites I gave her and find it herself and I would check back with her. The interesting part is that she and her husband work in the local Family History Library and need to learn how to do these things so they can help others.

I am having a new set of dentures made. I have worn dentures since the day I graduated from high school and the set I have now are over 30 years old. Needless to say they are worn down. The reason we chose now to get a new set is that my front tooth fell out and I looked like I just came from North Carolina or wherever those rednecks hang out.:) (Have you ever heard a redneck speak German?)

Best close and get back to doing nothing. It takes all my concentration to complete the task.

Have a nice day everyone.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

I was thinking about my children the other day and am not sure if I told anyone about our miracle boy, or he was when he was younger. I told the story of my son Pat who died when he was 2 1/2. That is on an old blog wayyyyyyy back when. The story I tell today is about my son Michael who is living proof that miracles really do happen.

When Mike was born all seemed very normal. He had all his appendages, mentally was in great shape, normal in every way. However as Mike grew older we started noticing things that disturbed us greatly. At the age of two he demonstrated behavior that was not considered normal behavior but we just accepted it as part of growing up. By the time he was four he really demonstrated behavior that was not acceptable. We went to the doctors and got the same old answers, "He is just normal and will grow out of it." As time went by and he matured he did not grow out of it.

One day I was walking down the hallway and Mike was using the toilet. From within the confines of the bathroom I could hear the song, "Plop,plop, fizz, fizz. Oh what a relief it is." Not normal!!!!!

At this stage of my life I cannot remember all the things Mike did to our family but believe me when I say it was plenty. One day I had all I could take so I looked at him and said, "Mike, if you don't stop what you are doing I am going to knock you into tomorrow so you can find out how the markets are doing." The little turd just laughed at me. That made me madder so I went to catch him and show him I meant business but he could run faster than me. Since that day I have referred to him as my miracle child since it is a miracle he lived from day to day.

Actually he is a real good son. He made me laugh so often when he was living with us. Now he has two sons just like him and I see justice in action when I visit them.

That is my story for today and I am sticking with it.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, January 05, 2009

I am so bad about reading other blogs, in fact I am bad about blogging that is why I go in spurts. Some days I just don't feel like blogging although I do read blogs once in a while. Now if any of that made sense maybe you can explain it to me.

Foamy, never, never, never will I like vegetables and only some fruits. Yechhhhhh.

Pam I just read your blogs and want to post my answers to the questions you had.

"What's on your mind as we close out 2008 and begin
What is my health going to do to me this year? Actually 2008 was a good year and I hope 2009 will be also.

Large and small.
Hmmmmm, What to put on this one? Okay, what used to be large and fulfilling is now small and disappointing.:))

What are often your first thoughts the minute you wake up?
Get out of the road this boys gotta go..., well you get the idea.

When you're alone and unguarded?
Bring on the John Wayne movies, Cheryl is not here.

WORK!!! WORK!!!! Don't use bad language around me thank you very much.

Stuck in traffic?
Why did I come to this *&^%$#@!!! town in the first place. Hey dumbass move it or park it. Don't you give me the one fingered salute or I will break it off and you will eat it. (Years of driving a truck did this to me.)

Playing with the children?
I have a hard time with this one. I like children but I have a hard time getting down to their level. I know I miss so much in life because of this attitude.

Walking the dogs?
I used to have a lot of fun walking our little pooch. Now that he is gone I am having a hard time wanting another dog. We miss him but don't want to replace him.
When you can't sleep?

When you can't sleep.
At least I know the furnace is working. I think the walls are creaking from the seismic activity that has been going on in Yellowstone. I HAVE GOT TO QUIT DRINKING PEPSI so late in the evening. I wonder if Cheryl is awake?

I just read the blog of a "drunken" artist. Now there are many definitions of drunken so make what you will out of it. She seems like a nice person to me, drunk or sober!!

Have a nice day everyone.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Even though today is January 4 I must post that on January 3 my wife and I enjoyed our 43rd wedding anniversary. We did a little shopping, took in a movie (The Day The Earth Stood Still), and had dinner at the Sizzler. I still prefer McDonald's but I was trying to be romantic. I have been instructed that I am to live another 7 years and then I can die. Why 7 years? That is when we will celebrate out 50th anniversary so I promised her that I would try and make it.

Does that mean that I will quit salt? NO!!! Does it mean that I will quit my bacon? Absolutely NOT!!! Does it mean I will quit waffles, pancakes, potatoes, pizza, hamburgers or any other items of the staff of life? HEAVENS NO!!!!!!!!!!!! If I changed my diet I would die from my body rejecting vegetables, water, fresh fruit and all that stuff. So obeying my wife's wishes I will continue to be lazy, eat the so called wrong foods, and drink my milk by the gallons.

Mercy it has been cold here today. This morning the temp was a -15 degrees. The old pickup growled at me when I wanted to go to church. Guess that is it for today.

Have a nice day everyone.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

No picture today, just a mental one. Happy New Year by the way. Yup, 2009 is officially here be that good or bad only time will tell. Now about the mental picture..

I couldn't sleep last night and, no, it was not because I was excited about the new year coming in. It was because I drank a Dr. Pepper late at night and the eyes just went "boink" in the open position and the rest is history. I finally got to sleep about 5 am which is about the time Cheryl decides to get up. When I awoke she was downstairs putting things away and I lay there wondering how I could make her day a jolly one. My thought, although I did not go through with it, was to get a sheet, wrap it around me like a diaper and jump out at her saying, "Happy New Year!!"

Why did I not go through with my plan? Wellllllllllll, I love my wife and even she can only take so much before it might have serious affects on her. I didn't want to start 2009 off with a funeral!!! So I saved her life today by behaving and all is well in the Delaney household.

Have a happy and fun day everyone.