Wednesday, March 25, 2015

First Storm of the Season





Big thunder storm spun out several tornadoes in NE Oklahoma.  Pretty scary.  At least it's lots of water for the potatoes and onions we planted.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Gracen signs up for preschool

Today Tara and Jarrett enrolled Gracen at Maryetta in Stilwell.  She will start her preschool class in August.


Jarrett and Gracen in front of the school.

"Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws."

-- John Adams


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Finding the occasional straw of truth awash in a great ocean of confusion and bamboozle requires intelligence, vigilance, dedication and courage. But if we don't practice these tough habits of thought, we cannot hope to solve the truly serious problems that face us -- and we risk becoming a nation of suckers, up for grabs by the next charlatan who comes along.

--Carl Sagan, The Fine Art of Baloney Detection

Parallel Occurrences

parallel occurrences

There are historical events that we don't always connect to each other. For example we often think that when the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620 they found a relatively uninhabited land (except for the indians), but the Spanish explorer Coronado had claimed what is now New Mexico in the year 1540, and Santa Fe was established as its capitol in 1610.

The Lewis and Clark expedition set out in 1803 to explore the vast, uninhabited (except for the indians) west, yet California had been claimed for England by Sir Francis Drake in 1579, and the city of Los Angeles was dedicated by Father Junipero Serra in 1781 with 44 original settlers.

The day general Custer and his men were massacred at Little Big Horn, the St. Louis Cardinals (known then as the Brown Stockings) were playing baseball in St. Louis.

I did some research on my own family to find out what historical events were happening at the birth and death of my ancestors. Here is what I found:

Peter. O. Blue was born in Scotland in 1745, the same year "Bonnie Prince Charlie" Stuart defeated the British in battle and advanced toward Derby. He was defeated at Culloden the following year. Peter came to America in 1771, 5 years before the Revolutionary War. He died in 1828, the year Andrew Jackson was elected president, Alexandre Dumas wrote "The Three Musketeers", Jules Verne was born, Webster's dictionary was published, and Gilbert Stuart, the painter of George Washington's portrait died.

Peter's son Malcom Blue was born in 1785, the year Mozart performed the Six "Hadyn" String Quartet, and the seismograph was invented. When Malcom died in 1866, Dostoevsky wrote "Crime and Punishment", H.G. Wells was born, Degas painted the ballet series, and Alfred Nobel invented dynamite.

Malcom' son, James Daniel Blue was born in 1838, the year Queen Victoria was crowned; Dickens published "Oliver Twist", William Clark, from the Lewis & Clark expedition died; Great Britain had 90 naval ships, Russia 50, France 49, and the U.S. 15. When James Daniel died in 1908, LBJ was born, Ian Fleming (author of James Bond stories) was born; General Motors Corp. was formed, and Ford produced the 1st Model T.

James Daniel's son Homer Blue was born in 1881, the year that James Garfield was assassinated; Picasso was born; the population of London was 3.3 million, Paris 2.2 million, New York, 1.2 million, and Tokyo, 800,000. When Homer died in 1952, Eisenhower was elected as president of the U.S.; the Korean War was in progress; Ernest Hemingway wrote "The Old Man and the Sea"; Norman Vincent Peale published "The Power of Positive Thinking"; Movie: High Noon; popular songs: "I Saw Mama Kissing Santa Clause", "It Takes Two to Tango", "Your Cheatin' Heart"; first hydrogen bomb exploded.

Homer's son Homer G. Blue (my father) was born in 1915 at the start of WWI, that year Booker T. Washington died; Einstein postulated the General Theory of Relativity; the first transcontinental phone call was made. When my dad died in 1985, Ronald Reagan began his second term, John Irving wrote "The Cider House Rules", Garrison Keillor wrote "Lake Wobegon Days"; the Academy Award for best picture went to "Amadeus"; and the U.S. deficit reached 130 billion dollars.

One week before I was born in 1945 a nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima; also that year George Orwell published "Animal Farm"; the boxer of the year was Rocky Graziano, and the Empire State building was struck by a B-25 bomber.

I first posted this in August 2005

Friday, March 20, 2015

Cowbirds

First it was brewer's black birds with blue heads; today we have a flock of cowbirds with brown heads.













Monday, March 16, 2015

Back Yard Birds

It seems like each year we find a new bird species at the feeders.  This year it is the Brewer's Blackbird.  Its feathers are blacker than black on the body and dark blue to iridescent green on the head and neck.


The Brewer's eat alongside Red Wing black birds.














Thursday, March 12, 2015

Promise of Spring


Whenever the crocuses bloom I know spring can't be far behind.  Dorothy and I were able to work in the yard today and Gracen played.  The sun felt good on our backs.  The urge to garden is coming over us.






This single daffodil reluctantly unfurls


Gracen picked a hellebore for her hair.





Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Cooking Lessons - Biscuits and Gravy

Responding to a request from family and friends Dorothy took her baking skills to Kelly's house and explained the techniques of biscuits and gravy.


Dorothy begins the gravy, both sausage and chocolate.


Mixing the biscuit dough

Cutting out the biscuits.

Attentive students, Marley, Rachel, Jenna, Kelly.



Enjoying the final product.








Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Catfish Hole

Dorothy turned 65 yesterday and since we got a break in the wintry weather we celebrated the day at her favorite restaurant.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Snow

I know I shouldn't complain about the cold temperatures and the snow when the north east has been buried in the stuff for week after week .And there are some hardy souls who relish life in frigid conditions.  But I'm complaining anyway.  I grew up in Hermosa Beach, California where heat and air conditioning were rarely necessary.  I moved here 35 years ago when the winters were mild and most of the time the snow would be melting as it fell. It seems the climate has changed. The temperature stays below freezing for longer periods of time now and the roads are risky to drive on for more days of the year. An approaching ice age?  Global Warming?  I don't know but I'm beginning to yearn for warmer climes.


 
A precarious walk to the mailbox.


Snow doesn't seem to bother dogs.


Tank takes it in stride.


Sadie, the emergency back up dog, seems to enjoy it.







Monday, February 23, 2015

Birthday Party

Yesterday we had a birthday party for Burk and Gracen.  We had fried chicken sandwiches, french fries, and in lieu of a birthday cake we had a giant chocolate chip cookie.




























Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Birds of Winter





A female cardinal and a downy woodpecker avail themselves
of our hospitality.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Lunch With Old Friends


I had lunch today with some fellow retired postal employees.


Del Johnson, Wally Blue, Kelly Fagan, Perry Jordan, Dennis Morton.


Dennis and his 1968 Chevelle.