Part Of My Backyard Garden

Part Of My Backyard Garden
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Black Friday

Well,I skipped shopping on Black Friday again this year! It is much too early for me to do any Christmas shopping. I never start until the weekend before Christmas--no kidding. If you goggle Black Friday there are several dates and reasons as to why it is Black Friday--my 0pinion--it will be the last day for quite a spell where your checking account is in the black, should be called red-Friday.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Snow, Snow and More Snow

Is it really only the middle of November? Here in the high country of Wyoming I have already scooped 30 inches of snow. Okay, I lied, I used my snow blower, sorry extremely green people but I am getting too old to shovel snow.
So—this begs the question, don’t you love it when someone says, “this begs the question?” Why do we still live here---Answer, because the rest of the year, it is fabulous.
So—how do I cope? Easy, I wear shorts and sandals year round.
* I turn up the thermostat to 80 degrees.
*I mow the grass even when it is covered with snow.
* I turn the heat on high or ultra high if I can find it, and drive the pickup around town with my windows down.
* I build snowmen and put sunglasses on them so they look cool and summery. Is summery really a word?
*And last of all (note how I cleverly did not say, last but not least) I go to Wyoming football games, set in the student section, take off my shirt, paint WYO on my chest and pretend like it is not cold.
No-Forget the last one—it was a lie.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

H1-Old1 Flu Bug

Think I had a case of the new H1Old1 flu. Not as bad as H1N1, just caused me to be lazy, shiftless, sluggish and listless (I wanted to put lethargic but had no idea how to spell it). Actually I am always: lazy, shiftless, sluggish and listless and just might be lethargic also. Just forget this stuff—I quit for the day—will write next month. MAYBE—if I can get over this dang flu bug.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Gardening season may be over

Well—it’s October and that means snow in Wyoming and green grass underneath. I really hate this time of year, the constant scooping of snow from the lawn and garden so that I can mow and weed. Then more snow, more scooping and more mowing and weeding. I tried something a little different this year I duct taped (or is it duck taped—you know the gray silvery stuff) anyway, as I was saying before I so rudely interrupted myself. I taped with that gray shinny tape my snow blower to the front of my lawn mower, looks a bit funny when I do the driveway but works like a charm on the lawn.
Despite the snow (three times so far for a total of a foot of snow) my garden still looks pretty good. Why do the weather people on TV and radio now refer to snow storms as snow events? Despite three separate snow events my garden still looks pretty good. Of course most of it (tomatoes and onions) is in the garage. I pulled some carrots today and they were quite tasty, thank you. The rest of the garden really does not look so good, its mostly dead beans, dead peas, dead radishes, dead strawberries, dead herbs of all kinds (don’t like most of them anyway) and lots of dead flowers. And so as I started—Well –it’s October and so much for gardening this year.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The GMBSA award

With as many awards that are being thrown around at various web sites and blogs I was not surprised when I was notified that I had been awarded one. Doesn’t everyone win something like this—you know, you won, now send us a check to get a giant book with your name in it—whop—ee. I really was not that excited until I found out which one I had won. It was the biggest and most well known of all Blog awards the Gold Medal Blog Superior Award. I am truly humbled by this win; only one blog in 1.2 million has won a GMBSA.

To get the actual GMBSA cup, a cool vase of white china with the GMBSA insignia engraved across the top and the words, “one in a million,” wrapped around the center of the vase. This year’s model, I understand, is made of southwestern horse hair pottery and is the best yet.

Sorry, I am so excited I forgot what I was talking about before I started to digress. I really love the word digress. Anyway, I was starting to talk about getting my GMBSA. To get my actual vase, I think I will set it by my computer where I do my great blogging work. I need to send (by e-mail of course, no texting for us blogging superstars) an acceptance to the GMBSA headquarters in Seattle. (They even gave me their secret e-mail address— -- Hey, just thought of something, isn’t Seattle where Microsoft is located, Bill Gates may be reading my blogs, wonder if he is Mr. GMBSA himself. He likes my blog; I can not believe this is happening to me. Just an old guy thinkin’ up stuff in Wyoming and now I have reached the mountain tops, the metaphorical blogging mountain tops.

I have now tried to send, multiple times, my acceptance for the GMBSA but a web site keeps interrupting mine, the site,, I have not heard of before. Every time I send my acceptance the West site sends me an automated message that says Beyonce’s site is better and a lot funnier than yours, where is Beyonce’s GMBSA vase?

I will keep trying but right now it seems like time to relax, I recorded some Taylor Swift country music videos, think I’ll watch them right now. You know I can’t think of a single person that wouldn’t like her videos.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Just like Arnold--I'll Be Back--Or I am Back !

I have been absent for a very long time, naughty boy (oops, that’s a story I am working on for my erotica blog—no I don’t really have one). Here is the real story, I won the lottery, actually just a small state power ball and have taken the past four months to do some traveling. It is an unbelievable relief to have the money to do what I want, when I want.
My wife and I spent much of last spring in Australia and this summer in Europe and northern Africa, the whole trip was like an out of body experience. The past four months have been the best of my life. We are now building our dream home, how many people can say that? And yes, I have retired from my teaching and coaching career—more travel to come.
Daydreaming again, I wish at least part of the above was true—but sadly—none of it is. I have skipped blogging the past few months because I have been lazy. But I am back—look for more to come.


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Keynesian Economics

We hear so much today about the economy and the trouble we are in world wide, reminds me of my old college days and my study of John Maynard Keynes, and his Keynesian Economics. All I remember is raise taxes when times are good to cool off the economy and lower taxes when times are bad to heat up the economy. If Keynes was right, he is dead now so we can’t ask him, then we should not have cut taxes during the high times we were all living with our MasterCard’s and Visas and times were good. Hummmm—Keynes also believed that government deficit spending might be okay in times of recession or especially depression. Maybe we are doing the right thing running around bailing everyone but me out of financial despair.
So I have been sitting around thinking some, I am good at thinking, and I believe I can solve this countries and maybe the worlds economic woes by doing the following.

#1. Every Thursday is free day at Wal-Mart.
#2. All fast food, everything is .99 cents.
#3. Congress recesses until 2012
#4. Network and Local news shows—all cancelled—replaced by Looney Tunes.
#5. Take peanuts and pistachios off the endangered foods list
#6. Instead of giving millionaire CEOs a big bonus, just let them give each other a big hug and wish each other well and then let the stockholders have the bonus money.
#7. A chicken in every can of chicken noodle and a cracker in every barrel (I have no idea what that means)
#8. Slash Green Fees on every golf course in the world by 50% (this one is personal)
#9. This one seems simple—a jobs program that works. Jobs for those that can—where, maybe in some of the failed businesses the government may eventually have to operate.
#10. Some businesses will fail, let them fail and reorganize, if they are worth their salt they can make it. Not everyone is happy all the time—and everything does not have a happy ending.
#11. To save everyone a little money, let us, as consumers, choose what TV stations we want and pay for those. Skip the rest of the fluff.
#12. Required in every school—classes in manners, common courtesy, self sufficiency, basic economics, and appropriate language and dress. WOW I am showing my age on that one.
#13. Elect me, “the old guy that got to thinkin’,” President—I’ll take care of you—after myself of course!

Well there you have it; I may have been sitting and thinking too much.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I Wanna be a Weather Man--Maybe Not

I have decided that when I grow up I want to be a weather man. We were in a blizzard warning yesterday, winds to 50 MPH and a foot or more of snow was coming, or so the experts said. So what happened ****30 MPH winds and two inches of snow. They can be wrong every day and keep their jobs. I could do that--I really want to be a weather man, Never mind, I am wrong some of the time (actually most of the time) and I still have a job. But it has nothing to do with the weather.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Big Check

I wrote on another site that I got a big Income Tax Return this year and was not sure how to spend it. I got several questions,,,,,, actually one,,,,, as to how I spent it.

I love it when I get a tax refund—but what to do with it? That is the Question? Sorry Mr. Shakespeare!

Now in the right hands $26.00 can be quite a chunk of change and in the wrong hands it can be used for great amounts of very evil stuff. So when you are talking, or is it just me talking, might be those voices only I hear coming back again? It takes more than just a little thinkin’ and decidin’ before time to do the spendin’. My spell checker hates it when I leave off the g at the end and use the ‘ instead. Well, just to keep Mr. Fancy Pants Spell Checker happy I will put the Gs back. GGG, there all three of them. Oh, great now it’s telling me that - GGG, there all three of them, is a fragment not a sentence. Well I like it as a sentence and will not be changing it. Please feel free to change it if you want to forward this blog to someone with good spelling and grammar skills.

Please find below the way I spent my $26.00 Federal Income Tax Return.

A down payment on a new house, Freddie Mac was happy to get the cash
I bought a thousand shares of General Motors
I washed my pick-up
Took a spring break trip to Nebraska—Oh, forget that one, we really did-family was well
Buried it in my back yard in an old Prince Albert Can (do they still sell Prince Albert)?
Bought my wife a rose and put it in a borrowed vase
Splurged and hired someone to mow the lawn—that one kind of backfired on me, it took all day to shovel the snow off first
This is the last one—no kidding—bought a new tire for my Pee Wee Herman style bicycle; they tossed in the air for free.
Hey a bonus humorous sentence. I spent it on dinner for four--------------At McDonalds.
Now I can hear you asking for more. I spent it at the circus. I know that is not funny but –get this—there is no circus here! Now that makes it very funny.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

President Obama # 44

Nothing made up today--but I still did not get the call to join the new presidents cabinet.

Today we have a new president number 44. I watched the inauguration and much of the additional coverage and was highly impressed with everything. If we could keep that same feeling of patriotism, togetherness and usefulness all year long everyone on earth would think—wow, they really are the greatest nation on the face of the earth.
Good Luck President Obama and God speed.