Saturday, January 30, 2016

Windows 10 - Couger

Good Morning,
I had to reinstall my Windows 10 system on my computer (my laptop just got too hot and quit); When I replaced the Windows 10 System I let the computer turn itself off when not in use so it has been staying cool and working properly. It has been awhile for me doing any posting on here; I did write on my tablet and what I wrote is there and maybe transposed at some time. 
Mom has been gong to PT and doing fine.
I just saw the movie, "The Deer Hunter" and it sad what happened in Vietnam; the movie is only a slice of life during that time frame; we have a similar death and violence in the Middle East at the moment. 
I feel good mentally and physically.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Water Witch - Dowsing

About 20 years ago at Smithland Lock and Dam we had a friend at the dam who said he could find the water line underground by using a "Water Witch" of course we were all curious as we had heard all the stories about using Willow branches to find water. What he did was what this guy did with those coat hangers and he made believers out of us.
I went home and made a pair out of coat hangers and tried it out on my water line out front and it really worked.
Folks give it a try.







Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Follow the Lines

For the Grand Children:
I was taught to sweep, clean floors and vacuum following the pattern at left. I was taught by my step mother to clean to the next square at a time. When vacuuming I follow the straight lines and the next line I do one/half (yellow) of what I just did and so on. 
I do not sweep or vacuum in a fan shape.

AlleyCat and Dolly : Shut Down

Good Morning,
The weather is good for the cats to go outside; they were in during the really cold days. I opened the cat door; it was closed because George chased everyone out of the house when it was in use last year plus a stray came in. Well there is no strays anymore and the one cat that can come in stays away from us. Skunks and possums hopefully will stay out. Raccoon's? We have none around here at the moment. 
I am turning my laptop off when it gets warm; I am pretty sure that it will go blank if I keep it on. Time to shut it off.

Monday, January 25, 2016

1/25/2016

Good Morning, 
My computer shut itself down yesterday, it overheated and shut itself down; I turned it off and waited an hour then turned it back on and after a while it came back on. I saved all my files to my external drive and I will save all posts to my Flash Drive I have in the computer at the moment. It is the middle of the night, I checked my email and wrote this post and it is about time to shut this machine down.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

I was just wondering how deep the snow was?









9 Degrees

Good Morning,
I have 9 degrees on the front stoop  (Northern Exposure) and 11 degrees on the back deck (Southern Exposure). The way that works on the brick on our home is; the sun shines on our front yard first on the Eastern Corner of our home (Allison's Room) and come over to the Southern side very quickly (Mom's Room) then covers the whole back wall of our home until it sets on the West Side of the pool. That means the back brick of our home get heated most of the day and being dense the brick hold the heat over night. The same principle holds true to our crawl space below our home; the crawl space is mostly clay over a spring (water) and that keeps our crawl space heated to ground temperature at above 45 degrees over the the winter and maybe 55 degrees over the summer months. The bad side of that spring under the house is the close proximity to water when it rains; water fills the crawl space but drains very well because of the springs running water. Another bad part of the spring is that water moves soil and sand I need a lot of rock in our yard to hold the earth in place plus roots of plants and trees keep the top clay in place. Another bad thing about the spring is mold; if air does not circulate under our home. I am pretty sure that there are huge caverns under our home. The clay and rock layers keep everything in place but sink holes do pop up in places in our yard. When it rains the spring is huge and can be heard in places and it comes up at the very back of our yard as it goes into our neighbors yard.
When I was talking about the small tractor I was serious. I need tons of rock constantly and I need top soil to replace the soil that was taken when the area was landscaped to build the homes in the area (steps). This home sits on clay; at least 5' to 10' foot of top soil was removed at our home. If I win the lottery I will move or buy a small tractor and add space to our home.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Moving Snow

I cleared the driveway of snow with my snow blower; I also cleared around the vehicles and the street all the way across the street; there will be no snow to plow in front of our vehicles unless they bring it in and dump it in front of our vehicles; all that is left to do is a path for our mail delivery in front of the mailbox; it is a big area and I will do it this afternoon.

The snow blower works as intended but it does not do like it did new. I am So thankful to Eli and Aprilyn for his warm coat and hat. I am thankful for the snowblower and gas to run it. Laurel Rose is thankful I have the energy to clear the driveway and around our vehicles so we can get out of our street without calling a tow truck. It does not dig out like it did new; it needs some maintenance or a new snowblower or a tractor like this one below.

The Kitten is Hunting.

Good Morning,
The Kitten went out this morning out back and had a hard time moving in the snow; I later let him out on the stoop which was wind blown and left bare by the swirling winds;
I went out there to take these photos; the cat was playing something in the photo below which also shows how the wind swept area cleared itself of snow.
You can see where Dolly went up to the tree (above photo) and below photo where Dolly went up to the bus garage parking lot.
You can also see how the snow drifted around my trash cans and Red Truck.

Cat Dander

Good Morning,
Two Cats went out into he snow but it was too deep out back for them; they were sinking to their bellies.
We both awoke with headaches and it must be the gas furnace and the cat dander.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Snow is Town






A big truck is off the road West of Marion on 
Highway 60 West going toward Salem KY.


Snowing

Good Morning,
It is snowing, some cats went out in the snow and we immediately lost them in the snow. We  had sleet when I first got up and now it is snowing.
It did not take them long to measure the snow, all the cats came back in.
It is still snowing and drifting.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Up Early

Good Morning,
Mom and I are up early; I went to bed at 4:00 PM; I really watch saved programs that I liked and mom does not but yes my legs were shaking and I wanted to bounce them up and down.
Mom found some stretching exorcises online and I printed them out for her; she is going to put them in a folder and we will get stretching mats or blankets and do them on the floor. I can also Chromecast them to the  TV where we both can view them.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Trip to Clarksville

We just got back from Clarksville TN. Mom is just fine she just needs some PT to get her in shape. When we got home we went shopping for groceries then off to get gas; of course my card would not read in the machine so I had to go indoors; In the confusion I went off and left my gas cap on the pump. ARGH!
Mom made a BLT for both of us and we got over the "ARGH!" pretty quickly.


Tomas Muse: Standing Still For Peace

Good Morning,
Sometimes I muse here and sometimes I muse there, this morning I mused on FaceBook. I wanted to let folks know that leaders lead folks to war and leaders lead folks to peace. God is certainly a leader as he told Moses to write what I tell you and lead your people. I wrote about how strong warriors were/are; warriors are capable of withstanding a great amount of pain and warriors are trained to follow orders; so I wrote about this.

Here is the Story I wrote about that strength in the warrior.




Standing Still For Peace
My daughter and niece talk in Christian terms; I cannot do that. I have to think like Jesus.
I have to see the human being in front of me as seeing god or not seeing god. I have to see.
***
The world is full of different paths to god and they all whisper or scream that theirs only is the true god; which is a truth.
I though about this and I thought about the Buddhist, Hebrews, Romans, Egyptians and the other religions of the world.
They thought in terms of one god, many gods, I am god and I am. I was puzzled how can we live in peace and still believe as they did. There had to be a way to comprehend this puzzle.
***
When the United States was formed they knew why they had come to this new world they called America.
So one of the freedoms that they put in the Constitution was that each of us had the freedom to worship as they pleased.
***
Life has evolved and I now comprehend the world of religion.
Children are taught early in their lives how to think and how to comprehend their world of religion.
***
There is enough knowledge written about religion on this planet to comprehend peace and how it can be obtained.
***
Dream
A package of Christmas cards came in the mail in my dreams.
They were signed in large sweeping illegible script.
I awoke with a start, completely confused.
The package provided no clue as to where or of whom they were from.
The return address provided no clue as to where they had come from?
I am totally confused.
Today is the seventeenth of December and that dream is very disturbing.
Not in a dangerous way but in the pile of mud it places before me.
Life is very clear, clean and crisp. The light shines in though the windows giving life.
And that package of thought plowed to the top of my sleeping mind and awoke me.
Do we all see thoughts like these and do people really spit on our thoughts?
This is certainly not a thought that should be put online.
This is almost as disturbing as watching the war on television.
Where should my mind go?
There are clear places on the earth where life is simple, crisp and clean.
And there are places that are encrusted with hate and that cancerous hate burns at the earth.
Will water and good sense heal the wounds?
Will the power of the Holiday Spirit stop the violence?
Is this Holiday only a day marked on the calendar to cease the violence?
Can this day of “Peace on Earth” be extended or do we have more pressing matters to attend too?
The choice seems to lie with the Muslin leaders of the earth.
The choice seems to lie with the Christian leaders of the earth.
Are they going to surrender to god and stand still for peace?
***
Standing Still for Peace.
A man watches the world. He looks intense, standing still, he is aware.
He looks at every movement before him. He reads the signs of the day, he has not moved.
There is an internal stillness, he is waiting, patiently, standing watch.
***
Your thoughts fall like golden oak leaves.
Like golden rain they carpet the ground beneath my feet.
I pick them up and use them.
I paste them on the line with wooden pins.
***
What are the parameters for peace on this planet?
One is the ability for all human beings to have faith in peace and how that is to be achieved.
To achieve peace we need our bodies to put the energy created by our adrenaline to good work.
And if our bodies have a desire or rush to harm another human then there has to be something/or
someone stronger to believe in that will put your body in the correct frame of mind.
***
Standing still for peace.
I sat on the plane writing this thought:
How many of us live in a safe haven? Our protective shell, our home in a nutshell.
Peace and safety surrounding our being.
How does this cave of modern times differ from the time of bears breaking into our cabin and confronting us?
We still deal with earthquakes, rains and tides but our relative safety is quite good.
How did we ever get to this place of comfort where the local government does not pry into our being?
We hear about the rampage but the flooded waters move elsewhere.
+
As the plane landed a strange site appeared in my view.
People were standing like statues looking like an abstract painting in orange.
Some stood on bandanas, some on rifles.
They were scattered about like droppings from a plane.
So what is going on I ask? Someone handed me a folded paper with writing on it. The paper said,
"Orders from a higher authority:"
The sun was hot. Heat wavered over the red earth.
The shine of wet skin could be seen for miles.
Our higher authority had given the order.
The earth looked like hell.
For as far as you could see they had come, so there they stood.
Most were in agony. The physical and mental adjustments were excruciating.
Bodies were shaking internally. They were ordered to stand still and at attention, so they stood.
Acres of aches stood still. Emotion reverberated in their minds but they had orders.
They would stand until they got it right.
A lifetime of hate was being forced to the surface. He was ordered to stand still.
He was told that peace would come. He was wired like steel. He had the strength to endure this pain and he would.
He was ordered to do so. He stood like a statue, with his weapon or bandana under his feet.
Peace and Goodwill Prevail.
These orders came from a higher authority.
***
They must stand still for peace.
You can go to work and slay beef, fowl or pork and not to many folks will say what you do is evil.
You provide a service for the folks in your neighborhood.
You can on occasion just decide you have had enough and call work and say, " I won't be in today."
You take the day off and enjoy what life gives you. You made a decision, a simple decision.
The folks in the West and Middle East can lay their weapons down on the ground and stand on them at attention.
They can contemplate peace. They can stand thirty soldiers deep.
They can stand and think and do nothing but fight for peace in their solitude.
They can stand erect until every muscle in there body aches for peace.
They can let every killing emotion pass through their system of thought.
They can stand still until peace comes over their bodies.
Some will want to strangle the veined throat of their neighbor but they must stand still for peace.
This is a very painful process as they look down at their killing weapons.
They must follow orders they are now soldiers for peace.
They must stand still for peace."
***
"Confucius thought that a ruler who had to resort to force had already failed as a ruler",
so that is where the world is now. We are standing in the time-line of violence.
When one man stands still and ends the violence another man will shoot him off the pedestal of peace.
How many men will die for nothing?
This is what they can do.
They must stand still for peace.

***

A Variation

A package of Christmas cards came in the mail in my dreams.
They were signed in large sweeping illegible script.
I awoke with a start, completely confused.
The package provided no clue as to where or of whom they were from.
The return address provided no clue as to where they had come from?
I am totally confused.
Today is the seventeenth of December and that dream is very disturbing.
Not in a dangerous way but in the pile of mud it places before me.

Life is very clear, clean and crisp.
The light shines in though the windows giving life.
And that package of thought plowed to the top of my sleeping mind and awoke me.

Do we all see thoughts like these and do people really spit on our thoughts?
This is certianly not a thought that should be put online.

This is almost as disturbing as watching the war on television.

Where should my mind go?

There are clear places on the earth where life is simple, crisp and clean.
And there are places that are encrusted with hate and
that cancerous hate burns at the earth.

Will water and good sense heal the wounds?
Will the power of the Holiday Spirit stop the violence?
Is this Holiday only a day marked on the calendar to cease the violence?
Can this day of “Peace on Earth” be extended or
do we have more pressing matters to attend too?
The choice seems to lie with the Muslin leaders of the earth.
The choice seems to lie with the Christian leaders of the earth.
Are they going to surrender to god and stand still for peace?
***
Standing Still for Peace.

A man watches the world.
He looks intense, standing still, he is aware.
He looks at every movement before him.
He reads the signs of the day, he has not moved.
There is an internal stillness, he is waiting, patiently, standing watch.
***
Your thoughts fall like golden oak leaves.
Like golden rain they carpet the ground beneath my feet.
I pick them up and use them.
I paste them on the line with wooden pins.

***

What are the parameters for peace on this planet?
One is the ability for all human beings
to have faith in peace and how that is to be achieved.
To achieve peace we need our
bodies to put the energy created by our adrenaline to good work.
And if our bodies have a desire or rush to harm another human then
there has to be something/or someone stronger to
believe in that will put your body in the correct frame of mind.
***

I sat on the plane writing this thought:

How many of us live in a safe haven? Our protective shell, our home in a nutshell. Peace and safety surrounding our being. How does this cave of modern times differ from the time of bears breaking into our cabin and confronting us? We still deal with earthquakes, rains and tides but our relative safety is quite good. How did we ever get to this place of comfort where the local government does not pry into our being? We hear about the rampage but the flooded waters move elsewhere.
+
As the plane landed a strange site appeared in my view. People were standing like statues looking like an abstract painting in orange. Some stood on bandanas, some on rifles. They were scattered about like droppings from a plane.
So what is going on I ask? Someone handed me a folded paper with writing on it.
The paper said,
"Orders from a higher authority:
You can go to work and slay beef, fowl or pork. Not to many folks say what you do is evil. You provide a service for the folks in your neighborhood. You can on occasion just decide you have had enough and call work and say, " I won't be in today." You take the day off and enjoy what life gives you. You made a decision, a simple decision.
The folks in this land and that land can lay their weapons down on the ground and stand on them at attention. They can contemplate peace. They can stand thirty soldiers deep. They can stand and think and do nothing but fight for peace in their solitude. They can stand erect until every muscle in there body aches for peace. They can let every killing emotion pass through their system of thought. They can stand still until peace comes over their bodies. Some will want to strangle the veined throat of their neighbor but they must stand still for peace. This is a very painful process as they look down at their killing weapons. They must follow orders they are now soldiers for peace.
They must stand still for peace."
+
The sun was hot. Heat wavered over the red earth.
The shine of wet skin could be seen for miles.
Our higher authority had given the order.
The earth looked like hell.
For as far as you could see they had come, so there they stood.
Most were in agony.
The physical and mental adjustments were excruciating.
Bodies were shaking internally.
They were ordered to stand still and at attention, so they stood.
Acres of aches stood still.
Emotion reverberated in their minds but they had orders.
They would stand until they got it right.
+
A lifetime of hate was being forced to the surface.
He was ordered to stand still.
He was told that peace would come.
He was wired like steel.
He had the strength to endure this pain and he would.
He was ordered to do so.
He stood like a statue, with his weapon or bandana under his feet.
Peace and Goodwill Prevail.
They are going to surrender to god and stand still for peace.
These orders came from a higher authority.
+
Standing Still for Peace.
A man watches the world.
He looks intense, standing still, he is aware.
He looks at every movement before him.
He reads the signs of the day, he has not moved.
There is an internal stillness; he is waiting, patiently, standing watch.
He has surrender to god and stands still for peace.
These orders came from a higher authority.

Monday, January 18, 2016

I Say Maybe and Mom Say's No

Did you see the post below where the Convent was close to the areas I grew up in. Here is a link about Nuns. I thought maybe a nun could privatize her past and not let any one know about her whereabouts. Case Closed. I thought maybe mom decided it was better for her? One of the places she lived was at the Mission San Gabriel. My grandmother in Pasadena grew up in a Convent and her sister Mena was a Nun. Troubled times could offer a solution. Mom says no; I'd like to think that that would be solution and a good one. Grandma and Grandpa could of did a magic trick and legally made her disappear.

Too far fetched.

My Paper Route

Good Morning,
One year when I lived on Third St in Alhambra I had a paper route; I think it was about 150 customers. I delivered the papers on my bicycle; I had two big bags up front on my bike and I delivered them after school and Sunday Morning. It was a big route which was a little far from home toward San Marino or in San Marino; I had 3 times the papers as that kid on the bike. It was too much for a kid like me, I could deliver the papers but I could not collect the money.
Approximate Area I delivered Papers.
Story Park is the small green area above "St" in our street address (310 N 3rd St.).
In the Rectangle Blocks were homes like ours but in the Curved Roads were the big homes. 
Really Upper Class folks lived here.

I folded the papers on the porch.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

What Happened in 2015 to Dad.

Dad had two eye Cataract Surgeries to fix the cloudiness in my eyes; a very good fix for me. They marked the eye to make sure they did the proper eye.
Dad replaced is old teeth with plastic teeth with studs to hold them tight; a very good fix for dad. Dad's back bothered him but nothing like mom's problem back.
I got a wagon for Christmas which helped with the heavy lifting.
1/19/2016:
I really have been filling the wagon up; I pretty well got our money's worth with this wagons.

Tea and Coffee Two

Mom and I use Machines to make our Coffee and Tea; those machines do exactly the same thing everytime so that we are not surprised at the outcome.
My Coffee Machines, a coffee grinder at my right and my coffee maker at left.
Mom's Tea Pot at left, her tea in the middle and her tea brewer at left.

Tea and Coffee

Good Morning,
The cats are in because of the approaching cold weather. Mom is up and watching TV to my dismay; this time of morning I enjoy the quiet and listen to the day which is a mixture of humming (ringing in my ears), cat actions, outside and inside noises. Normally this a good reflection of life as I see it;  I should be able to live properly even with life in chaos (loud TV noises (I love spell checkers built into our the Internet overall)); I had no clue how to spell chaos.
Mom is having Tea and I am having Coffee.



Friday, January 15, 2016

Solid Waste

Good Morning,
I did a lot of chores this morning and made a Mug of Coffee, I used the wagon for the 4th time since Santa brought it by this last Christmas it really comes in handy. My back is sore from something I did yesterday but mentally and physically I feel fine.
Mom and I were both up at 3AM but we both went back to bed; I got up at 5:30 AM and like I said did quite a few chores. I plan on cleaning out the garage and borrowing the truck from Allison when I can when there is a free dump day. I will sort out what goes to the dump and what goes to the recycling center. I looked at the prices at the dump and those folks are not cheap.