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    Winter vacation 2017-2018

    Envious. Kansas had temperatures which never got above 10F for several days. Today was nice, nearly 40F.
    Posted 01-19-2018 at 04:40 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Winter Vacation is almost over

    Glad you had a good winter in Florida. You'll be back in time for some of the lilacs still. The redbuds are past.
    Posted 04-21-2017 at 01:53 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    It's not snowing here in Florida but in Illinois it's a mess.

    I live next to a golf course. The streets and houses sort of wind their way around the fairways in a big circle; I live in one of several condo communities in the overall development. It's not a retirement community, but most of the residents in my condo are older, though we are fortunate to have some families with young children; they provide a bit of spice.

    I don't play golf, but I am quite happy to point and laugh (grin, duck, and run).

    I remember several years ago, we had an unusually mild winter. On Christmas Day, the temperatures were in the low 60s. There was a golfer who came by who was clearly celebrating the occasion, because, on every shot, he called loudly on the name of the Lord . . . .
    Posted 12-12-2016 at 10:45 PM by frankbell frankbell is offline
    Updated 12-12-2016 at 10:46 PM by frankbell
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    August 21 & it's only 58 in the morning

    I remember him. Lucy is a pit mix but she is scared of everything bigger than a rabbit and has poor vision so she comes across as a moron and is incredibly stubborn. She and I sat in the road for 45 minutes last week because she wanted to investigate some animal stuck in a window well at a house across the road. I wouldn't let her, but I couldn't get her to move past the house. She's too big for me to pull. I had to call my son to come out to where we were and carry her away from the house. So Muttley is laughing at me.
    Posted 09-02-2016 at 02:40 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    August 21 & it's only 58 in the morning

    Originally Posted by vmccord View Comment
    My dog is a chucklehead.
    Is Muttley your dog's name?

    Thanks for reminding of that dogs name.
    Posted 09-02-2016 at 09:28 AM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
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    August 21 & it's only 58 in the morning

    My dog is a chucklehead.
    Posted 08-30-2016 at 03:08 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    August 21 & it's only 58 in the morning



    I really miss the farm and my companions but the work was wearing on me fast. One needs to know when to stop some things. Horses require a lot of work, unless you just want pasture ornaments. But that was not for me. The heelers were added enjoyment and were fun to have. Day to day I would always have some sort of surprise. As I said earlier, Moe was playful with her mom Khyia and I am sure that is what kept her active thus extending her life. The love between those two was great and Moe suffered when her mom died. I too suffered the lose but having Moe helped a lot. She started following me to the barn for chores and would do this rain, snow or whenever I made my way to the barn. She did not like to ride in the van unless I forced her. But I only did that for vet visits for shots. So she may have associated the van with pain from the shots.

    Farm dogs are totally different from inside pets. Moe would hunt everywhere on the property and wished to share her treasures by leaving them by the garage door. Really upset my wife since she would leave early for her job just before me getting out for my chores. I would hear her yelling to get out here! I would find the dogs treasures as close to the garage door as possible. My wife was a farm girl growing up, I would tell her that this was a normal for the heelers. She would just say 'Our dogs wouldn't do this'. And my response was, 'You did not have heelers, get over it'.

    My neighbor had too many cats, most were feral and would linger over to my barn and that was a big mistake. The heelers would not tolerate the intruders. So I would dispose of the kills in the trash in a plastic bag. My garbage drivers tolerated the actions after I told them the situation.

    In town we have squirrels and rabbits that are in our yard. Drive Casey the yorkie crazy since he tries to chase them. Casey is less that 6 lbs dripping wet and I wonder what would happen if he ever caught something. Squirrels can be very dangerous if caught and if the dogs doesn't know how to protect their self. As a young hunter myself, I learned early to slit the squirrel's throat to bleed out. I've seen more than one that wasn't dead that the hunter thought was dead and placed inside their jacket kill pocket only to have it come out very angry.

    This reminds me of the time my dad decided to train our black lab 'Satan' to coon hunt. My dad's buddies had coon hounds so we tagged along with Satan and the coon hounds. The coon dogs picked up a trail and off went Satan. Coon dogs treed a coon and were leaping at the tree as they normally would. Satan sat watching their actions then all of a sudden the lab ran a dead run right up the tree to the lower fork. He sat there and did not know what to do next. One of my uncles told the coon dog owners to secure their dogs. He climbed the tree to retrieve 'Satan' and he did not want to get torn up by the coon dogs.

    We next shot the coon with a 22 and the coon never dropped. That same uncle climbed the tree again up to the hung coon. He cautiously moved out on the limb to dislodge the coon. The damn coon wasn't dead, just clawed up my uncles leg and they both came out of the tree into the coon dogs snarling my uncle was lucky to get out unscathed.
    The coon was one big beast and gave the dogs a fight. Some dogs had to be stitched up but finally one dog got the coons throat and thus killing it. We had a fight getting the dead coon from the dogs. Not a pretty sight. Coon's skin/coat was damaged and not worth stripping thus dry out or stretching. Meat was OK but used as feed. BTW, Satan's coon days were over. That was one smart dog and not afraid.

    This was supposed to be short comment.
    Posted 08-30-2016 at 01:19 PM by onebuck onebuck is offline
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    August 21 & it's only 58 in the morning

    Being a owner of 5 dogs and one fat female cat

    I know where you are coming from.
    Posted 08-27-2016 at 09:20 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
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    Hot And gettting hotter!

    I always find it scary/amusing when a intelligent person I admire blames 1 individual for the actions of many individuals.

    It never ceases to amaze me.

    The whole month of July was hottest on record in my area with triple digit temps every day for the whole month of July . Fortunately. The Hospital I am in has good central A/C.
    Posted 08-06-2016 at 03:03 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
    Updated 08-06-2016 at 03:04 PM by rokytnji
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    Hot And gettting hotter!

    I was in FL last week and it was generally cooler than the Midwest was.
    Posted 08-04-2016 at 09:59 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Extended winter Vacations!!!

    Posted 04-04-2016 at 01:16 PM by Habitual Habitual is offline
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    So spring is here, really??

    On the social network thing. All my kids and grandkids gave up paper and telephone voice over their preferred facebook profiles.

    So to stay in contact with my kids, brother, neices, grandkids, inlaws.
    Everyone except for my Mother. ( I drive a few hundred miles from time to time for face to face for her, because she is important to me)
    I keep a facebook account out of necessity. Bowing down to the majority.

    My family and friends are large and extended. I enjoy their correspondence from time to time. But I can also be careful on what I post on my profile there. Being a the only linux user in my family and all.

    I tend to not over think stuff too much. It keeps me young at heart.
    Posted 03-27-2016 at 12:10 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
    Updated 03-27-2016 at 12:13 PM by rokytnji
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    So spring is here, really??

    Originally Posted by vmccord View Comment
    hate you. It was 25F this morning.
    Howdy Neighbor.

    I Like your roller derby blog.

    Sunny, with a high near 68. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon.
    Clear, with a low around 39. East wind around 5 mph.
    Sunny, with a high near 83. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
    Monday Night
    Mostly clear, with a low around 45. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northeast 5 to 10 mph after midnight.
    Sunny, with a high near 87. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
    Tuesday Night
    Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.
    Sunny, with a high near 81.
    Wednesday Night
    Mostly clear, with a low around 45.
    Sunny, with a high near 75.
    Thursday Night
    Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.
    Friday Night
    Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.
    A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

    It is spring here. If you have allergies. The Hispanics here seem to think Mulberry trees supply the best shade from the sun. Mulberry trees are a allergy sufferers bane.

    So we have our own quirks and demons to deal with.
    Posted 03-27-2016 at 12:01 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
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    So spring is here, really??

    hate you. It was 25F this morning.
    Posted 03-26-2016 at 03:05 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    So spring is here, really??

    Weather:   Conditions: 76 F (24 C) - Clear Wind: From the West at 13 MPH Humidity: 9%
               Pressure: 29.68 in (1005 mb) Location: West TX (US) Altitude: 836 ft
               Time: March 25, 8:04 PM CDT Observation Time: March 25, 7:55 PM CDT
    Posted 03-25-2016 at 09:05 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
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    So spring is here, really??

    My mother is nearly deaf, the increase in text based communication has greatly improved her ability to socialize and be social.
    Posted 03-25-2016 at 05:58 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Florida vacation

    I am envious. My mom and dad live northwest of Orlando in Tavares. I wish I could live there too. At the moment I am doing the traveling backwards. I spend not quite two weeks in Florida in late July and early August. I do yard and household jobs for my folks. The heat never bothers me unless I'm in full sun. Kansas weather is nicer than Illinois. We have more sun, but the cold just wears on me.
    Posted 03-21-2016 at 02:08 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Florida vacation

    Sounds like fun. I did Florida as a run away in my teenage years in Tampa and Orlando. Probably a lot has changed by then.

    I set my Mom up in Sun City in Phoenix Arizona. It is a senior citizen city with it's own hospitals, golf courses, Malls. Residents drive their golf carts on the streets like cars. The laws are geared towards senior citizens.

    I know also what you mean by downsizing. I rented the biggest ryder truck and car trailer and loaded up Mom's 20 acre chicken farm house and barn and left 50% behind for the farm buyer. Selling the farm bought the house in Sun City.

    My plans are to stay on the Mexican Border till I die. Nice and warm. Lot's of good food and beer. Good people. We have a desert golf course, but being a scooter tramp. I never played the game. Just caddied as a kid.

    Enjoy Florida. I don't handle humidity real good and hate skeeters = (mosquito).
    The desert does not have a whole lot of either one. Also. Bicycle and motorcycle riding weather is the bomb down here also and the roads are empty of big city traffic. Just expanses for miles.
    Posted 03-21-2016 at 09:49 AM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
    Updated 03-25-2016 at 09:01 PM by rokytnji
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    Posted 12-28-2015 at 09:52 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
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    Snow, Snow & more snow!

    I spotted a "salt truck" today (looks exactly like a plow to me),
    and I said "no way, it's not even..." and then I shut up.
    Posted 12-28-2015 at 08:43 PM by Habitual Habitual is offline


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