Monday, May 30, 2011

A Salute To Our Fallen Hero's

On this Celebration of Memorial Day, let' reflect the true meaning.

How can one express it better than this tribute sung by Trace Adkins.


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Great Lakes National Cemetery

We were privileged to attend the Memorial Ceremony at  the Great Lakes National Cemetery of a best friends brother.

“Ron” was an Army veteran, and at his passing, his wife requested that he be given a Military burial at the National Cemetery. I being a Veteran, was totally impressed with the Cemetery and the Ceremony.

The entrance to the Cemetery.     

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Driving onto the Cemetery grounds you first notice the “Flags”. Presently there are 100 Flags lining the drives into and out of the grounds. Very beautiful.

The entrance Flags.

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Looking to the left when first entering you see some of the Head Stones. All being the same size, in perfect alignment. Another beautiful and honoring site to behold. Perhaps beautiful is the wrong word to use. Perhaps solemn might be appropriate.

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I had never met Ron, but I just knew he was very much liked by the amount of friends and family attending. There had to be over 100 vehicles in the procession to the memorial area.

The first to speak was the local president of the American Legion, followed by a Minister.

There was a “21 Gun Salute” followed by “Taps” being played by a Veteran in a wheel chair, with his trumpet. Another very moving time.

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Following “Taps”, two Army Sargent’s marched forward to the “Alter and Flag”.

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They proceeded to “Honorably Unfold” the Flag. Then fold the flag again. Give the flag it’s final inspection.

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And finally, on bended knee, softly spoken, the flag is presented to the Widow.

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At this time a tear came to my eye, and a lump in my throat. How proud I was of these men. How well they handled themselves. How well they gave Honor and Dignity to Ron, our Flag, and our Country.

And then the “Final Farewell Salute”. One that is given very slowly. Very impressive, and meaningful. Not with a fast and sharp motion. But slowly.

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As everyone was leaving, I just had to personally go up to each of those young Army Sergeants and personally express my sincere thank you to them. They both appreciated it very much and told me it was there distinct honor and privilege to give this Memorial. That sorrowfully they give up to 10 a day, every day.

Job Well Done Sergeants!

May God be with you, and all active military personnel, and keep you all safe.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Perfect Bird Feeder

I finally found it! Yep, the perfect bird feeder.

With our squirrel population around our home, it’s hard to keep them out of the bird seed in many of the bird feeders that are sold in the local stores. I remember my dad, many years ago, trying different ways to prevent the squirrels from eating the seed in the bird feeders. Never finding the perfect solution.

But I believe I’ve found it! Actually, both of my sisters have the same bird feeder, and told me how well they work. So in all fairness I will give them credit for finding it before I did. Be right back

The “Perfect Bird Feeder”. Bird Feeder

There is eight perches on it for the birds. You may notice the metal cage with the oak leaves just above the eight seed openings of the seed container. The entire metal cage is spring loaded. If a “heavier than birds” weight is applied to the metal cage, it slides down and the metal oak leaves cover the openings where the seed is. It’s genius, and it works!

Our feeder with the birds feasting.DSC_2614-2

 

Now the only seed the squirrels, and the rabbits get are what the birds drop from above. Perfect!

I purchased ours from a local nursery. I did see them at our local Meijer store also. I’m positive you could also find them on the internet.

The first photo was taken from the internet. It may be made by a different company, but the working mechanism is the same.

So for those people that want to feed the birds, not the squirrels, I hope this will help in your endeavors to find “The Perfect Bird Feeder”. Smile

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The house smells like paint.

Four days ago I started the repair/painting of the bathroom project. Today I finally was able to apply the first coat of primer to the walls and ceiling.

You might be thinking, “Wow is this guy ever SLOW.” But if you would look back on previous posts, you will see the dilemma I was up against. The last paint job “crackled.” The cracks needed to be filled prior to painting. I had to completely coat every square inch of the walls and ceiling with drywall compound. The tradesmen refer to it as drywall mud.

It required the first coat of mud. Followed by a wet sanding. Then a second touch up coat was applied, followed by another wet sanding. Then yesterday a third touch up coat was applied in select areas. Followed this morning by yet another wet sanding.

After the final sanding, I poured me another cup of coffee, headed for the deck to enjoy a moment of “no rain”. I couldn’t believe how quiet it was in the neighborhood. Just the birds singing. No traffic, no trains, no sirens! I believe we are in for at least a couple days of NO RAIN. It’s been long over due so far this past month.

After lunch, I applied the first coat of primer paint to the bathroom walls and ceiling.

The walls take on a blue contrast in this photo, they are actually white. 100_0960

Tomorrow will be the first coat of paint. I’m so looking forward to getting this job done! Along with Wilma and Haley. Be right back Thank goodness we have another full bathroom upstairs to use while I have this one “under repair/painting”.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Rabbit Damage–Bathroom Paint

A few days ago we had another “wild critter” around our deck. You could never mistake a visit from a Skunk! We actually didn’t see him, but we knew he was around, and very close by.

So now we have our Squirrels, Rabbits, and now a Skunk stopping by for a visit every once in a while.

Wilma and I decided to make a trip to the nursery to purchase our annual flowers and garden plants. Along with the plants I bought a roll of “Rabbit fence”.

It doesn’t look pretty, but hopefully it will keep the rabbits out of the garden.100_0956

Later in the day while relaxing on the deck, Wilma and I spotted this guy…

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I am trying to get Kybee to chase him out of the yard. But, Kybee must think this Rabbit is a friend and he refuses to chase him.

I’ve been keeping an eye on our “plastic basket weave” fence I have around the deck. This is what Wilma and I have found.

The Rabbit has been chewing and making it easier to enter under the deck.100_0951

Looks like I will have to get some galvanized rabbit fence to put behind the lattice to hamper this Rabbit from entering under the deck. I sure don’t want a litter of Rabbits or Skunks under our deck!

Today was a rainy day, and a perfect day to start the painting of our Bathroom on the main floor. Earlier I posted on the painting of our Bathroom on our second floor. About how the old paint on the walls had a crackle effect. Well, this Bathroom has the same problem.

The medicine cabinets removed.  Medicine Cabinets removed

The removal of wall paper.Removing Wall Paper

Tomorrow the first coat of “Drywall Mud” is going to be applied to all the walls and ceiling. This will cover and fill in the crackle effect of the old paint. I expect this alone will probably take a couple days to complete before the new paint is applied.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Blogger "almost" all up and running

This post is just a "check and see post".


Most of Blogger seems to be up and running now. However, my last post has not been restored as of this date.
I will just wait patiently and see how the folks at Google handle everything. After all it is Friday the 13th!

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wilma is going to be in the Movies!

This morning around 11am Wilma got a phone call from Darlene, a friend of ours. She told her there was a film crew in her town and they put the word out that they needed “Extra’s”. Wilma got in the car and headed for Richmond, MI. to meet up with Darlene.

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Wilma in “Make-Up” Wilma in Make-Up

Darlene in costume. Darlene in costume

Wilma in costume.Wilma in full Character

I tell ya….I sure got a chuckle when I saw how she looked in costume!   Surprised smileRolling on the floor laughing Laughing out loud 

The following is quoted from her Face Book entry this evening: (ok.. today I played an extra in a movie with Doris Roberts (played Ray's mom in Everybody loves Raymond) and Dee Dee Wallace...(mom on ET) called Margarine Wars...i learned something.. I don't want to be discovered, i don't want to be an actress.. that work is too dang hard...but it was an experience)

My poor hon, she left around 11 this morning and didn’t return home until 7 this evening. And there was no compensation for the fill-ins! Oh well, maybe if she gets “discovered” she will be compensated. Winking smile 

So everyone, keep a close eye on the up coming movies. Watch for “Margarine Wars”. See if you can find Wilma and Darlene in the movie!

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Wow what a busy day!

Today was one of those days that there was much done by both Wilma and I, and ended wonderful.

Starting out at 9:30am this morning I was in the Dentist chair. A tooth has been extremely sensitive to cold. So much so that I dreaded even taking a drink of water without ice.

The dentist found that a tooth had small cracks and need to have a “Crown” installed. I don’t know the difference between a Crown and a Cap on a tooth. I think I have a Cap on one of my front teeth. The dentist had a full schedule today and I had to make another appointment for next Monday to start the work on the Crown. In the meantime, there was a cancellation for a cleaning. As I have an appointment scheduled for cleaning in a couple weeks, I was asked if I would like to have it done today. So before long I had a good cleaning and was given a clean bill of healthy teeth, except for the one giving me problems.

Arrived home around noon. Just in time to make me a sandwich for lunch. Sat out on the deck in the sunshine with Wilma while I had lunch. My plan today was to apply liquid week killer to the lawn. She said she wanted to plant some flowers she purchased Saturday, between doing several loads of laundry.

Mid afternoon when all this was completed. Now for a sit on the deck in the sun. Ooops, eyes closed, short power nap was taken.Smile

After dinner I got out the carpet cleaner and proceeded to clean the living room carpet. I have to tell you, I really like the Bissell Carpet Cleaner! Does a great job with very little effort on my part. It sure beats those rentals I was using in the past.

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Afterward Wilma and I found ourselves back on the deck enjoying the last of the sunshine today. I looked over at the corner of the deck and spotted some branches that needed to be burned. A couple minutes later….

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Another wonderful, busy day we all had.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Haley’s Prom

Last Saturday evening, Haley went to her High School Prom. 

Needless to say, she was pretty stressed out getting ready. Don’t all women get stressed when getting ready for a fancy night out?

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Wilma was getting ready with the camera. Taking shots outside and inside, looking for the best angle to take the pictures. To me it didn’t matter if they were taken outside or inside. I just knew they would all turn out perfect. At least to our eyes they would.

After nearly 2 hours getting ready, making sure the make-up was just right, the hair was just right, and dress was just right, she appeared for her first photo.

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It wasn’t long afterward, her date for the evening, Josh, arrived. 

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Talking to Haley the next day, she sounded like she had a wonderful time. As she was telling us about her evening, our thoughts went back to the days when we ourselves went to our Proms. My, where has the time gone? Now my Grand Daughter has gone to her Prom!

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Had a talk with Kybee today.

We have been pretty proud of Kybee lately. Especially since he left Mr. Bunny alone the other day. (See my last post)

He still wouldn’t tell me what he was thinking about Mr. Bunny.

Just gave me this look that I had to share with you all.

Kybee with Teeth

Do you think he is up to something?

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sunny day, Kybee and Bunny

Today started out with the deck being slightly wet from a sprinkle of rain last night. Grey skies lasted until mid afternoon before the sun came out and warmed us up to a sweltering 63 F.

After taking Haley and Brooke to school this morning, I decided to tackle a small job that I’ve been wanting to get done for many years. How’s that for procrastinating? Open-mouthed smile

Many years ago I was tired of paying the high price for DirecTV. I went to our local TV repair shop, who were known to know everything there is about TV’s, Ham Radio, Alarm systems, just about anything to do with electronics.

I questioned them about a TV antenna to receive local channels. Purchased one of their best, and proceeded to install it in the attic. Why in the attic you might be asking? Because my chimney is not high enough above the roof line to fasten the antenna to it securely. I was told by the experts, that it would work in an attic, but not as well as it would outside.

I did not want to install one of those tripod antenna mounts to the roof. Seems putting large lag bolts through my shingled roof just didn’t sit well with me. So my choice was the attic.

It actually did quite well for my local channels. Couldn’t get channel 9, broadcasting from Windsor, Ontario, Canada like I could have if it was outside. I would have to go without my favorite “Hockey Night In Canada” and I would miss those broadcasters, they are the best!

Today was going to be the day the antenna was removed from the attic. Job accomplished within an hour. Another job scratched off the “honey do list”. Smile

This evening our new resident, Mr. Bunny re-appeared in our yard.

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He has taken up residency under our deck, as Wilma has seen him jump through the small openings in the plastic lattice under the deck. I don’t know how he does it! Doesn’t look like his head would make it through, let alone his whole body!

Now enter Kybee.

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He casually took care of his business of hiking his leg to do you know what. Not really noticing Mr. Bunny.

Kybee now see’s Mr. Bunny.

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Camera ready for some rapid shots, I was expecting to see Mr. Bunny take off with Kybee fast on his tail. What a conversation Wilma, Haley and I were having as we watched what happened next.

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Any minute the chase will be on! Even with Mr. Bunny almost as big as Kybee, we figured nothing was going to move in on Kybee’s domain!

Kybee turns away!

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Did he think Mr. Bunny was just another yard ornament? Did Mr. Bunny scare him because he didn’t take off running? Who’s to know except Kybee. And he isn’t telling anybody! Be right back

We sure did have a chuckle watching Kybee and Mr. Bunny this evening!

 

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Future Garden Prep

After mowing the lawn this morning, I set out to do some much needed yard work, trying to beat the threatening rain.

Behind the garage is where we did an “experiment garden” last year. It did quite well last year, so this year we decided to “enlarge” the garden site.

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Wow do I have some serious lawn maintenance to do! Take a look at that wild ground cover, (weeds in my book,) that will need to be killed and the lawn re-seeded. Should be able to take care of it this summer though. Smile

So I grabbed the shovel and set out to begin the new garden. I didn’t get to the third or fourth shovel full when a slight drizzle started. But I kept going.

The overturned earth where the garden will be.100_0935

The sprinkle actually stopped a few hours after I finished turning over the earth. I realize that this should have been done last fall, but I just didn’t have the time available then to commit. In a few weeks I plan on going over it again with a hoe and rake to remove the grass and roots.

Dad always told me that it is not safe to plant any garden prior to Memorial week end here in Michigan. We have had hard frosts at night way into the later part of the month of May! And that would kill, or at least set the growing back for the plants. But that only applies to above ground plants, not below ground plants. In a week or so I plan on getting some green onions and radishes planted.

After a lunch break for a Tuna sandwich, I headed back outside for more yard work. There are a few ground cover vines, the good kind, that need to be transplanted, and some Hostas plants that need to be split and given to Angel.

Hostas plant.Hostas

I ended up splitting two of the plants and put them in cardboard boxes for Angel. She will be picking them up in the morning.

Gotta go take a HOT shower now to relieve the stiffness setting in these old muscles. Crying face The day turned out to be a little cool, in the mid 60’s, and sunny. A great day!

Now…let’s see. What will I be doing tomorrow? Who me? Hon…where is that honey-do-list? Disappointed smile

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.