Painting of Eric

Many many years ago Tom Schmitt, my cousin, painted pictures of my brother Eric whom had passed away years earlier. This video is the reaction of my parents as they opened the painting at Christmas time. Honestly, I can’t tell you the year I took this video.

Anyway, I told Tom I’d try to get it posted on my blog, but that was in the days before YouTube was around. I then forgot about it until I cam across it today.

They have this picture hanging on their wall to this day.

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What Station Is This?

Why, Procrastination Station!

I meant to work on my novel. Honest….. I did. However, I ended up doing the dishes. Slowly. And make myself breakfast. Slowly. And eat it. Slowly.

Now, I’m contemplating a run to Anytime Fitness. But it seems the ticket booth at Procrastination Station is closed!


Oh well.

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Cat Blogging

CinnamonArmThis is what I have to deal with every morning when I sit at my computer. I try to tell Cinnamon that is not a real mouse, and is certainly not the way you go about catching a mouse. But, as usual, she neither complies nor acknowledges that she hears me.

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Photo Blogging Part 4

100_0028Because, you know, nothing counters the winter doldrums than a picture of summer. This, by the way, is the Vermilion Falls in Hastings. It’s right behind the Con-Agra mill.

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Best Laid Plans

See, the plan was simple. Elegantly simple. It was to remain inside and stay warm and cozy with My Love. However, she wasn’t paying attention yesterday when she picked up some ingredients for the chili she is making today in the slow cooker. She grabbed two cans of diced tomatoes and one can of crushed tomatoes. Unfortunately, one of the cans of diced tomatoes was flavored with Basil, Oregano, and Garlic. Yeah, that’s right. I don’t think there’s such a thing as Italian Chili.

Sigh. I guess I will also take the time to pick up some AA batteries and a few odds and ends since I have to brave the cold, miserable weather. But than, that’s what you do when you love someone as much as I do My Love.

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Pretty Much Sums It Up


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Butt Chugging: A New Trend Teens Are Doing

This is not all that surprising. A few years ago there were reports coming out of Africa of kids taking human excrement, sealing it in a bottle, and then letting it sit in the sun for a few days. After that they’d open it up and take a good, deep whiff.

Then there were the alcohol atomizers. Instead of drinking it, you breathed it in as a mist. It was set to become all the rage, but I think it faded.

There’s a new trend to getting drunk. Butt chugging is becoming more popular, but be careful, it can get dangerous.

Source: Butt Chugging: A New Trend Teens Are Doing | PressRoomVIP

Some of this is as much media overreaction and playing on basic human fears – it goes back millenniums that kids are just no damn good.

Still, at what point is this suddenly a good idea?










And next thing you know, when doing Chemical Health assessments I’ll be asking if they are sharing bottles the same way I have to ask if they’re sharing needles……

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Photo Blogging Part 3

Lost Valley 005This Natural Area was once part of our old farm. The majority of the land is now a rural housing development in Southern Washing County. What I used to jokingly call the back 40 is really only about 5 acres, and is now prairie restoration. North of that are valleys created by centuries of run off from spring melts. It’s really quite beautiful. I’ve got close to 50 or 60 pictures I’ve taken over the years. Some of which I’ve lost. Hopefully I’ll be able to locate them, because down in the eastern end of the valleys are some 80 or 90 year old poplar trees that are stunning.Lost Valley 043

Here’s a picture from the north side of the valley. If you click on the picture you can just make out the back of the sign that’s in the first picture.

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Meadowlark Lemon Dies at 83

Known for his charismatic clowning and his halfcourt hook shots, Lemon was the Globetrotters’ top showman for more than two decades.

Source: Meadowlark Lemon, Harlem Globetrotter Who Played Basketball and Pranks With Virtuosity, Dies at 83 –

I grew up watching the Harlem Globetrotters’ specials. It was never the same without Meadowlark and the rest from the 70s.

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Ain’t that the truth!


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