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Thursday, March 23, 2017

How Old Is Grandpa?

Stay with this -- the answer is at the end. 

It may blow you away. 

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events. 

The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general..

The Grandfather replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before: 
' television 
' penicillin 
' polio shots 
' frozen foods 
' Xerox 
' contact lenses 
' Frisbees and 
' the pill

There were no: 
' credit cards 
' laser beams or 
' ball-point pens

Man had not invented 
' pantyhose 
' air conditioners 
' dishwashers 
' clothes dryers 
' and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
' space travel was only in Flash Gordon books.

Your Grandmother and I got married first,... and then lived together.. 

Every family had a father and a mother. Until I was 25, I called every woman older than me, "mam". And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir." 

We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy. 

Our lives were governed by the Bible, good judgment, and common sense. We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions. 

Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege... We thought fast food was eating half a biscuit while running to catch the school bus. 

Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins. 

Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started. 

Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings. 

We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios. And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey. 

If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk. 

The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.... 

Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of. 

We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents. Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel. And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards. 

You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, ... but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In my day: 
' "grass" was mowed, 
' "coke" was a cold drink, 
' "pot" was something your mother cooked in and 
' "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby. 
' "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office, 
' "chip" meant a piece of wood, 
' "hardware" was found in a hardware store and 
' "software" wasn't even a word.

And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby. 

No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap. 

How old do you think I am? 

I bet you have this old man in mind....you are in for a shock! 

Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time .

Are you ready ?????

This man would be only 70 years old today.  


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Turned On A Dime!

Spring Garden in the Morning

In the Afternoon

But, but, we don't get tornadoes here :( 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Save the Bees

We all know that Bees are facing major threats, such as, habitat loss, disease, climate change and pesticides. Without these glorious pollinators we would lose much of our food source. Animal pollinators such as Bees, Birds, Butterflies, and Bats are essential for the reproduction of nearly 85% of the worlds flowering plants. "The most important of these are Bees, making them, essential to the entire fabric of life on the planet." says Scott Black, the Executive Director of Xerces Society. 

Researchers noted the greatest declines in areas like
 the Midwest and California's Central Valley, 
where farmers grow crops that rely most heavily on Bees,
 including apples, almonds, peaches, and blueberries.
That means for us a less stable food supply and
 more expensive prices.

A common sight that Spring is here in our area

There are a bounty of native Bees

How Can We Help The Bees?

First they LOVE Sunflowers!
Plant some if you can along with native plants.
Native plants require less maintenance for you.

Eliminate pesticides which kill Bees directly.

Provide water and mud.
Some bees use mud to build their nests.

Plant pollen and nectar rich plants in a group
 so Bees can find them.  Include Wildflowers.

Make a Mason Bee Lodge

Solitary bees, like Mason bees are excellent pollinators, but they sometimes struggle to find nesting sites. A home-made nest looks attractive and provides them with a home, as well as ensuring bumper vegetable harvests. Hang your bee hotel in the shade and in an out of the way spot.

Use an old terra cotta pot, old bamboo pieces,
play dough and a roll of florist wire. 
Thread a piece of long wire thru the pots 
bottom hole and around to the outside to 
make a loop for it would hang by. 
Press the play dough (or you can use modeling clay)
 into the bottom of the pot. Cut the bamboo to size 
and press each one into the clay.

Hang it in your garden by a shepherds hook.
You can also embellish if you'd like. 

Cheerios is even helping out!!

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I'm so sorry they ran out. :'(

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Newman ~ An Island No More - Almost

Between the heavy rainfall and the release of water reservoirs from up north, Newman Ca. became just about an island for some time. Only one road open created a single way in or out. 
All other road were closed due to flooding.

Major flooding.

This became an all to familiar sight. 

The San Joaquin and Merced Rivers join just on the out
 skirts of Newman and over flowed their banks at points. 
There were the canals and levees that gave at pints also.
We all know what power water can have.

The signs finally came down and 
most roads have opened.
Here are some photos after the water 
has receded from the road.

Northbound on Hills Ferry Rd. 
which turns into Kelly Rd.

Where you could once see prime farmland as
 far as your eye could see, 
now you see what looks like a huge lake.

Don't think their gate will open for a while.
How long will this take to dry out enough to farm again?

No shoulder in some areas. 
The water comes right up to the roads edge.

Their front pasture has turned 
into lake front property?

Southbound on Kelly Rd. 
which turns into Hills Ferry Rd.

Don't think Rooster Ranch Sportsman Club 
will open for a while ~

Fisherman's Bend flooded

Hills Ferry Raceway has been turned into a lake also.

It will dry up and Newman will go prevail.
3rd flood since 1994.
Luckily we are on high enough ground, 
but I feel for the farmers, town and all who were affected.

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