Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 2017

Well it's the 1st of August. I don't know about you but it feels like this year has just been flying by faster then I want it to.
July had it's moments. 
Nothing earth shattering happened to me.
We did go hiking a few times. When it was not raining or too hot or the husband was not baling hay.
You want to see a few pictures?
Well they are:

 The hikes were all very good. The weather was just right most of the time.
During the hikes we saw different things. During one hike the husband almost walked into a bear. He was in front of me and about to round a curve in the trail when he stopped and said "Woo". I said. "What?"
He said, "Bear".
That's when I heard the bear start to go crashing though the woods. He figured it was about a 300 lbs.
I just hope we do not run into any more.
I still plan on trying to get the trail through Taylor County done by I hope Labor Day weekend. At least that's when he wants to be done. He wants to start getting ready to go bow hunting. 
I have not met to many people while we are hiking.
We hike in the mornings usually on Sunday mornings. It's the best time to right now before it gets to hot.
right now the deer flies are really bad. But I wear mesh bags of peppermint leaves off my hat by my ears and that keeps them away from my head. You should try it. I'm not crazy. I bet it would even work if you hung some in a tent if you are camping. Give it try. What harm could it do.

I have not been working on any projects. I will get my butt in gear one of these days and resume me creations. You will be the first to see them when I do.

I suppose I should do a little pondering.
I think I will start with the weather. 
We were getting a lot of rain here but for the past week not so much here. But there was one day where it was really weird. It started raining on the west side of the house really hard. I was at the computer with a view of the front of the house and the back. I turned and waited for it to start pouring in the back. It didn't. I had never experienced anything like that before. Just another sign that this year is a very unusual one, everywhere.

I know I shouldn't comment on political things but it gets very frustrating listening about the stupidity going on in the White House. 
We are being lead by an elementary school child.
At least that's what it feels like.
I only ask, "Will he ever get his act together and be a true leader or continue to divide us, as a nation and leave us vulnerable to other forces?'
Maybe it is time for the aliens to come back and set us straight about being better beings.

One thing I'm looking forward to this month is the solar eclipse. I even took the day off from work to be able to see whatever can be seen from my house. Which may not be much, but why not. With my luck it will be raining that day and it won't make a difference.   
Well that's about all I have to share with you today.  
I know it was short and fairly boring. I was even bored writing it.
I'll figure something out for the next one. Maybe it will be more informative.

So for now I'll say just keep on pondering the pondering possibilities.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July 2017

It's hard to believe that June is gone. Half the year is gone. This year is just flying by for me.
Well June was a kind of busy one. I became a Grandma for the first time. Her name is Lillian Rose.
She was born on the 11th. The husband and I were in the room when she entered the world. 
She weighed 7 lb 14 oz and was 19 inches long.
I don't get to see her to often because they live over an hour away. We have been able to see her on the weekends though. She is growing like a weed and is very healthy.
I'll tell you about her from time to time.
Another thing we did this month was go hiking again.
Here are a few of the pictures I took:

 I'm just glad we did not meet the bear that made this track.
Because of all the rain we have been getting a lot of places on the trail are very wet. The last hike we had a number of places we had to go around because of the mud and water.
These sections of the trail are in a lower area so they of course are wetter then usual.
Some people are wondering about bugs and ticks.
Well we have been using three different things to help protect ourselves. Bug spray, dryer sheets and I am also experimenting with bringing a long a mesh bag with peppermint leaves in it. The last couple of hikes we have had no ticks and the number of bugs bugging us are not to many. It might be because it has been on the cooler side when we've been hiking. But the next hike will tell for sure if this combination is working as well as I say. I'll keep you posted.

I did do one other thing this last month, I tried to help a hurt hawk. But it was too late. He had more injuries then I thought. I did take a picture of him:
I know there was a place that took care of these kinds of birds. I called them and they came and got him. But he did not make it. I am glad I tried to help. They are called Rapture education Group. 

Well that's my highlights for June. Except is was my birthday on the 29th. 55 years young. If you notice on a couple of the pictures we hiked on my birthday. Which I later found out was also Mud Day. I guess you can say I celebrated it with a muddy hike.

I suppose you want me to ponder something.
A lot of things have been going on.
I could say something about President Dweeb. But just looking at his face or hearing his voice makes me start yelling at whatever I'm watching or listening to. 
To sum my feelings and thoughts up. It is like listening to a middle school kid who is nothing but a spoiled brat. The longer this person is in charge everything in the world will continue to feel like it is in the final stages of a flushing toilet.
But because of him a lot more people are blowing their tops too. 
As for the anti bulling programs, you might as well forget about them doing any good. As long as the top bully is in charge of things, the bullies feel they DO rule the world. So people who try to live a good honest  life are more on the defense and are turned into something very negative. 

Here are a few things you can ponder about for awhile:
Social media: Is it time to start using it less? When is too much attention  too much? 
People abusing one another: Why are so many men attacking women is such horrific ways?
Does common sense exist anywhere anymore?
When are the aliens going to come back at make us start over again? Or at least tell us how to be on a better path.

Well that's about all I have for you today.
I hope you have a good month.
Please try to do things with a more positive meaning.
Positive thoughts. Positive results.

Just keep on pondering the pondering possibilities.     

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June 2017

It's almost hard to believe that the year is almost half over.
Why does it feel like this year just flying by?
Is it because I'm getting older?
You know the older you get the faster time flies.
This last month for me had it's moments.
We got lots of rain which made it harder to get things done outside. A lot of farmers around here have been finding it hard to get fields planted. The husband has one more field to do yet. Hopefully tomorrow he might get it done. It's suppose to rain again this weekend. 
All this rain is making it hard for me to go hiking. We did hike three times. The last one we a bit muddy. I did slip in the mud once. You want to see?

When this was taken it was almost dry.
The husband said we have to take a break for a a couple of weeks for a few reasons.
1st: To muddy.
2nd: To many wood ticks. He had more then I did. I think it might have to do with the fact I make sure my clothes are dried with Bounce Dryer sheets. Plus the last time I carried a number of sheets with me as I hiked. I believe it helps. 
3rd: Our daughter is about to have her baby. So it's best we not be in the middle of the woods when she calls. And cell phone signals in the woods can be hit and miss sometimes.
Oh well, it gives me a chance to plan the next hikes with more details. And I will bring my hiking sticks with me in my pack just in case. He thought I didn't need them last time. Boy was he wrong.
Enough about hiking.
The same day we hiked after we got home it did rain. After the rain there was a very bright rainbow.

This is both ends of that rainbow.

I have not been working on any projects so I have nothing to show you.
So guess I have to ponder somethings.
The first thing happened after one of our hikes when we went to the store after one of our hikes.
When we were walking to the store a family of four, mother, father and two small children were a little bit in front of us. The young girl, who I think could have been maybe as young as four or five, said something to her mother which I didn't hear. The mother replied," That's not the American way." The little girl said something again and the mother replied once again, "That's not the American way."
I just wish I knew what the little girl said for her mother to reply like that.
I know I'm going to sound very judgmental, but this family looked like they were on all kinds of programs, if you know what I mean.
Here is a question for you, what do you think a little girl could say for a mother to reply, "That's not the American way."?
Another thing that happened this last week was a couple of accidents that happened over on highway 29. First thing thing that happened was a cattle truck tipped over somehow on a ramp. A few cow were killed.
The second thing happened a couple of days later was a truck hauling cheese was in a very back accident where I think the driver of that truck died. It took most of that day to get the cheese cleaned off the highway.
After that I made a comment to a few people that with two accidents one with cows and one with cheese, to make it a complete meal there should be an accident involving beer. Well a few days later there was an accident down southern part of the state that involved beer. So you had the top three things Wisconsin is known for. Meat, cheese and beer.

Well I could ponder some of the nonsense happening involving the leader of this country but it just gives me a headache.
But looking at him I see a thug. Who has no real respect for anyone .He is childish. His vocabulary is that of an elementary child. Everything has got to be his way or he calls them all lairs.
But I think the walls are closing in on him fast. But he is the type when cornered will do something very harmful to others. So duck and cover it's going to be very messy.

   Well, that's about all I have to share with you today.
I hope to write something more interesting next time.
So don't forget to keep on pondering the pondering possibilities.

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 2017

Well another month has gone by. So far this year for me is just flying by.
I have started my next big thing.
The husband and I have started hiking the Ice Age Trail.
For those of you who don't know what it is I'll tell you.
It's a trail that goes through Wisconsin. It's over 1100 miles long. it's still a work in progress. There about 620 miles of it complete for hiking. The rest is connecting roads.
It starts on the west side of the state by St. Croix Falls and ends up by Sturgeon Bay.
For me I'm started in the middle close to home and I will work my way west. After I get the done I will come back to where we started and then start going east and south. and then north.
It will take me years to do it because I can only do weekend day hikes right now, weather permitting that is.
We have done a total of 5 hikes so far.
Right now is a good time because it has not been hot or buggy so far but I think that is about to change.
If we keep the pace we have been doing we will be able get at least Taylor county done quicker then we thought. After that the time between hikes will get longer and have to be planned more.
I do suggest that if you enjoy the out doors that you do something like this.
You never know what you will see.
We have seen two eagles nest so far. Three snakes. The husband hates snakes. I think they are very interesting and good to have a round. They do eat bugs and other things too.
It is very good exercise. Over hill and over dale. Some trails are flatter, others are very hilly.
The last hike we did we went 10.91 miles.

As for a project, I have not been working on it. I'm kind of preoccupied with hiking but I'll try to get in the mood soon.

As for pondering things,
The world is a mess and getting messier by the day.
When you a middle schooler leading things it's going to stay very immature.
What I mean by middle schooler is the language he uses. Not very grown up if you ask me.

Well my time is short today. I will try to write more soon. Maybe in a day or two depending on other things.
So till next time.
Keep on pondering the pondering possibilities.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April 2017

Happy April Fools Day to everyone!
It's almost hard to believe that another month has gone by. Is it just me or is this year just flying by?
My month was not to bad, for me personally that is.
Let me think what to say....
I can show you the neighborhood peeping tom:

This guy has been peeping in a number of different peoples basement windows this past month. I think it was part of their daily path. Morning and night, for awhile him and two other toms would come around. One would stop at the window and start banging on it. He sees his reflection and thinks it's another tom. He has put a number of holes in the screen. Dumb bird. I do have a female turkey in a pen in the back yard. You would think he would be over there trying to impress her. They just kind of look at her at move on.

I do have one other animal story to tell you, but no pictures.
I was sitting on the couch one afternoon after work just chilling, when I looked out the window and noticed a bird flying around. It was an eagle. A starting watching it soar around in a circle kind of pattern. Then I noticed a second bird, another eagle.Now I usually only see one eagle at a time. Two are rare. Then after a minute I noticed a third eagle and then a fourth. They were starting to get higher and higher. I think they were having a rumble in the sky. I watched for a few more minutes until the phone rang.
I wonder if they were fighting over territory. I guess it will be another mystery that I will never solve.

I haven't been working on the next project, sorry. Maybe next time.

As for the swing, nothing much has changed. No snow on the ground, so nothing to see.

I suppose I ponder a little right now.
This is something I was thinking about this week.
Watching the news and some of things going on I was beginning to wonder if this idea could be a possibility.
Russian people are starting to protest the corruption in their countries, much like they are protesting things in the US. That is thought number one.
Thought number two: I've seen the movies, "Pirates of the Caribbean", and "Avatar". In both of these movies there is a line, "It's only good business."
Thought number three: A guy I work with has said that war is good for the economy.
Thought number four: Are Putin and President Dweeb( a big business man) trying to start a war so that certain businesses can profit more? 
Human lives be damned. It's all about their bottom line.
I do believe we are already in a world war. Every country is having problems of some sort or another.
Some people want to take full advantage of others instability just for a profit for them and their friends.
Just something to think about.

One thing that did happen locally that made the news, was man killed four people on a shooting rampage. he was trying to kill his wife because they were getting a divorce or divorced I can't remember for sure at this moment.The wife was not hurt. he killed two of her co-workers, her lawyer and a police officer. As of right now he is still alive but not doing so well. 
It's a shame when someone does something like this. Innocent people loosing their life because their world is not the way they want it to be. 

There was one other bad thing that just happened this week. The son of a couple I work with was killed in a car accident. The funeral will be today I guess.he was 18 years old.He didn't have his belt on and was thrown from the vehicle. He had a girl with him, she had her seat belt on and just has a broken leg. 
So work was a little on the somber side for some.Or at least the energy at work for me felt that way.

Well that's about all I have to say today.Or at least all that I can remember I wanted to say.
I really have to start keeping a notebook by my side and make notes during the month so I can really write more about the happening of the past month.
Oh well, maybe soon.
So till next time.
Keep on pondering the pondering possibilities. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 2017

It's almost hard to believe that two months have gone by. I don't know if it feels like time is going faster because I'm getting older or it things are just happening that much faster.
The last month for me personally was just the same old same old.
But I did learn a classmate of mine passed away.
We were never friends. In fact, he was one of the first ones that made my school days very miserable.
Looking back on way things turned out the way they did, I kind of wish things had been different between us. He had always been on my mind when he shouldn't have been. I think that if things had been different we could have been friends and the future would have been different for both of us. But dumb me missed a last chance to see him at our last class reunion back in 2015. Now I will forever live with that regret.
If I could send  him a message now I would say:
Peter Keuer:
To the boy I knew, 
and to the man I wish I had known,
you will forever be in my heart.

Anyway, this has made me more determined to stop putting off things or dreaming of things. I plan to start a great adventure soon.
It's still in the planning stage. I've been gathering information and things I will need to do it.
What is my great plan?
I'm going to start hiking the Ice Age Trail through Wisconsin.
It's a trail that is over 1200 miles long.
I plan on doing it my way.
Because I work during the week, I can only right now plan day hikes on the weekends, weather permitting of course.
I want to start around May. Hopefully there will not be any snow on the ground. 
I will start at a point closest to where I live and then work my way west. Once I get to the west side of the state I will come back to where I started and work my way east till I reach the east end. It will take me years to do this but I plan on recording my adventure and maybe sharing it with you from time to time.
Right now I'm looking for friends who will be willing to hike with me from time to time if the husband can't. He does not want me hiking alone.

I did manage to get one more project done. Well actually it's two:

  A couple of baskets that would be perfect for Easter sometime.

I have to get myself in gear and start the next one. So I may have one done by next time or not.

As for the swing, here is one I from today;
It was snowing when I took this. i think we may have gotten a few inches.
About a week ago there was no snow on the ground.i think Mother nature wanted to give all four seasons in one week.
Here is a picture of the swing back in 2014:
Now that was a year where winter didn't want to let go.

Now I suppose I better do a little pondering.
Well, I don't know what I can say about things that are going on in the rest of the world.
President Dweeb, is just behaving like all so called reality stars. Nothing ever makes sense that comes out of his mouth. All I hear is, "Look at me! I'm in your face anytime I want to be!"
He is just a big business man trying to make changes like all big business people do. It's all about their bottom line.
I've seen the changes that has happened where I work. It has grown a lot over the 37 years I've been there. I've had to put up with a lot of changes. Trying to get the most product out in the least amount of time with the least amount of people to do it. Believe me there is a lot more reworking of things because they are always trying to push things faster then it should be done. But it's not just there, it's all big businesses. Look at all the big recalls you hear about all the time. As long as they are always trying to use so much more automation, things everywhere will continue to decline in quality.
As for all those people that are protesting, it's time to stop and get a helpful job or go back to your real job. And if that is your real job I hope it has good benefits.

Well I can think of a lot more to say but I things to do.
I'll try to maybe write more next time.
So till next time,
Keep on pondering the pondering possibilities.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Feb. 2017

Well it's the beginning of another month. January just flew by.
Let see what can I tell you about the last month.
My daughter and her husband announced what they are having in a kind of explosive way in my backyard. The woods is now pink. I will have a granddaughter come June sometime.
Before I go any farther I will show you the swing:

We have a far amount of snow right now.There was more but there was that warm spell that closed the snowmobile trail for awhile. I think that some might be opening again this weekend in some places. But I really don't care because I don't snowmobile. 
If you are looking for the pink, the recent snow covered it up, so sorry.
I don't know if you can see the stump in the back. There's not much left of it after the announcement.

The rest of the month was not real exciting for me. Well nothing that is worth mentioning anyway.
I have been working on a project. It's half done. I haven't been in the mood lately, sorry.

I suppose better do a little pondering about things that happened in other places.

President Dweeb, is doing what I thought he would.
I was wondering how many executive orders can a president do before he is forced to stop doing it?
The people who are protesting, well, I don't know if it will do any good.
It's still just entertainment for the 1%. 
And most of them are really driven by some big corporation.
It's always hard for me to believe that all those people can keep doing that kind of thing everyday. Don't they have jobs or is someone else really paying them to do it.
I kind of liked the women's march. because I too fear that women's issues will suffer the most if he is left unchecked. I believe that government does not belong in a women's body. By restricting one thing you could end up restricting other things.
To me it's just one more thing telling me, "We do not live a free country". There is no such thing as a free country any where.
I wish I could live in a country where common sense is the way of the land.
And also respect.
And equality.
But these things are never a high priority in any government.
The average person is there only to serve others in one way or another.
It's a game to them on how they make people, they see as less then them, do things that are demeaning. Just to see how far they can push someone. Then cry victim when it blows up in their face.   

That's all I'm going to say about that.
I want to tell you about something I am starting to plan to do.
I want to hike the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin.
It's over 1,000 mile long in all.
No I do not plan on doing it all at once. For one I still have to work a full time job.
I plan on doing it on the weekends. As a day trip.
I know it will take me years to it. I also have to factor in weather and other things that will be going on in my life.
I know when do I want to start?
I'm thinking May. But that depends on Mother Nature. It could be earlier.
My starting point will be be Tm's Hill. That is the highest point in Wisconsin.
I plan on going west from there.
I'm hoping to do at least Taylor County this year.
Once I get the west side done I will come back to Tim's hill and then go East. Eventually ending in Door County.
The trail in places goes through some towns. Right now I don't see myself going through them. But I could change my mind.
I still have a lot of planning to do.
I might keep you post from time to time on how it's going.

Well that's about all I have to say today.
So remember, keep on pondering the pondering possibilities.