Thursday, November 06, 2008

Diamond Dust

I noticed a Moon Dog while outside this evening. I hurriedly tried for a picture. It was gone in no time.

Research about moon phenomena indicates Moon Dogs are "almost invisible clouds that reside in the atmosphere where commercial airliners cruise, at about 30,000 feet. The clouds are composed largely of ice crystals, known as diamond dust."

Diamond dust! That is awesome. It is very beautiful. The down side is folk lore states that it means bad weather could be coming.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Graduated 1964

I received one of these chain type emails today. When I was finished, I thought it might be fun to post it. Feel free to copy and paste then change the answers to fit you.

1. Did you date someone from your school? Yes
2. Did you marry someone from your high school? Yes
3. Did you car pool to School? Rode the bus
4. What kind of car did you have? When I was a senior, sometimes my older brother let me drive his 1962 Chev. 327 "4 on the floor" on Friday.
5. What kind of car do you have now? Toyota Corolla

6. Its Friday night...where are you? (then) Football game playing trumpet in the marching band

7. It is Friday night...where are you? (now) Eating pizza in front of the television

8. What kind of job did you have in high school? none away from home. Helped on the farm & a little babysitting for the neighbors

9. What kind of job do you do now? Rural mail carrier
10. Were you a party animal? No Sometimes a bunch of girl friends would get together. Not many mixed parties other than school functions.
11. Were you considered a flirt? Pretty sure I was not considered a flirt. I was shy (believe it or not)

12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? Choir & band. There were no girl's sports. Music & cheer leading were about all there was and I was not cheer leading material.

13. Were you a nerd? No, but the people in my class that were nerdy are the most successful now.

14. Did you get suspended or expelled? No, but had to sweep out the bus once because I hit the driver on the back of the head with bubblegum.

15. Can you sing the fight song? Yes--"Though other schools may justly, be proud of what they do. May boast of their equipment and their achievements too. We proudly pledge allegiance, with loyal faithfulness. To the first and best of high schools. To our own DCCHS." When we were freshmen, the English teacher made us learn the school song and I never forgot it.

16. Who was/were your favorite teacher(s)? I liked them all. Really--our school had good teachers.

17. Where did you sit during lunch? The lunch room--no special place.

18. What was your school's full name? Dickinson County Community High School. Since changed to Chapman High School

19. When did you graduate? 1964

20. What was your school mascot? Fighting Irish
21. If you could go back and do it again, would you? No Although I had a good high school experience.
22. Did you have fun at Prom? Yes, but it was more fun working with everyone planning and decorating before it took place.

23. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with? Yes, every day, married him

24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion? Haven't missed one yet.

25. Do you still talk to people from school ? Sure. Visited with a lot of them when the tornado destroyed much of the school this summer.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Two things I am doing for my country

Vote and buy a few Christmas presents. Just think, if everyone would spend $50 on American made presents after they vote, what that would do for the economy.

I believe in less government and individual accountability. I believe in hard work. I believe everyone, young and old, rich and poor contributing toward this nation becoming energy independent. The best way to accomplish this is private sector initiatives and, most importantly, individual responsibility. Health care? No one person, party or government law should change it. The current program must be fixed and that has to be done with the industry's imput. Foreign relations, the world is complex. Who do I trust to represent our country? Someone with experience.

We are leaving at 6:30 this morning to vote.

Monday, November 03, 2008

It's creeping up on me

Thanksgiving and Christmas are almost one big Holiday anymore. I like it that way. Thanksgiving is an opportunity to see extended family or friends, as with Dan’s family, who we might not see at all during Christmas.

The one occurrence that brings this time of year into focus is the change back from daylight savings time. Doug (son) and I talked this evening about how early darkness can be a downer and cut into outdoor time. On the other hand, the long evenings allow more time for indoor projects. Cheery Christmas lights take the place of long twilight evenings.

Yep, I think I’m catching that Holiday feeling—whispers, secrets and hiding places. Plans, parties and good food.

And, it’s only November 3rd.

Sunday, November 02, 2008


This is Sister, our three grandboys' dog—thus the name. She is staying with us for a few days.

Sister’s heritage is not known. Clearly, she has some similarity to a boxer but the nose and ears are something else. The kids think she could have some Jack Russell.

All I know, Sis has boundless energy. She moves effortlessly. There is no lack of enthusiasm.

She is going home in a few days. We will miss her. I don’t think Skye will.