October 16, 2017

Some Early Humor, Ranting and Rambling


I'll warn you, with cold temps, severe right jaw pain worse than any toothache, 2 cups of strong coffee and little sleep after doing the latest macOS beta update starting after 2am when I get 'free' data of an extra 50Gb per month added to the 20Gb I pay for ... I am feeling a little ornery this morning ... so be ready.

As you can see once the inside of the house temperature dropped below 70°, in fact getting down to 64° since I left the windows open last night ... Heidi requested she be covered up with her favorite Mexican blanket before Sadie, Stella and I took off for our morning at with fog and 46° outside.

To be 'politically correct' this morning and plans of making a 'safe room' somewhere in my downsized very small house, I have not mentioned the words 'scat', 'drool', 'glue' and have tried my best to take photos of the hounds from the front of them or their side ... no butts. I also request that as you read this post from the first word and those last few sentences all the way through this post ... know it is all written with a smile on my face and a strong flavor of humor ... I pray to god almighty I don't step on anyone's toes this morning. LOL


After forcing myself to stay up past 2am so I could take advantage of my free 50Gb data period to upload the latest Apple 'beta' version of their macOS I was wired wide awake as I tried to go to sleep at 4am. So I knew things might be a little foggy in my brain this morning the first time I opened my eyes but I didn't expect fog outside. I knew something was different though ... for the first time since last winter there was condensation on the inside of the bedroom windows ... on the only one I had shut.


With all the shade outside in the field I knew it was going to be wetter than normal. The picture above doesn't show it nearly as much as my eyes saw, with leaves saturated with morning dew. Stella charged into the first part of woods or brush ... but came back out when I called her name.


Sadie was on her own mission and was waiting for neither of us. She was practically around the first turn before I could get the camera focused. I thought long and hard about posting this photo because it was taken from behind Sadie, not the front or side ... requirements I told myself this morning had to be followed.  LOL


Stella showed her burst of energy early. When you see her ears laying flat on top of her head you know she is at high speed. Both photos were out of focus but I am thinking that it was from photographer error more than the speed of the hound. I've noticed lately that auto focus for 'single point' is not nearly as sharp as before, if it is even focused at all. I'll dig into the lens owner's manual right after my unexpected 'board meeting' early this afternoon.


The hounds have requested a meeting this afternoon to decide which direction this blog is going. It's been only a week since they came back online with new intentions of being more open in our discussions, not hiding thoughts, locations of where we are/were, along with no approvals from the 'higher ups' before publishing the blog post. After all it's their blog ... I'm only a low paid employee with no benefits and no savings plan.


As Sadie and I marched through wet grass and weeds, getting the mid calf of my leg wet (never a good thing) I glanced back to check on Stella and could see that she had her own plans. That was fine with me, Sadie and I could catch up with her on the way back.


As Sadie and I made the turn along the back edge of the field, it certainly felt like a fall day. It might have been the cargo shorts I forgot I had on in 46° that made it feel that way, but most likely it was the Golite insulated down jacket I was wearing. I'm being honest here and not funny ... I am not looking forward to winter and colder temps. I'll get through it without complaining as usual but I'll not be jumping up and down with excitement that we are doing our walks in single digit temps.


As much as it looks like it's going to be a beautiful day today ... the fall colors just are not happening so far this year. It needs to be drier and I'm not sure the heavy dew every morning is a good thing for developing bright vibrant colors in all those trees in front of us.


What I wouldn't do for some of those 800mg of Motrin I use to get years ago from our squadron doctor at no charge. Then it was for a bad back and an old baseball pitching shoulder that had too much scar tissue grinding away ... today it's my jaw. The 4 measly Ibuprofen tablets 200mg each are not working.


The closer we got to the 3/4 point of the walk I could already see Stella had wandered over to the right behind the woods next to my neighbors house. I have not seen that huge blonde cat over there in almost a year. Nor have I seen that regular size black cat but the one time in the yard,  yet with my zero mouse traffic inside my house (is it okay to say that? Ha) ... I assume the field cats the hounds and I never see, are doing their job of finding field mice at night and keeping the mice traffic under control.


With Stella not moving I asked Sadie as I always do in this situation "where's Stella"?


You would think with a nose 200x better than a human nose, testing out when she was a puppy to be a strong 'tracker', hearing 4x better than a human ... that it would be no problem for her to find Stella standing still just to the right of her. Yet she was confused ... she didn't find Stella anywhere as she sniffed the air and scanned the field.


I started my slow walk through taller grass, getting my legs wet again (never a good thing) and saying "come on" ... the favorite words of Stella. She finally moved and headed my direction ... but ....


Only about 20' where she had to stop again.


Notice how well I am following my 'new rules' this morning with this string of photos from the front or side of the hounds ... plus not mentioning certain irritating words that make some sick? LOL


For some reason as I was walking the path I looked down. Were these eggs of some sort? Not by the way they looked as I bent over for a closer look. I had to take a photo fast because Sadie noticed them and of course anything strange looking in 'her' field she has to sniff it to be identified. I touched them after this photo and they felt like mushrooms. I left them there instead of taking them home for further testing.


Well another week ahead. With the gutters clean, branches on the roof tossed into the yard and moved to the burn pile, the lawn mowed twice in two different directions, leaves mulched, house cleaned, laundry done as well as the dishes ... the hounds and I have NOTHING on the agenda today. There will be a MLB playoff game tonight along with the Colts on Monday night football but through out the day ... an open schedule with a lot of possibilities.


If I don't die and sleep a little in the late afternoon after 3 hours of sleep last night ... the hounds might fit in a 3rd walk later. It's really amazing how accurate the Garmin VivoSmart 3 is at tracking my sleep ... right down to the minute, showing me the time I fall asleep and the time I wake up. When I look at the time when waking up it's right on the money for accuracy. It even tells me how much of my sleep is 'deep' and if I get up in the middle of the night.


With the hounds leading the way to end the walk and slowly entering the wet grass of the backyard with new leaves to rake or mow ... I lifted my camera up for a picture but remembered the new self-imposed rules of no pictures with the hounds ahead of me showing their butts. After all this blog is turning more to 'political correctness' so we can get on schedule with the rest of this messed up world.

As I tip-toed back into the yard to keep a few of the blog readers happy and not stepping on any one's sensitive toes ...  iswhen I saw the local utility company trucks. I hoped I had electrical power inside the house. I wanted to get a fast start to this this blog post and as soon as I ripped off my wet hiking boots, heated another cup of strong coffee I could have my fingers tearing my keyboard with words flying out of my mouth to this blog.


Since they have told me that my house electric is now on the 'new line', I was a little concerned when I saw someone working on those lines while the hounds and I were almost to the corner of the house. It was all good though with the power. As I stepped inside I looked at the microwave stove and saw the clock ... so I had plenty of power awaiting me after I sprinted to my computer to get this irritating, possibly abrasive to some, non-humorous- bs blog post written.


Just remember with me at the controls of the 'dashboard' I can weaken or strengthen what this blog does or doesn't do. I will never lock out comments because I like reading them no matter what they say. I don't care who looks at the blog, nor do I care what country they live in nor what color they are ... everyone is welcome.

I only have a setting that comments will be (about this time I was typing the next word I heard a truck coming up my driveway. It was the electric company telling me for the last time I would be losing power soon while they completed their disconnect of power lines from the older setup. 3 hours later the kitchen light came back on letting me know that power had been restored. So here I am) monitored after a post is two weeks old. That gives me a chance to look at any comments on older posts before I publish them. What that does is cut down on all the spam hacking comments that usually attack older posts or closed blogs that are still online.

I've lost my train of thought after the 3 hour gap. I am to the point of applying ice to my right jaw. The hounds have been fed lunch with the bloodhounds wanting their walk, Heidi wanting her siesta.

Later the hounds and I, at their request, will hold a board meeting (isn't that what Monday's are for?) and decide if the blog will turn toward a flavor of "political correctness" with the author "tip toeing" on eggshells not to hurt the feelings of some ... or do we open it more than ever and 'let it rip' with ranting, complaining, voicing opinion about life in general, the world in general, hounds in general, crap in general?

I would just like to keep it where it is with commentary and photos of the hounds and life here in 'the tropics' while staying away from world news or events, sports opinions, ranting or complaining about things. If I wanted that I'd find a job and go back to work. I'll let the other bloggers do that on their blogs. This is what I will recommending to the blog owners, Sadie, Stella and Heidi.

They will give me the 'yes or no' on using words like dr***, or sc**, or talk about a wild imagination of a picture sprinkling d*** sc** on top of Ben&Jerry's ice cream but sliding the bowl over to the hounds for them to enjoy. Besides I like my Ben&Jerry's ice cream plain with nothing sprinkled on top.  LOL

All is good here in 'the tropics' of Southern Indiana.

Here's hoping the comment sections below will be filled with numerous responses with honest opinions, thoughts, complaints or approvals ... all of us, hounds and readers alike love reading the few comments posted after some of our blog posts.

It's now time for our 2nd walk of the day with the camera in tow.

26 comments:

  1. Now, I really CANNOT stop laughing Steve! Please, please, please, NO political correctness or tip toeing on eggshells!

    This is your blog, and you can talk about drool or sprinkling deer scat that is molasses injected on your Ben and Jerry's ice cream and feeding it to the hounds or even yourself, if you change your mind about having a topping. Sorry, for the loooong sentence, but I for one, love this post!! :)

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    1. I'm glad at least one reader has a sense of humor ... thank you. "Our" meeting has been held. I'll write more later on what we decided but basically it was unanimous 3-0 vote on NOT being political correct. It was voted 3-0 on NOT complaining, ranting about world events current news or sports talk radio. It was a 3-0 vote FOR the writing the blog the way it has been the last "almost" 6 years.

      It was a 3-0 vote for taking pictures of the hounds if they are in FRONT of me ... they didn't want to wait on me all the time and are more than happy with they way their rears look and they will never change their minds on what they will or will not eat.

      Sadie and Stella said "if we can't taste it, we can't identify it" ... Heidi thought they were both gross and would never lower her standards to eating anything but chicken breast without the skin, pizza crust, dog treats and kibble.

      So the 'boots' are back on and their will be no tip toeing by the author. Now I have to try something else for this all day jaw pain.

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  2. Ha Ha...agree ...no political corrections needed or wanted...but....what is causing the jaw pain ? did I miss that ? Kelly

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    1. Nope, didn't miss anything ... the jaw pain has been intermittent the last month, maybe once or twice per week. No pain as I speak after more ice treatment and 800mg of Ibuprofen knowing that I can't take more than 2400mg of that stuff within a 24 hour period.

      I've been known to grind my teeth while sleeping. I think that is the cause of it or clenching my teeth too tight while sleeping. I have been wearing a mouth guard after a dentist recommended it. Last night or last this morning at 4am I forgot the mouth guard. The macOS update must have been more stressful than I thought ... or maybe I was dreaming about deer scat and ice cream, don't know ... LOL

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  3. What happened to your jaw?? What are you driving now? Just don't tell me they are eating poop. I can see they are but I don't want to hear about it. Why on earth would an animal do that is beyond my. It's not just you. I have the same problem with egrets and cows! They each have their own. So gross.

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    1. To answer your question about the jaw pain, see the reply above I typed to Kelly. Driving??? I've got the blue FJ and the Z4. YESSSSSSS what they eat is gross and used to really make me mad ... but I couldn't stop it, got vet approval to let them eat whatever they wanted as it would not kill them. I usually try not to look, turn my back and walk away. I'll no longer say what they are eating, just show the picture. Thanks for sticking with the blog.

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  4. A very nice conservative blog entry with a proper dash of H B and H Fronts. I would be hard pressed to enjoy my day without a good dose of H B photos. Keep up the good blogging Steve, I love it.

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  5. I am deeply offended by your off hand comments regarding your drug use. I am also upset because of the way you speak about cold weather! You should be ashamed of yourself, Steve. Don't you know the sensitivities of these issues? (I'm bummed because the Ducks lost so badly!!)

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    1. I am still mad about the IU / Michigan game but that type of officiating happens every year against Michigan. Saturday was a night of upsets ... maybe more drugs would help us get through this season of college football ... LOL

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    2. I was laughing so hard I nearly choked on that reply...................

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    3. Barney ... choking is never good when living solo.

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  6. And here I was, imagining sore jaw as the results of a bar-fight over a discussion about dog-butts.

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    1. Those were 'the days' weren't they ... where has all the fun gone?

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  7. Twas a delightful post and thoroughly enjoyed. A sore and painful jaw is no fun,hope is better soon. Take care.

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    1. It might be hard to top this post and the responses. I can see the blog needs more humor scattered around the daily pictures. So far this morning the jaw is feeling great. Strange isn't it.

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  8. Those military issue 800mg Vitamin M sure did the job. It seems 800mg of Advil etc is not nearly as good. Dogs love cat poop, high in protein and flavor. Fun post.

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    1. You are right about how well those worked. I've never had any good results the times I tried Advil or Aleve. I have found the generic Ibuprofen at Walmart works as well as the brand named Ibuprofen. Good responses on this blog post ... looks like the blog needs more humor.

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  9. Great post as always. Any photos of hounds are appreciated at any time and in any direction.

    Our girls loved to eat rabbit poop, also vet approved. However they got their teeth brushed each time.

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    1. the hounds come in and drink water as a rinse I guess, at least when they eat dirt the moles push up. I see that at the bottom of the stainless steel water bowl....burshing is not an option unless I put either hounds in a headlock ... LOL

      I wouldn't do that but there is NO WAY they are going to let me brush their teeth.

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  10. I totally agree with ZippyPinHead and Contessa!! :o) LOL

    In my years of experience with dogs of all kinds, I have found that almost all of them love cat poop, rabbit poop and that molasses ingested deer scat!!! And some even like to eat their own poop! Haha!

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    1. Winston was my most favorite hound ever and he picked up a habit of eating his own poop from Bertha .. the bloodhound before Sadie. That you to drive me to the point of screaming words not fit for human ears at him .... luckily I have no neighbors that are close :)

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  11. "The 4 measly Ibuprofen tablets 200mg each are not working."

    This sort of answers the question that you posed as a Shout on my web site. So 4x200mg is not as good as 800mg therefore I am probably right when I say 2x200 is not as good as 400 and it was worth my time and efforts to get VA to prescribe the 400mg.
    I forget what you med coverage is now but can you get some 800mg at a reduced price? The prescription ibuprofen is EXPENSIVE.

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    1. Since I am 65 now I use the VA but the thing is I've never had to use them for meds or dr appts .... I've never been sick besides a cold here and there. Most of today and this afternoon I had severe pain in my jaw ... Around 9pm I went to TMJ.org that I had bookmarked in 2015 and reviewed "home remedies" to reduce the pain.

      I changed from ice packs to a warm wash rag that I microwaved for 15 seconds...then held it on the joint of my jaw ... that worked the best and as of 12:30am Wednesday ... no pain. I might get some sleep tonight after the Cubs/Dodgers game is over.

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    2. Get a VA appointment for an annual checkup. Explain your jar problem and your home remedies - gently suggest that 800 mg ibuprofen has worked wonders in the past. Once you are 'in the system' it is easier to get help. Not EASY, easier. Getting in the system is the hard part plus you need an annual doctor visit rather than just that one where the doctor pronounces you dead.

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    3. Thanks for the suggestion. I've had my DD-214 sitting out on my desk for a YEAR now with plans to go to the local VA and correct my registration with proof of an award they need to see. That would push me up from a Priority 8 assigned to top of the list and FREE service. I'll let you know what happens if I make the 30 mile drive to the VA to get the problem fixed.

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