prune picker

This is the blog of a prune picker. Retired oilfield. I am an old man. Will be 90 next July 20. I blog a lot about my body and getting old. As I approach death life gets more interesting. More interesting is not good. I still drive. I attend sports, bluegrass, and civic events. I attend swim class three times a week. Some of my blogs might be interesting. A lot of my blogs are silly and trivial. None are very long.

Monday, May 25, 2015

10th Annual Cook Baptist Church Fish Fry for Veterans and Spouses.

This guy has had a lot to do with it. From fishing and planning to MC of the program.

This is the famous Richard Smith Jones. What a great affair it was today. We ate, had tea, desert, pledged allegiance, sang the National Athen, acknowledged the service branch that we served in, and received some gospel enlightenment from Richard Jones, and were excused in an hour and a half. You just can not do better than that. The following pictures indicate what went on.

Ken Lantrip was one of the cooks. He and my son in law John Adams on the right played football together at Louisiana Tech. John had found a 1966 Lake Charles newspaper that had an article on the two men. They were both stars and are famous of course.

The above pictures are people from my Senior Lunch group. You must recognize Tommy Ledford.

Oh Boy!

Mr and Mrs James Fallin.

I have been to four or five of these fish frys. They are very nice. Today I was impressed by how many people that I know in Ruston. There were several dozen people at the lunch that I know pretty good and am very fond of.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Veterinarian John Adams.

Recall Patches, the cat from the woods,who came in a couple of weeks ago with two kittens and a bite out of her leg?                                                                                                                                                                            

It was a terrible wound. The size of the top of a soft drink can.

Dr John sprayed the wound almost daily with cleansing pain killing antiseptic spray.

This morning the wound was the size of a quarter. Should be all healed up soon. John did good. He is a multi talented guy. Patches's two kittens are sure happy about the recovery of their mom.                                                                                                                             

58 days to my 90th birthday. Like Patches, it looks like I am going to make it!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Green Treefrog and Copperhead Snake. (Life at the Koi Pond)

We were sitting in the gazebo when John pointed out this guy to Kerry and I.

Here are some pics of his home.

Google says this is the Green Treefrog, the Official Louisiana State Amphibian. Popular as a pet. Below is the Google picture.

Lately killed in the Koi Pond area.

This is a Copperhead snake. Not a pet. Medium poisonous. Watch out! Hard to see on the ground. Picture below is a Google pic.

60 days to 90th.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

A City Of Refuge. Vinton, Louisiana.

Yesterday, Saturday, May 16, 2015 six members of the VFW Post in Ruston drove some 200 miles to Vinton, Louisiana. They were in two pickups. One was pulling a cargo trailer holding food and supplies for The City Of Refuge. The City Of Refuge is a facility to temporarily house and feed homeless veterans. We were able to view the place and gain an appreciation of the good work that is done there. There is no Government money or support for The City of Refuge.

On the way to Vinton we stopped at the rice farm of Mr Hoppe who gave us a supply of rice for The City. It is a special delicious rice and some of the six purchased some.

This is Burt Stigen, top man at The City.

Guard cat.

The cabins are rustic, but clean, appealing, and home like.

Burt and his buddy. JD. JD is top man at the Ruston VFW Post.

The Chapel looked well used.

The kitchen also looked well used.

Mrs  Burt and her buddy JD.

The line up. Do any of these folks look guilty? They are not. Just a bunch of nice people. From left to right they are ; Chuck Monson, Mrs Burt, JD Harper, Jeff Ferguson, Patrick Barrington, Gary King, Burt Stigen, and Emanual Seals.

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