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.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fourth of July morning on the Tarbutton overpass bridge,

The Tarbutton Road overpass bridge is the first overpass bridge that you go under coming into Ruston from the West. This morning it was all flagged and a couple was waving at traffic. John and I stopped and thanked them for their patriotic display.

Lady on the left. Man on the right.

The Flag man and his bike.

Fireworks in Ruston July 3rd.

John and I joined the Newberrys at the fireworks display in Ruston. John takes a nice picture of the Newberrys.

Good looking fireworks fans!

Vital Signs. Observations on 90th birthday.

Here is the last two weeks of my vital signs. Holding on weight and blood pressure is not bad. First column is date, next is steps/weight, then high blood pressure /low blood pressure-pulse, last column is temperature.

In 16 days I will be 90 years old. Two weeks from Monday. July 20. A week from next Friday I will fly to Seattle. I will spend my birthday on Orcas Island.

Studies have indicated that when a person becomes 90 years old the IQ and wisdom level of the person increases by up to 37 %. I have put off some decisions until I am 90 to take advantage of that phenomena.

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Dog Lady of Lake D'Arbonne.

I visited the Dog Lady of Lake D'Arbonne yesterday. Some know her as Rhonda Michelle Blakley Ray. I usually call her Mrs Ray.

She only has seven dogs. They are Flipflop, Chuggs, Daisy, Hank, Little Bit, Jasper, and Lily Bell. They all have four legs except Flipflop. Flipflop lost his rear left leg to cancer last year.

Flipflop is a sweet dog. Gets around pretty good on his three legs. I think he is a Great Pyrenees.

Flipflop gets a helping hand from Rhonda over the stoop. Isn't Rhonda a nice Dog Lady? 

Rhonda in front of her Lake.

Stairs to the Lake.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

My new roof and elegant new porch.

My previous porch was built by John nine years ago. It was not treated wood. While installing my new steel roof it gave way. Noah Brown of American Carports (for a nominal fee) built me a new porch. Noah also did the roof. Here is the exciting story (exciting to me) of my new roof and pictures.

Broke old porch.

Out goes the old porch.

In goes the new.Notice one piece stainless steel railings. No splinters.

Noah brought the A Team today. Dustin, Dillon, and Keith. Hard working crew.

Noah Brown top  man at American Carports.

Home Sweet Home. In the shade and out of the rain!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Young girl barrel racing.


Older girl doing a good job barrel racing.


2015 Peach Festival Rodeo.

Attended the rodeo Saturday night. It was a good one.

Same announcer.

The clown got busted. Illegal use of a phone booth, I guess. Good thing that the Sheriff was on the ball.

The horse was too fast for my camera. See following films of two barrel races.

21 days to my 90th.

Friday, June 26, 2015

First 90th Birthday Card.

Today it is 24 days to my 90th birthday. And I received my first 90th birthday card! It is a beautiful card designed and made by Yvonne Turner. Yvonne is a dear friend and is the sister of Jewette Farley. Jewette is also a dear friend. Jewette took his Mother's words to heart. When Jewette was a boy, every time he left home and told his Mother good bye she would say these words. "Be a sweet boy".

Isn't that a great card? It is colorful like me. It was a thrill to receive and appreciated. Thank you Vonnie.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Third day on roof.

About three more hours were spent on the frame. All legs are in place now.

That is Homer Brown on the roof. He knows steel roof construction. The ground was fairly level in front of the trailer. The ground fell down a slope behind the trailer. One leg had to be 19 feet long. The standard length was 12 feet. The front legs fit into one prefab steel piece in front. But behind the trailer the legs had to be taylor cut to fit the slope. Steel pipes were driven into the ground. Then the leg was lifted and lowered over the pipe. No cement was used.

Looking good. Almost ready for sheeting.

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