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. As I approach death some things work erratically. I am able to attend sports and bluegrass 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. Read at your own risk.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Squirrel Mulligan at N & J Oilfield Parts and Service in Arcadia

20 squirrels were shot and furnished by John Corley. N & J cooked a great mulligan. It was delicious. John Adams and I were lucky enough to be invited to lunch. TJ and Noy Anderson are the owners of N & J. John Adams and the Andersons are old friends.

They are such a good looking family! TJ, Noy, and Cash. And such nice hosts.

N & J can do most any chore. They are experienced local contractors. Oilfield and most anything else.

Noy makes sure that people coming for lunch have clean boots.

There was quite a collection of items on the wall. Huge snake skins, antlers, and deer heads.

Boy was that Squirrel Mulligan good!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Blog number 2500!

This is the 2500th blog since I started the prune picker blog in April, 2010. It has been interesting and fun. I must say that the bloom is off. I can get bored. In five years I have posted 2500 blogs. That is about 500 a year. I plan to cut back.

Many of the blogs are autographical memories. I will use them in a memoir. I have more. As I get closer to death I can tell more. If you can not let it all hang out the day before you die, when can you? Stay tuned. There may be some juicy memories.

Many are medical updates about a senior citizen in the last days of his life. These are interesting to me. I now know much more about the human body. Sure wish I could be around to blog about my death. Have to do it now.

There has been a lot of blogs about the genealogy of the Monson family and the Ireton family. I want to put this genealogical data into a form that will make sense to people after my death.

In the meantime I am enjoying socializing with all my good friends and family in Louisiana. They are such a blessing. And going to sport events. And going to bluegrass affairs. And reading a book now and then. In about a dozen weeks, the good lord willing, I will spend my 90th birthday on Orcas Island with some of my west coast family. I hope that I make it. 90 sounds so much more distinguished than 89. I tell people that I am living my 90th year right now.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Shoeshine Boy in 1930s Pomona, California.

I was a shoeshine boy in downtown Pomona in the late 1930s. I was 13 or 14. I built a box to hold shoe shine stuff. The box was much like the box in this picture. Years later the box showed up in the household of a cousin. It was returned to me. I used it at home for some time as an adult.

Although I did not have a fancy thing for the client to put his shoes on. I believe that I charged a dime for a regular shine. A two tone was twenty five cents. Two tones were in style at that time.

I recall being in the bus station most of the time. It was on the corner of Third Street one block west of Gary. When I came home from the war it had been moved over to Gary and Fourth Street.

This is what downtown Pomona looked like in those days.

I have always been vain and concerned about my appearance. I must have been a sight wondering around downtown Pomona with my shoeshine box. But a dime was a lot of money. I do not recall making a lot of, or very much, money.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse.

Jackie and I spent a lot of time in RV parks in Long Beach, Washington area. Near to the mouth of the Columbia River.

Lots of things to do and see. The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse is on the Washington side of the Colombia River.

Also nearby was a Lewis and Clark Interpretation Center. Interesting and educational.

Also nearby was the Coast Guard Rough Water Lifeboat Training Center.

We really enjoyed the times we spent in the area. Probably a half dozen weeks altogether. I have lately found out that a cousin of mine was a Lighthouse Keeper at the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse.

I am proud of cousin Joel Munson. He not only could play the fiddle but he could save lives also!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Vital signs. Weight up to 250! Shame.

I was down to 243 after my bout with flu. Now I am heading back to where I was.

The columns are date, steps/weight, high press/low press-pulse, temp.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Farm Report. March 2015.

Farmer John Adams has a garden and chickens. (And rabbits. More about them later.)

John loves to garden The chickens love to eat the plants in John's garden. John likes the eggs from the chickens. He also likes the garden crops. What to do? John decided to put up a seven foot high net fence around the garden to keep the chickens out of the garden. He could have eaten the chickens and buy eggs at the store. However, the chickens are lovable and a lot of company. And range eggs taste so good.

Here are the chickens watching the fence go up.

If eggs are $2 per dozen and the fence cost $300 I calculate that it would take about about a year to pay for the fence in eggs.

John uses rows of barrels in his garden. This year he is adding an overhead sprinkler system to water his garden. Instead of dragging a water hose around he will just open a valve.

John is sharp, huh? Meanwhile there has been activity in the rabbit department.

The white bunny is due to have a litter on April 14.

The gray bunny is due April 13.

The male bunny is not due. He has done his part.

High above the garden this tree is in bloom.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Jackie passed away 8 years ago. Saint Patricks Day 2007.

Jackie and I met and married in 1944. (71 years ago) We were 63 years together before she passed away.

Jackie was a good wife and mother. Several times every day I see something, I think of something, I experience something, that reminds me of how much I miss her. My body is one big sob for a moment. I really feel sad. However, one can get used to being sad. Every time I am with a couple I yearn for the presence of Jackie. I urge couples that are still together, to be thankful and enjoy each other as much as possible.

This old beat up photograph shows Jackie and I in a very happy time in our life together. It is my favorite family picture. Jackie is holding our baby, Mike. I am holding Kerry. (Today I live in my RV that is parked 25 steps from Kerry's front door) Our oldest daughter, Nancy is on the left. Oldest son Chris is on the right.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bluegrass Club meeting in Arcadia. 3/14/15.

Good program, good music, nice people. Every second Saturday afternoon. Great decor.

Four bands every month.

Helen Whatley, Club President. Doing a great job. Thanks, Helen.

Main Street Connection.

Home Sweet Harmony.


Nice looking singers. Angel and Dean.

Bluegrass Country.

Grassfire. 30 second video.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Does Eat Place. Two Cities. Four Years. One Inspection Team.

Four years ago in January 2011 Roger Shelby, John Roebuck, Skip Russell, and the old Prunepicker drove 145 miles to Greenville, Mississippi to eat and inspect the steaks at Does Eat Place. Does is truly a unique place to eat. It was founded in 1941. Still operates in the same building. Because it is located in a tough part of town there is an armed guard at the door.

See the guard to the left. Through the front door is the kitchen. The steaks are cooking under fire to your immediate left.

Inspection Team as of 2011. Before beard.

Everything was so good. This was actually our second trip to Greenville. I had not started blogging before the first trip. (Probably made first trip around 2008)

This year a Does franchise opened in Monroe. Only an hour drive. The Team decided to inspect the Franchise.

Inspection Team as of 2015. John had on the same shirt. 

Our assignment was to compare and grade the two Does Eat Places. This is my opinion. The Monroe Does is an excellent steak house with excellent service and nice decor. But I missed the entrance through the kitchen and the 1941 decor. There is something about the Mississippi steak that is a wee bit better.

Before I make a final decision I am going to have to inspect the Greenville Does again. (Four years?)

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