prune picker

This is the blog of a prune picker. (Native born Californian) Retired oilfield. I am an old man. (91) 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, music, and civic events. I am writing my memoirs. 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.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The hard freeze of 2018.

I am still in the hard freeze of 2018. It is 20 degrees at eleven am. My water line is frozen and the water pump to use the trailer on board water supply is kaput. I brushed my teeth (and made coffee) from a water bottle this morning. The temperature is supposed to go above freezing for a couple of hours at 2 pm. I hope it warms up enough to thaw my frozen water line.

I was doing fine keeping my water line open (a low flow into the sink) until 3 this morning. I had checked the water at 2 am and it was fine. At three the water was frozen regardless of the small flow. At five I tried to pump water from my tank and the lines inside the trailer were freezing up. The temperature dropped quite a bit at three am. (to 9 degrees!) I sleep in the bedroom with the door closed. (keep it warm with electric heater) When I checked the temperature in the front room it was 35 degrees. Must have been below freezing in the compartment where the indoor water lines are. I should have kept the front room warm and the cupboard doors open. Live and learn!

Pictures of the snow yesterday morning.









Monday, January 15, 2018

100 million baskets of dirt.

I attended a meeting of the Northeast Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society last Sunday. Dr Diana M Greenlee gave a fascinating lecture on "The Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point". Poverty Point is a group of earth mounds that were built over thousands of years starting 3500 years ago.


Poverty Point might have been the first city in North America. Dr Greenlee said it was the New York City of the day. It would have been something to see.



 I found the subject very interesting. Ancient people built mounds and stone formations all over the world. Why this all powerful urge to move dirt? It is estimated that the construction at Poverty Point required 100 million baskets of dirt to be carried to the site.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Happy 97th Birthday, Tommy Ledford

What a lovely party! Almost the whole town was there to show Tommy their respect and love. Even the Mayor come to the party. He is the middle white head in the picture below. Tommy is in his recliner.




Tommy has great grand children. These three entertained. See the short video at the bottom of this post.






The old Prunepicker insisted on a dual selfie with Tommy. I have  several meals a month (for ten plus years) with Tommy. At the VFW and at the Council on Aging. We discovered that 74 years ago we were both in the Army and stationed at Camp Cooke near Santa Maria, California. It is a small world, huh?





Don't they play and sing great?






Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Moving dirt.

In my lifetime I have seen tremendous progress (a tipping point) in man's ability to move dirt. When I was four years old (1929) I watched my Dad excavating dirt for the basement of a large church. He was using a team of horses to pull a metal excavator (a Fresno) full of dirt up a sloping bank out of the hole for the basement.


It was an impressive sight. My Dad was an impressive figure in the many men involved. The Fresno scraper (called a Fresno) was invented around 1775 in Fresno, California. Prior to this time most of man's earth scraping and dirt moving was done using many men and shovels. (Even the 400 mile long Erie Canal. 40 foot wide and four foot deep. Later deepened to 12 feet.)


This is a picture of an early Fresno.


Here is a model showing the addition of wheels. Some early Fresnos were large enough to require more than a single team of horses.


Take a look at the latest Fresnos. Now called excavators. I drive through the construction site for a freeway interchange several times a week. It will take cost 23 million dollars and take five years to build. It is interesting to see the earth moving that is taking place. They are using several of these behemoths.



You must agree that the change from men with shovels to the huge machines of today is a great change. My Dad (and the Egyptian Pharaohs.) would be very impressed.


The picture above is of my Dad taken in the 1920s. At that time he was doing contract work with his team of horses (Bert and Beck) in Pomona. California. I remember visiting the team in the barn.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Old friends. Latanka and Rosa. Contact man: The Old Prunepicker.

This morning on the way to visit Rosa I stopped by Jefferson Corner to get a cup of coffee. As usual on weekends Latanka was there to give me a friendly greeting. Latanka has known and worked for Rosa (before Rosa's sickness)  maybe 30 years. She asked me to give Rosa her love. I took the selfie below to show Rosa during my visit.


Rosa always refers to Latanka as her daughter. She was thrilled to see the picture. I took the selfie below to show Latanka.


You could call the two selfies Prunepicker-O-Grams.

I want to ask you to keep Rosa in your prayers and hearts. I am attaching the following as a reminder to me. I need the reminder. Thanks to my son in law John for bringing to my attention.


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Christian had a great Ninth Birthday Party!

Big crowd, smiles and laughter, presents, games, good food, and a little singing. The party was held at Johnny's Pizza Parlor in West Monroe.

Part of the crowd. Nice people.


Christian is sporting a yellow mustache.


Present opening.


 Sweet cousins.



Johnny Lynn, Cousin.


Happy Birthday, Christian.






Old friends and cousins.


Family pic. Ethan, Ross, Joy, Christian, and David.


The cake says "Happy Birthday, Christian." What else?



Johnny Lynn Miller, my youngest great grand child visited Ruston.

It is a long ride from Franklinton to Ruston. JL came to visit her grand folks and to attend the Ninth Birthday Party of her cousin Christian, who lives in West Monroe. She is now the only great grand child (of nine) that I have who is under nine years old.

Christian's Party is to be held at Johnny's Pizza Parlor in West Monroe on Saturday Dec. 30. JL will hold a place of honor (as nearest cousin) at the party. Her Ninth Birthday Party will be held on July 4. She is a firecracker, alright!



Look at JL's sparkly shoes.




Vital Signs for December 2017

Feel bad as I gained five pounds during the month. My blood pressure history is good. I will try to loose some weight in January.


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