prune picker

This is the blog of a prune picker. (Native born Californian) Retired oilfield. I am an old man. (90) 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.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Caller is a Merle Haggard fan.

Went by the square dance at the Methodist Church on the way home from the softball game the other night.

The Caller is a Merle Haggard fan and led one square singing "Today I started loving you again." I enjoyed the singing and dancing. Jackie and I spent several years square dancing in the Long Beach area.

New wood floor for Kerry's bedroom.

Sure does look beautiful. Better floor for the cats.

John can really do things. Hard worker and a craftsman.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Prunepicker Katelynn Cook gets a hit and gets hurt on Saturday. Honored on Sunday at the Senior Game.

Katelynn played in her last Techster Home Series this last Saturday and Sunday. The Techsters played Southern Miss. In the first game Katelynn got a hit (her swing is pictured below) and scored a run. Unfortunately she hurt her hand sliding into home plate. 

Katelynn runs to play center field.

Katelynn is number14. 

Katelynn aims her bat.

Katelynn gets a hit up the middle!

Katelynn standing on third base aiming at home plate. She was hit in, had to slide, made a run, and hurt her hand. Not too bad I hope. Her playing was over for the series, darn it.

On Katelynn's right is one of her big fans. Her Mom, Patty Cook from Chowchilla, California.

Before the Sunday Senior Game the six Techster Seniors line up. We thank them for their playing and wish them the best.

The Athletic Director presents Katelynn with a Certificate.

Two nice Prune puckers.

Best wishes to Katelynn and her team mates for the future. My thanks to them for many hours of viewing pleasure.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Cabbage and Sausage Lunch in Monroe.

Rhonda invited me to lunch at her Mom's home in Monroe. Her husband Michael works nearby and joined us. I love Cabbage and Sausage. I also love these three people. Rhonda, Michael, and Rosa.

I know I am strange but I am also very fond of Rhonda's dogs. She has seven. She brought only two to lunch in Monroe. It was so good to see Flip Flop. Flip Flop lost his left rear leg to cancer a few years ago.

What a sweet old dog. The picture below is a typical Rhonda pose.  Flip Flop and Rhonda are joined by Jasper.

Rosa joins the group. She and the dogs are good buddies.

Rosa gave me a grand flag she had from a old business. The VFW Post in Ruston will fund a good use for it. The flag is about 6 by 10 feet.

Boy! I made a haul.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

No more kittens born in my closet!

Patches my cat (Patches is the stray car who came to me out of the woods a year or so ago) has had three litters.

Litter 1 was two kittens. Some predator got one. The other kitty John and I delivered to a lady in the woods north of us.

Litter 2 was three kittens. Some one answered a Facebook add and picked up one. The other two now live at Skip and Carolyn Russell's home. They live under the porch of an out building, Six other cats also live there. I go by every so often and visit them. I feed treats to all eight. When I park and get food out of my trunk one of the two Patches's kittens runs and jumps in my trunk. It is a fun trip to visit the Russell kittens, as there are several dogs, many small horses, and pretty goats to visit and pet.

Litter 3 (two kittens) were born in my closet. By this time Patches was fairly tame and was almost living with me. Having kittens in my closet made her really move in. She became even more affectionate.

I even named the two kittens in litter 3. Red and Orange. We really made up to each other. They would visit me when I went to bed and when I got up. They loved to have me rub their bellies. I would flip them over and rub their bellies with my bare feet. Recently they would paw my feet and lay over on their backs, waiting for a rub.

Yesterday was a traumatic day for me. John and I put Red and Orange in a cage and delivered them to a lady for her home in the country. It looks like the kittens have found a good home with lots of smiles!

I came home from the kitten delivery feeling terrible. I could not believe that Red and Orange were gone. Patches left for the night. I thought, Patches is probably gone for good. Back to the woods.

Good news! Patches came back this morning and spent an hour with me. Getting petted and rubbing up on me. In two weeks Patches and I are going to visit a Vet. The Vet is to fix Patches. No more kittens born in my closet. I do not believe that I am up to another kitten delivery. It is too hard on my heart.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Five Days in Spring.

Day 1. Wed April 20. Track meet at Ruston High starring Ethan Newberry. (a great grand son). We are proud of Ethan.
Day 2. Thurs. April 21. Techster softball game. [Missed football game. Starring Ross Newberry. (great grand son). Ross plays middle line backer. We are proud of Ross.
Day 3. Fri. April 22 Tech Bulldog baseball game.
Day 4. Sat. April 23. Soccer game. Starring Christian Newberry. (Another great grand son). Christian did good. He kicked the ball!
Sat afternoon grand daughter Joy Kathleen ran a 5K in Monroe. She came in second in her group. I missed the race. I an so proud of Joy.
Day 3. Sun. April 24. Birthday party for Joy. (missed a baseball game).

Now wasn't that a busy five days? Made it to one track meet, made one softball game, made one baseball game, made one soccer game, and one Birthday party. Missed one football game,  missed one baseball game, and a 5k run. I missed some grand affairs. I can not get to everything, darn it!

Below are some miscellaneous photos from the five days.

Above is a photo from the track meet. That is Ethan in second place. He came in fourth. That is very good for a freshman. We are all proud of Ethan.

The next five photos are of the Techster softball game. They played ULM.

The next two photos are of a Killdeer and her four eggs. She pulled the old broken wing act on us but we were not fooled. Her eggs were very near a goal at Christian's soccer game. People had placed yellow tape around the eggs. We hope that they hatch, The gestation period is three weeks'

The next seven pictures were taken at Christian's soccer game.

One photo of the Tech baseball game.

Sometimes it gets busy for the old prunepicker.

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