Prune picker

Prune picker is a Depression Era term for a native Californian. It was not a complement. In the thirties when I was a boy there were times that I was the only prune picker in a group. Everyone else had been born somewhere else.

My posts are placed down the left column. Personal data is placed in the right column along with a list of blogs I check and a listing of my past posts.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Masters of Soul.

They were in Ruston last night at the Lincoln Parish Library Special Events Center. They did all the big stars of Soul. James Brown, Tina Turner, etc. See how many you recognize in the pictures below.

The show was well received. Everyone had a good time.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Your heart is pumping like the heart of a teenager!

I have been having sieges of very low blood pressure that bothered me. (Vision and dizzy)

I commented to my doctor. I am so fortunate to have her as my doctor. She is Dr Jacqueline Carter. She is with the VA in Monroe. I have been seeing her for seven years. She set up several tests and made several changes in my treatment. Reduced a heart medicine dosage, added a water pill, and prescribed compression stockings.

The tests were a stress test, heart echogram, carotid artery exam, and an esophagus exam. The stress test indicated my heart was pumping good but had a few blockages.

She called after the heart echogram and made the comment "your heart is pumping like a teenager".

I tend to have low blood pressure but it has not been a problem since I started the water pill.

Below is a table of my vital signs. Columns are date, steps, weight, blood pressure and pulse. I am adding temperature.

Notice my static weight. Do not seem to be able to get below 240.

Monday, October 20, 2014


The study of cells, particularly the chromosomes. How much DNA is there in a cell? Six feet. That is equivalent to 10,000 miles of spaghetti in a basketball sized container. Lots of information.

I attended a lecture today at Louisiana Tech. The lecture was given by Dr Virginia Thurston.

Dr Thurston is a graduate of Tech who went on to obtaining a doctorate and years of experience in medical genetics. Her talk was very informative, I understood some of it.

Nice lecture hall.

Justin is usually looking at a sports event like this.

I was interested in the talk because of my exposure to the use of DNA signatures in genealogy.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Two Birthday Apple Pies!

I had a piece at the party and took a piece home for Sunday morning breakfast. My oldest great grandson had requested apple pie for his birthday. Wasn't that sweet of him? I love apple pie.

Ethan was 14 yesterday. He ran a mile cross country (6th out of 70!), had a lobster pizza at the Red Lobster, opened presents and had apple pie mid afternoon, then a ride (with his family) to a Christian concert in Alexandra in the evening. A good day for a good guy.

Lunch at Red Lobster.

Open presents.

Good pies. One on one and 4 on the other.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An egg in John's sweat band that he left on work bench.

I wonder if John has to leave the sweat band there from now on?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014 Meeting of the Northeast Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society.

Chuck Rand was the speaker. His subject was "The Flags of the Confederacy". Chuck is a graduate Mechanical Engineer and Historian. I thought that was an interesting combination. I am a graduate Mechanical Engineer and I have had a life long interest in history. When I was studying engineering in college one of my elective courses was "The History of Western Europe". I took it for the fun of it.

Chuck was a dynamic speaker and knew his subject cold. He had a stack of folded maps a foot high. As he unfolded them he gave a detailed history of the map.

The flag above is the battle flag of the Army of North Virginia. There were three official flags of the Confederacy. This flag is not one of them. However, today it is considered the Confederate Flag.  

For more information see Wiki article

Monday, October 13, 2014

First Annual Dirty South Marathon. Part II. October 12, 2014.

My Prune Picker assignment. Get pictures of my friend Deena Marie Ferguson starting the race and ending the race. I had two camera batteries charged, my cell phone was charged. I was at the race site two hours early. But I failed my assignment. I was in the wrong place at the start of the race. I was out of charge at strategic times. I forgot to take my second camera battery. I could not read my iphone at the finish. I will probably lose my Prune Picker photographer position!

I did get pictures of Deena before and after the race.

Deena before the race in front of the Ike Turner Pavilion.

Two pics of Deena and her running buddies.

Willie started the race with his duck call.

The runners have a chip that logs their start and finish times.

Along the route in Old Monroe.

These men pushed their passengers all the way!

Deena is in this group approaching my spot. At the critical time my battery was dead.

Running buddies after the race.

Craig and Deena Marie Ferguson. Two important people. Craig is a English Teacher. I think teaching English is a fascinating and important occupation. I have much respect for English Teachers. Beside running marathons Deena is the Manager of my local Ruston Starbucks. She has graciously served me many cups of delicious coffee over the years, with a smile. I think that working at Starbuck is also an important occupation.

Egg Day!

Sunday, October 13, 2014 is a day that will go down in history. One of John's chicken laid an egg!

Not very big, but she is barely six months old. John brought the baby hens home June 1.

When I pulled into my parking space after swimming, several hens greeted me. I thought that they might get in the car!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bluegrass in Arcadia. Thank you plaque for the Mayor of Arcadia.

Helen Whatley, the President of the North Louisiana Bluegrass Club showed me a plaque that will be presented to the Mayor of Arcadia. The plaque expresses the appreciation of the club for the support of the Mayor.

Helen holds the plaque.

Lots of good picking and grinning today. Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Bluegrass Country leaves the stage. I was late.

I enjoy the Back Forty. (3 pics above)

The Williams Family.

Tim Pulley

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