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.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Skip's 43 foot motorhome sure looked big in the Jefferson Corner parking lot.
The delegation from the Jefferson Corner Liars Club loaded up.
There was an excellent crew in the cockpit.
We arrived at Moon's in Homer, Louisiana.
From the left is son in law Doug Gibbons, father in law Skip Russell, old prune picker Chuck Monson, and the President of the Jefferson Corner Liars Club Tommy Boddie. The photographer was John Roebuck who is the co pilot pictured in the fourth picture in this series. John had come into some money and paid the bill.
Posted by Chuck Monson at 2:49 PM
I posted this picture a while back with the comment that the house could use a little work.
They did a little work in the front yard. It looks like this now. Better, huh? Looks like a bunch of good veggies.
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Posted by Chuck Monson at 9:08 AM
Monday, May 30, 2011
There is a cemetery in Ruston that every year has a display of flags and a Memorial Day program. I drove around the cemetery and took this picture. I did not stop because food was not involved.
I then went to the Richard Jones Fish Fry. Legally it is the Cooktown Baptist Church annual Memorial Day fish fry for veterans. I call it the Richard Jones Fish Fry because Richard catches all the catfish for the meal There is a couple hundred veterans and guests. Richard catches the fish in traps. Once he had 222 fish in his trap. He is just a delightful guy and a good fisherman!
After a delicious fish fry meal I drove to the Green Clinic which was having a hamburger cook out for veterans. I was greeted by JD Harper, Commander of the VFW Post who cooks breakfast foe me and others every Tuesday morning. His day had started at 2 am. He was up so early to schedule the placement of over a hundred flags in town. Several ROTC cadets did the work. He also had placed flags around the Green Clinic hamburger feed.
On the way home I stopped by the Micham Peach Orchard and picked up some peach ice cream. Micham had not heard about free food for veterans on Memorial Day. I had to pay for the ice cream!
Posted by Chuck Monson at 5:29 PM
That is probably the best tan I have ever had. I normally just blister. I took yesterday off from walking. In yesterday's statistics you can see I only took 1050 steps. That is just next to being dead! Hope to do better today.
Posted by Chuck Monson at 9:39 AM
Sunday, May 29, 2011
A is Joplin, Missouri and 45 miles to the Southwest is B which marks Grove, Oklahoma. Grove is where the fiddle fest is held. Larry and I might detour to see the tornado damage in Joplin. That is really being a tourist, to go see a disaster zone! I hope that would be all we will see of a tornado. We are going to tornado alley in the tornado season. Our trip is planned for Thursday the 9th of June.
Posted by Chuck Monson at 8:53 PM
One of my jobs is to test all of the new ice cream places. Last week I visited the Orange Leaf Yogurt place in Monroe. Today I went to the Eskamoe Frozen Custard in Ruston. It eats just like a thick real good ice cream.
It swallows real good. I went to the swallow doctor on Tuesday and told him my swallowing was just the same as before he stretched my esophagus a month or so ago. He asked me if I wanted him to stretch it again. I said no, maybe in a while, depending on my swallow.
Posted by Chuck Monson at 3:24 PM
Lizard is the Mayor of Pea Ridge and the Sage of the Jefferson Corner Liars Club. Among other things he introduced me to going to the horse races in Shreveport. He is also a gourmet chef. Lizard brought a jar of his famous pickled eggs to the meeting of the Club this morning.
With some pepper and crackers I had a delicious breakfast.
Posted by Chuck Monson at 9:12 AM
Saturday, May 28, 2011
The Realtor who is trying to sell John's house said prospective buyers want to be able to see the front of the house. John and Kerry had a four year growth of shrubs that they liked very much, but the front of the house could not be seen.
It was lovely, but the Realtor insisted on a trim job.
It bothered John to remove the shrubs. I hope that it helps the Realtor sell the house.
Posted by Chuck Monson at 12:32 PM
John and I had breakfast at the Waffle House this morning. I was impressed by the number of workers behind the counter and took these pictures. I counted nine workers. Almost one for every four customers. They work in close quarters!
Posted by Chuck Monson at 11:24 AM
Friday, May 27, 2011
Nolan was so nice to invite Rhonda and Rosa Blakley and me to see his yard at the height of spring. What a lovely, lovely place. Nolan and his family have created a beautiful place. They moved on the place in 1965. That is 46 years ago. How they got it so good looking in such a short time is beyond me. How they keep it looking so good is miraculous, especially to me. I always hated yard work and Nolan's yard requires tons of it.
Rhonda asked so many intelligent questions.
The painting on the saw blade is a painting of the house that Nolan grew up in.
These three large pin oaks were planted after Nolan moved in. He has watched them grow for 46 years.
Nolan has a problem with Canadian geese.
I have such a time getting a picture of Rhonda smiling!
Rhonda petting Polka Dot.
Rhonda petting Blaze,
Rhonda petting Jackson.
Blaze is a ladies man!
Gee, Mom, you mean I have to go back to work?
Posted by Chuck Monson at 7:59 PM