Category Archives: Silliness

I Got a Major Award!!

Hey, I got a package from Amazon! I told my son that I won a major award!! I lied and told him that it said frajili on the cover.

Logan said, so you got a leg lamp?


What, no!! I got something better!!

I got a trail cam!! True confessions, can a major award be something you bought for yourself?


So I installed the 47 batteries, configured all the 94 settings and put it on a tripod to face one of Heather’s bird feeders….. No birds, but lots of crickets!!


So I pivoted it to look at Heather’s other feeder. I sat outside with my book and my iphone. I played wordle, made an instagram post, read a chapter. And the whole time a flock of cardinals was flocking the feeder. And I thought oh boy, I got a bunch of bird pics. So I went to check it out.


And I got this old boomer guy.


I got my other gadget out and flew it front in front of the new gadget and it got picked up.

Right back at you loser trailcam!!

So, do I own my gadgets, or do they own me?

Falls Creek Church Camp Rules – There is no Purple!

I wasn’t there when the buses rolled away carrying 157 kids including our Logan to Falls Creek from the church parking lot Monday morning. Heather was and snapped this pic.

Before they left the Church Youth Director went over some of the rules and guidelines.

The most important rule starts out: “Boys Are Blue” and …

Girls are Red!! So Listen Up Campers, because…

There is no Purple!!

Everybody Got That?

Is there where I mention that I’ve talked to more than a few people who fondly remember purple at Falls Creek?

A Nice Run Spoiled on Turkey Mountain

I had Friday off. Everybody at the house was snoozing away so I geared up and headed off to Turkey Mountain. The weather was glorious with the sun shining, no wind, and low temperatures.

I don’t generally get to run in the morning and I headed off on the Yellow Trail.

The Arkansas River was up a little and the vistas from the trail was beautiful. And then,

I came across my old friend turtle. At least I thought he was my friend. He wasn’t too friendly and took off.

I would have thought that he could have at least slowed down for a few hundred yards to visit but I’m way too slow for him.

Have you ever had to deal with an unfriendly turtle?

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Back to the Future at the Celebrity Car Museum in Branson


Here in Branson we went to see Heather’s friend Raine who works at the Celebrity Car Museum. Raines is not only a car guy, he is quite an artist. He painted the Back to the Future themed mural above and almost all of the other art work in the museum. He is a busy man and generously took time to show us everything in the museum.


One of the special cars they have is a 1981 Delorean DMC-12, one of six used in the Back to the Future trilogy of films. As Raine put it, Heather is sitting where Michael J. Fox sat.


Personally, I think Heather looks better than Michael J. Fox ever did on his best day.


Of course, we had to try the time travel part of the car to see if it still worked.


So here is Logan present day. And then we dialed in four years ago, pushed the button and ….


Ooops, who shrunk the kid!!

Have you ever sat where Michael J. Fox sat?

Have you ever traveled through time? I want to hear about it.

I’m Running for President!!


It has been a crazy winter. Snow, cold, ice, then great warming up weather and then repeat. Whazzup with all that?


Just last week I found this Jeep who for some reason parked on the last snowbank left in Tulsa. The driver is probably from Minnesota and wanted to feel at home. Or it might have been the last parking spot in the lot. Who knows?


The trees are about to bud out. What’s keeping them? Do we have another snow storm coming?


I’m finished with my face for a while. I texted Heather last week that my face was pealing off onto my desk at work. ┬áThe divot the doctor left on my forehead is healing nicely and all the pealing from the Picato is about done. Do you know what this stuff costs? One box via a Canadian online pharmacy is almost $800. With my insurance ┬áthe cost was about $135. My doctor gave me a coupon. It took me a half hour to activate the dang coupon while sitting in the pharmacy but it was worth it. The cost is $25 a box with the coupon. That is one hell of a coupon is what I say! We don’t need no stinking Affordable Healthcare Act, we just need great coupons! But we should also remember that Experienced Colorado Healthcare Lawyer has said that in recent days people should be aware of coupons as they are made with evil intent like cheating and forgery. I’m running for President on the coupon platform. Can I count on your support?

Have you run across any good coupons lately?

Brushing, Falling, Rotating, Double Exposing, Scraping, Burning Roundup and How Obamacare has Ruined our Medical System

(When she says no photos cuz she isn’t wearing makeup, she is not kidding. I don’t think she needs makeup btw.))

We had storms starting Saturday night and all day Sunday. I lost track but I think we pretty much had it all. Snow, Freezing Rain, Sleet, and Ice, we even had some Thunder and Lightning. Of course this being Oklahoma we were just glad we didn’t have a tornado. The only thing Heather knew to do was get some paint and clean rollers and start painting. She is good at it.

#sunrise on the #beach #alabama #redneckriviera #tinyplanet from last summer dreaming of this summer

My blog friend East Gwillimbury Camera Girl intrigued me with a “Tiny Planet” photograph of hers. She told me that she uses Photoshop to make hers. I’m lazy and I’m too cheap to buy Photoshop so I found a Tiny Planet App for my generic android phone and I’ve been trying it out. Above is a dawn scene at Orange Beach Alabama. All this snow has me wanting to go get my feet wet in the Gulf of Mexico again. Seriously go check out East Gwillimbury Camera Girl. She is a very good and prolific photographer.

#tinyplanet #snapseed #brick #windows #downtowntulsa #oklahoma

This is my favorite brick wall in downtown Tulsa. All rotated and Tiny Planeted.

Tiny planet

And here is the view out my old cubicle window.

Tiny planet

And just when you can’t stand any more, I have more. This is sunset on the banks of the Arkansas River. I promise, no more. Today at least.

@thedianasblog #DianaPhotoApp #DianaPhoto #DoubleExposure #Diana #photoApp #myEdit #like #camera #vintage #art #insta #instaphoto #nofilter #trail through the city #igersok

I found another app for my Ipod Touch. It is called Diana. It is about double exposures with different filters. Its fun to play with but it takes a while to find pleasing results. I like the trail through the city above.

Logan Diana Double Exposure

And this is our neighbor’s big willow tree and son Logan. (Not my neighbor’s son you understand.) I like how the willow drapes around his shoulders. I’m not much for the SOOC concept. I don’t think it means much with today’s cameras. I don’t think it ever meant much.


Anyway, paint, snowstorms in March, and new apps are the only changes around here. I’m getting about that age.


The past few months I’ve had some lesions froze off my face and hands. Monday I got a persistent little bugger scraped and burned. Wasn’t that big a deal except a big headache after the local wore off. I have a tiny little bandage. The nurse said if I wanted she wrap my head with layers of gauze to get more sympathy. I told her no thanks, I’m with a tough crowd. So I got the little bandage. A plain one with no cartoon characters. And no sucker. Thanks Obamacare, thanks a lot. You took our suckers away.

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So I’m going to upping the defcon level on SPF and wide brimmed hats and long sleeve shirts in direct sun. I’ve worn sun screen 365 days a year for over twenty years and I always wore hats. But they were ball caps. The front of my face, including the world’s biggest solar collector nose is fine. It was the side of my face that the ball cap didn’t cover that was the problem. 

Hey so what’s new with you?

Ruby Tuesday 2 (On Sunday) – Snow, Snow, Snow, Snow…..

Abby Reporting

Today is the day that the weathermen of the world should be glad we live in America. In Russia they would be marched out and never heard from again. Abigail our snow dog, who is also Director of Backyard Security and Monitoring, came in this morning with a report of Snow.


Snow!!! Where did that come from. How am I supposed to do a Ruby Tuesday II post with snow. Well hide and watch.


We’ll start with the front door. How do you like them apples, or roses, or you know, the heart, and the trim paint? Not bad huh? Don’t worry I have more.


Now lets go to the back yard. Red Berries is what I see. I wouldn’t eat them if I were you. Except you weather men. Go for it. (I’m just kidding folks… or maybe I am not.)


Well lets go back to the front yard. I shoveled the driveway with my Crocs. Yep, Crocs with fleece lining. They are warmer than my hiking boots by far. How do you like my Cub Scout socks by the way?


How do you like my shoveling? We are the only one on the block with a shoveled driveway. Oh, yes, this has nothing do with Ruby Tuesday. I’m just bragging. But you already figured that out.


Lets go back inside and get back on the meme. This is my new tea cup that Nana, the world’s greatest MIL gave me for Christmas. I’m a coffee drinker not a tea sipper but I love Yorkshire Gold tea. It is as robust as any coffee.

House with Snow and New Paint on Shutters

Lets head back outside. We had our house repainted recently. Heather picked out the colors. I really love that reddish trim. She done good as we say here in Oklahoma.

Well, I’m going to leave you out here in the cold and go back inside. That’s kind of rude isn’t it. Sorry. I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan. We have become old, bitter, dried up and cynical. It doesn’t look like they will play in the Super Bowl for a long time. Actually, what the heck come on in, unless you are a weatherman. I may make you watch some Cowboys highlights. Of course they are on VHS tapes because the last time they were competitive was way before DVD’s were even invented. No wisecracks about that or back out in the snow you go, with the weathermen. I won’t make you eat the berries they will be eating. 

Anyway Adios My Friends

Ruby Tuesday II (on Sunday)

Song-ography – Bare Naked Ladies Edition – “If I Had A Million Dollars”

Well, this is a good way to increase my Google search rating. Every perv in the world is going to be hitting on this post but I don’t have what they are looking for. The Barenaked Ladies are a Canadian Band and they have some really good offbeat ironic songs, many of them are hilarious. This week Song-ography’s prompt is the Barenaked Ladies “If I Had a Million Dollars.” Song-ography is fun meme that comes out on Sundays hosted by Kath at You’ll Shoot Your Eyes Out where you try to match up photographs with songs. It is a lot of fun!

If I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
Well, Id buy you a house
I would buy you a house

(Sorry Sweetie, a million dollars just doesn’t go as far as it used to. You have to admit though the view is great.)

And if I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
Id buy you furniture for your house
Maybe a nice chesterfield or an ottoman

(Or how about a good deal on a wood stove. You know using wood warms you twice.)

And if I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
Well, Id buy you a K-Car
A nice reliant automobile
And if I had a million dollars, Id buy your love

Towmater from Cars Animated Movie
(I know it doesn’t look that great Sweetie but it runs great and has good rubber.)

If I had a million dollars
Id build a tree-fort in our yard
If I had a million dollars you could help
It wouldnt be that hard

Meet my cousin's #trees Melvin Barker #dellrapids #southdakota
(I’d like to build you a tree fort but the tree is not cooperating.)

If I had a million dollars
Maybe we could put a little tiny fridge
In there somewhere
We could just go up there and hang out

Like open the fridge and stuff
And thered all be foods laid out for us
Like little pre-wrapped sausages and things

(I promise, once I get the oven working, I’ll start on the fridge. I mean right after I write a post about fixing the oven.)

They have pre-wrapped sausages
But they dont have pre-wrapped bacon
Well, can you blame them?

If I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
Well, Id buy you a fur a coat
But not a real fur coat, thats cruel

Bare Breasted PETA girls
(Well, the bare chested PETA girls that came to town last year don’t really like fur coats, or soooo they sayyyyyy!)  (This photo is for the pervs that showed up looking for one thing and decided to stay for a while. You guys can go now.)

And if I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
Well, Id buy you an exotic pet
Yep, like a llama or an emu

(How about a centipede, we already have too many big critters in the house.)

And if I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
Well, Id buy you John Merricks remains
All them crazy elephant bones
And if I had a million dollars Id buy your love


If I had a million dollars
We wouldnt have to walk to the store
If I had a million dollars
Wed take a Limousine cause it costs more

(Well you know it is colorful. Problem is that the color, symbol, and slogan are probable causes for everything from conspiracy to jaywalking on up.)

If I had a million dollars
We wouldnt have to eat Kraft dinner
But we would eat Kraft dinner

(Or a foot long coney, the PETA girls wouldn’t want that either, or sooo theyyyy sayyy!!! Remaining pervs can leave now. Please!!)

Of course we would, wed just eat more
And buy really expensive ketchups with it
Thats right, all the fanciest Dijon ketchups

(That is as fancy as it gets around here.)

If I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
Well, Id buy you a green dress
But not a real green dress, thats cruel

(I mean really, who wears green dresses? Green is not even a color, its a mixture of colors.)

And if I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
Well, Id buy you some art
A Picasso or a Garfunkel

Sugar for the Trail
(How do you like it Sweetie! Isn’t it grand! We’ll put it by the television, yes in our house. Uh uh, yes the living room. What do you mean return it? It’s a work of art! A million bucks doesn’t get you a Picasso anymore Sweetie!)

If I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
Well, Id buy you a monkey
Havent you always wanted a monkey?
If I had a million dollars Id buy your love

(Uh, well yeah, he might could fix the oven faster than I am, but I bet you that he doesn’t have a blog. What do you mean that that is a big plus?)

If I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
If I had a million dollars
Id be rich

(Hey, I am rich without the million dollars)

Songwriters: Ed Robertson, Steven Page