Thursday, September 14, 2023


A big bright sunny and cool 63F day:))))  Pheebs and I slipped into Bayfield this morning to wash the Subaru and take ourselves for a walk in the cemetery.  A lady walking by even called Pheebs by name saying hello to her as she passed.  Home again, I vacuumed all the dog hair out of Subie and cleaned the glass.  Mowed some grass, and with the leaf blower, I blew off our front porch and blew out our carport.  It took four tries to start the Jeep but at least it started so I let it run for a bit to keep the battery up.
Kelly had her lower back X-ray done early this afternoon and by late afternoon her (our) Nurse Practitioner phoned with the results.  Kelly has a compression fractures of the L2 and L3 vertebrae.  This would also explain Kelly's skin discolorization she has had for quite a while at the base of her spine.  The X-ray showed she has also lost 30% of her height.  The pain is sometimes bad enough that she can hardly get out of her recliner and at other times the pain is mild to moderate.  Getting into and out of the car is also difficult for her.  It is quite a pair we are here now as we both limp and lumber around with our various age-related physical ailments.  Is it any wonder I post so many medical cartoons!!  


Al's Music Box:)) Time In A Bottle by Jim Croce from his 1972 album, 'You Don't Mess Around With Jim'.  Jim Croce died in a plane crash in September of 1973.

GROANER'S CORNER:((  A couple was celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. Their domestic tranquility had long been the talk of the town. A local newspaper reporter was inquiring as to the secret of their long and happy marriage.  "Well, it dates back to our honeymoon," explained the husband. "We visited the Grand Canyon and took a trip down to the bottom of the canyon by pack mule.  "We hadn't gone too far when my wife's mule stumbled.  My wife quietly said 'That's once.'  We proceeded a little farther when the mule stumbled again. Once more my wife quietly said, 'That's twice.'  We hadn't gone a half-mile when the mule stumbled a third time. My wife, a redhead, promptly removed a revolver from her purse and shot the mule.  I started to protest over her treatment of the mule when she looked at me and quietly said, 'That's once'."


- Being an older parent, my son learned to count by filling my pill dispenser.


More State Mottos::

- Idaho: More Than Just Potatoes...Well Okay, We're Not, But The Potatoes Sure Are Real Good
- Illinois: Please Don't Pronounce the "S"
- Indiana: 2 Billion Years Tidal Wave Free
- Iowa: We Do Amazing Things With Corn
- Kansas: First Of The Rectangle States
- Kentucky: Five Million People; Fifteen Last Names
- Louisiana: We're Not ALL Drunk Cajun Wackos, But That's Our Tourism Campaign
- Maine: We're Really Cold, But We Have Cheap Lobster
- Maryland: If You Can Dream It, We Can Tax It
- Massachusetts: Our Taxes Are Lower Than Sweden's (For Most Tax Brackets)
- Michigan: First Line Of Defense Against The Canadians

- Minnesota: 10,000 Lakes And 10,000,000,000,000 Mosquitoes

- Mississippi: Come Feel Better About Your Own State
- Missouri: Your Federal Flood Relief Tax Dollars At Work


And, for you older folks who remember Jack Webb from the TV show Dragnet and Johnny Carson from the Tonight Show you might get a kick out of the two of them doing this short skit called Copper Clapper



  1. For a couple with as many aches and pains as you and Kelly have you sure get a lot done! The first joke in your groaner's
    corner made me laugh out loud ,Mary

  2. Your photos of the frogs are always fantastic. Good luck to both of you and hang in there.

  3. Hope she can get some good solutions to help deal with it.
    P.s. I love the frog on frog....

  4. I always love your critter pictures. That frog on a frog is the best ever!!!!

  5. Kelly is in my thoughts always! ❤️

  6. I liked the sun urn with the wagon wheel behind it best, although the frog pics are always cool. Sent that first groaner to my sister for her morning laugh. Thanks Al. And yes, this age-related aches and pains stuff is maddening. Hope it gets better! Linda

  7. I love both urns....beautiful. I also have a compression fracture on my lower back. Yes...some days it's hard to move and some days the pain is just an annoyance. I have a cane for when it's hard to walk and I use a belt. Both are good to have around for those difficult days.

  8. Agree with everyone about the wonderful frog on the frog statue! And . . . do you think either one is truly oblivious of the other? I think not. So very sorry for all pain. Wish we could rid the world of it. Also love the urns, the hydrangea? and the little chipper with the pointy nose. : -) Blessings to you both . . .