Wondering about wild grapes

Friday, December 2, 2016

Just Somehing I Noticed.

I was watching an old TV western on TV (Wyatt Earp), and like I always do, I was reading the list of names at the end of the show.  For some reason one of the names caught my attention, Jimmy James.  I don't know what he did for the show or who he was or anything about him, but I did grin a little at his name.

I would suppose that his real given name would be James so that would make him James James.  I guess his father wanted to make it easy for him to remember his full name??  OK, now that kind of makes me wonder what his middle name might be.  Could it be James, also?  That would make him J.J.J. or James James James.

Now I have a grandson whose given name is Jimmy, not James, but Jimmy.  So, maybe that actor, or whatever he was) was really named Jimmy.  Now, see how confused I can get just for wondering about things?  Now, whatever your name is, I want you all to have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Old Sayings, etc.

I watch a lot of TV westerns, most of them black and white.  I have noticed a few times the phrase "plug em" was used referring to shooting holes in someone.  Now that just doesn't make sense if you think about it.  I thought you plugged the holes after the holes where there???  Well, maybe shooting some one full of lead would be plugging there body full of lead.  Don't know, maybe you can explain that to me.

There are a lot of sayings that came from old days, like "bite the bullet".  During times of war and fighting, the field medics or your buddy didn't carry anesthetics to ease the pain and just dug out the bullet, stitched up a knife wound, or treated broken bones with out any thing for the pain except maybe some whisky and bullet to bite on so you wouldn't scream.

When I was boy, my neighbor accidentally peppered me with shot when trying to bag a cottontail for supper.  When the doc dug them out of my shoulder with only a rolled up cloth to bite on It was a burning pain but bearable.  Maybe since that area was fairly soft, but when he started digging into my heel, that was a different story.  Back in those days, they wouldn't waste any anesthetics on such a simple thing like that, especially on a kid my age.

Another saying is, "being caught red handed".  I guess if you really think about it, you could figure out that it means being caught with blood on your hands, which back then would have been from illegally butchering someone's livestock.  Now-a-days one meaning is causing the death or injury to someone.

Just one more.  How about "waking up on the wrong side of the bed"?  It now means waking up in a bad mood but way back when, the left side of the body (or anything to do with the left) was thought of as evil.  So sleeping on the left side (the wrong) side of the bed was considered sinister.  Innkeepers made sure the left side of all beds where pushed against a wall, therefore the guests had no choice but to get up on the right side of the bed.

Now tell me, which is the right and the left side of a bed?  If you are standing at the foot looking at a bed, the left would be a different side than if you were laying on your back in the same bed.  Dang, sometimes life is just so very confusing. . . . Now, I hope you all woke up on the right side of the bed and make sure you have a great day, you hear?

 



Monday, November 28, 2016

Wondering About the Grand Ole Opry.

Back on this date (November 28th) in 1925, the Grand Ole Opry started broadcasting folk and country music from Nashville, Tennessee.  In case you are interested, it wasn't the first broadcast show featuring that type of music.  The National Barn Dance out of Chicago, also aired on Saturday night, had started about a year before the Grand Ole Opry.  It seems to me that country western and bluegrass music, which is unique to this country, has a lot of fans, me being one of them.

I have been a fan even back in the 1950's when I was growing up.  I lived in western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh had a couple of radio stations that played country music.  When I went to college, folk music was popular with me and I got to watch in person the filming of a Hootenanny show that featured folk music.  My memory isn't all that good but I believe the Kingston Trio were the star performers.

Today, my favorite music is bluegrass and I listen to it every night after I get into bed.  Now tell me, does any one else remember those Hootenanny shows?  Does anyone like bluegrass music.  Just enjoy what ever music you like and have a great evening, you hear?

Friday, November 25, 2016

A Numbers Game.

What comes to mind when you hear the words, "Numbers Game"?  Could be the first thing that came to mind was the illegal numbers game that was or is controlled  by the Mafia or some other organization?  But that isn't what comes to my mind.

I first think of one of my favorite games, Sudoku.  I really enjoy that puzzle game.  In fact I carry a book of Sudoku games in my Jeep in case I have to spend time waiting on my wife while she shops at Michael's or Hobby Lobby of if I have to wait for service at a doctor's office or auto repair shop or where ever I have to wait for someone or something.  Do you want some examples?  If so, there are a lot of sites on the internet with Sudoku games.  Here is one of them:
 www.websudoku.com

If you try them or have worked Sudoku puzzles before, let me know how you like them.  I guess you could say they are sort of a numbers crossword or crossnumbers puzzle.  Yes, I know that "crossnumbers" is not a real word but this is my blog and I will use it if I want to (grin).  I hope you don't lose any sleep nor pull any of your hair out trying to figure them out, but have a great day, you hear?



Saturday, November 19, 2016

Horse Show

Went to the Farm Show Grounds to watch our daughter-in-law's little girl show a horse in the horse show.  In was unseasonably cold and windy, but watching that little gal with that huge horse somehow warmed our hearts and our bodies.  OK, I suppose you want some pictures, so here they are:

This next one is a little dark but I wanted to get her contestant number which she wore on back:


Here she is with the horse she showed.  You can see how happy she looks.  She really enjoys being around horses:


There were two ladies judging.  They both would check out each horse.  There is only one judge in this picture:


And off she goes walking the horse around the arena and then back to the center for the judges to check them out one more time up close:


Here she is with her first place blue ribbon.  The couple behind her are her other grandparents.  They are a really nice couple:


The champ, showing off her blue ribbon and eating a victory donut:


Well, as you can see, my wife and I had a really great morning.  Now, you all have a great day no matter what you do, you hear?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Different Hats for Different Folks

There are all kinds, shapes, and sizes of hats and caps.  There are women's hats and men's hats and kids hats and baby hats and all types of different head coverings around the world.  There are sports hats, graduation hats, etc.

The first picture is of men's hats, nine different styles:


 And in years gone by, if a man wanted to dress up for the evening, he would wear one of these top hats:

And of course women's hats: 

Some more men's hats and men's caps:

This next one has hats, caps, helmets, etc.:


OK, this last one has lots of different hats and caps for lots of different uses. 
OK, how many of all these hats shown in this blog posting have you worn at one time or another?  I have worn quite a few of them in the past.  Now, I tip my hat to you and hope you have a great evening, you hear?

Monday, November 14, 2016

Update With Pictures.

Yesterday I posted a blog about my grandson and his son, my great grandson.  I gave a link to Facebook where my grand-daughter-in-law had posted pictures.  Today I am going to post the pictures that I took.  This first picture is my grandson holding my great grandson:

And another one, only in this picture, baby Lane is giving us his serious looking frown.  I wonder what he is thinking?  Maybe he is thinking "enough is enough, what are these old folks trying to do to me?"

This last picture is a family picture of Daddy, Mommy, and Baby Lane.  I guess we wore him out.

Sorry, don't want to bore you with my family pictures, but I just had to show off (again) pictures of the third and fourth generation of my wife's and my family.  I wish my son could have lived to see his grandson.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?