Thursday, January 28, 2010

In the "Big Chill".

I made it out of town for this week's business trip early Tuesday morning. All the highways had been closed down until that morning because of drifting snow and near zero visibility.
Once I made it out onto the highway it was clear sailing all the way to Minneapolis,MN. Wednesday evening for the trip home, it was also un-eventful....just the way I like it.
I ran across this the other day and found a lot of truth in it....I don't know if that is good or bad!

A group of 40 year old buddies discuss where they should meet for dinner.
Finally it is agreed upon that they should meet at Gasthaus Gutenberger
restaurant because the waitress's there have low cut blouses and nice breasts.

10 years later, at 50 years of age, the group meets again and once again
they discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed upon that they
should meet at the Gasthaus Gutenberger because the food there is very good and
the wine selection is good also.

10 years later at 60 years of age, the group meets again and once again
they discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed upon that they should
meet at the Gasthaus Gutenberger because they can eat there in peace and
quiet and the restaurant is smoke free.

10 years later, at 70 years of age, the group meets again and once again
they discuss and discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed upon
that they should meet at the Gasthaus Gutenberger because the restaurant is
wheel chair accessible and they even have an elevator.

10 years later, at 80 years of age, the group meets again and once again
they discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed upon that they
should meet at the Gasthaus Gutenberger because they heard the waitress's there
have low cut blouses, nice breasts and they have never been there before.???

Monday, January 25, 2010

Here We Go Again...and Again....

Should I be tired of Winter already? It is only January and to be honest, Spring won't get here soon enough.
We are under a blizzard warning...again!
The good news is that we made it home without incident. Getting out through the drifts tomorrow morning will be a different story.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The New Year...Another New Diet

OK, we are into a new year and all you see on TV are ads for exercise equipment and diets.
This diet is a classic!

So much for Weight Watchers:

Yesterday I was buying 2 large bags of Purina dog chow at Walmart, for our

Dogs. I was about to check out when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog.

What did she think, that I had an elephant?

Since I had little else to do, on impulse, I told her that no, I didn't

Have a dog, and that I was starting the Purina Diet again, although I

probably shouldn't because I ended up in the hospital last time. On the

bright side though, I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive

care ward with tubes coming out of every hole in my body and IVs in both


I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it

works is to load your pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two

every time you feel hungry and that the food is nutritionally complete so I

was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically

everyone in the line was enthralled with my story by now.)

Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food

had poisoned me.

I told her no; I had stopped in the middle of the parking lot to lick my ass

and a car hit me.

I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack, he was

laughing so hard! WAL-MART won't let me shop there anymore.

I don't think any of us here at Coyote Ridge will be continuing this diet anytime soon....or visiting Walmart till our restrictions are lifted.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Another Way of Looking at Things

With all the horrific news about Haiti I think it is about time that we look at how blessed we really are> So often I find myself wishing I had this or that. Most of the time (99%) the want is just that, a want, not a need.

A friend of mine sent this to me recently, (thanks Larry) and it really opened my eyes.

One day , the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live.

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip , the father asked his son , "How was the trip?"

"It was great , Dad.."

"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.

"Oh yeah , " said the son.

"So , tell me , what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.

The son answered:

"I saw that we have one dog and they had four.

We have a pool� that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.

We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.

Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.

We have servants who serve us , but they serve others.

We buy our food , but they grow theirs..

We have walls around our property to protect us , they have friends to protect them."

The boy's father was speechless.

Then his son added ,�� "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."

Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.

Powerful stuff!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Most Men Will Laugh...Some Women Might

I expect a few smiles after reading this.....



If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.
If Mike , Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Godzilla and Four-eyes.


When the bill arrives, Mike , Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it's only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.
When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.


A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.


A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel ..
The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.


A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.


A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.


A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.


A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does.


A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.


Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
Women somehow deteriorate during the night.


Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.

A married man should forget his mistakes. There's no use in two people remembering the same thing!

Any truth to the above observations?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Ever Feel Like This?

We’re in trouble…

The Population of this country is 300 million.

160 million are retired.

That leaves 140 million to do the work.

There are 85 million in school.

Which leaves 55 million to do the work.

Of this there are 35 million employed by the federal government.

Leaving 20 million to do the work.

2.8 million are in the armed forces preoccupied with killing Osama Bin-Laden.

Which leaves 17.2 million to do the work.

Take from that total the 15.8 million people who work for state and city governments

And that leaves 1.4 million to do the work.

At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals.

Leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.

Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons.

That leaves just two people to do the work.

You and me.

And there you are, sitting on your ass, at your computer, reading jokes.

Nice. Real nice.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Nothing To Whine About

For more than three weeks we have been getting blasted with an unusual amount of snow and drifting as well as temperatures approaching -30 degrees.
After seeing these pictures, I have determined we really can't complain too much about the weather.

As a Minnesotan, we have earned the right to complain about the weather. We just have to be careful about how much we complain.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Just Can't Shake This Cold Weather

For the past three weeks we have been getting blasted with lots of snow and really, really cold temperatures.
Below is the latest forecast...what a joke. Check out Saturday...NOT AS COLD...WINDCHILL OF 26-36 BELOW ZERO.

Updated: 9:03 am CST on January 7, 2010
Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 6 PM CST this evening...

Rest of Today
Breezy. Snow in the morning...then a chance of snow in the afternoon. Areas of blowing and drifting snow through the day. New snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Highs around 5 above. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Wind chill readings 21 below to 31 below zero.

Much colder. Breezy. Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows 15 below to 20 below zero. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Wind chill readings 32 below to 42 below zero.

Partly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Highs around 5 below. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Lowest wind chill readings 33 below to 43 below zero in the morning.

Friday Night
Mostly clear. Lows 15 below to 20 below zero. West winds 10 mph. Wind chill readings 23 below to 33 below zero.

Not as cold. Mostly sunny. Highs 5 to 10. South winds 10 mph. Lowest wind chill readings 26 below to 36 below zero in the morning.

Winter has really made it's presence known here at Coyote Ridge.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The "Kids" in San Francisco

Andy (our youngest son-recording engineer) and his significant partner Sarah, spent the better part of a week during the holidays in the City by the Bay.
From all reports, the group of travelers, Sarah, Andy and four other young ladies had a fantastic time. Our son with five ladies in San Francisco....what a week that must have been!
Of course, we have pictures to pass along to our fine readers.

I don't know if they left their hearts in San Fransisco, but I am sure the local economy was stimulated.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Bathroom is Done!

This winter we set out to remodel one of our bathrooms. Last winter we did the first one with a goal of doing the second one this winter and the third bathroom next winter.

Today we completed bathroom number two when we the hung the oak cabinet above the toilet. We had a heck of time finding just the right one. Saturday we found the cabinet at Menards Home Center. All we had to do was stain and varnish it before hanging it on the wall.

We installed ceramic tile in the shower, installed new plumbing controls in the tub-shower and the sink, painted the walls and installed a pine tongue and groove ceiling.

The pictures don't do it justice, but you will get the general idea.

Two to go!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

We Beat Expectations

Last nights weather forecast was calling for a low near minus 20 degrees. We blew that forecast out of the water when we dipped to minus 28 degrees Fahrenheit this morning at about 7:00 here at Coyote Ridge.
We have heat and the pickup truck started, so we are happy as clams!

Friday, January 1, 2010

A Cold Week Ahead

Living in Minnesota one must expect a few cold temps....but an entire week of it is pushing it.
I am not complaining,maybe a little, but lets cut this cold out an get to some decent temperatures in the 20's.
Forecast for Nicollet

Updated: 3:15 PM CST on January 1, 2010
Wind Chill Advisory in effect until 9 am CST Saturday...
Clear. Lows around 20 below. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph decreasing to 10 mph after midnight. Wind chill readings 26 below to 36 below zero.
Sunny. Highs around 5 below. North winds 5 mph.
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Saturday Night
Mostly clear. Lows around 15 below. North winds 5 mph shifting to the east after midnight.
Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Highs around 5 above. East winds 5 mph.
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Sunday Night
Mostly clear. Lows around 10 below. North winds 5 mph.
Monday through Tuesday
Mostly clear. Highs 5 to 10. Lows around 10 below.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy. Lows around 5 below.
Wednesday and Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Highs around 5 above. Lows around 5 below.
Thursday through Friday
Partly cloudy. Highs zero to 5 above zero. Lows around 10 below.

As I always long as the heat workis in the house and the pickup truck starts.....bring it on!