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Thursday, May 25

The Last Forecasted Cool Spring Morning Coffee Muses

The Last Forecasted Cool Spring Morning Coffee Muses

I am going to enjoy the morning to the utmost since the weather prognosticators are foretelling it will be the last below 70° start to a day for at least the next wee and a half. I even spent a big part of the afternoon out hear reading yesterday. That was after spending the of the day riding the Deere… And even that was mostly pleasant. It’s remarkable how good a relatively moderate humidity can feel. I can almost see the appeal of the Rocky Mountain West. .. Almost.

This yard is becoming quite the hawk haven. When I’m mowing I’m used to the cattle egrets following me, even sitting still as I drive past. But, never before have I had a hawk land in the tree above me and watch me mow. Then when I finished the back and moved to the front, he found another perch where he could watch me there too. This morning, it looked like the same hawk came flying across the back yard just off the ground before landing on a low limb in the red oak. Then later two more flew out of the woods and landed screeching in the pecan tree…And all the while the young Mississippi Kite watches from the perch above Jones Street.

In the news yesterday I see the CBO numbers are out… And the score is the same, almost exactly, as the original healthcare bill the House Repugs wouldn’t vote for originally. Oh, except it doesn’t save as much money over ten years… since no one would vote for the original because of the numbers, you can begin to understand why they didn’t wait for the numbers this time… To my way of thinking, the Christian Right is proving there is nothing Christian about the Right in American politics.

Oh well, its too pretty of a morning to think about Republican cold heartedness.

Wednesday, May 24

A Beautifully Cool Spring Morning Coffee Muses

A Beautifully Cool Spring Morning Coffee Muses

Walking out to 63° this morning makes all the difference in the world. Blue crystal skies, the kind that only happen after a cool front blows thru. Light breezes giving life to the tree leaves, making them flutter in the sunshine. The rains last night have washed the air clean, making sounds carry for miles…

There’s a juvenile Mississippi Kite preening on the high perch to the west. The bluebirds are making trip after trip to the bluebird house. Chickadees come and go from the feeder. Crows pass overhead checking to see if I laid out an offering. Even the squirrel ignores me as he scavenges under the feeder for fallen seeds.

I don’t know if it’s just me, but twice in the last week I’ve let my laptop talk me into updating Windows 10 to the new updated operating system. Twice now it’s failed. After taking most of a day each time, what I get when I sign in is a black screen with a mouse curser in the center. The mouse curser moves but nothing else does. It takes the old Windows three fingered salute to restart so I can roll it back to the pre-update. I think I’ll wait a good bit before letting it talk me into wasting my time again.

Time for another cup of coffee…. catch you later.

Tuesday, May 23

A Late Spring Tease Of A Cool Morning Coffee Muses

A Late Spring Tease Of A Cool Morning Coffee Muses

It’s really funny the difference ten degrees in temperature of a morning makes in the enjoyment of the day… Mother Nature is giving us one more teasing reminder of what spring should be. Lows in the sixties, dry wonderful air, fresh green colors everywhere you look… just about the most you could hope for in spring in Texas along the Gulf Coast.

Well, Donald Trump’s budget dropped last night. The thump should have been felt in every family home in America. The cuts proposed for America’s safety net are profound and speak more to what kind of a man this President is than even the Healthcare bill he backed. The healthcare fiasco came out of the House, not this evisceration of funding for the poor and least protected among us. This thing came from the Trump administration. I think Mr President that you’ve sat on that famous drain you were promising to use on the swamp.

I think we have a problem of definitions in this country. When Americans hear the term working-class families more and more they see the Wal-Mart staffers, the grocery store clerks, the plumbers, the fire fighters, the policemen, the mechanics… But when Republicans say working-class families they are talking about the brokers, the upper management types, the Congressmen, the Senators. All the rest are just flotsam in the backwaters of the economy. They voted for the lies, just like they always do. They’ll take the dregs of the cup, just like they always do. The cream will be skimmed for the richest of the rich, just like it always is.

As long as they have Fox to burnish the lies, nothing will change. We have the most unprepared person in America running the country. And still… still, over 80% of Republicans think he’s doing a great job… Absolutely nothing more needs to be said about the Republican voter than that. They think he’s doing a great job!

Hell, Republicans in Texas have passed a bill that says you can be blocked from adopting a child if you are gay or any religion other than Christian. I mean come on, really… I guess they feel confident their stolen Supreme Court seat will now protect unconstitutional laws. Republicans, never pass up a chance to discriminate, it just might be the last chance you get.

Pardon the morning rant… it’s call blues from a red state of mind.

Sunday, May 21

Ditto Ditto It's Really Summer Morning Coffee Muses

Ditto Ditto It’s Really Summer Morning Coffee Muses

This one’s for you Nigel… The temperature is 84°, humidity is 89%, heat index is a mildly obscene 99°. Just for the sake of my British brother-in-law we’ll call it unpleasantly warm and a moisturizing treatment for your skin.

Last year I discovered when we toured Carlsbad Caverns, that humidity is the bane to my existence. The caverns are a constant 57° but the humidity is a constant 90+%. You would think that the temperature difference from the outside 109° would been heaven, but within minutes the workout of hauling my body up and down stairs and sloped trails had me starting to sweat… And once started it never dries. The air is saturated, it can’t take up any moisture, there is no way to wick the body’s 96° working temperature away.

Maybe that’s the attraction of desert climates to some people. I just can’t get past the hundred degree daily bake…

Looking at the weather map, I see that the cool front did what most do this time of year and pulled up short on it’s way to the coast.

It’s getting late and I have to go fix brunch…