The Crow's Nest - May 3, 2012

Twice in the last few days I have heard one of my favorite songs, "What a Wonderful World". Last Saturday Jill Waslaski did a beautiful rendition of the song at the Spring Brunch. This morning I put my earbuds in, turned on my I-Pod and started my morning walk. The first song was Louis Armstrong singing and playing "What a Wonderful World". And yes, at 6 am it is a quiet, peaceful wonderful world.

Chuck and I just returned from a return trip to Scotland. Our son Mike and wife Lea and kids Houston (20 yrs) and Madison (15 yrs) were there also. We rented a 5 bedroom 4 1/2 bath "cottage" just outside of Edinburgh. We made day trips to many areas of Scotland. They had experienced a very, very mild March as we did, so all their daffodils along the roadways had already bloomed. That made me sad as I was so taken with all the yellow daffodils the last time we were there in April.

Of course, any trip I go on always has to have a "glitch" in it. For starters, I should have a huge BS printed on my forehead. I had more body scans and body checks done than I thought was really necessary. I didn't think I really was that threatening! Going through security really wears me out. After all the traveling we've done, I do have my "plan of action" in place. I have all my liquids in a clear plastic bag, my boarding pass and passport readily available, my I-Pad, Kindle, I-Pod and camera all very accessible to quickly put in the security carts-----and I have a wonderful bag which was WAY overpriced at Brookstone, but fits perfectly under the seat in front of me. I have learned to travel very light.

Enough complaining about air travel. If you really want to hear me complain, let me tell you about our driving in Scotland. Of course, they drive on the left hand side of the road. We rented two cars so of course, we always had to keep track of each other. The other side of the road was not a problem. The problem was with :Glasgow Grannie", our Tom-Tom. I didn't mind when she would tell me to take the 2nd exit 12 times (I was in charge of programing "Glasgow Grannie) before we got to the round-a-bout. What drove me nuts was every time, and I mean every time, we went by a gas station or restaurant it would "MOO" to me. Not just a little moo, but one that came from the cow's belly. It was SO annoying. I finally figured out how to turn it off about the last day.

Now, I am home and I have another problem. My I-Pad had 192 messages and I could not figure out how to delete them. It keeps telling me that messages can not be sent to the trash mail. I took it down to Best Buy and they did exactly what I was doing and of course every message deleted immediately. FINE! I once again have a whole slew of messages and I am going through the same problem. I can not get them to delete. O well, it will be okay. I suppose I thrive on trying to avert crisis'.

The "Table of Knowledge" is up and running with all kinds of discussions. Jim Kertz was complaining because the ignition on his daughter's car had locked up. Carol Pewe knew exactly why. People should not put heavy items on their key chains as this causes a misalignment in the tumblers in the ignition. Carol was quite an expert and everyone took heed.

Spring planting is well underway. Many gardens have been planted. We have radishes and lettuce up in one of our gardens. Now we need the sunshine and warmth,

Sympathy goes to Margaret Lerud, Lyle and Bonnie Amundrud and Virgil and Annie Lerud on the death of Clifford Lerud.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day and we will talk later.

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May 3, 2012

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Murphy's Law

1. Nothing is as easy as it looks

2. Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.

3. Sucess always occurs in private, and failure in full view.

4. Two wrongs are only the beginning.

5. If there is a worse time for something to go wrong, it will happen then.



Grandkids Houston and Madison thought the telephone booths were unique..