Wednesday, June 01, 2016

TIME WAS HERE BUT NOW IT’S GONE

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ALWAYS LOVE SEEING CORN ROW PATTERNS

Cool enough overnight for me to put on a T-shirt & crawl back into my flannel jammies again but that's Okay I like it that way.  No idea why my day started at 3:30 a.m. but I popped out of my chair like an exploding firecracker I did and by noon had the most mightiest big yawns going on of ever.  Every big yawn sucked in so much air I almost swallowed the living room curtains.

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CORN STALKS ARE GROWING QUICKLY & GREENING UP NICELY

DSC_0030-001Pheebs and I were out the door shortly after 7 dressed in warm duds to thwart off a cool brisk East wind.  Definitely no airborne bugs on our Hullett Marsh walk or any of the half dozen roadside stops we made after that.  Despite cool winds in the treetops it was still a mighty fine morning we had going on here & by 10 I was back into short sleeves.

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JUST AN ALL ROUND DARN NICE LOOKING MORNING IN THE MARSH

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A STRONG EAST WIND LEANS THE TREES WESTWARD

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DOGGY IN LONG GRASS

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Bruce rolled in around 4 and resumed work on the bedroom gas pipe box and furnace door panel.  He sure does good work that fella.  He’s very laid back and has the patience of a Saint.  I got the patience of half a Gnat and some days not even half of that.

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TWO OLD STUMPS ARGUING IN THE SWAMP

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A MARSH POODLE >>>>>>>

I have a question for Open Live Writer users.  How & where can I change the spacing between lines.  The way I am set up now it seems every time I hit the space bar it double spaces me.  I’m wanting it to only single space my lines.  Even when I type something in Hotmail using single spacing then paste it into my blog it still comes out double spaced.  I need to single space my stuff in ‘AL’s Scratchings’.

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HERE A SMALL LUSH ROADSIDE CREEK SPLITS A CORNFIELD IN HALF

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I have purposely left Tuesday's overnight obvious spam comments in the Shout Box for now so readers can see what spam looks like.  Notice the obvious poor grammar which is typical.  Do not click on any of these people's names because I suspect they are not real people but machine driven.  Hardly any of those spams refer to anything specific in my posts & that as well is typical of spamming machines.  So here now is my dilemma.  Do I cancel my Shout Box altogether or each time I see what I feel is spam just delete it.  Risk there is leaving the door wide open for a deluge of spammers & accidentally deleting legitimate reader comments.  Any thoughts??

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FIRST CUTTING OF HAY FOR THE SEASON

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THIS NEW MOWN HAY JUST SMELLED SOOOOOO NICE STANDING HERE

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NEVER SAW THIS BRAND OF TRACTOR BEFORE

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OUT SPREADING SOME OF THAT SWEET SMELLING MANURE SAUCE AROUND THE FIELD

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MY  LITTLE PAL AWLAYS WAITS SO PATIENTLY FOR ME WHILE I HOP OUT TO TAKE A FEW QUICK PHOTOS

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Reading Donna's post from Cave Dwellings this morning I was prompted to leave a comment when she asked, “Is blogging passe’?” “Is blogging being replaced by Facebook, Facetime, Google +, and the many other forms of social media”??  “I have a few blog friends who are on Word Press…and they seem to have many more people interested in blogging”…….In my response to Donna's question I mentioned that I have thought of switching to Word Press half a dozen times but just don't have the patience for the learning curve. I have pretty much lost touch with any fellow Bloggers who have hopped over to other social media sites like Facebook or Google+. I don't care for either one of them & much prefer the regular blogging format. In this newer age now of mobile & instant this & that it seems meaningful substance is sacrificed for the sake of speed & countless unending bantering mind numbing pointless twatter. Tweet your feet this, next text that, insta-groan something else. In my opinion it's a good thing a few of we old Dinosaurs still have our clunky aging keyboarding feet on the ground.  Whatever happened to the power of thinking and thoughtful substance I wonder.  Don't ask me, I've gotta go pull another Eucalypts leaf off the tree.

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STILL A FEW DANDELIONS AROUND & THIS ONE COMES COMPLETE WITH AN ANT

GROANER’S CORNER:(( A couple of rednecks went on vacation in Colorado. They flew to Denver and rented a car to sight see. One of the sights was a bridge that was more than 1,000 feet above the river. Walking out onto the bridge, they noticed it swaying in the wind.  "I don't think I want to drive the car across this bridge," one said to the other.  "What are you worried about"? the second replied. "It's a rental."

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‘AL’s Old Scratchings’……… I wrote this piece late one night years ago sitting alone in the rough & tumble ‘Station Hotel’ in downtown Kitchener Ontario.  I call it………'Old Men’

Aging lines wreak havoc with his face.  A shabby coat a tattered smock.  His clothes tell me who he is.  He drinks in solitude saying nothing.  He doesn’t smile.  I am afraid.

Two old men shake hands.  One carries a blackened cane.  Long woolen overcoats musty thread bare shirts.  Who are they, when did they come.  A man has stopped singing.  He’s quiet now.  Who is he, was it hard back then.

I buy the man at my table a drink.  He says thanks.  We go on in silence.  I try again.  Nothing.  I am afraid. 

I see an empty chair.  It waits.  I wait.  We are all waiting.  The chair is filled.  For it the waiting is over.  For me I am still afraid.  Time was here but now it’s gone.

19 comments:

  1. Talking about the Spam. I know that on Blogger I send those comments to the to the Spam Box and leave it there for about a week. Then Blogger recognizes it as such. How the Shout Box works I'm not sure but if it is similar you have nothing to loose by trying that.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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  2. Your corn is a lot further along than ours up here. Nor is there any sign of haying yet. But you sure got some good pictures of both! Enjoying your new 'Scratchings' too. As for all that other social media, I have no interest either. Ultimately I write the bog for myself, and prefer some control and some solid content rather than all that "pointless twatter!" Just hit the delete button and ignore the spam.

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  3. I'm a blogger only guy and do not read or have accounts on any other social media sites. Ain't gonna happen.

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  4. Love those beautiful rows of corn:) Pheebs is such a sweetheart:)

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  5. The tractor is a Case IH (merger of Case and International Harvester). It's just the front end loader that is a Quicke brand.

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  6. I saw a video on Youtube that starts out with a guy holding a big sign that says "You don't have 848 friends!" It was a pitch to get yourself off Facebook.

    The corn looks so beautiful and the rows seem to stretch on forever.

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  7. Amen. Amen. Amen. So much agree with you about meaningful substance vs. pointless twattle. So much time is spent nowadays on the frivolous. I am often amazed at the stuff the local new channel deems important! I am not on "social media" either, but I do love reading blogs and keeping up with bloggers whose posts I really enjoy. Sadly, several of my favorites have quit blogging. Judy for one. It sure is consoling to know you plan to stay around awhile. What a great writer you are. I like your
    piece tonight about the old men. Need to think about it some more. That is what good writing does---it makes us think. Thanks!!

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  8. Delete the spam from Shoutbox and it's no big thing if you happen to delete one of mine.
    Great "Scratchings" - pictures using words.

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  9. On my blog I have a delete button next to reply. It allows me to say something like forever. Sometimes it heavy but more often now not much at all. I'll stick with plain ole' blogger, I can't figure out that circles thing or google+, if its much work it isn't fun to use it.

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  10. I still enjoy blogger and if nobody else reads our blog it is a personal record of out fulltime rv lifetstyle.

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  11. Well you hit lots of things for me today. I'll answer your OLW question and hope you'll answer mine. To eliminate that extra space between lines, just hold down the shift key when you go to the next line. It's become automatic fI r me. My question, do your posts take hours to come up on blog lists? Yours seem to come right up on my blog list since they appear at the top rather than show up half way down at some point where I may or may not notice them. I use the spam as Rick and Kathy do. Seems to work well. Didn't see any spam here today. Your opinion of the instacrap is 100% mine and well stated. I have none of those accounts. Communication has become less and less a real exchange of ideas well written it seems to me.

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    1. I tried what you said Sherry and it worked. Makes things easier for me in the AL's Old Scratchings corner. Thanks. To answer your question about my blog coming up right away on people's blog lists I have to answer that with an "I don't know'. Haven't had anyone mention anything to me but I do know there are some blogs on my sidebar that do not show up automatically at the top every time and I have no idea what causes that. For sure I miss some people's posts because of that problem,,,,,,

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  12. Well I have accounts on all the aforementioned but love getting my thoughts out on Blogger and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future...

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  13. Love those lush looking fields. Definitely don't like spam and try to make it go away. I do play around on FB but have been missing the blog due to lack of signal, both reading and writing. Call me old fashion but I'm sticking with it.

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  14. Great looking picture, thanks for the share. Love reading your blog.
    Cory

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  15. I don't have a Shout Box..never did, never will. Why stoke the fire of those negative people..I just enjoy comments from peeps I am familiar with..I sure do miss Judy, the Bird Lady of Blogland...Hope she gets settled and begins her blogs again, right?

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  16. While I like to throw an occasional thought onto Facebook, I much prefer a blog format to convey a story, Al. Your easy, comfortable style really shines in this format. In my case, I'd never be able to weave the history into a story on Facebook like I am able to in my blog.

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