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“The Great American Eclipse,”
Posted:Aug 20, 2017 7:51 pm
Last Updated:Aug 21, 2017 8:48 am
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No need for any human sacrifices this time around , though we may consider them later in the day as the path of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Moves Across the U.S!



A total solar eclipse with a path that crosses the U.S. from coast to coast will be visible on MONDAY Aug. 21, 2017. The historic event has been called “The Great American Eclipse,” and marks the first time since 1979 that a total solar eclipse will be visible from the contiguous U.S. During the total eclipse, which begins in Oregon, the moon will completely block the sun, and travel diagonally across the country until it reaches South Carolina.



The total solar eclipse will begin in Lincoln Beach, Ore. at 10:16 a.m. PST. It will then move toward the East Coast, and end near Columbia, S.C. at about 2:44 p.m. EST. Space enthusiasts will have up to two minutes and 40 seconds to see the eclipse, though in many places totality will be even shorter.



The Great American Eclipse will last for about an hour and a half overall, but each city that catches the eclipse will only see it for a matter of minutes or seconds. The moon’s shadow travels at roughly 2,400 mph over the face of the Earth, according to Bill Kramer, a well-known expert in the eclipse chasing community.

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We have a Name!
Posted:Aug 19, 2017 11:12 pm
Last Updated:Aug 20, 2017 8:34 pm
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Tonight JD's mom was over for dinner with us. I made angel hair pasta with meat sauce. I let her draw a number from the hat and she selected #4 submitted by bisexlover73 PUMPKIN will be the kitten's name.

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Reminder....
Posted:Aug 18, 2017 6:51 pm
Last Updated:Aug 19, 2017 11:32 pm
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We will be drawing names for our new kitten Saturday afternoon about 5 CDT... Newest Family Member.... There's currently 16 suggestions. I will draw a number from the hat and post the results for everyone tomorrow night. Please post your suggestions in here or at the other blog using the above link.
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ROOTS
Posted:Aug 18, 2017 6:37 pm
Last Updated:Aug 19, 2017 11:51 pm
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A Canadian woman who lost her engagement ring 13 years ago while weeding her garden on the family farm is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground on a misshapen carrot.



Mary Grams, 84, said she can't believe the lucky carrot actually grew through and around the diamond ring she had long given up hope of finding. Grams said she never told her husband, Norman, that she lost the ring, but told her son. Her husband died five years ago.
"I feel relieved and happy inside," Grams said this week. "It grew into the carrot. I still can't figure it out."



Her daughter-in-law, Colleen Daley, found the ring while harvesting carrots for supper with her dog Billy at the farm near Armena, Alberta, where Grams used to live. The farm has been in the family for 105 years. Daley said while she was pulling the carrots and noticed one of them looked strange. She almost fed it to her dog but decided to keep it and just threw it in her pail. When she was washing the carrots she noticed the ring and spoke to her husband, Grams' son, about what she had found.
They quickly called Grams. "I said we found your ring in the garden. She couldn't believe it," Daley said. "It was so weird that the carrot grew perfectly through that ring."



Grams said she was eager to try the ring on again after so many years. With family looking on she washed the ring with a little soap to get the dirt off. It slid on her finger as easily as it did when her husband gave it to her.
"We were giggling and laughing," she said. "It fit. After that many years it fits."
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Nothing Compares
Posted:Aug 17, 2017 8:27 pm
Last Updated:Aug 18, 2017 9:19 pm
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Nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair!



Over one MILLION visitors will go through the gates at the fair many of whom wanting to see the ever so prized BUTTER COW.



The Butter Cow starts with a wood, metal, wire and steel mesh frame and about 600 lbs. of low moisture, pure cream Iowa butter. Once inside the 40-degree cooler, layers of butter are applied until a life-size butter cow emerges - measuring about 5-1/2-ft high and 8-ft long. Each year, much of the butter is recycled and can be reused for up to 10 years.



In 1911, J.K. Daniels sculpted the Fair's first butter cow and was succeeded by J.E. Wallace. In 1957, Earl Frank Dutt of Illinois took over the sculpting duties. Norma “Duffy” Lyon of Toledo, Iowa, began sculpting in 1960, becoming the fourth person and first woman to sculpt the Fair's butter beauties. In 2006, after 15 years of apprenticing with Duffy, Sarah Pratt of West Des Moines became the Fair's fifth butter sculptor.



A real dairy cow weighs more than 1,000 pounds, but the butter version comes in at around 600 pounds. The butter cow would butter about 19,200 slices of toast and take an average person two lifetimes to consume.
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A Sad 25th Anniversary
Posted:Aug 16, 2017 9:40 pm
Last Updated:Aug 19, 2017 11:42 pm
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It is the 25th anniversary of the passing of Tommy Nutter (17 April 1943 – 17 August 1992), who was a British tailor, made famous for reinventing the Savile Row suit and bell bottom pants of the 1960s.



Born in Barmouth, Merioneth to Christopher Nutter and Dorothy (formerly Banister), he was raised in Edgware, Middlesex, where his father owned a local High Street Cafe. After the family moved to Kilburn, Nutter and his brother David attended Willesden Technical College. Nutter initially studied plumbing, and then architecture, but he abandoned both aged 19 to study tailoring at the Tailor and Cutter Academy.



In the early 1960s he joined traditional tailors Donaldson, Williamson & Ward. After seven years, in 1969, he joined up with Edward Sexton, to open Nutters of Savile Row at No 35a Savile Row. They were financially backed by Cilla Black and her husband Bobby Willis, Managing Director of the Beatles' Apple Corps Peter Brown, and lawyer James Vallance-White



The business was an immediate success, as Nutter combined traditional tailoring skills with innovative design. He designed for the Hardy Amies range, and then for the man himself. His clients included his investors, plus Sir Roy Strong, Mick Jagger, Bianca Jagger and Elton John. Nutter himself was most proud of the fact that, for the cover of The Beatles' album Abbey Road in 1969, he dressed three out of the four: George Harrison elected to be photographed on the road-crossing in denims.



In the 1970s his bespoke business became less successful, but he branched out into ready to wear clothing, marketed through Austin Reed. He also successfully expanded into East Asia, establishing the Savile Row brand in Japan. In 1976 Sexton bought Nutter out of the Business. Nutter went to work for Kilgour French and Stanbury, managing his own workroom. Sexton continued to run Nutters of Savile Row until 1983, when Nutter returned to the row with a ready to wear shop: "Tommy Nutter, Savile Row". (This new venture, which traded at No 19 Savile Row until Tommy's death, was backed by J&J Crombie Limited, who continue to own the "Tommy Nutter" trademark.) At this time, Sexton set up a business in his own name.



In the 1980s, he described his suits as a "cross between the big-shouldered Miami Vice look and the authentic Savile Row." He created the clothing of The Joker worn by Jack Nicholson in the 1989 film Batman.



Nutter passed away in 1992 at the Cromwell Hospital in London of complications from AIDS.
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Urgent UPDATE !
Posted:Aug 15, 2017 8:10 pm
Last Updated:Aug 17, 2017 8:13 pm
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In a turn of events from my blog Tinfoil Hat Time a few days ago. A tree removal company's attempt to uproot a mysterious object with steel legs that is lodged on a Rhode Island beach has been postponed. The circular object located about 10 feet (3 meters) off shore at low tide has puzzled beachgoers. It has eight stainless steel legs and is capped with concrete.



The East Beach Association President Peter Brockmann says the Tuesday evening extrication by Rocky's Tree Service has been canceled due to deteriorating conditions on the beach. There's no word on when the removal will be rescheduled.

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A Little Young.....
Posted:Aug 14, 2017 9:26 pm
Last Updated:Aug 16, 2017 9:07 pm
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Jack Bergerson has filed to run as a Democrat in the 2018 race for governor of Kansas, saying he wanted to give people another option, The Kansas City Star reported . It doesn't faze him that he won't even be old enough to vote in the election. The 16-year-old Wichita high school student says he's serious about his bid to run for governor of Kansas.
"I thought, you know, let's give the people of Kansas a chance," Bergeson said. "Let's try something new that has never really been tried anywhere else before."



"Under Kansas law, there is no law governing the qualifications for governor, not one," said Bryan Caskey, director of elections at the Kansas secretary of state's office. "So there's seriously nothing on the books that lays out anything, no age, no residency, no experience. Nothing." When Bergeson, a junior at The Independent School in Wichita, found out about the lack of requirements, he thought, "Oh, I could do that."



The teenager said he wants to "radically change" the health care system and would support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, while being willing to explore legalization for recreational use. But he is conservative on gun rights and supports laws that allow people to openly carry their weapons.
"I think if you offer the people of Kansas something radical, something new so then that shows that we can move in a new direction, I think that will put the Democratic Party in a good position to win the seat next year," Bergeson said.
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Newest Family Member....
Posted:Aug 13, 2017 8:09 pm
Last Updated:Aug 19, 2017 11:26 pm
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Ronnie is holding our newest member of the family. We were out getting ready to mix cement and could hear a kitten mewing. We walked down to the middle oak tree in the East end of the main yard and up about 20 feet off the ground on a limb was ther lost kitty. Some dirty son of a bitch had tossed out. It was human friendly and came down to JD. We brought it into the house and fed it some ham and bread to tide it over. So far Rosie is ignoring it and Thor thinks it is a new play toy for him. We may have problems and need to move it to the stable with Ronnie. However for tonight it is in the laundry room.



The kitten is a female and we are open to suggestions for a name. She is a bit camera shy too. Put you name suggestions below. I will number your suggestions then draw a number from out of the hat and let you all know the results in a couple days.
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Tinfoil Hat Time
Posted:Aug 12, 2017 7:42 pm
Last Updated:Aug 15, 2017 8:00 pm
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Rhode Island beachgoers are puzzled and concerned about a mysterious object lodged about 10 feet underwater just off Westerly's East Beach. Some have even thought it might just be time to dig out the tinfoil hats! The circular object has stainless steel legs and is capped with concrete. It appears to be either very heavy or rooted in place.



The Westerly Sun reported Friday the object was first seen last summer but could not be found on follow-up attempts.



East Beach Association President Peter Brockmann says he's been asking experts about the object's origin. He says the best tip he received was from University of Rhode Island oceanographers, who said it could be a stand for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers device used to monitor currents and sediment flow during dredging projects.



Brockmann says they will try to uproot the object next week.
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