Saturday, July 25, 2015


Several years ago I posted a video on You Tube captioned Cat Protects Old Dog.

Made merely to share with our neighbors the encounter I had while "walking" their 17 year old dog, I had no idea that the primitive smart phone video would become popular. It has elicited 500 comments, 2,000 "likes" and 1,000,000 views. While that number pales by comparison to the mega views on other videos, it still amazes me.

More amazing yet is the never ending parade of passionate comments. Many of them are focused on the "cat vs dog" rivalry.

My 20 pound cat chases ma neighbor's yellow lab "Daisy" all the time =D Chuck is the king of ma hood.

The cat would scratch the dog what, once? Maybe twice? Before the dog brutaly murdered the cat.

A cat may be able to get a dog to stop attacking it, but if both are committed to fighting to the death the cat would never win. Depending of course on the size of the dog.

I agree, pound for pound, a dog is NO match to a cat...cats are incredible fighters...

Y'know I don't really like cats, but I have to give credit where credit is due; this cat ain't takin' no sh*t.

That cat, no matter how brave, could end up in multiple parts scattered around the yard.

Many others are fun and witty zingers criticizing the video quality.

Footage so blurry I thought it was bigfoot and two chupacabras.

I like the part when the orange pixel protects the white pixel.

how did you record the video? with a toaster? :D

What pixel exactly is the cat? :)))

Great quality....  This must be the 'berry' flavor Captn' Crunch box camera. 

This has been fun. Please watch Cat Protects Old Dog. Tell your friends too. Especially the clever ones that are willing to post comments.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Yankee Gutters - Garden Tractor Pull

Our old house has Yankee Gutters ... which are gutters that are built into the roof line itself and not attached to or hung from the facia. 
The repair and maintenance of Yankee Gutters requires a craftsman who knows how to rebuild them. 
Lucky for us, we know Dob.
Dob is a very interesting guy. For fun, he competes in Garden Tractor Pull competitions. Last Friday night we ventured to Meriden, Kansas, to watch him compete in the the 39th Annual Meriden competition. He competes in two separate weight classes. Here he is in action.

And here he is with his two award plaques ... one for each weight class.
Yay, Dob.

Monday, July 06, 2015

July 2nd - Aria is born

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted for the states to declare independence from Great Britain. The future 2nd President of the United States, John Adams, wrote his wife, Abigail saying: 

"The second day of July will be the most memorable Epocha, in the history of America. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shrews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."

239 years later, Aria Ruth Quist was born on July 2nd thereby affirming Mr. Adams' prediction.
Mother and daughter are doing fine.

Here is Jake's idea of Take Your Daughter to Work Day.

And here is the Quist Family 4
Aria is the squished one.