What a difference a day makes

This was yesterday, Friday, and it seemed so cute.


The light snow featured huge flakes and it would probably not last.  At least that’s what the old man who didn’t check the forecast thought.  So he just took a picture.

The secret to capturing the flakes in the image is to force your flash on.  That’s a tip I learned from our good friend, Ratty.

One of my Facebook friends was very inspired by this.  Proved it by posting this:


This behavior is benign.  It’s the folks behind the wheel that make snow days scary.  I’m talking about days like today.


As I am modestly sane, I’m staying inside.  Well, not really.  It’s time to go out to the barn and take the mower deck off the tractor and put on the scraper blade.  I’ll be needing it soon.  Very soon.

Saturday Song ~ A Living Prayer

Alison Krauss has an amazing voice. Its full resonance and power are nicely framed by the instrumental music of Union Station. After last Saturday’s loony offering, it only seemed right to offer something like this. I hope you enjoy it. And have a wonderful weekend.

Saturday Song ~ 18 Wheels on a Big Rig

Wackiness reigns supreme in the world of Heywood Banks. This is offered strictly for your own amusement. Please let me know what you think of this guy. Would you like to see more of him?

Sylvia reminds me that I should tell you that the “big rigs” we see in our neighborhood are pulled by tractors. If an 18-wheeler comes down our road, the whole neighborhood is apt to come outside to watch. Yes, all 6 of us! I’ll be the guy with the camera.

Saturday Song ~ Memorial Day Weekend

This Memorial Day weekend we remember with gratitude and profound respect those who took up arms, wore our nation’s uniform and paid the ultimate price. Let us also remember those who have been left behind to grieve the loss of their loved ones. May you live all of your days in the precious freedom that we enjoy.

Saturday Song ~ Morning Has Broken

The tune, Bunessan, is an old gaelic melody. The words come from English poet and children’s author Eleanor Farjeon, who wrote a poem to fit the lovely gaelic tune. This hymn first appeared in print in 1931. The hymn is an ode to spring.

It is also a reminder for those of us who need a second chance that each day is a new beginning.

Lamentations 3:23, 24

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Saturday Song ~ Beethoven 5th and more

Another change of pace this weekend. It’s time for some classical music and some classical humor.

Some of you may remember the 50s and live television. Sid Caesar was one of the giants of that era. Imagine working live in front of the cameras with no cue cards and no teleprompters. It took a lot of talent to make that work.

In this segment, Sid Caesar and Nanette Fabray play a married couple in a argument with pantomimed action and dialogue. All of this to the accompaniament of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Who came up with the idea for this classic sketch? I don’t know.

Saturday Song & Thanks Top Droppers

This song makes me think of my maternal grandpa. He was a wonderful fellow, and I miss him 38 years later. Grandpa Fred was a hard as nails and as soft as silk. Strong hands and a tender heart.

Last weekend I saw a friend from High School whom I haven’t seen in years. Her parents were also there. Her dad said, “Doesn’t he look like his grandpa, Fred?” It really made me feel good to hear that.

Thanks to top droppers from April.

And April’s top droppers are:

Dropper # of drops
Family Health Avenue 31
60 Were Enough 31
Photography by KML 31
sound of a soft breath 31
Pyro Electro 31
Split Rock Ranch 31
Frugal Healthy Choices 31
Rambling Thoughts in SMK Serian 31
Hello Kitty Gifts 31
BeadedTail 31

I appreciate each one of you as well as the ones who drop by little less regularly to drop an EC card on Secondary Roads. Thanks!

Saturday Song ~ Special Performance

The Kings Firecrackers are a performance jump rope team made up of talented 4th-8th graders from the Kings Local School District in Ohio. Coached by Lynn Kelley, they perform at venues across the country.

This halftime performance took place at a basketball game. The US Naval Academy played host to Army. These two are fierce rivals. What could bring both sides to a standing ovation?
Perhaps only this team of girls jumping rope?

These elementary and junior high girls from Ohio have taken jumping rope to the extreme. Their skills have made them a sensation at sporting events.

The Firecrackers practice for two hours a day, five days a week. That’s on top of keeping their grades up. And each girl must pass an etiquette class to make the team. What do you suppose they eat for breakfast?

Learn more about this sport here.

Saturday Song ~ The Remember Song

As we continue to age, many of us are spending more time thinking about the hereafter. You know what I mean. We walk into a room and then ask ourselves, “What am I here after?”

I hope you enjoy the fun song by Tom Rush about this common affliction. Now if I can just find my “To Do” list, I”ll get on with the rest of my day.

Saturday Song ~ There Is a Reason

Friday ended at sunset. The [Saturday] sabbath began at sunset. As the body of the teacher rested in the rich man’s tomb, his followers observed the day of rest. No doubt their heart’s were heavy and in their minds they wrestled with the question, “Why?” Many of us today wrestle with that same question.

Like the teacher’s followers of so many years ago, we frequently have to wait for understanding.

The Psalmist had written: “Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5b