Sunday, January 31, 2010

Oh what fun it is........

Just an addition to todays blog for all of you southerners'

Here is my Noble Assistant (the Little Princess), having fun with the golf cart (trucksterII wantabe)

It was fun until she got highsided on a drift and couldn't go anywhere.

So for you viewing pleasure -- how we Celebrated Life this afternoon

I am a Lee, that's for sure

How can you tell if you are a true blooded Lee member?

Easy, just watch what you do to pick up the truck.

Now mind you that I would never pull a stunt that wasn't fully documented and with safety in mind, but if you recall a year or so ago I went after a 1966 Ford Bronco about 100 miles east of Indianapolis IND.

On the return trip we ran into this

a super cell, not a little one, but one that caused me to slow down to 30 or 35 mph and that was on an Interstate Highway.

So we got home with the Bronco in one piece.

The other night, here in the great Ozarks land, we had this potential problem on the horizon:

We also were talking with a friend in Trenton (that's Illinois and not Missouri), about this piece of equipment for the farm

So did the potential for a little snow (6 to 12 inches is nothing in these parts) deter us from heading to St. Louis? Now to be honest, there was already 5 inches of the white stuff on the ground here at the farm by 5 pm and it was still snowing to beat the band. At times it was almost white out conditions here.

Talking with Phil in Trenton, he relayed the snow was predicted to stay south of St Louis. Watching the local and state weather, it was determined the snow wouldn't go much farther north than Rolla.

Easy run to St Louis if no snow from Rolla on. So a quick packing of the necessary snow storm (hurricane supplies if you are in Florida), a quick jump on the internet to book a room at the Best Hotel Chain (according to the Gentleman Farmer), and at 5:30 pm Friday evening, the Barngoddess1 and I were in the Big Little Mule (abet thankfully we didn't have a problem that the Jeep would have to rescue me as evident in this picture) -

and enroute to Trenton ILL.

And the snow continued. By the time we reached Springfield (30 miles east) we were asking ourselves if this was a good adventure to be undertaking. No snow after Rolla and we'll be there in no time. Besides, MODOT was out in force:

So we kept going. Now on Interstate 44 around Springfield the crews were doing a good job of clearing the snow, but as soon as we were out of the great Springfield area I44 was one lane. Passing meant that white out conditions occurred and people would slow to 10 or 15 mph. At Rolla the snow was still coming, heavier than at the beginning, at St James MO it was even heavier, and by the time we got to Fenton MO, we were thankful that the Drury Inn was close to the highway.

A quick check in and we'd be in the hot tub in no time... right....

We got to the Hotel at 11:00 pm, the indoor pool and hot tub were closed for over an hour and the hotel crew were doing maintenance on them, alas, no hot tub tonight.... and it was still snowing. So what it took 5 hours for a 3 hour drive. We would have taken pictures but all you have seen is "whiteout".

We got up Saturday morning to what looked like about 4 inches of the white stuff. Turn on TV and it was remarkable, Interstate 64 was the dividing line for snow or no snow. South of I-64 in metro StL was snow, north was no snow. We laughed over breakfast (Drury Inn has the best) and headed out. Ten minutes later we were out of the snow and flying down I-70 toward Greenville ILL to meet Phil.

We were going to meet him at the local Bank in town, just off the square at 10.
Arriving a little early, we got a call from Phil saying he would be there in just a bit. And just a bit later, a F350 (black, crew cab, long bed) pulls into the bank parking lot. So I, thinking it is Phil, jump out and walk over and introduce myself to the driver (whose name is Walter), and ask if the truck is ready to be sold..... That poor guy had a deer in the headlites look.... what??? my truck ain't for sale..

I then realized it was the wrong truck. We both laughed over it, and a few minutes later Phil pulls into the parking lot. We all had a big laugh over which F350 was for sale. After the transactions were done, we bade our farewells and everyone was off. We stopped at the local cafe and ate a bit (it was lunch time you know) and headed home.
Me driving the dually, and the Barngoddess1 driving "her" truck.
Roads were clear (thank you MODOT and the big plow) and we were home at dusk.
Coming up the drive was fun, especially in two wheel drive, but we made it safe and sound.
A few more pictures of todays activities [THESE ARE FOR THE JEEP, BBB & OLERAGTOP]

Our back yard, the stable and side of the haybarn, and shoveling the white stuff.
Also a few pics of the dually and "her truck", not too worse for wear and tear.
So enjoy and be glad it is 70 in your town.

I have to admit that it was an experience going to STL, Barngoddess1 only yelled at me once (going up a hill in passing lane, with cruise control engaged, we started a little fishtailing, nothing serious, but I got an earfull...
So safe at home is our newest Little Mule: Ford (is there any other kind of truck?), F350, dually crewcab, with gray cloth interior, my favorite 7.3L diesel and an automatic tranny. Alas it is only two wheel drive, but a truck that size doesn't need to be in the mud and muck.... that's what "Her Truck" and "My Bronc" are for.

So how do you tell if you are a Lee boy...........

It's the adventure going after another truck to use on the farm, that's how we


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

HEY BUS .........

HEY BUS, got the plow on the jeep?

It's a coming your way..........

I'll call you tomorrow night.......

LongRoof and Jeep.... stay south

BBB put another log on the fire and mix another one

Forecast for evening of 1/28 thru 1/29:

Was it Bing that sang

Let is snow, let it snow, let it snow....

Celebrate Life

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Been Busy Huh?????

The Busplunge has been busy, you can read his blog to learn how busy......

The Jeep has been busy, you can read his blog to see how his being busy is driving on the beach.....

The Longrooffan has been busy cleaning his Taj Mahal... bout time

and I've been busy, oh so busy

want to see how

and being that stuck in the mud and muck,

and you all thinking that I was that stuck in the mud and the muck,

lets me

Celebrate Life

Saturday, January 9, 2010

He missed the best ones

Now for those of you who know my family (esp the boys) you know that we are car hoots, yep, Fords GMCs and esp Jeeps

Well recently my little bigger brother posted on his blog about family cars.
You can view it here:

Now what he tagged it with was OLD car photos with OLD people in them.... insinuated that I am old.....

But the best is that he missed an opportunity by not posting better pictures of the two wagons of my life..........

So I post them here for those of you who would like better pictures of those two old wagons... esp for us OLD people who really remember trips to the lakes (Fellows and Table Rock)

So John-John, here are two you missed:

Ford Wagon
Pram Sailboat
Mast Throught windshild

Best line I ever hear Mom say

"Thought you wouldn't notice"

and another one that preceeded the one above

Ford Wagon
Model A
Grand ole car
Eddie EVERS trailer
and a wheel barrel in the back of the wagon.

So you OLD long roof fan, I give you two more to help you
sit back under your warm comforter, having a sip from your hurricane supplies




So today was a sad day at the family farm.

Poor ole Casper went bye bye. He will have a good home with a young girl who lives in Tulsa area.

Her dad is a mechanic, so Casper will soon be 100% perfect and that young lady will have a ball driving it around Tulsa town.

So to Casper:

A fine friend you have been, enjoy your new life:

Thursday, January 7, 2010


I haven't been in the writing mood, too cold, my brain is frozen, and the wind takes the energy out of me faster than I can put it in. So I stole this from my baby sister #10, who is a great school teacher down in Florida land.

Can you cry under water?

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why do you have to "put your two cents in" but it's only a "penny for your thoughts"? Where's that extra penny going to?

Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up like every two hours? HEY GABE! THIS SOUND LIKE YOU LATELY?????

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway.

Why is "bra" singular and "panties" plural?

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?

Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane ?

If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!

If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME stuff, why didn't he just buy dinner?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

So hats off to the little school teacher for passing this to me, so you can sit here reading this and


Monday, January 4, 2010


An old Indian Chief sat in his hut on the reservation, smoking a ceremonial pipe and eyeing two US Government Officials sent to interview him.

"Chief Two Eagles" asked one official, "You have observed the white man for 90 years. You've seen his wars and his material wealth. You've seen his progress, and the damage he's done."

The Chief nodded that this was so.

The official concluded: "Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?"

The old Chief stared at the officials for a long time, and then calmly replied:

"When white man found this land, Indians were running it.

No Taxes, No Debt, Plenty Buffalo, Plenty Beaver,

Women did all the work, medicine man free,

Indian man spent all day hunting and fishing, and all night having sex. "

The Chief then leaned back, smilled and added:

"White man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that?"

stolen from another veteran.

Blunt in Training ????????

A Guy from the Ozarks walks into a cafe with a shotgun in one hand, leading a buffalo bull with the other.

He says to waiter: WANT COFFEE

The waiter quickly gives the guy a large cup of coffee.

That Ozarks Guy quickly drinks down the coffee in one gulp,
turns and blasts the buffalo bull with the shotgun - causing parts of the animal to splatter everywhere and then just walks out.

The next day the same guy from the Ozarks, walks back into the cafe, again shotgun in one hand, leading another buffalo bull with the other.

He walks up to the counter and says WANT COFFEE

The waiter says:
"Whoa, wait a minute
We're still cleaning up your mess from yesterday.
What's that all about anyway?"

The Ozarks' guy smiles and proudly says

"Training for position in United States Congress:

Come in,

drink coffee,

shoot the bull,

leave mess for others to clean up,

and disappear for rest of the day."

Stolen from a fellow veteran.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Teach me to bitch

So last year I complained that we didn't have enough snow on the ground.

So tonite it is snowing again, just for me. Cows and horses all bundled up in their sheds, dog in house (how that happened I don't know) and I have to go out in this snow and wind and cold to check the water levels and heaters.

Sometimes I wonder..........

but you can bet we are

Celebrating Life to the fullest.

Eat your heart out you southern people, you do get to enjoy this white stuff.