Did you “roll out of bed” this morning? Have you ever “rolled your own”? How about “rolled your eyes” at something someone said that you have heard a dozen times before ? As a child did you “roll down hills” or perhaps, played skeet ball or boccie ball where you “rolled a ball”  hoping to have it land at a specific spot? Have you witnessed one sports team “roll over” another in a lop-sided competition ? A funny sight is to watch a lone vehicle tire “roll down a street” for a long distance as if it had a driver.  Then there is the song “Rollin’ Down the River”…not sure how one does that, but it’s a great song. CCR and Tina Turner made it memorable. And, who can forget “roller skates”?


A farmer rolled these round bales of hay. Actually, they are rather large and heavy. After his tractor rake gathers the hay and his baling machine rolls the hay, they are wrapped in a fiber net to hold them together. When a roll is moved a tractor with a long pointed pole impales the center and hauls it off to feed livestock.


This year produced a productive crop of hay and bales. When you see an entire field of many acres dotted with these round bales, it appears as though they lined up to fight or to play a game of sorts. Imagine this scene fifty times larger.


As you can tell, Autumn is beginning to reveal herself in the Midwest. Foliage is changing colors, the days are getting shorter, and the temperatures are starting to drop. This is also harvest time for several crops. The squirrels are going crazy stockpiling their winter food source which can be in a hundred places per squirrel. I’ve always wondered how they know exactly where they buried their nuts and seeds. They are fun to watch. In conclusion, I completely enjoy this season, and hope you do, too.

Lookin’ Out My Back Door



Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) created and published this hit song in 1970 on their Cosmo’s Factory album. The reason I bring this up is because this song was sung at my brother-in-law’s funeral recently. You would have to know Gene to appreciate the significance, but suffice it to say that he would have wholeheartedly approved. Another brother-in-law played it on his guitar and sang it-along with everyone in the pews. His funeral was more of a celebration than a sad event. I dedicate this post to Gene who is finally free from suffering. I loved him.

The photograph reflects my pup looking out our back door. The quality is poor, but I like it anyway. This image seemed to fit this blog. I shot Carson while I was on our deck and he was in this viewing posture, looking out our back door which brings me to the point of this post.

Ever since this song was played I can’t get it out of my head. It is a fun song, seemingly full of subtle references to the drug culture, but most of all a whimsical look at life from not-so-serious eyes. John Fogerty, the bands’ leader and song writer stated that he actually wrote it for his then three year old son, and that the characters he introduces were inspired by Dr. Suess and not the drug scene in California. This explanation makes this song even more enjoyable due to the innocent nature of the lyrics.

I encourage you to look up the lyrics, or better yet, watch a video of CCR playing this song. It will put a smile on your face. There are many verses which are simply enjoyable to read, but one in particular catches my attention every time I sing it. The verse goes like this, “Bother me tomorrow, today, I’ll buy no sorrow. Doo doo doo, lookin’ out my back door”.

With that thought stated, I wish all who read this post no sorrow…at least not for today. Life can be so exciting and yet so difficult at times, so set aside anything that bothers you and start singing. Doo doo doo !