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  1. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Evening, Buppies. I'm fantastic! Thanks for asking BEF.
  2. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Condolences on your loss, Ken. Wonderful, though, that you got to spend so many years with her.
  3. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    31°F and clear skies this morning, going up to 51° here today. Been awhile. Hope everyone is well.
  4. PJSprog

    TODAY'S GUN TIME

    More of a strawberry preserves guy, as well as H4895 and HP-38.
  5. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    11°F and clear skies this morning, got up to 26° today, where it is now. We got about 4" of wet snow here yesterday. Sunshine all day today has started to reduce that. Warmer temps in the mid-40s tomorrow should put a bigger dent in it. Mid-60s by mid-week. Wife drove up to Chicagoland today to...
  6. PJSprog

    TODAY'S GUN TIME

    Savage has been putting Boyd's stocks on some of their models for a few years now. That one looks pretty nice. Congrats on the new rifle.
  7. PJSprog

    The day the music died.

    I got to meet Rick - and Chris Squire, Alan White, and Jon Anderson as well - after a show in St. Louis, back in '02 I think. Super nice guy. Rather tall guy. In fact, all of those guys were super nice. Only Steve Howe didn't make an appearance, as he's famously shy around strangers. Awesome...
  8. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    31°F and clear skies this morning, got up to 47° today. Wind out of the north made it a little chilly. Wife finally started back into training this week. Seems everyone decided to forego any dog training until February. She was starting to worry about the lack of business. Now, of course, she's...
  9. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    31°F and cloudy this morning, got up to 49° today. Cleared up a bit this afternoon, and got to see the sliver of moon in the western sky this evening. Drove into Highland earlier to pick up pizza and stuff, and it was pretty dead there. Wondered where everyone was... :ROFLMAO: Hope everyone...
  10. PJSprog

    TODAY'S GUN TIME

    The Savage MkII is .22LR. The Savage 93 comes in .22WMR or .17HMR. I have both the MkII-G in .22LR and the 93-G in .22WMR. While they are clearly not heirloom-quality rifles, they have both been very good to me. The MkII I've had for quite a few years, and long ago lost count of the number of...
  11. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    27°F and freezing rain this morning, going up to 36° today. iThingie weather app says it's been snowing since 3am, and will continue to snow until 2pm. Nope. Only liquid water falling and freezing. The whole area is a sheet of ice (that pink area on your map, Drew). Fortunately for me, I'd...
  12. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    2°F and clear skies this morning, and got up to 19° today. Sun felt warmer, but those 25mph wind gusts made my face hurt on the walk back from the barn this morning. One more night of upper single digits here tonight (11° right now), then we warm up above freezing on Monday. Lots of nice...
  13. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    22°F and cloudy this morning, got up to 38° here today. We've had two days in a row above freezing. I don't hate that. Plunging back down into the teens tonight, and single digit lows the next three nights. Cold snap, pt 2. I see we meandered into uncomfortable topics again this week. I guess...
  14. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    -1°F and cloudy this morning, and got up to 10 whole degrees today. We're getting some more nuisance snow right now, but not enough to cover anything completely. I noticed over the weekend that the pond fountain looked like it was struggling a bit to get through the ice forming around the...
  15. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Congrats, Helo!
  16. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    -4°F and cloudy this morning, going up to 6° today. Cold walk out to the chicken coop this morning. Even with the insulated Carhartt gloves, my fingers were very cold when I got back to the house. The wind was actually hurting my face. We got nothing of the 3-6" of snow that the scaremongers...
  17. PJSprog

    TODAY'S GUN TIME

    Same here. Turns out that The Claw only really works if you keep the holster at 90°. Once you angle it forward, like I do, it becomes useless, sticking out above the beltline. Neat idea, but needs to be adjustable.
  18. PJSprog

    TODAY'S GUN TIME

    Vedder LightTuck IWB for my S&W 637-2 snubby. Gave one a try a few years ago on a recommendation from Roy Jackson, and still like it a lot. Miss Roy. https://www.vedderholsters.com/lighttuck/
  19. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    29°F and cloudy this morning, got up to a whopping 39° here today. We got a little snow here Friday night, but only about an inch or so stuck, mostly on the non-paved surfaces. It's mostly gone now. Oldest stepson's girlfriend came by yesterday with her younger sister. She came into town (from...
  20. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    28°F and cloudy this morning, getting up to 38° today. I started feeling better a few days ago, but the Wife's progress has been a bit slower. She's still fighting the coughing. Three day weekend is over now. Back to work tomorrow, and "the long drought" before the next holiday, which is...
  21. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Thanks, Thomas. Hope you are well.
  22. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    33°F and clear skies this morning, got up to 46° here today. Windy, so things dried out a bit, just in time for more rain tomorrow. Slept through most of Christmas Day, and I feel much better today. My whole body is sore, though, from coughing. Feel like I've been beat up. No fever to speak of...
  23. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Was 48°F and cloudy this morning, and got up to 63° today. Not the warmest Christmas Eve we've had here, but it was definitely nice outside. Youngest stepson and his girlfriend came over this morning for our annual Christmas Brunch. We usually do it on Christmas Day, as his father's side of the...
  24. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    40°F and cloudy this morning, only got up to 45° here today. Hope you guys out east don't get too much rain. It was mostly light rain and drizzle when it passed through here yesterday. I did hear one rumble of thunder when I was out at the barn yesterday afternoon, but the rain never got heavy...
  25. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Was 43°F and raining lightly this morning, going up 50° today. Looks like rain pretty much all day. Can't believe it was Thanksgiving the last time I was here. Goodness, where does the time go? Hope everyone is well. Good afternoon, gents.
  26. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    31°F and clear skies this morning, going up to 55° here today. Happy Thanksgiving, gents.
  27. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Condolences to you and your family, Bruce.
  28. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    I had not considered a nipple for chickens, L4N. We've just always used a galvanized steel water fount. Interesting.
  29. PJSprog

    TODAY'S GUN TIME

    Be careful going down that Contender rabbit hole. It's a very deep hole.
  30. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    That's a shame. I spent about three years as a member of the BMW-MOA back in the early '90s. It didn't take me long to notice that they really weren't doing much for me as an individual rider and owner.
  31. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    36°F and clear skies this morning, going up to 62° today. That's kind of a carbon copy for most of the coming week. Need to get the outside hoses drained and a few more things put away for the winter, like the Adirondack chairs and other stuff on the dock. Wife and I got all of the outside...
  32. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Thanks to all who have served the cause of protecting freedom, wherever you are.
  33. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    31°F and clear skies this morning, got up to 56° today. We had a few days here early last week around 80°, then a front passed through Wednesday evening and brought us down to more typical temps for this time of year. Looks like we'll be in the low 60s for the next week. Man, do I have some...
  34. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Happy Birthday, Buppies.
  35. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Don, East Alton is just up the road a bit from where I grew up, and not too far from where we live now. That company goes by Olin Corp these days, and still makes Winchester shotshells and rimfire there, I believe. My Father grew up in East Alton in the '30s and '40s, and worked at the shotshell...
  36. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    I quit drinking absolutely on purpose, and that was the reason as well. I didn't realize I was hung over all the time until I wasn't hung over all the time. That was 27 years ago, and I don't miss that feeling at all. I did have a couple of drinks with my coworker while we were in Minneapolis...
  37. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    51°F and cloudy this morning, going up to 60° today. Windy here today, too. Glad you weren't hurt Buppies. Eddie and Harvey are a couple of good guys. Condolences to them and their families. Some nice pics here, as usual. No offense, Scotty, but yours isn't one of them. :oops: That hurts just...
  38. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    67°F and spotty fog this morning, got up to 77° here today. Spent the last two days in Minneapolis to attend the SMTA Conference and Expo. Flew out Tuesday morning and arrived around noon-ish. When we went to the hotel to check in, since we were early, only one room was available. My coworker...
  39. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Unfortunately, they do. No different than any other state with a big city. As Chicago goes, so goes the rest of Illinois. T'was ever thus. Been here the entirety of my 57 years. Not expecting it's ever going to change, at least not in my lifetime.
  40. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    45°F and cloudy this morning, got up to 67° today. Taking a work trip to Minneapolis for an electronics exhibit and conference (SMTA), along with the Production Manager from our other Illinois facility (the guy I replaced at the main facility). Be there tomorrow morning, then flying back...
  41. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    ... and, hey, Drew.
  42. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    "Hey" has always been an informal greeting around here, and in spite of being "southern" Illinois, we are definitely not Southern. That said ... Salutations, Buppies!
  43. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Hey, Buppies!
  44. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    42°F and partly cloudy this morning, got up to 67° today. Lots of catching up to do here again. Hope everyone is well. Good evening, gents.
  45. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    I can appreciate that. Our new neighbors - who are from Argentina - are breeding Argentine Dogos as well. Best guess is that they are up to about a dozen of them now. They've gotten aggressive enough at the fence line that my Wife started going out to the barn and pasture with a handgun...
  46. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    61°F and cloudy this morning, got up to 81° today. Musician friend of mine got married Saturday. Wife and I went, if for nothing else than to take in the spectacle. It didn't disappoint. Nearly every local musician I know was there. Got to see a lot of people I haven't seen in years ... mostly...
  47. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Loved that movie. Good that you cleaned up the quote a bit, though, ... as this is also a family establishment. :ROFLMAO:
  48. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    57°F and cloudy this morning, got up to only 78° today. We had a little rain on and off this afternoon. First moisture we've had in awhile. Been a very dry month so far. Not a whole lot of excitement in my little corner of the world. You guys sure seem busy, though ... as usual. Good evening...
  49. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Yeah, they didn't think that through very well. They are nice sealed connectors, but both too large to be passing through a wall. Still need to close ours up with RTV.
  50. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    59°F and light rain this morning, got up to only 77° today. Pretty uneventful day for me today. Not a thing wrong with that. Good evening, gents.
  51. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    58°F and cloudy this morning, and pretty much all day, getting up to 80°. 69° and light rain right now, which started about an hour ago. Finally got the Starlink dish mounted on the roof yesterday. Removed the old HughesNet dish, added an adapter to the existing 2" pole, and on it went...
  52. PJSprog

    PICS OF BARNS; Any barns; All barns; My barn; Your barn; Not your barn

    I remember seeing pics when you were building that, Doug, but I don't remember seeing the inside. Looks fantastic.
  53. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    57°F and partly cloudy this morning, got up to a whopping 78° today. Been a little hazy here the last few days, courtesy of Canadian wildfires we're told. Nice day today, but spent much of it inside, unfortunately. Back is acting up again. Doesn't help shorten the honey-do list. I did get some...
  54. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    69°F and cloudy this morning, only got up to 81° today. Looks like we're settling into a period of really nice weather here; high around 80°-ish for the next five days, then highs in the mid-70s for the rest of next week. I'm not mad at all about that. Congrats, Frits. Not sure I've seen one...
  55. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Thanks, Kyle. She's better than I deserve. We did, in fact, have a great day. Every day is great.
  56. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    71°F and spotty rain showers this morning, got up to 84° today. Had some passing showers all day, and it's raining lightly here now. Might get some boomy stuff in the wee small hours of the morning. Still some swelling and soreness at and around the sting areas, but much better today. Even the...
  57. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    59°F and clear skies this morning, got up to 89° today. Nice breeze around 5mph made it a very pleasant day. Used my ninja skills to quietly sneak out to the side yard and rescue the mower this morning. No hornets in sight. Guess they were sleeping in today after all of yesterday's excitement...
  58. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Took the lawn mower for a walk this afternoon, starting in the front yard. Got stung again in the same area where I got stung a couple weeks ago. Never was sure what got me last time, but it was quite evident today; I'd stirred up a bunch of ground hornets, and they were not happy with me. Got...
  59. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    I used that website once, and it told me one of the stations in town had E0. Went there, and they did not. I never liked those NoSpill cans, but I've been using them because they've been the best option so far. I had one split along the side handle a couple years ago, and another has split this...
  60. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    54°F and crystal clear skies this morning, going up to 83° today. Only got up to 79° yesterday. Chamber of Commerce weather around here this week. Day off from work today to celebrate The Wife and my 10/20 Anniversary; 20 years since first date (again), and 10 married. Luckiest guy on the...
  61. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Friend I grew up with just retired a few years ago (Master Gunnery Sergeant), elected to spend his last two years of active duty in an Osprey. When he said he was doing it, my reply was, "On purpose?!" He loved it, but acknowledged that they have some issues. One failure left them stranded at a...
  62. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    67°F and cloudy this morning, going up to 81° today. Rain is in and out of the forecast for most of the day. Seems we're on the back end of the swirl, with winds coming from the northeast. I thought about getting one of those HF scrapers a few years ago, wngsprd. May need to revisit that. I've...
  63. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    73°F and rain this morning, only got up to 81° today. Rained here pretty much all day. Lots of rumbles through the day, but no severe stuff. Stopped for a bit, and the skies started to clear up nicely shortly before sunset, but more coming overnight tonight, starting in a few minutes. The...
  64. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    They are really quite handy. They had a couple of them at the last place I worked, used to lift heaving tooling on and off the CNC tube bending machines. Amazing how you can easily lift a 1500 lb hardened steel tool with just a few pulls on a chain. This one lifted the front end of the ztr mower...
  65. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    77°F and hazy this morning, got up to 100° here today. That's just hot by any account. Humidity was brutal, too. AC units at work just couldn't keep up this week. Fortunately, everyone there understood, and were having a pretty good time with the jokes about it. Knowing today was the last day of...
  66. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    76°F and cloudy foggy again this morning, only got up to 94° today as it was cloudy most of the day here. Triple digits tomorrow and Friday, then a break back into the 80s for the weekend. Neglected to mention that I put up a new hoist in the barn this past Sunday. We used to have an electric...
  67. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    That was my thought, too, BEF. Or, replace with a roll-up door.
  68. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    77°F and hazy this morning, got up to 95° today. Relative humidity was 95% this morning. Felt like wearing a warm, wet blanket outside. You guys who are out in this heat this week be careful. Wife wasn't feeling well when I got home this evening (probably overdid it on outside stuff, as she...
  69. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    69°F and clear skies this morning, got up to 96° here today. Current forecast (guess) shows high temps until next Sunday. Hopefully, our last heatwave of the year. Sure glad I work in an air conditioned building now. Finally got the Starlink equipment temporarily set up this morning. It's...
  70. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    63°F and partly cloudy this morning, got up to 84° today. Looks like near triple digits again for the middle of next week. Eh ... it is August in the Midwest. Happy Anniversary, LS. Ours is coming up in a couple of weeks as well. Good evening, gents.
  71. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    58°F and clear skies this morning with a little light fog here and there, got up to 81° here today. No rain in the forecast through next week, but we will move out of these mild temps this weekend and back into the 90s. Good evening, gents.
  72. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    63°F and cloudy this morning, got up to a whopping 75° here today. Steady light wind most of the day made it quite pleasant. Took the last two days off from the day job to quasi celebrate completing my 57th trip around ol' Sol today. Spent most of today doing odd jobs around the house in the...
  73. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    67°F and rather foggy this morning, cleared off and got up to 86° today. Looking at low 90s tomorrow. Happy Anniversary, Mom & PopGadget. Glad everything is well with your crew, David. Yes, the news reaching here is as you described. Serious stuff. Congrats on the new place, RNG. Good...
  74. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    67°F and cloudy this morning, and only got up to 78° here today. Rains rolled in mid-morning, about four hours earlier than predicted. Just rain, though for us. All of the severe stuff stayed well south. Still raining off and on at 21:40 as I type this. Hope David and his crew are OK. I have a...
  75. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    64°F and cloudy this morning, got up to 84° today. No rain, which was nice. Not so lucky tomorrow, with more potentially severe storms in the forecast. Hope everyone is well. Good evening, gents.
  76. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    72°F and cloudy this morning, got up to 86° here today. Had a few thunderstorms rumble through in the wee small hours of the morning. We've been getting rain here pretty much every day over the last few weeks. After the extremely dry start to the summer, it's become rather wet. Getting hard to...
  77. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    64°F and partly cloudy this morning, got up to 89° today. We had a little rain overnight, which helped to wash out some of the dust on our road from the fresh oil and chip on Friday. We had an absolute deluge here on Thursday, so much so that our pond, which has been down about three feet for...
  78. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    No damage here, Buppies. Was in Highland about half an hour ago and they have a little minor damage here and there, mostly trees. I did see some corn laid over from the strong winds. I also noted that we have just a little water sitting in our ditches here, but near Highland (just about eight...
  79. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    87°F and a thunderstorm at the moment, down from a high of 92° just a littel while ago. Tried to post earlier, but the storm that snuck in ground our already slow satellite internet to a screeching halt. We've been flirting with triple digit temps here for the last couple of days, but never...
  80. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    61°F and cloudy this morning, only got up to 72° today. We only got drizzle all day here. iThingie weather widget says we got .9". I think they must have misplaced the decimal ... more like .09" would be my guess. Got about half of the grass mowed yesterday, using the walk behind. Took me about...
  81. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    64°F and cloudy/hazy this morning, only got up to 79° today. We got a little rain through the middle of the day. Going down to the mid-50s for the next few nights. Walked down to the road this evening to drag the trash can back up, and noted that the tiger lilies along the driveway are starting...
  82. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    67°F and cloudy this morning, and has only gotten up to 85° so far today. Some rain wandering about the area, but not enough. We could really use an all-day soaker here. Decided to get some grass cut this morning, despite the rain in the forecast. Already heard thunder in the distance before I...
  83. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    61°F and clear skies this morning, got up to 92° today. Humidity was low, so it wasn't terrible outside. Seems we got our typical two weeks of Spring weather, then right into Summer this year. Been up in the 90s for a few days now. Been away awhile. Not confident that I'll ever get caught up...
  84. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    43°F and clear skies this morning, got up to 65° today. Windy. Again. Been so for several days now. Stirred up some dust from a plowed field up near Springfield yesterday and contributed to a massive 72 vehicle pile up on I-55. Six fatalities, I heard. Finally got the pasture mowed Saturday...
  85. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    31°F and clear skies this morning, got up to 61° today. I'd like to be done with this freezing stuff already. Not as windy today, though. Got a little more mowing done this evening after work. Still never got back to the pasture. Probably wait until the weekend at this point. Didn't look super...
  86. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    39°F and partly cloudy this morning, got up to 56° today. Been awhile. It seems I have about 25 pages of posts to catch up on. I did see that Jay has returned. Good to hear from you again. Been a busy couple of weeks. Wife flew out to Oregon two weeks ago to pick up a couple of rescue...
  87. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    59°F and cloudy this morning, dropped steadily through the day to 48° right now. Storms blew through here yesterday. Fortunately for us (less so for others), the severe stuff mostly went around us north or south. Very windy here today still, 25-ish mph gusting up around 50 mph. Finally died down...
  88. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    38°F and cloudy this morning, got up to 53° today. Was sunny most of the day. No more rain in the forecast until Friday. Sad news about Whipper, Don. We know that feeling all too well here. As our vet told us, like Kilroy's, let her eat what she wants and just enjoy the time with her. It's both...
  89. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    42°F and mostly clear this morning, got up to 69° today. We got a couple of pop-up thunderstorms this afternoon, one bringing big ol' fat raindrops with it. Been raining off and on since about 4pm, with more expected overnight. Wet Spring here so far. We have been temp fostering a dog this week...
  90. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    21°F and clear skies this morning, going up to 40° today. 70° again by Thursday, but again it's coming with a price ... more rain and storms. Not as windy today, so I might try to get out and do some burning after it warms a bit this afternoon. Enjoying a nice, steaming cup of hot chocolate...
  91. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    24°F and very windy this morning, only going up to 34° today. Wind chill was 10° when I walked out to feed the chickens. May have put away the Carhartts a bit too soon. Yesterday was the youngest stepson's birthday. He came by with his girlfriend for dinner. Wife made the usual corned beef and...
  92. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    24°F and cloudy this morning, got up to 55° today. More of the same tomorrow, but with some light rain expected in the evening. You guys are all too kind. Thanks. Good evening, gents.
  93. PJSprog

    The Resting Place.

    You and me both, David. My jumping days are long behind me.
  94. PJSprog

    The Resting Place.

    My high school record was 6' 6-3/4" I broke it my senior year (1984) at 6' 8". I held that record for all of about 10 minutes. My teammate was gracious enough to allow me to enjoy the moment for a little bit while he stretched a bit more, then moved the bar up to 6' 10" and cleared it. I believe...
  95. PJSprog

    The Resting Place.

    My only serious athletic talent was as a high jumper. It got me a full-ride college scholarship ... thanks in no small part to Dick Fosbury.
  96. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    29°F and clear skies this morning, and only got up to 43° today. Near 60° by Thursday, but that warmer air is bringing some rain with it. Been a couple weeks since I've been here. Even had to log in again. I was still behind from my last absence, and now even more so. Our period of life's...
  97. PJSprog

    TODAYS SEAT TIME

    Where's the fun in that?
  98. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    43°F and cloudy this morning, got up to 66° today. More weather moving in Thursday night and Friday, may end as snow. Looks like we may be in the low 70s on Monday. Discovered yesterday that the wind from a storm a couple days ago damaged the barn. It has dual sliding doors, but the one on the...
  99. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    31°F and cloudy this morning, going up to 51° today. Drove into Highland this morning and was surprised by the amount of damage along the way from the storm earlier this week. Lots of trees either down or broken in half, road signs laying over sideways, and one large chunk of metal twisted up...
  100. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    61°F and stormy this morning, got up to 71° today with some severe thunderstorms and tornado watches most of the day on it's way down to the low 50s overnight. 55° right now. We've had a tough family week-or-so here. In addition to the bad news about Evey last week, I found out around noon on...
  101. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    25°F and cloudy this morning, got up to 53° briefly today. Sun was out for a little while, but it's cloudy again now. Upper 50s forecast for tomorrow. Hoping for less wind, as I have a bunch of stuff that could heat up the burn barrel. Took a short nap earlier, that turned into an epic nap...
  102. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    42°F and thunder storms this morning, with steadily dropping temperature all day. 35° now, going down into the mid-20s overnight. Left work this afternoon to some flurries, and ran through another small squall about halfway home. Back up to the 50s for the weekend, and mid-60s by next Wednesday...
  103. PJSprog

    PICS OF BARNS; Any barns; All barns; My barn; Your barn; Not your barn

    It's been an unusually warm February for us down here in southern IL (about 35 miles east of STL). I haven't needed the tractor to clear any snow at all this year, and the forecast looks like we're in no danger of that for the next couple of weeks either.
  104. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    44°F and partly cloudy this morning, got up to 61° here today. Some rain coming through overnight, followed by cooler air and 30s for Friday, then back up into the 50s for the weekend. Seems like an atypically warm February, which is usually our worst month for winter weather. Wife got some...
  105. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    24°F and clear skies this morning, going up to 54° today. We're having a beautiful weekend here, for February. Supposed to get into the mid-60s Tuesday and Wednesday. I'm OK with that. Wife bathed all the dogs yesterday. Foster pup did very good. Today, she's grooming ours. Music on the...
  106. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    35°F and clear skies this morning, and got up0 to 60° today! Mid-50s tomorrow, then rain the rest of the week, though still in the 50s. Puttered in the garage a bit this morning, got a bunch of stuff burned in the barrel, installed the new battery in the tractor, which fired right up and ran...
  107. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Drove to Carlyle to pick up the battery early this afternoon. On the way back home, my back started hurting. All that twisting and contorting myself around the FEL to get the battery out of it's little hole took its toll. It's still in the garage ... a tomorrow job. On the bright side, not only...
  108. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    19°F and clear skies this morning, going up to 48° today. 42° already. That wind is chilly, though. Already done a bunch of domestic chores this morning. Still need to get to Carlyle to get a battery, and get it swapped out in tractor today. For whatever reason, the Carlyle NAPA store has it...
  109. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    That's ridiculously cold, L4N. Saw temps like that listed for International Falls this morning, and felt less bad about our cold here. Be safe in that kind of air.
  110. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    13°F here this morning under clear skies, and got up to 25° today. 19° now, but will start warming overnight. Mid-40s tomorrow, and mid-50s on Sunday, then in the 50s all week. Still haven't replaced the battery in the tractor. Guess I'll do that tomorrow. Wife found out yesterday that the...
  111. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    If he pursues a career in music, he'll come to find that the "drama" is never truly over. There always seems to be some manner of it going on, whether band-related or personal/relationship issues that everyone else gets dragged into. The music industry is somewhat juvenile like that. Just have...
  112. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Lost mine immediately when I went outside this morning. Battery can wait for a warmer, less windy day.
  113. PJSprog

    TODAY'S GUN TIME

    25mm?!?! That makes my shoulder hurt just thinking about it.
  114. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    29°F and cloudy this morning, and it looks like it's going to stay around there all day. We've settled into some "normal" Winter weather for awhile. Not much on the plate for today. Was going to erect the fence, but did that yesterday. Maybe pick up a new battery and get that in the tractor...
  115. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    ... and his drone idiocy as well, RNG.
  116. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    33°F and partly cloudy this morning, supposed to get up to 52° today. It's 54° now. Put up 25 ft of new fence this morning to separate the yard area by the walkout basement from the rest. Wife wanted to give the current foster dog (deaf and blind) a smaller place to run around. Nice weather for...
  117. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    ... or Heart.
  118. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Yeah, it's both fortunate and unfortunate that I had so much underutilized time at that job; unfortunate that they consciously chose not to follow the quality path, and yet fortunate in that I was able to engage in some fine banter with you gentlemen here on a daily basis. I really miss that...
  119. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Happy Birthday to Mrs. Buppies.
  120. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Got up to 40°F here today. Started with some mixed rain / sleet / snow flurries, but only enough to lightly cover some stuff. Roads and walkways just stayed wet. More snow predicted for Wednesday. Wife wanted donuts this morning, so I trekked over to the bakery in New Baden and picked up a half...
  121. PJSprog

    The day the music died.

    I never cared for the music my parents listened to ... until one day when I was around 30, I heard Frank Sinatra singing Fly Me To The Moon, noted what a magnificent voice he had (which I always knew anyway), and started delving deeper into his music. Been a huge fan ever since. It kind of...
  122. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    35°F and cloudy this evening, with some rain / sleet/ snow / they're-not-sure what's coming overnight. Was a pretty nice, sunny day today, got up to 42°. Once again, I find myself hopelessly behind in the reading here. New job still going along very well, keeping my quite busy on weekdays...
  123. PJSprog

    PICS OF BARNS; Any barns; All barns; My barn; Your barn; Not your barn

    Yup, me, too. Growing up in a small city, playing with my cousins at their farm, with the hoop mounted to the front wall of the barn, was quite the adventure. Dirt and gravel mix (and a few weeds here and there) isn't the best bouncing surface, but we managed, and had fun doing it.
  124. PJSprog

    The day the music died.

    We dislike today's music because it's not the music we grew up hearing. Our parents disliked our music for the same reason, as did their parents before, and so on, since the beginning of time. Kids today are perfectly fine with the music of their generation, just as we were. 'Twas ever thus...
  125. PJSprog

    TODAY'S GUN TIME

    Yeah, pretty sure I wouldn't pay $60 for one. Maybe next time.
  126. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    30°F and light snow this morning, got up to 40° today. Been cloudy all day, with flurries floating about. Made a run to Tractor Supply in Carlyle to pick up some chicken feed today, and that was pretty much it. Been loafing around the house most of the day, and got in a nice nap. Took a...
  127. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Mission creep is real, BEF. Good luck.
  128. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    50°F and dense fog this morning, going up to 63° today. The warm air is bringing some storms with it later this evening. Then, upper 60s for tomorrow. After that, we drop back to more seasonal temps for us, 30s and 40s. Wow, lots of catching up to do again. Hope everyone is well. Good Morning...
  129. PJSprog

    TODAY'S GUN TIME

    I almost bought one this year, too. Walked past the display at WallyWorld, backed up and looked at it again, then talked myself out of it.
  130. PJSprog

    TODAY'S GUN TIME

    This is why my Wife went with a 20ga. She initially wanted a .410, but the prices even 10 years ago were just ridiculous. I've never understood the high price of .410 ammo. I loaded a few reduced loads for it, and she loved it. As little as we shoot shotguns here, she probably has enough to...
  131. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Yup, on the outside looking in at the prize winners. Close, though.
  132. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    26°F and cloudy this morning, going up to 34° today. We got about 1/4" of snow early this morning, just enough to re-dust everything. We'll be hitting 60° here by Thursday, one week after the big plunge below zero. Merry Christmas / Hanukah / Ramadan / Bodhi Day / Kwanzaa / or whatever you...
  133. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    We're at still +3°F. iThingie weather widget suggests temps here will rise a bit overnight, then up to 20° tomorrow. Stay warm, gents.
  134. PJSprog

    ***6,000,000th Post Contest***

    Wait ... there are TBN hats and mugs?!
  135. PJSprog

    ***6,000,000th Post Contest***

    12/25/22 at 09:01 (AM).
  136. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    I have a friend out in Cali selling his Pinzgauer.
  137. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    -7°F and very windy this morning, going all the way up to 6° today. Wind chill was -28° when I walked out to feed the chickens. The Carhartt stuff earned its keep today. Yesterday started out in the mid-40s in the morning. By 11:00 the sleet and light snow had started. Boss handed out bonus...
  138. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Here you go, Drew. A stripper clip on the left (for a 7mm Mauser) and a magazine on the right (for a 5.56mm AK). Generally, a magazine encloses the rounds, and a clip does not. Over the course of time, they have come to be used as meaning the same thing ... though technically incorrect. For the...
  139. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    26°F and partly cloudy this morning, got up to 44° today. Sun was shining most of the day, so it was rather nice. Looks like the ugly stuff will hit us Thursday afternoon. Voice on the radio was suggesting this morning that we may get 4-8" of snow. The real kicker, though, is the low temps below...
  140. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Same here, Rich. I replaced the line from the valve to the tank this afternoon, and had visions of water spewing all over the bathroom. Somehow, I managed to avert the predicted catastrophe. Guess I accidentally did it right. I've always hated plumbing jobs, and they typically hate me right back...
  141. PJSprog

    TODAY'S GUN TIME

    Guys ... Just. Stop. Please.
  142. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    I've only ever read the word hoarfrost. I've never heard anyone around here actually use it.
  143. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    21°F and clear skies this morning, going up to 33° today. The 9mph wind from the northwest is keeping it cold out there in spite of the sunshine. We seem to still have a slight leak from the upstairs toilet. Need to recheck everything. I didn't replace the line yesterday, so best guess is...
  144. PJSprog

    PICS OF BARNS; Any barns; All barns; My barn; Your barn; Not your barn

    Our old-ish pole barn built 52 years ago by my Wife's grandfather (left), and the neighbor's new-ish indoor horse training pole barn built about five or six years ago (right), mostly obscured by a heavy frozen morning fog one morning back in late November. This is a color photo taken with my...
  145. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Had to finally replace the fill valve in the upstairs bathroom today. It's been taking its time and refilling whenever it feels like it for about a week now. Took a trip to Menard's this morning to get one, and spent way too much time browsing. Fortunately, only came home with the valve...
  146. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    27°F and cloudy this morning, got up to 32° this afternoon. 31° now. Forecast suggests we'll have lows below zero next weekend. Not ready for that kind of cold yet. Not a lot of time to get on here this past week, so I have more monumental catching up to do. Started the new job Monday, and...
  147. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    34°F and cloudy this morning, going up to 43° today ... which is where it is right now. Looks like we're getting a little sun today, too. Been awhile. One of The Wife's cooking companions couldn't make it, so it's just two of them up there baking 14 dozen cookies all day. I popped up there for...
  148. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    34°F and cloudy this morning, got up to 45° and stayed cloudy all day. We had a little light rain and drizzle early this morning. Spent much of the day cleaning the house in preparation for tomorrow's cookie extravaganza The Wife is having. It's sure to smell fattening here all day. I'm going...
  149. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    42°F and light rain this morning, only got up to 47° this afternoon. Rained most of the day, and was misty in-between. Sad day at the Smith house. Our oldest cat, Katniss, finally succumbed to the kidney disease she'd been fighting for the last five years. Found her this morning laying in the...
  150. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    50°F and cloudy this morning, slowly and steadily dropping all day to 44° right now. Had a nice, long post all ready to go Monday, hit the blue button, and got the dreaded "server maintenance" notice. Oh, well, so it goes. I'll not recount all that again this time. Woke up Tuesday morning...
  151. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    25°F and clear skies this morning, got up to 42° today. Wind finally subsided. Got the new ceiling panels cut and fit today. I really hate doing that. Left a fine powder mess all over the studio just from handling during installation, so round two of cleaning. Hopefully, done with that...
  152. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    54°F and cloudy this morning with strong wind, steadily dropping all day. 37° now. Winds were so strong they woke me at 02:45. Not sure I ever did get back to sleep, laying there worrying about what was being torn up. Turned out to be wasted worry, as I found only a few small branches down when...
  153. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Date went well. We ate a late lunch at a local joint in town called Dairy King, couple of burgers, fried green beans, and fried cauliflower. Yummy. Next, we drove to Harbor Freight to look for a right angle screw driver for her sewing machine. Didn't fine one we liked, but she started browsing...
  154. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    43°F and cloudy this morning, going up to 54° today. Looks like it's going to be a windy one. Have a date with The Wife today! We're going to see a matinee movie, then dinner somewhere as yet undetermined. Been a long time (pre-alligatoritis) since we've gone to see a movie. I have a cheap...
  155. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Diesel prices are just out of hand.
  156. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    21°F and clear skies this morning, going up to 41° today. Been having some issues with the garage door opener not always wanting to open the door. Sometimes it would start then stop after about six inches. Had the tech come out yesterday morning to look at it ... broken spring. He replaced both...
  157. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    It's not the first time he's asked me to do that, BEF. That's a big part of why I was leaving in the first place. But, it's over. Going to take a shower, go to bed, and leave that all behind me. Onward.
  158. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Ouch. Got gas this morning in Illinois for $3.22/gal. Saw a station over in St. Louis advertising $2.79. Back in Illinois this evening, passed a station a little while ago that's up to $3.69. It's all over the place around here.
  159. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Thanks, fellas. As it happens, I really did go out with a bang. Boss called me late morning and asked me to do something unethical again, wanting me to fudge some numbers on an inspection document for a customer. I refused, so he said he'd do it himself if I was "uncomfortable" with it. I shut...
  160. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    27°F and clear skies this morning, going up to 39°. Got real windy here last night around 8:15pm. House started creaking. Was done in about five minutes. We had another shooting out in the street in front of the building at work yesterday. Occupants of two vehicles shooting at each other at the...
  161. PJSprog

    TODAY'S GUN TIME

    I have a 12ga Mossberg 500 with an 18.5" bbl that I put pistol grips on front and back as soon as I got it home back in the mid '80s. Looked very cool. My wrists absolutely dispised shooting that gun, though, and it sat in the safe for a couple of decades before I finally got it back out and put...
  162. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    42°F and cloudy this morning, going up to 62° today. Going to be windy, and maybe a passing storm this afternoon. Best wishes for a positive outcome for your wife, Mike. Drew, kudos to you for making such a promise and keeping it. Character is important, and you seem to have it in spades...
  163. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Welcome to the GM thread, prairiegirl. Pull up a chair and join us for a cup of hot tea or something.
  164. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Not without being stuffed inside a carrier (at great risk to the stuffer) and taken to the vet's office. I was always a fairly skinny guy in my youth. Six feet tall, and I weighed about 145 lbs at 18 years old, and 165 by age 21. I hit around 185 in my late 20s and stayed there for awhile. One...
  165. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    42°F and partly cloudy this morning, going up to 52° today. Had two does walk out in front of me this morning less than a quarter mile from the house. It's a spot where I see the most deer, so I'm always leery driving through there. They seemed to be in no hurry, though. No place to be, I...
  166. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    53°F and light intermittent rain this morning, and the temp has been slowly falling all day. Down to 45° at the moment. Chickens decided to break the the new heat lamp bulb in the henhouse. Jerks. Picked up a new one at Rural King today, and mounted the lamp up a little higher. Laundry Day...
  167. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    29°F with frost frozen fog this morning, got up to only 46° today. Rain moving through in about an hour or so, lasting until mid morning tomorrow. Finally got out to feed the chickens this morning around 8-ish, walked around the well house, and was amused to see that we were living in a world...
  168. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Thanks, guys. No, not audio electronics. They're a contract builder for a bunch of industries, a big chunk of which is automotive. Commute should be way better, Drew. No interstates, no bridges, ... just a couple of two-lane state highways through mostly farmland. 29 miles instead of 45 each...
  169. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    It did, and I apparently got past the jinx this time. Had an interview on Monday with an electronics manufacturer for the Production Manager position at one of their three facilities. They made me an offer today, and I accepted. Will give my notice at the current job on Monday, and my start date...
  170. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Yes.
  171. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    33°F and clear skies this morning, going up to 61° today. Looks like we're in for a little rain tomorrow. We have two inside cats. One is a mouser, the other is not. They had both alerted us that there was a critter trying to get in, and we'd both heard it in quiet moments. We've had traps...
  172. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Not a lot, but enough. This was my biggest concern about putting the studio in that room coming to fruition.
  173. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    29°F and clear skies this morning, going up to 60° today. Had a terrible weekend. Got home Thursday evening and opened the studio door to find fallen ceiling tiles and water running onto several pieces of electronic equipment. Turns out a mouse had chewed and punctured the water line running to...
  174. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    23°F and clear-ish skies this morning, going up to 43° today. Hard to get up this morning. The bed didn't want to let go. Nice, Chris. Been on a blues kick myself lately. Stumbled across a video last night of Erma Franklin singing Piece of My Heart, from '67, before Janis got ahold of it...
  175. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    33°F and cloudy this morning, only going up to 36° today. Going to get lows down into the teens over the weekend, but highs back up into the 50s next week. Left work early yesterday to get new tires put on at Sam's Club. Got an $80 discount I wasn't expecting, which made the installation free...
  176. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    21°F and clear skies this morning, going up to 43° today. Should melt most of the remaining snow ... just in time for another 2-3" tonight and tomorrow morning. As Richard pointed out, too early to be getting this much snow here. As much as we need the moisture, just not ready for a snowy...
  177. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    I'd gladly send ours, but most of it has already melted in the sun today.
  178. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    21°F and partly cloudy this morning, up to 39° now. The sun has already melted a good portion of the snow from Saturday morning. Ron, I passed through Breese this morning on the way to Tractor Supply in Carlyle to get chicken feed. Took old US-50 all the way there. I like it better than the new...
  179. PJSprog

    Roy Jackson has died.

    I started using a Vedder IWB holster for my revolver about a year or so ago, based solely on Roy's recommendations. One of the things I always admired about Roy was his willingness to jump in and intercede when we'd get dangerously off-course on certain topics of conversation, then steer us...
  180. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Sorry to hear that, Paul.
  181. PJSprog

    Roy Jackson has died.

    Bird still posts regularly in the Good Morning thread.
  182. PJSprog

    Anyone else seeing signs of an early winter?

    Waking up to seven inches of snow this morning was our first sign of an early winter here in southern Illinois. Can't remember the last time we got this much snow this early.
  183. PJSprog

    Roy Jackson has died.

    Great guy, always helpful to anyone, the official early bird poster on the Good Morning thread (on this side of the planet, anyway), fellow GKN Quality Jerk, and a soundly principled man. Going to miss you, Roy. It was an honor to have known you, even if only on an internet tractor forum.
  184. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    It was 29°F and snowing this morning. SNOWING! There was the possibility of some snow in the overnight forecast between 2-4pm, but it was still snowing at 8am. We ended up with 7 inches. I can't remember the last time we had this much snow this early. To think we had a record high of 84° just...
  185. PJSprog

    So sorry to read this. Roy was quite well liked here, and will be missed. Condolences to his...

    So sorry to read this. Roy was quite well liked here, and will be missed. Condolences to his family and friends.
  186. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    52°F was our high today at midnight, and it's been dropping all day. Windy and 32° right now. Our warm days are behind us now. Been awhile since I've had the opportunity to enjoy the company here. Life has been getting in the way. I read that we've lost another friend. Gonna miss Roy. I have...
  187. PJSprog

    Roy Jackson has died.

    Condolences to his family and friends. He certainly has many here, and will be missed.
  188. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    A friend of mine likes to note that cats are the best proof that the Earth isn't flat, because if it was, they would have already knocked everything off the edge.
  189. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    39°F and clear skies this morning, going up to 61° today. Good afternoon, gents.
  190. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    42°F and clear skies this morning, got up to 61° today. More of the same forecast for the rest of the week, with the addition of some possible rain on Sunday. Condolences to you and your family, check. Drew, Tower Rock Conservation Area is about 100 mile south of us, just south of Perryville...
  191. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    61°F and light rain this morning, only going up to 66° with rain lasting pretty much all day. I'm OK with that. We sure need it. Welcome back, Ron. You were missed. Good morning, gents.
  192. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Yeah, what he said.
  193. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Happy Anniversary, Frits.
  194. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    65°F and mostly clear skies, going up to 78° today. Nice colors, wngsprd. Good morning, gents.
  195. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    We had fluorescent lights in our kitchen before the remodel. They were replaced with recessed LEDs. Earlier this year, I had to replace three of the six. They were the ones over the stove/oven side of the kitchen. Not sure if it was the heat or the steam that got them, or maybe a combination of...
  196. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Never let out the magic smoke.
  197. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    61°F and some passing showers this morning, going up to 80° today. Even saw/heard some lightning and thunder in a couple of them. Not a lot of rain, but every little bit helps. Rented a U-Haul box truck yesterday morning and moved the stuff we have in storage to a different facility. The one...
  198. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    39°F and clear skies this morning, going up to 81° today. Looks like we'll have similar weather through Monday, then back to more seasonal temps. Good morning, gents.
  199. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    We had one of those for the F-150, Drew, as it had a 7-way and the trailer has a 4-way connector. Worked great.
  200. PJSprog

    Good morning!!!!

    Wife bought the Keurig combo that does that. She likes it.
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