Monday, July 21, 2008


I'm sorry to report that Dice the cat died on Sunday 7-20-08. She was one of the girls cats that were born in Dubuque on October 31st 1989. I know all of you who were bitten, scratched, jumped on, or hissed at by her will miss her. I'll miss her a little bit also.

If I should die before I'm old
My story will be less than told
There's so much more to suffer through
Before I meet again with you.
from Sirens Of The Ditch by Jason Isbel
Heard this driving home on Sunday. Just kind of made sense to me.
God Bless
Keep prayin
LOUD!! or soft

Saturday, July 12, 2008


No changes to report in Moriah's condition. She remains confined to her bed at this time. She is also battling a bit of a bronchial issue of some kind. Please keep us in your prayers. We need them now more then ever.

Danielle's trip home and graduation ceremony went well. Great night, great location, great weather, and beautiful people. I am so PROUD of her. Getting this done after all that has happened I think is quite an accomplishment. Thanks to all of you that showed up or sent a card or gave a phone call.

I had a great couple of weeks from a concert standpoint as I got to cross off a couple of musicians from my list of seeing them live. Of course a couple of weeks ago was Watermelon Slim. The night Danielle flew in we went to the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Davenport. We were joined by Danielle's friends Matt and Jessica and my friends Brian and Darlene. I think the youngsters actually had a good time. So anyway saw Elvin Bishop and had a great time.

"Elvin Bishop's sittin on a bale of hay,
he ain't good lookin but he sure can play"
Charlie Danielle's(ha ha)

"Boy sure is a nice day out today
I believe I'll go out in the garden
Dig me up some worms
And go Fishin!

"Some folks say that fishin on a Sunday's a sin"
I don't believe in that,
If a fish bites my line on Sunday
I'm gonna reel him on in!!
Elvin Bishop

Uncle Ron, Aunt Jayne, Danielle

Looks like Cody's havin a good time!

Miranda, Danielle, Jessica, Matt

Man, now I can get some rest!

Danielle and Proud Papa
Down the road
God Bless

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Watermelon Slim!!!!

Moriah's sore on her bottom is looking a lot better and the Doctor and Nurses are confident that we're not far from getting her back up in the chair. Hope their right.

I had an absolute great treat this past weekend as I ran into Watermelon Slim at a watering hole in Osage Beach. I have listened to a lot of tunes in the past and especially the past couple of years and Watermelons music has been a great part of the therapy, relief etc. Many of you know my affection for the blues and they don't get any better than this. Watermelon Slim and the Workers won best Blues Album and Best Blues band of the year at the Blues Music awards this past year. To see them in this venue overlooking the lake was way cool. And no crowd!! Anyway I won't bore you with the details but it was a pretty cool evening. Also he asked that we say a prayer for his daughter so please do so. Check out his bio at He is a true American with an affection for the working man. An extraordinary man(Mensa) maybe a bit smarter than me. My apologies if none of this makes any sense to you.

Hope to see many of you this weekend.
Check out Elvin Bishop Thursday night in Davenport at the Mississippi Blues Fest
God Bless
Happy 4th

Sorry Charlie Musselwhite but this guy is good!!

me and my new Watermelon fans
not sure who the dude in the back is

Watermelon Slim and Bald Guy Slim


Hard Times

That's a big dog