Sad Note - Grave Robbers Happy Note - The Singing Auctioneer Flowers & Spring Rains

By: WeatherWise , 4:26 AM GMT on April 01, 2014

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Sad Note - Grave Robbers Happy Note - The Singing Auctioneer Flowers & Spring Rains



My first night shot - An Amazing View Across the River. I had no idea there was such an amazing view from the parking lot of this little Italian restaurant. I am definitely going back for some more night shots and perhaps some day shots even. I had no idea you could really see that clearly that far.




Spring Swing - Nothing says Spring any better!

I wrote this Saturday night in the wee hours and accidentally clicked away and lost it all so am hoping to get it posted tonight - Monday night in the wee hours again.

Sad Note - Grave Robbers Happy Note - The Singing Auctioneer Flowers & Spring Rains

I was over on Pros's blog and mentioned a sad tale to tell. Not an easy share.

Yesterday, I took spring flowers down to place on my brother's grave the flowers did not look right. They were just crammed in the hole where the brass urn or vase use to sit. Someone had stolen it. I just could not believe it! Luckily, I had a large cone shaped piece of styrofoam that fitted in the hole perfectly. I put the new flowers in - though perhaps not my best as I was so upset.

I thought more about it this am and decided just to search to see if any other flower urn vase were stolen in that town. Sure enough came right up - seems 131 brass urns were stolen and if they had not counted my brother's, that makes 132. What a shame! That is my sad story.

On a happy note, I visited a relative who lives at a really nice assisted living facility. When I arrived, they were having a special program in the dining room. A one man show - The Singing Auctioneer - Dane Bailey I am thinking was his real name from Berne Indiana I think. Could he ever sing and his back up music tapes had such great sound. He sang solid for an hour without ever taking a break. Those ladies were eating it up - most of the residents are women. It was amazing to watch them relate to the music. The minute he started singing they were softly singing along a few lines. It was wonderful to see their smiles of joy. If he ever comes to your area, it is well worth your time. This made his 4th year visiting the facility. He was actually booked for the Methodist church there in town for Sunday but makes little side appearances evidently.

Link to his website:http://singingauctioneer.com/index.php

Today was quite the rainy day all day long and all night long - started Friday afternoon and just doesn't seem to want to leave. It is supposed to have cold air behind it as it leaves the area.

Despite the rain today, I decided it was not going to stop raining so went on for a walk anyway with my large sunflower umbrella. I only went to the end of the street and back but I found spring along the way - the forsythia was in bloom, all types of buttercups, jonquils, and daffodils, and the Bradford Pears are just beautiful. I snapped a few photos in the rain from under my umbrella.



















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13. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
5:36 AM GMT on April 03, 2014
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12. DataPilot
3:27 AM GMT on April 02, 2014
Quoting 8. BriarCraft:
The brass vases have been stolen from many cemeteries all over. Darned addicts steal those and copper wiring and even manhole covers to sell to recyclers for drug money. My family now buy a certain size disposable plastic drinking glass that fits where the vases used to go for my brother and grandparents. Such a shame!

But spring has finally arrived for you! And look at all the pretty flower photos you've been taking!


WeatherWise, I am so, so sorry that your brother's urn went missing. What a sad discovery.

Unfortunately, Briar's and Whitewabit's suspicion (theft for scrap metal) is mine as well. It's unbelievable what drug addicts will do to get money. Theft of brass urns - heck, metal of any type - has become super common around here.

We have iffy cell reception at our home, and still rely on a land line. Aside the recent ice storm, all other times (too many to count) that our land line has gone dead has been due to thieves stealing the copper phone wire. They literally rip it off of the telephone poles and out of the ground. They've even scaled razor-topped fences to steal ground wires out of electric substations! Anyone desperate enough to risk electrocution for a few dollars' worth of metal obviously has scrambled brains.

On a cheerier note, I have to say that your evening photo taken over the river is lovely. Did you do anything special to capture the image in such low lighting?
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11. whitewabit (Mod)
2:55 AM GMT on April 02, 2014
How sad for it to have happened there too ..

My Fathers brass flower urn was stolen along with a number of others several years ago and I had to have it replaced as did other people who were effected ..

they must be being stolen because of the value of the brass in it ..
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10. palmettobug53
2:45 AM GMT on April 02, 2014
What an awful thing to find, when you went to the cemetery.

I'll bet it was kids, thinking stealing the urns would be a fun prank to pull.

Do you remember me telling you about the one time I saw a Pileated in the pine tree in my front yard?

That was a good 25 or more years ago. I'd never seen one before and have never seen one since. Until yesterday. I stepped outside to take some things to the recycling bin. Hubby pointed up in the tree. I looked. Before I realized what I was doing, I hollered out, "OH! IT'S A PILEATED!!!" And with that, off he went. Dang. Me and my big mouth.
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9. barbamz
11:56 PM GMT on April 01, 2014
Quoting 2. WeatherWise:

Hi Barb! The little bird house with many vivid tropical inhabitants, sounds like a fun place to visit. Too bad you could not get photos through the netting wire! Thanks!


Hey Shirley, here is a photo of the information panel of the little bird house ("Zoo" is an exaggeration, lol). Maybe you recognize some of the species?

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8. BriarCraft
9:48 PM GMT on April 01, 2014
The brass vases have been stolen from many cemeteries all over. Darned addicts steal those and copper wiring and even manhole covers to sell to recyclers for drug money. My family now buy a certain size disposable plastic drinking glass that fits where the vases used to go for my brother and grandparents. Such a shame!

But spring has finally arrived for you! And look at all the pretty flower photos you've been taking!
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7. sandiquiz
2:24 PM GMT on April 01, 2014


Wishing you a very happy April, with sun and warmth for your walks, laughter and plenty of Easter Eggs!


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Sorry to hear your sad news...there is always something being taken if the selfish folk think they can make a buck or two:(
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5. WeatherWise
12:26 PM GMT on April 01, 2014
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4. Proserpina
12:25 PM GMT on April 01, 2014
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3. plapman
11:39 AM GMT on April 01, 2014
Good morning Shirley.
Check your UW mail.
Enjoy the day.
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2. WeatherWise
5:18 AM GMT on April 01, 2014
Hahahah...the WunderAlertBot(ADMIN) beat us all. As soon as I submtted my blog entry There it was with an April Fools Joke!

From the last blog

Thanks, Thoughtsteader, for dropping by and leaving such a great comment. Robins seem to stay with us mostly year round. I discovered last spring that robins were quite aggresive after putting up my bluebird box. The resident robins did not want to allow the bluebirds in the yard. They would fly at them and drive them out of yard. Somehow the poor little bluebirds managed to get a nest built, lay eggs and hatch a baby bluebird despite the robins. If you get too close to the robin's nesting area they will even fly at you just like a mockingbird does. I never knew that until last spring.

I hope you got to drive over to the prairie and perhaps found some wildflowers to share with us.


Hi Barb! What a wonderful German bird you left for me - cock Moritz who use to accompany his farmer to the market of your town. Thank you for the photo. Glad you visited your park. The little bird house with many vivid tropical inhabitants, sounds like a fun place to visit. Too bad you could not get photos through the netting wire Yes, Moritz will do just fine! Thanks!

Hi Tony, Glad you came by and loved hearing about Abbey. One of my sons has a rescued greyhound. I find most folks that get the rescue dogs have a good experience - they make great pets. Thanks for the photo! Have a great week!
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1. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:26 AM GMT on April 01, 2014
First!

Happy April Fools!

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