Sunday, May 19, 2019

Welcome To...

...Lover's Lagoon...there is actual progress on the courtyard renovation project.

Karen has been hard at work designing and creating the new look.
Love all the different colors, contours and textures she used...makes it visually very interesting...
...and perhaps best of all is what she did with our "problem area".

For two years we couldn't figure out what to do with the little corner that at one time had been a leaky, leaf collecting pond.

Now it's a gorgeous rock garden that beautifully complements all the stone and glass of our home.

Gotta admit, the woman is a creative genius and we finally have the welcoming courtyard this home needed.

Bravo, my dear!  Well done.
In the "money grows wings" department, we've been trying to get quotes on having our roof replaced...
...and boy is it expensive...that's what we get for having a curved, flat roof that's 58 / 20 years old...because we actually have 2 roofs on this home...the original asphalt and gravel one from 1961, and a rubberized roof laid on top of that around 1999.

Both of them need to be removed and a new one put on...all I can say is...
Well, as far as "the last fire of the season" goes...
...turns out I was very, very wrong...it's May 19th and we're still "enjoying" lovely fires in the fireplace in the evenings.

Hello, summer?  Don't be shy...any time now will be fine...
No hickory golf this weekend...
...too wet both days to get out on the links...annoying...
New title for my next novella...
...it's now "7 Fridays"...and I'm just getting started on writing...only 2,500 words into it but starting to get a feel for how I'll navigate the waters here.
Karen and I were out and about yesterday and stopped at an antique shop where I spotted this...
...an 8' Brunswick "Mach 1" pool table, circa 1969...love the sleek, angled lines of this uber cool looking table...don't have a place for it, but if I did...

Also spotted this guy...
...and whaddya know?  He followed us home.

Sir Kitschalot is currently standing guard by our fireplace...may end up out in the bonus room eventually, but for now...
And finally in the diet news department...there is no news because there is mercifully no more diet...
...and both Red Auerbach and I are thrilled...now I just have to keep it at or under 208...wish me luck...
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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Gotta Love...

...the month of May in Michigan...everything greens up and blossoms...so beautiful.
Wish that magnolia tree would keep its flowers all summer!  Sadly they'll be gone in another week.
Critter activity keeps increasing...besides a couple of neighborhood cats and a 'possum, we now have this guy...
...Rocky Raccoon feeding from the cat dish on our back patio.  Gotta hand it to the folks at Purina...their Seafood Friskies cat food is a hit with all the locals.

And the bird population is doing well...our oriole is back, and I recently heard Woody hammering away the other morning...
Gorgeous red headed woodpecker.
After what seemed like a long hiatus, I was finally able to get back on the links...
...another cool and cloudy one, and the course is still too wet, but even so it was truly a delightful stroll through the country today.
Didn't score especially well...only 1 par the entire round...but I had legitimate chances for par on 3 other holes, including #7...
...where I stroked a 25 foot putt right into the flag, but it bounced off bc I hit it just a little too hard.
Overall not a bad trip around the links for me...consistent from the tees with my cleek, hit my mashie on the fairways pretty well, chipped with my niblick almost like I knew what I was doing, and even handled Calamity Jane on the greens with some flashes of competence now and then.

When I tapped in for bogey on #9 all was right with the world...depending on the rest of y'all to keep it that way.
Here's a sneak preview of what's cooking in the courtyard...
...that's a shot of the hired help working her magic...but whatever you do, don't tell Karen I said that...she'll start charging me.

As you can see we're just getting started, so to push things forward a bit we braved the craziness of Countryside Greenhouse the day before Mom's day...
...and then Karen just spread some of what we bought around the lagoon area in preparation for actual planting...


...long way to go but it's coming along.

Here's what lives on the other side of the lagoon...
...a couple of naked jaybirds playing in the fountain...it's supposed to be "aht", I think...
And on the diet front...
...it's been and up and down kind of week...currently sitting at 208, which puts me at 10 pounds less than when I started.

Not exactly a raging success, but I definitely needed to lose those 10 pounds, and losing 5 more would be a good thing.  I'm hopeful, as the weather improves and we get outside more consistently, I'll be able to shed the remaining 5...
My creative juices are finally flowing again...
...and I'm honing in on an idea for my next masterpiece...working title of "13 Fridays"...still in the planning stages but it's starting to come together...I've got the layout and general theme and starting to fill in some of the details...with a little more historical research I should start writing in the next week or two.
And finally, it's Mom's Day...originally championed by Anna Jarvis...
...back in 1908, it became an official holiday by 1914, designated such by then President Woodrow Wilson.

However, Ms. Jarvis became mightily annoyed by the rapid commercialization of her beloved holiday - all the florists, confectioners and card makers knew a moneymaker when they saw one - and over time she actively campaigned against the day she helped popularize.

By the time she died in 1948 she was nearly broke, having spent most of her life's savings trying to have the day removed from the national calendar of holidays.

For most of the rest of us, it's far less complicated...so call / visit your Mom, will ya?

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

And Yet Another Sport...

...conforms to the zeitgeist of wussification...I will never watch another Kentucky Derby.

They actually DQ'd the winner because - the horror! - there was incidental contact! - during the race...first time they've overturned the race results in 145 runnings of this once great classic...

...and it only took them 20 minutes of constant review of 5 different camera angles to come to this enlightened decision.

Remember, nothing can happen in real time anymore!

Quick everyone!  Run for your safe spaces!

Hopefully they also saw that some of the jockeys actually got mud in their hair! - an unconscionable inconvenience considering the post ride interviews everyone now expects 5 seconds after the race has concluded.

Johnny Longden and Willie Shoemaker are currently spinning in their graves as they mourn the wimpification of their once glorious sport.

Thankfully men need no longer apply as the most exciting two minutes in sport has now officially become the most antiseptic two minutes.

Future races will eliminate horses and riders altogether for their safety, replacing them instead with cgi simulations.

That way there will be no risk of anything actually happening to anyone.

We'll breathlessly report -

No living organisms were harmed in any way!

No gender preference pronouns were mangled!

No micro aggressions were committed!

- during the staging of the most boring two minutes in non-entertainment.

Tear down Churchill Downs; no longer required as you'll be able to watch the video simulation while it's being falsified on Fakebook.

Run for the Roses?  Forget that!  Participation ribbons all around.

Mint juleps and cigars?  Perish the thought!  Replaced for your health with carrot juice and celery sticks.

Way to go guys...you didn't just disgrace yourselves, you also ruined an entire sport in a spasm of politically correct wokefulness.

God in heaven, can we become any more pathetic?
Karen had eyelid surgery this week and here's a picture...
What?  You thought I was going to show you her stitched eyelid?

That would be my last conscious act here on planet earth if I did.  She tells me the stitches make her look like the Bride of Frankenstein.

I told her that's totally appropriate...
The good looking guy on the right...that's me...
She's recovering very nicely but does need a little help in the mornings to get going, so no golfing this weekend...
...though I did suggest she might want to get up early and come along as my caddie...oddly, she declined.

As the weather improves, so does our view around the ol' homestead...
...along with an increase in critter activity...and we've added a goose to the local menagerie lately...
...to complement the usual birds, squirrels and 'possum...
...who comes around nightly now to feed  out of the cat food dish on our back patio.

Ms. Duck was lounging around our backyard...
...until she suddenly departed...
...with Kitty in hot but hopeless pursuit...
...maybe next time.
In the new home decor department...
...Karen found this globe lamp...complements the mid century modern look in our TV room very nicely...and yes, that's actually a portrait of Kitty on the wall...matches the one of Smokey on the other side...
...there's so much to say here but my natural instinct for self-preservation constrains me...
It's the start of Tulip Time here...
...and we've got gorgeous weather for it this weekend...but way too much road construction in the area...a bit of a traffic nightmare at times.

Oh well, it's good for the local economy if not for my blood pressure.
And on the diet front...
...had a tough week...got down to 205, but then discovered eating donuts, potato skins, chicken wings, chips and salsa and washing it down with a manhattan (rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and a maraschino cherry) is a surefire way to gain 3 pounds in less than 24 hours.

The donut was filched at work...the rest of the menu was illicitly enjoyed at City Vu during happy hour with an old friend from auld lang syne.

Don and I worked together at a wondrous place I no longer recognize...if only I could have fully appreciated back then how truly wondrous it was...insert heavy sigh here...

All that dietary skulduggery was almost worth it...and I'm back down to 206 now...

We soldier on.
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