Saturday, July 4, 2020

Had Some Chances...

that's my "1 putt for par" position on #2

...but didn't cash in...Calamity Jane done me wrong...thus got skunked in the par department.

What?  You didn't think I was going to take the blame for my lousy putting, did you?

Otherwise it was a pretty good round...
another "1 putt for par" possibility...

...hit my repaired mid-iron with some proficiency and did quite well with both my mashie and niblick.

Only real complaint was about the bugs...
...you get the idea...

...it was one of those hot, muggy, still days when black gnats buzz around your head as soon as you stop moving.

Should have remembered the Cutter's but oh well...still an enjoyable stroll through the countryside with my hickories.



Recently had both patios stained to match the trim on the house...




Big improvement.



#5 son and his bride are staying with us for a few days...

...and as always it's a pleasure to see Benjamin and Brooke.

We're in the middle of a heat wave...

...ok, so it's not quite that bad...but it is plenty hot 'round these parts, so they're enjoying Holland's state park on the shores of Lake Michigan during the days and visiting with us in the evenings.

Good company, good conversation, good times.



Today is July 4th...Independence Day...

...our country's 244th birthday.

We're definitely starting to show our age just lately, with civil unrest and sharply partisan politics dividing us.

The Covid scare hasn't helped, with people being locked down and social distanced; a sense of isolation and fear has gripped many people.

In these uncertain times it seems appropriate to remember a famous quote from Thomas Paine - often called The Father Of The American Revolution for his tireless championing of the cause of Freedom:


“THESE are the times that try men's souls.

"The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.

"Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.”


We've all heard it said but it remains true today:

Freedom is never free; it's purchased in blood.

So on this day as your enjoy your God given, blood bought rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, give thanks you live in the greatest country on earth.

It's not perfect because it's filled with all of us imperfect sinners.

But we push forward with the Great American Experiment because as Abraham Lincoln correctly noted during the Civil War...

...we will either "...nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope of earth".

We soldier on.

God Bless America, y'all.



Once around the horn...
absolutely love this shimmering moonlight pic from Larry up at his camp...



...and here's the grand finale from the fireworks display over the lake



our neighborhood fireworks, believe it or not...impressive stuff...


first black eyed susans of the season



view from the command center...



...and the Castle Frankenstein all decked out for the 4th



Benjamin and Brooke relaxing



later, mcm fans...

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Return...


...of the big blue tank...it's been two years since it "graced" our backyard...but the recent extended heat wave forced our hand.

At least this year we got Big Blue to be more or less level, not listing heavily to starboard...

...and this time we've dressed him up a bit...

...making him part of the night time fun.

It may seem like lipstick on a pig, but when it's 92 degrees in the broiling sun, he serves a useful purpose adequately if not elegantly.

We'll see what happens next year with the in-ground pool department, but for now...

...surf's up dude...



In related news...

...all that digging in the dirt in the summer heat to get Big Blue situated definitely reignited my weight loss program.

Lost 6 pounds in 5 days, thus the Crying / Angry man update shows me sitting at 194 pounds.

190 would be better, but we'll see.  There were several weeks there when I was stuck around 200, so...



Recently had to send my "new" mid-iron away to have the head fixed...it was working its way loose after several rounds, so Gary Eley and his Hickory Golf Workshop  came to the rescue.

Just got it back today...

...looking brand new and all fixed up again.  Gary does excellent work for very reasonable prices.  I highly recommend him!

Practiced with it today and gonna put it through its paces tomorrow on the links.

Can't wait...



Headed into the July 4th weekend in a couple of days when we'll celebrate our country's 244th birthday with #5 son and his wife, so more to come then.

For now, a quick spin around the block...
a friend from work is relaxing at his family's cottage up north..,



...and he's kind enough to send pics of his beautiful surroundings...



...he does this to torture me



Karen found that leaf sculpture for - wait for it - $3.  currently gracing the outside wall of our bonus room



Karen and I were sitting on the patio when Rocky decided to help himself to what was left of the cat food



new fire bowl feature for the patio



Looking forward to the July 4th holiday...for now...

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Another Nine...

that's my 1 putt for bogey that turned into a 2 putt for double bogey

...officially in the books...on this last weekend in June...

...a little scary how quickly it's racing by.
50 yard niblick put me on the green, 2 putt for bogey

But it was an enjoyable round...perfect weather and I played pretty well.  Kept it in the fairways...well, most of the time.

Calamity Jane and I squabbled on the greens for much of the round, but I finished with a 1 putt for par on 9, so all was forgiven.

Delightful start to the weekend.



Our Philco V-handle refrigerator was dropped off at The Retro Revival in Ohio last week where it will be restored to its original mid century modern glory.

Mandy Spisak, owner, sent me some pics of our prize in its current condition, to wit:
love the pink interior












It's obviously a little rough...very dirty...some rust...so the transformation is sure to be impressive.

This will be a months long process, but I'll post updates from time to time as progress happens.

It's great dealing with Mandy, very professional, so check out her website (above) or visit her Etsy shop at TheRetroRevival



The Mistress of the Gardens...

...has been busy as usual, working her botanical magic...
patio blossoms


...all around the Castle Frankenstein...
tomato plants, aka future salad

...tending to the many daily tasks of planting, watering...

...trimming, weeding...

...and hunting for her husband...

...who's busy hiding from all his outdoor honey-do lists.

It's exhausting!  (She gets tired sometimes, too...)

Pretty sure I hear my hickories calling me...



Great news...we've got our new pool...

...well, at least we've got it outlined with a garden hose where we'd like it to go...hopefully next year.

Hey, we can dream, can't we?



Sights seen 'round the ol' homestead...


#1 son stopped by on Father's Day so we could compare shiny foreheads



daisies in the dark



Smokey dining al fresco



night owl




panograph of the courtyard



when it rains...


...it pours...




A recent experience with a car salesman reinforced their well-earned reputation for lacking integrity.

The sad part is this particular car lot claims to be part of a Christian ministry.

Reminded me of an old saying that our reputations take a lifetime to build but only a second to lose.

"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches..."
         - Proverbs 22:1

later, mcm fans...


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