Saturday, April 29, 2017


...of the Rastafarians...sorry for the bad pic...I'm looking over my back fence, across the neighbor's yard, at the assembly of the first church of the crazy zanies.

Ok, not positive they're rastafarians, but they are nuts.  They had some kind of outdoor "worship service" from 3 am until 5  am - I kid you not - where they beat on big drums and chanted endlessly, occasionally screaming like banshees.

Think about that for a minute.  How self-absorbed and downright idiotic do you have to be to think it's ok to make that kind of disturbance in a residential neighborhood from 3 am until 5 am?

Since I'm deaf in one ear and can't hear out of the other, all I had to do was turn over on my left side and my world went pleasantly quiet...but Karen on the other hand got to sit up and listen to the bona fide genuine grade A mo-rons for 2 hours.

And they started again around 8 am, which is when I snapped this pic.

Must have been some kind of high holy day for the squash brains...tons of cars parked everywhere...maybe the anniversary of Haile Sellasie's first communion or some equally cosmic event..

Talk about giving church goers a bad name...may the good Lord in heaven deliver us from the galactically stupid.

Karen and I drove out to Holland today to have a look at "our" house to see what it's like when things start blooming...
 ...that's the view from the road...don't know what the pink flowering tree in the middle of the wall is, but it's gorgeous.

Spent some time exploring our surroundings, getting our bearings for our new digs in the Holland area...we really like what we see...very excited to move out there and enjoy the last half of summer and the fall...notice I stopped short of my favorite season...

On our way back we stopped at a greenhouse to start the flowering of our backyard...this particular greenhouse has a beautiful pond in the middle of all their plants...
Didn't buy too much...threat of frost this coming Tuesday night...but did get a start with some petunias and begonias.

The rest of our day was spent working on our "house decluttering"'s overwhelming...and we have 3 weeks to get this house ready to show.  My aching. back...

Rains settling in no hickory golf tomorrow...wouldn't have gone anyway since Benjamin and Brooke stopped in for the weekend...last minute thing...they're up for Benjamin's mom's 60th birthday and previous lodging plans fell through I guess.

He was hesitant to ask since they're here to fete my beloved ex-, but I couldn't care less about that.  "Honor your father and your mother" quoth the Scripture, so have at it.

I'm happy for any reason to have them stop by and visit.

Guess that's all the news from home, so...

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

You Know It's A Small Town Paper...

...when the front page picture features cows...

That's all the news from home in Karen's home town of Rogers City...and that's why we're living down here.

A hopeful sign of spring...
...two lonely tulips by our front gate...but aren't they beautiful?

Got out on the links for the first time this year...heck, for the first time in 20+ years...
...the course was pretty, my play was ugly...never could hit a driver worth beans and that hasn't changed...about the only club I seem to understand is my mashie...did pretty well with that...and I two and three putted...
...and this was one of my two putt greens.

But in spite of my highly questionable play, I did have fun and plan to go again...bound and determined to master my spoon wood...and can't put too much on my first time out in over two decades...I'll give it a little while because I do enjoy swinging my hickory sticks.

One of my goals here - besides just having some fun with this - is to get to the point where I won't embarrass #4 son when we go golfing this summer.

Shipped a proof copy of On Being A Man... a pastor friend...he should get it sometime this coming week and has promised to rip the theology to shreds where appropriate.  Scripture says we should "study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)...want to be sure I've done that in this book, and if not, to change it accordingly.

Making progress on the upcoming move...we've got way too much stuff, but we're attacking the clutter with the goal of downsizing.  This will be the first time either of us have moved into a home with an actual plan for how we're going to decorate / furnish each room.  We're not going to be slaves to the mid century modern motif, but we're not going to slapdash things together, either.

There will be a sense of where things should be to achieve the overall effect we want for this home, and that means a lot of "stuff" has to go.  Won't exactly be minimalist, but it will be well thought out...and same will hold true for what we do in the courtyard and in the backyard over the next few years.

Might even include the Hare coat of arms outside on the circular stone wall where the fireplace is...
Now why in the world would we do that?

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter...

...He is risen indeed.

If you're a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you know the import of this day.  If you're not, then it's just another Sunday with some fuzzy stuff about bunnies and chocolate eggs.

One of those things has eternal significance, the other doesn't, but either way I hope you enjoyed your day.

For our part, it's officially time to panic.
We've come to terms on a home in Holland...a mid century modern former gem...not exactly a fixer upper, but needs some work.

But that's not what we're panicking over...#4 son will be acting as our general contractor, we've got a budget and know what needs to be done to make it move in ready.

No, our issue is we now have to sell our home and after 12 years of accumulating stuff, that is a daunting task.  My head hurts just thinking about it.

But it's exciting to think about the reality of finally moving into a mid century modern home.  For as much as we love that style of architecture and interior design, we had almost given up on the idea of actually owning one.
Now, Lord willing, it's going to happen within the next 3 months.

And I'm looking forward to living in Holland...yes, it's a commute to work, but it's closer to the lake shore and a much smaller city of 33,000 people compared to almost 200,000 in GR...our backyard welcomes deer, wild turkeys, and all the usual assortment of birds and woodland creatures...should be glorious in the fall...and once we get the gas log set in the living room fireplace, we might not even mind winter quite as much as usual.  (That's probably just wishful thinking.)

Fortunately (!) this coincides almost exactly with a high intensity / short time frame project at work.

I think Stress and I are going to be on a first name basis for awhile.

Had a couple of people read On Being A Man...
...and neither of them liked of them actually despised I'm tweaking and editing and revising.

Still going to have a pastor friend read it for a review of the theology, and then try to find a member of what I think my actual target audience is and get their opinion.

After all that, decision time: to publish or not to publish?

Right now, it's haircut time according to my live in beautician.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Vapor Trail... the oldest daughter has apparently taken up vaping, the modern day nicotine delivery system that's basically the equivalent of a cigarette.  Made for an interesting picture this morning.

Work is finally calming down a little, just in time for our next big panic of a project.
We've got an all day meeting next week on this, so we can plan how to, you know, kiss the summer goodbye...

I've gotten "On Being A Man..."
...into the hands of a couple of people to be read / edited...and next week I'm giving a proof copy to a pastor friend I know for his review.  I've asked him to rip the theology to shreds and tell me where I've gone wrong.

Would like to find at least one other person to give it a read...preferably a professing Christian male, but not someone who's in full time ministry...mainly because I think that's my target who claim to know Christ as their savior and who are simply living life in today's world...punching the clock, doing the 8 to 5 gig and just trying to hold it together with work, faith and relationships.

Still trying to decide if I'm going to publish or not...for whatever reason I needed a break from fiction, and this book provided that.  It was fun working through the subject and I just plain enjoyed writing the second half of the book about "Fun Stuff" of being a man.

But now I think I'm ready to write the next Papa's Model T book, in spite of its spectacularly unspectacular performance in the marketplace.

Dakota tribal wisdom says when you find yourself riding a dead horse...
...the best strategy is to dismount.

We'll see.

In the meantime it's looking like a nice day out there so...

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring Ice...

...on the birdbath...winter's grip is slowly being broken.

Actually experienced some sunny and almost warm weather this weekend.  It has been a long time outside in a t-shirt sans goose bumps for the first time in a very long time...hoping this trend continues...I've had quite enough of cold, dark, snowy/rainy weather for awhile.

Karen's still on the house hunting kick...saw one that used to be an old barn, converted into a's the great room in that home:
It's impressive, and easily the best feature of the home.

Unfortunately it has quite a few downside issues as garage, no central air, no basement, little storage space, dirt driveway and small lot...all of which are reasons why it's been for sale for almost 100 days at its current will stay on the market for another 100 days if the sellers won't move on the price.

In my world I'd add "not midcentury modern" as another strike against it, but now we're talking personal taste, not actual flaws.

It was something that caught Karen's eye so we walked through it.

Watched a couple of movies this weekend, neither of which got good reviews, but both of which I thought were very well done with fine acting performances, beautiful costumes, period designs and interesting stories.

The first was Ben Affleck's "Live By Night", a 1920's/30's gangster saga...
Ignore the theology of this film - and unbelievably, there is some proffered here, including an "I'm totally lost and in search of a clue" ending - and focus instead on the gripping story of a WWI veteran turned disillusioned outlaw.

Affleck and Zoey Saldana burn up the screen in a true love story, and one of my favorite character actors, Chris Cooper, turns in yet another nuanced performance.  He's a jaded southern police chief struggling to retain some sense of decency amid rampant corruption that defined the prohibition era.

Loved the gorgeous costumes and scenery and the classic 1920's/30's cars are stunning.  Gotta get a 1931 Model A Deluxe Roadster.

The other movie was Rules Don't Apply...
...a journey into the bizarre, deteriorating and mentally unstable world of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes in the mid 1960's.  Especially noteworthy are Lily Collins and Warren Beatty.

Probably won't watch this one again - mental illness is not a fun journey to endure - but again the period costuming and design are both excellent, and Lily Collins especially gives a masterful turn as a talented, sheltered beauty contest winner who grows up quickly in the strange surroundings of Howard Hughes' Hollywood fantasy world.  Her transformation is a delight to watch.

In other news there's not much other news...lunch today with #2 son should be enjoyable, gotta get a good workout in, and as always there's work related stuff to tend to.

So...onward and upward...

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