Monday, June 26, 2017

First...

...daisy...late this year...almost July and they're just starting to pop...black eyed susans should be following them soon.

Of course we won't be here to enjoy them when they do finally burst into full bloom...we close on the sale of our home this week and must be out by end of next week.

But there is progress at the new homestead...tiling happens this week, as does the first part of putting the kitchen back together.

And the flowers at the new place are in full bloom already...
...roses on the back patio in the late afternoon...

And oh yeah...
Finally got a "SOLD" sign put on our home...waited for the appraisal to come back before they dared, I guess.

Got out on the links early this morning and did ok...
Actually hit my cleek iron pretty well...in general had a decent round (for me...an important qualifier).
Most of all I enjoyed a very pleasant stroll through the country...yes, I was chasing a little white ball, but I took time to stop and admire the beautiful vistas.

And as it turned out, I found myself using 3 clubs most of the time...my cleek, mashie and putter...so I've decided to golf my next couple of rounds using just those 3 clubs...a resurrected version of an old "3 club challenge" I used to do back in the day.  Since I wasn't then (and am not now) very good, I found I scored about the same whether I carried a full bag of clubs or just a few...today was evidence that fundamental truth about my golfing ability is still in effect.

I do think I'll have a smaller leather "club carrier" made for this...even though my canvas pencil bag is tiny by modern standards, it's still way too big when I'm only using 3 clubs...

This was yet another exhausting weekend...several trips to the new house, loading / unloading household goods, chiseling out old kitchen backsplash, hauling old appliances out of the basement, trying to squeeze in some yardwork, etc.

While I was emptying out the garage I had this persistent feeling I was being watched...
...and what do you know...I was...Mr. Bolts has since been disassembled and stored securely away until All Hallows Eve.

Did try a local coffee shop in Holland we really like...
...love their logo...they're very close to us and serve great coffee and cheese danish...

...could become habit forming...

Tomorrow I expect to hear from Two Men And A Truck re: moving all our big stuff, but we'll keep chipping away at all the smaller things so it's not a mad dash at the very end.

But now...it's late Sunday night and the salt mines beckon early on the morrow...so...

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Beauty...

...in unexpected places...these gorgeous lilies are growing between the fence and the garage, which is pretty much where we toss yard waste...a pleasant surprise.

Of course not far away are some nasty, prickly weeds...a metaphor for life, no doubt.

Got some good news today...
...and it has nothing to do with the turkeys you see in the picture, above...though those are turkeys that apparently call our new home, home...kinda cool.

No, the good news we got today is our home we're selling appraised "at value", which basically means all systems go...we really are closing the deal and moving to our new place in Holland.

If the current closing date holds, we won't have to  pay two mortgage payments...all nine fingers crossed on that one...

...but we do need to get everything out of this one, pronto, and that is causing some minor panic attacks at the moment...

That's an actual photo of me thinking about all I have to do in the next couple of weeks...

Ok, I lied...that's not me...I'm nowhere near that good looking.

To fend off the panic attacks and actually get something done, we've rented a U-haul truck and are starting the process of getting stuff out of our place and into the new one.
That's a picture of Karen and her son Jon "u-haulin' a**" as she texted me on their way with the first load of boxes.  Last night I loaded up the truck for today's trip, and tonight I'll load it with the 3rd.

It's a race at this point...

Switching gears to less stressful subjects...my new hickory Stewart cleek iron arrived yesterday...
...from Louisville golf...it's a beauty.

I haven't completely given up on hitting my woods - ok, I pretty much have for the time being - but either way, this will give me a little more distance from the tee.  I can hit my mid-iron about 150 yards, and this cleek iron is a little heavier and longer...I'm hoping for 175 yards.

On a 350 yd par 4, that would mean I could be around the green in 2 or 3...which for me would be splendiferous...
Raining today else I would have tried it out this morning...

The pagans celebrated the summer solstice this week...
...so I guess it's officially summer...and we all know what that means...
...yeah, baby...a ride on a Ford Tri Motor...this time I'm thinking of heading up to Iron River in early September when the EAA will give FTM rides at the Ford Airport there.

There are closer ones...in Ohio, for example...but I've lived in Michigan for almost 35 years and I've never been to Iron River...thinking it may be time for that 8 hour drive...

But now...

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Adventures Of...

...Irons Man!  A careful check of my pencil bag above yields nary a sign of a wood...after Friday's abysmal outing when I apparently forgot anything I may have learned re: successfully hitting a golf ball with a wood, I decided this morning to play a round with only my irons.

The results were actually quite a bit better.

Odd, when you consider on Friday, at most I was hitting 6 or 7 tee shots with my spoon wood...but it seems my incompetence from the tee infected the rest of my game...a mental thing, no doubt, akin to when my kids played baseball back in the day...they could play errorless ball in the field, but if they didn't hit then the day was a loss.

And it's not like I was sacrificing any distance...since for whatever reason I can hit the irons better I actually hit longer from the tee today.

Anyway, it was an enjoyable round and the rains held off until I was stepping off the 9th green...then the heavens opened in a deluge and I was drenched.

Spent most of the weekend at the money pit...
One of my sons says it's looks like a medieval castle and needs a moat...
Probably not going to happen right away...a pool would be nice...

Anyway, on Saturday Chris was there cutting backer board...
...and I had the dumb end of the deal, hauling the 3'x5' sheets of backer board from his trailer to his cutting station...about 40 of them.

By the end of the day my back was screaming at me and that's when I realized, "hey...I should be sitting behind a desk someplace, writing..."

But there I was, doing the beast of burden thing...very thankful Chris is a talented tradesman...he made a lot of progress on several fronts...
...and if this project doesn't kill us, we might just end up with a nice home by the time we're done.

But now I hear my pillow calling to me, so...

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Days Of Wine...

...and Peonies...and Roses...with apologies to Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick.  If you haven't seen the gritty 1962 black and white masterpiece, you should...Days Of Wine And Roses.

That's 3 Buck Chuck wine, by the way...Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon from Trader Joes...used to be Two Buck Chuck, but you know how inflation is.  Still, a great value for a decent wine...just don't drink as much as Joe Clay did.

So we're one step away from finalizing the sale of our home...buyer inspection was Friday and all went well...tomorrow is the appraisal and we're holding our breath a bit on that.  Buyers definitely want the home for the price they offered, even agreeing to pay $2000 more than the appraisal...but we won't hold them to that...we agreed on a price and that's what we'll sell it for as long as Mr. Appraiser doesn't throw too big a wrench into the deal.

Friday and yesterday were all about working at the new home...overwhelming...so much to do, and everything has to get worse before it gets better.  Walking around our new home in its current torn apart state is depressing...I'd like this to be one of those HGTV shows where the Property Brothers or their kin tell us, "Ok kids, time to disappear for awhile...we'll call you back when it's perfect!"

Sadly, no such luck so we press on.

This morning I escaped into my new favorite pasttime...
...and miraculously, I'm actually getting a little better at times...I said "at times"...bc golf is like an experienced boxer who knows how to sucker you into position so he can unleash a punishing combination just when you think you're doing ok.
So I have no illusions that "I'm good!"  I'm not...I'm a hack, but in spite of that unfortunate reality, I'm really having a great time with my new toy.

It's quiet and peaceful at 6:30 in the morning and at least for awhile I have the place to myself...it's solitude, a little bit of exercise, and when I do happen to hit it right, more fun than I should be allowed to have at my age.

Had some big changes at work this past week which are going to seriously impact a large project...fallout is still happening so we'll see where we are once all the dust settles.  Much of the fallout appears to be of the emotional, not operational, variety...sometimes perception proves more powerful than reality.

We'll see.

Yet another trip to the new home on the docket...this time to tear down the living room ceiling...more dust, more mess, more dumpster fodder...

...but before that, I will be arrested and charged with fish abuse if I do not go buy some fish flakes today...
...for Alvin, Theodore and whatever the third one's name is that I can never remember...

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Sold...

...or at least sale pending...papers signed and closing scheduled for end of June...suddenly it all seems very real...guess we better get cracking...meeting Chris today at the new house to define scope of work, and then the next four weeks will be all about moving stuff out of here and over to there.  Yikes...

One of the things I'm hoping to have in our mid century modern home is a 1955 Philco V-handle refrigerator...
These are ultra-cool vintage refrigerators...the door opens from either side, depending on whether you press down on the left or right side...and they're from the era when appliances were quiet and energy efficient (electricity was expensive and homes weren't wired for 200 amps like they are today)...plus they were considered show pieces.

They were flashy, with big logos, lots of chrome, glossy enamel...like a Cadillac with oversized fins.  Working on acquiring a refurbished one now, but I'm going to have to sell a few more radios and tv's for this one...

Spent some time with Dr. Deuce Mulligan, mental health professional, learning relaxation techniques...
...and I think it's working...we enjoyed a beautiful stroll through the countryside...

...discussing the really important things of life like "do I use my spoon or my mashie for this shot?"

and "wonder if I can two putt this green?"
All in all a very productive session and I can feel myself becoming centered...whatever that means...

During one of the times I was sitting in my truck waiting for people to finish tromping through my home, one of my distant relatives hopped by...
...was in a rush and didn't stop to say hi, but always good to see one of the Hare clan...

In other botanical news, the peonies have finally popped...
...just wish they'd hang around for awhile, but they'll be gone in a couple of weeks...

Duty screams as always, so...

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