Saturday, September 30, 2017

A Big Thank You...

...to Wendy Saha of MODPLEXI...for the gorgeous house numbers now adorning our wall.

Another couple of views...
yep, that's me in silhouette...think of it as "aht"...

We absolutely love this mid century modern flair that combines the pretty with the practical...no more delivery people driving up, leaning out and asking, "is this 391?"

And Wendy is great to work with...a real pro in all things plexiglass and a precise crafts(wo)man when it comes to your finished product.  She's careful about all the details to be sure you end up with an item you love.

Find Wendy and her MODPLEXI shop on Etsy and at MODPLEXI   You'll be glad you did.

Got out on the course with my hickories and walked 9 this morning...
...it was a balmy 43 degrees to start but warmed up nicely on this beautiful fall morning...

...and it was a tale of two rounds...holes 1 through 5 were pretty good...highlighted by making a 35 foot uphill putt for a bogey on #3, and a par on #5...but then I pretty much fell apart completely on 6 as if I'd never even seen a golf club before...recovered a bit on 7, and righted the ship on 8 and 9 finishing with 2 bogeys.

Then we were out and about running errands...along the way picked up this beautiful Howard Miller clock that now graces a stone wall near our dining room...
...the one that was there got moved to our master bathroom...
...where it's currently tick-tocking obediently for us.

As part of the day's activities we decided to embrace the local Dutch heritage - we do live in Holland after all - so we stopped by the Dutch Village that's about a half mile from our house.

Bought some delicious dutch treats and browsed the shops there...
This is a cool "tiny clock" that chimes the 4 quarters and the hour on the hour...didn't buy it but was tempted.  They have many German cuckoo clocks there as well, some for more than $1,000...gotta really love cuckoo clocks at that price.

Browsed various and sundry dutch knick knacks...

...and of course the requisite wooden shoes...had a pair when I was a kid living in Texas believe it or not...

...love the Dutch street names...

...and he statue of a fisherman enjoying a salted herring...yummmm...

Came across some cool art deco pics / signs, included here for no other reason than I like that style almost as much as I do mid century modern:




But now, let us all give heed to this eternal truth...
...and so I shall on this gorgeous fall day...

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

I Think That I Shall Never See..

...my oak tree as a topiary...with apologies to the great Catholic poet and WWI hero, Joyce Kilmer.

Here's an example of a topiary...
...trees or shrubs carved to look like creatures or other objects...y'know, "aht".

Our big oak is currently bombing our house and patio with acorns...we should have a forest of these things by now with all the nuts scattered around the yard...and you'd think we'd have a dozen fat slovenly squirrels laying on the ground with their mouths open as Mr. Oak Tree fills them with nuts...but I've just seen a couple of skinny gray and black squirrels scampering about the yard.

It's easy pickin's, that's for sure.

So watched a silent movie last night, The Big Parade...
...a 1925 production by King Vidor starring John Gilbert.

Love that name, King Vidor, and he produced a real moneymaker for MGM studios...it was a smash hit and solidified John Gilbert as a top tier movie star.  The reason I care is I'm writing about Mr. Gilbert now in TAT and wanted to get a perspective on his work.

The thing about the silents - with few exceptions - is they felt like they had to hammer home every point...subtlety was not a concept they cozied up to back then.  Since people couldn't hear dialog, everything was exaggerated and repeated several times to make sure the audience got the point before moving on.

Now it seems tedious - alright already, the lovers are heartbroken over their sad farewell!  Get on with it! - but back then it was standard operating procedure.

This fascination with repetition would prove disastrous for John Gilbert when he made his first talkie (His Glorious Night)...a scene that would have worked in a silent movie when no dialog was being recorded ended up looking and sounding over the top ridiculous as he repeated "I love you!  I love you!  I love you!" over and over again...indeed it spelled the beginning of the end for his career.
The overwrought melodrama genre came to a rapid close around about 1929 and some pretty big names in the industry didn't get that memo.

My round of "simple golf" (only 3 clubs: mashie, niblick, putter) went pretty well today, but the circumstances under which I played were annoying...mainly bc they turned the sprinklers off by 8 am for holes 1, 2 and 3...but left them on for the rest of the course until 9 am.

So that means my 9 holes ended up being the first 3 repeated 3 times...which wasn't terrible bc 1 is a par 5, 2 is a par 3 and 3 is a par 4...so there's some variety...but not as much as walking the full 9.

Even so, I did ok.

Had legitimate shots at par on several holes and made them on a couple...bogeyed a few, double bogeyed a few, and fell apart completely on one hole.

We'll try again next Friday or Saturday...

Took Mr. T out for a ride tonight...
...don't really have a great place to drive him over here in Holland...once golf is done I'll probably get him out early on Sunday mornings and put him through his paces then when no one's on the road.

Getting close to that time of year again, so starting to rummage through some of our All Hallow's E'en decor...here's a haunted doorbell we'll use this year...
You press the button and the green eye opens and looks around...creepy...we'll see if we get any more trick or treaters out here than we did in Wyoming...I think the last few years pretty much everyone was switching over to the "trunk or treat" events that a lot of churches are sponsoring now.

May be the passing of yet another era...

Anniversary weekend winding down now...it was a good one...weather was a little too warm to get lots done outside but we still got out and worked around the house as always...Karen's a bit of a slave driver when it comes to that...and me, well I'm just an innocent victim as always...

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Hottest Day Of The Summer...

...turned out to be the first day of Fall...and even though it really only got up to 92 degrees, not 110 or whatever my thermometer-in-the-sun thought it was, it was still pretty ding dang diggety dong hot out there today.

Thankfully I had today off from work because it's our anniversary...
...so how about some champagne and roses?  We kid each other about this one being the dirty dozen, but apart from trusting Christ as my Savior, Karen is the best thing that's ever happened to me.

And today she wanted to put her toes in the lake, so even though I was sure on the hottest day of the year it was going to be jammed, off to the beach we went...
...and to my happy surprise, it really wasn't that crowded at all...no problem finding a parking spot and the beach was occupied but not swarmed.

That's a view of the Spyglass Condominiums...Karen and I have talked about retiring there sometime in the next decade or so.  To do so I'm going to have to sell a lot more books than I have to date, so I need you and 500,000 of your closest friends to each buy two...that's not asking too much, is it?

More pics from the beach today...


A gorgeous day and even though we weren't there all that long it was a good time...

...and I started the day off pretty well, too...got out on the links to walk 9 and did ok.

For whatever reason things made sense today...finished with the same golf ball I started with and hit my mashie 165 yards a couple of times...that's good for me...hit it 150 yards several times, and was consistently in the 135 to 140 range.

Even birdied the short par 4 #6...slight fade on my drive, short chip onto the green and a 1 putt of a 15 footer for a bird.

Of course 7 was one of those holes when I lost track of the stroke count - hey, can I help it I only have 9 fingers?  After a decent drive from the tee, things kind of fell apart...ended up in the sand trap and 3 putted...only hole I did that today.

Oh well...overall it was a good round for me and a very pleasant stroll through the country.

Even got to see a free range chicken at the end...
...which confused me bc I frequent Pheasant Run golf course, not chicken run golf course...

Anyway, this was a good day...Karen made burgers on the grill tonight and we finished the day watching a movie together...color me a happy man.

And we still have the weekend in front of us...insert woo hoo! here.

but now it's late and I'm off to dream land...

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Miraculous Sight...

...Karen's car is actually in the garage!  Ok, so "miracle" might be too strong an adjective, but it did involve a prodigious amount of work to get that space cleared.  I guess this is what's known as progress.

And this has been a week of progress...we had all the outside stone power washed...and I'm pretty sure this was the first time in 50+ years this has been done.
That's "before"...someone tried to get rid of bees' nests using a blowtorch with predictable results...
...and that's "after" powerwashing all the soot and burn marks off.

That's the "before" pic of the top of the stone wall leading from our driveway to the courtyard...
...and that's the "after" pic...much improved, as was the entire outside of our house and stone walls.

Continuing in this mode, today I finally took the very last load out of the storage unit and hauled it to our home...
...ok, so a pic of an empty storage unit may not seem like much, but after all those trips to fill it up so we could sell our old home, and all those trips to empty it out and transplant it all to our new home...well, it's a welcome sight...as in woo hoo!  No more storage unit rental fees!

In the really great news department, I've just found another car I need...
That's a 1979 replica of a 1936 Auburn Boat tail speedster...a cool $50 grand will buy it for me...do I have any truly generous readers out there that want to enrich my life this way?

Hey, I'm giving you a break...if you had to buy an actual 1936 Auburn speedster you'd be shelling out north of $120,000...so don't say I never did nuthin' for ya...

And I really need this vehicle for when I go golfing...that way my ride, my clubs, even my Panama Jack hat, will all be better than my golf game...so maybe no one will notice that bc they'll be checking out them...

Short week...taking Friday off to celebrate The Dirty Dozen...
...but not that Dirty Dozen, though it is a great movie...Clint Walker is massive and Jim Brown, Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin...heck all of 'em...do a great job in that film.

No, I'm referring to my 12th wedding anniversary...do NOT tell Karen I called it that...she'll pinch me while I'm sleeping.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Standing Tall...

...too tall, actually...that's an early morning shot of my putt on the par 3 #5...I was sitting 2 and needed to make that putt for a par...I rolled it right up to the cup and there it sat on the lip...so close I thought maybe a slight breeze, or me jumping up and down a couple of times might make it drop...but there was no breeze and I didn't jump up and down, so I took a bogey.

And that bulge at my waistline is my untucked shirt...no, really...as far as you know, I'm 6'2" and 215 pounds of rock hard solid rippling muscle and as long as we never meet in person that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

As summer dances off the stage in preparation for fall's glorious entrance it's leaving us with one last, truly summer like weekend...thank you, Summer...
...that's the front yard earlier this year...
...and that's it tonight, about an hour before sunset...long shadows and cooler evenings, but that's ok...it's fabulous weather for mid-September.

Same time frame...
...Serenity Cove, the sequel...
...and fall mums in the courtyard, courtesy of Karen's handiwork.

Visited the farmers market today and spotted this tricked out Model A:
Note the cognitive dissonance going on with the front license plate...still, pretty cool ride.

Progress on the house reno...measured for upper kitchen cupboards this week, scheduled to be installed during the first week of October...

...and speaking of October, starting to plan for All Hallows E'en...dug out one of my Franky statues, but he had a little problem...
...of course, since he was originally patched together from various dead body parts this did not seem like too big a deal...and the application of some super glue yielded acceptable results...
Naturally, he's anxious to see his Uncle Bolts in the not too distant future...
Patience, Franky...right around the corner...

Tonight we enjoyed a fire in the chiminea on the back patio...
...and while we were outside we spotted this unusual frog...
...with big sticky feet clinging to one of the fence rails...we've got regular brown toads hopping around but haven't seen one like this before.

Today is another spectacular indian summer day...
...and that's a view of Old Glory from the courtyard...

Progress on the TAT rewrite continues...
...I'm liking the new, expanded version...in another month or so we'll see if anyone else does.

But now, the beauty of the sunshine beckons and so I lay digital pen aside for the hedonistic pleasures of lounging lazily on the back patio, cigar and libation in hand...

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