Sunday, May 26, 2019

On This Weekend...

...We Honor Those Who Gave The Ultimate Sacrifice...in defense of our great country.

And we thank those who served...
my son Benjamin in Afghanistan...
my granddaughter Tionna in Washington.
THANK YOU!
Got on the links for an enjoyable 9...
...even though the course is wetter than I've ever seen it...and they're actually letting carts drive on it now, probably bc they have to for the sake of their business.

Paddle boats would have been more appropriate today...
Nevertheless I did alright...actually hitting my cleek pretty well, both from the tees and from the fairway.

Parred a couple, bogeyed a few, and in general soaked up the ambiance of my stroll through the countryside, both emotionally as well as literally.

And on #9 I had a shot at being on the green in 3 so I could attempt a 1 putt for par...but pulled my niblick approach shot a little left...which means I'd have to chip in from here...
...to make par...and that little dot just in front of the flag is how close I came...about 6 inches from the cup.

Tapped in for bogey and strolled off the course, ready to face the rest of the day.
Finally got that knockoff DC-3 lamp modified to resemble the 1930's Ray Schober DC-3 lamp, made for the 1939 World's Fair.

Here's an original Schober lamp:
...that will run you somewhere north of $600...

...and here's my inexpensive DC-3 lamp:
...that costs a fraction of that price.

Karen has been too busy working on all the outdoor stuff we have going on here, so that's actually my handiwork, which explains a lot.

Oh well...mostly I wanted to suggest an art deco vibe, which when photographed with a 1936 Sparton Bluebird radio, emphasizes that point.

It's not great art, but it's close enough for government work.
Making good progress on my new novella, 7 Fridays...
...and really liking this story, which as I've man-splained before (sorry, it's a gender problem) really has no meaning at this point in the process.

It's possible it's crap, but I kinda don't think so...and in any event, I'm definitely enjoying pushing Timmy into the well so I can pull the little bugger back out of it again.

Hey, someone's gotta do it...might as well be me.

I'm 10,000 words into it, probably headed for 30,000 or so.

Stay tuned...
This is shaping up to be "home improvement project" summer...we've got at least 3 projects either scheduled or nearly scheduled.

The granddaddy of them all is a complete roof replacement (insert inhuman wailing sound here).
Working through 3 quotes and trying to decide if I want to pay both an arm and a leg, or if I can get away with just a kneecap and three toes.

The other projects aren't as painful, but will be big improvements.

#4 son is going to redo our back patio...cement is cracked and sinking in spots so having that fixed will be great.
And we're having the windows in the bonus room replaced...should make it easier to both heat and cool that room, especially once the roof has been replaced which will include more insulation overhead.

Boring, I know...but such is the stuff of home ownership.
And now, for my grand finale, I've decided to fire myself out of a cannon...
...while simultaneously drinking whiskey, smoking a cigar and contemplating deep mysteries of the human condition.

No...wait...hold the phone...this note just handed me by my beautiful assistant...
...turns out we had to sell the cannon to pay for the roof.

Oh well...guess I'll hafta sign off as usual.

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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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