Sunday, May 3, 2020

The Battle Of...


...the bird feeders...is joined!

These pesky little buggers keep dumping the bird seed by climbing all over the feeders...so I've resorted to plinkin' at them with my vintage (what else would you expect?) Wrist Rocket (circa 1974)...

...which so far is working as a pretty good deterrent.

We've got a big round metal water dish in between the feeders...

...and when I "ring the bell" they scatter.

We spread seed and corn on the ground for them; the little tree rats don't need to eat the birds' food, too.



We had more rain earlier in the week...

...but the end of the week took a turn for the better, so we started getting the courtyard back together...

...cleaned out and refilled the pond, but obviously we've got a ways to go yet.

At least things are starting to bloom again...
hey, we've got a tulip!


...and the magnolia blossoms are glorious


Next weekend is Mom's Day, but Karen's daughter Sarah got a head start on it... 

...she sent Karen a beautiful (and permanent!) bouquet of flowers and a cute pic from when Sarah was a little girl.

Very thoughtful and of course Karen was thrilled (and I was impressed).



In the weekly Crying Man update...

...progress has slowed...only lost 3 pounds this past week, so I'm down to 204 now, from a starting point of 220.

I'm determined to finish the course on this one...need to see 199.

Of course if all else fails, I can always come back to this blog entry...Look!  There it is!




Saturday would have been the Kentucky Derby, but a) I swore off of that last year due to their moronic decision to overturn the actual results because someone got mud in their hair, and b) everyone's still terrified of the boogey man, thus no Derby.

[ sidebar:  think of all those hats languishing on a shelf unworn this year...

...and all those mint juleps that were never imbibed...

...a tragedy of equine proportions... ]

So instead we cued up a movie about the greatest racehorse that ever lived...

I've mentioned in previous blog entries my uncle John Franks was a horse breeder, so I've always paid attention to the sport from a distance.

That is to say, I've never been a devoted fan, but I have kept tabs on it through the years.

And back in the pleistocene era...

...when I was in high school, there was this amazing super horse named Big Red, aka Secretariat...and I watched the Belmont Stakes on TV on June 9th, 1973, called by Chic Anderson...

...when this super horse won the mile and a half race by the unprecedented, never equaled 31 lengths.

The movie tells the story of this truly unique animal...it stars Diane Lane as owner Penny Chenery Tweedy, and John Malkovich as trainer Lucien Laurin.

It's a great story and a truly fine film, with solid performances from the entire cast.

Even if you're not a horse racing fan, do yourself a favor and give it a look.

What else have you got to do while you're locked in your home?



One of the items I had hoped to acquire when we moved into the Castle Frankenstein...

...back in 2017 was a Philco V-Handle refrigerator...

...sadly, we grossly underestimated the scope of work here at the Castle F...and these classic refrigerators ain't cheap...so it's still on my wish list.

At the time, even if we had the $5k in the budget that one of these refurbished beauties cost, Karen never would have agreed.

Her kitchen project took waaaaaaay too long to complete and by the time it was finally finis she was in no mood to sacrifice modern conveniences for the sake of mid century modern coolness.

Things are different now and she's embraced the roots of this home and its mcm vibe.

Plus, we're empty nesters now...

(...insert excited "woo hoo!" here...) so the fridge does not need to be supersized and overflowing with foodstuffs to feed the marauding hungry hordes.

Ergo, a smaller, uber cool mcm fridge makes perfect sense for this home.

Now all I have to do is sell 7,000 books or so to fund it.

Let's see...book sales over the last month...hmm...1

If my calculations are correct...

...in 7,000 months we should be able to spring for this...that's, um, lessee...7000 / 12 = 583.33 years.

Ok, marking my calendar for August of 2603...



Various and sundry as you skulk out the back...


coat / hat rack removed for the summer, so Sir Kitschalot will have to do his part...


the bubbling rock fountain is back in operation...


Rory Calhoun has returned for another season...



Rocky stopped by for a midnight snack


It's a glorious sunny day and I hear my hickories singing that sweet siren song..."just a little more practice and someday you might actually be good at this game..."

Lying hickories...

...but still...what if...?

later, mcm fans...

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