Friday, June 26, 2020

Another Nine...

that's my 1 putt for bogey that turned into a 2 putt for double bogey

...officially in the books...on this last weekend in June...

...a little scary how quickly it's racing by.
50 yard niblick put me on the green, 2 putt for bogey

But it was an enjoyable round...perfect weather and I played pretty well.  Kept it in the fairways...well, most of the time.

Calamity Jane and I squabbled on the greens for much of the round, but I finished with a 1 putt for par on 9, so all was forgiven.

Delightful start to the weekend.



Our Philco V-handle refrigerator was dropped off at The Retro Revival in Ohio last week where it will be restored to its original mid century modern glory.

Mandy Spisak, owner, sent me some pics of our prize in its current condition, to wit:
love the pink interior












It's obviously a little rough...very dirty...some rust...so the transformation is sure to be impressive.

This will be a months long process, but I'll post updates from time to time as progress happens.

It's great dealing with Mandy, very professional, so check out her website (above) or visit her Etsy shop at TheRetroRevival



The Mistress of the Gardens...

...has been busy as usual, working her botanical magic...
patio blossoms


...all around the Castle Frankenstein...
tomato plants, aka future salad

...tending to the many daily tasks of planting, watering...

...trimming, weeding...

...and hunting for her husband...

...who's busy hiding from all his outdoor honey-do lists.

It's exhausting!  (She gets tired sometimes, too...)

Pretty sure I hear my hickories calling me...



Great news...we've got our new pool...

...well, at least we've got it outlined with a garden hose where we'd like it to go...hopefully next year.

Hey, we can dream, can't we?



Sights seen 'round the ol' homestead...


#1 son stopped by on Father's Day so we could compare shiny foreheads



daisies in the dark



Smokey dining al fresco



night owl




panograph of the courtyard



when it rains...


...it pours...




A recent experience with a car salesman reinforced their well-earned reputation for lacking integrity.

The sad part is this particular car lot claims to be part of a Christian ministry.

Reminded me of an old saying that our reputations take a lifetime to build but only a second to lose.

"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches..."
         - Proverbs 22:1

later, mcm fans...


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Saturday, June 20, 2020

A Triumphant Return...


...to the links...was not in the cards this week...but I did do better than my last outing, and no chain saw required.

Hit mostly decent shots and a few really nice ones...but whether it's nature or nurture or a little from column A and a little from column B, I tend to focus on my mistakes.

Even so, it was an enjoyable trip around the links...snagged a par, a couple of bogeys, and the rest we don't talk about in polite company.

Jes' wait til next week...



Today is the summer solstice...

...which ironically marks both the beginning of summer and the steady march toward shorter days and the inevitable change of seasons.
should be a Model T somewhere on that dirt road...

If that picture doesn't fill you with a sense of urgency to embrace each moment of the summer while it's still within your grasp, you need to check for a pulse.

However you enjoy these lovely summer days, now's the time...get out there and get after it....

...before it's too late.



Production at the Wild_Hare Writing Factory...

...has ground to a halt recently.

Apparently Creativity is on holiday, thus all useful activity has ceased.

Negotiations are underway to try and convince Mr. C to return so operations can resume forthwith.

Someone, somewhere, is anxiously awaiting the publication of A Distant Glory....

...and we want to find that person to ask them where it all went so terribly wrong.



In other news, there is no other news, so let's take a li'l trip around the horn, shall we?

Here's a flower fountain Karen put together, along with a spinner she found at Aldi's...






worm hunting



Karen thought the clown on Sir Kitschalot's shield was a nice touch






escapee from Meijer Gardens



courtyard in bloom


this handsome critter was destroying our yard


recent winner of a staring contest



the basket on top of the fridge has grown fuzzy ears and a tail



Finally, tomorrow is Father's Day.

The scriptures say "Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." (Exodus 20:12)

I hope in your own way you're able to do that.

later, mcm fans...

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

I'm Not Usually...


...a conspiracy theorist...but today the Denizens of the Arboreal Realm were definitely plotting against me.

Evil trees reached out with their leafy limbs and snagged my otherwise perfect shots in mid flight.
this may not have actually happened


In spite of their nefarious schemes I still managed to enjoy my pleasant...

...if somewhat numerically challenged stroll through the country...but next time I'm bringing a chain saw with me, just in case. 



Tomorrow is Flag Day...

...so today we hung out some patriotic bunting...
the gardener photo bombed my picture

...to complement Old Glory.

Don't forget to fly the flag and give thanks you live in the greatest country on earth.



Karen visited an estate sale in our neighborhood this weekend and came home with some treasures...mostly kitchen related items for her daughters, but a few home decor items for us...like these elegant egrets...

...and a figurine of the great Emmett Kelly as his world famous alter ego, Weary Willie...

...from back when clowns represented the innocent fun and excitement of the circus...you know, before Stephen King dipped into the cesspool between his ears and destroyed that childhood icon forever.

She also brought home what I consider a treasure...

...a vintage, low tech weather station, which I've christened the Castle Frankenstein Weather Station (CFWS).

In stark contrast, my friend Dave from work loves weather forecasting so much he's hooked up several supercomputer-based weather stations in his backyard bunker...

...and the National Weather Service regularly asks him for predictions whenever they can't figure things out.

But there's a certain charm to kickin' it old school and I even used the little key taped to the back of the board to set the barometer.

Now much to Karen's constant delight, I make random announcements throughout the day about current conditions:

Me: "My dear, CFWS reports it's still 74 degrees fahrenheit and 55% humidity, though barometric pressure has dropped slightly to 30.04 inches."

She: "Um...ok."

She may pretend she's annoyed, but I know better...



Speaking of weather, earlier in the week we hit 93 degrees here, and the next day a major storm blew through...

...with 73 mph winds...we ended up ok, but many thousands lost power and some had major damage from falling trees...

...the next day temperatures cooled off significantly...

...and so in mid-June we enjoyed an early morning fire.

Gotta love that Michigan weather.



Seen 'round the ol' homestead...


fallout - literally - from the storm...found this on the ground the next morning


One Eyed Charlie is back...


no, really...One Eyed Charlie


the view from the command center


the gang's all here



first fire in the chiminea



roses in bloom


first daisies


And that dear friends brings us to the merciful conclusion of this mind bogglin' episode of the Atomic Monster Cafe.

Try to contain your enthusiasm as you will be called back for another one next week.

And when you are, no screening our calls, understand?

later, mcm fans...

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