Monday, May 31, 2021

Someone's Building A Gazebo...


 ...right in the middle of my fairway...so I recently attended a planning commission meeting to register my concerns.

"I must protest," quoth I, "this wanton intrusion of ugliness into the pristine beauty of my golf course development."

"Who are you calling ugly?" the planning commissioner replied testily.

Sensing I may have blundered, I attempted a hasty tactical retreat.

"My darling Kumquat, I-"

"Don't you 'darling kumquat' me," she warned.

"You knew I wanted a gazebo there!  They were on sale at Aldi's and we were lucky to get one!"

"Yes, my dearest love," I entreated, "but you should know I saw a spotted owl there just the other day, so I think we're obligated to reconsider-"

"Ha!" she scoffed.

"You wouldn't know a spotted owl if it bit you in the butt!"

"I don't believe they typically attack humans, my angel, but even if they did they're still protected-"

"Enough complaining!" she proclaimed.

"Now make me a drink; I'm going to watch my show."

"What show?" I queried.

"New Amsterdam," she replied.  "I recorded it last night."

"But I thought we were watching that new Swedish series from Walter Presents, Crimes Of Passion,"...


...I suggested, fearing with this change of subject my protest may have been given short shrift.

"That was before you started whining," she informed me, "so now I'm watching New Amsterdam.

"And don't make my drink too strong.

"We still have to finish putting the gazebo together."

"Yes of course, my sweetest Cucamelon," I replied deferentially, as a sudden chill swept over the room.

'I suppose,' I consoled myself, as I set to my assignation of mixing a vodka tonic, 'a narrower fairway will just make it a little more challenging.'

Now where did I put that lime?



But speaking of DIY golf courses, work continues on the 3rd green...


...those are bags of sand...the turf is just laying there for now.

I'll remove it, spread the sand, wet it and compact it, then put the turf back on and attach it with the landscape edging.

Depending on conflicts with the gazebo construction schedule, it should be completed within the next day.

Or two.



Went to see my grandson and his family's new digs...


...and also to visit my great granddaughter...


...who's still a little unsure about the old man taking her picture.

They've got a nice place in a small town north of the city now...much nicer for raising a family.

Hopefully they will make many happy memories there in the years ahead.



Even though America the Beautiful no longer exists, having been auctioned off to the highest bidder (read: the CCP and their bought and paid for puppet, China Joe), it's still appropriate on this Memorial Day weekend...


...to stop and think of those who, in years past, gave their lives in defense of what was at that time, their beloved country.

As the saying goes, All gave some; some gave All.

We remember.



A few parting shots on your way out the door...


the view from the command center




don't know what it is, but it's big and it's ugly



hardscape plants in glorious bloom



late May, early morning indoor fire



late May, early evening outdoor fire



looks like it’s ready for the new tenants to move in



know what this is?




a hole in one, that's what that is



Another rousin' edition of the AMC draws to its fitting end...

no really...I looked up "fitting end" and that's what showed up

...and may I just say it was a little slice of heaven being here today.

But it's over now, so move along...that's it, keep shuffling toward the door, folks...nothin' to see here, show's over so go about your business...


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Sunday, May 23, 2021

We Bid A Formal Farewell...


...To Ryan This Weekend...and I'm thankful to those special folks who took time from their day to attend his memorial service.

Pastor Gunderman from Berlin Baptist Church gave a clear presentation of the gospel, inviting everyone to come to the Lord through faith in Christ, just as Ryan did so many years ago.

It's hard to believe Ryan's been gone for two months already...there are days when this doesn't seem real.

Looking forward to when I'll see him again in heaven.


May continues to work its magic with Mother Nature as everything is finally in bloom again...

pink blossoms next to the bubbling rock fountain...



...and purple blooms on the other side



Karen has the courtyard refreshed and the irises blossomed in response



new red mulch brightens the scene...



...and even the halloween tree is leafing out.



back patio garden coming into focus


Summer appears to finally be present and accounted for...let the countdown begin...how much outdoor living can you squeeze in to the next 3 months??


Well folks, I am emotionally whipped after the events of this weekend so I'm calling it a day.

Class dismissed.

Your homework assignment:

Go hug and kiss the ones you love.

Now.

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Today At 4:25 pm...


...I sank this putt...for par on the 2nd hole of the Ryan P. Hare Memorial Hickory / Wiffle Golf Course.

Left my niblick just short of the green and chipped on for that leave you see there...then swapped the wiffle golf ball for a gutta percha and stroked it in for a par 4.

So that's 2 holes now, with 2 more to go this summer.

And this one feels better than my first effort.  Used a little more sand, but it's also better turf.

Hoping to get the 3rd one in this week, but then I'll be on golf course building hiatus until sometime in July when they get the pool in.

If I put the 4th one in before then they'll end up driving over it when excavating for the pool.

But that's ok, once the 3rd green is in I can play 9 unique holes from 4 different tees.

I may never visit another golf course again.


We planted this tree in Ryan's memory this weekend...


...that's an ornamental apple tree...beautiful blossoms every spring.

Here's another view...


...standing guard by the first green.

We're having his memorial service this coming weekend, and that's going to be tough.

I don't cry every day anymore, but pretty much guaranteed I will that day.


Finished Born Out Of Due Time...


...and I think this is some of my better stuff, but that's always hard for me to judge because I get too close to what I'm writing.

Time will tell, but at the moment I'm pleased with the results.

Available *here!* so don't miss it while you can.


Some parting shots, mostly of the wildlife decorating our homestead lately...

that's a bat, believe it or not...I turned him over and he came to life, flew away, then flew right back...I ducked, and  he climbed back into his hidey hole...in our patio ceiling over hang



Mr. Robin Red Breast serenaded me one pleasant afternoon



the early summer view from the command center



worm hunting



caught en flagrante delicto



a tanager recently graced our feeder



Mr. Woodpecher hammering away



And that's going to have to do it for this late Sunday night edition of the Atomic Monster Cafe.

We hope, as always, you enjoyed your visit, but if not, just remember it was tough going west.

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Today at 5:25 pm...



 ...I sank this putt...for a bogey as the first official score ever registered on the par 4 first hole of the Ryan P. Hare Memorial Hickory / Wiffle Golf Course.

Should have been a par, but after a decent tee shot with my play club, I left my niblick just a little short of the green, so had to chip on in 3.

Missed the 8 footer for the leave you see above, then sank that for a bogey.

Here's the view from the tee:


Did you spot the flag?


Slight dogleg right, about 45 yards away.

To be honest I'm not satisfied with the feel of the green.  I hand compacted the crushed limestone layer many times then spread 9 bags of sand over that to fill in the cracks.

After that I wet it and hand compacted the sand layer several times.

Seemed ok when I put down the turf but now you can still feel the crushed limestone underfoot when you’re standing on the green.

At some future date I’ll probably take up the turf and put more sand down but don’t want to overdo it or it will shift under your feet when you stand on it.

Gotta think about it, but not too bad for a first effort...I'll give it a C+, maybe a B- if grading on the curve.

Three more chances to get it right this summer.


Still too cold out to do any serious gardening / landscaping yet...it's in the 30's at night lately...


...but things are blooming...



...and we (read: Karen) have made a start on getting things going again.

Even made it over to Countryside Greenhouse today...


...and bought this ornamental tree, and a bunch of flowers...


...which are spending the night in the garage due to the frost warning.

If it ever warms up, we'll get crackin'...


On the home stretch now with Born Out Of Due Time...



...have my ending - well, mostly - and have written it in the neural network that passes for my brain...now just have to get it down on (digital) paper.

Shooting for next weekend, then proofreading / tweaking begins.

Hoping to publish by June.


Time for a stroll through the parting shots gallery...

Uncle Ryan with 3 of #1 son's kids, probably 15 years ago


I just like this art deco bar



Buddy Tomcat Kitten giving me the stink eye



Lilacs in bloom



this is the trunk of the big green spider tree that was blocking our wall until I cut the top off...I wanted to cut the trunk down, but Karen said "Wait 'til spring...if it blooms, we'll keep it..."


...wouldn't you know it...the gnarly bugger bloomed...oh well, it does make a good Halloween Tree




Saw the pretender to the throne mumbling to himself on TV the other day, and it brought this Scripture to mind:


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