Saturday, June 12, 2021

A Loved One...


 ...had some excitement this week...but thankfully they ended up ok.


Hard to believe from the pics, but after some stitches and staples, they were actually back at work in just a couple of days...in a different vehicle, of course.

Very thankful to God in heaven they're doing well.

Considering recent events, I don't think my heart can take too much more.


In the far more mundane department, our pool contractor's request for a permit was rejected...

aerial view of our home from a couple of years ago

...but as it turned out, only because they had some distances related to lot lines wrong.

Though it's not her job, Karen quickly stepped in, corrected the information on the plan they'd submitted, and then hand delivered the corrected version to the township office the next day.

At this point it appears we're back on track for the early July install.

You do not want to rile Mama Bear when it comes to her pool.


Another update from the northlands...

the view from the command center north

...courtesy of my friend Larry...


...who specializes in reminding me he's living life at the lake and I'm not.

I have to admit, almost exclusively bc of the wonderful vistas he shares, I'm starting to seriously consider buying some lakefront property when I retire in another hundred years or so.

Good stuff.


Some of you who drop in here occasionally may have noticed a distinct lack of any hickory golf reports so far this year...


...and that is for a couple of reasons.

One is simply recent life changing events have pushed former passions into the background for now...

...but another is that whatever fix I may currently need is being (mostly) satisfied in my backyard with hickory wiffle golf...


...and putting on my DIY greens.

I've installed 3 of them so far, with plans for 2 more before the summer ends...I hope...and I actually "walked 9" this morning.

That obviously involves some creative planning to get 9 holes out of 3 greens and 5 tees, but 30 minutes later when I was done I'd slaked my currently reduced thirst for hickory golf.

I'm sure I'll get back on the links eventually, but at the moment I've got bigger fish to fry.


It's Slim Pickens on the parting shots front this week...

gotta love Blazing Saddles

...which is good, 'cause other than that, not much shaking...

we've got a new friend at the feeders



first daisies of the summer


another first bloom



and yet another...this one's a tiger lily


a friend from work has a daughter in Virginia...she sent him this actual poster...gotta love a sheriff with a sense of humor




thought this was kinda cute

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

D-Day...



June 6th, 1944...never forget.


This is why...



 ...Michiganders love "up north"...that's a view from my friend Larry's cottage near the Traverse City area.

Love the mirror like reflection of the clouds in the water.

The lucky stiff is working remotely from there - for a while, anyway - and every so often he graces me with a pic or two...



...of life on the lake.

He actually gets paid to work from there...go figger...


Saw this scenario on our back patio this week...

hey...what's that?



don't see anyone around...



yep, coast is clear...



mmm...seafood sensations...

Who knew?  Blue Jays like cat food.


Got one half of our Redneck Riviera situated this weekend...









...with our inflatable hot tub...and this year we done gone and got ourselves a ga-ZEE-bo...insert excited "yee haw" here.

2nd half of our RR scheduled for early July when Mirage Pools installs our pool...it's been a 4 year wait on that so we're pretty excited.


Lately I've been on "mole patrol"...

before: that's part of a mole tunnel

...using my 13.5 lb compactor to flatten the network of mole tunnels criss crossing our yard...

after: flattened tunnel and hopefully dead moles

...they're busy little buggers and wielding my "stomper" has become a regular part of my "daily functional fitness" routine.

We've spread grub killer around, too.

This is war, but so far I haven't resorted to dynamite like Bill Murray in Caddyshack...




Just about time to close up shop here at the AMC...


...and as we go we leave you with these parting shots...

very windy day



back patio...love the huge oak tree canopy overhead



a co-worker shared this pic of a couple of foxes in his backyard



roses are beautiful this year



gotta get some of those


more beautiful roses



I'm getting old




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