Saturday, June 26, 2021

She's At It Again...

...The Mistress Of The Gardens, that is...gone is our summer sunshine, replaced by constant rain, so she's trained her sights on indoor projects...specifically, refreshing our kitchen.

Consequently, she's changed it from this... this:

From this... this:

And from this... this:

Naturally I helped, mostly by staying out of her way while she did her thing.

Much cleaner and brighter look now, especially appreciated during this extended period of liquid sunshine...and supposedly we've got another week of this weather.

We may have been washed away by then.

In the "almost seems real" department...

...Mirage Pools came out and marked the location where they'll dig our pool.

A little hard to see the flags in that pic, so I circled them...believe it or not, that's a rectangle, but the vantage point I used to take that pic disguises that fact pretty well.

They start by digging out the rectangle, but then massage it into the kidney shape it's going to be when they're done.

They begin work right after the 4th of July weekend, Lord willing.

Lately in my devotions I've been reading from the 1611 version of the King James Bible.

No, I don't actually own one...I do my devotions using the website.

I've always appreciated the KJV, though never got involved in the silliness that surrounded those intra-faith wars about "KJV Only!".

No doubt God has blessed that translation of the Scriptures for many, many years, but fighting about English translations is just dumb.

If you're that tightly wound about the subject, educate yourself and then read the Scriptures in the original Hebrew, Koine Greek and Aramaic, for crying out loud.

Anyway, I'm enjoying reading familar passages in the 1611 version.

Everyone knows John 3:16, right?

C'mon, even if you're not a Christian you've seen the reference held up at NFL games...

Well here it is in the KJV:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

And here it is the original 1611 KJV:

"For God so loued the world, that he gaue his only begotten Sonne, that whosoeuer beleeueth in Him, should not perish, but haue euerlasting life."

Why do I enjoy this?

A history thing, I guess...don't know exactly, but I find the archaic English interesting.

Plus, while so doing, I've had an idea about an overarching story, within which I'll place (parts of) my original short story, A Threefold Cord...and tada!  A novella.


It’s just an inchoate idea at the moment, but I'm researching and "writing in my head" for now.

More to come...

And now for a quick hop, skip and jump...

...through the parting shots department...

optimist: a future pessimist who currently lacks experience 

from at the lake...note the shimmering moonlight

fun with daisies

our blue spruce Christmas tree surrounded by Tiger Lilies

 I just like this view from our backyard

worth remembering on your way out the door this week

later, mcm fans...

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Friday, June 18, 2021

A Threefold Cord... not quickly broken...from Ecclesiastes 4:12, and written in the context of the practical value of strong relationships.

I used it as a title for a short story I wrote many years ago, and fresh on the heels of the spectacular success of "Born Out Of Due Time" - it's possible I may be exaggerating - I've decided to "novella-tize" my short story.

Don't act like you're not excited...

More details coming soon to blog entry near you.

We've been experiencing drought conditions 'round these parts...

...but that ended around 5:30 this morning...lots of lightning, thunder and a torrential downpour for an hour.

Definitely needed it, but there's going to be some storm cleanup from this one.

Karen and I commented on how it reminded us of our first night in this house...a line of thunderstorms rolled through that woke us up and drenched the place.

Thankfully we've replaced the roof since then...

...and this time the rain stayed outside where it belongs.

A couple of recent projects while we wait for our pool to be installed...

...Karen wanted pavers at the bottom of our back patio steps...

...and steps on the hill from the front yard down to our back yard.

She wanted the steps to have the appearance of age, as if they'd been there forever, so we used broken pieces of cement from our old patio that #4 son replaced a couple of years ago...

...and I think we achieved that.

It was 61 years ago today that Arnold Palmer won the 1960 U.S. Open in the greatest comeback in that tournament's history... 15th place and 7 strokes down, he shot a 65 on the final round for a 2 shot win over 20 year old Jack Nicklaus.

My dad was part of "Arnie's Army" as his legion of fans were known...generally blue collar types who embraced Palmer's working class upbringing and his "go for broke" approach to what was generally considered at that time an elitist game.

Arnie would eventually yield the spotlight to the kid he beat in 1960, but not his popularity.

With movie star good looks, he was equal parts work ethic, skill and attitude, and he inspired loyalty in his fans right up until his death at age 87 in 2016.

Here's to Arnold Palmer, one of golf's all time greats.

The King

Life at the lake continues...

love that glass...the contents ain't bad, either

...and apparently includes whiskey sours right on the beach according to Larry.

It also includes spectacular lakeside views...

...very nice.

If you're quick about it, you might have just enough time to scurry through the parting shots department before I release the hounds... go on, 'git!

I need one of these '56 T-birds

Mr. G giving us the stink eye


cat lovers, take note...giraffe and camel lovers, ditto

that first tiger lily to bloom invited some of his friends to the party

a recent view from the command center

remember that gnarly halloween tree that actually blossomed this spring?

that's it now, behind the big red flower.
show off.

Another adventure in publishing mediocrity is now officially in the books.

I'd try to dress it up a little bit with some sales puffery if not for those inconvenient "truth in advertising" laws.

Don't wanna get thrown in one of those.

later, mcm fans...

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