Sunday, November 27, 2022

A Grey, Wet Finish...


...to Thanksgiving weekend...and it matches my mood perfectly for reasons unnamed.

But the holiday itself was ok...down in numbers due to sickness, unfortunately, but the show went on.






Felt like a long day, but nice to break bread with those able to join us.

As soon as the day was a fait accompli, we turned the page on Thanksgiving and welcomed Christmas.

Started with some outside decorations, including both the Sacred...


...and the secular:



Not positive how squirrels figure into Christmas...


...but they're present and accounted for along with the um, presents...



Post quam we took a whack at indoor decorating:

Karen's traditional tree...

daytime...


...and night time


...and my aluminum "window" tree:

daytime...



...and night time

Much more to come on the decorating front, I'm sure.

To squeeze a little more enjoyment out of the season, I ordered a couple of freshly pressed vinyl LP's:

Der Bingle singing White Christmas and a host of others


Ol' Blue Eyes crooning some Christmas classics


Best selling Christmas song of all time?

If you answered "All I Want For Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey, you were born after 1975, weren't you?

Sorry, not even close...it's White Christmas...

the movie's pretty good, too

...by Bing Crosby, with more than 50 million copies sold world wide.

Best way to enjoy this classic?

By seeing Bing in person, of course.

Sadly, you'd have to time travel to do that...


...a feat - despite the optimism of the 1960's Time Tunnel TV show - as yet unperfected.

2nd best option is to kick it old school and spin some vinyl...


...which is exactly what I'm doing this year...


...usually while shooting some 9 ball.

later, mcm fans...


Saturday, November 19, 2022

It's A Marshmallow World...


...in the winter...or so Dean Martin opined musically, even though technically it's not winter.

Sure looks like it, however...



...and it's not even Thanksgiving yet.



Now that's a holiday I can cozy up to...all that delicious fare provided by the grace of God, and enjoyed in the company of loved ones.

Can't wait.



Larry and his dad are back at their cottage for deer season, and guess who got his deer on opening day?



Congrats to Mr. Brown!

Looks like venison for Thanksgiving this year.


Recently worked on a first pass of the Wild_Hare Pool Hall...



...and happy to report consummatum est.

Here's what it was:


And here's what it is now:

painting and design courtesy of Karen (of course)



that's a Go Sports 7' portable pool table...highly recommended




Not that we won't tweak it a bit, but it's good enough for the upcoming holidays.

Hope my grandkids enjoy...


...house rules notwithstanding.

Of course Karen and I tried it out...


...and all I can say is there must be something wrong with my cue or the pool balls or something, because she kicked my butt.

She can be mean that way.



Enough palavering, it's time for a stroll through the Parting Shots Department...

cats 1, people 0



another take on this eternal truth




not convinced he paid to get in



if I had a $ for every time I heard that...



a Jack Adams Brassie courtesy of The Hickory Golf Workship


O that wonderful, terrible day...


lining up to be Thanksgiving dinner



We've arrived at the station, folks...


...and while that may not seem like much to you, at least it's better than a kick in the pants with a pointed shoe.

No really, it is.  If you'd ever been kicked there you'd know.

Next stop...


...Thanksgiving.

later, mcm fans...


Sunday, November 13, 2022

A Funny Thing Happened...


...on the way to my last round of golf...except I'm not laughing.

Had some unseasonably warm weather mid-week, but work commitments...



...put the kibosh on any golf escapades.

Now Ol' Man Winter has made his unwelcome appearance.



Course closed, so thus endeth the golf season.

In desperate situations like this, there's only one option.

It's time to call in the big guns:

"Dear Santa,

I've been really really really good this year and deserve a Skytrak Golf Simulator." *


"Don't forget the extended warranty."

* 




Fallout from the recent election continues, with states like Nevada and Arizona slow rolling the vote counts and magically eking out wins for democrat candidates.

Florida counts 7.7 million votes on election day; it takes Arizona a week to count less than 4 million votes, yet they're self-righteously indignant if anyone accuses them of doing what they're obviously doing: cheating.



There's no reason they can't count votes quickly and efficiently other than corruption and incompetence.

But let's be honest, it's nothing new...


...as this political cartoon from the 1890's attests.

Absolute power has always corrupted absolutely; deceit and dishonesty are endemic to mankind.

So millions of Christians prayed over these elections; God in His wisdom said "not now".

What to do?

As Christians we're called to accept the will of God and keep the faith, remembering God is in control.

That doesn't mean we stop working for free and fair elections; nor does it mean we stop praying for right to prevail over wrong.

But as John Adams said, "Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

Does anyone actually believe America remains a "moral and religious people"?

Justice will be accomplished at the final reckoning.

Until then, we soldier on.


Contemplating putting an inexpensive 7' pool table in our "bonus room"...


...mostly to give my grandkids something to do when they come over in the winter, other than sit around, staring at their phones, waiting for the torture of another visit to the Old Folks Home to end.

Before I do, I've got to clear out all the "stuff" we've  accumulated there...



...and the only place it can go for now is in the garage where I usually park my truck.

Guess who's parking outside this winter?





Time for a quick ski run...

that's a drone crash landing just behind our hero


...through the Parting Shots Department:

a policy I fully support



if only 'twere true



late fall moon



"Tally" recently bumped into me while I was shopping



not to worry, it's not snow...it's "lake effect"



my sundial is temporarily out of order



Kitty sleeping peacefully...on the heat vent




As you scurry out the back door, a reminder from the Apostle Paul...


May we do the same.

later, mcm fans...