Sunday, January 15, 2017


We ended up with a visitor Saturday.
The location of the baby gate at her own house makes the kitchen off limits.  At this other house she is not so restricted.  Grandma went into the kitchen and the visitor followed.  She found lots and lots of things that were interesting.  One of which was a pretty classic baby moment, she opened up the cabinet door and pulled all of the plastic storage containers on the bottom shelf out for examination.

It looked to us like she was having lots of fun.

Later on I was monitoring her in the TV room when Grandma appeared at the top of the steps on the main level.

Up she went, with me following behind for security but without any help from me.

She tried the other stairs later and was not as successful, eventually displaying enough frustration that I just picked her up and carried her up to the level she wanted to be on.

Our favorite visitor (sorry everyone else).

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas bush

O Christmas bush, O Christmas bush
How lovely are . . .

Or something like that.

We had a swell holiday.  Thank you to everyone who contributed and helped us get into the spirit of the season.
Those early preparations of the bush paid off when a couple of our favorites showed up in matching outfits.
Merry Christmas to all.

Monday, December 12, 2016


It didn't look like much and I knew from having been out in it during the early stages that the snow was very low moisture light in weight.  I am not the enthusiastic shoveler that I once was but I thought I could at least go out and start and see if shoveling was an option.

I ended up shoveling.  It took three shifts, but I ended up shoveling.
Today I heard that it might have been as much as the 8 inches measured in some places.  I think looking at it that it is more like 5 or 6 here.  Either way, that's more snow than I should shovel.

I vow more respect for the snow in the future.

As I was shoveling I experienced the sudden demise of some long time partners.   This pair of mittens has been my "work" mittens for a long time, I think at least 20 years.
You can tell I have used those for a long time just by noting the evidence on the surface of the leather of "wiping".

When that seam let go the sudden rush of cold air let me know immediately.

It's OK, I have two more pair in the closet.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Judas Priest 1983

OK, what the heck, BEDFAMM is over.  As has come to be my usual procedure, all month along the way I was setting aside some things that I found interesting, saving them as draft posts in case there was a day when I had absolutely no material and had to post SOMETHING.  In the end I didn't end up using this but it is some of my favorite ever not used material.

The link in the post Turkey Shovel from last month is to a performance by Judas Priest after they got old.

Judas Priest is heavy metal, and heavy metal is better when it is tight pants long hair head banging music.  Here is how they did it when they were young tight pants long hair head banging musicians.

Also nice. Can you believe it? Same song.

I might go so far as to say that I approve this message.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


It has been a very interesting November.  The first two and a half weeks were sunny most of the time and dry.  It started as the warmest November on record with an average high in the 60s, 20 degrees above the usual averages.  On the 18th a statewide blizzard struck with thunder, lightning and hail in the morning and for us here in the big cities some wet snow in the afternoon along with a howling wind.  Since then the month has been a little more typical with more cloudy days and then rain falling for six days.  Hail, thunder and lightning was repeated this Monday.  We will end with the second warmest November on record.

It was winter there for a while but today it is pretty clearly back to late fall.
Only one tiny bit of snow visible next to the mailbox post.

And the grass is still green.

And so today it ends, another NaBloPoMo, or as it came to be known among my blogging siblings and I, National Blog Every Day for a Month Month.

Who knows for sure when I will be back here.  Tomorrow if I can fit in a bicycle ride, probably later if not.  But return I shall.

My last act for November, here is another scan, this one of a photo I didn't have yesterday.  TOPWLH brought the photo home with her today after she and her siblings completed the apartment clean out.
Their wedding day picture.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016