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Living happily ever after still means you have to clean house and do the dishes

Lanie & Getzger

Testing some new lights with Lanie and Getzger’s help. It’s a shame the depth of field is just too shallow, one of Lanie’s eyes is slightly out of focus. I couldn’t get the pair of them to stay still long… Continue Reading →

Building Bookcases

This weekend I started work on a long-outstanding project to build a bookcase. Not just any bookcase but an eight foot long seven foot high recessed bookcase. The project would have gone a lot more smoothly if Lowes hadn’t refused… Continue Reading →

Hopefully I don’t need to write any notes this morning

Lanie’s Induction into the National Honor Society

This evening Lanie was inducted into the National Honor Society. Well done Lanie!!

Hurricane Lamp

I love oil lamps. I hate to admit it but they remind me of my youth. There has always been electricity where I’ve lived, but when I was young our neighbor across the road, and two of the four village… Continue Reading →

The start of the evening

The evenings are starting to get cool and temporarily at least, the mosquitoes have gone away. Time to light up the chiminea and enjoy some time in the backyard. I thought the beer was appropriate to the advancing season. Saved… Continue Reading →

A corner of my desk is forever Blue Kitteh’s

Watching my work companion I’m thinking it might be worth my while switching allegiances to Buddhism. After all, from what I’ve seen, the possibility of being reincarnated as an in-door domestic cat seems to be a pretty good option.

An Evening Fishing on Stockton Lake

I was hoping for another really stunning sunset, it wasn’t to be. It was pretty but not a really knock you off your feet affair. I was also hoping to catch some fish, and that wasn’t to be either…I had… Continue Reading →

School Open House

‘Clue’ Rehearsal After meeting with some of Lanie’s teachers we went along to sit in on part of an early rehearsal for this fall’s school musical ‘Clue’ Lanie will be appearing as Miss Scarlett.


We get a lot of rentals. I use them in my work for the diocese. It makes sense as the cost of the rental & gas is less than paying me the federal tax mileage rate – and there’s no… Continue Reading →

Tubby has an Internet addiction Problem

Ever since Tubby was introduced to cat videos on YouTube he has become obsessed with screens and anything vaguely screen shaped. This is not always conducive to my work. He sits on my desk for ages staring at the screen… Continue Reading →

Sailing on Stockton Lake, Missouri

John was kind enough to invite me sailing again. A gentle 4-7 mph breeze was predicted and, for the first part of our sail, that’s what we got. As the day went on the wind become increasingly fickle and we… Continue Reading →

Can you see what I did there?

In June 2014 we visited Eastney Beam Engine House, and I was surprised to find the Gas Engine House Open. I’ve not been in there in thirty years. I knew I had an old picture of my dad taken in… Continue Reading →

30 Rounds

Another trip to the range You’d think all I do is go shooting. Not so. Well, apart from sitting at my desk working, watching Marvel’s ‘Agents of Shield’ and some occasional yard work, I guess right now it is. Unless… Continue Reading →

Sailing with John on Stockton Lake

First sail of the season and for a change there was some wind John invited me to join him for his first sail of the season. The end of June sounds a bit late for getting in the first sail,… Continue Reading →

Yard Work and Ceramic Fish

We cleared a bunch of yard work today. I borrowed Tom’s pole saw and cleared a load of limbs. Then I fixed the privacy fence on the deck and put up the last of the fish (somehow I’d left one… Continue Reading →

Target Shooting – Beretta PX4 Storm Compact 9mm

Target and Beretta PX4 Compact I liked the picture I took of the Desert Eagle with a target, so I thought I’d take another similar picture, this time with my Beretta PX4. Despite looking a lot smaller than the Desert… Continue Reading →

Washer Repairs (Part II): Gary: 1. Washer: 0.

However, there is bound to be a re-match later. This is what $250 of washing machine parts looks like. I can highly recommend, not just for the very fast service (and inexpensive delivery charges), but also for the videos… Continue Reading →

Washer Repairs (Part I)

Thursday night the washer started smoking. Obviously that’s not a habit to be encouraged, so I took a quick look and determined that the transmission support bearing had broken up. Today I stripped the washer down, removed the transmission and… Continue Reading →

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