A Niche Post

This is totally an AARP/local post. The store that my lovely wife works at, started carrying T-shirts that harken back to the last century. They are shirts from populate local business/attractions that disappeared in the ’70’s.
If you’re from my spot in the cornfields, and are around my age, you’ll fondly recognize most of these logos.





A Fourth to Remember


After a wonderful Independence Day, we relaxed on the back porch, with bagels and coffee. It was 90* already, so thus the Las Vegas coffee mug.
We were resting from adventures of the 4th. Maggie baked cupcakes

To take down to our fireworks adventure. The company I work for opens up the property, right along the river, and provides bratwurst, sides, porta potties, a cooling center ( a sprinkler), and a secure spot, DIRECTLY across from the launching site of the largest fireworks display in the state.

We invited some friends, and, in our ‘designated’ spot, set up our party.

Food, friends, and fireworks- what more could one ask for, on a summer evening? Everyone had a great time, and, much oohing and ahing ensued.


When the finale finally faded away, we headed out into the fray of traffic, but we all made it home, to start thinking of next years colorful adventure…





To Snip or Not to Snip


We are finally, seriously, thinking of cutting the cord, so to speak, from Dish Network, and our land phone line. We would install a Roku on one tv, and an Apple tv on the other. It would save us $100+ a month. However, our 10+ megabit Uverse Internet has been spastic the last week, and, if you can’t count on the Internet you have, you are toast. The alternative would be to ‘man up’ to Comcast Internet for $60 a month, and wonder about the evening slowdown…
Our Dish Network contract is up in August, so we have a few months to ‘think ‘ about, and do a bit of research. We actually watch only an hour or two of programming a night, so if we made the switch, it wouldn’t really affect our viewing, and, we may actually get to practice our ukuleles and guitars more, along with more reading.
All things to ponder during the next couple months… Have to have SOMETHING to ponder whole enjoying the best three months of the year…

We Drink a Cup of Kindness Yet, For…

Happy New Year! For some of us, it’s a reason to purchase a new calendar. For others, it’s a renewal, regeneration, rebirth- a time for a new start. For others, it’s not much of anything…

We tried to sing, but every time we reached the chorus, we got teary and couldn’t finish… So, we did the next best thing…

Our small token gift to you….




Auld Lang Syne

Well, it is almost finished!


We finished the build part of our porch yesterday. A rousing success, after 4 days of working on it. As my friend Jeff said, ” no lost fingers, we are still friends, and, it looks pretty darn good, for two amateurs”. And, he’s right. Now, we have to sand, stain, and install the lights, and landscape, but the hard work is finished.
   Thanks, Jeff. It wouldn’t have been done without you.