Forgotten and leftover from Christmas 2016

Posted By on March 19, 2017

My son Taylor is geography and map kind of guy so I gave him a mag-lift spinning globe for his desk for Christmas 2016. His interests and innate sense of direction is probably why he pursued “Urban Planning and now coordinates development for Clermont County Ohio as a county planner. Anyway, I had forgotten that I make a test video prior to wrapping this globe and figured I would post and archive it before I forget again.

Annalyn makes iPad and iPhone Wallpaper updates everyday

Posted By on March 18, 2017

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We are fortunate to be living when technology like smartphones, high speed and widely available Internet make staying connected easy. I’m enjoying the daily updates from Katelyn and Drew on Annalyn‘s progress; at 2 weeks she is now 7 pounds 12.5 ozs and doing great. The biggest challenge is keeping up with changing "wallpaper" on my devices as there are just too many cute photos of my granddaugher!

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Our 2010 BMW X5 35d is now officially a great road trip vehicle

Posted By on March 18, 2017

We’ve taken a enough longer road trips in the 2010 BMW X5 35d now to officially declare it an outstanding road car … no surprise really. BMWX535d_SnowWayzataMN17031The driving characteristics of this 5000+ pound SUV are enjoyable since the handling is tight, interior space excellent, ride comfort “so-so” and highway power substantial. I don’t really want to admit this, but driving through Wisconsin there were stretches where I was comfortably cruising along at 100 mph … until commonsense kicked in and told me grandfathers are suppose to be wiser than that … so 90 mph became my limit.
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Previous long highway trips in warmer weather, and slower speeds, returned 25 mpg easily, but at these higher speeds and colder weather, it was closer to 23 mpg. Still, few full-size, 338/HP/542 lb-ft of torque, SUVs are consistently returning fuel efficiency in the 20s and giving up a couple miles per gallon in the winter is normal anyway. Here’s a recent Fuelly.com chart with the 3/17 fills reflecting our latest Minnesota trip.

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Hammock time on a sailboat from Sailing Britaly

Posted By on March 17, 2017

TechFriday: Use an iPhone as a magnifying glass

Posted By on March 17, 2017

The Magnifier is a simple but overlooked feature on an iPhone.

The setting is found in Settings > General > Accessibility. Turn “Magnifier” on. Then simply press the home button three times anywhere on the iPhone — either on the lock screen, the home screen, or in an app.

Cute video of Annalyn with a little bit of snow

Posted By on March 16, 2017

It is pretty obvious that my mind is on our new granddaughter and so while archiving the photos and video clips from an SD card to the computer, I could not resist including a cute one of Annalyn feeling snow for the first time. She is just a week old, but already has personality … and a great smile! 

It is never too early for Annalyn to start reading a GOOD book

Posted By on March 15, 2017

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It hasn’t even been two days, but I’m already longing to be back in Minnesota with Annalyn, Katelyn and Drew. Brenda and I were fortunate to have been DrewKatelynAnnalyn170312able to spend the first week of our granddaughter’s life with her, but that closest makes me even miss her even more. She is as my son Taylor calls her, “a little nugget” … and a perfect baby. She nurses well, take a bottle if needed and sleeps for a good 3-plus hours most of the time at night – and already loves her “Bompa.”
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I’m sure my daughter and son-in-law would beg to differ on the sleep component, but from what I remember, having a baby sleep more than a couple hours at a stretch is a big help … especially for new parents feeling overwhelmed with a first child.

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Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.