Saving a custom Mercedes Benz W123 "LaPickup" photo

Posted By on August 15, 2020


Since I’ve highlighted a couple other “functional” versions of the Mercedes Benz W123, here’s another owner conversion. (see ONE, TWO … and THREE just for the humor).

I do find myself constantly needing (well “wanting” really) a pickup truck, but can usually put things in my Honda Odyssey “work vehicle” or hitch up the utility trailer to the BMW X5 35d … but still find myself entertaining a pickup truck someday or doing a conversion (love to have a full size Ford, Chevy, GMC, Toyota or Dodge “work truck” for hauling and towing). 


Considering the work I’ve put in on my current MB 300D Turbodiesel, it would be difficult for me to do a conversion, but perhaps another one AFTER I get the Packard and MGB out of the garage? Since there is need for a photo or two, I’ll included one from 2014 with my dad in Sidney just for the memory (he loved the fact that it was my daily driver for a a year or so) … an one illustrating that I don’t baby it either. 


Updating WordPress to 5.5 "Eckstine" and an idiom phrase

Posted By on August 14, 2020

WordpressEckstine5.5Friday afternoon was a day of server housekeeping, along with the week’s usual billing and accounting. It was also time to update this blog’s WordPress plugins and to the current version called “Eckstine” 5.5.

In WordPress 5.5, your site gets new power in three major areas: speed, search, and security.

Thankfully after the move to the new server hardware in May 2020, everything has been running so much better than before (knock on wood).

What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘Knock on wood’?

This phrase is used by people who rap their knuckles on a piece of wood hoping to stave off bad luck. In the UK, the phrase ‘touch wood‘ is used – often jokingly by tapping one’s head. The phrases are sometimes spoken when a person is already experiencing some good fortune and hope that it will continue – for example "I’ve been winning on every race – touch wood".

What’s the origin of the phrase ‘Knock on wood’?


A baby mourning dove is trying to blend in outside the door

Posted By on August 14, 2020

Wouldn’t you know, just as I was contemplating how to get rid of our annoying pair of Mourning Doves (pretty much pigeons in my book), they go and have at least one baby. Now I can’t in good conscious shoo them away.


The little guy must have jumped or fallen out of the nest and wandered his way into the stones under a bush next to the door of the detached poolhouse garage (they also love to take selfies in the Canary cam)? He or she can’t fly yet but has nice feathers and bright eyes .. also camouflaged nicely for the surroundings. The mom and dad are hanging around as they always do (sit on the peak of our house every evening), but also stand with the little fledgling bird until I approach. I wonder just how long before flight? Let’s look it up!

Dove babies grow exceedingly fast. By 12 days old they’re big enough to leave their nest and venture into the big wide world.

If they’re over-cautious about leaving their nest then they’ll find themselves hungry, as their parents stop coming to the nest to feed them after this time.

They don’t abandon them completely though, instead, they keep an eye on them from a nearby branch and watch as they eventually leave the nest.

At first, they won’t be able to fly. Instead, they become fledgling birds and will spend the next four days stuck on the ground before they grasp the art of flying.


What some will do to digitalize their kids drawings #TBT

Posted By on August 13, 2020

There is no doubt in my mind that I would have tried to do this if Photoshop would have  been as advanced when my kids were younger DadPhotoshopsKidsDrawings2020(or if I would have been has skilled – I’m basically a retoucher). As it was, I did include one of Katelyn’s computer art pieces (on my Mac SE or perhaps Mac II Ci) for Taylor’s birth announcement, but nothing like this dad. So here’s an image for ThrowBack Thursday #TBT.


Tom Curtis runs the ‘Things I Have Drawn’ Instagram page from London and shared his two kids drawings online. As the blog comments, “the result is both terrifying and hilarious.” Of course when it is a good thing, you really can’t get too much of it so there’s a page1page2 and page3 at this point. Good stuff.

Here are a few more examples in case they disappear (more below the break):

A dog and an elephant (I think?)


… and since I’m working on birdhouses for Annalyn (previous post) … (more…)

Barred spiral galaxy NGC4907 from 270 million light-years away

Posted By on August 12, 2020

An image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is just too beautiful not to include on MyDesultoryBlog. I many not be the biggest astronomy or space geek, but I do spend time looking up at the stars in the evening. Although I didn’t get a good look at the NEOWISE comet last week (not for the lack of trying), I do plan on staying up late or getting up early to try to see the Perseid meteors 2020 this week.

Seeing Near and Far

The barred spiral galaxy known as NGC 4907 shows its starry face from 270 million light-years away to anyone who can see it from the Northern Hemisphere. This is a new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of the face-on galaxy, displaying its beautiful spiral arms, wound loosely around its central bright bar of stars.

Shining brightly below the galaxy is a star that is actually within our own Milky Way galaxy. This star appears much brighter than the billions of stars in NGC 4907 as it is 100,000 times closer, residing only 2,500 light-years away.

NGC 4907 is also part of the Coma Cluster, a group of over 1,000 galaxies, some of which can be seen around NGC 4907 in this image. This massive cluster of galaxies lies within the constellation of Coma Berenices, which is named for the locks of Queen Berenice II of Egypt: the only constellation named after a historical person.

Text credit: ESA (European Space Agency)
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, M. Gregg

Happy Birthday to my wonderful wife and a few leftover photos

Posted By on August 12, 2020

Quarantine Birthday Card Happy Birthday Quarantine Card Self  EtsyIt is hard to believe, but it is that time of the summer already! Nope, not quite “back to school” time, but time to wish Brenda a Happy Birthday.BrendaAnnalynPool200808

In the year of COVID19 as the card front to the left says, we can’t go anywhere, but Happy Birthday.”

We’ll celebrate low-key at home since it is mid-week anyway, but I’ll use this birthday wish as an excuse to archive a couple more photos from last week and the weekend with the kids (we also celebrated with waffles and a homemade Bluebird house made by Annalyn and me on Saturday).

I “wasn’t” planning to include the “goggle-face” photos of Annalyn, but since Katelyn couldn’t stop laughing (or was it crying?) … I don’t want that memory to go unrecorded. I’m sure Annalyn will someday hate these photos, but as I recall … ever parent has one or two in their photo collections. Also … I still can’t believe how much Annalyn enjoys that old plastic swing from when Katelyn and Taylor were little kids.


Archive: Stay around home 2020 mini-vacation family photos

Posted By on August 11, 2020


With our family in town last week, it was a busy time. We enjoyed several outings, good food and plenty of pool time. Annalyn has really grown to enjoy swimming and playing in the yard. AnnalynRich_phonemaskShe loves the swing (Bompa needs to work on a bigger one) and riding the bike with training wheels to the back gate – it is a perfect spot.


Annalyn also worked on a few “projects” with me and gave a new Carpenter Bee Catcher to her mom and a Bluebird house to Oma and one for mommy. Ellerie was super content to watch her sister and all the goings-on and did a pretty good job of sleeping. I still think Katelyn and Drew left tired?


We ventured out into the Coronavirus world a couple of times and enjoyed some take-out food, hiking and a visit to Pyramid Hill Park and were lucky enough to get the last golf cart (thanks Drew and Katelyn, that really was helpful with Brenda’s back issue).


I probably should mention knocking off a stop on the Butler County Donut Trail too … although I didn’t really need donuts! (we did Holtman’s Donuts this time).


… and just a few more below …


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.
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