First Snow December 1st 2020 … and another backyard accident

Posted By on December 2, 2020


December 2020 rolled in with a light white blanket of snow and colder weather to let us know that winter is probably here for a while. AnotherBackyardAccident_aniI can’t say that I’m looking forward to the temperature change, but I really don’t mind the hushed beauty of a “new-fallen snow” as Clement Clarke Moore wrote in his poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (poem below).

All was not without incident though … as there was another early morning accident on the Bethany Road. Thankfully no injuries, but 3 cars off the road … two on the opposite side and one behind our fence (no damage this time). The deputy sheriff and tow trucks were there with the hour. I took advantage of the early morning walk to haul back a couple broken “large” pine boughs and found myself more winded that I ever remember? I don’t want to admit it, but aging is not only a state of mind.


Our family is getting into the 2020 Christmas decorating spirit

Posted By on December 1, 2020

TaylorAptEastWalnutHillsOH_201129Last weekend must have been the time to start getting into the Christmas spirit? I was busy getting the wreaths and window candles up (and last of the leaves raked and hauled), Katelyn, Drew, Annalyn and Ellerie were on their Christmas tree outing adventure and Taylor and Megan were adding some decorations to Taylor’s apartment in East Walnut Hills (our wreath photo above left – Taylor’s apartment windows photo above right).


For my part I put the large wreath up three times … the first two were fighting to get the lights working and the third after tearing all the old lights off and putting on 200 new miniature lights … no not LED yet.

Brenda and I also enjoyed Taylor and Megan bringing over some Thanksgiving pie on Friday … that they also enjoyed while decorating their tree over the weekend.


I also thought the photos from Drew and Annalyn were great too … so I’m archiving these from their Friday trip to the Toledo Art Museum (Yayoi Kusama, Fireflies on the Water exhibit).



Music Monday: Led Zeppelin and “Stairway to Heaven”

Posted By on November 30, 2020

Today’s Music Monday song is due to the minor chastising from my friend Mark Jones last week. He’s been picking up a few old albums for his record collection and to play on his Crosley record player mentioned beforeand because I wanted to wish him a Happy Birthday today. Happy Birthday, Mark! 

One of the album covers he sent a photo of was a Led Zeppelin IV album he found at an old record shop. I commented back that I definitely recognized it, but that I was not really a Led Zeppelin fan back in the day. Of course, he questioned how I could NOT be a fan … and threw the song “Stairway to Heaven” in my face. He has a good point … so I’ll include the YouTube video for him (and for me).

Thoughts on ‘battery drain’ with the Ridgid 18V USB accessory

Posted By on November 29, 2020

RidgidUSBCharger18v9AhBattery201120Don’t tell anyone, but while shopping for “my” Christmas gift from Brenda (below … and yes, she sent me out to get it). So I added a Ridgid 18V USB charging attachment for my inconvenience. Ha! After returning home, I tried it out, but for the record, I didn’t open my actual gift. So far, so good … although I had thought my biggest Ridgid 9Ah battery would last a bit longer after charging only an iPhone and an iPad?


Believe it or not, I started with a full charge in the 9Ah lithium ion battery, but after charging both devices, I only had 50% left in the battery (my LED 9W light attachment I’ve used when “playing Trolls with Annalyn” last for over 24 hours). It is hard to believe that this USB charging device would drain the battery that fast… perhaps it isn’t all that efficient? I have found that the smaller “cheap” stick chargers I keep in my computer bag, or my “jump-starter battery booster pack,” last far longer at least connected to my iPhone (I’ve never tried them with an iPad).

Point being, I’m not sure I would recommend spending $21 on the USB device it. The GEN5X 18-volt Flexible Dual-Mode LED Work Light has yet to be tested. (after Christmas, perhaps?)


Love the audio Bible reading on the Truth For Life devotional

Posted By on November 28, 2020

Although I’ve worked with my friend Pastor Keith Thomas on his site for years, I’ve been happy for him that his daughter has taken on the volunteer job of webmaster. As I warned him, DevotionalLinkbe careful when it comes to maintaining the day to day site management … as once the new design ambition wears off and life gets in the way, finding someone to pick up the pieces can be a headache (usual that’s when it is time for a redesign).
Speaking of Bible Study websites, I recently blogged about adding the syndicated Truth For Life / Alistair Begg daily Devotional link to the main menu bar of my blog. I’ve found that the daily read is made easier with the audio helper when it comes to daily Bible reading. Give it a try if you’ve ever wanted to read through the 1Chronicles22Bible in a set period of time … or if you just prefer audio while reading a passage.



Tech Friday: Setting up ubuntu server on an older Raspberry Pi 3

Posted By on November 27, 2020


It is not uncommon for me to head down a rabbit hole when learning a little more about Hugo the fast static site generator (SSG). The experimenting from a few weeks ago on a 64-bit Linux ubuntu server had me wondering if it might work on a Raspberry Pi. Unfortunately with Raspian, the normal Linux install on the Pi, it will not work. So that moved me to a lightweight headless ubuntu server install which is now available.


linuxbrewAfter going through the motions to get a normal LAMP install up and live, I could not get Homebrew or Linuxbrew to install. Depressing … if I were more ambitious, I might try harder.

Raspberry Pi

Linuxbrew can run on Raspberry Pi (32-bit ARM), but no binary packages (bottles) are available. Support for Raspberry Pi is on a best-effort basis. Pull requests are welcome to improve the experience on Raspberry Pi.

32-bit x86

Linuxbrew does not currently support 32-bit x86 platforms. It would be possible for Linuxbrew to work on 32-bit x86 platforms with some effort. An interested and dedicated person could maintain a fork of Homebrew to develop support for 32-bit x86.


Memories of Grandmothers and Aprons plus photos #TBT

Posted By on November 26, 2020

happythanksgiving_thumbSince I’m pre-writing this by a few days for Throwback Thursday #TBT, I realized just before post it that  it will also be Thanksgiving on Thursday. Our family won’t be getting together as usual (same for a lot of families for a COVID19 resurgence), but ours was planned that way since we rotate holidays; Katelyn, Drew, Annalyn and Ellerie will be with the Oostras this year.


Ok .. so I didn’t quickly find a photo of either of my grandmothers with an “apron,” but I can guarantee you that my Grandma Bluhm had it ‘on’ more than she had it ‘off’ … and I am almost positive the same could be said for Brenda’s Granny Howard. Nevertheless, I’ll archive a couple photos from DadC’s slides of me and my Grandma and Grandpa Bluhm before sharing the “Grandmothers and Aprons” story below (and all the grandkids above: Bob, Ron, Diane and me with glasses). 


GpaGmaBluhm_RichChrismas1961cNow for the story that was shared on a friend’s Facebook page, but almost everyone my age either remembers a grandmother, relative or family friend who resembles a grandmother wearing an apron.

If this doesn’t bring fond Throwback Thursday memories to you, then I feel sorry for you … you really missed out.

Grandmothers and Aprons

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is. The principle use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. GrandmothersAndApronsIt was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw. They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron. I don’t think I ever caught anything from an apron – but love

– author unknown

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron’ that served so many purposes.

Send this to those who would know (and love) the story about Grandma’s aprons.

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