Thursday Tidbits: Getting a broken key out of a lock

Posted By on January 20, 2022

Give this heated candle or wax stick a try if you ever break a key off in a lock.

Workshop Wednesday: Frame-making and a crown molding jig

Posted By on January 19, 2022

CrownMoldingJig220112For the lack of a better subject line, this will be called a Workshop Wednesday post … even though I’m rarely in the workshop on Wednesdays (it was last weekend).

Anyway, I was busy making a jig to help cut the “cheap” (and I mean “cheaply made”) crown molding that I purchased from Wayfair for my home office. I’ve never mastered cutting crown moldings and can still recall laughing about one situation for years with my father-in-law while we were working on his late son’s gorgeous new house overlooking Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY. This was pre-Internet website help and both of us struggled for hours to get the cuts right and still never really figured it out. Even a few years ago when updating the condo kitchen, I felt like I was doing that same thing again – a good laugh though. Crown moldings are obviously one of those skills that you lose or forget if you aren’t doing them everyday.


Back to the “frame-making” part of this post. Since I framed the penguin painting back in 2019 for one granddaughter after our trip to the Newport Aquarium, I figured with a birthday coming up in February it was time to get last summers penguin art framed using my recycled printing galley tray wood for my second granddaughter.


Once again, Christmas gifts we use everyday from the kids

Posted By on January 18, 2022

GenerousSoapDispenser220113Well done again Katelyn,Drew, Megan and Taylor. Thank you.

Of all the “too many” gifts this year, you guys have managed to “once again” come up with great gifts. The automated and “generous” (inside joke) liquid hand soap dispenser is perfect for our kitchen. Brenda and I use it multiple times each day REICoopWoolSocksand find ourselves (like we did the toaster oven) wondering how we ever lived without it. The soap dispenser … along with my new premium REI wool socks from Taylor … were excellent 2021 Christmas gifts.

Music Monday: Men at Work – “Down Under” from 1981

Posted By on January 17, 2022

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New Alistair Begg Devotional content is now on my blog

Posted By on January 16, 2022

DevotionalLinkIt has been a little over a year since the syndicated Truth For Life page was added to my blog … and although I’ve not been “daily-diligent” in reading the Spurgeon Devotionals … I’m hoping having Alistair Begg’s devotionals in place of them might help? The new Truth For Life feed has recently been approved for members’ websites, so I am updating the small “Devotional” link on my “old-school”  text-based menu bar on My Desultory Blog.


… we’re excited to share this new syndicated content feature: You can now also display our new Alistair Begg Devotional on your web site!

Here’s an unstyled example of that new syndicated devotional content from Alistair Begg. You’ll find that it adapts well to the styling of your particular web site, as does all the syndicated content from Truth For Life.

Quote filler: François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire

Posted By on January 15, 2022

The post this morning was of thefriends and family variety … and is not viewable unless you’re logged in. So for those Votaire_criticizequotevisiting My Desultory Blog this Saturday afternoon, here’s a François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, politically oriented quote as an afternoon blog filler and to encourage registering.

To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

Perhaps you are a regular reader and are okay with occasional personal “friends and family” content … if so, here’s some encouragement to register and log in.

Archive: Hardly artwork but memories with my granddaughters

Posted By on January 15, 2022

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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.
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