Time mellows the moment – The Great Christmas Tree Disaster

here’s the full Christmas tree disaster story: Taylor and I (the men) have always been tasked with getting our yearly Christmas tree; it was cutting and hauling our Charlie Brown…

A limited Corbett–Oostra family Christmas photo recap for 2018

…before I forget them and they get squirreled away in a photo folder or cloud storage archive on the computer. … and now we know why the Christmas dinner potatoes…

Christmas Morning 2018 Time-lapse

Christmas morning. His effort was a little bit too fast for me to watch … so I stretched out the MP4 clip to last almost 30 seconds (it is still…

Christmas 2018 project photos – a Maple Piggy Bank for Annalyn

Slideshow of photos below…

Merry Christmas 2018–May you have peace, hope, joy and love.

…the yearly Corbett Christmas Letter share, I will archive it along sending my best wishes to you and your family — Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Click for…

Music Monday: Merry Christmas from the Family

How about a classic … Merry Christmas from the Family … first recorded by the “alternative country music” artist Robert Earl Keene in 1994 (below is a live version from…

Christmas prep and my iMac is still recovering from surgery

Although Brenda and I are making steady progress in getting things ready for Christmas, the iMac surgery mentioned yesterday did not go as smoothly as planned, but at least I…

Music Monday: Gordon Lightfoot singing Carefree Highway

Digging back into the archives to unpack a few outdoor Christmas decorations had me remembering my high school friend Charlie and when we were taking the ‘fiberpile’ out sailing in…

As grandparents, what would we do without smartphones?

…to take screenshots of and archive. We are sure anxious to see Annalyn for Christmas … and it doesn’t look like we are the only ones looking forward to Christmas!…

Music Monday: From the Beatles to the Sheatles

…Little         Help From My Friends Even better … The Wonder Years was inspired by my favorite holiday television show … A Christmas Story! From the coming-of-age…

Happy Birthday Annalyn – my granddaughter is ONE already!

…blocks (Christmas present 2017). Instead I opted to modify an IKEA easel by using a little West System epoxy to attached a galvanized metal sheet to the whiteboard area AND…

Tech Friday: A 2nd Amazon Echo – the Dot now streams music

Our daughter and son-in-law gave us an Amazon Echo Dot for Christmas this past year. I have thoroughly enjoyed playing with it and have connected it to enough lights, plugs,…

Music Monday: A new Bible & the impressive Amazon Echo Dot

Our Amazon Echo Dot Christmas gift is the gift that keeps on giving now that I’m learning new “skills.” There isn’t anything earth-shattering it is currently doing, but the “easy”…

Archive: Corbetts and Oostras had a wonderful family Christmas

first Christmas as the torch passes to the next generation in having Annalyn’s first Christmas. She was terrific and seemed to enjoy every minute. A few of the highlights were:…

Christmas Music Monday: Merry old semi-nautical carol

Christmas songs was “Angel’s Hymn in 129 at a Christmas service in Rome. Another famous early Christmas Hymn was written in 760, by Comas of Jerusalem, for the Greek Orthodox…

Stopping to take a house photo on my way up the driveway

Just a beautiful sky (photos doesn’t do it justice) as the new LED Christmas spots and candle lights pop on as I head up the driveway. Good for the blog…

Another memory with friends of our 1st Christmas together #TBT

Although my memory is a little bit foggy, Brenda and I probably saw each other a couple of Christmas’s prior our first Christmas? We were dating in 1980 and engaged…

Our first Christmas as husband and wife #TBT

year of marriage and our first Christmas. We both remember it fondly since it was a relatively minimalist Christmas. The tree came from Brenda’s dad’s property from his hundreds if…

Merry Christmas 2017 from our family to your family

here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas 2017 and click image below for our 2017 Corbett Christmas Letter (EDIT: also archiving Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn Oostra’s 2017 Christmas Card to us)….

Music Monday: Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Canon

…as they will be downtown Cincinnati at the US Bank Arena on December 21st … but for now, I’ll just enjoy a taste.   Trans-Siberian Orchestra     Christmas Canon…

Christmas decorating and closing the pool in the same weekend

It is hard to believe, but I finally winterized the pool and in the same weekend brought home a Christmas tree, put the wreathes up and modified the lighting we…

Peak Design Messenger Camera bag TEST video

I’m feeling guilty about receive a Christmas present from my daughter and son-in-law after realizing the price ($$$). I mistakenly admired a bag Drew’s brother demonstrated to me when they…

Christmas in Minnesota as a family

After a bit of a delay in maintaining daily blog posts, Brenda, Taylor and I returned from our family Christmas with Katelyn and Drew in Wayzata, MN on Monday night….

Out to Christmas Eve dinner in Wayzata Minnesota

Adding a couple catch-up photos to the mix after driving the BMW X5 35d (26.1 mpg) up for a busy Christmas weekend with Katelyn, Drew and Taylor in Wayzata, Minnesota….

Getting in the Christmas spirit. This is so very wrong —

Christmas morning is almost here so I need to get this out of my system before getting together with Drew and my “soon to be a mom” daughter Katelyn. For…

Merry Christmas and God bless all of us on the good Earth

our “good Earth.” — The Apollo 8 Christmas Eve Broadcast Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the Moon, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968. That evening,…

Tis the season … for our annual Corbett Christmas Letter 2016

…As is tradition, I’m archiving our annual Christmas Letter 2016 (PDF) with all the previous years of Corbett Christmas Letters … and would like to wish all who visit these…

Winding down the family Christmas time together

…hoping that with the Time Warner app that I’ll be able to stream most of the same channels we receive on cable over the Internet feed? What a great Christmas!…

Christmas 2015 – a family time

We had a wonderful family time on Christmas day. Taylor came after work on Christmas Eve day and Katelyn and Drew drove from Minneapolis after a half day of work…

Twas the Night before Christmas … and to all a Good-Night!

   Nearly 200 years ago, Clement Clarke Moore “wrote” (still debated) a Christmas poem for his children, not realizing it would later be published and become the classic we all…

The obligatory family Christmas tree photo for 2015

It is time to post the annual Christmas tree photo on the blog. I’m trying an evening pic with the iPhone … as steady as I can? The tree is…

Cincinnati is not going to see a White Christmas for 2015

Merry Christmas 2015 — Wow, 33 yrs of Corbett Christmas Letters

what is really important. I know, easier said than done. For us, part of the Christmas preparation is sending Christmas cards and our annual Christmas letter to our family and…

A little progress on the shop woodstove

Well I really am working on getting ready for Christmas this weekend, but wanted to post an updated photo as the dry-stack brick project in the poolhouse/ garage. As mentioned…

Its almost Christmas and we did not decorate this year

It is shameful that Brenda and I have been too busy with “who knows what” to decorate or even put up a Christmas tree this year – the first time…

Our annual Christmas Card and Letter for 2014

yearly family update to the archive of yearly Corbett Christmas Letters. May you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Corbett Christmas Letter 2014 PDF…

Happy Thanksgiving–Do you have your Christmas tree yet?

I couldn’t believe it, but Katelyn and Drew have picked out and set up a real Christmas tree already. I know she is probably anxious for Christmas, but before a…

So Lonesome – Dome homes in Cape Romano Florida

…every Christmas break. I’d still like to get back there by sailboat and anchor for a few days …weeks … or maybe months … and just drop off the grid….

SOLD: Katelyn’s 2001 VW Jetta TDI and a family weekend

…on one account in order to maintain free shipping? A family who all travel in order to be together over Christmas ordered from a shared Amazon Wish List and had…

Reviewing Kona and Jamaica Blue Mountain coffees

…a friend or family member a pound or more of Kona coffee makes an excellent birthday gift. Perfect for your brother, sister, grandparents or friends. Christmas – buying Kona coffee…

Merry Christmas 2013 and a photobomb

What a wonderful time we had over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year. We were happy to have Taylor, Katelyn and Drew home together with us for a couple…

A Christmas greeting … humor!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-D1KVIuvjA&sns=em…

Corbett Christmas Letter number thirty-one — 2013

Merry Christmas to those who regularly read my “desultory” daily posts or may have just stumbled onto my blog. It has been a busy year and although my Google Analytics…

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas

We’re closing in on Christmas and it is beginning to look a little more festive around our house. I still have a few things to do, but at least the…

How not to overpay for airfare — 4 tips

Since I’m looking to bring my son home from North Dakota over Christmas, I figured it might be time to archive a list of shopping tips I copied and saved…

How to tell if you are mechanically inclined (semi-edited)

…possession is a Leatherman that you received for Christmas. Nothing says love like the gift of tools. There is a very large box in the corner of your garage filled…

Celebrating our later than usual family Christmas

It has been a busy end of the year, but spending the last couple of days with just the family was a great way to wind down 2012….

A subdued Christmas for 2012, but it is not over yet

We drove up to Columbus and enjoyed “catering” a Christmas dinner at Katelyn’s fiancé Drew’s house. The two of them (both in their residency) were working the night rotations ……

Merry Christmas – our slightly smaller 2012 Christmas tree

Our rapidly desquamating Christmas tree (photo) is barely holding on to its needles in hope of “A visit from St. Nicholas” on Christmas eve –although even bringing up the poem…

Merry Christmas 2012

peacefully (12/17) Returning to normal after the funeral (12/21) Our Christmas Tree (12/24) Catering Christmas dinner to Columbus (12/25) Celebrating our later than usual family Christmas (12/30) Along with gingerbread…

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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