Brenda takes a turn at babysitting our granddaughter

| September 20, 2017

One of the biggest challenges for parents who have careers that take them outside the home is how to take care of your baby? It was the biggest challenge Brenda and I faced when we had children in the 1980s … and the emotional issue is the same today. Katelyn and Drew are fortunate to […]

New Avin Android based Nav PLUS display for BMW X5 35d

| September 19, 2017

A successful install after receiving the Andrew Rodriguez “group buy” iDrive Android Avin replacement for my BMW X5 35d on Saturday. It was a bit intimidating seeing the bundles of wires and 4″x4″ instruction sheet. But after disassembling the dash, most of the plug n play was very smooth. If there would have been a […]

Once upon a time I drove a couple 1980s Chevrolet Celebrities

| September 17, 2017

One of these days I’m planning to archive a post that summarizes all the cars I’ve owned. One that I had forgotten was a favorite "company supplied car" when I worked in purchasing and sales at Knight-Ridder/Portage Newspaper Supply out of Akron, Ohio in the early to mid-1980s. The first car was a white Chevrolet […]

Enjoyed babysitting Annalyn in Perrysburg for a couple days

| September 16, 2017

This past week had me visiting Katelyn and Drew in order to lend a hand with babysitting Annalyn. It was a good time for me to bond one-on-one with my 6 month old granddaughter and I know Brenda will enjoy her time too (Drew’s mom is already hooked). Annalyn and I followed “mommy’s” schedule as […]

TechFriday: What is new with the Apple iPhone X (ten)?

| September 15, 2017

So you want the new iPhoneX? Wouldn’t that be nice, but can you handle the new features? A BIG sharp OLED screen = 5.8 inch. Glass front and back. Stainless steel. Wireless charging. Home-button-less swipe gestures. Animoji expressions. iMessage ApplyPay Four-core CPU 70% faster than the A10 A11 capable of 600B operations/sec. Three-core GPU that […]

Fishing and hauling big things with a small pickup in Australia

| September 6, 2017

Everybody knows that "down under" things are a little bit different … even snakes have learned to creatively fish different than most I have observed in the U.S. How many "large" dangerous looking snakes have you seen plucking a large catfish out of the water by hanging from a branch??? Snakes aren’t the only creatures […]

Remembering Summer and my childhood on Lake Erie #TBT

| August 31, 2017

As I reflect on this past weekend with family and as summer comes to a close, a Throwback Thursday #TBT mental image and old photo reminds me of just how idyllic my own childhood was. Brenda and I hope we replicated that for our own children and are now doing our best to be the […]

Family weekend, a new Volkswagen and the prodigal son returns

| August 29, 2017

Finally … I’m getting around to posting a few photos from our 4 day weekend here in Cincinnati with Annalyn (Katelyn and Drew too)! We had a near perfect weekend weather-wise, unlike those in east Texas getting drenched and flooded by Hurricane Harvey. Part of our “swimming weekend” was getting Annalyn use to the pool […]

Those cute chameleons are not as cute when they are lizards!

| August 26, 2017

A month or so ago I blogged that the small little chameleons that ran around the condo in Delray Beach, Florida have grown up and "moved next door" … BUT thankfully they are not the ones this homeowner in Australia deals with! Yikes! Photo (above) from July 2017 at the Delray Beach, Florida condo — new […]

TechFriday: Testing the portrait-mode on the iPhone 7 Plus

| August 25, 2017

While listening to the early comments from the technology pages and news programs regarding Samsung (Galaxy Note 8) and Apple (iPhone 8 – ???)releasing their new smartphone models, I realized there are features I haven’t used much. One of the camera upgrades coming to the new Samsung Note 8 phone is a portrait mode like […]

Making a Maple High Chair to match our New Maple Kitchen

| August 24, 2017

With a quickly growing granddaughter and new kitchen “cabinet height” eating area, the plan was to build a high chair to match the maple cabinets. I already purchased the paint for the corner cabinet modifications, so figured it wouldn’t take much to whip up an appropriate sized chair for Annalyn – WRONG. The original plans […]

Can Sharks Read? #surfing

| August 23, 2017

Quick time-lapse attempt to photograph Solar Eclipse 2017

| August 22, 2017

For the good photos check in with NASA (above) or a professional photographer who travels to the optimal locations and spends more than 5 minutes taping a welding filter to his camera … for a less than perfect “time-lapse” solar eclipse attempt, check my photos below. It was at least fun to mark the occasion; […]

Chastised for not updating on grandparenthood

| August 20, 2017

Dar Jones, an out of state friend of ours regularly checks my blog and mentioned that I’ve been lax in my grand-parenting duties in updating photos of my granddaughter Annalyn … at least as a new grandfather. Personal items and photos are likely the only items of interest to her on my blog (HA!) Since […]

Racing in Daytona Beach – my dad’s photo from 1950

| August 16, 2017

Another photo (above) from my an envelope containing a few of my dad’s trips before meeting my mom … interesting to think about the history of stock car racing in Daytona Beach Florida. Back in the early 1950s the beach and A-1-A were used at the straightaways and a grandstand at the corner. What I […]

Found a Camp Breckinridge boot camp poem – Korean War 1950s

| August 15, 2017

A couple of days ago I mentioned the passing of my father two short years ago. A day later my brother reminded me that it had been two years and sense it surprised him too. The thought of my dad had me move a pile of papers I’ve had in my office; we cleared them […]

A little more endless summer please

| August 13, 2017

What a beautiful weekend in Cincinnati “for August.” Warm days, reasonable humidity and cool evenings. What’s not to like?

Happy Birthday to my wife Brenda (hard to resist this cute turtle)

| August 12, 2017

Another year has passed and it is time to wish my wonderful wife Brenda a HAPPY BIRTHDAY… again. The year marked a few more changes in her life such as the passing of her mom in January and the birth of a first grandchild in March … but it is all part of traveling on […]

Thinking about my dad. Has it been two years?

| August 11, 2017

Tomorrow will be two years since my dad passed away, where does the time go?  His interest in cars was handed down to me and although we both approached it from different angles, we BOTH held a respect for how each enjoyed automobiles. I did not have had the same "spit and polish" love for […]

Family Fun Weekend with Annalyn in Cincinnati – part 2

| August 9, 2017

The primary purpose of the visit was for Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn to see Uncle Taylor at his place in East Walnut Hills and walk some of Cincinnati’s beautiful parks (Eden, Ault, etc). It was easier to stay at our house and so we enjoyed spending time with the whole family for a few days […]

Family Fun Weekend with Annalyn in Cincinnati – part 1

| August 8, 2017

We had a great family weekend at our house "north of Cincinnati" (see below) this past weekend and enjoy spending time with our granddaughter Annalyn. She 5 months already, which is hard to believe, but has my heart – she is as cute as they come. It was easier to stay at our house, but […]

Start one project and sidetracked to another

| August 6, 2017

While drilling a couple of precision holes, I notice the relatively new larger drill press table extension wiggled out of position if it was bumped. The problem was that it was designed to clamp to the small steel table that comes with most tabletop and floor stand drill presses. To correct I added a scrap […]

Pre-posted before our family weekend in Cincinnati

| August 5, 2017

It is hard to believe, but this will be the first time our granddaughter Annalyn comes to visit in Cincinnati. Shocking … 5 months and a first visit??? It will have to change. Since I’ll likely be preoccupied, here’s a Thursday night post for a Sunday filler after using the extra material from my Wicker […]

Key Lime Pie is a summer favorite

| August 5, 2017

Ok, so the limes I’m squeezing are not truly “Key Limes,” but the the finished product is just as good. One of the “get ready” items before having the kids home for the weekend was to squeeze the limes so Brenda could make 3 Key Lime pies. It is a big favorite in our family […]

The Kitchen Corner Cabinet is finally finished

| August 4, 2017

It has been a slow process and a while in coming, but the beveled glass and shelves finally came in last week in order to finish the kitchen cabinets. These items are part of the "improved" corner cabinet for Brenda. She wanted a more attractive beveled glass door (larger window) and glass shelves so that […]

The BlueMax blue poly pipe continues to haunt #home #repairs

| August 2, 2017

  Once again we’re dealing with BlueMax pipe (polybutylene plumbing), this time thankfully it is not on our nickel or is due to a flooded basement. I notice water bubbling from the water meter pit in our yard yesterday and after Butler County came out to look at the meter, he knew right away it […]

Beautiful Cincinnati skyline photo by my son Taylor

| August 1, 2017

Although "I" am suppose to be the photographer of the family, I think it might be time to hand over the duties to my son Taylor. He enjoys capturing beautiful photos and definitely has the eye for natural beauty – some impressive ones in Hawaii last year too! While on the subject of appreciating photos […]

Another great time with Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn

| July 31, 2017

I could get use to this … having our granddaughter Annalyn (and Katelyn and Drew) close enough to comfortably drive up and visit! Brenda and I drove up to Perrysburg "again" this weekend and enjoyed helping a little more with the unpacking and moving in process that likely will take another month. I’m not sure […]

Sailing Brenich out of Vermilion Ohio in the 1980s #TBT

| July 20, 2017

My son Taylor posted a few photos of his weekend with friends in Vermilion, Ohio and the background canals and homes triggered a Throwback Thursday #TBT memory for me. Before kids, Brenda and I owned a beautiful sailboat we named Brenich and kept it in Vermilion for the first year (subsequent in Huron) and haul […]

Encore is out of the water for some TLC

| July 16, 2017

It has been a little while since Encore has been on the hard and the bottom paint is worse than I thought or expected. Really disappointed to see a couple blisters reappear after the "shave, skim and epoxy barrier" a few years back. Looks like I’ll need to work on grinding out, drying and patching […]

New residents have moved next door in Florida

| July 14, 2017

This past week while in Florida to do a little boat work, as well as a repair item at the Delray Beach condo, I noticed several new residents – hm?  We have always had itty-bitty chameleons, but never the big lizards (or perhaps “medium” sized ones). This was a new surprise for me as I […]

Testing new iPhone7Plus camera & telephoto

| July 9, 2017

The new iPhone7 Plus is a bit too large for my taste at the moment, especially coming from the iPhone5. I like the speed and the bigger screen, but not the bulk, especially with the new protective case. So … I ordered thinner case (maybe too thin) that should be in this week, but since […]

A quick visit to Perrysburg Ohio to see Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn

| July 6, 2017

It is time to play a little catch-up again with the blog after the 4-day long Independence Day or Fourth of July weekend. Brenda worked a few of the hours so it did limit travel to a couple of days, but after talking with Katelyn and Drew it worked out well for us to drive […]

Our family settling into a new city with a house of their own

| July 2, 2017

In keeping with yesterday’s post about Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn moving back to Ohio from Minnesota, part of the plan and process was to try to find and close on a house so they could move straight from their Wayzata rented house to one of their own … no double move. The process wasn’t as […]

Congratulations Drew and welcome back home to Ohio

| July 1, 2017

A few years ago I shared that my daughter Katelyn and son-in-law were heading to Minnesota primarily for Drew’s University of Minnesota fellowship match in Hematology/Oncology. After 3-years of thoroughly enjoying their life in Wayzata, Minnesota … and having a baby … they are making the reverse trip back to Ohio. Both sets of parents/grandparents […]

Good times and great family memories in Florida #TBT

| June 22, 2017

It is too easy to stumble across great memories and think, "that would make for a great Throw Back Thursday #TBT post!" If I were to do that, there would be no end to "blog fillers" on Thursdays (or really on Wednesday evenings). Here’s a favorite photo of Katelyn and Taylor on a trip to […]

Painted heirloom wicker chairs on this Father’s Day weekend

| June 18, 2017

It is good day when projects get accomplished. Saturday was a sunny and dry for the painting of my GREAT grandparents’ two wicker chairs (unsure, but think they were from my Grandmother Ruth “Walker” Bluhm side). My Grandmother and Grandfather Bluhm used them for years on their Wright Avenue front porch in Toledo Ohio, then […]

Put out some baby powder to see what is sneaking around

| June 17, 2017

The population of rodents and critters has risen in the years we’ve been living in Liberty Township, Ohio. We have either encroach on the critters … or more likely encroached on the predators of the critters. In either case, we have more and more of them in our yard and boldly closing in on the […]

FaceTime with Annalyn and Mt Rushmore photos

| June 15, 2017

Not than any grandparent needs an excuse to gloat over a grandchild, but since Brenda and I both enjoyed the attention and smiles from Annalyn‘s FaceTime call this week, I’ll post a photo about it. She is 3 months old now and as cute as can be. From a new parents perspective (Katelyn and Drew’s) […]

Happy Birthday to my son and memories from the past

| June 10, 2017

Happy Birthday Taylor … I don’t think I could be prouder of the man you have become. Last year was a great one and the plans you have for this year are exciting as well.  I always look forward to our time together. One of the things my son and I share is our interest […]

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.