Spoiling our granddaughter by taking her to The Cone!

| May 12, 2018

Spending a few days with the family and our granddaughter Annalyn has got to be one of the best things about our stage of life. We had a good time spoiling her by doing a few "local to Liberty Twp/West Chester, Ohio" thngs like getting ice cream at The Cone and trying out a "new […]

Weekend project: A few more staircase safety items for Annalyn

| May 7, 2018

Now that our granddaughter is walking around much FASTER, the staircases in our house are high priority safety fixes for her visits. We liked the “nautical flavored” ones that I put up for Katelyn and Taylor in Hudson Ohio, so I am duplicating them. Although I already set up a “gate”  heading to the basement, […]

Archive: A couple more photos from the condo kitchen update

| May 5, 2018

Just a couple more panarama catch-up photos for the archive from the updates to the condo kitchen. Brenda has been a great help and we both "enjoyed" working together.

Archive: A couple new updated condo kitchen photos

| May 2, 2018

The new Hitachi miter saw put to use on the condo kitchen crown molding … and a little paint finally being applied by Brenda. Wanted to get these couple new Ikea kitchen photos archived before they are lost.

New 12-inch Hitachi miter saw. An early birthday present to me.

| May 1, 2018

New tools are my jewelry when it comes to presents … and Brenda agreed to buy me a new 12" Hitachi sliding compound miter saw so I could more easily work on a couple of projects (after promising to do them this year). Hm, what have I gotten myself into??? The first project is to […]

Semi unifying photo after the passing of First Lady Barbara Bush

| April 25, 2018

We live in a highly partisan time, where our differences seem to matter more than our similarities … they shouldn’t. So as can happen after the passing of the highly respected First Lady Barbara Bush, age 92 last week, people and leaders come together to show their respect for her and her family. It is […]

Annalyn was dedicated at Waterville Community Church

| April 24, 2018

The four grandparents (BR & BR — Barb, Randy, Brenda and Rich) enjoyed being with Katelyn and Drew as they dedicated Annalyn at church this past Sunday morning – April 22, 2018. Knowing that they have publically vowed to raise their daughter with the help of their church family at Waterville Community Church in the […]

Be bold and change the world

| April 23, 2018

It is impressive what can be accomplished with a little boldness …

Congratulations to Taylor’s friend Alicia and Laureano

| April 18, 2018

I have teased my “good humored” son far too long about his “girlfriend” from Wayzata Minnesota a few years ago (click here for old photo). So with that “old joke” aside, I think it is about time to officially include his friend Megan on the blog and mention we are excited to see them spending a […]

Returning to nautical flavored child safety gates for the stairs

| April 15, 2018

Now that our granddaughter Annalyn is walking, our THREE (ugh!) hardwood staircases are serious safety hazards. We thought about the normal commercial gates, but Brenda mentioned she really liked the nautical sailing ones that I made for our kids when they were little tykes in Hudson, Ohio (a lame attempt at a reference to the […]

Remotes, remodeling and a day leftover for Encore

| April 14, 2018

This past week has been a busy one for me. I was off to Florida for a few days to check on the condo in Delray Beach after our winter renter and to start the demolition of the kitchen. It is a project that is way past due and I’m not sure I know exactly […]

iPhone photography and seeing signs of spring

| April 3, 2018

The other day I mentioned “selective focus” as a photography technique to my son … so I took advantage of the low light and ugly rainy weather to use the “longer x2 lens”on the iPhone7plus to hide the ugliness. The telephoto lens on any camera, especially in closer up photography), is that it is easy […]

Congratulations to my niece Madison and husband Nathan

| March 29, 2018

It is exciting to share the happy moment of a birth … especially when it is a member of our family who really has wanted a baby. Brenda and I are SO very happy for Madison and Nathan … as well as grandma and grandpa Skinner (Brenda’s sister Chris/Jerry). Riley Howard Kling did not arrive […]

Found a great #TBT photo when deleting emails for space

| March 29, 2018

After noticing once again my business email box pushing the limit on storage, I did the normal "sort by size" in order to delete old and unneeded larger emails with hefty attachments. This is a common practice for me as several times each month my servers automatically back-up databases and email a .ZIP archive and […]

One of our narcissistic doves seems to like taking a #selfie

| March 28, 2018

We have a couple of Canary cams in our home and they constantly trigger for one thing or the other. I’m still having problems with one of them sending “Person spotted in Away mode” which usually means my iPhone has not been detected as being “home.” I’ve tweaked the setting, played with masks, double and triple […]

A baby shower and babysitting fun for Bompa with Annalyn

| March 26, 2018

We had a great weekend with Annalyn and Katelyn at our house for niece/cousin Madison‘s baby shower here in Cincinnati. Since Katelyn arrived on Friday, it gave us an extended weekend together … and “Daddy Drew“ a weekend “off” to both catch up on work (and hospital rounds) and probably a little sick to his […]

What a difference in a few hours – weather and a Spring Snow

| March 21, 2018

Pulled up Tuesday 3/20/2018 afternoon’s Raspberry Pi Cam photo of the backyard and Wednesday 3/21/2018 morning’s images (click for larger) — what a different a few hours makes.

Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn are home, but I doubt rested?

| March 18, 2018

Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn are back from their busy trip to San Diego. It is great to see them taking advantage of their medical conference trips and extend them into a fun family time. Katelyn was a bit nervous flying alone with a 1-year old to meet up with Drew after his conference, but it […]

When it comes to kiddos, ours were the cutest … until now!

| March 10, 2018

There was a day that I thought my two kiddos, Katelyn (below) and Taylor (above) were by far the cutest little munchkins … but I’ve decided that I was wrong. My granddaughter Annalyn (right) is DEFINITELY the cutest one around by a long shot.   I’m sure there are a few other grandparents who know […]

Fantastic sperm whale and diver photo … if it is real?

| March 9, 2018

One never knows anymore if photos are real or Photoshopped .. . but this filler post photo of a sperm whale and snorkeling photographer is amazing.

The crystal pendant lights, china and big knobs are growing on me

| March 3, 2018

The new kitchen décor favored by Brenda is growing on me. Initially I fought the oversized glass crystal cabinet knobs (more expensive) and three rather than two crystal oriented pendant lights (I had already wired for two and had to add a third – $$$), as well as the excessive number of cut glass drinking […]

Archiving a famous portrait (cough, cough) and #TBT photo

| March 1, 2018

I’m chuckling at the “famous portrait” subject line, but then again, how many people actually have a portrait of themselves painted by an artist? (might as well make this a ThrowBack Thursday #TBT post) My grandmother, Ruth Walker Bluhm, was an artist and painted a portrait of her first grandson in the 1960s. She was […]

Archiving a couple Red River Gorge photos from Taylor

| February 27, 2018

  As mentioned before, it is great to see my son Taylor enjoying a couple of my interests or hobbies like hiking and photography when I was younger (actually I still enjoy them). Ignoring the lousy weather (we had a lot of rain and flooding), he ended up hiking with "a friend" (?) at a […]

When you smile, be sure to show some teeth. #sharks

| February 22, 2018

Can’t go wrong with a Great White Shark blog filler photo … although it looks a bit modified (who knows anymore)?

Not much interest in watching the 2018 Winter Olympics?

| February 20, 2018

We really haven’t paid much attention to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, but we did watch a bit of the figure skating the other night (amazing quads) and do enjoy some of the great photos showing up online. Check out this one of Akwasi Frimpong’s Skeleton Debut! Source: Ghana’s Skeleton Hero – The Atlantic

A mellow Music Monday: Some David Gates and a marina sunrise

| February 19, 2018

Although I’m no longer enjoying the warm weather and beautiful sunrises (from Encore‘s cockpit on photo left), last week’s trip was a positive one as I accomplished what I indented to get done; a successful splash and back in the water, as well as checking on the Delray Condo renters and a visit with old […]

What do you get when you add an outboard motor to your SUP?

| February 16, 2018

This might be one of the greatest SUP, Longboard, Kayak, Dinghy "mashup" ideas around … I could see myself working on this kind of project! (thanks Dane)

Happy Valentine’s Day to my three special Valentines

| February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day to my wife Brenda, daughter Katelyn and to Annalyn on her first Valentine’s Day (but don’t read this Dark Origins Of Valentine’s Day history!) It’s not that I forget or take lightly my wife and daughter, but it is hard to beat thinking about my granddaughter as my special “smallest and sweetest” […]

Finished assembling seating for our home theater – almost done

| February 11, 2018

iPhone panoramic of home theater from the rear Finally the correct seat came in and I was able to assemble the last of our eight home theater seats for the home archive. The sizing and spacing is near perfect and even without the riser that I am planning to add to the rear row, the […]

Trash collectors have a tough job in more ways than one

| February 6, 2018

There is good money in collecting garbage, but I don’t see many high school guidance departments "guiding" students into choosing it as a career aspiration. Perhaps owning or managing the company isn’t too bad, but the hours and pitfalls facing those doing the grunt work isn’t all that appealing. Monday morning our trash collector cut […]

Hospitality of good friends and a Bundt Cake Breakfast #recipe

| February 1, 2018

It sure is nice to have friends like Mark and Dar to impose on when traveling … although I KNOW they would say I was invited and was not an imposition (the mark of true friends!) They put me up at what I now refer to as the "Jones B&B" as they always feed me […]

An impressive final Supermoon of the trilogy (see previous post)

| January 31, 2018

I haven’t been wielding my camera around much lately as it is so much easier to whip out the iPhone and take a photo or some video … but occasionally there’s a subject that can’t be photographed easily with a smartphone or even with a DSLR. Here was my quick attempt last night with the […]

Playing games on a smartphone while attending SOTU2018

| January 31, 2018

What was your representative doing during last night’s State Of The Union address … hopefully not playing Candy Crush on a smartphone like Michigan’s Democratic Representative Brenda Lawrence?

If laughter is good medicine, we are pretty drugged up :-)

| January 27, 2018

Brenda and I had a great time visiting with Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn this past week as they invited us up to see the comedian/ ventriloquist Jeff Dunham. We have all been to his show before and I believe this was Katelyn’s 3rd time? Our previous was years ago in a much smaller venue, acomedy […]

Who is this revered and famous American President? #TBT

| January 25, 2018

Throwback Thursday #TBT photos usually have to do with oneself or at least something from our own lifetime. I’m archiving a unique photo of this great American leader (the first known of him in 1840), as I wanted to save it to my blog. Most of us study our US Presidents in school, but usually […]

Watching the weather map while watching our little bebopper

| January 22, 2018

With a bit of driving coming up this week, it is a good time to start thinking about travel plans and winter weather. The heavy snows may not make it to Ohio, but generally this time of year we’ll get at least a taste of what those in the “true middle” of the country are […]

A beautiful sunset looking west towards downtown Cincinnati

| January 17, 2018

Taylor continues to impress me with his enjoying photography. Above is a recent photo (click for larger) he sent me overlooking Cincinnati along the Ohio River – another beautiful sunset photo. I told him that I was going to start encoding them with a digital watermark they are so nice. I’d like to think of […]

Our granddaughter Annalyn is now 10 months old!

| January 7, 2018

Even though we have two children, and I do remember them growing up fast, I am still surprised in watching the month to month changes in our granddaughter Annalyn. Katelyn forwarded a short video clip (below) from her 10th month “card photo” and I wanted to archive it just as the other photos and video this […]

It may be winter in Cincinnati, but better here than in Savannah

| January 4, 2018

The new year has certainly started out cold in Cincinnati. We’ve been below zero every night this week and now that the frozen pipe is behind me (I hope), I was able to get back to some sense of a normal routine since I put off meetings and a pile of work until after the […]

Thrifty souls unite – a snap fix for a broken zipper

| January 2, 2018

Ok … so this nautical fix has not been endorsed by my wife, in fact, she will not be seen with me from wearing these pants in public ever again … although like most women,  I’m not sure she is fond of cargo pants anyway? My Eddie Bauer flannel lined winter cargo pants are a […]

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.