A week of summer with Annalyn and Ellerie at our house

| July 11, 2021

Brenda and I had a great week with Annalyn and Ellerie after Katelyn and Drew headed back home after the Fourth of July family weekend. It was not without challenges as our two little girls do miss their mom and dad … but they (we) survived. Thankfully we smartly took the week off of work […]

Archive: Leftover personal family 4th of July weekend photos

| July 10, 2021

The Fourth of July 2021 has come and gone, but since we took a week of vacation this week and have our granddaughters, things like “posting to the blog” and resizing photos has taken a second seat to family. For Saturday’s post, here are a couple archived photos of the family last weekend as the  […]

Annalyn’s imagination and critter ‘picture week’ at our house

| June 11, 2021

When Annalyn and Ellerie were visiting in May, she helped me get out my live trap to “relocate” a raccoon or two (or more?) that has been climbing up on our house. Annalyn is so inquisitive and a real thinker when it comes to learning about something. She was so attentive when I showed her […]

Back to Perrysburg for Annalyn’s dance recital and babysitting

| May 28, 2021

Our family has been burning up the highway this past month, but it has been great to get together again with our granddaughters and of course Katelyn and Drew. We’ve had this dance recital planned for a while now, along with an extra day to help out with babysitting … and didn’t want to ruin […]

A Toledo Mud Hens game and Katelyn’s surprise birthday party

| May 26, 2021

As planned and mentioned in a weekend catch-up post yesterday, I’m archiving a few photos from a Sunday trip to Toledo for a 35th Birthday surprise our daughter Katelyn, thanks to her “sneaky” husband Drew (if she reads that word, I know she will smile). Everything came off without a hitch and our family decorated […]

Archive: Family photos from Katelyn’s birthday weekend

| May 18, 2021

We celebrated Katelyn’s 35th birthday this past weekend and enjoyed getting the family together at our house. Besides Katelyn growing up, our two granddaughters are a well. Taylor and Megan were up for steaks on the grill and then Taylor back on Sunday to work on his taxes. Drew and Katelyn went out for lunch […]

Happy 35th Birthday to our daughter Katelyn today – 5/14/2021

| May 14, 2021

Today is a special day … the day God gifted us a daughter. Our little girl Katelyn has been amazing since day one and she continues to make our lives better than we could have ever imagined and far better than we deserve. We’ll be celebrating Katelyn’s 35th birthday today in person since they’ll be […]

Flowers, some Kubota service and waking up the Packard Hawk

| May 11, 2021

This past Saturday was nice, but Sunday not so much (rain). It does seem like we are having unusually cool weather for this time of May? But 30-40 degree weather aside, Taylor did stop by to give me a hand with the pool cover since I don’t enjoy horsing it around by myself anymore as […]

Archive: A few saved family photos from the week that was …

| May 5, 2021

Received an email from a friend who said, “hey, there are no photo of you in your last week’s vacation post?” Hm, true .. and realized that this panorama is the nearest photo I have of me relaxing on the beach. But since our vacation is now in the rear view mirror, here are a […]

Double spline miters, my granddaughters and early drives #TBT

| April 8, 2021

With all the photos that I take, I can’t believe I didn’t snap a couple photos of the recent redwood framed games and puzzle woodworking projects I made for my granddaughters? Oh well, they turned out nice. I used my new “flat kerf” blade to make the corner miter joints stronger as well as decorative. […]

Archive: Granddaughter catch-up photos from this past week

| April 3, 2021

There’s not much of a question whether Annalyn and Ellerie had a good time this past week. The girls … and their mom and dad … are vacationing in sunny and warm Disney World in Orlando before heading further southwest to spend a few days with Drew’s parents at the beach. Of course I’m envious, […]

Worked on some spring yard clean-up over the weekend

| March 28, 2021

The 70 degree spring weather, and the high winds last week, begged me to load up the trailer with fallen sticks and starting a small burn pile (still too windy to burn the big pile). A thousand up and down stooping movements and bending-over toe touches has left me sore on Sunday … a sure […]

Ancestry and two cute St. Patrick’s Day granddaughter photos

| March 21, 2021

At one time I thought there might be a bit of Irish blood in my heritage mix, especially on the Corbett side, but an Ancestry.com DNA test in 2019 suggested that there was not. For some reason, I assumed the “known” Welsh family connection had some ties to Ireland, but there wasn’t even a percentage […]

Weekend mailbox project update and Annalyn’s first haircut

| March 14, 2021

Our old mailbox has lasted 26 years and considering it is cemented into a stone post that mostly matches what is in the neighborhood, replacing it with something else is not a option. A few people have repaired theirs, but it has been an expensive process requiring significant masonry work. Last year about this time, […]

Handy IFitIt tools for gadgets and Spring 2021 family photos

| March 13, 2021

Last week I need a small socket and as usual went out to the garage only to realized that even the smallest 1/4” Craftsman socket that I own was too big and bulky. Then I remembered the IFixIt tools Christmas gift my son gave me and voilà … an easy fit and fix. Thanks Taylor! The […]

Happy Birthday Annalyn. Thinking about my granddaughter.

| March 4, 2021

Annalyn putting on her Frozen (the Disney movie) Birthday dress last weekend EDIT 3/5/2021

Celebrating Ellerie (1) and Annalyn’s (4) Birthdays in Toledo

| March 2, 2021

It has sort of become a tradition to celebrate birthdays in Toledo with the Oostra family. We certainly enjoy getting together with everyone and regularly reflex on just how blessed we are as a family. I mentioned to Brenda that one of the greatest blessing in my life was marrying into the Howard family … […]

Happy Valentine’s Day to friends and family, especially my girls!

| February 14, 2021

Brenda packaged up a nice box of fun gifts for our granddaughters and they connected by FaceTime with high energy and happy faces – it was fun. Both Annalyn and Ellerie are camera “hams” and seem to enjoy what to them is a normal communication medium. I’m certainly enjoying the technology connection as it is […]

Do all grandparents love their grandchildren as much as I do?

| January 27, 2021

January 2021 is already getting away from me and after receiving a cute photo from Katelyn of “Ellerie’s first pony” (tail) in a text message, I realized just how fast time is whizzing by. Before I could do the comparison, she also sent me a side by side photo with Annalyn at Ellerie’s age, to […]

Our family Christmas 2020 and a few too many wrap-up photos

| December 29, 2020

It was great that the sun was shining in the new windows the day after Christmas, but the hot-spots did make for a challenging family photo in front of the tree (we ended up too busy and forgot to take on on Christmas day with all the presents). Nevertheless, we still wanted to take one […]

Merry Christmas to all who check in on My Desultory Blog

| December 25, 2020

Since it is now Christmas day, I will finally post a couple of the woodworking projects that I’ve been working on for gifts this year. Ellerie was my primary focus since I’ve made quite a few items for Annalyn in the past, but I’m trying not to leave anybody out either. So … for the […]

Our granddaughters are coming and new Great Room windows

| December 23, 2020

Marking time and happenings is sort of what My Desultory Blog has evolved into … or at least it seems that way lately (reminds me of the “Pacing the Cage” song). I have found that in hindsight I’ve been using the blog as a reference point for events and updates. It had become a good […]

Merry Christmas 2020 and wishing you a "Hopeful" New Year

| December 15, 2020

It has been a challenging year to say the least with the Coronavirus still raging in the US and around the world. So many lives, businesses and plans have been forever changed. Brenda and I just feel blessed to be surviving the pandemic and able to function in a day to day matter. We hear […]

Happy Birthday "daddy" Drew … and very good one he is!

| December 13, 2020

Although December is centered around Christmas and holiday preparations, it is also Drew’s birthday. As the years tick by, I’m sure he won’t mind one of two of them getting forgotten … but for now it is still Happy Birthday. (BTW, this was a great shot photo with Annalyn at the Toledo Art Museum and […]

Santa Mouse slippers, Christmas stories and Echo messages

| December 12, 2020

What grandparent doesn’t like getting voice messages (and photos) from their children and grandchildren? I sure love my granddaughters and enjoy using technology to stay in touch with them during this COVID 2020 year. Brenda, Katelyn, Drew and I use Facetime to talk each weekend, but I particularly enjoy asking questions and getting answers from […]

Our family is getting into the 2020 Christmas decorating spirit

| December 1, 2020

Last 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 […]

Ellerie’s Christmas project and decorating before Thanksgiving

| November 25, 2020

Christmas is fast approaching and it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet! Yikes. Brenda and our neighbor Pam are already putting up the decorations around our Evergreen Farm Estates neighborhood … something they have been doing for the last 20+ years. I think they enjoy doing it, even though it is time for someone else to join […]

Apple Mac announcement event this past week along with some fun babysitting Annalyn and Ellerie in Perrysburg, Ohio

| November 14, 2020

This was a big week for Apple who started their business selling computers. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 40 years, you know what a Macintosh computer is and just how important they are in living in the age of technology. Cellphones and tablets may have surpassed the personal computer for […]

Archive: 1958 Packard Hawk electrical issues, schematics and an Indian Summer bike ride for Annalyn and Ellerie

| November 12, 2020

The electrical woes on my dad’s 1958 Packard Hawk continue to dumbfound me. It is obvious from looking at the wiring schematics (archived below the break) that the car has had some rewiring done since tracking issues has been problematic. I did find one failed relay causing a problem with power windows. Once bypassing the […]

Family Filler: A couple of great leftover weekend photos

| November 4, 2020

Too much going on to post on the election so I’ll sit back and enjoy a couple a great leftover weekend photos from the family. First is a very happy Ellerie (Drew must have been on “hair duty” again) .. and an OSU loving Annalyn (although suspect she doesn’t watch the game?) Finally a belated […]

Waiting for a Halloween updates from my granddaughters

| November 1, 2020

While pre-starting a Happy Halloween archive post for 2020 amidst a limited trick or treating year due to COVID19, I will at least start with a few photos Katelyn and Drew sent of their preparation. I’m sure Annalyn is excited to at least “beg” for a little candy (probably just close neighbors) but it is […]

Ellerie was dedicated at Waterville Community Church

| October 27, 2020

Although in the “time of COVID19” things are different when it comes to gatherings, going to church, keeping a distance and wearing masks, we did get together with the Oostra family for Ellerie’s baby dedication. It seems like just yesterday we were together for Annalyn’s, but now she is a big sister. She has such […]

Archive: A couple family photos from this past week

| October 17, 2020

While Brenda and I zipped to Florida for a couple planned vacation get-away days, our family enjoyed the autumn weather change in Ohio. Taylor treated Megan to a birthday evening with a romantic evening and a fire in our outdoor fireplace and the Oostra family headed to Hocking Hills and a little hiking — Katelyn, […]

Most parents and grandparents have room for improvement

| October 11, 2020

I’m the first to admit, “I have plenty of shortcomings as a parent and grandparent,” … and I don’t think that I’m alone.  That said, focusing on our past mistakes and regret will do little to correct the past, not to mention won’t help our own psyche. Instead, we can look forward, learn from the […]

Archive: Some books to bookshelves and granddaughter photos

| October 6, 2020

The summer has slipped away and we are finally getting around to getting our boxes and bags of books back in the library/music room. Earlier this year I built some new bookshelves for the back wall that will house a lot of our books. I’ve been tossing and slowly organizing them, but Brenda has just […]

Great night sky viewing of the moon, Saturn and Jupiter

| September 28, 2020

As usual, my night celestial bodies viewing in person is SO MUCH BETTER than trying to capture the beautiful night sky with an iPhone (and older 7 model to boot) … but that doesn’t stop me from trying. Here’s a view of the rising moon, with the faint speck of Saturn about a 1/3 from […]

A couple granddaughter photos from Brenda’s babysitting

| September 22, 2020

Since Brenda (Oma) is babysitting up in Perrysburg for Katelyn and Drew, I thought I’d archive a couple photos from her day (although the one above is from Katelyn marking that Ellerie is now 7 months old). Since I’m writing this while eating my lunch on Monday, it is likely I’ll miss any afternoon photos, […]

Our granddaughter Ellerie has her first tooth … and big eyes!

| September 17, 2020

What kind of grandparent would I be to not include Ellerie’s first tooth on MyDesultoryBlog since I post on practically everything else? Katelyn mentioned in a phone call that Ellerie was teething and could see her first tooth the other day … so I requested she send a photo. Little did I know just how […]

Archive: Brenda’s flowers, busy working bees and babysitting

| September 9, 2020

It is a late day of posting a few photos and memories from babysitting on Tuesday. I drove up to Perrysburg on Labor Day and enjoyed a few hours with Katelyn, Drew, Annalyn and Ellerie together, then the next day, it was just the granddaughters and me. What a wonderful couple of girls … they […]

Assembling a simple (cough, cough) swing set for grandkids

| September 6, 2020

I was planning to hold off posting the progress from last weekend and a few evenings putting together a swing set  for Annalyn … and eventually Ellerie who is now 6 months old (the playset is sized for 3-10 year olds). I had thought Drew and Katelyn might be coming down over Labor Day, but […]

An updated shade sail photo and a granddaughter photo too

| August 28, 2020

I know … if you check-in on my blog regularly, you are tired of hearing about this shade sail awning project. But after the thunderstorms, wind and heavy rain this week I had to ‘trim the sails’ so to speak. So until the next time a storm comes through (likely the leftovers of Hurricane Laura […]

Happy Birthday to my wonderful wife and a few leftover photos

| August 12, 2020

It is hard to believe, but it is that time of the summer already! Nope, not quite “back to school” time, but time to wish Brenda a Happy Birthday. In the year of COVID19 as the card front to the left says, “we can’t go anywhere, but Happy Birthday.” We’ll celebrate low-key at home since […]

Archive: Stay around home 2020 mini-vacation family photos

| August 11, 2020

With our family in town last week, it was a busy time. We enjoyed several outings, good food and plenty of pool time. Annalyn has really grown to enjoy swimming and playing in the yard. She loves the swing (Bompa needs to work on a bigger one) and riding the bike with training wheels to […]

Someone’s Tesla is plugged into my 220VAC welding circuit?

| August 9, 2020

We had a great time with Katelyn, Drew, Annalyn and Ellerie as they visited for a mini-vacation, as my daughter called it (family photos archived later in the week). They drove the Tesla Model3 down from Perrysburg and were able to squeeze in two car seats, their luggage and a larger stroller. Impressive! Drew planned […]

Archive: Ellerie our 2nd granddaughter is 5 months old!

| July 26, 2020

What kind of grandparent would I be without using my personal blog to keep track of and archive photos of my grandchildren? This past week, Ellerie turned 5 months old … yes ALREADY! She is as happy and healthy as can be, thanks to having a loving big sister, pediatrician mom and great dad. Katelyn […]

Planning ahead for a stay-at-home visit with our granddaughter

| July 22, 2020

After making a Woodworking box-joint finger jig to use on the table saw earlier this month for a grandfather/granddaughter project, I worked at cutting the pieces of wood to make it more like a kit last weekend. This is all in anticipation of Annalyn’s summer visit in which she requested we make something for mommy int […]

Wouldn’t it be nice to cool off in the pool on hot summer days?

| July 10, 2020

It has definitely been sunny and warm this past week or so, but this kind of pool temperature is ridiculous! Whew, 89 degrees! I’ve been trying to keep up with brushing half the pool each evening in hope to stay ahead of any wall growth. Chemical balances look decent so far, but after my trip […]

Carpenter bee traps, a box joint finger jig and birdhouse ideas

| July 5, 2020

While I should be finishing up out taxes and figuring out how to pay what we owe … I instead found myself thinking about our granddaughters coming down later this summer and my promise to “build something for mommy” in the workshop (we made daddy a car when Annalyn stayed a week over Christmas last […]

Winding down June 2020 with a couple granddaughter photos

| June 30, 2020

Time to add a couple photos to close out June  2020 and mark the 4 month pediatrician appointment for Ellerie. She is doing great and weighed in at 13 lbs 6 oz and 25 inches. Not to be left out, Annalyn is growing too, although 33 lbs is exactly where she was  when she jumped […]

Forgot to archive my 2020 Father’s Day conversation #TBT

| June 25, 2020

Our family went in different directions for Father’s Day this year, but I enjoyed the text messages, ‘last year memory photo’ and FaceTime singing by Annalyn. She sang a great Happy Father’s Day song to the tune of "Happy Birthday to you" … that was very appreciated and enjoyable. Ellerie tried to talk and she […]

Happy Father’s Day 2020 to a great dad and son-in-law, Drew

| June 21, 2020

Only my granddaughter Annalyn and I (and those who watch us playing) really understand the “bubble” photo that I sent her earlier this week. The two of us have a few toys that will likely remain in our “memories” … at least my memory (she is only three). I do miss her when we are […]

Currently my favorite podcast: Streetwise by Jack Hough

| June 17, 2020

Podcasts have been around for a while now and I suspect I”m like most people, it is an on again, off again listening affair; finding or making time to them can be challenging. The iPhones and Android phones do make it easy to archive episodes and listen on the go, but unless you are in […]

We had a great time with the family last weekend

| June 9, 2020

Today’s blog update is really just to archive a couple grandkid photos from this past weekend. We see our family enough not to have to post something every time we get together, but those with grandchildren know how fast babies grow from week to week and month to month. I’ll start the post with a […]

Tech Friday: i-Device Wallpapers .. the Bompa edition

| May 29, 2020

Although my computer monitor(s) still have relatively generic “paper airplane” wallpapers, I regularly update both my iPhone and iPad. Long gone are the days of sailboat pictures and Palm Pre wallpapers … and here to stay are the grandchildren wallpapers for the foreseeable future (who knows, I may have to get MacBook Air like Taylor […]

Archive: The birth announcement for Ellerie Frances Oostra

| May 17, 2020

As a Sunday filler post, I decided to archive a scan/photo version of Ellerie’s birth announcement. It arrived last week from Katelyn and Drew and so will keep it on the blog as a saved family items. I’m sure Brenda and Katelyn will keep a paper copy, but it is always nice to keep something […]

Happy Birthday to a great mom and best daughter in the world

| May 14, 2020

Happy Birthday to my daughter Katelyn … and greatest mom to our granddaughters Annalyn and Ellerie. Have a special day my #1 daughter … you’ve most surely earned it this year! The “I’m 12 Weeks Old” photo we just received needed to be Photoshopped just a bit, which we’ll chalk up as a “second child […]

Happy Mother’s Day to my wife … and as mom to our kids

| May 10, 2020

It is an unusual Mother’s Day this year with the COVID19 "distancing" being practiced. While wishing my wife, and daughter of TWO, a Happy Mother’s Day, we guys are still remembering them with a bit of a different twist. The kids sent Brenda flowers, cookies and bath items and I mad a pot of chili […]

A second post today to say Thank You

| May 8, 2020

My personal rule is usually only one blog post per day, but with so many wishing me a Happy Birthday yesterday it seems appropriate to say “thank you” over lunch today.  The “like” button or “thumbs-up” is probably sufficient for social networks, a text exchange for friends who are phone contacts and of course the […]

Who wants ice cream? The inside scoop on the Zeroll scooper.

| May 3, 2020

Who doesn’t like getting the scoop on an interesting story about an ice cream scooper … or Ice Cream Dipper as designer Sherman Kelly called it. My son-in-law Drew sent me an email the other day: “We have reached a new level of boredom on quarantine – reading about history of our ice cream scoop […]

Music Monday: Back to the 1970s with Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer”

| April 27, 2020

After hearing Tiny Dancer by Elton John a couple weeks ago and thinking about my granddaughter Annalyn “prancing and dancing” for us on a recent FaceTime video chat, I noted it as an appropriate Music Monday post. I think the songs of a person’s youth are the ones that form the strongest memory impact for […]

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