We all surprised Brenda to celebrate her 60th birthday

| August 13, 2018

We had a great family time this weekend that start when "just the two of us" decided to have lunch at an area hibachi restaurant … when "surprise" … Katelyn, Drew, Annalyn, Taylor and Megan surprised Brenda for her 60th birthday. We had a great time together. The four original Corbetts (plus Annalyn) and Annalyn […]

Annalyn and potty training – the equipment has changed

| August 5, 2018

My granddaughter Annalyn was excited for an Amazon delivery according to Katelyn and we are excited for her to start her potty training. I was amazed at the newfangled "My Size Potty" as I’m sure it makes using it seem like she is a "big girl" already? I remembered our kids "plastic potty chair" and […]

Delicious food, great conversation and a new side-hustle

| August 1, 2018

Brenda and I had a good time talking to our millennial son Taylor and his girlfriend Megan last weekend. In contrast to our usually politically deteriorating topics of conversation (like his dad, Taylor loves to debate), it was a very enjoyable time. He picked up some shrimp and brought over the ingredients to make us […]

Fun and frustration rigging up an old Little Tikes swing

| July 22, 2018

I had fun digging out Katelyn and Taylor’s old Little Tikes swing that is both made in and  was used in Hudson, Ohio when we lived there … but the frustration part was having bought, then lost, a stainless steel nut for the cable clamp used in my set-up to attach the extension to the […]

Storms and more storm in Ohio, but it sure looks nice up north

| July 22, 2018

Much of the midwest has had storm after storm roll in over the past couple of days, although at least we have not had the tornados as have states to our west. On the other hand, we have not had the beautiful weather Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn have had visiting with Drew’s parents in Michigan. […]

How to best give investing advice to family and friends – DON’T!

| July 19, 2018

One of the topics of conversation for me throughout the years has been investing and trading. I enjoy the research and challenge, but having made many bad picks and mistakes, also realized just how dicey this is. This has made me sensitive when talking too specific with family and friends … even though I enjoy […]

Gender, asperations, family, careers and encouraging girls

| July 11, 2018

When it comes to encouraging girls, I’ve been very progressive (unfortunately a label stolen by the political left … so perhaps "contemporary" is a better word) about equality between the sexes. I accepted Brenda as an equal from day one, even before we were married and that carried through to decision making well after – […]

Déjà vu for me, as my kids enjoyed the Lake Erie islands

| July 10, 2018

Now that Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn are in Perrysburg and not Wayzata, they are enjoying some of what Lake Erie’s western basin has to offer. Katelyn’s pediatrician partner has a cottage up on Put In Bay and she has entertained her med school girlfriends there a couple weekends ago and just return from a weekend […]

Taylor and his friends are pretty creative for July 4, 2018

| July 4, 2018

My son Taylor continues to enjoy photography and for the 4th of July this year made an impressive time lapse “USA” photo with his friends in our backyard behind the pool (after enjoying it, I might add!). I am continually impressed with his creativity and enjoyment of a hobby I have tinkered with my whole […]

Working with an old Shaw wrench from my grandfather

| July 3, 2018

While working with my "travel tool bag" today, I pick up a open end wrench with SHAW on the handle. It brought back memories of my Grandpa Bluhm and where he once worked back in the 1950s or 60s. I sent a photo to my cousin Diane, but because it was a tool, don’t really […]

Pediatrician Dr. Katelyn Oostra really knows her stuff (smile)

| June 29, 2018

I can’t help myself … but when your daughter is the one the news goes to for summer heat and kids advice … a dad is super proud.

A great Father’s Day weekend at our house

| June 17, 2018

It doesn’t get all that much better for Brenda and me than spending some time with Katelyn, Taylor, Megan and of course Annalyn over Father’s Day weekend. Unfortunately we missed Drew as he had a medical conference in Chicago and hospital rounds upon returning to Toledo over the weekend (Katelyn took advantage of the time […]

Weekend chores rewarded with granddaughter fun at the zoo

| June 11, 2018

As usual the spring pine pollen left a mess of the patios and any furniture left outside. The annual chore of power-washing and cleaning our outdoor living space seems to get tougher every year … and the moving of furniture on and off the patio heavier. Nevertheless, I completed the project after a full day […]

Wishing my brother Ron a Happy Birthday and great retirement

| May 21, 2018

It is hard to believe that my YOUNGER brother Ron is retiring at 56 years old?!? Shocking, but I’m sure welcomed after a long career with the US Air Force working first in Ogden, Utah and the last 30 years at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. We were very close brothers when […]

Archive: A few more photos from our days with KDA

| May 15, 2018

I can’t resist archiving a few more photos from Katelyn and Drew’s Google Cloud after spending a few days with them last week and over the weekend at my brother’s for a small family get-together (reunion) and to celebrate my brother’s retirement from Wright Patterson Air Force Base — hard to believe he is retiring […]

Archiving photos and getting together with my brother’s family

| May 13, 2018

So far we are two for two in my brother and I getting our families ALL together twice each year as we are planning. This past weekend was to his house after Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn spent a couple days with us back from their trip to the Smokey Mountains. We all had a good […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wishing Katelyn and Drew a very Happy 5th Anniversary

| April 13, 2018

A lot has happened in 5 years of marriage, on the other hand, those 5 years have flown by! Today is Katelyn and Drew‘s FIFTH year wedding anniversary; Brenda and I are wishing them much happiness and many more great years together … and Annalyn is in awe (photo). As for the milestones, they can […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Who really wants to fly ALONE with a 1-year old?

| March 11, 2018

Ah yes … the stress of a mom flying by herself with a one-year-old … it can be stressful. My daughter Katelyn flew to San Diego, California “alone” with Annalyn on Saturday and reported that all her “distraction” preparations paid off … well she didn’t exactly say that … BUT that fact that she was […]

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 […]

Happy Birthday Annalyn – my granddaughter is ONE already!

| March 4, 2018

It is hard to believe a full year has passed and that “my” little girl’s daughter is already 1 year old. We’ve been looking forward to celebrating together and I’ve been tinkering with a requested gift idea – a magnetic board. Katelyn asked if I could make something that Annalyn could stick her magnetic symbols, […]

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 […]

Already missing my morning view

| February 17, 2018

The irritation of “the week that was” has given way to the positive memories like waking up to this kind of sunrise view … even if it was in a marina. I’m thankful to have the out of water maintenance headaches behind me and can now look forward to “escaping” to our little corner of […]

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” […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Howards and more playtime for Gma/Gpa with Annalyn

| December 30, 2017

We had a great Friday in Perrysburg, Ohio at Katelyn and Drew’s as both Brenda and I were up babysitting Annalyn for the day. She is such a pleasure to be with and makes me feel 30 years younger (it was Katelyn who I was playing with!). Besides being there with Annalyn, we were also […]

Archive: Corbetts and Oostras had a wonderful family Christmas

| December 27, 2017

How could we NOT enjoy our first Christmas as grandparents knowing that our granddaughter Annalyn is healthy, happy and loved? Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn came down to Cincinnati and spend the long weekend with us as did Taylor who is in town. It is so great to know they ALL love getting together and spending […]

Do we show enough appreciation for a well decorated home?

| December 24, 2017

My wife Brenda shows a lot of attention to decorating with memories and detail to our house each December (and my mother did too). I wish I would be more thankful, but am usually a bit Grinchy when ask to do just a few things that seem to much such a waste of time … […]

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to my son-in-law

| December 13, 2017

I saved a cute birthday graphic just for my son-in-law Drew’s birthday wish and it is a good thing I remembered where I saved it or what I named it! Brenda and I couldn’t be more blessed than to have Drew in our family and as a husband for Katelyn … and now dad to […]

Merry Christmas 2017 from our family to your family

| December 12, 2017

A year has passed once again and our family is looking forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus this Christmas season. Brenda is busy decorating and shopping (with my “questionable” help), and I’m tinkering way too much working on a couple of silly little homemade projects. Perhaps one of these years I’ll get started on […]

Beautiful Supermoon this weekend – the largest of 2017

| December 3, 2017

Sadly trying to capture the moon with a smartphone is not so smart … but hopefully those who wanted to see it found the time, and a clear sky, to enjoy the large early evening Supermoon. Besides looking up, we enjoyed looking at our granddaughter at 9-months. So great to see Annalyn smiling so big […]

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.