Our first Mercedes Benz sedan, but not the oldest #TBT

| October 14, 2021

Although I’ve highlighted our 1987 Mercedes Benz 560 SEL before (see photo in front of my parent’s house in Sidney) and this fall photo at West Branch State Park reminds me that autumn is the perfect time to take my current 1982 MB 300D Turbodiesel out for a drive. The ‘87 was one of those […]

Archive: Weekend chores, family photos and a drip distraction

| October 10, 2021

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Archive: Weekend catch-up with a few family photos

| September 23, 2021

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Home video memories from September 9, 1989 for #TBT

| September 9, 2021

Last month when we were together with the kids, they were talking about enjoying trips to Michigan for long weekends during the summer (Drew’s parents have a house on Lake Michigan). It brought back memories for us and I mentioned that once-upon-a-time we thought about buying cabin property in the Upper Peninsula on Lake Huron […]

Archive: More Sod Webworm damage and a few family photos

| September 4, 2021

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A birthday celebration and fun family weekend in Cincinnati

| August 17, 2021

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A favorite photo of Drew flying his Quadrotor 5 years ago #TBT

| July 29, 2021

While reviewing and purging a few backups to stay under one of my cloud storage service’s data caps, a favorite photo popped up that was backed up on OneDrive. It was a pre-children time for Drew and Katelyn visiting his parent’s place on Lake Michigan when there was free-time for self, hobbies, tech gadgets and […]

A week of summer with Annalyn and Ellerie at our house

| July 11, 2021

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Archive: Leftover personal family 4th of July weekend photos

| July 10, 2021

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Birdhouses and raccoons and a great Drew and Katelyn photo

| June 20, 2021

Received nice photo from Katelyn and Drew last week and since I included one of Taylor and Megan last week, this is one that needed to be archived on my blog. Most most personal photos nowadays are of our granddaughters as Brenda and I have long ago moved past the stage of photos our ourselves […]

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

| June 11, 2021

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Back to Perrysburg for Annalyn’s dance recital and babysitting

| May 28, 2021

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

| May 26, 2021

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Archive: Family photos from Katelyn’s birthday weekend

| May 18, 2021

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Forgot about this Hubble Space Telescope birthday link #Space

| May 15, 2021

Yesterday was my “space-camp” and NASA Sharp daughter Katelyn’s birthday and I had been saving a link that I forgot about just for the occasion … so will post it a day late … along with an amazing 2020 photo of Jupiter and Europa from the Hubble Space Telescope. We share an interest in space […]

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

| May 14, 2021

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

| May 5, 2021

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Archive: Granddaughter catch-up photos from this past week

| April 3, 2021

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Weekend mailbox project update and Annalyn’s first haircut

| March 14, 2021

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Handy IFitIt tools for gadgets and Spring 2021 family photos

| March 13, 2021

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

| March 2, 2021

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

| February 14, 2021

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Archive: Professional Brenda and the Hawk Migration #TBT

| January 28, 2021

When searching for a photo of my 1996 Toyota 4Runner (never found one), I stumbled across a couple personal photos from 1997 and will archive them for today’s Throwback Thursday #TBT. One of “professional Brenda” dressed for the office in 1990’s style (ha!) and the other of our family on an October Hawk Migration birding […]

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

| January 27, 2021

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Question: Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio yet?

| January 20, 2021

While talking with a customer on the phone today and talking about when I’ll be traveling to NE Ohio again, they asked me when they could get the Covid-19 vaccine? See Covid-19 Vaccination Program – LINK. So I figured it would be appropriate to include a screenshot from an Ohio-based health care provider in our […]

An interesting #book: EPIC – An Around-The-World Journey Through Christian History by Tim Challies

| January 10, 2021

Thanks to my daughter Katelyn and her family, I’m in the process of reading the Tim Challies book, “EPIC – An Around-The-World Journey Through Christian History.” It is the new book I mentioned in my 2020 Christmas wrap-up post … and it has been challenging to put down. BUT … I’m sort of using it […]

Thankful to have a long time friend like Jeff – #TBT photo

| December 31, 2020

I had lunch “out” this week with my good friend Jeff, although this routine has become very infrequent compared to previous years. Still, we had a chance to catch up, talk about politics (Ugh), the old-days backpacking in North Carolina (an old scanned photo for Throwback Thursday #TBT) … and I opened his cool gift […]

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

| December 29, 2020

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

| December 15, 2020

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

| December 13, 2020

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Our family is getting into the 2020 Christmas decorating spirit

| December 1, 2020

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

| November 12, 2020

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Family Filler: A couple of great leftover weekend photos

| November 4, 2020

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Waiting for a Halloween updates from my granddaughters

| November 1, 2020

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Ellerie was dedicated at Waterville Community Church

| October 27, 2020

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Archive: A couple family photos from this past week

| October 17, 2020

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Most parents and grandparents have room for improvement

| October 11, 2020

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Archive: Some books to bookshelves and granddaughter photos

| October 6, 2020

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A sign of Autumn and our 1987 Mercedes Benz 560SEL #TBT

| September 24, 2020

We had our first taste of cooler fall weather for 2020 last week as the hot 80+ degree days of August and early September gave way to pleasant mid-to-high 70s and cooler evenings dipping into the 40s. Brr, my body has not adjusted yet. As autumn approaches and the temperatures are more tolerable in the […]

A couple granddaughter photos from Brenda’s babysitting

| September 22, 2020

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

| September 17, 2020

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A memory from 2010! What happened to my children? #TBT

| August 27, 2020

Love this photo, although Katelyn and Taylor do look the same to me … well, add 10 years. I saw this photo from our Bermuda cruise in 2010 and thought, “I’m so glad we took as many trips as we did each year as a family!” The early years of traveling may have been on […]

Archive: Stay around home 2020 mini-vacation family photos

| August 11, 2020

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

| August 9, 2020

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

| July 26, 2020

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

| July 10, 2020

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

| July 5, 2020

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Winding down June 2020 with a couple granddaughter photos

| June 30, 2020

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

| June 21, 2020

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Currently my favorite podcast: Streetwise by Jack Hough

| June 17, 2020

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We had a great time with the family last weekend

| June 9, 2020

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Are rechargeable wearable tech devices like the Fitbit Versa and the Apple Watch doomed to prematurely fail?

| June 3, 2020

It is starting to look like early gadget failure going to become the ‘norm’ now that we’re wearing tech gadgets everyday. My Fitbit Versa watch is not even a year old and has failed. For a while it started to blink and flip through it’s screens, then surged with colorful vertical lines (photo)and a vibrate […]

Archive: The birth announcement for Ellerie Frances Oostra

| May 17, 2020

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

| May 14, 2020

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

| May 10, 2020

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A second post today to say Thank You

| May 8, 2020

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Photos to keep us up-to-date with our growing granddaughters

| April 19, 2020

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The Good News – “He is not here; for He is risen..”

| April 12, 2020

Although Brenda and I have been regularly listening to pastors share audio messages on their podcasts or watching church services online during these trying Coronavirus days, we like many Christians, are finding it challenging to be thinking and planning for Easter? Nevertheless, the calendar indicates it is Easter Sunday 2020, so a proper “He is […]

Annalyn and Ellerie photos are keeping a smile on my face

| April 8, 2020

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April 1 is no joke this year, yet I am counting our many blessings

| April 1, 2020

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  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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