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Saturday, October 10, 2020
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Friday, August 28, 2020
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
And yet, here we are, still going at it with "Everything Going On".
I've been wanting to sit down and tell you all about the Man Cave and how it is coming along. For the most part it is done. We had been put on a waiting list to get the floor done and now, I'm happy to report that almost a month from now, the folks will be in to install the carpet.
In the mean time, I have been taking pictures of the progress and will eventually compile a short video to show how it all came together. As a little teaser, I'm sharing a few pictures today.
And finally, this is why my wife wants such a huge screen. So she can watch Hamilton, over and over again. Really loud. It's not like we have any football anytime soon.
Stay safe out there. Wear a mask, even if you think it is stupid. And if you are stuck at home, enjoy the little things like ducks walking around in the yard!
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Look, we have had places that were a favorite, and then all of a sudden, they start to lose the charm, or the food goes downhill. There are any number of reasons why a place goes from a favorite to not so hot. But I believe the opposite can be true.
On Monday, Eva just had to get out of the house and instead of doing takeout, we decided if we could find a place that was slow, we'd eat inside. I looked online at reviews and to my surprise, The Railhead Cafe popped up with mostly positive reviews on both service and food quality. I couldn't believe it, so decided we had to try it ourselves.
I went with the catfish platter, had onion rings and their version of mac & cheese.
I think the key thing we noted (besides the food being very, very good) was that the place was in much better shape than when we visited close to a decade ago. The main reason we never went back was because it was as if you could feel the grease in the air when you walked in. Not so anymore.
Finally a word about service. We want to support the local economy and we definitely do our part with take out, but the one thing that can stop us at the door is if the waitstaff is not wearing a mask. We encountered three different employees at Railhead, all of whom were wearing masks the entire time. Additionally, these folks cleaned and sanitized every table in the place. They were quick to refill my unsweet tea and ready to go when I was ready to pay.
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
So before the pictures of deers and ducks, I have to tell you that I have made zero progress on my Man Cave. We made it safely through the 4th of July weekend without a single incident, aside from me nearly killing myself via heat stroke as I worked out in the 101 degree (probably 105) heat, to put in a much needed addition to my sprinkler system.
Wives everywhere need to know, when you yell for your husband to get out of the hot sun, that is a signal to us that you appreciate our willingness to work hard, in spite of the horrible work conditions. I mean, think about all the coal miners who had a wife say, You shouldn't go back there and get that black lung.
As a husband, we see these remarks as challenges to be met, and for my part, I was completely useless on Monday. But dammit, I planted some trees, some wagon wheels, and a new set of sprinklers on Sunday.
You know I miss my dog Gracie. we have really toyed around with the idea of getting another, but I honestly think that this weekend, we decided we just aren't going to do it. Eva had to actually disconnect from a constant feed of shelters sharing pictures and details of these poor dogs that need homes. But we just can't do it for the time being.
It's true. You can believe in dog spirits or not, but Gracie's was beside my bedside for quite a few nights and every once in a while I wake up in the middle of the night and feel her. But my son spent the night with his kids over here and he ended up on the couch in the living room. Gracie kept him up all night. Her shadow walking back and forth. I don't believe in ghosts, but what are you going to do about a dog who wants to stay? During her last few months, she was a pacer. The poor thing was out of her mind and I constantly regret not acting sooner. But she did love it here. That we know.
So let's talk about the deer. We have been slowly moving the deer feed and my camera closer to the house. For us, the grand plan is to sit in the hot tub and stare out into the yard while the deer come in, eat some corn and move along. We have experienced that exact thing several times now, and I think my most recent move (this afternoon) has us where the deer and the ducks can get a free meal while we can sit back and enjoy. The pictures are a bonus, when they come out.
I did tell you that a fox came into the yard in the middle of the day, ate something then smiled at us looking at him through binoculars, then left. Right?
The deer are a little more timid during the late afternoon. I've determined that we have three regulars and maybe a few occasional visitors. The ducks on the other hand bring the whole flock. Eva sat in the hot tub and counted about 32 ducks in one sitting.
Friday, June 26, 2020
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
When I really began trying to take pictures, they just turned and headed away. I followed on foot whistling and calling for them, but it was funny. They slowly retreated, never running but just staying ahead of me until they casually, and I mean with no effort, slipped through the barbed wire fence at the back of my property into the pasture behind us.
I woke up and did my usual thing checking e-mails and logging into my work accounts. I answered some e-mails and did a few things, then decided I should take a shower and get going for work at the office.
I would normally shower in our master bath, get ready for work and take off, but the morning looked nice outside and I thought to myself, this is an outdoor shower day!
I was in my robe and walking out onto the back patio when I saw a huge dog in front of me, just off the patio. I slowly backed into the house to grab my phone and friends, that damn dog was gone!
So, I walked in flip flops and a robe to the back of my shed where I found this guy, our mysterious beast!
He isn't as big as a lama, but he is a big damn dog, and I love him. (I'm going to call him George).
In this picture, he looks like a big dog but not as big as we have imagined him. But I promise, this thing is way over 100 pounds.
I am pretty sure I know who the owners are, so I'm good with it all. But I may hold the two dogs hostage to see if I can get my quad copter that I lost in their pasture back!
Sunday, May 31, 2020
And I have to say, with all the rain, it looks great. There are times when we can't decide if we should sit out front and enjoy the view of the yard and the cows across the street, or sit out on the back patio and enjoy the view of the yard and the ducks and birds.
Stay safe out there people. Wear a mask whether you think you need it or not, and if you do go out to eat, please tip generously. With the limiting of numbers in dining rooms, these folks need all the help they can get.