Yay, Shades!


We left the shades in the study closed yesterday, so this morning the sun didn’t heat it up to the 80’s. Instead the temperature stayed a comfortable 71°. Yay, shades! They do seem to work.


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Nice Day

It wasn’t very sunny yesterday, but we had a great trip up to the land even so. They installed our drapes!



It’s nice to have that crossed off our list.

Andy also showed me the famous ditch where the truck had been stuck, and also his latest project in the battery house — the start of the system that will direct the power from the photovoltaic cells so it will be used most efficiently. Needless to say, it will be complicated, but a great thing when (he says if) he gets it finished.

How was your day?


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Good for Him!

The only way to do all the things you’d like to do is to read.
—Tom Clancy

Goodreads says,

Tom Clancy (born April 12, 1947) dreamed of joining the military in his youth, but his poor eyesight prevented him. Undeterred, he channeled his passion into his books. After finding success with best-sellers like The Hunt for Red October, he bought himself a tank.

Yay, Tom Clancy! The moral is follow your bliss, but be flexible.


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One of my favorite cartoons shows God sitting in an easy chair watching TV, while an angel waits with a list of crises to be dealt with. God says something like,

I don’t have time for tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes right now. I have to help this fellow sink his putt.

Yes, priorities are priorities.

I’m enjoying watching the Masters Tournament this weekend. I usually watch it every year, but this time it’s especially interesting because of the spectacular playing by 21-year-old Jordan Spieth and because Tiger is playing again, and playing respectably. There’s still an outside chance he could win.

Masters Tournament April 11, 2015

Masters Tournament Leaderboard
April 11, 2015

Presumably Tiger still wants to break Jack Nicklaus’ lifetime record of winning 18 major championships (Tiger has only 14 so far), but the Wall Street Journal article How Tiger Killed Tiger points out this may be hard to do because he has made golf so popular, and has emphasized fitness so much, that he has generated a lot of competition from the younger players.

Anyway, there’s no doubt that Tiger’s very presence still makes a tournament more interesting. He’s done wonders for golf, whether or not he ever beats Nicklaus’record.


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Rummuser has a great story about the difference between pastors and lawyers. The story concludes,

It is not necessary to lie, one only has to choose the right words. Lawyers don’t lie… they are creative… They are smooth.

It reminds me of the Robert Brault quote:

To err is human, to forgive does not get you the settlement that we at Susskind, Marberry and Callahan feel you’re entitled to.

Laws and lawyers aren’t always friendly.


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Yay, Wally!

He never grew up; but he never stopped growing.
—Arthur C. Clarke, epitaph for himself

Yay, Wally! He’s never grown up either.


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Why Are We Here?

I’m not much of a foodie anymore, so for me it would be love and laughter. What about you?


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Extra Stimulation

Typhoon, the youngest member of The Thundering Herd, requires more mental stimulation than the older members. So he sometimes walks backwards when they’re all out together.

It reminds me of myself when I was in sixth grade and was so bored I taught myself to read books with them upside down. I’m glad I’m not back in those days — my toys are a lot more fun now.

Would you like to go back to your childhood, or do you like it better now?

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It was windy and in the high 50’s the past few days. Not surprisingly, Andy had to clear another tree off the road:



And he says if you look at the fruit trees very carefully, you can see some of them are thinking of coming back to life.

This poor little volunteer apple tree won’t make it because it was too badly gnawed.:


We learned long ago that if we want trees to survive up there, we need to give them plenty of protection:



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Getting Easier?

You should have an easier time recovering than younger people do. Older folks are more used to aches and pains.

Those were the cheery words of the surgeon during Andy’s pre-hernia appointment last fall. He was right, Andy thought the recovery was fairly easy.

Have you noticed anything getting easier as you get older?


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