A Rainy and Cold Spring in the Pacific Northwest

This spring has been incredibly rainy and astonishingly cold compared to Springtime in Atlanta or even here last spring. We’ve had mornings in the high 30’s in May! And we have had a total of almost 40″ of rain here at the house this year so far. Storm after storm rolls in from the Pacific Ocean. Here is a four-picture… Continue reading

New Glasses (Lens and Frames)

We finally got back to the optometrist after years of not “seeing” him because of the pandemic. When he checked my eyes, he said the optical characteristics of my eyes have changed significantly. In fact, one of my eyes now uses very little correction. He showed me the world through my current prescription lenses and then the new ones he… Continue reading

My Every Day Carry (EDC)

I had never really heard of EDC until a few weeks ago. The acronym refers to the things you carry on you every day because you use them all of the time. So, as I began thinking about it, I have always had EDC. But the things in my every day carry have changed a bit through the years. So,… Continue reading

Turns of Phrase

Yes, it’s time to look at some turns of phrase that have caught my attention for one reason or another. These are the days that live long in the memory…― Murray, while hiking the snowy mountains in remote northwest Scotland If you don’t know Murray’s YouTube channel, Scotland’s Mountains, he posts a video hike every week in some gorgeous areas… Continue reading

Amazon.com Seems to Play a Dirty Little Game with Loyal Customers

I think we’re all over predatory capitalism. I certainly am. And I suspect that Amazon.com plays a dirty little trick with their repeat customers who do a lot of business with them. Here’s what I’ve observed in our account… For items I order from them more or less routinely, when I return to re-order the items, they have suddenly had… Continue reading

An Unexpected Incursion Has Taken Place in the Flower Garden

Every morning and evening Steve feeds the birds in the flower garden. They expect it. They frequently gather at breakfast and dinner time awaiting their meals. And, frankly, Steve delights in feeding them. We have a lot of small birds, doves, what we call quirky birds (They are the largest birds and prefer to walk or, more typically, run, and… Continue reading