Happy Birthday, Mom!

Today, February 7th, would have been my mom’s 96th birthday if she were still alive.  Mom was born in 1921 in Missouri.  She died in May of 1995 at the age of 74.  I’m guessing she was about 30 in this photo.


My ongoing patio project

The concrete guys got a decent day to pour the patio this week.  After pouring it and letting it set up a while they started the stamping process with large rubber molds. After applying the molds they sprinkled a “release” (a darker color dye powder) and then it sits for a couple of […]

Patio Project – Phase II

Prep for Phase II, the outdoor section of the patio project. They have most of the prep work done so that when the weather is good enough they’ll come in and pour the concrete and finish it and clean up the area.  Click images to enlarge.



Patio room progress

We’re making good progress on the patio room.  We got the patio doors installed and plywood on the walls.  The center of the long wall (where the plastic is now) will have a bay window. 

The doggie door has been temporarily removed and will be built into the new outside wall.  Electricity, […]

53 years ago today…

I was a freshman at Beaumont High School in St. Louis and was walking into a classroom just after lunch on that Friday afternoon.  A classmate walked in right behind me and he was talking to a girl.  He said to me, “Jon, didn’t Kennedy just get shot?”  I thought he was just […]

Let’s Make A Deal

Back in June, we went to a taping of the TV show Let’s Make A Deal on our visit to Los Angeles.  Our show aired today (Wednesday).  I had completely forgotten that it was today.  Fortunately, I had been recording the show so we could watch it later. 

We weren’t picked and ended […]

Biden honors fallen soldier

Vice President Joe Biden, center, and Army Secretary Eric Fanning, right, stand as an Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Tuesday. Iubelt was one of four Americans (two soldiers) killed in Afghanistan last Saturday when a Taliban […]

Patio Project

The concrete guy called me early this morning and said that he couldn’t pour a driveway he had planned to do today because we got some rain overnight.  He said he could do phase one of our patio area since it was under cover if I wanted him to.  I said, “Heck yes!”. […]

Amongst the pickles & booze…

I put my head in a jar for Halloween.


A hard day’s work

We got the old sewer pipe out and the new one in and all connected with no leaks.  Now we have to fill in with sand and dirt and remove the temporary doggy bridge across the trench.  Then we can call the concrete guys.   Click images to enlarge.

Trixie peeking through the doggy door to […]

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