Thoughts and assorted philosophical musing about: Family, Friends, Fun, Hobbies, & other everyday things.
My continuing efforts to serve as a First Sergeant (Top) in the Army of God.
My latest interest is in Letterboxing.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend

Wow! - It's been awhile since I have offered anything here. The wife is back to work half days. Last week I worked outside a bit getting started on the Gardening season. I bought some plants, turned some dirt and generally wore myself out. Then Wednesday P.M. and Thursday I worked at getting a Turkey Breast Smoked for the weekend. My entire family was here with the exception of one son who was ill and the spouses of my two married kids. Even my brother, who I seldom see came by. The Weekend was devoted mainly to yard work as the eldest son lead in planting a summer flower garden for his mother and helping me with my vegetable/herb plots.

Along the way various of us squeezed in a local Rib Burn off, an Indians Game, Putt-Putt Golf, A parade, back yard cookouts, and some letterboxing.

For me the highlight was Letterboxing with my Daughter and her sons. We located the eight boxes in the "Sound of Music Series" near here (see pic), but my daughter covered that very well so I will refer you to her blog.

Memorial day always leaves me in a bit of a funk, so it was nice to have the group here - But I will cover that in my other Blog.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Haming and Boxing

OK I finally have the Ham rig mostly installed. We still have some changes to make, but it is working.

I arrived early in Dayton today and decided to do some letterboxing. There were 3 boxes listed at a location near my Motel, so off I went. I am still using the 1st attempt a a personal stamp as I have not found time to try carving a better one. However, it's better than nothing so that didn't stop me.

The three boxes and many more in the area were planted by "Hale's Angel" and I found that her hand carved stamps are beautiful. The first box was "Love Fairies" very nice and pretty. There was also a "Hitchhiker" in the bag with her stamp. The Hitchhiker "No Two are Alike" was launched in January by "Penguin Patrol". It is a hand carved snowflake stamp and is very nice work. I brought it with me to replant in another box soon. That little extra really perked me up. Then I went on to locate the other two very pretty stamps "Night Time Fairy" and "There's Gnome Place Like Home". Night time is a Fairy in a nightgown while the Gnome is sitting on a toadstool. So it turned out to be a very pleasant day.

I will get a early start in the morning to beat the traffic. I am looking forward to a fun day of browsing.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

March Hare Syndrome

I am now suffering from the March Hare syndrome. Do you remember that scene from Disney's Alice and Wonderland when the March Hare races through chanting - -
"I'm late, I'm late,
For a very important date
No time to say Hello, Good Bye,
I'm late, I'm late, I'm late".

That summarizes my existence the last several weeks. But I think the end is in sight. Hopefully we will be done with most of the surgery recovery related choirs very soon (See God's Janitor Blog).

I simply have not had time to get anything "extra" accomplished like, making a stamp, putting in my HAM rig, gardening, reading or abstract thinking.

The up side is that Donna, my wife, and I have been together most of the time for weeks with very little friction. Both of us normally get a bit over sensitive so that is quite an accomplishment.

Today, Mothers Day, the kids all checked in with her and we are planning to have a family gathering over the Memorial Day weekend. Normally the Eldest Son organizes a day for her in the spring during which he plants her flower garden. It serves as his Mother's Day Gift. For dinner she wanted to have a hamburger at a local sports bar after church. I didn't mind that at all.

Many years ago I had given Donna a neat Mothers pin, A silver pea pod holding two white pearls for her and I as parents, along with three blue and a pink one representing our 4 children. She received many complements on it and dearly loved it. Somewhere along life's journey it was misplaced and we hadn't been able to find a replacement. A few months ago I tracked down Ronna Lugosch, the designer/artist who had made the original, at her studio in Maine. I called and found her very gracious. Although the particular design we lost was no longer a regular offering Ronna was willing and able to create a replacement which I gave to Donna today. She was very pleased, I think I picked up a few points on that one. Thanks Ronna!

A busy week looms ahead Physical Therapy, Indians Game, Ham radio installation, Dayton HAMVENTION and Grandson's B-day party. Wish me luck.