Last year, in the middle of the pandemic, when cases were soaring in our state, we had to suspend several of our long-held Christmas traditions. The first one that went … Continue Reading Christmas Traditions
I recently wrote about our October SibSab trip to Montreat, NC but one thing I did not mention is on the way there, my sister asked me out of the … Continue Reading An Unexpected Pleasure!
Continued from: A Classic Boat Model – All Planked Out With the boat now fully planked, the last step before sealing and finishing the wood was to sand … Continue Reading A Classic Boat Model – Fitting Out!
Continued from: A Classic Boat Model – Finally, Some Planking The instructions indicated that the planks were to be glued onto the sides of the boat overlapping the … Continue Reading A Classic Boat Model – All Planked Out
Continued from: A Classic Boat Model – Taking Shape After gluing on the cockpit side walls but before cementing the PVC floor in place or the other cockpit … Continue Reading A Classic Boat Model – Finally, Some Planking
Continued from: A Classic Boat Model – Laying Down the Keel After the clamps had been in place for six days on the other side of the boat, … Continue Reading A Classic Boat Model – Taking Shape
The first official step in building a large ship is the laying down of the keel, the spine or backbone to which the hull bulkheads will be attached. This event … Continue Reading A Classic Boat Model – Laying Down the Keel
This past summer, I took on another project for my in-town son and his family. In their new home, I previously painted their kitchen and hearth room, my granddaughter’s room, … Continue Reading More Kids’ Projects
I have written before about some of the challenges our pool has presented to me over the more than 20 years that I have been our year-round “pool boy”—year-round because … Continue Reading Pool Plight in a Pandemic
This glorious fig tree has been a part of our backyard oasis for many years and its dense umbrella-like canopy reminds me of those similar looking trees from my favorite … Continue Reading Just a Shadow of its Former Glory
In 2014, three years before I retired, I wrote about a Lifetime of Music that I had enjoyed tracing the different genres and artists that I had gravitated to over … Continue Reading A World of Music
This is, no doubt, a question most everyone asks themselves as they approach retirement when the ties of having to live close to a physical workplace are finally severed and … Continue Reading Where to Retire to?
As I was laboring in the heat last summer rebuilding our backyard deck, I kept wanting to figure out a way for us to better utilize this lower portion of … Continue Reading Dining Al Fresco
Last year, I wrote about how 2020 was the first year in almost a quarter century that I had not gotten to travel to Amsterdam (Amsterdam Lost) to teach my … Continue Reading Amsterdam Flowers
With the doll house topped out and all structural pieces installed, there remained three major steps to complete the house: installation of the windows, shingling the roof, and applying all … Continue Reading Doll House Surprise for My 2nd Granddaughter – Finishing Touches
With the third floor, I again planned to deviate from the instructions so that I could install the carpeting and baseboards prior to attaching the roof which also served as … Continue Reading Doll House Surprise for My 2nd Granddaughter – Topping Out