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
Once this first section of the walls was glued to the foundation, the next several steps in the instructions involved adding the two side walls and the ceiling/2nd floor. However, … Continue Reading Doll House Surprise for My 2nd Granddaughter – The Walls Go Up
I had not even finished my first granddaughter’s doll house before I became antsy to build a second one. Since this first doll house was for my in-town granddaughter, I … Continue Reading Doll House Surprise for My 2nd Granddaughter – Laying the Foundation
I have been waiting a long time to write this post. Sitting at 134th on my list of blog ideas, a list that currently stands at 316, it has been … Continue Reading Go Fly a Kite!
Last fall, I was in quite a quandary of how I was going to maintain my exercise routine over the winter. As I have said before, I do not like … Continue Reading Finally, Spring Exercise Weather!
I decided to work on the most easily recognizable beer labels first, trying to place them in their approximate location on the puzzle. As I pored over the pieces … Continue Reading Winter Puzzles 2021 – Last Piece
As this is the fifth time, I have written about winter puzzling, I guess you could say this has quietly become one of my annual blog topics just like the … Continue Reading Winter Puzzles 2021 – First Piece