I am anxiously counting down the days until I get to meet and hold my grandson—my first grandchild. He was born just about a week ago but since he and … Continue Reading On Becoming a Granddaddy
With the upper deck finished, I began to cut and attach the lower deck boards starting in the middle to ensure the long boards were all a perfect 90 degrees … Continue Reading Deck – The Finish & Redo
When I was telling the story of the growth of our backyard, one of the additions I mentioned was the building of a wooden deck overlooking the pool. This project … Continue Reading Deck – The Beginning
In the spring of 2006, we decided to start all over again on that part of the yard. We dug out the bushes that over time had taken over the … Continue Reading Grown Up Backyard – Adolescence
This weekend marks the 15th anniversary of us moving into our current home—the home we have lived in longer than any other home in our lives. And while the exterior … Continue Reading Grown Up Backyard – Formative Years
Normally I would wait until year-end to write a post about the best books I read in a given calendar year. But having finished reading my third book about beer … Continue Reading Beer Books
I previously posted that this recent trip to San Francisco was my 20th visit and while I often like to return to places I have been before, it is nice … Continue Reading Cable Car Museum
On this Father’s Day, 2014, I want to pay tribute to the dads in my life. Quite naturally I must start with my own dad who sadly is no longer … Continue Reading Happy Father’s Day!
I am happy to say that when you read this post, I will be back in the city by the bay—for the 20th time. The reason I have been there … Continue Reading ♫ I Left my Heart in San Francisco ♫
A few of my readers will see this title and know exactly what this post is about. Others will read the title and just wonder. So for those of you … Continue Reading Grill Out Night
Having been driven by my desire to do too much in one day, we decided to take a much more relaxed approach to our sight-seeing. And after our nearly 30,000 … Continue Reading A Small Taste of Paris – Day 2 and 3
My wife and I recently enjoyed our first visit to Paris, a short three-day excursion that provided us just a small taste of Paris. We arrived Wednesday evening by train … Continue Reading A Small Taste of Paris – Day 1
On this Mother’s Day, 2014, I want to pay tribute to the moms in my life. Quite naturally I must start with my own mom who sadly is no longer … Continue Reading Happy Mother’s Day!
On the day I finish teaching, we will have travelled by high-speed train to Paris! While our two oldest children have both been to Paris, this will be our first … Continue Reading Paris!
As you read this post, my wife and I will be exploring Amsterdam, a city I have traveled to for a total of 26 times. This trip to the land … Continue Reading Amsterdam – XXVI
For someone who has no memories of believing in Santa Claus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I have no memories of believing in the Easter bunny either. Not … Continue Reading Easter Memories