Happy 7th Birthday Dane, and Happy 13 to Austin and Alexis!


Dane turns 7 today!  Happy birthday Dane!  You know what else happened on June 10?  That’s the day that Ben Franklin flew his kite in a thunderstorm and discovered electricity!  And June 10 is also the birthday of Sasha Obama, the president’s daughter.  So there’s that.  I hope you have a great birthday Dane  and I wish Grandma and I could be there and give you things.




And here’s Dane having fun in the backyard pool.

Austin and Alexis turned 13 years old on June the 6th.  I don’t know of any famous people born June 6, but if I remember my history, June 6, 1944 is the date of the the D-Day invasion of Europe that took place during World War II as Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France – See also: Saving Private Ryan.  So there’s that as well.  I’m at work and the only pictures of Austin and Alexis that I have are about 2 years old.  And as we all know, the difference between 11 years old and 13 years old is about 25 years.  But it’s the best I got.  Happy birthday Austin & Alexis!




Beach Season Begins!

Surf's UP!

Surf’s UP!

Brenda and I along with Amanda and her friend Megan, and Gabe, Erin and Julian, and four dogs spent the long Memorial Day weekend at the beach.  And what a weekend it was!  Blue skies, sunny, water the temperature of Scandinavian glacier ice floes.  Perfect!  Here are a few pics – click on a pic to embiggen:




OMG!!1! Baby Deer!

Awww - so cute!

The cuteness is just too much to bear!  This tiny baby deer is sleeping in what used to be my snap peas in the garden.  So two questions:

1. How did baby deer get past my impregnable deer-fence that I put around the garden?

2. How did baby deer get into my fenced-in backyard in the first place?

Brenda thinks that perhaps the deer was born in the pea patch during the big storm we had last night.  That could be, but then where is mama deer?  Out drinking, I suppose.  I think I’ll open the  fence and maybe baby deer will find it’s way home, or perhaps mama will come get it.

Like a little football

RIP Thor

Thor-nick.jpgSadly, Brian’s  wonderful dog Thor, passed away Monday 4/15/13.  Thor was a very loving and very smart dog. Brian and Thor teamed up in Texas soon after Brian got out of the army.    Brian buried him in his back yard in Florida.  Here are a few pictures Brenda had on her computer.  I’ll try to add more this weekend.


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Pictures of Thor from Brenda's computer


The Now Outdated Pool Video

So, the botnet is still hammering on WordPress websites like this one, all over the world. But my webhost has put in an added layer of security so I can at least post to my own website.  Let me get back to the video I was going to post 10 days ago:  Nick and Dane in the pool.  This is before Gabe, Erin and Julian drove down to visit.  Where are those videos I wonder?   Wait…a beach ball is an indoor toy?  I’m with Dane on this one.  Daddy is just control freakin’. :wink:  So great to see the kids in the pool! Wish your mom and I were back there.

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

I have this nice You Tube video of Nick and Dane in the pool, but I can’t post it because some jerk is conducting a “brute force attack” on my website in an attempt to hack into it. Consequently, my web host has shut down the admin login page until the stupid is over. I just don’t don’t understand some people…

You may be wondering how I can post this if I can’t login. I’m using an app on an I-Pod Touch. It allows basic posting, but no video. Sorry.

Happy tax day!

Kite Flying in DC

Spring is the season here in the greater DC area.  It’s absolutely beautiful, and it makes up for the hideous, sweltering summers, and gray, wet winters.  Too bad it’s so short.  But today was beautiful.  Brenda, Erin, Julian, and I went to DC to fly kites, along with a million of our closest friends.  It was packed.

Here’s master kitesmith Gabgabe-wa-mon-behinde flying his kite.  No, that’s not confetti in air.  It’s kites.  The sky was full of them.  And I see the Washington monument behind him seems to be wearing an attractive skirt made of kennel wire.  Nice.  BTW, don’t forget, you can click to embiggen any picture on this blog.




Here’s Gabe’s kite in the air. It’s pretty cool looking.  It’s a fighting kite, necessary here because wherever you fly, you run into other kites, resulting in Kite Wars!





Julian and I were flying the fish kite.  Also very cool.  Here’s Julian flying the kite.  He did great!







Best thing to do when you find yourself beneath giant art things:  play a little soccer.  Here’s Julian and I kicking the ball around while the giant art just stands there.





We stopped at a little place near the ice rink for sandwiches, salad, etc.  and ate outside.  Pretty good.  Here’s Brenda and Erin finishing up.






After lunch we walked around some then flew more kites.  I think Gabe took this picture, walking backward, probably bumping into people.




Since we’re on the National Mall, of course we had to ride the carousel.  The carousel was built in 1947, so it’s one of the few things on earth older than me. It has galloping horses four abreast, and a big sea dragon that was a little too big for Julian.  The workmanship of the animals and trim is beautiful.  It’s been a fixture on the National Mall as long as we’ve lived here, but it turns out it was only moved to the National Mall in 1981.

ErinHere’s Erin watching her son on the carousel.  Julian waved and said “hi” to every person he passed while riding the carousel.  Even the surly, bored kids who ran the thing began to wave back and smile after the 15th or 20th time we went around.  We had a great time.




RIP Smokey

smokey2Smokey, our beloved hunting cat passed away last night.  She was 13 years old and had been ill, probably with kidney diease. Here she is in one of her favorite places – her feeding table.  Smokey was primarily an outdoor cat.  She spent most of the day outside hunting mice, birds, whatever, then she slept in the house at night.  She was very affectionate and purred loudly when anyone petted her.  She provided us with offerings  of mice and birds and left them for us on the porch and sidewalk in front of the house, much to everyone’s delight.   The vet said that she would be cremated and her ashes sprinkled over an apple orchard in Maryland.  Smokey was a good cat and we’ll all miss her.  Here she is with her “sister” Zoeyzoeysmokey:



Brian and Susan Bought a House!

SAMSUNGSounds like a terrific house: 4 BRs, swimmin’ pool, Florida room, just outside Orlando.  Congrats guys!

Here’s Dane showing us his new swimming pool with Nick helping Dad clean up.   Ha ha!  Brian’s working. Click picture to embiggen.


And look!  After swimming, should you be cold, there’s a fireplace to warm you.  That is so very Florida!


Well, I need some more pictures of the house.  I assume they are all on Facebook, but I don’t do the Facebook because I live on Earth, which only has 24 hours in a day.  Pictures with Nick and Dane in them are of course, best.

New iRogue!

rogueWe bought a new car yesterday!  A 2013 Nissan Rogue SV.  It has all-wheel-drive, sunroof/moonroof, Bose crazy radio with GPS navigation, back-up camera, iPod dock, Sirius-XM satellite radio, bluetooth, and all kinds of things I’m not even sure about.  I love the color.  It’s “graphite blue,” one of those chameleon colors that   goes from metallic blue to black depending on the light.  It even has a “sport” button that changes the shift points for more “aggressive” driving.

rogueint2I think I’m going to love this car – if Brenda ever lets me drive it.  As always, click on picture to embiggen.