Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cold Weather Soup

Thanksgiving has ushered in some downright chilly nights in Saranap. DW#1 sometimes meets the cold weather by preparing her version of R. A. Winnacker's lentil soup, which I so dearly love.

Here's a shot of last night's version, a mere two spoon-fulls* away from extinction:
Mmm, mmm, good.

*interesting thoughts about "spoonfuls" or "spoonsful" on Google. I prefer spoons full.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Hi there...

Hi there. I haven't been here for a while, probably a bit because blogging seems possibly outdated these days.
Or, is it just me?
As I ponder these silly questions, let me entertain you with some beautiful designs, European designs, from a time when automobiles were fresh and new and had few requirements imposed on them except to be beautiful and expensive and work reasonably well.

What I still don't understand is how the driver was able to cut sharp corners with the front wheels behind those fender skirts.

Monday, August 24, 2015


My goodness. Hard to believe, but Windows 95 is 20 years old today.
Seems like just yesterday.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

In honor of Flag Day 2015

Presented herewith is a graphic history of the official flag of the United States of America as approved by the Congress of the United States:
(Looks kind of like a pane of postage stamps, doesn't it?)

This might be fun for the young ones. And, while we're on the subject, let's peel apart the 1801 Union Flag of the United Kingdom:
Now that, I think, is cool. (Thanks to Dr. M.Viant for the tip.)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Senior moments

One of the very nice things about retirement is the freedom to just relax and enjoy the moments. Last night we had dinner with my wife's two sisters at my sister-in-law's house. A very pleasant meal, with varied samples of some of the freshest fish available in our small corner of Northern California.

The after-dinner time, however, was the most pleasant. Just mature adults discussing the weighty national and world events of the day with sincerity, judgement, and intelligence.

...or not.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


This is almost painful.

Anyway, when I was a kid of four years, my parents faced the costs of essential-for-living items:
But, more recently, I've certainly seen things get smaller, not larger:
All in all, not too bad. :)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Definitely Spring

We've recently established a new garden area for our Frank Lloyd Wright Sprite based on some Chicago Fair in the early 1900's.

The designer, Bill Castlelon, really likes peonies, and he designed one into the Sprite garden.

And here it is, plucked:

It is truly awesome.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Signs of Summer

This is Mark Canha. He may not be with us for a long time, but he hits the ball.

Go A's!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Veterinary Medicine

Lion, meet CT Scanner:

Sunday, March 01, 2015


First, back in February of 1960, famed American popular artist, Norman Rockwell, made a bit of fun of himself:

 That was then. Today, thanks to the Internet and Twitter, we have a contemporary version:

If the bottom painting's painting had been of The Prophet, there might well have been trouble.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fly, fly away

Somedays I want to give it all up and just fly, fly away. . .

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Winter 2015

Two feet of snow were predicted for New York City last night.

Sure enough:

Meteorologists are getting better all the time.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

I scream, you scream ...

I sort of like this attitude. Of course, I like carrots, too. (Click to enlarge.)