sharpening up for Layer Tennis

Quality pencils

Gearing up for another round of Layer Tennis this afternoon.

This time I’m hitting the virtual court with that fine upstanding Draplin fellow.

Calling out the play by play will be none other than Dave Cuzner, the man behind another favorite destination online, Grain Edit.

Categorized as Design

the Japanese Maple says hello

Spring happens quick around here

In lieu of incessant pictures of budding plants, I’ve started a folder with images of the yard coming to life this year.

It’s been pretty dang enjoyable watching the seasons unfold around the house.

The only ding is the cherry tree. Not sure if it was the result of strong winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ike last year, or some other circumstance, but it is leaning something fierce. We have a tree person coming out this week to diagnose and advise.

Fingers crossed.

Guamanian fiesta

a carrot cupcake was a fraction of the awesome

The weekend closed out with a “BBQ extravaganza / authentic Guamanian fiesta” hosted by our new friend Jenny.

Her cousin Joe with a big smile and a wicked talent on ukulele was visiting.

Together they curated a feast of delicious-ness (ribs, steak, marinated cucumber, grilled pineapple, corn on the cob and apple slaw to name a few dishes) paired with seemingly never-ending pitchers of margaritas.

I’m salivating in recollection.

With a house full of well-fed musical folks, Joe coaxed out some sweet singing with his uke and it drifted beyond the dinner table and into the yard.

I think the appropriate word for days like this is blessed.

Categorized as Friends

rhubarb, again

Starting off Sunday

As I catch up and reflect on the weekend that was, I have to admit it was pretty darn awesome. Fine weather, good eats, and a hanging with folks to round it all out.

Woke up Sunday and made a small breakfast, enjoying it out on the back patio before it got too warm under the canopy, reading the Times on our laptops.

I opted for rhubarb instead of preserves on biscuits. Doing my customary wiki’ing I found these uncited tidbits about the stalky red vegetable:

It is or was common for a crowd of extras in acting to shout the word “rhubarb” repeatedly and in an unsynchronised manner, to cause the effect of general hubbub. As a result, the word “rhubarb” sometimes is used to mean “length of superfluous text in speaking or writing”, or a general term to refer to irrelevant chatter by chorus or extra actors. The American equivalent is walla. Stage actors in the United States also use word “rhubarb” repeated asynchronously in a low or murmured tone to provide background voice ambience in crowd or party scenes. A variation of this is the repetition of the phrase “peas and carrots”
wiki : rhubarb


Previously: Not the best image, rhubarb on biscuits

Categorized as Food

this had the potential to end in tears

Luckily it did not. Other toys were found to occupy their attention.

Saturday was perfect for a grillout, and friends down in Loveland had one fired up for a Draft Day party.

I’m not exactly sure what all the football stuff was all about, but since the chart of colleges and draft picks was on the table with the chips and dips, I would pop inside, nod, and graze.

Outside was breezy and perfectly sunny. If folks weren’t old or pregnant we would have set up the Ladder Golf set (also known as Hillbilly Horseshoes, Bolo Toss, Monkey Balls, Chuck Your Nuts, Dangly Bits, Donkey Balls, Golfshoes, Twigs and Berries, Rodeo Golf, and many more… for real).

Instead we enjoyed spending time between the sun and the shade, nursing cool drinks, circling the grill, and running after kids. Good times.

Categorized as Friends

for the birds

a visitor in the back yard

Pardon the blur of this 2 second exposure, it was pitch black out there.

All you could hear was the munching from the patio.

The stale cereal was intended for the birds.


It’s like a huge miniature city of electronics in there

Laptop flickered and made alarming beep noise again.


Call to support, this time with proper screwdriver on hand.
Back in business but lost a tiny screw in the process.

Support fella said, “Just pop into the Apple Store for a little screw.
You should be in and out in 5 minutes.”

Categorized as Technology

tulips on the square

Oxford, OH

Made a detour on the way home for these tulips that we saw over lunch and I lamented not having a camera over my shoulder.

I’d so plant these at home if the deer didn’t like ’em so much.