Happiness is hearing nothing but good words at your annual physical exam.

Doctor Fool

My doctor said, “You are in pretty good shape for a 62-year-old man.”  I thanked him.  Then he looked at the chart (actually computer) again.  “Oh, you’re 75.”  I smiled.

Now if my dentist was that kind to me . . .  But then, it’s not his fault.

Project Finished

The office windows now have the blinds installed.  That was the final step.

The new blind installed

The new blind installed

Step two was to replace the [old] valences over the windows.

Sylvia's valences add a nice touch of color

Sylvia’s valences add a nice touch of color

The final view looks like this.

Sylvia at work in our office

Sylvia at work in our office

Perhaps it’s the strong back light.  The walls have a more orange hue.

More Win Doze

Sylvia has painted the window trim (first coat).  This morning, I was greeted by this scene:


The morning sun was bright. Alas, it soon had donned a light cloak thus obscuring the view thereof.

Other News

I broke another spring in the seat of my recliner.  It was the second time that had happened.  I went to amazon.com, reviewed previous purchases, found the replacement spring and ordered another of the same.

Yesterday, with much frustration and rescue help from Sylvia, we replaced the spring.  In the process we also readjusted the first replacement spring.

In the evening, I sat in the restored recliner relaxing and enjoying The Hobbit – Battle of The Five Armies on DVD.  As the action was getting hot I heard, “SPROING!”  I was let down–literally let down.  The readjusted spring had slipped loose.  That will be my project for this afternoon.

Out With The Old

Out with the old. In with the new.

Out with the old. In with the new.

The new office windows are in place.  The workers installed the trim.  Next step is paint.

Yesterday, Sylvia and I bought paint for that job.  We also bought new blinds for the windows.


The sauerkraut is nearly ready.  We’ve enjoyed watching the process.  Next step is to seal the canning jars (there’s a bit more to it than that).  Later, we’ll enjoy eating it.

Looking out my office windows


Midnight greets Sylvia

That’s the view out our office window.  Thursday morning, the contractor is coming to replace the two office windows and two windows in the basement.

We’re excited and glad to begin the process of replacing windows.  Later this year, we’ll replace more.  For now, this will get us started.

I’ll be back later.  I’m shutting down the computer in anticipation of their visit.


Magi followed the star

Magi followed the star

Today, January 6, is Epiphany — the day we celebrate the visit of the magi to the Christ child.  It is also the twelfth day of Christmas.

Five hundred years earlier, Daniel and his companions, were taken in captivity to Babylon.  There these fellows rose to high rank among the wise men of that empire.  Daniel was elevated to a position of leadership in three empires.

I’ve often wondered if the magi mentioned in Matthew had learned from Hebrew scriptures and the teachings of Daniel.  It makes sense to me.

Today marks the end of the Christmas season at our house.  Soon the decorations will come down and family pictures will once again grace the mantle.

Seventh Blogaversary

Secondary Roads

Secondary roads,
Take you off the beaten trail,
Lead you to less stress.


My first blog post went online seven years ago today.  Much has changed in that time.

In those first few years, I’d spend up to six or seven hours per day cruising blogs and clicking on badges.  It was hard work trying to increase my blog rating.  Fortunately, that has gone the way of the dinosaur.  Family and close friends are now my target audience.  I blog to please them.

I also blog to learn.  There is always something new to discover and to try.

Thanks for joining me on this journey down secondary roads.  Here’s looking forward to this next year of blogging.


Here’s wishing you the best in 2016.


And may the farce be with you.

Facebook has cured me from using expressions like, “Happy Birthday.”  If you’ve been on FB, you know why.  Your friend has a birthday, and almost everyone posts the same two words.  How about some originality, folks?  My blogger buds do much better in that regard.

Sylvia joins me in wishing you all the best in 2016.  Do keep in touch.  Write if you find work.

Thanks Generac

Not from here . . . courtesy npr.org

Not from here . . . courtesy npr.org

Yesterday we kept an eye on the weather.  The erudite prognosticators were warning that the approaching winter storm could leave us with a quarter to a half-inch of ice on trees and power lines.  In keeping with a long-time tradition, they missed it.  We had no signs of icing on trees or lines in this neighborhood.  The ice stayed in balls and fell to the ground where it accumulated.

Unfortunately, they were right about the 50 mph wind gusts.  The power went out just before 8 PM.  Power company breakers tried to reset three times, and then dropped out for the duration.

We shut down all unnecessary systems and devices.  Sylvia was in the office and immediately shut off both of our computers.  Twenty seconds later, our emergency power system kicked on.

Living in this rural area, we are never high on the priority list.  That’s true for snow removal on the roads, power restoration and more.

I don’t care.  I love this life and will endure whatever comes this way for as long as I am able.