Saturday, April 12, 2014

Lots of Culture

A week ago, our culture immersion began.


A local group, the Black River Comedy Club gave a production of "Westward, Ho".  The group has been writing and producing a comedy production for many years.  The members of the cast are local residents.  They put their heart and soul into it, but sometimes the laughter comes when your neighbor forgets his parts.  (He probably will be laughing as he looks to the prompter).  The star of the show this year was a boy in elementary school who played the parts of two people by just exchanging hats for each one.  He was told at 7 pm the night of the performance that the other person was ill.  Since he had a part of one of the two people he had been at the practices and knew the parts of both.

Next was a concert brought to the area by a non profit, ORMACO which brings culture and arts to rural areas.  We are good friends with the parents of the Executive Director so try to attend a lot of the concerts.  We never are disappointed. The group this time was Le Vent du Nord from Quebec, Canada.  All singing was in French, but we thoroughly enjoyed it even though we do not know French. You can listen to some of their preforming on YouTube.  One link is:

A few days later we attended a lecture at Baldwin Wallace College by historian and author, Stephen Prothero.  His talk was about his most recent book, The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation.       He has been on numerous television and radio programs as well as being a contributor to NY Times. Washington Post and many other papers.  He former book was God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World--and Why Their Differences Matter.   

Last Night we saw the play "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie".  I'll let you look up that on your own. But will say we again enjoyed it.

Tonight is attending a performance of  Beethoven and Rossini by the Akron Symphony Orchestra and tomorrow is see Shakespeare's "As You Like it".

Friday, April 4, 2014

Blurry eyed from looking at computer all day.

I am submitting two pictures to an exhibit by my photo club.  As I starting sorting through pictures, I could not find pictures from 2005 to 2010. My guess is that when our last computer died and son got us a new one, these pictures were not transferred over to the new one.  Fortunately, I have backups on dvds.  But it was not an easy job to get them copied into the external hard drive where my photos now live.  It was an all day job.  Some moved as directed, but others had to be moved one days worth at a time.  I still have six months worth that are giving me trouble.  As usual, I think if I were my son or daughter I could figure out a fast way to do things.  But I at least figure out  my way to get them done.  The next big project is to sort my pictures from G's.  Should have done that from the beginning but did not.  This is to lead to the end result of us sorting our photos so we just have the good ones and a smaller number so we can actually show them to people.  It does feel good to get the job started however.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Vacation Part 2

On Tuesday we drove to Duluth, GA were we stayed three nights with G's cousin V and her husband, J.
V is a preschool teacher, a position she has had for many years. J has retired from the Army and has completed a few contracts that took him back to Afghanistan.
On Wednesday we spent the day at the Atlanta Zoo.  Three of B's favorite pictures are

Southern Ground Hornbill


Panda having lunch

In the evening we had great steaks grilled by J.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Vacation report

G and I have friends, one couple from Kankakee, Ill and another from Ohio, who have bought homes in Florida and go there in the winter months. Both invited us to stay, so we planned a trip where we could spend time with both.  Since Gerry had previously spent three weeks looking up all his cousins on his mother's side of the family, we were able renew acquaintances with three of them. I was unable to post during the trip due to my inability to download pictures from my camera to my new tablet.  One more thing I need to learn.  This is our car packed up on the morning that we left. It was 16 degrees and snowing.

The first of many museums that we visited was the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. These were just two of the micro cars that we saw.

The car on the right is a Peel 50, the world's smallest car with a Moped engine. The car on the left is a two-seater Peel with the same engine. The dome made it a sauna in the summer

This car was made to go up narrow mountain roads where there was no room to turn around.  You would just hop in the other seat and drive it the other way.

I enjoyed the history and stories that were given with each car.  G looked at how they were made.  So there was something for both of us.

We then drove a short distance to Marysville, TN were we stayed night with friends, L & G, who had lived in Ohio, but moved to where the winters were not so brutal. L  is a volunteer at the local library.  It was her day to help sort books for the book sale so we went with her to see the process.

  While at the library, G came across this in the magazine section.  So to all you crocheters out there,you are being watched.

L decorates her home with paintings she had done.
I love the bright colors and I can't help but smile when looking at them.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

We miss you Andrew

It is with tears in my eyes I write this.  But I also smile when I think of Andrew.  He was such a good sport in working with his father-in-law on one of his many projects.    Today would have been his 31st birthday.

We love you and miss you.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Two day project completed

My desk in my office faces a window.  So when ever I try to use the computer, the light is wrong.  It is wrong even for just working at the desk. I had been thinking of making a change and mentioned it to G as he was working at the other desk.  So we did it.  My part was to remove all the books from two bookshelves, so we could move the desk to where the bookshelves had been and move the bookshelves to another wall.  It was a mess for a day or two, but now I have a great office again.

 This is a dormer space which ended up being used as a storage space.  

 Desk with window facing South.  One of two bookshelves.

What floor looked like after books were removed from shelves.

 Bookshelves moved and organized.

Desk moved to where shelves had been.  Filing cabinets turned. 

View from window.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Snow rollers

A few days ago we experienced a rare phenomenon - snow rollers.  The conditions need to be very specific for them to occur.  The ground needs a coat of ice, followed by snow and wind.  It cannot be too cold.  The wind rolls the snow like you would when making a snowman.

The first picture is the yard between us and our neighbors.  The second is a closeup of the snow roller.

It is back to 0 degrees at night.  I have been taking my four mile walks in 10-15 degree weather.  It is not bad unless there is a wind.