This year flew by

As we end 2021, I wish you all the opportunity to wrap up this year in a manner that’s as satisfying as possible. Happy New Year’s Eve to all.

Front rose wants to turn, too

Walking the property during a holiday break from work, I noticed the big front yard rose trying mightily to defy the winter calender and the snow on the lawn. It may go green yet. Hey, this is Central New York, if you get my drift.

Solar shine will light the garden come spring

Terrific daughter Elisabeth and son-in-law-to-be George know how my dear wife Karen works hard to make the backyard gardens so special. This gift of solar-powered flower lights will look delightful among the blooms of spring and summer, we are certain after Karen hung them for the rest of winter at the flanks of our kitchen…

I happily growled

Terrific daughter Elisabeth and son-in-law-to-be George heard us when we said how much we liked the Blonde Ale from Hamilton Brewery Good Nature. Our Christmas gifts included a growler of that draft ale, cold from their fridge and short trip in their car. Does not that pour look lovely? Karen, George and myself shared a…

Nice folding, deer

On her web travels, my dear wife Karen discovered reindeer towel gifts. She immediately decided she needed to take on the project for terrific daughter Elisabeth and son-in-law-to-be George. I watched her watch YouTube during the creative process. The deer awaited the kids’ arrival for the holiday. They loved them (with some extra towels in…

A personal finish for the Advent beer present

Our final four Advent beers started off with a new style of Polish beer for me. My Zywiec certainly went down smooth. My dear wife Karen got a Fruit Fight light ale that day because Elisabeth and George knew she’d prefer that over Polish beer. Christmas Ale and Waschusetts Blueberry happily set us up for…

Time to reflect

Walking around the front lawn as afternoon threatened to give way to evening on a day off from the library Thursday, I noticed the sun hanging right over our lake view slice down the road. It reflected off the water just right. Oh, happy end-of-December moment it was.

Hello, it’s me, mid-80s style

Sometimes your photo roll travels back all by itself and up pops an image that screams … What was I thinking? That was almost 40 years ago! How much can I remember about that picture? Time for a Throwback Thursday. I know these folks flanking me also worked at the big Syracuse daily, in 1984…