The kids just had to, they declared

The agreement declared that all the work it took my fantastic daughter Elisabeth and terrific fiance George Three to fix the quite broken shed doors while my dear wife Karen, cherished rescue mutt Ellie B and I were on our annual Cape Cod getaway would serve as this year’s Father’s Day present. I didn’t want…

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…

Another good year for Advent beers

I made it widely known how much I enjoyed the gift of Advent beers from terrific daughter Elisabeth and George Three last year. Earlier this week George dropped off not one, but two boxes into our front alcove before he got to work. Yes, my dear wife Karen has 24 beers to sample from them,…

Perfect place for soothing chimes

My former boss at the library used to give us really great Christmas gifts. My dear wife Karen has been searching for the perfect spot for the wind chime crafted lovingly and creatively by a local artists. We had it in locations too far for us to enjoy it’s lovely ringing or too close to…

Getting ready for a great summer

When Elisabeth and George Three came for a visit, I asked him for some help down in the basement. That’s where a large and fantastic Christmas gift from my dear wife Karen was stored. The cornhole set earmarked four our backyard is still fresh in its box. It’s big and it’s heavy. I still can’t…

Baseball back here, please

My terrific daughter and George Three combined my love of a great shirt and a certain baseball squad with a fine Christmas gift this year. So when I pull on this long-sleeved beauty, I’m warm with thoughts that maybe come spring, 2021 can bring the return of our Syracuse Mets. Missing the 2020 season for…

The pineapple salsa sure tasted great

Elisabeth and George have actually eaten at Joe’s Jerky Corner Market. Not with Karen and I, though. They know enough about my tastes to gift me with appropriate exotic foods. The third jar was a pineapple salsa that my dear wife has already used in the crock pot for the second go-round with our big…

Advent beers, finale

I finished my gift of Advent beers from Elisabeth and George Three with these brews. What a 24 mornings of unwrapping and evenings of tasting it was. My very favorite, you ask? It was the Apricot Wheat from the First Five! Great job Ithaca Beer Co. I’d never tasted that particular beer recipe before. In…

Ava almost saluted back

Our gifts for Elisabeth and George Three many times reflect what we’ve happily experienced during our time together at the every-other-year family reunion. No, their Ava did not get to go two summers ago when we landed on South Padre Island in Texas and did get to spy several of the Segura cactus we liked…

Advent beers, Part IV

I knew I was getting toward the end of my basket ‘o beers from Elisabeth when a mere four remained on the left side of the basket. And there were 24 when I began on Dec. 1. My how one a day went by quickly when I was having so much fun.