Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Two drawings down and one to go. Not a very good picture of the drawing, but I thought I'd try it instead of scanning it. I will scan it before I frame it though. ■ Yesterday it was warm - somewhere around 60 degrees, or so. In fact it was warm when we were unloading for the gig, but by 2:00 am the temperature had dropped and it was snowing. At least we didn't get much snow - not even enough to shovel. ■ Holly and Aaron drove to Louisville, KY today to see Libby. It's the only chance he'll get to see his sister before he has to go back to San Diego and the Navy. They'll be home tomorrow, but I'll probably be at work by the time they get here. ■ Time for bed. I'm sure Zoe is warming up my spot. ■
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Yes, we're getting more snow. Some of the neighbors are on top of it, (that's Jac in the picture on the far right) and some of us aren't. I'll have to get out and shovel and try and keep up with it. ■ And just to make shoveling interesting I've got another gout attack in my right ankle. Now I get to see if the new med I've got will get rid of it. It's really (the med) supposed to be a preventative thing. ■ I've got a couple of drawings I'm working on and need to get done. Off I go. . . . . .
Monday, December 22, 2008
Boring . . . . . if not to you, then at least to me. I have too many pictures of our lovely dogs. And, I think, mostly in the same postitions --- lying on our couch. ■ I think I've got another gout attack (if that's what you call it???) My left ankle began hurting again last this afternoon. I just started on my "anti-gout" medication - but maybe too late to prevent this occurance. Ah, who knows? ■ The last 'out of state' Christmas drawing went out this morning. $27 odd was the cost for sending it. I only charge $15 for shipping. I don't intend to make money shipping, but I don't intend to lose it either. That's life. ■ Sold a bass guitar and bass amp today. That's good news. I wish I could sell 20 guitars and amps every day. ■ Just took my night-time meds. I don't think I can take any pain meds for my gout-infested-ankle yet, so I'll just have to live with it. I really detest having to take so many meds. ■ I still need to shop for Christmas . . . . . . stay with me . . . . . . . . .
Sunday, December 21, 2008
We received a Christmas card from Alanna and Bill. As you can see Alanna is using the drawing of her home for her cards. And, as you can see, their home graces the cover of my book. ■ And speaking of my book, I've got to look and see how many new drawings I've done since I last published. Business has been slow this year - yes, my business reflects the slowdown in our economy too. ■ Made chili this afternoon. Turned out pretty good. I was going to smoke the meat, as I usually do, but it was -5° (minus 5 degrees!) out and I said, "Nope, I'm not going out in this cold." At any rate the chili turned out well despite not smoking the meat. ■ I've got a split in my right-hand index finger. It kind of hurts to hold anything using that finger. I wonder what causes those splits. Yet something else to wonder about . . . . . .
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
This is a picture I took with my iPhone - at the patio door. You can see the snow we're received, but you can also see the reflection with our bear in the corner decorated with some white lights. Way over on the far right - about the middle of the photo - you can see the fire from the fireplace. Actually you can only see a couple of the small frames, but it is from our fireplace. ■ Our son flies home tomorrow. I can't wait to see him. It's been a long time. ■ New Year's Day: We're hosting brunch on New Year's Day. I've got to get the invitations out and the website built. I'm not lazy - just too much to do . .. . . . . . . . . . ... . . .
And our bandmate/photographer took around 130 pictures at our last gig. I'll have to get those up tomorrow - actually today since it's 12:40 am. ■ Sleep: I'm having a hard time getting to sleep. It used to be that I'd be able to close my eyes and 20 seconds later I'd be sleeping. Now I get tired, hop in bed and boom! - I'm awake - not sleepy. So I end up staring at the ceiling for an hour, give up and get up and on the pc - hoping that will get me sleepy. My sleep patterns have been changing. ■ Cold. Burrrrr. It's 8 degrees out. Way too cold for me. And we're going to have more of this cold along with some snow. Burrrr. ■
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Here's a quick picture I took with my iPhone this afternoon. That's one of the Rock-U bands performing. They were all very good. I took a number of pictures of the event, which I'll post on a web page for all to see. ■ Holly baked a full chicken in the oven tonight. Delicous. Mmmm . . . I want more, but I'll have to wait until tomorrow. ■ Into work early tomorrow. I've finished another drawing and need to matte, frame, and ship it. ■ Time for bed.
■ More later, or perhaps a post, or two from the recital.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Music - that's kind of what you're looking at in this picture. What? Yup. That's someone playing the iphone ocarina. Looks like they're from somewhere around the midwest. And you didn't know that the iphone was also a musical instrument. Yup, it is. ■ I know I owe my readers a recording. I'll try and do one either tomorrow, or Tuesday and see if I can't post it on this blog. Got to figure out how to do that. ■ Got to get to bed. Night. . . . . .
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Our bass player called late this afternoon and asked if I wanted to ride with him up to Powers Lake, Wisconsin to deliver posters to the bar we're playing at next weekend. "Of course", I replied. Long-story-short --- we drove up there and dropped off the posters. They're supposed to have great burgers there, so I think we'll go up early and eat dinner before the gig. That's a quick picture of the outside of the bar. It's a nice place with friendly folks. It should be a fun gig. ■ It's cold here. 18º and dropping. Old man winter flipped the switch here on December 1st. ■ Our daughter is back in the Chicago area for a baby shower tomorrow. We'll get to see her them. Can't wait. ■ It's late and I'm ready to hit the hay. ■
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Here in Cary, Illinois and the environs - not in the picture. That's a drawing of a home in NC that's been finished for some time, but lost contact with the customer. ■ And, yes, snow. Not much, but enough to make driving for folks around here slippery. ■ Terry sent me pictures from the gig this past Saturday, but I haven't had time to get them put up on the Bullfrog site. Gotta get that done. ■ Bedtime . . . . . .
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Had to get a current picture of the bear into the blog. ■ December 1st came and with it came cold weather and snow. Burrr . . . . I'm not ready for this. ■ The gig this past Saturday was ok. Not a whole lot of people, but the folks there enjoyed the music. Lots of compliments on our playing. ■ The scanner I ordered came today. I've got to get that setup and running. Lots to do. ■
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
It's been a nice day. Our daughter and boyfriend arrived last night after a 6 hour drive from Louisville. This morning we slept in a little which was nice. ■ Turkey: I started the grill this morning and put the 12lb bird on to slowly smoke and cook. It turned out very well. ■ We went to the home of one of our good friends for Thanksgiving dinner. Everything was delicious. There were 2 turkeys and 1 turkey breast. I smoked one of the turkeys; Terry deep fried the other turkey; and the turkey breast was done in the oven. More food than you can imagine! ■ Foot: I'm beginning to think that maybe I've got gout in my right ankle. The ankle throbs while I'm sitting and I've got to use a cane to help me get around. Tomorrow morning I'm going to the doctor's office and see if I can get in. This has just been getting worse since Monday when it started. ■ Off to dreamland now. . . . . .
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Went to a Wolves hockey game tonight. It was lots of fun to watch. Unfortunately the Wolves were losing when we left. ■ I've had a problem with my ankles for the last couple of days - especially with my right ankle. Both hurt when walking. Just another O.M. thing, I guess. ■ Time for bed. It's late. ■
Monday, November 24, 2008
I see I haven't posted anything in almost a week! I've been tied up trying to get this pc back in working order. ■ Last Friday Bullfrog's gig was cancelled. The bar/restaurant we were to play at lost their liquor license. No license - no customers - no band - and no reason to keep the doors open. ■ Had a rather relaxing weekend. Watched a movie on Saturday night. Sunday watched football and had brats on the grill. That's the entire crowd watching the Bears win one. ■ Holly took a brat and a bun to work with her this morning. Well, the brat made it. Zoe went in her briefcase and took the bun. She didn't know it until she got to work. Ooo, Zoe, mom's a little ticked at you. ■ And we had snow on the ground this morning. Nothing that stuck around very long, but here comes the start of old man winter. Brrrr. ■ Zoe had her annual appointment at the vet this morning. She's healthy, not overweight, and has all her shots. All for $121.00. Mollie's appointment is in January. ■ Tomorrow night Holly and I will go to a Wolve's hockey game. Should be fun. ■ Time for bed. Goodnight.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Home, sweet, home . . . . . isn't that it? We all love our homes. This is a photo of the welcome sign above the doorway to our hall. It was given to us by our very good (and old - not meaning that they're actually old - just friends from long ago) friends for our new house. Well, it was new to us in, I think, 1986. The sign has been up above that door for 20 something years and it means a lot to us. ■ Time for bed . . . . . . .
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
A few days ago I thought I had my pc up and running again. Boy was I wrong. It's been a full week since it ran correctly. But, I think (cross my fingers) that it's back working again. What was the problem? I think a virus, but I could never confirm it. At any rate after struggling with it for a week - booting and rebooting in normal mode - booting and rebooting in safe mode - trying all sorts of stuff - I ended up using HP's recovery method - which is drastic, but it works. What is it? In short when you buy your HP pc you're instructed to make a set of recovery disks. These contain all the software and settings that you had on the hard drive when you purchased the pc. What the recovery process does is to format your hard drive - and yes, you lose everything - and then reinstall the operating system, drivers, etc. which puts the pc back into the shape it was in when you bought it. Drastic, but it appears to work. ■ But it's still not over. I still have software to install and data files to copy from an old backup. Still a few more hours of work to do. ■ Tomorrow Bullfrog has a gig at a private Bears-Packer party. It's an annual event that the band has played at for the past 4 or 5 years. It's a lot of fun. I'll see if I can't do a few posts from there tomorrow. ■ And I suppose you're wondering what the blog picture is of . . . . . . . . it's of a crystal that contains a frog in a swamp. It sits on a rotating, lighted mirrow. It's pretty neat. ♫
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
My pc has been down for the past few days. I think it's back up and running . . . . I certainly hope so. ■ The drawing above is of a home in Kentucky. Since my pc has been down the only way I could capture a digital image is by taking a photo of it. Scans work much better. Now if I could only get my old scanner to work! ■
Saturday, November 8, 2008
'Cause they're so big! These are shrimp from the gulf. Just huge. And what you're seeing is only a small portion of what our friends brought back from their trip to Louisiana and Mississippi. These we ate with a little cocktail sauce. The remainder went in the fryer. They were delicious. ■ Tomorrow I'm making chili and smoking ribs accompanied with a couple of beers and the Bear's game. Maybe a post of two from the cooking front tomorrow . . . . . . .
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
It's fall. The leaves have been turning - making this season beautiful . . . but they're also aching to be raked, or in my case, run over by my Deere with the mulching blade. Sounds much better with the "beautiful" part. ■ It was warm today. Must have been around 70+. I got outside for a bit and picked up "stuff." I guess Joe Walsh's lyrics would say it best from his song "Ordinary Average Guy." ■ Returned a call to a bar that is interested in having Bullfrog play there. We'll see what happens. ■ Went and voted this morning around 10:00. Quick and easy. ■ Got to get to bed now. Love to all. ■
Monday, November 3, 2008
Yeah, what the heck is this? It's my neighbor, Jac, with one of his inventions. I'm not sure how many inventions he's had, but actually this one is pretty good. And now you're asking "just what is his invention?" --- and that's for another post . . . . . stay tuned - as they say . . . . . ■ It was a beautiful day today. Warm, or at least warm for this time of year. I did cut the grass and thus mulch the leaves. Much easier to do that than rake the things. ■ Had a gig on Halloween. We played in a place where we had so little room to setup that I elected to not bring in a mic stand, or guitar stand. There just wasn't room. The gig was fine and we made new friends. ■ Had a couple of brews tonight with my neighbors - yes, including the inventor too, and cooked some burgers, brats, and chicken on the grill. I did forget to take my nightly meds, which is why I'm writing this at 12:23 in the morning! I should be fast asleep. Well, I will be soon, since I just took it now. ■
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Yes, another new toy on my iphone. This one lets me make photo collages from pictures on my iphone and then save those results - like the one above. You can resize the photos, turn them any-which-way, and bring them to the front, or back. You can even draw on them. ■ Had a gig last night - on halloween. We were really crammed into a small space. I decided that there wasn't enough room for my mic stand, so I left it in the car. And we only used one monitor (usually we use 2). I also left my guitar stand in the car and just put my guitar in its case between sets. Talked about trying to setup in a small space! ■ We are hosting cribbage tonight. Holly's downstairs giving the rooms there a cleaning. I'm installing antivirus software on her pc and writing this blog entry. I know it doesn't seem fair, but I've got a gout attack on my left foot and it's kind of hard to walk. ■ In another 1/2 hour I'll have to run and get ice. Our icemaker appears to be non-functioning. Ah, great. Another unexpected expense coming up. ■ I'll also have to start the fire for smoking some salmon, which we're having for cribbage. ■ All for now. . . . . . . . .
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
At least it seems orange . . . . . . - that's the pumpkin I brought from home to put in the store I work at. (I think my English is wrong!) At any rate it's sitting on top of one of our Orange amps. Very nice amps and very expensive. ■ Still trying to get Holly's pc on our wifi connection. I've spent hours on the wifi connection and more time on trying to get my old printer/scanner up and running - both to no avail. ■ I've got a lot on my plate right now and I've got to organize it a little bit and get the stuff done. ■
Sunday, October 19, 2008
"I've looked at clouds from both sides now, from . . . . . " Do you remember the words and the artist? I'm not tellin'. You'll have to guess. ■ It's been a great weekend. Two good gigs, got 2 PCs setup (or close), got the grass cut and had ham on the grill. ■ My office is looking much more organized. I moved a lot of stuff out (although it's in another bedroom and needs to be sorted through . . . ) and moved a 2nd pc in. ■ The gigs were fun - especially the one on Saturday night. (check the pics out at www.bullfrogband.com) The venue was a new place for us. We arrived early and had prime rib for dinner there. Very good. Had a nice crowd for the gig and they only left when we stopped playing shortly after 1:00 am. ■ And today was a beautiful, sunny fall day. The leaves have started to turn and fall. I'll try and take some photos of the trees before I leave for work each day. And I'm determined not to have to rake the leaves this year. Last year I just ran over them with my John Deere and didn't have to rake at all - that's my plan for this year too. ■ Time for bed . . . . . .