Thursday, March 29, 2012

Took this picture of Abby . . .


Pretty neat picture of Abby.  Just look at her.  ■  Off to work today at 3:30, but probably home early.  It’s spring break and a lot of the lessons are cancelled for this week.  Hurts the income.  ■  Going out to see our old bass player’s new band this Saturday.  Trying to get a few more people to come with us.  ■   This switching health insurance is more than a pain.  It’s hard to figure out what is what with medications.  ■  Appointment with doctor yesterday was fine – although a strange start to it.  When I arrived at the doctor’s office all the lights were out; there was no furniture in the waiting area – that was all stacked up outside the office in the hallway.  I called the doc’s main number and asked if they had moved, or closed their Fox River Grove office.  No, they hadn’t.  Apparently they had the entire office repainted; the painters had moved the furniture out, but no one had been there to move it back inside and set it up.  ■  Back to figuring out my meds situation.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cool and then warm again . . .


The weather was cool yesterday (Monday), but it warmed up this afternoon. ■  The grass is growing already.  I’ll probably cut it tomorrow, or Thursday.  I don’t believe I’ve ever cut my grass this early in the year.  ■  The painting on the right was included in the email I send out to our chamber networking group.  We normally meet Wednesday mornings, but we’ve cancelled the meeting for this week – so all the members can sleep in a bit.  ■  Doctor’s appointment tomorrow afternoon.  We’ll see what he says about my health.  At least I feel good.  ■  We’re hosting our cribbage group this Sunday.  Good thing Holly told me ‘cause I was thinking of doing a blues, booze, and bbq on Sunday.  That’ll have to be postponed to another Sunday.  ■  I’ve been messing around, a little more seriously, with DADGAD tuning on guitar.  It’s a very Celtic sounding tuning and opens up many possibilities in playing and composing songs.  ■  I’ve also been practicing my square-neck dobro playing.  That’s an entirely different instrument.  More on that in the future.  ■

Friday, March 23, 2012

Record temperatures . . . . .


I took this screen capture off my iphone on Tuesday, 03/20/2012.  This is just for documentation purposes – we’ve been having record high temps in March.  Heck, we’ve hardly had a winter at all.  The weather is wacky!  ■  This weekend is our daughter’s baby shower.  It should be fun for all involved.  Not me ‘cause I get to stay home, which is good.  ■  Took my first square neck dobro lesson today.  What’s a dobro?  Easier for you to look it up.  There are square neck dobros and round neck dobros.  Check out this youtube video to hear how beautiful it sounds:

Time for bed.  Got a cardiologist appointment tomorrow morning.  ■  ‘Night.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Legs, doctors, work, . . .


Took Holly to the doctor today.  The kneeling she did on the floor making curtains for the new baby (not here yet) came back to bite her badly. Her right leg/knee is giving her severe pain.   After an office visit we headed off to the hospital for x-rays and then to Osco for meds.  It seems the meds started to help, but then something happened and she it put her back a couple of steps.  She’s got ice on it now and we’ll see how she does tomorrow.  I doubt she’ll be able to go to work.  She can hardly walk and she does a lot of walking at work.  The building complex she’s in is huge.  ■  Took the dogs to the bank with me today along with another Abby & Zoe thank you card.  It’s hard keeping up trying to give the tellers a new card each time I make a deposit.  ■  TFB.  ‘Night.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

End of another weekend . . .

031812_001. . . and on to the start of another week.  ■  Quiet weekend this one.  Worked Saturday then did steak on the grill Saturday night.  Holly had gone to Green Bay to see her mother, so it was just the girls and I.  I had planned to do steak on the grill and bang, bang shrimp on Sunday, but we just weren’t hungry enough for both.  So we just had bang, bang shrimp.  Excellent.  ■  I’ve got two doctor’s appointments this week.  O’ joy.  ■  Our son is back in San Diego as of Saturday.  They ended up not needing him to deploy to the middle east.  ■  The pic is of an old guitar I have – a Goya (Korean Martin) and an old Laney AOR 30 amp.  The guitar is one of my favorites.  The way the bridge is set negates the guitar from ever intonating accurately.   The G and the B strings are always a little out.  Frustrating, but for noodling around and song writing it’s perfect.  The Laney amp was built in the 80s.  It’s a very warm tube amp – probably my favorite, but it’s really not gigable as the handle is not secure (not that that couldn’t be fixed), but it’s also heavy.  ■  Worked on a couple of new Abby & Zoe cards.  Those are the cards I give to our driveup bank tellers when we go to the bank – with the dogs, of course.  ■

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Too tired . . . .

. . .  to do a longer post.  ■  Worked today. ■ Went to Sam’s Club for stuff.  ■  Steak on the grill again tonight.  ■  Sleep med is kicking my a$$;.  Night.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Weather’s getting warmer . . .


It’s 66º right now and it’s going to be 70º later this week.   I’d expect us to be in the 30s and 40s.  This is indeed unusual.  ■  The pen & ink to the right is of a cabin/home in Colorado.  This one was a rush job and they should receive it tomorrow.  ■  Holly’s on her way home from Louisville.  She’s probably about an hour, or so away.  I’ve got to figure out what to have for dinner.  I think a quick trip to Jewel is in order.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Busy week drawing . . . . .


Been a short, busy week drawing.  The pencil sketch to the left is of a house my brother rented while his home was being repaired due to damage from a fire.  This house is right on Puget Sound.  Beautiful location.  ■  Got an order for a pen & ink drawing of a home in Colorado while we were out in Gig Harbor, Washington.  That took priority and I finished it and got it shipped on Thursday.  The customer will receive it Monday.  They needed it by Tuesday at the latest, so I had to push other things aside in order to get it done.  ■  Holly’s in Louisville this weekend to make curtains for the baby’s room.  ■  Work tomorrow, so once again it’s time-for-bed.  Of course I’ve got to get the dogs off the bed before I can climb in.  ‘Night.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Back from the Pacific NW . . .

Got back tonight from the Pacific northwest – Gig Harbor, WA to be exact.  Went out there to see my mother and brother.  It was a great trip.  Wish we could have stayed longer.  More tomorrow.