Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Way Were Were Wednesday - Cousin Lysle

The top image is one of my all time favorites from the 1970's, it is my cousin Lysle at about 15 months of age.  The bottom image is Lysle in October 2017.  My how we have changed. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Snow Days

Yesterday was a snow day in DC. I remember snow days as a kid, they are not the same as an adult.  Work still needs to be done, and stacks up if it does not get done.  20+ years of living in the semi-tropics, snow is pretty for the first day, then I have had enough of this.  

Do you look forward to snow days? 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Focus on Ability

History tells us that FDR faced a lot of challenges in his adult life.  He had great difficulty standing or walking.  Yet he was a charismatic leader.  He largely hid his challenges, his staff and the press avoided pictures or talking about his leg braces and wheelchairs.  Even his aircraft was modified with a chair lift to the ground.  And few people knew, and those that did, didn't make anything of it.  They focused on what he could do.  The country focused on his abilities and not his disabilities.  Advocates wonder, if he had been more open about the challenges in his life, if it would have opened doors for other.  Hard to say.  I dare say he didn't talk about it, for fear of having doors closed in his face.  He focused on what he could do, and he did a lot for a long time.  

The FDR memorial in DC is quite interesting, very worth the visit.  Have you seen it? 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday Five Blogging

Once a year or so I do a blog post about blogging.  So here we go. 

1: How long have you been blogging or reading blogs? 
2: How many posts did you post last year? 
3: Do you have a formula for posts?
4: Do you create posts ahead of time or plan them out, or use regular themes? 
5: Why do we do this? 

My answers: 
1: How long have you been blogging or reading blogs? I started reading blogs in 2005, guest blogged for a friend that August, then put up my first post on September 3, 2005, 13.5 years ago. 
2: How many posts did you post last year? 374 
3: Do you have a formula for posts?  I always start with a photo. About 97% of the photos I have taken (the way we were Wednesdays has lowered this percentage.) The image gives me an idea or an inspiration, or sometimes I just think it is an interesting image.  
4: Do you create posts ahead of time or plan them out, or use regular themes? Most of mine are created ahead of time, and scheduled.  I have done Sunday five for a couple of years, and started The Way We Were Wednesdays this past year.  I have done 12 on 12 a few times. 
5: Why do we do this?  Blogging gives me a place to share photos, I have been taking pictures for 50 years and love sharing my favorites.  By limiting myself to one or two a day, hopefully I am not boring anyone.  Blogging gives me a place to vent and share my views.  Blogging everyday, has brought discipline to my writing.  Despite the typos, my writing has improved, despite the strange sentence constructions, my writing is better than it was.  To be a better writer, read, write, edit and repeat endlessly.  

Your answers in the comments: 

Saturday, January 12, 2019


Look at the finger, what do the details tell us.  The middle fingers have marks in them from molding the wax, the end of the index finger has grown smooth from contact.  The wax marks have been worn away by being touched hundreds of thousands of times.  I took an art class in college were we carved wax, and cast silver. 

Friday, January 11, 2019

An Extra Six Inches

The Condo buildings have outdoor parking and garage parking.  The garage spaces sell separately from the apartments (I don't own one, I have not been able to find one for sale.) The following advertisement just appeared on the association's online bulletin board.
               I'm looking to swap out my parking space for                           another in same bldg 4.  My space is approx 6 in'                   smaller than most and yet I have a wider vehicle.                     Willing to negotiate a fee for swap.
Which leads to the question, how much would you pay for an extra 6-inches?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Plug Him In?

We are coming right along with sorting out and putting things away, consolidating two houses into one, has proved a bigger task than we expected. Two weeks after the movers delivered and there are still unopened boxes.  

We found his cord, now where do I plug him in?