Friday, February 17, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Beard on way Back.

My new haircut. Adam Harris cut it the other day after I have shaved off my beard.

I promised myself to grow the beard back. It covered a lot of wrinkles in my skin.

I like the idea that I don't have to shave every morning.

Just being clean shaven is not enough for me. I would rather have a beard.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Me going-on 83.

Thinking about it?

It was 61ยบ outside this morning when I left the dog outside to do his business. He got in bed with me at 2:00 am and got up at 6:00 when I got up. He went outside while I did my breathing treatment. It was warm and had rained but wasn't raining when I got up. I cut most of my beard off last night and thinned what is left so it looks better.

Saturday, December 31, 2016


Just plugged my FIXME Stick and it has been checking my PC. It says it has found at least one malicious software on the computer and I will be able to deal with it as soon as the entire scan is done. It has been running for 41 minutes and has another 5 plus minutes to go.

This is the problem with PC's. I have two of them and I really do like Windows 10 but so does everybody else who wants to cream you with nasty things that will wreck your computer.

I need to get myself a new iMac or a Mac. I have a MacBook Pro that sets on my end table by my chair. I should start using it.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Beared old man

I am fascinated with beards. I noticed most of the adult men who come into K's restaurant wear them. Some are big, most are new like mine or this size. So I decided to grow one again and this is how far it as come along in about a week.

I am setting here playing on the iMac computer. It is working for a change and I seem to be able to get around pretty good. If you get to see this page then I guess that much is working.

I love computers. I have four of them and Patty has one. I got it for her. It is an iMac like mine but a newer version and once she learned how to use it she spends most of her spare time out here in the office using it.

I found my iMac keyboard. Wireless like the mouse. They work together like most of Apple's stuff does. I saw online in a video Chris took of Rita opening a package with a new Mac laptop. It was top of the line and she loved it. Chris demonstrated how he is learning how to fly his drone. I asked him if he has crashed it yet and he said he did but it still works. It has a camera on it so he can fly up and over and take photos of everything. Might be more interesting in Florida with the beaches but he took the first pictures in Puerto Rico.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Monday, December 26, 2016

Good Luck

I could and did spend hours looking in a patch of clover for a single 4-leaf clover. But in my lifetime I may have seen one or two.

My mother, Vivia,  would come out and look at the same clover and reach down and pull off a 4-leaf clover. I was always astonished. She said it would give us some good luck.

I know we grew all the food we ate because we had no money to buy food with. When we needed something like a pound of coffee or a stick (quarter pound) of butter I would have to take a dozen of fresh eggs to the store to trade for the butter. Sometimes we traded eggs for a pound of bacon or coffee. We sold some eggs and used those pennies to buy things at the store and often mother would give me a dime (10 cents) to go to the post office for a couple of postal cards or some stamps for letters. If there was any leftover money she would tell me I could buy some candy. For pennies, during the War Years, the candy case was empty but they always had a bad tasting chocolate drops. Instead of them I would get a handful of Spanish peanuts.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird drinking some sweet nectar from the Canna Lily. This is a tropical American flowering plant that grows up to about 6 feet tall with gorgeous flower stalks that attracts a variety of insects and birds. The only problem is that cold weather like we have in the winter will kill the plant. You can dig up the plant roots and store the roots indoors and replant them when the weather turns warm again the following year.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Lung Collasped

I had both lungs collapse ten years apart. You feel like you are going to suffocate and would if you can't get air into the chest cavity for them to re-inflate, you die of suffocation. So it is a serious thing for anyone to have happen to them.

This is an example of the scar, under my left arm that led into my chest where they stuck a tube with a one-way valve on it. It would let new air in but no air from the chest could come out.

When the lung healed and was able to hold air, I was allowed to go home.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Yellow Flowers

Yellow flower growing in my backyard. Have you ever noticed that most flowers are either yellow or have shades of yellow in their blossom.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Fly, Ant Eating Pear

I call this Two For One or the Fly and Ant eating the Pear slice. I saw it and switched lenses to 18mm and took a couple of shots, I got close enough laying down on my stomach to get the picture and sometimes the lens hood would touch the fly and it would fly away but return almost immediately. So, this shot was planned and not a kind of happy accident where you get more than you saw as in this example.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Warnke Covered Bridge

The Warnke Covered Bridge near our town and still being used today. The logs used to span the creek were cut from the trees that stood around the spot where the bridge was built. There were covered bridge building specialists who cut the logs, shaped them and used them to build these covered bridges. The name of the bridge builder is usually the name given to the bridge. "Warnke"

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Brubaker Covered Bridge

The Brubaker Covered Bridge is a beautiful bridge and still in use. I have painted this bridge many times beginning back in the days when the kids at home were still small. They seemed to enjoy walking across the bridges and peering through the openings to see the stream flowing past them.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Cherry Pie and Peonies

The new cherry tree blossomed and each blossom was a promise of a red, ripe cherry. I was hoping to get enough cherries to make a cherry pie, but that didn't happen either. I think the intense heat, this summer, and the lack of water, caused the cherry tree blossoms to fall off the tree before forming any fruit. There is always next year: perhaps the cherry tree will have a lot of cherries and I can get my cherry pie.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Rainy Day

We were in a drought for over one month without any rain. We did have plenty of rain up until then but when it stopped it really quit. It began raining again yesterday and put down 2 inches of rain which was needed by every living thing and then that continued for most of the day but stopped late in the afternoon. The rain started again and rained most of the night and it is still coming down pretty hard now. We will add more inches before it is over and moved out of the region.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Rainy Day Cardinal

Cardinal on a rainy day--looking like he is tired of the rain. I think these are among the most colorful birds that we have. This and the yellow birds we call the Goldfinch. The male is brilliant yellow with leading edge of wings a coal black. The female cardinal has the same basic shape but her colors are more muted and not so bold as the male. They have a cock on the top of their heads that can be raised and lowered as it is in this snapshot.

Friday, December 16, 2016

TV Host

Abe, at 79, when this photo was taken is now 82, is a published author and a television host. One book has sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Another, The Buffalo and Indians, won an international book award. His latest books are about the village and the people who lived in Gordon, Ohio where he was born. Abraham wrote and hosted a 13-week TV series shown on Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS). He wrote newspaper columns and magazines stories for many years. Meg Cox wrote about him in The Wall Street Journal. Charles Kuralt had him on his television program; and Abe hosted, on television, his 13-week, half-hour television programs. Abraham's photos of Japan are in the Sendai City Museum of History and Folklore.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Geeting Covered Bridge

The Geeting Covered Bridge. Notice that this bridge does not have any open sides. It was made this way so farmers could drive herds of cattle or sheep across the bridge without them being able to see the water below. Usually an animal will not cross or walk on a bridge if it can see water under it.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hummingbird Moth

Hummingbird Moth in flight. They are small but about the same size as a smaller hummingbird and have all the actions in flight as the real hummer. I like them around the flowers.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Daddy Long Legs Spider

Daddy Long legs perched on a peony waiting for the first insect to come along. They are supposed to have a nasty bite but it is almost impossible for them to bite a human being.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Pepper Jax

Pepper Jax stopped to take a look at me. We just got him from the animal shelter in Greenville, Ohio and he was still exploring the backyard and running wild and leaping high up and over bushes and shrubs. And, he loved chasing birds and squirrels. He actually caught one bird and killed it. He is getting older now and we give him too many snacks and he is a little porkier than he was when this picture was taken, but we still love him just as much as always.

Saturday, July 9, 2016


Honeysuckle in bloom here in Ohio where we live. The fragrance of the flowers attracts a lot of insects but also it attracts our Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds. To make sure they stay around here, and that there is plenty to eat, my wife also prepares some sweet water and puts it in a hummingbird feeder where they come to feed. This season we have only had one pair of hummingbirds. Some years we have had two or three pairs and they were always fighting over whose territoty the feeder was on.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Gordon School Reunion

The 1995 Gordon School Reunion that I had for anyone who had gone to the country school shown here, that I had gone to. We had well over 125 people show up from as far away as California and Florida. Some of these people I knew about and knew where they lived in Gordon but I had never seen them in person before. This is part of the group who came forward for a group picture. I am on the far right side. Marion Gunder is in the wheelchair and his sister, Shirley Stamps in standing behind him. Both are now deceased. In fact, most of the people in the photo have passed on.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Coopers Hawk

I have about five thousand photos of Coopers Hawks in my collection. All of the photographs were taken of the hawks when they flew into my backyard here in Brookville, Ohio. At first I think they were attracted to the variety of birds that were here every day to eat the seeds I put out for them using a variety of bird feeders. But they continued to come for years and then they stopped showing up. Occasionally one might slip over the roof and swoop down at my bird feeder hanging from the oak tree but they seldom got any birds. Nowadays, it is rare for me to see a Coopers Hawk on my board fence in my backyard. I assume they moved on as family ideals changed and waiting for birds was not as exciting as catching them on the wing. This one is an immature hawk and has traditional yellow eyes. Also the pattern is made up of larger splotches with lots of white between each tear drop shape of color. The adult Coopers Hawks have a distinctive wild-looking pattern of feathers and their eyes are red.