31 December 2011

End of the year fireworks

Waiting for the wave of this year to come in

Note to self

Woody Guthrie's 1942 New Years Rulin's

1. Work more and better
2. Work by a schedule
3. Wash teeth if any
4. Shave
5. Take bath
6. Eat good – fruit – vegetables – milk
7. Drink very scant if any
8. Write a song a day
9. Wear clean clothes – look good
10. Shine shoes
11. Change socks
12. Change bed clothes often
13. Read lots good books
14. Listen to radio a lot
15. Learn people better
16. Keep rancho clean
17. Don’t get lonesome
18. Stay glad
19. Keep hoping machine running
20. Dream good
21. Bank all extra money
22. Save dough
23. Have company but don’t waste time
24. Send mary and kids money
25. Play and sing good
26. Dance better
27. Help win war – beat fascism
28. Love mama
29. Love papa
30. Love pete
31. Love everybody
32. Make up your mind
33. Wake up and fight

Quite a comical list even though some are outdated, I believe we won the war against Fascism, but Judith and I have decided to seriously work on number three being that we have many.

Happy New Year to all!

For next year ...

Happy New Year!

30 December 2011

Be safe and drive safe

Remember 2012 won't be the same without you!

The Case of the Missing Icing

The Characters

The Duchess of Kitchen

The young selfish Prince

The suave debonair Prince who’s in line for the throne

The engaging beautiful maid

Engaging isn’t she?

The butler who doesn't have an alibi

The bumbling inspector

Can’t get more bumbling than that, can you?

Will the case be solved or will the Icing Thief continue to acquire
other people’s sweet thick icing?


Caught red handed or should I say with chocolate icing on his face!

Tune in next time to see the events that lead up to the capture of the Icing Theft


29 December 2011

Funny but sad

New York City Winter

by Dave Mosher

I love the large window and the dutch door

From cotton to consumer

How sweet this would be

Winter on the farm


Before the fall

Christmas morning

Everybody's lined up for the gift exchange

Girlie gets an ironing board and a homemade iron

A neighbor of mine was throwing out this cute little ironing board
due to a broken leg support and as you can see
I replaced it and made it good as new. 
I also made a custom made little iron out of scrap wood from the garage.

Recycled material, 45 minutes of work, the look on her face … PRICELESS!

Echo gets a chin up bar

Judith gets a Kindle Fire

Hank gets a I-Pod dock

Girlie gets a fancy jewelry box

Silas gets a camera

Jimmy gets a TV remote organizer

Not pictured: Josiah received a really cool mother of pearl pocket knife from OutDoor World along with a vintage Army surplus helmet from the Vietnam War. I received a Sonicare toothbrush and shower mirror.

Everyone was happy with their presents and we spent the rest of the day lounging about like a group of sloths with the absence of any physical exertion.  The human body is only meant to eat like a King and Queen but once a year.

That's all folks!

28 December 2011

KINFOLK - A Guide for Small Gathering

honey harvest from tiger in a jar on Vimeo.

Strange Christmas Space Explosion

Imaged Above: Artist’s impression of the model suggested for GRB 101225A
Credit: Aurore Simonnet, NASA E/PO, Sonoma State University

The Christmas sky last year was lit up by an extraordinarily powerful and mysteriously long-lasting explosion in space that scientists now suggest was a comet smacking into a dense star or a peculiar supernova death.

Radiation from gamma-ray bursts, the most powerful explosions ever seen in the universe, strikes Earth’s atmosphere from random directions in space about twice a day. These bursts can be roughly divided into two kinds, ones lasting less than two seconds, and ones lasting up to minutes.

However, the strange gamma-ray burst detected on Christmas Day 2010 by NASA’s Swift satellite lasted at least half an hour.

Scientists think shorter gamma-ray bursts are generally caused by merging neutron stars — dead stars made up of super-dense neutron matter. Longer bursts are typically thought to originate from hypernovas, in which giant stars that explode as incredibly powerful supernovas spew two opposing jets of energy as they die; we see them head-on as bursts.

Our Christmas Eve Celebration

The gangs all here!

Three generations ...
Echo, Grandpa Joe, and me.

At home in the kitchen

Getting pointers from the old man

First course: The Antipasto, hot Italian bread and steamed clams

Note: we were all eating, Judith and I were preparing and  we were all having such a grand ole time stuffing our faces that we neglected to get a photo of the steamers, sorry.

Makes your mouth water doesn't it?

Hey, look what I got!

Our friend Cindy brought over a cardboard ginger bread house
for the kids and it was the hit of the party, thanks Cindy.

Hey, I’m not supposed to have these!
Somebody take them away from me
before I write on the my face or the furniture.

Too late I wrote on my cheek.
A kid’s not safe when their parents are partying.

Cindy and Girlie (Elise)

The kid's table


Our long time friend Jamie

Grandma gets a bath robe

Grandpa gets some shirts

Hank gets a game

Girlie gets a ballerina jewelry box

Hey, it's playing my song ...
Fur Elise

Does she realize she's sitting on my gift?

Echo gets a football

Emerson gets a wooden farm toy

Echo gives himself a can of soup

Emerson plays with his gift

The second course: Sautéed calamari in a hot Sicilian sauce

The kitchen staff

The main course: Shrimp/lobster tail/bay scallops over a bed of linguine

Dessert: fruit, nuts, chocolates, coffee and tiramisu

If my dad is smiling you know we did it right

Mr. and Mrs. Head Chef