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Year: 2015

Hand-made bolt-down steel gun safe.

Jim made me this wonderful ‘bolt-down” gun safe for Christmas. Plenty of room in there for all the ammo I received too.

So much click-bait, so little time…

Are Microsoft killing off the desktop version of Outlook by making it unusable?

Ginger and Lanie did some posing while I set up the lighting ready to take some pictures of the kids later this evening.

Microsoft – reducing grown men to tears since 1975.

Photograph of three cats sitting on a desk.

Sometimes it gets a little busy at my desk. It is also difficult to keep one’s desk tidy when there is someone sleeping on the papers most of the time.

Photograph of a compressed air nail gun and eight gallon air storage tank

Have I ever mentioned how much I like my nail gun?

Photograph showing the wonderful blues of our blue bottle tree against the bright fall yellow of a Sweet Gum tree (Portrait orientation)

The wonderful blues of our blue bottle tree against the bright fall yellow of the Sweet Gum tree in our front yard.

These pictures serve to prove that on occasion I leave the confines of my office and venture out into the real world to do some work. I had a very short time-slot to try and drum in the importance of getting the Episcopal Relief & Development, Episcopal Asset Map up to date. Judging by the …

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Pictures from the closing night of Clue: The Musical Another great night, and a good job by everyone. Alek and Katie joined for tonight’s performance. And of course, another very quick processing job. Click any picture to see a slideshow of all of them.

Tonight we watched Lanie play Miss Scarlet The cast and crew did an excellent job as usual! These are a quick first edit. I won’t be able to edit more for a while as I’m busy preparing for and attending the diocesan convention at the end of next week. And yes, Lanie glued red feathers …

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This is what three big plastic bins and ten cardboard boxes of books looks like. My books arrived along with my other possessions on January 12, 2009. At that time we had nowhere to put them and they’ve stayed in boxes in the garage ever since. When we put up the dividing wall, Ginger’s books …

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(See what I did there?) Today I got a chance to put the final coat of varnish on the backs of the bookcases. Then this evening I indulged myself with an orgy of nailing with the nail gun. Always fun 🙂 It’s starting to look a lot like my plan.

Three Fishing Lures

Fishing Lures – No fish at all today. [1 picture]

The Fall color has really come along the past couple of weeks. You can see the rest of today’s pictures here.

Clouds reflected in Pomme de Terre Lake, Missouri USA

Working for yourself has its disadvantages and advantages. Seven day weeks and long hours are a couple of the disadvantages. One of the advantages is that when a friend asks if I want to go fishing, with a bit of re-arranging, I can ‘Hang spring cleaning’ and be free to go. Yesterday I put in …

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Now these are out of the workshop I can stain and varnish the backs. Once they are fitted I’ve just got the edge trim to make and fit. Of course, now I know why I’ve been putting this job off. It wasn’t the nigh on $400 of materials, nor the two days spent cutting all …

Bookcases – First Fit Read More »

Today I was off to Carthage first thing to grab a couple of interviews on video. While I was there I took a couple of pictures of the YMC and Diocesan Council. It made a nice change to be there just to take pictures (okay video) and not be attending to talk or take part. …

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Now the musical has begun I can show this re-processed picture. This is my attempt at a fairly quick edit of a green screen picture Lanie sent to me. So, to be clear, this is not my picture of Lanie, I just post-processed it. I can see sooo many errors in my processing, but I …

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Portrait picture of Lanie and Getzger Cat

Testing some new lights with Lanie and Getzger’s help. It’s a shame the depth of field is just too shallow, one of Lanie’s eyes is slightly out of focus. I couldn’t get the pair of them to stay still long enough for a decent picture.

Building an eight foot long, recessed bookcase for the hall. [4 Pictures]

This evening Lanie was inducted into the National Honor Society. Well done Lanie!!

Hurrican (oil) lamp in use in the backyard

I love oil lamps. I hate to admit it but they remind me of my youth. There has always been electricity where I’ve lived, but when I was young our neighbor across the road, and two of the four village shops didn’t have power and used oil lamps. My parents used an oil lamp for …

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The evenings are starting to get cool and temporarily at least, the mosquitoes have gone away. Time to light up the chiminea and enjoy some time in the backyard. I thought the beer was appropriate to the advancing season. Saved from last year, ‘Winter Grind’, a very nice coffee stout from Mother’s Brewing Company here …

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Maine Coon, Blue Kitteh sleeping on the edge of Gary Allman's office desk.

Watching my work companion I’m thinking it might be worth my while switching allegiances to Buddhism. After all, from what I’ve seen, the possibility of being reincarnated as an in-door domestic cat seems to be a pretty good option.

Twilight at Stockton lake

I was hoping for another really stunning sunset, it wasn’t to be. It was pretty but not a really knock you off your feet affair. I was also hoping to catch some fish, and that wasn’t to be either…I had a couple of bites, but I was late striking and missed them. The good news …

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‘Clue’ Rehearsal After meeting with some of Lanie’s teachers we went along to sit in on part of an early rehearsal for this fall’s school musical ‘Clue’ Lanie will be appearing as Miss Scarlet.

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