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Year: 2015

That confusing moment … when driving home from Sedalia today I wondered when I was going to catch sight of the sea.

We get a lot of rentals. I use them in my work for the diocese. It makes sense as the cost of the rental & gas is less than paying me the federal tax mileage rate – and there’s no wear and tear on our van. Ginger uses rentals when she has business trips – …

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Ever since Tubby was introduced to cat videos on YouTube he has become obsessed with screens and anything vaguely screen shaped. This is not always conducive to my work. He sits on my desk for ages staring at the screen following the mouse pointer.

John was kind enough to invite me sailing again. A gentle 4-7 mph breeze was predicted and, for the first part of our sail, that’s what we got. As the day went on the wind become increasingly fickle and we ended up drifting around a bit. Well, that’s my excuse for the GPS track. Looking …

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Eastney gas Engine House Composite image

In June 2014 we visited Eastney Beam Engine House, and I was surprised to find the Gas Engine House Open. I’ve not been in there in thirty years. I knew I had an old picture of my dad taken in the Gas Engine House taken sometime in the late seventies. I had an idea for …

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Beretta PX4 Storm Compact with slide back on a splatter target

Another trip to the range You’d think all I do is go shooting. Not so. Well, apart from sitting at my desk working, watching Marvel’s ‘Agents of Shield’ and some occasional yard work, I guess right now it is. Unless I manage some spectacular results at the range, this is going to be the last …

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First sail of the season and for a change there was some wind John invited me to join him for his first sail of the season. The end of June sounds a bit late for getting in the first sail, but John said that the horrendously wet and miserable weather we’ve been having this year …

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We cleared a bunch of yard work today. I borrowed Tom’s pole saw and cleared a load of limbs. Then I fixed the privacy fence on the deck and put up the last of the fish (somehow I’d left one in my desk drawer when I hung up the others). I wonder if my sister …

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Color Photograph of a Beretta 9mm PX4 Storm Compact handgun with target

Target and Beretta PX4 Compact I liked the picture I took of the Desert Eagle with a target, so I thought I’d take another similar picture, this time with my Beretta PX4. Despite looking a lot smaller than the Desert Eagle it is actually almost the same size. However, having a polymer frame the Beretta …

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Washer Transmission

However, there is bound to be a re-match later. This is what $250 of washing machine parts looks like. I can highly recommend AppliancePartsPros.com, not just for the very fast service (and inexpensive delivery charges), but also for the videos – though they do make it look too easy to do and in this case …

Washer Repairs (Part II): Gary: 1. Washer: 0. Read More »

Thursday night the washer started smoking. Obviously that’s not a habit to be encouraged, so I took a quick look and determined that the transmission support bearing had broken up. Today I stripped the washer down, removed the transmission and ‘rescued’ these loose bits of bearing I found littering the inside of the washer. Now …

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Original caption: “Best part of three weeks away and I’m overrun by ironing.” When I took the original version of this picture I had just returned to the UK from my first visit to see Ginger in the US. The washer dying today reminded me of the photograph, it was a rejected picture from my …

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Today saw the end of my four years of study Though it took me five years to complete the course – I took a year’s sabbatical in 2013/2014 as I was too busy to fit all the course work in. Completing the course means I’ve spent over 400 hundred hours in class, and well over …

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We’ve created a monster. Tubby now thinks any rectangular object is fair game to stare at. Picture frames for example. He also sits next to our monitors waiting for something to move. Worse he sits right in the middle of the screen while we are watching Movies and shows on Netflix.

Today we took a trip down to Tulsa and spent the day with our friend jks (aka wizardjks on Flickr) We’ve known jks since 2007. Up until now we have not had a chance to meet him as he lives in Pakistan. A work visit to the US gave us the opportunity to rectify that. …

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Photograph of a 9mm Desert Eagle semi-automatic handgun, pictured with a used target and some 9mm full metal jacket ammunition.

I enjoy shooting. I find it relaxing and – believe it or not – peaceful. In fact, I think shooting is rather like sailing. Both require concentration and keep my mind focused on the task at hand. Keeping my brain busy provides a welcome distraction from my day-to-day concerns. As a closet designer and engineer, …

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It’s been nearly a year since Tom and I last went fishing… So, I was pleased when I got the text asking if I was able to fit in some time on the lake. Tom must have been feeling generous towards me, as we didn’t start until 7:30 a.m. which is late in the day …

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Time to sort out my fishing gear and clean and lube the reels. I’m going fishing.

Lanie asked me to take some High School Prom pictures of her and some friends. They picked the location – the old mill in Fair Grove, MO.

As it was Lanie’s birthday this week I couldn’t let her escape my sweeping up of old pictures

This is one way to embarrass your (step) children. I found these pictures from 2012 and thought they’d be worth processing and sharing.

‘Ghost of a Chance’ What a great job they did! (Click on a picture to see a bigger version.)

Busy Lanie’s Birthday Lanie is in the middle of a very busy week. The play she is in was put back by snow days. So, for her birthday, she’s been at school all day and then spent the evening at rehearsals. Now at 9:00 p.m. it is finally time for some birthday cake.

Photograph of The new flame of the Easter Vigil, used to light the candles before the Easter Vigil service at Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield, MIssouri. Easter 2014.

I was looking for a cover picture for the April issue of Spirit I took this photograph a year ago and it’s been residing in my archives ever since. My search for something relevant and cover-worthy eventually uncovered it. This seems to be a recurring theme at the moment; going back and seeing potential in …

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Cover image for the Spirit Magazine, April 2015. Diocese of West Missouri. The cover features the new flame of the Easter Vigil, used to light the candles before the Easter Vigil service. Taken at Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield, MIssouri. Easter 2014.

Spirit Magazine April 2015 (Cover image).

We’re still working on getting back in condition. Today, we wanted to increase the distance and elevation climbed while not getting too wet and muddy, and not driving too far. We settled on hiking the complete Silver Trail at Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area. The Silver Trail shares some of its route with the …

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We wanted a fairly quick and dry hike Ginger didn’t want a repeat of Saturday’s wet and muddy trail. We didn’t want anything too challenging either. And, we didn’t want to be out for too long. We decided to do a short and simple loop from the South Trail Head at Busiek. Short it was …

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An Afternoon Hike at Compton Hollow Conservation Area – Our first hike in a long time. [18 pictures]

One of my favorite pictures from this afternoon’s hike.

You can read about this afternoon’s hike here.

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