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It’s Navy Week

| Published on August 24, 2012

Avast, me hearties…and a “Yankee Doodle” doo to you!
It’s Navy Week.  It’s Navy Week and it’s being observed in Boston by the first sailing of the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy, the U.S.S. Constitution–“Old Ironsides”– since 1997 (It’s been tugged to a few places but this is the …

Curiouser and curiouser…

| Published on August 9, 2012

Curiouser and curiouser…as Alice said during her adventures in Wonderland….
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)’s Mars Science Laboratory has just succeeded in landing the spacecraft Curiousity on Mars, the culmination of more than three decades of planning and building, theorizing and research, not to mention scrounging for money.

Friendly People…

| Published on August 5, 2012

My! There are so many really friendly people on the internet.
An individual named Trixie–doesn’t she sound friendly already–lets me know that somebody wants to meet me.  Well, doesn’t everyone?


| Published on August 5, 2012

Heroes have been celebrated in song and story for generations and millennia.  One local hero has lately left us–too soon–and three songs/poems come to mind.

Business Plan?!?!?

| Published on July 22, 2012

Awwwrighty-tighty, here’s the plan.
Dick, Larry, Casey….  Listen up!
What you need to do is put the entire village of Garrettsville under roof, hire all or nearly all of the inhabitants and you can play in the big leagues with the Hartville Hardware which just had its grand opening last weekend.

In Transit

| Published on June 18, 2012

June 5, 2012.  LOOK!  Up in the sky!
Nah. It was not Superman.  He’s out making movies with the other Superheroes.
It was the transit of Venus…and don’t think that if you missed it last week, you’ll just see it the next time. Because of the way that Venus and the Earth …

Coming This Summer….

| Published on June 9, 2012

So, vacation time is here.  What to do?  Where to go?  How about museums–educational, right?–of culinary phenomena?
You could start with the National Mustard Museum( formerly the Mt. Horeb Mustard Museum) in Middleton, Wisconsin, found on the National Registry of Hysterical Places, perched atop the Condimental Divide.  It features over five …

Speaking of Graduation….

| Published on June 9, 2012

And speaking of graduation….  Well, isn’t everyone?
High schools…colleges…pre-schools& kindergartens…wait…pre-schools & kindergartens?  Yup.  Saw it in the R-C picture congrats.   All very well and good, I suppose, and grandparents like to get in encouragement wherever they can but what’s the kid have to look forward to if they’ve already done …

Garden Fun…

| Published on May 30, 2012

So… I’m out playing caretaker here at the Manse and I’m deciding that what we’re running at this location is the animal equivalent of the food court at the mall when a whole cohort of teenagers–boys mostly–shows up to attempt to fill their hollow legs.

No Pun Intended

| Published on April 13, 2012

There are funny things out there, folks. A radio program the other day had on it a gentleman who had just had a new book published; its title was : The Pun Also Rises… a great play on words itself.  I’ll have to get it and treat you to some …

Game On!

| Published on March 29, 2012

Now that the baseball has officially started–with a few fits and starts as well as a false spring heat wave–you might notice a few things different from last season. Sure, sure, there are new players; that happens every year, more or less. No. Look at what they’re playing WITH…new bats. …

Busy Week! Heckuva weekend.

| Published on March 23, 2012

Lots of it was just stuff. You know, things that have to be done but really not planned for except in a sort of fly-by-night fashion–medical events, grocery shopping, yard work– that kind of stuff. Then there were actually scheduled activities –lunch with the Nelson Literary Musical Club (All decked …

Election Red, White and Blues

| Published on March 8, 2012

Can we please have a rest until closer to November?
Good Grief!  It got so that I was seriously thinking of just letting the phone ring–I never do that–until the machine picked up or the caller got tired–no caller I.D. here, Chatty Kathy, no screening of calls.  In the end, I …

I also love seed catalogs!

| Published on January 23, 2012

I also love seed catalogs.  They’re coming in now and probably will continue until Memorial Day; Hope springs eternal!
I used to get lots more.  That was before somebody apparently tipped off Burpee’s Seeds and Plants,  Stark Bros, Gurney’s, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Park Seeds, et al. that I had a particularly …

Christmas Shopping

| Published on December 23, 2011

I sure hope that I get the hang of this “Christmas shopping” thing soon. I always think that I will get a head start on it –August, say–and have gifts all wrapped and ready, tucked away somewhere (Attic? Basement?) so that the holiday rush will be a …

Winter Prep

| Published on November 7, 2011

So…I missed the Rotary meeting on the 24th.  They were working away at their Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction…as they have been for some time;  get your tickets now.  The array of donated items and services  should make for spirited bidding and a good time for all.  It’s a regular …

My Kind of Month

| Published on October 14, 2011

October is my kind of month.  It’s interesting.
The harvest is winding down; those shocks of corn so prized by decorators are actually passe’ .  Nobody uses them any more, unless they’re Amish, of course.  Corn pickers are where it’s at as far as harvesting corn is concerned.  They’re also one …


| Published on September 24, 2011

The Settlers “Ye Old” State Renaissance Faire has shuffled off into history once again, leaving bags of gold for the Middlefield “Shop With a Cop” program and the “Middlefield Cares! Food Cupboard”.  Generous supporters included the Nauvoo Family Market, White House Chocolates, Alley’s Grille,  Mary Yoder’s Kitchen, Zeppe’s Pizzaria, EarthLight …

Going Batty!

| Published on August 21, 2011

So…my question is, if bats (Myotis lucifugus–lucifugus means “flees the light”) are supposed to have such a great echolocation system in their little heads where they emit sounds and then decipher the rebounding sound waves to avoid obstacles and catch their dinner, why can’t they figure out the fact that …

Hot enough for you?

| Published on August 12, 2011

Holy Schmoley!  It’s-a some kinda hot out there!  How much more of this is there going to be?  We get a sort of “teaser” when the temperature is just hot–not an inferno–and then the whole thing turns on us and you can start looking for the hinges of H-E-DOUBLE TOOTHPICKS …

Fair Season

| Published on August 1, 2011

So here we are in the Fun Season…the Fair Season. Everyone comes up with a reason to promote hot grease and sno cones and enough sugar to sink the island of Puerto Rico. On any given weekend one can drive across the Buckeye State and catch a whiff …

Party On!

| Published on July 18, 2011

So…there’s this big birthday party at my house, see…first big event here since Christmas, see…significant birthday, see.  Oy, oy, oy…such a party!So, the party is to be utilizing the park-like backyard and the covered porch and the custom deck and the flagstone patio and the flood-lit arbor (I told the …


| Published on July 3, 2011

The Biggest Game in Town came up aces for virtually the entire SummerFest weekend.  The brief, scattered showers didn’t seem to have deterred any of the fun-seekers who turned out morning, noon and night to enjoy all of the available activities.The opening of the Windham St. bridge provided a venue …

Belly Up To The Bar Boys!

| Published on June 19, 2011

Well, it hasn’t been quite like that, but close.  The rounds of graduation open houses continues apace.  What shindigs!
Back when I graduated (There was parking for the dinosaurs out back of the barn and we had to rub sticks together to cook the roast beast.), it was pretty much a …

After The Flood

| Published on June 3, 2011

We think that the second dove has not returned to the boat (Genesis 8:6-14) so we might be able to begin thinking about returning to what passes for normal around here.Normal  is  a pretty flexible term.  It included the annual academic awards program, recognizing just rafts of outstanding individuals, many …

The End

| Published on May 22, 2011

O.K.  So I want to invite everyone to the second annual M-O-M / T-A-T (Machine -O-Mania / Touch-A-Truck) coming up–rain or shine– on Sunday, May 22 from 10:00 to 2:00 at J. A. Garfield H.S.; admission: adults–$5.00, kids–$3.00. It’s a fund-raiser for the Garfield Academic Challenge team, the QuizMasters, and …

You Missed It…

| Published on April 10, 2011

You missed it!  You missed the LAF/SOMe bus trip to the Dunham Tavern Museum and the West Side Market.  What a hoot!
The museum was neat; it’s an oasis of green on concrete and steel Euclid Ave. With the main building, a reconstructed log cabin, a barn suitable for larger group …

Green Stuff

| Published on March 27, 2011

Green things are appearing here and there about the estate.  Except for the crocuses–or is it croci, plural, you know–most of these items are a mystery to me.  No, I lied; I recognize the snowdrops too.  Pity they had to bring snow along as well.  This green outburst is certainly …

I’m Doomed

| Published on January 13, 2011

I know; this may not be news to some but I was sort of hoping to avoid a swift descent to the fiery furnace for another decade or so, maybe more if I kept moving and eating enough  dark chocolate.
This assessment has been confirmed by finding in yet another slick …

Spring Thaw?

| Published on January 8, 2011

Was that it?  The Spring Thaw…New Year’s Day was the whole thing?  When the subject comes up for the rest of the season we get to say, “ Been there. Done that.”  Doesn’t seem right somehow.  We ought to get a chance to get out and wash cars or something; …

Quick, check the calendar! Is it winter yet?

| Published on December 20, 2010

Wholeeee Snowleee!  When the real thing hits, It’s gonna be “Bessie bar the doors!” if this is just the preview.  Wouldn’t you know that this exercise in inclemency–weather division–happens in the year that the powers-that-be down in Columbus, where the sun never sets, have decreed that there will be only …

Do Things Talk To You?

| Published on December 18, 2010

Do things talk to you?  You know, THINGS, do they address you with plaintive tales about their origin, the treatment that they should get, a recital of their finer qualities, a subtle urging to purchase more of their little friends?

With all of the buying going on, I think that I …


| Published on December 13, 2010

No flies on us last weekend.  The place was hoppin’.  Basketball games all over the place; Geauga Theater opened its holiday run of “It’s A Wonderful Life”; Santa and his clones–you know they’re all the REAL Santa wherever they are–were breakfasting and eating pizza and just chatting with the younger …


| Published on December 4, 2010

The expression “oops” is a very useful one. However, there are times when one really, Really, REALLY does not wish to hear it…or even speculate upon what might be the occasion for its use.  In surgery, for instance, “oops” is not a good omen, nor is it in some aspects …

If It Weren’t For Bad Luck…

| Published on November 29, 2010

Well. It’s official : If it weren’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all…when it comes to gambling, that is.  On all other fronts I’d say that I’m ‘way ahead of the game.
The LAF/SOMe expedition to the Bright Lights/Big City bus trip to Wheeling Island ( O.K., …

Christmas Walk Finale

| Published on November 19, 2010

The Christmas Walk must be over; a cat just upchucked on the carpet.
They’ve been ticked off for two week-ends now at being shut down in the basement. The saying is that “revenge is sweet” but that’s not quite how I’d describe this ( I’ll spare you how I would …

One Down!

| Published on November 12, 2010

Whew!  Do you remember a TV program from ages ago called TW3 (That Was The Week That Was)? Well, tweak it just a little to That Was the Week-end That Was and you’ve got November 4th, 5th , 6th and 7th , 2010 at this establishment.  It was –literally and …

Der Tag…the Day is upon us!

| Published on November 3, 2010

It’s beginning to look a lot like….O.K., who left the Clint Eastwood glam pin-ups on the fridge?  Get them down right now and put them with the Chuck Klamer voodoo figurine…the one with the pins in it.  Put a red bow on the top; it’ll work.
Yes, Virginia, there IS a …