October 23, 2020
From the archive
The resurrection of the Back Yard
The back yard in Lexington had been suffering for at least five years, overgrown with weeds and a space that we just did not use. This summer, we had a 16' x 16' concrete slab poured, bought some outdoor furniture, rocks and mulch, a fire pit and some decorative lights, and we've now got a very inviting outdoor space to use when the weather allows. Come join us there sometime!
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned me into a hermit. I can easily go for a couple of weeks without leaving the property. Alison ventures out to buy food and walk with her friends, but I've remained holed up at home. This has given me the opportunity to read more than usual. Here is a summary of the last few books that I've read and enjoyed.
The topic intrigued me, and a sufficient number of years have passed since that tragedy that I felt comfortable reading it. 2,749 people died inside the Twin Towers that day, and the authors give you a chilling, inside look at the people that made it out and those that didn't. There were many stories of bravery that day, most of them about civilians, not the rescue crews. The book also gives you a detailed look at the dysfunction at the Port Authority (the owners of the towers) and the fire and police departments of New York, who couldn't communicate with themselves, let alone others during the catastrophe.
As for the Steinbeck novel, the title of that novel is taken from the poem.
March 28th, 2020
Legos and fabric
While Alison has been spending her free time lovingly fondling her beloved scraps of fabric (see photo above), I have spent mine working on a 2000-piece Lego model of the NASA Apollo Saturn V rocket (see photos below). One is never too old for Legos!
My partner in Lego Crime is Dave Norman, Nancy's dad. I sent him the rocket, he put it together and admired it on the mantelpiece for a month or so, and then disassembled it and sent it to me. He's now working on the NASA Apollo Lunar Lander. So many Legos; so little time!
Matt and Ginger sitting in a tree...
2020 New Year's Card
Our very favorite Abby
My travels around YouTube continue, as I search for new and interesting music. A couple of months back, I discovered a group named Scary Pockets. Their angle is that they perform covers of popular songs with a distinctly funky feel. I find their music infectious! Here are a few of my favorites:
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