Day To Day

A Tradition of Work

Margie my neighbor across the street is getting her roof done, and I think it's the same Amish family that did my roof about 3 years back, the Byler family. They have a crew of six out there this morning with two of the boys in their young teens, and it's a treat to watch them working together. The younger ones sometimes are doing something with an older fella sitting right next to him walking him through the task. They are passing on the skills.

Dad really hit it off with the Bylers back when they…

Back in the Shire

Well, it's been a long time since I've posted anything here, but I finally got most of the old website updated to the new one, and with recent happenings, this seems like a good time to say hello again and share some news. Just a couple of weeks ago we (Finn, Tuck, Mr T & Me) moved into our new place in Salem, Indiana. Now a lot of the country considers the Midwest to be "fly-over country" but my sister and I have long thought of it as The Shire. It's not the most exotic or even exciting place to be most of the time, but the Midwest is lush and green, full of fields and rolling hills, flowers and trees, rivers and streams, and friendly folk who enjoy Life and look out for each other. It's a good place to call Home, and it feels good to… Read More...

Good-bye, Old Friend

Hello, All, and a belated Happy New Year to you! January almost slipped by without a comment here, but it looks like I'm gonna sneak a post in just under the wire. LOL! We had a bit of unexpected excitement just after Christmas. My trusty old Apple Titanium Powerbook (that's 'TiBook' in Apple speak, but 'Pi (Pirate!) Book' to all who knew him) suddenly and most unexpectedly kicked the bucket. He was nearly 7 years old which in computer years is like, Ancient, and in truth he lived a very full and adventurous life, but I really, really hated to see him go.

The Christening - Albert Finneas McCool

The Christening
Okay, after nearly five days of get used to time with each other and much debate amongst the three of us, we have finally decided on an actual name for the Small Black Menace (though Josie I have a feeling will always think of him as SBM!)

Four Feet And Counting - Cat Wars: Episode I - The Small Black Menace

Some place in a galaxy far, far away....That's kind of what it feels like here at home these days. For any of you out there who have or have had cats, you probably know what a challenge it can be to introduce a new cat into a cat home. Well, this past Sunday I came home with a wee kitten, a little street urchin who was in desperate need of a home.

The Duchess of Little Delving

I moved into the new Little Delving hobbit hole around the end of January of this year, but I actually bought the place way back in October of last year. I had a lot of things to wrap up in Chicago, and so the whole transition down south took me a handful of months. It made for a very interesting holiday season, let me tell you. But in the end with a little luck and a little help from family and a neighbor it all worked out pretty well.

The Return of the Prodigal Blogger or Home Sweet New Home

The big news of the current new year is that I am no longer living in Chicago. I have said my goodbyes to The Windy City and the condo lifestyle and have migrated south to the bottom bit of rural Indiana very near the Ohio River,
just across the water from Louisville, Kentucky. The proverbial stone's throw. I've swapped Chicago Land for "Kentuckiana" as they call it down here. Kentuckiana has a more cheerful and optimistic ring to it than does Indiucky. I'm sure the vote wasn't even close on that one.

He Will Be Missed

Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich Dies At 80
By Martin Steinburg and Maria Danillova

MOSCOW - Mstislav Rostropovich played the cello with grace and verve — and lived his life offstage the same way. His death at age 80 takes away one of modern Russia's most compelling figures, admired both for his musical mastery and his defiance of Soviet repression.

One Potato, Two Potato

Hello, tater.

It’s been a funny week here, and so I thought I’d sit down and have a bit of a chat with you. I’ll just pretend that your smiling face is there across the table from me and that all is well in the world. I like your smile, tater. It can do that for me. So I guess the obvious place to start is Virginia Tech, isn’t it? It’s not everyday here in the U.S. that we get a monster on a rampage who manages to kill some 30 people and then himself. It’s all anybody can seem to talk about, and it certainly is all any of the media outlets seem to know is going on in the world this week. It’s a tragedy for sure. There is no denying that. My heart goes out to the families and the friends of all those lost in the senseless killings. Life is a beautiful thing, but it can also be brutal and unpredictable. It can be short. Best not ever take it for granted. But there is something about all of this that is disturbing me greatly, something besides the tragedy itself.


My Mountain & Me

My sister absolutely LOVES taking personality tests. She gets a real kick out of it, and enjoys seeing how her results change over time. When she finds one that is especially fun to do she always send me the link so I can play too. Here's her latest find, a drawing test I'm gonna call My Mountain. It's a very easy to use click and draw site where they ask you to draw your image (a simple one!) of a mountain. Once you're done they ask you a handful of questions (multiple choice) about your mountain, and then based on your answers they give you a quick and breezy snapshot of your personality. Fun! And they actually came pretty close on me. Not a perfect snapshot, but not too far off the mark either.
Anyways, just thought I'd share the fun so you can play too! Happy

The results of your analysis say:

You tend to pursue many different activities simultaneously.
When misfortune does happen, it doesn't actually dishearten you all that much.
You are a thoughtful and cautious person.
You like to think about your method, seeking to pursue your goal in the most effective way.
You like following the rules and being objective.
You are precise and meticulous, and like to evaluate decisions before making them.
You have a sunny, cheerful disposition.

Girding For Battle

Helmet Size 37: But What Happened To Those '85 Helmets?

Even bronzed, lions prove difficult to measure.

Erin Edmister learned this atop a ladder Monday, when he struggled to wrap a measuring tape around the manes of the two statues that guard the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago.

"His ears kind of stick out 3 to 4 inches, depending on where you start," Edmister barked below to a co-worker who scribbled down the measurements.

"Nine feet, exactly, across the belly," he declared, while measuring the South Lion, formally titled "Stands in an Attitude of Defiance."

The North Lion, "On the Prowl," patiently awaited his fitting.

Far Flung Friends

You know, as the years go by I seem to end up farther and farther away from my closest friends. Now usually it has more to do with me and my gypsy ways than anything else (I do have a habit of loading up the wagon and rolling on to greener pastures every 6 or 7 years or so,) but it's not always me moving away, sometimes they're the ones picking up and moving on. I've also been lucky enough to meet some wonderful people when I was wandering far from home, and with these friends we just start off at a distance. And then sometimes it's a combination of the two that takes somebody far away. Case in point, Laura! Read More...

Happy Easter!


One for the road...

There are days when I really miss singing. And there are days when I miss a lot of the people with whom I used to sing. Many memories of many friends and many years past. This is one of the songs that stays in my mind on such days. I can hear the voices and see the faces of many a Revels friend. One for the road...

The Parting Glass

Saying Goodbye

Angels, Bruce Holmes

It’s one of the most natural things in the world, a basic part of Life itself, and yet that doesn’t seem to make it any easier when it comes your turn to say goodbye to someone who has been a part of your life. And a part of me realizes that this is a Good Thing. Losing someone you love should hurt. It is a part of Life.

Sometimes you just have to laugh

Okay, so I know things are not so good in several spots around the world these days, but sometimes all you can do is trust that everything is going to work out for the best. Someday. Maybe. I mean really, on the geological time scale, how much of this stuff really matters? A million years from now, who's gonna know about it? Seriously. Think about it. And maybe try to smile a little. Maybe it will help.

Party At The U.N.


Thursday Thoughts

Well it’s nearly the end of another week, and it seems like not too much of news worthiness has happened here lately. Leah and I spent sometime on the phone and on-line together this week going over some sample websites for her musical. She’s going to talk it over with her collaborator Sean, but I think we might see a new website up and running by this time next week. If it happens I’ll post a link here on Little Delving.

Other than that, things have been fairly quiet. Maggie and I finished reading Eragon two nights back.

This one struck me...

They say miracles are past, and we have our philosphical
persons to make modern and familiar, things supernatural
and causeless. Hence it is that we make trifles of terrors,
ensconcing ourselves into seeming knowledge when we should
submit ourselves to an unknown fear.

Lafew...All's Well That Ends Well


Wednesday Thoughts

Well, not too much going on this week. I managed to finish my 9th Robin Hobb book, Fool’s Fate over the weekend. It was a great read! Thanks to London Vicky for putting two of the nine books into my hands and telling me to read them! I highly recommend the whole series of books to anyone looking for a good winter read. Start with The Assassin’s Apprentice and work your way right through them all. Now I’m a third of the way through Eragon, a birthday present from Denver Vicki. It’s great having a bunch of reading friends to share favorites with. Read More...

John Langstaff, 84; Author, Singer Founded Christmas Revels

I just found out that Jack died of a heart attack while visiting family in Switzerland. George Emlen sent out an email to Revelers past and present. I was so incredibly lucky to have met Jack and to have shared a brief time with him making music and telling stories. He will be missed.

John Langstaff, 84; Author, Singer Founded Christmas Revels
By Scott Alarik, Globe Corespondent
December 14, 2005

It seems strangely like
John Langstaff to leave us at Christmastime. Though he achieved fame as a concert baritone, influential music educator, author, and cultural activist, his life and art always seemed to revolve around the holiday season. Read More...

Greetings and Salutations

Well here's to kicking off a new blog site and hoping I find the time and inclination to keep up with it. Winking

I can make no promises, but rest assured I have the best of intentions! Ah well, we shall see what we shall see...