Friday, June 2, 2017


We planted several rose bushes two summers ago and have generally been pleased with the beauty of the blooms. Taking care of roses is not hard work exactly .. but you DO have to do some things like prune and spray etc. Anyway two of our bushes are beginning to show why we love roses ...

Thursday, May 25, 2017


With the end of the school year ... I am finally fully retired.  I've left the friendly/hostile environs of southern Missouri and relocated to Michigan to share a house and live with my honey. I've spent the last two weeks mostly packing, moving and then unpacking. I believe I've mentioned on this blog before, way back in the beginning, how much I hate moving. That hasn't changed.

Anyway I'll be posting about my adventures and activities on a separate blog which I'm naming

Loafing on the Third Coast (Lot3C)

Heard on the radio the other day that Michigan is second only to Alaska in miles of coastline. More than California, Texas and even Florida! Wow. Of course it's all freshwater coast ... and there IS something to be said for saltwater coastlines. Still .. that's a lot of places to explore and experience. 

This blog will continue to be a puzzling/boardgame/book blog. Stamps and stuff will be posted over on my Stamps & Postal History blog. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A Few More!

Still spending that tax return ... added these recently ...

Charles Wysocki's Melodrama in the Mist -- Buffalo Games

Mount Rushmore -- Eric Dowdle and Dowdle Folk Art

Wysocki's Pete's Gambling Hall -- Buffalo Games

Swan Cottage -- New York Puzzle Co. (new publisher to me)
On the Road Again -- Masterpieces

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

New Puzzle Order!!

I haven't puzzled in quite a while. Since I got a tax return recently and I've been looking for some therapeutic time-fillers, I decided to spend some of it on some new puzzles! Here's what I purchased ...

Old Book Store -- White Mountain

Old Store at Salem: A.J. Casson -- Pomegranate

Mediterranean Harbor -- Eurographics   (looks like I got the last one as I had trouble finding the information)

Charles Wysocki's By the Sea -- Buffalo Games

and finally, one for Halloween ..

Welcome to Our House -- SunsOut

Monday, February 27, 2017

One that may not be cancer fighting but ... I don't care!

I love seafood! Here's a shrimp and grits dish that I must try to make ...

Cancer Fighting Meals

Retirement beckons ... since I like to cook, and since I have an interest in health, nutrition, and a long healthy life, I thought I'd post a few recipes and ideas for healthy cancer-fighting meals.

Here's a set:

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Too many things!

as I contemplate retirement in a year or so it occurs to me that I have too many interests ...

I like:
  • books and reading and talking about books
  • playing boardgames
  • putting together puzzles
  • collecting stamps
  • hunting for and collecting fossils
  • drinking beer
  • making beer
  • fish-tanks
  • cooking
  • flowers and gardening
  • playing computer games
  • travel
  • watching baseball
  • going to hockey games (matches?)
  • drawing/sketching
  • coloring
edited to add 
  • kayaking
  • hiking/backpacking
  • baking artisan bread
plus a few more that I've forgotten right now. Will I have time to do all these things?? 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Things are good!

We visited the Brighton Recreation Area yesterday. Very nice area only minutes away. Who knew?

Well I did ... but had not taken the opportunity to visit ... anyway here are some shots of the area. Nice lakes and facilities.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ch-ch-changes ...

I notice that I haven't updated this blog since the beginning of the year.

well first things first I guess ...

1) I now live over in the middle part of the state, near the Arkansas border, smack-dab in the middle of the hilliest part of the Ozarks. It takes a good 45 minutes to get anywhere near a fast-food restaurant ... which is both great and depressing.
2) I'm teaching all the science in my school ... about 40 kids total.
3) I am now coaching basketball again ... woohoo
4) I've attacked my stamp collections with a vengeance. Almost have the Canada stuff done ... that's not to say that I have completed my Canada collection of course.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Green Puzzles

In the midst of winter, most of us dream of spring and spring means green! So here's my list of some favorite green puzzles ...

1) Butchart Gardens -- Canada; published by Educa Puzzles; 1000 pieces; The Butchart Gardens are located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Link to the gardens homepage.
2) Lempicka: Young Girl; published by Eurographics; 1000 pieces;
"Of all the artists pursuing the Art Deco style, one of the most memorable was Tamara De Lempicka. With French origins, Deco was part of an exotic, sexy, and glamorous Paris."

3) Natural Impressions in Green; published by Ravensberger; 3 x 500 piece puzzles