Sunday, August 5, 2018

Spanish moss

Spanish moss is not moss at all, but rather a bromeliad, whatever that is. It is a fairly common site in the southeast, but certainly not in the northeast where I come from.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pumping concrete

Things have changed since the days of chutes and wheelbarrows.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Waiting for the fireworks

It's been almost a month since my last post. The good news is we survived the move but are far from settled. We are living in a sea of brown cardboard boxes for now but making progress. I finally got my computer back up... now if only I could find my computer glasses so I did not have to tilt my neck north.

We did take some time to see fireworks as is our tradition (I met my wife on a July 4th weekend many years ago). We had a great spot on Jacksonville beach near the pier. Unfortunately the weather changed very quickly and two minutes before show time the sky opened up and the rain and wind ensued. It was a mad dash to the car but by then the rain had slowed so we watched from the comfort of the car (if sitting in drenched clothing is considered comfortable). But the view was not bad and we felt we had taken part in something that was part of our new community.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Last walk on the canal

The process of moving is never easy. In many ways it seems to have taken forever, and in some ways it has come too fast.

Our last PODS is packed and to be picked up in the morning.

But this afternoon I had a chance to take one last walk along the Erie canal. I have posted many photos from the paths of the canal and I will miss it when we are gone, but in consolation, we will be only a few miles from the ocean.

Change can be good.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Turned on

Hedonist Artisan Chocolates, a great shop in Rochester if you get turned on by chocolate.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


It's that time of year when gardens attempt to revert to wild.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Orange mulch

Not sure why anyone would pick bright orange for mulch around trees. I does not look natural to me. How do they achive that color? It especially contrasts with the bright wet spring green grass.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Sudden spring

Every year it amazes me how cold wet spring suddenly changes to warm beautiful spring... in just a few days. It seems one day everything looks dead, and the next the lawns are green, the crocus and daffodils are blooming, and the trees are in flower. It really is a miracle.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Wait here

I have been to two Nordstrom stores and each had several waiting areas outside of the dressing rooms that were uniquely decorated and furnished with comfortable furniture. An obvious sense of design and point of differentiation.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Go electric?

There is a lot to like about going electric but range anxiety is still a real thing. Great design and good for the environment make it tempting.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Day 5

I agree that April snow in Webster NY is not that unusual, but can we agree that five straight days of snow showers is unexpected? Yes, it has snowed and melted, but only for the flakes to return again and again.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Caution: April snow

It's been a strange day in Western New York... periods of snow and stretches of sunshine. And it's April 5th which makes the snow part the strange part.

So I am thinking it was a good decision to move south, if we can get our act together and get there.

Friday, March 23, 2018


Door without a handle... open to get out, but not to get in.

I may not be posting as regular as usual for the next few months as we are in the process of relocating, moving from our home of over 30 years. It's a big job decluttering after so long, selling a house, buying a new house, managing the move and the paperwork.

So I guess you can say we are moving out... don't need a handle to get back in.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Stairways are always interesting for their strong lines and diagonals.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Snow pile at Gravel Road

It seems strange that there are serious winter storms to the east of us and we are just looking at old snow.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

That's Hatties, on the left

Hatties Restaurant, the unpretentious home of tasty Southern cooking in Saratoga Springs. Try the fried chicken.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Peerless Spring

According to my research (WolframAlpha) there are 84 cities in the US that have "Spring" in their name, but to my knowledge there is no town that celebrates and maintains their natural springs like Saratoga Springs New York. There are over a dozen springs in and around the community and most are operating and under a pavilion of unique design. The Peerless Spring is only one example.

Some of the springs sprout sweet fresh water but most are naturally carbonated and contain various minerals. For hundreds of years the waters have been valued for their medicinal benefits for drinking or bathing. It is fun to taste each spring, many of which can only be tolerated by a small sip.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Lyrical Ballad

Small town, small bookshop... a rare site these days.

Saturday, February 24, 2018


During my morning walks I often see discarded tiny empty liquor bottles tossed to the side of the road. There is a liquor store about a mile down the way so I assume (which is not always a good thing to do) that teenargers buy these things and chug them down for a quick high. Cinnamon flavor is another hint that a young person is involved.

I do kind of like the label design.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


It seems there are a lot of shopping malls that have carousels, at least around here. I can think of at least three. Some are antique, moved into a modern mall... others are new, like this this one at Eastview Mall in Victor New York.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Cato Hardware

Proof that small town shops that are far enough from big box stores can remain viable and relevant to their community.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Big parking lot means big snow piles

When we get a reprieve from snowfall and a bit of thaw the front loaders come in to create eight foot piles to make room for more to come.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

How about Mexican?

When the weather gets cold, I like Mexican food. Come to think about it, Mexican food is good any time.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Erie County offices

They sure don't build them like this anymore.

In the winter it is nice to look up and lose site of the snow and instead sometimes enjoy some blue sky.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Lucy's hometown

Jamestown, New York.

Actually it is my hometown too.

When I lived there, over 40 years ago, it was a source of pride that Lucille Ball was from our town. She was a very successful female entertainer and celebrity, and certainly the most important export ever from our little town. People talked about it with pride, but that was about all.

Over the last 20 years, and years after her death, Jamestown has become everything Lucy with a museum, annual comedy festival, a theater named after her, and multiple large murals displayed around downtown. The Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum is located at the very center of downtown in the former Woothworth storefront. People come from far and wide, even contemporary celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno, and Bob Newhart... just to name a few of my favorites.

Possibly the best thing that has ever happened to Jamestown.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Picnic anyone?

The snow and cold has been a bit more persistent that I would like. I am ready for a spring thaw.

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018: First walk

It was fresh, bright and cold (+2ยบ F). Blue sky, low winter sun, fresh white snow crunching under my feet. Perhaps it foretells the possibility of a better new year. Let's hope so.

Happy New Year.