Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Ukulele

I think it was 2013 I took up the ukulele after finding out Sun City had a ukulele club.  It sounded like the perfect thing for me to do as I was a guitar player for years but no so much lately as it was just getting too difficult in my advancing years.  So I bought a Luna Tenor ukulele and off to the club I went.  Loved it from day one and it was so easy to learn.  It didn't sound like a toy.   I found I could do more on it than I could on the guitar mainly because the size of it was much more manageable.  4 strings instead of 6.  I do play my guitar from time to time but my hand starts to hurt  pretty quick so a guitar session doesn't last too long.
Below with my first ukulele at a club performance and the Arts and Crafts Fair in Sun City.

A New Start

I almost forgot I had a blog. Looks like my last entry was in 2012. A good six years ago. Since then we had an addition to the family. David and Amber have a son , Graham. He is 5 already and will be starting kindergarten in the fall. He will be attending the Charter school David works for. David is the special ed teacher. Aiden will also be attending the same school.

 Lisa and Shawn have had some changes in jobs. They now live in Mesa, AZ which on a good traffic day is only about 50 away. Grandson Aiden just turned 13 this month and Andrew in now 21. Aiden will be starting 8th grade at yet another school but this one is a Charter School with emphasis on performing arts. He has signed up for the keyboard, guitar class and audio visual. I am so happy for him as starting in the Mesa school district was a bit of a bummer for him as it is pretty overcrowded and he couldn't take the music classes he wanted.
Craig and Holly have some changes ahead. It will be fun to see how it all goes for them and hope to visit them in October if possible. Larry and I both turned 70 this year. It'a milestone of sorts. We both attended out 50th high school reunions in 2016. Larry in Connecticut and mine in Chula Vista, CA. It was wonderful to attend both together.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Canada Log Day 3

Today is our third day living with the Canadiens, they are a happy people and have accepted us as one of them. After spending the morning going to church we had some lunch then made plans for the week. One of the plans was to go to Niagra Falls.

Our main reason for going was to watch a tightrope walker go between two building 60 stories up. It was neat to see. He calls himself Price of the Air. (click link). Samuel wanted him to fall, not to die or anything, to somehow save himself. He just thought is sounded pretty cool. Bennett said he wasn't going to fall because nothing that cool ever happens when he's around.

Look close and you can see the wire coming off the top of this tower. Needless to say, he didn't fall.

The big feature is a more than daily visit to Tim Hortons, a Canadian born coffee and donut show that has almost a cult following here. I'm sipping a coffee right now as a write.

Until tomorrow.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Canada Log Day 1 and 2

We are having a nice trip. We arrived yesterday, Friday night, about midnight. I did most of the driving, Holly did about an hour of our 15hr 50min drive. I'm writing you from our room in the boys dorm here at Great Lakes Christian College. I'm using an iPad at the exact location below.

We don't have an Internet connection so I'm piggy backing on another guys cell phone wifi. Its sporadic. Anyway, we have been enjoying a nice visit with Holly's sisters, Laurie and Wendy and their families.

The drive was not bad, really, Lauren and Luke (Wendy's kids) wanted to stop at each state and take a picture, we we're only able to do Indiana and Michigan. The others were dangerous, no place to pull off for the photo op.

We are heading to an acap church of Christ in the morning, a great group of people.


Monday, May 28, 2012

Morning Jaunt Comes Full Circle

I didn't know what I was doing at the time.

This morning I woke up to a quiet house. It's Memorial day, the kids were up late and I was the only one awake. The St. Louis Cardinals scored more than six points so that means 50 cent coffee at Mobile and I needed a couple things at the hardware store. The stage was set for me to unwittingly step into my fathers footsteps.

After setting up the sprinkler to water the front lawn, I jumped in the car and went to the hardware store. It was just a regular morning doing a couple errands. I stopped by the gas station for some coffee and donuts for the family.

Did i mention I was wearing this shirt?

I pulled up the the house a deliver the goods. After I sat down with my coffee and read the news it hits me. It hits hard.

I just did a morning jaunt.

It wasn't my plan, it just happened. How...why...Is it in my DNA? I don't know.

You may ask, what is a morning jaunt? The Full Jaunt occurs when the following sequence of events happen. For me, this morning I only did a partial jaunt, you will see why...

  1. You must have access to slippers or sandals, there can be no laces involved. Put them on.
  2. It's best to have an old tee shirt of some kind, not a strict requirement.
  3. You must leave you residence before anyone else is awake.
  4. You must purchase coffee.
  5. The full jaunt requires a stop at a store, probably one open 24h because most jaunts occur pre-dawn.
  6. As a bonus, if you get back before people are awake in the house you qualify for the Super Full Jaunt.
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Pacific Coast Cruise-May3-13, 2011

My Dad took me, Larry and my sister on a 10 day cruise. It was very exciting. This was Larry's first cruise and my third. I knew Larry would love it and couldn't wait for him to see the Pacific Northwest for the first time. I lived in the Seattle area as a child and also the San Diego area for many years. Larry and I lived near Monterey while he was in the Army.

We used 3 camera's. I used my Canon point and shoot which is a fine camera and a Pentax DSLR which is the best of the bunch but kind of big but worth it for some extra beautiful pictures. Larry used our old Canon Power Shot camera. He was able to photograph several sunrises that I missed due to the fact I was sound asleep.

Ports of call after leaving San Diego were as follows:

We had 3 sea days.

Catalina Island-Beautiful day there around 80 degrees
San Francisco-Beautiful day but quite windy and chilly walking around. Meet up with some cousins there so that was very nice to have lunch with them at Fisherman's Wharf.
Astoria, Or-Also a bit chilly and windy. Small town on the Colombia River.
Seattle, WA.-Disappointed it was a very rainy day and could not see Mt. Rainier at all. We did go up the Space Needle and managed to make the most of the day. Many childhood memories there.
Victoria, BC- Great day and we could finally see some of the mountain ranges.
Vancouver, BC- Nice weather and beautiful sites and views of the mountains. Spent most of the day getting to the airport for the flight back to San Diego. We took the Sky Train which was fun once we figured out which train to take, etc. Larry figured it all out for us. Once at the airport we had a long wait before taking a small plane to Seattle. During the flight we did see Mt. Rainier and Larry was very impressed. I really wanted him to see it and he was glad he did.
San Diego, CA-Arrived from Seattle around 11pm. Took a shuttle back to my dad's house and arrived around Midnight. So a very long travel day.

Larry and I drove back to Sun City, AZ the next day which was Saturday the 14th. My sister stayed on an extra day and returned to Arizona on Sunday.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Oldest Grandson's 8th grade promotion

Andrew is 14 already. Lots of ups and downs getting to this point but we are proud of him. He is a sweet young man and wish him the best in High School.

2011-05-19 Drewpromotion

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Blogging again

You would think I would have plenty of time to write a blog being sorta retired. I think it was more of a writers block or just couldn't get in the mood so to speak. .

On the work front. Larry is completely retired from the Army, Medtronic and his last job as a school bus driver. He seems perfectly content doing the shopping, helping neighbors and helping with 2 of our grand kids that live nearby.

It is a completely different story for me. After a few months of no work coming in to my violin repair shop I was thinking for finding another line of work. Semi retired seems to agree with me. I couldn't think of anything else I wanted to do really. Working at home seemed the only thing I could still do and be comfortable with. I made a total of 5 dulcimers during the slow times in the shop over the last year or so. I didn't make any money but sure learned a lot about making fretted instruments. I made 2 for my son and one for my sister. Plus one for myself and a mini one to display on the wall.

Now I am happily busy again in my shop with violins coming in every week. Also I decided it was time to learn how to rehair bows. Something I never had the chance to learn while training as an apprentice many years ago. Did a lot of research on the Internet and ordered a few things. Told the music store I do some work for what I was planning to do. They were all for it and gave me some tools, horse hair and bows to practice on. Wow. I made my own jig, and gathered other things I needed to start the project. I was going to give it my best shot. Finished my first bow on my dad's 92 birthday and also the day of the Japanese earthquake. So there is know way I will forget that day.

So far I have rehaired about 10 bows since that first one and it has only been about 6 weeks. I still have a ways to go to improve on this skill. I had a lot of early frustration but I didn't let that stop me. Being able to teach myself is what is amazing to me at my advancing age. But in a way I am not too surprised. My last rehair was a Bass bow that I delivered today and I will be the first one I was get paid for.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Dulcimer Project

The sides and end blocks are glued and ready for the top and back once they are ready.

My Dulcimer Kit arrived yesterday morning. I started gluing the sides to the top and end blocks. Pretty easy so far. Hardest part is waiting for the glue to dry to move on to the next step. Hopefully I won't break anything to hold up the project.