Thursday, August 17, 2017

On Eclipses and Such

On the afternoon of May 10, 1994, I was out on the lawn of West Highland Baptist Church in Milford, Michigan with my Earth Science class pondering the events of the day. The long-predicted solar eclipse that afternoon took us out of doors, but it was hidden by cloud cover, and it was good thing, too:  we had not the proper equipment to view the event, other than some paper frame diffraction glasses.

As we were lamenting the course of events, the clouds broke a bit, and with the shadow of the earth just off the center of the disk of the sun, we were able to watch the eclipse for several minutes through a layer of high thin clouds. Our eyes were saved and our appetites for this solar event was quenched, and life was good.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Heading into the last day of the work week, and so much up in the air...

My God~

I release all the concerns of my heart and leave them at the foot of the cross. I give them to YOU!

I praise You, as Creator and Sustainer of all, and as King of kings and LORD of lords.

Thank You for Your love, and thank You for the peace that passes understanding.

 All glory and honor and praise to YOU!


Saturday, August 5, 2017

One of our favorite summer dishes - taco salad

Freshly picked from our garden

I started with 80 20 ground beef - abou t a pound and a half - in EVOO

Diced some yellow onion for flavor

Meanwhile, prepared the produce in a big bowl

Garden fresh green bell peppers

Garden fresh jalapeno peppers - no seeds in the dish this time

Added the vegetables to the meat

While the produce awaits...

Cooked until the burger is done all through...

Then drained the grease

Added about half a cup of chicken broth and my taco seasoning

chili powder, cumin, garlic, crushed red pepper, and ground black pepper

and about one large tablespoon of the secret ingredient - dark brown sugar. Shhhhhh

Allowed it to cool before adding to the produce, cheese, crushed corn chips and dressing

I used ranch and thousand island this time, with a couple shots of hot sauce (i forgot to get salsa aad face). It turned out pretty good, but not my best.

Around the yard on a beautiful COOL Saturday :-)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Photography is an admirable art. I think it often takes much skill to capture a beautiful moment, face, sky, or scene. Sometimes the random ones are great, but I believe from a photo you can get the number of words spoken way over a thousand if you practice. The below, I thought, says alot. I am smitten with it.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

On a Tear
Photo by USATSICharlie Blackmon and Whitmore Funk make it six in a row against Beats by JAYS
Beats by JAYS (5 - 10) showed off the form that earned them the worst record in the league going into this period. They could not make it much of a game, losing to Whitmore Funk (13 - 2) 440.5 to 348.5. Beats by JAYS have now failed to top their projections in any of the past four weeks.
The game leaves both these teams streaking in opposite directions. Whitmore Funk is raking the field with their competition, winning their 6th in a row. The defeat puts Beats by JAYS on a three game losing streak.
Charlie Blackmon has been the key player throughout Whitmore Funk's winning streak, and came through again this period. Blackmon joined up with Jose Quintana and Anthony Rendon to produce 166 points. Blackmon scored 61.5 points, which were the most that any center fielder has collected this season. It's another fine effort from Blackmon, who is currently the best center fielder in the league.
Although Coach David B. got the win, he cannot have been happy with Tyler Chatwood's performance this period. Chatwood failed to show up, scoring -12 points. Coach David B. found out why he was available on the waiver wire this period.
Meanwhile, Jon Gray stuck out as the worst performer for Beats by JAYS, scoring -3 points. That's the fewest points that he's scored so far this year. Adding to their problems, Beats by JAYS's left fielder, Corey Dickerson, was the worst at his position this period.
Coach Matthew's lineup decisions earned their team points last period, and did again this period. They went with Ian Kennedy over the higher ranked J.A. Happ.
This decision boosted Beats by JAYS's final score by 15.5 points. It also gave Coach Matthew their 2nd perfect lineup, which is more than any other coach.
Although Beats by JAYS lost this game, on the bright side, Whitmore Funk was the hardest test they will face for a while. Their next three games are against sub .500 teams, starting with Scherzer's Brown Eye next period. That contest will be a rematch from period nine, when Beats by JAYS lost 315 to 286.5.
Meanwhile, Whitmore Funk will collide with Damon horns next period. The game will be a clash of the titans, as those are the two top teams in the league.
Thank You, LORD, for the most beautiful morning - of all the mornings since Creation - ever!
Thank You for a wonderful evening with my sweetie - for good food, and good beer, and good company.
Thank You for the restful time we were able to share.

And thank You for this new day, with new blessing from You to behold, and new opportunities to love Your children.

Grant me a heart like Yours.

Fill me with Your good Spirit.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Cooler - thankfully, it is finally cooler with less humidity.

Blessed be God forever!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Springwells Township, 1900

In House #342:
Michael Wutke, the white male Head born in Sept 1850, aged 49 years and married since he was 22, born in Germany as were his parents, immigrated in 1882 - 18 years in the States - with Naturalization Papers working as a Laborer in the RR industry, living in a House and can read, write, and speak English.
Aussa Wutke, the white female Wife born in Dec 1856 aged 43 married since age 22 having bore 9 children, 8 of them living. Born in Michigan, parents from Germany, can read, write, and speak English. Naturalization Papers from immigration in 1882 - 18 years in the States.
Atilie Wutke, 19 yo single daughter b Mar 1881 in MI
Herman Wutke, 15 yo single son b Jan 1885 in MI
Edward Wutke, 12 yo single son b May 1888 in MI
Helena Wutke, 9 yo single daughter b Nov 1890 in MI
Emma Wutke, 7 yo single daughter b May 1893 in MI
Rosa Wutke, 4 yo single daughter b Sept 1895 in MI
William Wutke, 2 yo single son b Feb 1898 in MI

In House #344:
William Wotke, the white male Head born July 1846 aged 53 years married since 25, born in Germany as were his parents and naturalized with papers in 1883 - 17 years in the States - working as a Laborer in the Car Shop industry, could read but not write and could speak English, and owned his home free and clears.
Anna Wotke, the shite female Wife born Sept 1851 48 yo married since 25 bore 6 children four of them living from Germany as were parents, immigrated in 1883 - 17 years ago - could read, write, and speak English.
William Wotke, the whit emale 23 yo son born in Aug 1876 in Germany as were his parents, immigration status Al since 1883 employed as a Farm laborer and could read, write, and speak English.
Adolf Wotke, the white male 20 yo son laborer in the Car shop industry could read, write, and speak English, immigrated in 1883
Otto Wotke, Oct 1886 in MI
Herman Wotke, Feb 1891 in MI

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Thanking God right now for my mechanic neighbor Scott Willis and his FM.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Begonia Flowers


On The Deck Planter

Geranium Red



Cone Flower

Day Lily - Happy Returns


Dill Flowers The Bugs Love

The Cleome I Thought Was Cannabis