Rich’s comment about his home office

On Tuesday, we both worked at home.  On days like this,  Rich works downstairs at the bar.  I mentioned that it couldn’t be that comfortable.  He tells me there is a motto for his home office:

12 Bar Blues Bar

  • Free wifi
  • Zurekbrau on tap
  • Good bourbon selection on hand
  • Blues playing on the jukebox

What more could you want?

Trip to Southern Indiana

I recently went home to Southern Indiana.  Rick had his plans fall through, so he joined me.  The drive down was good.  Even going through India No Polis on the day before the big race wasn’t too bad.  We arrived in the late afternoon.  I gave Rick his choice of things to go and do something he wanted.  Of course, he chose the Falls of the Ohio.

The Falls of the Ohio is an interpretative center on the Ohio River.  When the locks are closed, this side of the Ohio dries up and the riverbed is exposed.  There are thousands of fossil that appear under your feet.  The walk across the surface is full of water whirls, pot holes, and fossils.

The flower beds were all in bloom.  The smell was heavenly and the colors bright.  I had to take pictures, of course.

We walked down to the river to find the fisherman standing shoulder to shoulder along the shore.  There was hardly any room for them to be casting out.  As one stepped aside they would close ranks on the spot.  The unfortunately guy or gal would have to force their way back in.  I didn’t know fishing was quite that competitive.

We walked along the bank and back along the trail that leads to a growing ox bow that was developing down stream.  There, the cottonwoods are hanging on in the sands.  It was nice and cool.  We went by a lady with a doberman pincher followed by five puppies.

After leaving the river, we went for dinner at the New Albanian Brewing Company.  I’ve been wanting to check it out, but didn’t want to do it on my own.  Rick could drive so I had decided to try one of their brews.  I chose the one called Naughty Girl.  It seemed appropriate and very hoppy.  The food was fine.

Rick then drove up to the top of the Knobs.  The Knobs are the top of the old river bank that now makes a small mountain.  The drive up and down is quite thrilling.  Rick likes to take the drive when we are in town.  We drove up one side and across the Skyline Drive so we could look out from New Albany to Louisville and beyond.  I took a few photos along the way.

On Sunday, we took my nephew, Charlie, and his son, Trysten, down to Kentucky.  I needed to show my nephew where to find the places the family came from and the graveyards where the most important people were buried.  We had a very nice day with very nice weather.  I was able to find most of the locations.  I told my stories and shared the genealogy of my family.

In between, I was able to pay a visit with my friend, Kay, and my aunt, Brenda.  I had a very nice visit and got a few hugs from all the important people.

Amazed at the number of people out fishing on the banks.  This looking back at the railroad bridge and the gates on the dam.
Amazed at the number of people out fishing on the banks. This looking back at the railroad bridge and the gates on the dam.
Taking a stroll along and over the cliffs that make up the fossil bed.
Taking a stroll along and over the cliffs that make up the fossil bed.
Rick walking along the fossil bed.
Rick walking along the fossil bed.
Walking along the river's edge on the fossil bed.
Walking along the river’s edge on the fossil bed.
A sponge fossil in the rock next to Rick's foot.
A sponge fossil in the rock next to Rick’s foot.
Cottonwoods growing along the banks of the mighty Ohio River.
Cottonwoods growing along the banks of the mighty Ohio River.
Looking out at the river and what part of the fossil beds is exposed right now.
Looking out at the river and what part of the fossil beds is exposed right now.
Flowers and roses in bloom at the Falls of the Ohio visitor's center.
Flowers and roses in bloom at the Falls of the Ohio visitor’s center.
Rick's brick in the memory walkway.  This is under his old name.
Rick’s brick in the memory walkway. This is under his old name.
Mom's brick in the memory walkway at the Visitor's Center.
Mom’s brick in the memory walkway at the Visitor’s Center.
Naughty Girl in the foreground and Orange Dream soda in the background.
Naughty Girl in the foreground and Orange Dream soda in the background.
Rick at the Bank Street Brewery having dinner.
Rick at the Bank Street Brewery having dinner.
Beer wall at the Bank Street Brewery.
Beer wall at the Bank Street Brewery.
Thought this sign in the window at Bank Street Brewery was cool.  Just had to have a picture of it.
Thought this sign in the window at Bank Street Brewery was cool. Just had to have a picture of it.
This is an art sculpture in downtown New Albany.  After a little dinner, we walked over to admire it.
This is an art sculpture in downtown New Albany. After a little dinner, we walked over to admire it.
Looking out from the Knobs towards Louisville.  Beautiful evening for a view.
Looking out from the Knobs towards Louisville. Beautiful evening for a view.
Another view from the top of the Knobs.
Another view from the top of the Knobs.

 

Travelogue 05.27.13

I thought about titling this Star Date.  Rick and I took a trip down to Southern Indiana recently.  On the way back home, we stopped in Lafayette, Indiana for gas.  It was raining and cold.  At the gas station, which doubled as the local hunting and fishing supplier, there was an interesting sight.

This area is known for the Battle of Tippecanoe.  In 1811, the governor of the territory tried to kick out the local Indian population.  This resulted in a very big battle, which the Indians lost.  It spawned the campaign slogan for William Henry Harrison’s run for President.  That slogan was, “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.”

So the sight we saw was in reference to the county, the battle, and some fun.

Tip a canoe and I guess that's Tyler, too, over there.
Tip a canoe and I guess that’s Tyler, too, over there.

Ms. Sascha

Sascha has become this cute “little” dog that roams around the house doing the most interesting things.  I’ve found that she has the same mind set as the rest of the engineering types that live in my house.  She learns one way to do things and she has a really hard time doing it any other way.

During dinner, she insists on lying next to Rich.  That’s so she can put out one paw and touch him all throughout dinner.  I’m not sure what that gets her.  I think she’s trying to ensure that he remembers she is there at the end of the meal with any leftovers.

Speaking of paws, Sascha has become the mascot for Rich’s latest creation.  He has a citrus-based American pale ale.  It is very, very nice.  Now I need to get a label made up with Sascha on it. Those paws of hers are impressive in size and roughness.

Lately, she spends the day inside sleeping so quietly.  She prefers to sleep under Rich’s desk with her head propped up on the wheels of his chair.  It looks very uncomfortable to me, but she seems to enjoy it.

See, doesn't that look uncomfortable?  It seems to be her favorite way to sleep.
See, doesn’t that look uncomfortable? It seems to be her favorite way to sleep.
Caught Sascha sleeping with her paws crossed.
Caught Sascha sleeping with her paws crossed.
See.  That's quite a paw.
See. That’s quite a paw.
Sascha there to support Dad in his efforts to process fish.
Sascha there to support Dad in his efforts to process fish.

Carp Slayer

The previous weekend was beautiful.  Rich decided to put that fishing license to good use and go down to the river to try his hand at catching something.  Around here, the drum and other fish tend to run plentiful.  Rich has been learning to fish for carp.  These fish tend to stay toward the bottom and do not come up to the middle to see anything that floats.  Also, they tend to be very picky about what they will try for.

Rich has been mixing his own carp bait.  It’s a secret recipe at this point.  Something to do with cornmeal, maple flavoring and a lot of other stuff that gives it texture and flavor. It must work though.  Rich has been successful in getting them to bite.

Over the last few years, Rich has managed to catch a few.  There was the story of the big one that got away though.  I’m thinking that yes, it was a big fish.  However, it might go the way of many a fish story and just get bigger and bigger with the telling.

Not so with the fish Rich brought home the other weekend.  As pictures show, one was pretty large.  Rick had his feet in the picture for scale.  Keep in mind, Rick wears a 13.

After prepping the fish, Rich froze them until Memorial Day weekend.  He fired up the smoker and cooked some fish.  Not too bad either.

 

Fisherman returns with his catch of the day.
Fisherman returns with his catch of the day.
Rich holding the big guy.  Nice job.
Rich holding the big guy. Nice job.
A pair of nice sized carp.
A pair of nice sized carp.
Rick giving us scale for the largest of the two.
Rick giving us scale for the largest of the two.
Sascha was watchful as they flopped around.
Sascha was watchful as they flopped around.
Preparing the fish for the envitable.
Preparing the fish for the envitable.
Smaller of the two, minus the head.
Smaller of the two, minus the head.

 

Mother’s Day is for flowers

Traditionally, Mother’s Day is the day I start my planting for the season.  I make it easy on the guys and just ask that they buy the flowers I plant on that day.  Here, I have flower boxes on the deck that I plant in every year.

I didn’t realize until this year that Rick’s habit is go with me to pick out the flowers for the year.  He gets to make the final decision on color.  This year, they had Patriot Dream petunias, which gave me a nice array of blue, red, and white.  This along with the white alyssums were the choice for planting.

I picked up some yellow, peach and red snapdragons and petunias for my side pots.  I added in some Choleas for added color.

Returning home, I put in to beginning arranging flowers and getting them into the dirt that will be their home for the season.  My deck looks very nice.  The smell is heavenly from the alyssums.

Welcome, spring.  Now I need to move on some of my permanents flower beds to add in and get them updated.

A little gardening in the dirt is good for stress.

Happy Mother’s Day to all!

See how nice my deck looks with flowers.
See how nice my deck looks with flowers.
Petunias and more petunias on the deck.
Petunias and more petunias on the deck.
More geranium and petunias with a splash of alyssum.
More geranium and petunias with a splash of alyssum.
Geraniums and petunias.
Geraniums and petunias.
Adding a little color to the small pots on the patio.
Adding a little color to the small pots on the patio.
My Mother's Day flowers on the deck.
My Mother’s Day flowers on the deck.

Painting has completed

Rick has finally completed painting the garage walls.  It took a little longer since the white part required a second coat.  This included the ceiling.  So the bottom half of the walls is now a nice shade of blue-gray. With a couple of finishing touches, Rich can now move into his new man cave.

He wants to trim out around the windows and doors.  I need to paint the man door.  I’ve picked out a lovely shade of dark green called Evergreen to paint it.  It’s also the color I plan to paint all of the outside facing doors on the huse as well.

A little painting action.
A little painting action.
Blue gray on the bottom and white on top.
Blue gray on the bottom and white on top.
Rick hanging out between painting sessions.
Rick hanging out between painting sessions.

 

Sascha, Sasch, Sascharini, Saschi

We all have our little nicknames for that furry kid in the house.  My personal favorite is Sascharini.  Rich goes between Sasch and Saschi.  Anyway you say it, it’s Sascha and she’s adorable.

Rich has been thinking there are lessons to be learned from Sascha.

  • When it is time to go to bed, just let out all the air and let it all go.
  • Don’t hold a grudge for more than a minute and a half.
  • Always been excited to see your loved ones to the point of dancing.
  • Looking forward to the next thing is good.  Whether it’s a hug, a treat, or going for a walk.
  • Play with great enthusiasm

Sascha continues to try and rule the household.  She believes she is a lap puppy and should be indulged whenever she sees fit.  This means that we all have our experiences with heaviness of the chest, stabbing pains in the side, and a feeling of something hovering over us. It’s usually Sascha.

Rich has decided that the twist trick went really well.  It is time to move on to a new trick.  Sascha is now learning High Five.  This is a stepped process to learn.  So far, she has learned to put her paw on Rich’s closed fist to get the treat.  We’ll have video when she gets to a step that is recognizable.

But Daddy, Sascha says.
But Daddy, Sascha says.
Sascha is ever the baby.
Sascha is ever the baby.
Rick is experiencing a heavy weight on his chest.
Rick is experiencing a heavy weight on his chest.
There's no moving Sascha when she doesn't feel like it.
There’s no moving Sascha when she doesn’t feel like it.
Rolling in the floor with her favorite human toy.
Rolling in the floor with her favorite human toy.
Sascha hanging around enjoying a good day.
Sascha hanging around enjoying a good day.
Sascha enjoys TV time with Dad.
Sascha enjoys TV time with Dad.

Tutu and all

I was showing Rich a video from Mishka the Talking Husky some time ago.  He was convinced that Sascha could learn to do this trick.  So over the last few weeks, Rich has been working with Sascha to do a trick called Twist.  She gets a bit of cheese when she does it well enough.

Since she has gotten so good at it, I thought she needed an outfit to make her look professional.  So I made her a tutu for her debut.

Good girl, Sascha.  Nice trick, Rich.  No tutu for Rich though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHxYt4kv1sU&feature=youtu.be