Saturday, July 29, 2017

Pen-and-Ink House Portrait

house portrait in pen and ink

This is about 8 1/2 x 10 inches, and was done with a combination of disposable technical pens and dip pen with sumi ink.  It was a lovely house to draw, and I particularly enjoyed the shadows of the trees.

Monday, July 24, 2017


I love 'em.

Memoir '44

My daughter humored me and played a game she really had no interest in (she had given me a coupon for a free game of Memoir '44 about a year ago, and I had to bide my time till she didn't seem too bothered by the idea of sitting down to play it.)

Things seemed up in the air, but she (playing the British in the Pegasus Bridge scenario) pushed to victory; I would have had to work very hard to hold off her attack and win. I really enjoyed it, but it's not really the sort of thing that interests her. She threw herself into it, though, and picked up the rules quickly.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Last night's dinner

 I'm pretty proud of the dinner I fixed last night. My family enjoyed it and expressed appreciation, but by golly, that's not good enough. I need to record it for posterity and put it in public. No pictures, unfortunately.

I baked and broiled chicken breasts with barbecue sauce, and the sauce clung nicely to it in the oven. It ended up having a very good flavor, but was just a bit too tough.

I sautéed red onion and chard stem; then sautéed salted summer squash with soy sauce; then combined all that with sliced chard leave in the skillet with a bit more soy sauce. That was to go with the white rice I cooked.

I some variety of long, mild sweet pepper that my fiend Gregg grew, split them open, seeded them, and boiled them. I stuffed them with a mix of left over taco filling, cream cheese, salsa, and sautéed diced pepper, then baked, topped with shredded cheddar.

It all went together quite well and looked very pretty.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

What do you call it if you throw King Crimson out a window?

The defenestration of prog rock. 

It completely amazes me that when I Google "defenestration of prog rock," I got zero results. 

What the hell is wrong with you people?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wings of Glory, last Friday night

My friend Aaron and his son came over, and I got to play Wings of Glory for the first time since last Veteran's Day. I had a great time. I was in charge of a Breguet 2 - seater flying a reconnaissance mission; the ten-year - old was in charge of the SPAD XIII and So with Camel escorting me. We were attacked by Aaron ' s squad of 4 German planes. Luck was on our side (and Aaron had a LOT of planes to manage, which is a huge liability). We returned with only moderate damage. The four Germans were not so fortunate.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Drum at the Falls

Lots of these guys around.

Last Friday Morning at the Falls

I went fishing for about 2 1/2 hours, caught five or six drums. It was a beautiful day. The water looked dangerous but was surprisingly clear. About a half hour after I left, a guy who had waded in was swept away and drowned.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Grill meets pizza

Grilled three pizzas yesterday. Burned the bottoms of each one, but they were still goid. Might have to try it again. Not sure what to do about the burning, though.


This in a small bronze sculpture from the City Museum in St. Louis, which is one of the coolest places I've ever seen.  As we were getting ready to leave last Saturday night, we were waiting in the lobby, and I had a few minutes to kill, so I snapped this pic.