Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Within five minutes of arriving at the lake this evening I saw: some ring-necked ducks, a loon, what was probably a merganser but too far away to be certain, two mute swans, a bluebird, a bunch of robins and blackbirds, a pair of geese, and a young bald eagle. And that's not to mention the kingfisher on the telephone wire on the way up here. In a month or two, I suppose we'll settle back into a mostly-geese monoculture, but right now this place is a living poster for ornithological diversity.
Saturday, April 08, 2017
Sliders instead of casements, forest green outdoors, quiet beige indoors. Inside, the house feels tighter and quieter, but the windows seem larger and the view is wider and more spacious without those thick white mullions down the middle of the old casements. Outside, the house looks sleeker and more minimal than before. Much better.
And another new thing:
And another new thing:
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
What's under there?
One of these:
Update, just outside the back-porch door at Newton at about 5 p.m.:
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
lived a remarkable life of service to his principles and his Catholic faith. He was a father, a husband, a lawyer, a legislator, the first and only Democrat to serve as County Executive of Monroe County (as far as I know), a Regent of the State of New York, an assistant to Governor Hugh Carey, and more that I can't recall. And after all the titles went away, he went right on using his time working for the causes he believed in - most of which had to do with improving the City of Rochester - for all the time he could. He lived the kind of life that makes a person hope to live as well as he did, and that's a hell of a legacy to leave.
It's been two months since new kitchen pictures, so here are a few. It's essentially done, less a few details. The mudroom is essentially done, less staining and polying. Moving on now to the upstairs hallway, the basement room and bathroom and the fireplace. All new windows have been ordered. Won't be long now. Snort.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Thursday, February 02, 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017
It's my father's mother and some of his youngest siblings. Left to right, that's my Grandma Frey, Aunt Kay, Uncle Tommy, Aunt Teresa below and Uncle Dick above, with Dick's wife Aunt Helen on the right and the Christ Child overhead. I find it a little scary how much Uncle Tommy looks like Luke.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
First, a classic worn by every Murphy grandchild so far - Sam in the frog suit.
Sleepy Sam (most of the day, never at night)
Sam pledges allegiance.
Swaddled Sam (technique courtesy of Dr. Jenny)
Jenny and Sam -- and again with the frog suit!