Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Birds, birds, birds

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

New windows

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:

Update, as requested by Laura: a picture for comparison of the house from before Grandma Frey bought it, showing the old white windows with thick strips in the middle - and also showing the old brick-red trim, before we repainted it green and re-stained the logs.



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

24 inches and counting (Edit: Cancel the 24. See below.)

What's under there?


One of these:


Update, just outside the back-porch door at Newton at about 5 p.m.:


And that's not drifting - there's been very little wind most of the day. I tried to take a measurement in the front yard, but the snow was halfway up my thighs and I gave up.

Another update: the latest map from the Weather Service. Notice which area has the highest totals in the whole area?


"Renewables"

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Five years old!

It's hard to believe that five years have been completed since Jamie came into our lives -- and even harder to believe that we ever managed to get along without this good-natured, gentle, curious, eager and engaging little guy.


Happy birthday, Jamie!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

My Uncle Tom

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. 


One More


More Kitchen

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.





Monday, January 23, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

I love this picture


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

Still more Sam

First, a classic worn by every Murphy grandchild so far - Sam in the frog suit.


Eskimo Sam


Surprised Sam.


Thoughtful Sam


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!