Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Happy Anniversary to Us!

Today, Anna and I have been married for nineteen years!


Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center

Today I went out for a little drive. At about 1:00 I sent Anna this picture and text:


I'm at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. Man, this place is great! Why have I never come here before?

A few minutes later I sent her this:


There's a dinosaur on the roof! 

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Thirty Years Ago

Today is an important anniversary for me: It was exactly thirty years ago, on June 4, 1990, that I started working as an Associate Course Developer at ExecuTrain Corporation, my first "real" job out of college.

This is me back then (not actually on my first day, but after I'd worked there about five months--the Far Side calendar behind me is on the November 1990 page), sitting in my office by my IBM PS/2 computer:


I worked there for ten and a half years, from the time I was 23 until I was 33, and loved...well, not actually every minute, but many of them. In a lot of ways it was the best job I ever had.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Bee Tanka




The side of our yard
Is buzzing with springtime life
And I am grateful
For these bees, and for this tree;
For all this wonderful world.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Jessica's Photo of Haley



Jessica texted this picture to me. I think it's pretty great. 

Monday, May 25, 2020

Vines Gardens Walk

This afternoon Anna and Elyse and I went to Vines Gardens. These are the pictures I texted to Jessica while we were there:









Saturday, May 23, 2020

Jessica's New Painting



Jessica painted this last night and this morning. Isn't it beautiful?

It's adorning our dining room wall now.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Breaking News



(Elyse made this on her phone this morning.)

Monday, May 18, 2020

Cat nap on the hearth: A Haiku


Cat nap on the hearth
In the post-thunder storm calm--
And so this day ends.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Squirrel-proof feeder breach: A Tanka


Squirrel-proof feeder breach--
Greedy baby squirrel, stealing
From the chickadees:
Gorge like that today, you'll be
Too big to gorge tomorrow!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Ginormous roses: A Haiku



Ginormous roses
Outside my office window--
I keep the shades drawn

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Young peach-munching squirrel: A Haiku



Young peach-munching squirrel
Through the living room window--
A sure sign of spring

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Driveway chalk drawing: A Haiku

Driveway chalk drawing
This sunny spring afternoon--
Weekend diversion

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Cats at the window: A Haiku


Cats at the window,
Hopeful that a bird will come--
Spring feline ennui

Monday, April 27, 2020

Backyard Tanka



Chipmunk and rabbit, 
Two of our favorite wild friends,
Dining on the seeds
Spilled for that very purpose
By the considerate birds.

* * *

If I'm honest and step out of the faux Beatrix Potter/A.A. Milne/Kenneth Grahame role I've assumed here, I must admit that the rabbit wasn't actually eating, she was taking a bath. She was right under our living room window, almost under the bird feeder, and Elyse and I watched her for several minutes, talking about how she was cleaning herself just like the cats.

The chipmunk really was eating, though.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Shelter-in-Place Haiku



Roses peeking in--
Even flowers have noticed
We no longer leave.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Shelter-In-Place Tanka


Sheltering in place
With a ten-year-old baker--
Now the worst news comes, 
Not from CNN or Fox,
But from the dang bathroom scales.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Shelter-In-Place Tanka


Friday afternoon
Out for a neighborhood walk--
Anna is working,
Kids are "Digital Learning"--
But I now have some free time.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

My Birthday and Easter

Today was both my birthday and Easter Sunday. This is, in fact, the third time when Easter has fallen on my birthday (or vice versa, depending on how you view it). (Also, for whatever it's worth, it won't happen again during my lifetime, unless I live until the year 2093, though Easter will be the day after my birthday a couple of times when I'm in my 60s.)

It was also a day when, because of the shelter-in-place orders still in effect and the coronavirus-quarantine recommendations, we couldn't go anywhere (or at least really needed to choose not to go anywhere), which made it (as Winnie-the-Pooh would put it) a bothering sort of day. But what really made it a Very Good Day was the beautiful Easter/birthday cake Elyse and Jessica and Anna made for me:


They used as their model this cake, which I wrote about a few weeks ago:



Later in the afternoon, Anna lay down on the sofa and was joined by the cats:


Shortly before we were planning on having supper, our electricity went out and the Georgia Power app showed an estimate of two hours before it would come back on:

(It's hard to tell from the picture, but they are coloring by the window light.)

As if that wasn't bad enough, only minutes before my birthday pizza was supposed to be delivered, the pizza place called to say their ovens were broken and they couldn't finish my pizza.

Like I said, a bothering sort of day.

(However, the electricity did come back on after only one hour instead of two, which was a nice surprise. I ended up having a plain old sandwich for supper.)

Friday, April 3, 2020

Two Reports from a Walk at Vines Gardens During the COVID-19 Crisis


Out for exercise
but the number of people
here at Vines make this
no less anxiety filled
than a visit to Walmart

No haiku, no tanka, just gnomes at Vines Gardens: