Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Good Old Rowl

Rowl saw the mountain changing colors and had me take a photo of him with that in the background. Another person capable of seeing things from a completely different direction, even when he's right there beside you.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Looking Out

Over at our friends Robert and David's homes, we get the chance to think and see things in a slightly different light and from a perspective that we don't often see at our messy old place. They have a way with making beauty and order spring out of the earth and from things many people have used or misused.

Things are changing fast, in all directions.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Repairs and Reflections

The old house is a good place to be.
We're getting ready for winter now, and as we check around for things that need doing, it's funny to find things that I've known needed work for two years or more.
And by funny, I mean not very funny, but still, I reckon it's rather silly to leave things like rain gutters off for a couple of years on a house that needs foundation work and has a cellar that gets damp at all the wrong times of the year.

And there's the boy in constant motion- it's only one out of five photos that's in focus these days, and those that are in focus are usually of his butt or a hand or something.
all over the place, I'm telling you.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Sometimes there's beauty in clutter, and as the seasons change officially, it's good to look at what these two oddballs have been able to create off the track of their original trajectories, far away from what they grew up with.
Not the most orderly existence or creation, but I really like what we've made of our lives. That girl is a powerhouse of magical influences, and I'm nothing but grateful for what we've done together.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Another Brew

Ryan came up to Dire Wolf to practice the craft of brewing for the first time this year. It's been a long, busy summer with no time for the brew.
This beer will feature the first inclusion of our own Spring City Hop Harvest, so we're looking forward to the results of good Horseshoe Mountain water and local valley hops. On our way to all local; one of these days...


This month's Granary share.

as with pure thought and coupling,
are strenuous exercise for a time,
as when keeping a large home
at insistence-sake.
And though I've never really been there,
I'll gladly take you, since I used to stroll that path.
These days, I savor every step as we run
because of something I ought to have forgotten,
left on a coffee table years and years ago
with both a pen and a shoe.

I recall that corruption was suspected in my friend's disappearance
as the dimming of my memory makes old conclusions seem less certain
freeing me of the shackles of those decisions
leaving me with only a spectral, aching fog of those skirmishes.
I was told that Flannery O'Connor died of Lupus at the age of thirty nine,
a copious editor and whittler, all or nothing at the foot of the cross-
few are given faith's fruit but are shown clarity by a sort of faith,
meanwhile, the aim of granite monuments remains constant.

As long as a roof remains over our heads.
having taken a similar, lonely road between weathered ranges,
this I know-
only the count of the flock is less consistent with distance
than the stars that remain our constant companions
in imaginary, earth-bound astral journeys.
The hope? That our hearts and minds, unfettered by milling, leaden ideals
may yet find a sporting chance
outside this thicket of thorazine, Zoloft and corn syrup.
Perhaps a long nap might help,
but it's more likely that, in the pre-dawn hours,
we might find those companion stars in our eyes and pockets
as Jove's orb rises over the westering hills.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ianto, On His Way

The boy is going places and enjoying his surroundings. He made his first ascent of the stairs today and has begun mimicking anything within norms (and abnormal) of human behavior that he can approximate.
Fun kid.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tea and a Class

Sometimes it's good to have a wee cup of tea at the outset of a class; not sure what the kids think about me when I bring a tiny 40ml teacup, but I think it's fairly congruent to what they always think- what an odd, odd man.
There are things I really love in life- and this is one of those combinations- teaching and really good green tea...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

No Power!

We had a good half day of power outage, so what's more fun than getting out the old candles and playing with fire indoors?
Well, doing it safely and with the baby watching, of course.
Heh, heh.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Nana and Papa Action

Everyone had a good time, time was spent at the cabin, and good food was horked for much of the time.
Here's a too small sample of the hijinx and happiness shared...

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Cedar Loop, Again

I can't tell you how much I love being able to ride this loop on my bike or walk it from time to time anytime I wish. It won't be as it is forever, so we enjoy it as much as we can.

Family Fun and Things That Happen Despite Our Objections

Halloween, cutting dead out of the sick tree, a landmark destroyed in the face of progress and civilization, and wind in the yellow g...