Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Happy November Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Sharrie, Steve, Ron, Grace Northgraves and Debbie in November that I know of so far. Sharrie's face in the picture album is as familiar at all ages as my own. Love this gal I grew up with! Happy day.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Happy Guy Fawkes Day

On November 5th My British friend Peter reminded me that it was Guy Fawkes Day, so I rummaged through my cache of fireworks to celebrate that crazy religious zealot. I'm always looking for excuses to fire a few flares or roman candles and I'm sad to report that I missed Diwali, but there is always next year.

I uploaded a quick video to share:

Chris Wood as "Sweeney Todd"


This link will lead you to a review of Chris Wood in Elon production of Sweeney Todd. He WAS Sweeney! Andee and Steve went down for the show and spent a night with Barbara in New Bern.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Winter is coming, gather that firewood the quick way

I'm a bit sore. I cut up a bunch of firewood, mostly heavy red oak. I used a hydraulic wood splitter to pare it down to stove dimensions. These wood splitters are very safe but it takes a while for the piston to push the log into the wedge... if only there was a quicker way...

Monday, November 03, 2008

Rara Avis

I saw a greenish-yellow bird feasting on Autumn Olive fruits this weekend. I was unable to identify it using Peterson's bird book. It was quite fearless but I was unable to get a close up shot. The color balance is close but not perfect and the predominant feature was this bird's color.

If you have an idea what this could be please leave a comment. The Peterson's guide does not have enough color plates and I am stumped!