Archive for May, 2013

New Visitor to Our Back Yard

Western Tanager; from BirdWeb.org

Western Tanager; from BirdWeb.org

Shortly after arriving home from our return flight from NJ, we were excited to see this little fellow at one of the back yard feeders.

This is the first sighting of the Western Tanager is our yard but hopefully not the last. They are truly beautiful birds.

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Trisha and Harper Rose

We finally got to meet our grand niece, Harper Rose Bocage today.  What a cutie.  Here’s Aunt Trisha and the little sweetheart.

Harper with Aunt Trisha

Harper with Aunt Trisha

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Easy Birthday Day

We’re in Sicklerville, NJ as part of our visit with Trisha’s sister and we spent the day touring the spy exhibit at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, going to the latest Star Trek movie, and ending with a delicious dinner at the Wasabi Hibachi restaurant in Williamstown.  All in all is was a most relaxing day and not a bad way to “celebrate” my first birthday over 65!

The famous German "Enigma" encryption machine

The famous German “Enigma” encryption machine

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Brian Graduates

We accompanied Tessa and Bo and Katie to Millersville, PA to attend Brian Bocage’s graduation.  The weather cooperated and the ceremonies moved along nicely.  It helped that the stadium concession stand was open and I could get a chocolate chip muffin to hold me over until lunch.

Brian at MU

Brian at MU

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Spring on the Way

The back yard is finally starting to look springy.  All the rhododendrons have blossomed and everything else is growing like crazy.  Except our little squirrel who eats incessantly but stays remarkably tiny.

Our squirrel on his peanut feeder

Our squirrel on his peanut feeder

Here are a few additional photos of the back yard.

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Great Week of Golf (and Weather)

We’ve had an entire week of summer-like weather with high temps in the 70s every day.  I took advantage of the beautiful mornings to play Mt. Si Tuesday, Thursday and today.  After struggling so much over the winter and early spring I was pleasantly surprised to shoot 84, 79 and 80.  This is the earliest in the season I’ve ever broken 80.  In addition to the fun golf, I’ve immensely enjoyed the lovely mornings with views like this one from the second fairway on Thursday.  The experienced was enhanced by rare birdie I recorded on this, the number one handicap hole on the course.

Mt. Si second fairway

Mt. Si second fairway

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Dow 15,000

I never would have imagined this kind of run-up in the stock market. By the end of 2008 I expected it might take ten years for the market to recover and for us to recoup our losses. I like this chart from the Wall Street Journal that chronicles the DJIA march from 8000 to 15000:

WSJ_Dow_Chart

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