The Fall of the Corkscrew Willow

Except for the pines that used to separate our house from the farm field across the two lane county road behind our house, we’ve planted every tree in our yard over the past 20+ years. We lost a Birch, a Willow and an Oak in that time.  For some reason, the Maple trees in the yard are the only healthy trees we have.

When we got home this evening we discovered the long suffering Corkscrew Willow had fallen. It’s been shucking brittle branches in to our backyard for the past four years so it’s no surprise. But man, it fell so well – not in our neighbors yard, not on the boat, not on the house, not on the fence. Perfect.

Fallen Corkscrew Willow

Fallen Corkscrew Willow

I’m set on firewood. The next question is how many months it will take me to get this thing in to burnable pieces.  More pictures are here.

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Cold

In one day it’s gone from this:

Before the Polar Vortex

 

to this (below).  If you include the wind chill, that’s a 73 degree swing in temperature!

 

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I’m looking forward to getting above zero.

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New York Sprint

Michelle’s co-op role in New York ended this past week.  We deeply regretted our decision to have Michelle travel to New York on a regional bus line back in August and decided the best, cheapest and safest approach to get her back in Troy was to go pick her up.  While it’s not something I would want to do on a regular basis, the 9.5 hour drive time is tolerable.

Route(s) to New York City

It seemed a shame to travel all that distance and not sample the city so I booked us on a tour of the city through OnBoard (which I do recommend – hence the explicit reference).  The tour was sold as a 7.5 hour tour, but the time passed much faster than that.  I’ve included some pictures below as well as a map with place markers noting most of the places visited.  Additional photos are available on both the Google+ and Facebook pages. Continue Reading →

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Spotify Music Embedding

I’m really enjoying Spotify.  A few days back I asked the Internet for their music streaming service recommendation.

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Gentlemen of the Road

I posted a few pictures yesterday of the festival site before the crowd showed up.  Today – the crowd is on site.  Probably not as many as will appear tomorrow for Mumford and Sons – but it’s a good crowd. Continue Reading →

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Mumford and Sons

The Gentlemen of the Road Show arrives soon here in Troy Ohio.  The production company responsible for the roadshow are well managed.  In a short period of time they have transformed the city enclosing large spaces in fencing, erecting statues and stages and barricades.  It’s exciting to watch all of this unfold in our quiet little city. Continue Reading →

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Perfect Coffee

CoffeeI’m still pursuing the perfect cup of coffee.  It looks like I’m going to have to invest some money in a few things.  I somehow managed to miss The Specialty Coffee Association of America publication on this subject back in 2009.  It could not be more specific.  As a service to you, I’ll condense the eight page article in to these simple steps: Continue Reading →

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