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Painting by numbers
Thursday, November 07, 2019      5 comments

Another episode of things that come out of my wife's mouth ... and keep in mind that English is her third language ... who knows what she could say in French or German. So yesterday, about our friend Carol, she says to me: "Our friend ... Read more
I love her, for two reasons
Sunday, August 11, 2019      7 comments

I was moving some heavy concrete walking blocks, 2 feet by 3 feet, and sweating a lot. I was working with my wife on repositioning them. She told me where, and I put them there. I said that if I had an anti-gravity machine this would be a l... Read more
Mocked by an egg timer!
Friday, August 02, 2019      3 comments

I bought an electronic egg in Germany. You put it in the boiling water with the eggs and it plays a little melody. It plays a well known German tune, each of which is related to how hard boiled the eggs are. If it were an English version of... Read more
Punctuation pickiness
Tuesday, July 23, 2019      7 comments

My last blog was titled by a quote from Shakespeare: " it's Well That Ends Well " What has bugged me for a long time, and now that I'm 60 years old I think I've finally got it right for the rest of my life ... It is when to use " its... Read more
it's Well That Ends Well
Saturday, July 20, 2019      4 comments

So what bugs me about my wife, is that her third language is English. My first language is English. Yet she can be whittier in English than I am. Our well was at the end of its days, both pump wise, and in terms of the pipe "pipe-wise". We ... Read more
Doesn't everyone think like I do? My dishes, and eternity ...
Friday, July 12, 2019      6 comments

Doesn't everyone think like I do? I chipped a dish the other day. I wanted to throw it out, but my wife wanted to keep it, just in case we still needed it. So I put it at the bottom of the stack. I'll use all the other ones first before tha... Read more
Squirrel with a greyish back
Saturday, June 29, 2019      6 comments

In my backyard I have a squirrel feeder, and a squirrel that comes to feed. I recognize him. This summer, it looks to be the same squirrel, but the colour on his back isn't quite right, ... a little too grey. It's another squirrel, ... must... Read more
Does the lady have a cat?
Thursday, June 27, 2019      6 comments

A few years ago I was renting my parents house (they have both died) to a lady who is a graphic artist, and her friend. In the fall the furnace stops working, and the house is getting very cool. My heating and plumbing guy, Matt, can't make... Read more
Do you have any personal problems?
Monday, June 03, 2019      5 comments

In my late teens I remember having heart palpitations so severe that I started passing out as my vision narrowed. I called for my parents as I couldn't make it up the stairs. I thought, "I'm not ready to die, I'm only 19, too young too young, ye... Read more
Great Grandma embraces new technology
Saturday, May 25, 2019      5 comments

My mother in law, who is 89, doesn't want to change her wall light. It's been broken for at least 8 years. The mechanism on the pull cord is broken. I tried to fix it a year ago. So she's been screwing the bulb a little in, a little out, on... Read more
Bad Kamer
Friday, May 17, 2019      8 comments

Love the Dutch language. Slaap is sleep, kamer is chamber or room. ... a sleep-chamber, a bed-room Bath room: ... Read more
Another room with a Dutch plaque
Monday, May 13, 2019      2 comments

Figure out which room this is in the house I'm staying in. I'll give you a hint, ... many words in Dutch and English are similar. ... Read more
Vacation within a vacation
Sunday, May 12, 2019      4 comments

At the seaside in Holland today, staying until Friday. For me Dutch is an interesting language. I see similarities to German, English, and sometimes traces of French. If you keep your mind open you see it. A judge goes to their chambers be... Read more
Is that organic?
Tuesday, April 30, 2019      4 comments

Given that I'm into Keto and nutrition, from the title you'd think I might be posting about organic vegetables. NOT AT ALL. A few years ago when my father died and was cremated, our youngest daughter (late 20's at the time) wanted a little ... Read more
Why I won't get into a teleporter (but I will go to sleep)
Friday, April 26, 2019      9 comments

As a physicist I'm pretty familiar with all sorts of particles, quarks, neutrons, protons, electrons, and all sorts of particles that "mediate" the forces. Starting from the bottom up it seems comprehensible. But at the upper end of this hu... Read more

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