Spared a Cold Death

We transplanted three bushes last spring to make room for improvements in our garden in front of the house. The harsh winter killed two. One was Spared. I was going to dig up all three, but a few dried up leaves remained on this one so I gave it a chance, so it got spared a second time. Let’s hope it doesn’t have to chance any more perils.


Countless Stars

There are Countless stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way. This picture is from Skyrim Galaxy – Milky Way by Kriminalrus and may be seen at


By some estimates, there are between 100,000,000,000 to 400,000,000,000 stars in the Milky Way. That is 100-400 billion. The operative word in the last sentence is “estimates”. Our sun is one small yellow star in one arm of this huge conglomeration of stars, gas, and dust. The galaxy is so big that it takes over 100,000 years for light to travel across the diameter. That is 100,000 years of travel at 300,000 kilometers per second.

Now, consider that our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies in the universe. Imagine the number of worlds that could exist in the universe that support intelligent life. The numbers are staggering.

Thursday Doors – May 26, 2016

This is my front door. I am using Thursday Doors to give my followers a sense of my house and home. All but one of these pictures were taken yesterday in early morning light. Let’s start with my European style front door:

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Now let’s back up a bit to get a sense of my front yard. There are several views:


Next will be my main garage door on the side of the house (and yes, there is a second garage door in the back). The bushes under the window are the Japanese Ligustrum that I recently used as my flower of the day at


Next is a view of the back of the house from our second driveway followed by the back garage door, the door to our walk out basement, and the door to our screened in porch:


Next is a picture of our front garden that was redone just one year ago along with an individual shot of one of the variegated spider plants in the morning sunlight:


Finally, a picture of our deck from the door looking out. This picture was taken in April of 2011:


Welcome to the doors in my world. I hope you enjoyed this little tour.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Architecture

During my recent trip to Valencia, Spain, I was overwhelmed by the fantastic architecture created by Santiago Calatrava. After the great flood in 1957, the river through Valencia was diverted and the riverbed turned into a miles long green way. The three main buildings fronted by pools of water were:


The Principe Felipe Science Museum


The ‘Hemesferic’ Planetarium


The Reina Sofia Arts Palace

It is like you are transported into the future. Imagine what the ancient Phoenicians would think if they saw these buildings when they first visited Spain thousands of years ago.

Share Your World – 2016 Week 21

This post is in response to Cee Neuner’s weekly SYW challenge.  The questions for this week were:

  • What is your favorite go to beverage? Water, coffee, tea, coke, soda (non-alcoholic)
  • Can you change a car tire?
  • Are you a listener or talker?
  • Would you rather have no internet or no cell phone?

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Here are my answers:

  1. My favorite non-alcoholic beverage is unsweetened iced tea. Lately, I have been adding about 10% cranberry juice to the mix instead of lemon juice (never sugar). Here is a picture of a glass of that iced tea which reveals a little bit about me:IMG_3503
  2. I have changed many car tires in my long life. Now I call AAA and let them do it.
  3. I am definitely a listener.
  4. I would rather have no cell phone. Not being a talker, I only use the cell phone for brief conversations. I use the cell phone for internet access but that is only when I am away from home.

What am I grateful for from last week?

  1. Our 11th grandchild (Elliot Shane) was born last Thursday.
  2. We attended the wedding of my wife’s godson and they live close to our daughter’s house in New Jersey where we went to visit with Elliot.
  3. We got to visit with four other grandchildren on the trip.
  4. We had a meeting of the parents with my son and his fiancee while in NJ
  5. We made safe trips from North Carolina to New Jersey and back.

What am I looking forward to in the upcoming week?

  1. I will be catching up on my WordPress posts over the next few days.
  2. I will be playing golf on Wednesday and Friday
  3. We are going to have our first real taste of summer with the temps going into the upper 80’s over the next few days.
  4. Everything in our yard is looking fantastic with all of the rain this spring. I will be getting the sprinkler system working to keep it that way all summer.
  5. I will get back to writing my second novel in my SciFi trilogy.
  6. Thursday Doors will be a showcase of my front door along with pictures from all around the house. It should give everyone a view of our wonderful home.

Overall, this has been a fantastic week as you might guess.