Showing posts from April 21, 2013

Party boy.

Last evening I was at an informal dinner party to meet and greet the new Rector at St. Boniface Church, Siesta Key, FL  the Revd. John Hall FL, together with his spouse Jean Hall. The parish footed the bill for the fine meal.  St. Boniface’s Assistant Rector Andrea Taylor  and her husband Jonathan were the hosts.The other guests were six of the seven retired clerics who hang out at St. Boniface church, and their spouses. Despite the facts that I do not have a spouse, and am no longer active in Sunday ministries at St B’s, Andi Taylor was cool enough to make sure that I was included.  That made me very happy, and I enjoyed the evening.

This evening I was a guest at the home of my friends Elliott and Jesse to celebrate Elliot’s 83rd birthday.  Both he and Jess have been in very poor health during the past year and it was great that they were well enough to have a party.
‘Twas terrific to be at the party with Elliot and Jess, and with pals such as Bob Lewis, Bob Morse, Gordon Cory, John Vo…

Sarasota political fail

Mr. Dorfman is running to be elected as a Sarasota City Commissioner.  He want to take Sarasota to the next level, but he does not make it clear if this is a level up or a level down.

Interesting to note that this mailing is sponsored by a group in Orlando, i.e. not a local group. Who are his backers? They  are known as "Citizens for a Better Florida, Inc". How many of them are Sarasotans?

Mr Dorfman at one and the same time claims to be a "longtime resident", but also says that he has called Sarasota home for nearly eight years?  (Eight years = longtime?)

We are invited to call Mr. Dorfman, but his flyer does not include a phone #


In retirement it is all too easy to put off various housekeeping tasks with the thought "I can do that tomorrow".

Today I realised that "I can do that tomorrow" can lead to many "tomorrows".

So I decided that today was tomorrow, and that I should wash, dry and iron my curtains which have been gathering dust and  grime for many a day.

In fact, I have not washed them since May 2011 when I did so in anticipation of the visit of my brother Martyn and his son Sam.

(They did not notice!).

So all those over 700 "tomorrows" ended "today".  I have beautifully  washed, dried and ironed curtains.

Phew -  the next "curtain washing tomorrow"  will be in 2015

Critters: a follow up posting from April 14th 2013

Critters 2.
So, having heard the patter of tiny feet in my attic, I summoned the handyman at the Glen Oaks Ridge Association (GORA) to my home. His name is Larry.
Larry came to my home on April 16th and set up a “sticky trap” in the attic.
On April 17th he discovered that some smart rat or other had simply flipped the sticky trap over.
So he tried again on April 177h - by re-setting the sticky trap and adding a spring loaded trap which he baited with a goodly amount of peanut butter.
But my rats are smart.  One of them had managed to trip the spring loaded trap, and eat the peanut butter without being trapped.
So on Friday April 19th Larry reset the traps, and secured them to the attic floor with very strong sticky tape.
When he returned to my home on Monday April 22nd he inspected the attic traps and found nothing.. Both he and I were frustrated.

Yesterday morning - (April 23rd) - at about 5:45 a.m.)  I heard a great kerfuffle from my hall  way.
Then Junior Cat Adelaide came rushin…

From John Glenn? Yes, but which one?

The following article  has been posted on Facebook, and has been attributed to John Glenn.Do not be misled.  It's not from John Glenn the U.S. Navy Test Pilot, Astronaut, U.S. Senator, and Presidential candidate.
It's from another John Glenn who hails from Tacoma, WA  viz
So read it for what it's worth, (not much in  my opinion) but realise that it's not from the more famous John Glenn.
“I don't want to know his name. I don't want to see his face. I don't want to know his life's history, his back-story, who his family is, where he went to school, or what he liked to do in his spare time. I don't want to know what "cause", if any, he was fighting for. I don't want to know why he did it, or may have done it, or what possessed him to carry out his actions. I don't want to know. Because that's what he really wants. I'll be damned if I'm go…

Back at "work" today.

I was back at my old game today as I officiated at the celebration and blessing of the marriage of Lauren Carol Taylor and Robert Jason Steinkuehler.
We were at the Powel Crosley Mansion in Sarasota, FL Lauren and Rob are from Chicago.
I first met Lauren on 13th April2013, and Rob on 20th April 2013.
So, why was I officiating at the ceremony today?
‘Twas because when the couple decided to get wed in Sarasota the Pastor who’d promised to officiate withdrew.
Lauren was lamenting about this to her friend Libby Jones.
Libby said “the Priest who officiated at my marriage to Sam Gillen in Pittsfield, MA back in 1997 now lives in Sarasota , maybe he can help”
So help I did.  Here are some  “snaps”.