Category Archives: Misc


I don’t think I’ve ever seen the lake this clearly before. It’s probably because we’re in the middle of winter and we have no snow and plenty of sunshine.

The First Day of a New Year

It’s January 1, the first day of 2019. I always launch a new work plan on Jan 1 and this year is no exception.

I finished my deer hunting season yesterday. It was unsuccessful. I saw four deer in the entire season, from Oct 1 to Dec 31. I didn’t get a shot at any of them. The fourth deer, I saw yesterday, and by the time I noticed it was there, it was already running away.

I’m bummed about not getting a deer. I had a three year streak. I’d gotten a deer every year for three years. In those three years, I had seen a lot of deer. What did I do wrong in 2018?

Because I didn’t get a deer, I’m going to take the money I was saving to cover the processing costs and use it to buy a supply of meat from the Brower Farms in Brown City. They have good deals for beef, pork and chicken. I’ll probably choose one of their bundle options.

I had the appraisal for my house yesterday. I should have the results in a few days. I’m a little nervous. The appraisal will need to show that the house is worth the price that my landlord and I agreed on or there will be problems and I might not be able to buy it.

Everyone else involved seems confident that everything will be fine. So, I’m trying to not worry too much. I just really don’t want to lose my house.

My brother made side by side Before/After pictures of the house. I’m going to post them here. It makes it easier to see how different the house is after the work.

The Work is Done

They finished working on the house yesterday. You can see the Before pictures here. I added a couple updates to that post today, so you can see the old appliances.

Here are the After pictures. Originally, I had the wanted the new siding to be the same color as the old siding, but my landlord brought over a sample board of different siding colors and I liked the Oxford Blue best. My favorite color is blue, especially light blue. So, it’s nice having a house that’s my favorite color.

So, I chose the siding and I chose the new appliances. I cooked pork chops on the new stove last night. It works great. There was beer in the new fridge, but I just drank it all.

The appraisal will be Monday.

George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush. I was twelve when he became President. I remember sending him a letter about my desire to join the military when I turned eighteen and asking if he could do something to change the rules that prevent deaf and hard of hearing people from serving.

I received a reply sometime later with an autographed picture of George Bush and Dan Quayle. The reply said something about congress needing to vote on it and all that, and there were a few words of encouragement, though it was really just a form letter put together by someone on the White House staff. I don’t know if Bush ever actually saw my letter.

I believe he was a good man.


I recently found out that my house is much older than I had thought. Now I’m convinced that it’s also haunted. This is what I saw when I got up this morning. The chair hadn’t been used in a couple days and the footrest was down. How did it pop up overnight? The lever that releases the footrest is something that takes effort to work. You can’t just bump into it and release the footrest, and there’s no way my pets could have done it.

Strange… and mysterious. o_O