Spring's Last Legs

The Wisteria in the back yard climbed all the way to the top of this tree and invaded several back yards.  What a beautifully invasive vine when it has lavender flowers but I wonder what it will look like when the flowers are gone

this hostess girl at Greenwood Park beer garden wins.  Proving 50's style can do a number

somewhere in Carroll Gardens.  Facebook's facial recognition software automatically tagged Bob in this photo. Way to have a (insert racially insensitive asian descriptor here) face Bob! hahahaha. You could also insert a joke about all asian's looking the same. Even thousand year old terra cotta ones.

the beautiful Gowanus Canal

Vehicle Wraps chromed out ride with fins. 3rd ave

bottle caps

you'll see this in any neighborhood with brownstones on the weekends

Dixon's Bike Shop park slope

Catskill water gate.  You can find these around new york, the city gets it's water from the catskills

The Society of the Citizens of Pozzollo on Henry Street in Carroll Gardens founded in 1919.  Pozzollo is a town in Sicaly, Italy.  Another reason to love Carroll Gardens

raising the bridge for one private boat on 9th st

New cool bar discovery, the Brooklyn Inn on the corner of Bergen and Hoyt.  They have Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace on draft, only a few places do.  It's one of Brooklyn Brewery's special beers that you see sold in the big 1 liter bottles.  Feels like this bar should be in Oxford or something with drinking rooms and the natural light billiards room.

Brooklyn Inn
Spring's last legs.  Summer is upon us!

Mother's Day - Part Two

long haired dog people life
set up a tripod and remote to get the barn swallows

early birthday present for mom.  herbs.  lets see what we got here, basil, curly and flat leaf parsley, rosemary, greek oregano, thyme

this is how you mother's day.  picnic in stony brook park.  cous cous, deviled eggs, gazpacho, meat and cheese board, olives, red and white sangria, potato salad, guacamole and chips, sun dried tomatoes, the dogs, the sun, sunday, a few of mom's favorite albums on shuffle play.  Everyone was actually happy for about 10 minutes.

this is how you don't mother's day.  Thunderstorm quickly advanced on us and the parents fled in one car with the dogs and me and bob packed up and got soaked to the bone.  Mother's day ruined
at least i saved the cheese board, at least I saved the cheese board.  Now we were topless and had to drive home for 30 min.  We made the most of it and enjoyed delectable combos of tapas
a little high low.  Highbrow and low brow.  red necks enjoying the fine points in life.

so all was not lost, we still had corn hole back at the ranch.  The parents actually really enjoyed it!  So in the end mother's day was a success.  The fates have it against us when it comes down to us putting lots and lots of time and effort into doing something nice for our mom.  Last time the power went out 10 seconds into our British the party.  We even got dressed up in suits for that one.

we played 5 games of round robin switching up teams.

after dinner bob and i played more one on one corn hole for the king of the valley title and it was so much corn holin' that we were sore the next day.  I bet I know how hates corn hole.  The next door neighbors.  Cuz the sound of those 1 pound corn bags hitting the corn hole board that's basically an acoustic boom box just echoes off the barn and hill right at their house.

pond full of tadpoles.  It is SO LOUD at night with all the various frogs over there.  I bed I know who hates this new pond, the next door neighbors who get it echoed off the barn and hill straight at their house whilst we have that as a sound barrier at night, all night long.  Ok so mother's day achieved!  Onto the next level.

Mother's Day - Part One

My first mother's day at home in many years.
Brody has a new toy

scouting wood to make a cornhole set

the pond now a couple years old has come into it's own.

he only likes to go in a little bit despite knowing how to swim.  maybe he doesn't like the soft texture of the bottom compared to the lake he swims in?

at the tractor supply store trying to find feed corn to fill the corn hole bags with we found this alpaca/llama feed

cutting circles with a mitre saw is hard!  So many power tools in action on corn hole building day.

happy mother's day mom, now get back to sewing those corn hole bags!

Bob's favorite part of this whole process was making each bag weigh exactly 1 pound with a digital scale.

and bam we have a hand made corn hole set!  I cost us a day of our lives though.