My Chiropractor’s Bats Wednesday, Sep 30 2009 

Bats on the Wall

28 September 2009

Possessive! My headline is possessive, not a contraction implying a lack of sanity. This is a photo of my chiropractor’s bats. Not— my chiropractor is bats.

In fact, he seems like a really nice guy. And he seems to be quite the sports fan. My photo is more interesting than I’d even planned—there is one row of bats along the top of the wall above a wall of mirrors! The mirrors totally make it look like twice the number of bats. Anyway, I think he does chiropractic and rehab for lots of athletes. He’s a little rough when it comes to adjustments, but then, the good ones usually are. And, the amazingly good news is that he was able to get my neck to pop, and I know I left his office a little taller than when I went in!

I ran a few errands while I was out, and got a whole lot of work done besides. I’m sore now, from the adjustment. Ibuprofen is my friend.

~MB

Beads on a Lampshade Wednesday, Sep 30 2009 

Beads on a Lampshade

27 September 2009

Considering this photo was totally an afterthought on the way to bed, I’m really pleased with it! My big confession now, is that I cannot even remember enough about this day to write about it, since I’m still three days behind. I know it was Sunday, and there were bloody marys! I’m pretty sure there was also beer. Hmm . . .
wonder if that’s why I can’t remember?

~MB

My New Glasses – 2009 Wednesday, Sep 30 2009 

My New Glasses 2009

26 September 2009

On my list of things to do every September is a trip to the eye doctor. I did that yesterday, and since my reading prescription changed a wee bit, I decided that was a great excuse for new glasses. I’m actually really delighted that I now have a choice of what glasses to wear. Way back in the eighties, when shoulder pads and hair and eyeglasses were all “big,” I was in a phase of my life where my prescription didn’t change. At all. For years. So, I’d get new glasses almost every year, until I built up a collection and could wear whichever pair of glasses best matched that day’s outfit. I loved that! I will never have that many again, but two is nice!

My photo is a close-up of one corner of the new glasses—the detail in the metalwork and on the earpieces is what I really wanted, but it wasn’t easy. The frames came from the storefront where my doctor has his practice. But, due to weird insurance company restrictions, they cannot make my glasses there, if I want my insurance to pay for them. However, just down the road, the Vision City folks have a different agreement with the insurance provider, and could make my glasses in an hour or two. But, they didn’t have any frames that knocked my socks off. So, we jumped through hoops, and worked the system, so I could buy the frames, drive them down the street, and have them made at the other place! Figuring all that out took some time, and some patience, but the result is an awesome pair of glasses!

It was a good day. Also in my photo is my dear husband in the background. We each did our respective errands this morning and then met for lunch and some very tasty beer at a new place in Mansfield called The Firehouse Pub. Then, a lovely evening at home, and a photo at bedtime.

~MB

My New Oreck Wednesday, Sep 30 2009 

My New Vacuum Cleaner

25 September 2009

With two dogs and a cat, life without a good, working vacuum cleaner is just not a reality I can deal with. So . . . I tossed the poor, twelve-year-old Oreck that’s missing a set of wheels and won’t suck . . . into the truck, and off I went. We used to have an Oreck store right down the street, but it’s gone, now. I was headed to Hurst.

I found the place with no problem, and carried the old machine into the store. I really suspected this might be the last time I saw it, and that I’d be headed home with a new one. My dilemna was that according to the information I found online, I couldn’t really afford the one I wanted. I’d be settling for a basic model. But, I figured, even a basic one, is better than none at all. After only a very brief delay, the young man working the store greeted me, and in no time at all, I was learning about my options regarding both repair and new vacuum cleaners.

I’ll spare our readers the minute details, but the end result is that not only did I leave the old machine with the hopes that it will be repaired, and bottom plate replaced for only $35 (they waived the service fee), but I also brought home a brand new machine, of the model I wanted, and it’s companion hand-held for the price I thought I’d be paying for the basic one! Woo hoo!

As I wrote on Facebook, I’m a little bit disturbed by how much I love my new vacuum cleaner!

~MB

Bedtime? Tuesday, Sep 29 2009 

Bedtime?

24 September 2009

Our babies get confused if we deviate muchly from the established routines around here. For example, tonight I told them it was bedtime, which is their cue to go to “their room.” But, then, instead of closing the door and locking it, I opened it further and grabbed my camera.

The result is mildly confused dogs, and a pretty cute photo. It’s good to be home! I miss these two when I’m gone all summer!

~MB

Back at Rob’s Tuesday, Sep 29 2009 

22 September 2009
We recorded on this Tuesday night because of commitments on the other nights by at least one of us. We chose to return to Rob’s, the site of the first PubGuys recording, for a variety of reasons. Not least of which is sheer convenience.
PubGuys Setup
Here, Mike & Terrill are in the throes of the setup. I let them do all the work while I took photos.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 29 September 2009)

Listening to:
Just Get Through This Night by Styx
from Kilroy Was Here

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

Raindrops on the Windscreen Tuesday, Sep 29 2009 

21 September 2009
Monday night and it’s time for some footy. Little did I know as I began the trek to the pitch that the match would be called at half on account of lightning. Shame, too, as we were up 3-nil. Unfortunately, my hair was sticking nearly straight up from my head and that was simply too much for the official (and frankly, for me, too). He declared, "that’s scary" and called the match. We’ll replay them again in a few weeks. But, never one to miss the opportunity, I and several of my team mates headed to the bar. When my wife got there some little bit later, she was soaked skin to bone from the deluge outside. I guess I’m glad the match was called.
Drops on a Windscreen
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 29 September 2009)

Listening to:
Revolution on Vacation by The Mamas & the Papas
from Complete Anthology (CD4)

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.167 sec (1/6)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Exposure Bias: +1/3 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

Spinach Salad Saturday, Sep 26 2009 

20 September 2009
Late this afternoon, I developed a serious and sudden craving for Fish & Chips. We had gone to BlackFinn just yesterday, so chose not to head there. Instead we pointed north toward either Fox & Hound or Humperdinks. Both serve Fish & Chips and both are in in North Arlington. On the journey, we started seeing vehicles with Dallas Cowboys or New York Giants bedecked passengers. Sudden realisation: The Cowboys were hosting the Giants at the new stadium in Arlington. We went to Ft. Worth instead. At the Fox & Hound in beautiful downtown Ft. Worth, I sated my need for Fish & Chips while Marita Beth indulged in a Spinach salad followed by a fresh baked Chocolate Chip Cookie. Good beer was had all thoughout.
Spinach Salad
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 September 2009)

Wife on a Cellphone Saturday, Sep 26 2009 

19 September 2009
Marita Beth & I went to Fry’s Electronics today so that I could buy one thing and look for another. After too much time, and too much money spent, we finally left…and were hungy. So, across the highway we went to BlackFinn’s in the Highlands of Arlington. Some college football and a couple of beers later we were done. I love that my wife will head to a bar with me at the drop of a hat.
Or, in this case a cellphone.
On the Phone at Blackfinn
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 September 2009)

Exposed Windmill Saturday, Sep 26 2009 

18 Sepember 2009
For the first time ever, we chose a Friday night visit to the Grapevine Grapefest. In past years we have gone on Saturday to take advantage of the full portion of the day. This year, we went on Friday night so that I could see the Country Music artist Gary P. Nunn. It was worth the change. Gary P. Nunn, while a good artist in and of himself, is a quite fun showman as well.
As in past years, we met Joe & Starr (and their youngest, Alex) on Main street. Unlike past years, they did not visit the People’s Choice wine tasting with us. I found the Friday night P.C. to be a little too full of yuppies who neither know nor care how to taste wine. I heard more than once, "I don’t care. It all tastes the same to me." Unfortunately, because of the cattle call nature of the event, education is not just difficult, it’s damn near impossible. Perhaps we will return to the Saturday event. I just hope the music in future events will be as compelling.
I took this photo just after the wine tasting, but before hooking back up with Starr & Joe for music.
Grapevine Windmill by Night
It’s of the windmill that graces the "old town" aspect of downtown Grapevine.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 September 2009)

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 1
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 1600
Exposure Bias: +2 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

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