Tuesday, December 30, 2014


SWMBO took a couple of photos of our big black cat, Blackwell, enjoying a partial sun bath this morning.

Even with his black fur coat, he seeks out the sun shining through the patio window every morning and soaks up the warmth.

He seems to have about the same attitude as SWMBO when a camera is pointed in his direction.  Unsure of what is to come next, a bit surly about being the attention of that dratted "thing".

Not so when I took a close-up shot of him the other day as he was in his favorite cold weather spot.  On my or SWMBO's lap.  One cannot take a seat in the recliner without Blackwell hopping up to revel in the warmth of another body and usually, go to sleep.

He looks kind of mean in these photos, especially with his cropped ear which he got from a lady veterinarian's helper who, being told he was feral, thought he would be outside and offered that as identification.  She asked me if I wanted his ear "notched" and I said yes, thinking they would just take a tiny snip out of it.  I was horrified when I saw what they had done.  

But Blackwell took it all in stride and, in spite of the "look" in these photos, he is a sweetheart. My buddy or as SWMBO says when he follows me around the house, "here comes your dog."

Monday, December 29, 2014


The Monday Morning Update.

Still a little patchy.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014


The BRD, her Beau Jack, SWMBO and I had our Christmas day brunch/dinner at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center.  

Afterward, the wife and I toured the Gingerbread Village, an annual display of handcrafted dwellings made from gingerbread and candy.

The entries are judged.  This next one got a blue ribbon.

My favorite (I guess I'm still a kid at heart) part of the display is the electric train winding its way through the exhibit, including a tunnel.

There was even one entry based on the famous or infamous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Since the Resort is owned by the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe, I didn't see any Indian-fighters.  Or, in our PC age, would that be Native American-fighters?

Friday, December 26, 2014


Here's to Christmases Past, including the one in 2014.  I hope you all had a festive and happy time.  Now let's get on to the business at hand.

On the other hand . .

And . .

It is then that I call in a true expert.

Now regular fans of Oddball's Friday Funnies know that I always conclude with the cats.  Not this week.  I thought this next one was so funny it had to be my ultimate this week.  Enjoy.

Like the lovely lady, keep laughing, folks, have a wonderful (if chilly) weekend and as always, thanks for the contributions.

Thursday, December 25, 2014



Some years back in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Waiting for a train back to Denver with good friends, Jeanne and Tim.

(Historical notes: my beard was reddish-brown, Tim's camera was a 35 millimeter SLR)

And, since today is December 25th, here's to one more opportunity to make you laugh.  Or irritate you.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014



I took a spin into Prescott yesterday to see if Arizona's Christmas City was ready for the big day.  Looked to me like it was.

This is one of the historic old homes on Mount Vernon Street.

Two toy soldiers are standing guard at the front door.

A nearby street lamp was colorfully bowed.

The largest decorations adorn the walls of the newly refurbished Yavapai County Courthouse.  These candles undoubtedly give a warm light at night.

And a huge holiday wreath centers the west side of the building.

Meanwhile the gazebo on the Courthouse Square is heavily decorated and features who else?  Good old Saint Nick.

Even in the oddest places does one find a holiday decoration, like on the passenger seat of this gorgeous white BMW convertible.

So all appears to be in readiness.  Now if Santa Claus can just get Rudolph to cooperate.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Our actual high temperature yesterday was 60.4 degrees F.

It's going to be frigid today, though.  The forecast high is only 52.

Monday, December 22, 2014


It continues to struggle on.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014


Hah!  Did you really think I'd leave you without the Friday Funnies this week?  Not a chance!  But first, this safety warning.

O.K.  Now that we have that out of the way.  It's on to the funnies. And something to be extra thankful for.  This is the last week of Christmas funnies.  Brace yourself.

This next one is only marginally Christmassy.

O.K. That's it folks . . . .what?  Oh you want a cat one?  Well of course.

Thanks for the contributions, folks.  Now remember, everyone have a cool yule.  And keep on laughing!


We had been invited to come down to the Big Valley (Phoenix and environs) to visit our friend Diane's new home and have lunch. Diane posed for a picture with her best friend, Rags.

Diane is one of those rare people who never loses a friend.  We've known her since we first came to Phoenix in 1972.

We went to lunch at Popo's Fiesta del Sol Mexican Restaurant.  I was captivated by the fire feature in front of the restaurant.

The food was delicious but you'll just have to take my word for that. I forgot to take any photos.

The BRD had invited us to take advantage of a couple of days she had to use up at her time share in Scottsdale before the end of the year.  So we did.

Thursday we took in a movie - "Gone Girl".  Kind of unsettling but well-acted.  Later we had dinner at Carrabba's Italian Grill.  Again, no photos but let me describe the food in one word: amazing!  We shared a big bowl of steamers, then it was Veal Marsala topped with mushrooms, prosciutto and a housemade Lombardo Marsala wine sauce for SWMBO.  For me it was prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin medallions topped with a port wine fig sauce.  To wind it up a couple of mini cannolis stuffed with sweet ricotta and chocolate chip filling and topped with pistachios and powdered sugar.  As I said - amazing!

This morning after checking out of the time share we took a long drive through Scottsdale and Phoenix.  This is a very old and wonderful water and horse sculpture in Old Town Scottsdale.

Old Town has maintained its charm even while being surrounded by newer and bigger buildings.

I snapped this art deco building front from the car.

After the inevitable stop at a bookstore, it was time to eat once again. For our final meal we were lured (by a gift certificate from the BRD) to a favorite spot.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen is a New Orleans-style place that is packed to the gills (no pun intended) every day at lunchtimes.  Our server told us there are 100 people working the restaurant and they keep the orders flying.

A half fried catfish po boy and a cup of crawfish bisque for SWMBO.

Blackened catfish and red beans and rice for me, preceded by a cup of lobster bisque.

No dessert this time as we toddled out and drove up the hill to home.

A grand staycation, indeed.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


We're off to the Big Valley today for a short staycation.  Since tomorrow is Throwback Thursday and I hate to miss it, I'm giving you an early TBT today.  Sometime in the mid 1980's; Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico; out for a sailing voyage on my friend Harry's boat, Sand Dollar II.

Those were the days!  Skimming over the waves, sitting in the bow with my legs hanging down, dolphins swimming on either side of me.