Sunday, November 29, 2009

Checking Out The Back Of The House Security Addition

The Cheez helps two of his grandchildren check out one of the new security additions, a 1967 Model 870 Remington 12 gauge shotgun, for the backside of the house. This is a project in motion. First I tore it completely down, cleaned and checked the internal parts and then refinished the wood. Then I replaced the original 30 inch barrel with a 20 inch slug barrel from It still awaits a magazine extension, sling, some type of sidesaddle ammo carrier and possibly some night sights before it will be complete.

I think projects are more fun if they take a little time to complete.However, as shown, it is capable of providing service when requested.

Thanksgiving 2009

Cheez's Pictures from Thanksgiving.

Armchair Admirals and Generals at work with their troops the night before Thanksgiving Day.

I'm not afraid of scales like some folks I know.

Lego Masters at work.

Nana and daughter getting ready for the Thanksgiving Day festivities.

While the meal was not quite ready, someone was getting very hungry. Here he is offering me a seat so we can eat together.

Part of the North Florida crew.

There were cameras everywhere you looked.

Some folks got a little tired later in the day.

A new game he plays is called "Whisper in your ear, or Tell me a secret."

These pies are a good indication of how the day went. They were made by my daughter and were very tasty.

Another mother and daughter combination.

Transformer fan.



Our pound puppy, 90 pounds and growing. She is an attack dog, she can take down a garbage can in microseconds. She also seems to have a problem with Kleenex boxes; I think they whisper nasty things about her behind her back.

Time for afternoon snacks.

Guess who. A hint, her purse is behind her.

This is a cute pair from North Carolina.

Thanksgiving evening, lets get a picture of the grandchildren in their pajamas.

Taking pictures of a group of grandchildren is a lot like herding ducks. I took about six or seven pictures but with their retention spans, these two were the better ones.

Jac's Pictures of Thanksgiving Day.

The pre-meal toast at the kid's table.

One of the local serving wenches, called Mom by some.

The oldest and the youngest await the lovely serving wenches.

A long shot at the table. this year there was no golden bird decorating the table. The Nana and I had cooked the turkey the day before and sliced it. On Thanksgiving Day it was presented sliced on a bed of Nana's stuffing.

Folks on one side of the table.

And more folks on the other side of the table.

Moving with purpose as my Army daughters say.

Somebody just shines, sometimes, when the camera is on him.

In central Florida there is a party school that people go to for the undergraduate experience. My parent's both graduated from there and that's where I am going to go. Go Gators!!!

Cameras everywhere.

Everybody who loves their Aunt wave their hand.

Nana holding babies against their will and making them pose for pictures.

Nana, I think I know who is making that horrible smell!

Area Hawk

I observed this hawk sitting on a chain link fence and another tree before getting my camera and snapping some pictures. before I got the camera, there was a small grey squirrel moving around on the major limb above and to the right of the hawk. Eventually, the squirrel ran back up the tree.

I think this may be a Red Shouldered Hawk but I am not an expert.

Another large hawk flew overhead while I was watching this one. The flying hawk was making the normal screeching sounds we hear daily and this hawk did not answer. I believe the hawks we normally see are Red Tailed Hawks but again I am no expert.

This is a shot from behind the hawk after I have continued on down the street and around the corner.

Internet photo of Red Shoudered Hawk from

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Hockey Player's Hockey Game November 2009

On the ice with a team-mate.

Referees providing positional guidance and direction.

Ready for the puck to fall.

The puck is in play.

In pursuit of the puck.

Our hero has passed the point of equilibrium and is headed for the ice.

After the puck, our hero reaches for it with his stick.

Of course, he is not the only player after the puck. So is the one on top of him.

Back on his feet and in full pursuit.

Somehow again he is the closest player to the puck; and he is still after it. He keeps a good focus out there.

And he finally got the puck. In this picture, the puck has just left the stick of our hero who gave it a mighty smack.

The bad guys are trying to score against the Penguins' (our team's) goal.

While down, the puck suddenly arrived at our heroes location.

The other side also wants control of the puck.

It is hard to get back up on the ice, it's even harder when someone is on your stick.

A main member of The Hocky Player's Fan Club.

Throughout the game they continually drop like flies. It is amazing the number of thuds you can hear as players hit the ice, in or out of the action.

A fan trying to open the access door to the ice rink to let The Hockey Player out.

Shot 1 of The Hockey Player.

Shot 2 of The Hockey Player.

Check out the sweathead under that helmet. When they come off the ice, those little guys are frazzled.

Local Stick girl.

The Hockey Player and The Nana.

The Hockey Player and The Mom.

Working that stick, she can't wait to join The Hockey Player on the ice.

A shot of The Hockey Player and his cool game shirt.