Sunday, May 25, 2014

Learning to Write

“You learn to write the same way you learn to play golf... You do it, and keep doing it until you get it right. A lot of people think something mystical happens to you, that maybe the muse kisses you on the ear. But writing isn’t divinely inspired – it’s hard work.”
― Tom Clancy

Thursday, May 22, 2014


Today was another "fix yet more stuff around the house" day, with cleaning the oven, changing a light switchplate, painting the stairwell, and a few other tasks. Particularly difficult except getting the touchup paint to be the same amount of matte as the original. Apparently there are half a dozen levels, something like high-gloss, gloss, satin, eggshell, matte, and flat. Possibly not in that order. And I don't know what the painter used six years ago, so it was trial and error to match it. But it's done and there are no oddly-shiny patches on the stairwell walls now.

Took a break to have lunch at the Nawab, our local Indian restaurant. Beef with fenugreek, dal makhani lentil curry, basmati rice, and kheer rice pudding for desert, all quite good.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mother's Day

We went to the mountains for Mother's Day weekend, to visit Josh & Gwen in Blacksburg and Mom and Dad at the farm. Josh and I unwrapped Command and Colors: Austrians on Friday and got in a 4-man game of OGRE with a couple of Josh's friends on Saturday.
Sunday afternoon we went to the farm, where Dad and James and I tried out the .22 Dad had gotten for Christmas, and I also tried James' 9mm. None of us are exactly prize-winning marksmen, but I did manage to tag a potato with the .22 at about 15 yards, after a couple of rounds.
Restaurants for this trip included the London Underground Pub, where burgers with baon-onion marmalade were the unanimous choice; Boudreaux's, for drop biscuits with andouille sausage gravy; and in Clarkesville on the way home, The Lake House--which is a renovated house, although it's not actually on the lake--for the California bacon burger with carmelized onion and avocado.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


We've seen cormorants and terns, in addition to the more-common herons, red winged blackbirds, gulls, and geese.