Celebrating Labor Day

Labor Day, like Memorial Day, has always meant one thing here in Texas; swimming and grilling at Papa’s house. We decided to celebrate Zander’s birthday today, since the whole family was able to make it. We will have a small family party on Wednesday, his actual birthday, but we ended up giving him his main…

Pokemon Go

I thought that one good way to get my daughter out of the house more would be to try Pokemon Go. So far, Zoe has risen to the occasion, though it is challenging finding time to go out wandering the neighborhood with my work schedule. However, I am not going to give up trying. Plus,…

Driving the Speed Limit

I have always been one to believe in driving legally. The only area where I have been a bit flexible is the speed limit on highways. A month our so ago, as a result of the rising costs of auto insurance, I signed up for State Farm’s Drive Safe and Save program. It uses an…

Mowing Lawns

Even though I usually complain about the need to do it, I actually do enjoy having a freshly mowed (mown?) lawn. Those who know me know that I prefer to do a job using the proper tools. I have always liked Toro (thanks, Jason) for their lawn mowers and Stihl for other lawn equipment. The…

Cool parking

On Saturday, we needed to get out of the house, so we decided to make a visit to Nebraska Furniture Mart. It was about a 30 minute drive from our place, but traffic wasn’t too bad. Due to the temperature, we decided to park in the parking garage. It was there that I saw something…

Rain gutters

One of the things that annoys me about my house is the lack of rain gutters on the entire roof. It seems, based on my observations made while walking the dog, that the builders in my neighborhood only put gutters where there are exits from each house. Aside from just being cheap, I really don’t…

Popcorn

My dietary weakness is, you guessed it, popcorn. I cannot sit through a movie without a bag of popcorn. Whether at the theater or at home, popcorn is my kryptonite. Of course, I do prefer to pop my own, and never from a pre-packaged bag (I have popped my own in a brown paper bag,…

Eating out with kids

My preference when eating out is a place with salad…and salad bars are even better. Of course, my wife doesn’t believe me, but the last two times I took one of my kids to lunch, they asked to go to Golden Corral. I am pretty sure it isn’t the salad bar they care about…but the…

Walking the dog

My dog (actually my wife had her first, but she loves me more now) is a big fan of walks. Even in the DFW summer heat, she has to have her daily walk. After seeing FaceBook posts about the hot ground and potential damage to dog feet, I decided to take some measurements myself. These…