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I was bored and needed something to do, so I decided to create a bench for the back patio. I saw several bench ideas online that could work, so I chose the one that needed 14 cinder blocks and six 4x4s. Building on Uneven Foundation The final outcome was as expected, except I built the… Read more


Let me cut straight to the chase: I bought a from the Brooklyn Bike Company. The bike’s name is Willow (I didn’t give her that name; she already had that name, and I like it). As I wanted, it has an internal gear hub. The bike company shipped the bike to their partner assemblers. Fortunately… Read more

I Need a New Bike!

Low Seat

Ugh! My bike crapped out on me! Heavy Sigh! I heard a cracking sound as I approached an incline during a morning ride. Immediately after the sound, my seat started swiveling. Naturally, I had to stop to see what was going on. I hopped off the bike to find my seat, freely performing 360 °… Read more

Silver Sneaker

Getting back into the workout routine after taking several days off is tough. I recently found out just how tough it is. It was only a 12-day interruption, but boy, I felt it! I hope and plan never to take such a long break from daily exercise again if I can help it. This go-’round… Read more

Let’s Talk About Coffee!


I’m not a coffee aficionado, but I do enjoy a good cup of coffee. I drink coffee just about every day. I only skip coffee on the days I take spin classes. I’m pretty wired after a spin class, so there’s no need for coffee. For years I drank coffee brewed in an electric coffee… Read more

I Joined a Gym

Gym Time

It’s been about a decade since I joined/went to a gym. It’s not because I’m anti-gym; it’s because there are so many things and projects that keep me busy and give me a proper workout. So, instead of a gym, I opted to get fit by doing practical things (building a fire pit, setting paving… Read more

Watch Face

In my last post where I wrote about my biking experience and fitness tracking, I said something to the effect that although my smartwatch  was lacking a few features, it would suffice. Well, not too long after saying that, I went out and purchased an Apple watch. I waited a while before I wrote about… Read more


It’s been quite some time since I’ve put anything new on this blog. I’m a firm believer in the adage if you have nothing to say…be quiet. Hence, I’ve been quiet. What’s New? Well, I started bike riding again. Biking is less taxing on my mature lower back and hips. Riding a bike at this… Read more

Morning Rituals

Whether you’re aware of it or not, you have a morning ritual. Or, for those who sleep late, you have a ritual you perform upon rising. For those unaware of their morning ritual, take a few days and pay attention to your habits. Once you’ve become aware of them, ask yourself, “Are these rituals helping… Read more

2022: Why Not Start a Journal

Not so Daily Writing

Do yourself a favor this year and start a journal. If you have one and infrequently write in it, how about increasing the number of journal entries?  In a blog post back in 2018, I touched a little on the fact that I journal. I’ve been journaling for a little over 20 years and it… Read more

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