Happy 61st, Shannon

Thursday, May 17th, 2018 by michael

Here is Shannon giving little toddler Andy a kiss. I found this the other day while I was scanning old slides and I really like it. Part of my famous Shannon series.

It’s Shannon’s birthday today. She would have been 61 years old. I can hardly believe it’s been more than four years since she died. I still think about her every day and truly grieve her loss.

The slide scanning project is starting to pick up. I bought a decent scanner quite a while ago – in time to scan a few old slides for my 60th birthday, in fact – but only used it for a couple hundred slides or so and then let it sit until recently. Now I’m moving forward with it again. Most of the photos were shot by Shannon. For the most part, they document birthdays, Christmas, Easter, family visits, and camping trips. Pretty normal, everyday things in our lives. And yet I’ve been deeply impressed by the feeling of her love for our children that these photos represent. Katy, Paul, Andy, and Mark were indelibly imprinted on her heart and even though she’s been gone for a while now, that love somehow persists. I feel it in a very real way and I sincerely hope each of our children does too.

And that’s it for today. My life has been so charmed. Sure, there have been, are, and will be more difficulties. But I live a charmed life, full of love and happiness. I wish the same to you.

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Happy 60th

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by michael

Here are Shannon, Paul, Katy, and me visiting the San Diego Wild Animal Park sometime in the last half of the 1980s. We looked so young! Come to think of it, we were young! Great Art courtesy of some film camera, taken by some person, digitized by the exclusive Morrowlife scanner, and part of my famous Shannon series.

Shannon’s picture is here to honor her on what would have been her sixtieth birthday, which would have followed her 37th Mother’s Day by just a few days. I miss her. I know our children do too, along with many others.

I’ve been going through a project to digitize all my old slides and photos. It’s daunting. There are so many, and the new scanner I bought (this one, to be specific) only handles four slides at a time. I’ve scanned well over a hundred slides so far, but it takes a long time. Still, I’ll get there eventually if my enthusiasm doesn’t wane.

It shows no signs of waning so far – these old images are precious. Katy’s and Paul’s childhoods were documented on film, while we had digital cameras for most of Andy and Mark’s lives. So I’m reliving a lot of great stuff.

I’ve been helping my friend Michael replace the transmission on his 1969 MGB. It’s been a whole lot of work and has taken quite a bit longer than he predicted it would, but it’s been great fun. I love working on other people’s cars!

We’re leaving for Joanne’s son Desi’s wedding tomorrow. Everybody’s pretty excited about it. Including me.

Speaking of Joanne, she’s loving her new job. I’m truly happy for her.

And that’s it for today. I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this exciting Morrowlife Employment Agency job opportunity: vampire ant!

See you soon.

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Blue bird

Monday, April 24th, 2017 by michael

Here’s a blue bird. Well, it’s not a real blue bird. It’s more of a statue. Yeah, that’s it – a statue. Great Art courtesy of the exclusive iPhone-cam, taken in our living room, and part of my famous Las Vegas, Bird, Art, and Statue series.

Very long time, no post. Lots has happened, but I’ve been documenting life more on my Facebook page. Still, it behooves me to drop in here occasionally. I’m sure I have no more Loyal Readers, but that’s okay. It’s more for me, anyway.

Greetings from warm, sunny Tucson, Arizona! We came here to help Corey celebrate his 22nd birthday, which is today. Happy birthday, Corey! Marisa, his Special Friend lives here, and Joanne wanted to give him a visit as a birthday gift. They both seem to be enjoying the visit.

Unfortunately, Joanne is no longer here. She started her new job at Caesars Entertainment a couple weeks ago and couldn’t be away from home. She drove here with Corey and me on Saturday and flew back home last night. Short visit for her. I’m staying here today to take Corey and Marisa out to Birthday Dinner and then driving home alone tomorrow. Corey’s staying until early next week.

Not much else to talk about right now. One of the reasons I never seem to take the time to write here is that it seems like such a daunting task to write down everything that’s happening. So I won’t. See my Facebook page for more details.

And I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this shocking food violence news: chili-stirring-related violence!

See you tomorrow.

One Response to “Blue bird”

  1. Jo Jo Says:

    I promise to never stir your chili unless I have your request in writing ;-*

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by michael

Here’s the sign from the old Stardust hotel/casino. Very futuristic. Extremely groovy. Totally out of sight. Great Art courtesy of the exclusive iPhone-cam, taken during our visit to the Neon Museum on Christmas Eve, and part of my famous Las Vegas and Motel Sign series.

Been a pretty good few days. Also been a tough day for Joanne. Today was her last day at work for Aristocrat. Not good for her, but I have a feeling the aftermath will be very good for her indeed. I’m very excited to see where she lands.

Speaking of work changes, my partner John and I had a discussion this evening about the future of Photodocumentor. We haven’t been able to sell it. Nothing is happening. I am unable to find people who might use it, let alone market to them. I don’t know how to do that. I know how to be an engineer, not a marketer/salesman. The software is useful, though, and I think it might have a chance of catching on. We’ve decided to make it free from now on and hope it finds a home with a few people and spreads by word of mouth. There might be money to be made in related services. We’ll see.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to support John by keeping the website up to date and I’ll go back to what I really wanted to do when I retired: iOS programming. I’m excited about that and am starting to work immediately. I’ll do some reeducation to bring my iOS skills back up to snuff first, update Morse Trainer to add some critical features and maybe some in-app purchases. Then I’ll take it from there. It’s exciting to finally have a professional direction that I really want to take.

In the meantime, things are good, Joanne and I are happy to have a substantial amount of time to spend together, and the future looks bright.

We went to a party at the home of good friends on New Year’s Eve. We had a great time! We intended to go home a bit early to avoid the drunk drivers, but we were forced to stay by the amount of fun we were having. We played some card games, kissed at midnight, waved sparklers around, talked to a lot of people, and generally enjoyed ourselves. 10/10, would party again.

And I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this exciting Morrowlife Employment Agency job opportunity: museum-going sheep!

See you tomorrow.

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Resting cat

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 by michael

Here’s Baymax sitting with me and getting a bit of rest. He’s been unusually interested in sitting right up close to me lately. His normal pattern is to hang out nearby but not touch anybody. Not the last couple of days, though. I kind of like it. Great Art courtesy of the exclusive iPhone-cam and part of my famous Las Vegas and Pet series.

Lots of new stuff. But first, happy 38th anniversary to Shannon and me. I still love you. I still miss you.

It’s interesting to me that I can be so happy and yet still feel this frequent longing about which I can do nothing. Joanne has told me she’s making an effort to keep the happy memories and good feelings alive and discard the things that make her sad. That’s a good idea, I think, and I’m trying to do the same thing with some success. There’s not much negative to let go of other than the hard parts of Shannon’s illness during our last year together. And even that was such a love-filled year that I’m having a hard time wanting to ignore it. Lots of suffering, but lots of love.

We had a nice, quiet Christmas. Gave a few gifts, received a few gifts.  Are a bunch of delicious food. Had Paul and Melissa over a couple times. We enjoyed the whole season. Now the tree is down and all the decorations are put away. We’re getting ready for a nice New Year’s Eve party with friends and then we focus on 2017.

Joanne’s job is ending on January 3rd, sadly. The executive she serves has decided to leave the company and she’s not being replaced. So Joanne’s job no longer exists. She’s busily searching for her next place. It’s a hard time of year for a job search and it’s not going as quickly as it ought to. We’re both hoping that changes in January.

She hasn’t needed to be in the office much the past couple of weeks. I’m enjoying having her at home a lot more. We’re cooking more and just spending a lot of time together. It’s been like a vacation and I’ll be sorry to see it end. But I’m sure she’ll be happy to see her paychecks continue, so she needs to work. Poor Joanne.

Mark was a bit worried about how his semester was going to turn out this fall. He had a couple of classes that turned out to be quite frustrating. Shortly before Christmas, the semester ended and he learned that he did well in every class. Great job, Mark!

Nothing else I need to cover today, so I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this shocking food violence news: lettuce attack!

See you tomorrow.

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