Let the Sunshine Thru

May 14, 2007

After two weeks of rain totally nearly 9″ we had a break over the weekend!  My poor garden drown in places, my dogs are a muddy mess, and the backyard is a disaster as a result.  The reservoir up stream is 10 feet over normal levels, last year it was DOWN 8 feet… craziness.   Oh well, it cant rain all the time.

So with the great weather over the weekend I spent a lot of time outside.  I did some more garden work, assembled a glider swing for Kelli’s mother’s day present, and then we grilled out last night.  Mmmm, steak and morales.  Kelli had to work half of mother’s day, so I made up with it with a triple gift pack of a pre-order of the Harry Potter book, the swing, and a hand-made card (which counts as a gift if its hand made I say!).
IN other non-news, I finished Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde last week, a A Soldier’s Story: Vietnam In Their Own Words this week, and have begun The Invisible Man.  Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde was a decent book.  I new the basic story and often referenced the notion, but had never read it.  It is a hard read in that its written in an industrial revolution dialect with some sayings and words that are not that familiar, but it is not overly burdensome.  Likewise, at 100 pages or so its not too long.  It was an OK read, but I found it hard to keep going since I already knew the ending.

A Soldier’s Story is just that, stories from individuals that were there.  It is organized by event (the Air War, Fall of Saigon, Evacuation, etc.) and there are 5 or 6 stories in each.  Each individual story is 2 to 5 pages long and includes unknown privates, generals, and even John McCain.  An interesting read, but not something you will just sit down and read like a novel.  Good for quick read situations where you want to kill 5 or 10 minutes (on a commute maybe?).

So far Invisible Man has got me hooked.  It appears overly descriptive or analytical sometimes, I’m only 70 pages in.  The basic premise the life and thoughts of a black man a generation out from emancipation.  A Full mini-report when its done.

Not sure what spurred the book reports.  But there they are!  I need to get an entire section together with recommended readings and  movie reviews.  Sounds like fun (and another thing I will probably never actually do).

- Jesse

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5-5, at 5:55

May 7, 2007

Another good weekend at the Fettkether house. Kelli, Kaldun, the dogs and I went to the river parks again this Friday for some relaxation and music.  Nothing too eventful.  We headed home fairly early and then caught a movie.

Saturday we  spent the AM cleaning up the house.  We took all the furniture out of the dining and living rooms and cleaned really well.  We decided to hold off of carpet cleaning since in the rainy spring its kind of senseless as the dogs clearly are intent on destroying our carpet.  Being Cinco de Mayo we headed for Mexican for lunch.

That evening we went to the TACGallery for their “5″ show.  It is every fifth day of the fifth month at 5:55.  It costs $5 to get in and everything on display is 5×5 and costs $55.  We decided to start a collection and bought three pieces – they are on display until the end of the month so I’ll post pics when we take possession.  I would say 75% of the 300 or so works sold within the first 1 or 2.  We missed out of 2 that we really liked, but ended up with interesting ones (IMHO anyway).

Yesterday was more catchup at home.  I planted a couple more items in the garden and did some fence work (pungee sticks to make it so the dogs cannot comfortable jump the fence anywhere.  Not sharp sticks, just squared stakes but it should work).  I also repaired some siding the dogs (Igasa) destroyed and helped Tim VanMeter move a refrigerator.   A productive day to be sure.  Sorry there are no exciting stories, but there’s what’s going on in Tulsa.

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Alright

May 1, 2007

Alright, I will try better to AT LEAST keep up on the blogging.  I really want to get the picture updated and have been trying, but I admit I have failed miserably.  Admitting you failed is the first step something something…

Aside from slacking  off on this blog I have been keeping busy.  Doing exactly what I am not sure.  As the weather gets nicer outside we have been spending more time in the yard, at parks, and around town.  This weekend Kevin, Noah, Kaldun and I (along with Kevins dog) went fishing upriver from Lake Keystone in this general area.  Other than not being able to find the ramp we wanted, one cylinder cutting out on the boat, getting knee deep in mud, horribly sunburned, running the boat onto a sandbar at about 20 mph (they reduced the lake level 6 inches damn it)  and not catching any fish everything went well.  Actually, it wasnt a bad day on the lake, clearly it could have been better but…

Then on Sunday Kelli, Kaldun and I spent the entire day redoing our garden.  We weeded, replaced the fencing (dog proof now, we hope) and expanded it to include an additional plot of wasted space in the back corner for tomato plants (some fungus infected the soil at their original location).  Coupled with buying and planting 5 tomato plants, 8 pepper plant, chives and strawberries as well as preparing beds for cilantro and more onions it used up the entire day.  Serious salsa should ensue.

Rainy days have come to Tulsa to stay for the rest of the week… so the office seems a but gloomy.  Speaking of offices, I had better get back to work.

- Jesse

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Really, Im not dead.

April 10, 2007

Ok, really really, Im not dead.

The web server that hosts weblogs.us got a major super duper upgrade and everything is running REALLY fast. Unfortunately something happened in the transition and I can no longer link to my picture archive. The thumbnails come up, but you cannot get the full size image.

Couple that with some error I got a while back that deleted the days post and my ambition to keep up has wained. I will try to do better in the future and see if I cant get the photos working. Sorry.

- Jesse

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Spring!

March 4, 2007

Spring is in the air here in Oklahoma.  The flowers are pushing up and the roses are sprouting.  I have 3 daffodils blooming at the moment and  many other bulbs poking their heads up.  If you look  closely the trees have buds on them.  I imagine it wont be but a week before it is really in full swing.

Lately I have been trying to teach Igasa to fetch the paper in the morning.  Thus far, we have got to the point where I open the garage door and yell “get the paper” and she dashes madly around the yard and then realizes, in delay, what I said and goes and gets the paper.  She then proceeds to take it in to the yard and maul it.  I guess she wants to make sure its dead before bringing it to me.  :(

In political news, I officially joined the Libertarian party a while back and have enjoyed the literature they send me.  They have requested more member input in the last 2 months than the Republican party requested  in the previous 9 years. However, they practice what they preach – meaning their membership is not government subsidized and you pay for it. Damn principles!  Also, all but the two major parties are essentially banned in Oklahoma – so that sucks.

Kelli has the morning off today and is hovering over my shoulder, I suppose that means we had better go do something.

- Jesse

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