Friday, March 31, 2017

To Annie.. books and music

Well here we go again,

One of my girls have left, too soon are our furry friends with us.  What was once 4 is now 3, the herd slowly dwindles.

This happened a few months ago and yet, the bed seems bigger without her there, more empty.  Where did my backing buddy go, my winter heating pad.  She made it a few months past her 11th birthday.  In the end although a little slower, she was still excited to see me home, to make those walks, to fly into the car and be the expert traveler that her show career had gotten her to be.

She was another retiree from my friend Kathy whose dogs seem to find there way to the Dodson Chessie retirement home to live out their lives in style and comfort.  I have joked with Kathy that if I get one more of her older dogs, that I am going to have a sign outside of the house "SandyOak Retirement Home for Wayward Chessies". If nothing else but for a nice conversation piece.  My luck the county inspectors would be knocking on my door for permits.

Well, things around the house have slowly gotten back to what some would call steady (never use the words normal - whose to say what normal is).  Leveling out maybe?

Books and Classical music:
What have I been missing?  I have put away around 6 books in the past few weeks, opting for more print time over screen time, a break from having to stare at them for the bulk of my working day.  Some nice selections from Apple Music for Classical Music for Reading have been a nice break as well.  Not being distracted by words in the background has helped in calming down and enjoying the moment with the pages in my hands.

Reading list so far (recents)
Johnathan Unleashed
Dog Medicine (eye opener for my situation)
Chosen by a Horse (current read)
Bonk (roach)
Next up - Norse Mythology



Monday, October 10, 2016

Looking for school pen pal partner

Hi there ya'll,

I am on the hunt for a school pen pal program for Kaylee's classroom.

Ages are from 8-10 years old.  This is a public school
Grade: 4th
Location: Sacramento, Ca

In the interest of getting a younger generation to expand their hand writing skills and broaden their understanding of different people be it from within the US or destinations from around the world.

I put out this offer to her teacher this evening and have offered to completely fund the project as we all know how the school budgets are not a exactly inclined to spend monies on something that has nothing to do with Commin Core anymore.

So please let me know if any of you can help out.

Back soon,


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The neglectful Blogger..

Well greetings campers.  I have not passed on the the great unknown, given up the ghost, shuffled off the mortal coil...  I have been both very busy with work and unfortunately in a lot of pain from that little fender bender almost 3 years ago now (i.e. Lots of MRI/CT scans, spinal injections, shoulder injections etc.) with no slowing down in site.

Writing for me is very therapeutic.  You have the chance to strike up conversations with folks you never met before and if all works out well keep those conversations going for years to come even with long pauses in between.  Are those pauses intentional,  (I'm gonna see how long I can put between these letters and see if they miss me) they can be misunderstood by the recipient, especially if you were fairly regular on the onset.

In our need it now society patience has been lost.  When we don't get an immediate response from something sent, there can be a tendency to get upset with the person on the other end for their seemingly lack of interest or further intention to keep contacts/relationships going.

With that I would ask my regular pen-pals to be patient with me.  I have not forgotten anyone, nor do I intend to quit writing.  There are just some times when doing an activity that requires a neck position to accomplish an activity that honestly is very painful to complete.  This post tonight is being done at almost 11pm on a reclining couch with a hot bean/rice/buckwheat bag behind my neck propping me up to get this down.

So with that, bear with my friends, I have not forgotten you, I have not abandoned my post (see what I did there :).

My little girls turns 9 this Saturday. She has gone through quite a bit in the past 2 years and I believe will be stronger for it.  I have found someone I believe was just there waiting for me to find her and could not be happier.  Our dogs have complete faith that we built an in ground pool just for them (they spend more time in it than we do).

Letters going out in the next few weeks as I can hold my head up for that long (work and family first folks).  So with that, Night Ya'll.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Slowly they go out..

Well, I'm moving at the speed of smell and have managed to get 4 letters out this past week.  Catching up slowly but surely.  Little gift stuck in each one.  I found these REALLY nice letterpress bookmarks from one of my suppliers.  Hope the folks that have received them like and will use them.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Digging out of the mail hole..

Well, here we are, a new year and hopefully a new start on getting the pens and paper back out and reconnecting with neglected correspondents and readers.

Life has become a bit more stable, work projects have started winding down (3 studio control room rebuilds in the past 3 months).  Kaylee has gotten into a good grove with school (3rd grade) as homework is a daily routine with daddy and what is expected nightly.

So with that, if you have sent me a letter and received no response. PLEASE let me know as life just got to me.  I have missed sitting down at night and turning off the world and letting words and thought flow out onto a page and leave the house to be read by another.

Till next time


Friday, September 18, 2015

Write Note Pads (Martha Stewart Finalist)

Ok so Trump is a joke.  Chris Rothe and his notepads are not.  recently coming out with a new (vertical) notepad (think Steno) that I personally have been waiting for.

First - Goto HERE  and like/share/tweet and give a few votes for Chris.  Entries starts  Sept 21.

Next- the new pad, Graph Paper Ledger Notebook, was announced 2 days ago.  I am placing my order today, even having just received my order of new Shenandoah Field Notes and replenishment of Steno pads that I just plow through.

In a comparison on paper :)

Field Notes Steno
80 Pages
70# Bright White

Graph Ledger
120 Pages
Graph paper 3/16" 
70# Paper
Rubber Band
(Bonus) 5-digit code inside grants access to the purchaser to see which inner-city school will benefit from the companion donation notebook

ALL SALES benefit local schools

Had done an interview with Chris that was to be posted on the site.  Things happened, as some of you have read.  Subject so old now that the conversation would seem like a best of rather than an in depth conversation with a really nice guy that has a really interesting history with the family business.  Maybe redo it if Chris is up to it as so many things have changed with his shop, new products etc.

With that, back later folks, slowly the ship turns..


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Farmers Markets and Stamps

Wondering how many of you folks enjoy going to the Farmers Markets in your area.  Here in the Sacramento region, we have LOTS of them to choose from and almost on a daily basis you can find one within a relatively short distance from your home.

For our family thee are at least 4 large markets open over the week.  The largest being the downtown Farmers Market open every Sunday under the freeway.  Boasted as the largest Certified markets in the area - open year round.

If you are on your way to the coast to cool off, one of my favs is Sunset Magazines as well.

The scene: Outside Toby's Feed Barn, it's all about straw hats, local gossip, and live bluegrass. This low-key, all-organic market has only a handful of booths, but in a teeny, never-too-touristy town, it's a prime example of how quality trumps quantity.
The find: Look for a simple white banner in back that says G.B.D. That stands for Golden, Brown, Delicious: Osteria Stellina organic bread oozing with Cowgirl Creamery cheese, a fried egg, and a fat, juicy tomato slice if you so choose. Grab a hay bale and enjoy. Sat through Nov 5;

SO, where does this fit in with the stamps??  The USPS is putting out a set that I will be getting a few sheets for.  The Summer Harvest collection

Love the graphic artwork as I am a sucker for this type of lettering.

Don't these just make you want to seek these produce items out??

So this summer, do yourself a favor and seek out FRESH produce at Your local farmers market and support your local organic/certified producer.