Friday, November 18, 2011

Blue Sky In Ohio For SkyWatch Friday





 Been a long time since I’ve posted and I wasn’t sure I’d remember how. Have been having a lot of health issues:: On Sept 8th 2011 I had a stroke and spent 3 days in the hospital. While in the hospital I was told that I had a tennis ball size mass in my Rt. lung. Almost all the stroke symptoms are gone. I still have a minor problem with equilibrium when walking. As far as the mass in the lung:: Initial biopsy shows no cancer, Pet scan shows a few minor abnormalities. Went to hospital this past Wednesday for needle biopsy and should get the results next week. The needle biopsy went well but then I had what is called an acute vasovagal attack. No pulse or blood pressure..Code blue was called and CPR was administered for 2-3 minutes. I then spent a day and a half in I.C.U.  Linda (my wife) and I got home yesterday and I’m just taking it easy a day at a time..

     The photos above were taken last week in Clear Creek Metro Park..If you would like to see some great skies from around the world please visit SkyWatch Friday

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Cape Cod Maritime Museum & Festival

The weather was sure different in Cape Cod as compared to Lancaster,Ohio.. A SCENIC SUNDAY, OUR WORLD, & WATERY WEDNESDAY post

I’m not a sea lawyer but I will say when Linda and I visited Cape Cod in early June of 2011 the temperature was ”chilly”. On arriving in Yarmouth Mass. after checking into our motel we headed out to buy a couple hooded sweatshirts. To our surprise we discovered The Cape Cod Maritime Museum and Festival (on the Hyannis waterfront June 11th and 12th 2011.. 10th annual)


The Cape Cod Maritime Museum is a nonprofit organization based in Hyannis, Massachusetts, Cape Cod's first museum dedicated to the maritime culture of the area. READ MORE… LOCATION,LOCATION,LOCATION


The museum is in the heart of Hyannis, within walking distance of Main Street and ferries to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Just about ready to step inside but first a quick look outside.


Rudder:A board:shaped swinging vane, controlled by a tiller or wheel, and attached to the rudderpost or stern for steering and maneuvering a vessel.Oh did I mention it was Chilly,Raining,and Breezy.


Due to its large natural harbor, Hyannis is the largest recreational boating and second largest commercial fishing port on Cape Cod. As we step inside we are greeted by:


I’ve heard it said, “ It wasn't unusual to see Ted Kennedy walking down the dock at the Hyannis Port Yacht Club with his Portuguese water dogs Sunny and Splash by his side on the way to sail his beloved 50-foot wooden schooner, Mya.” LINK to YouTube sailing video


My “rudder in life” Linda standing beside the “Swee’Pea”..Notice the hooded Cape Cod sweatshirt



Timbers:On wooden vessels, the frames or ribs of a ship, connected to the keel, which give shape and strength to the ship's hull.


Did you know: Tidy:The word is derived from the tide hence the meaning of being well arranged and methodical as associated with tides


18’ rowing skiff


A new term for me: Slob: Loose and broken ice in bays, or along exposed edges of floes.


Check out the Life Saving Ladder. I’ll be the ladder got more use aiding swimmers back aboard after an intentional dive from the deck.. Now, time to head downstairs where they actually build boats and give lessons.


In the Boat Shop I had the chance to meet Jim and see the men at work.



Introduction to Boat Building: This is an entry-level course on boatbuilding, which explores basic lofting, layout and terminology that goes with the construction of a ten-foot skiff. READ MOREAs I said the Maritime Festival was going on but the weather was not cooperating. A few photos from the Festival.




FYI: Sirens: Mythical sea nymphs who charmed men with their melodious voices. Enchanted, the men would stop all work to listen and they would ultimately die of starvation because of their inability to sail any further. I had to get Linda away from the hard working men in the boat shop. LOL…


Slush fund:The practice of the ship's cook putting the fat from the bottom of the food barrel into a "slush fund" where it was stored until they reached the port where it would be sold to tanneries or candle makers.. and now you know…


Clean:Referring to the lines of a vessel's hull when they give a a fine and unobstructed run from bow to stern so that she moves through the water smoothly…and yes they are.  Well now I’m getting hungry so off we go:

captn Their clam chowder is out of this world. Actually they are the Triple Crown Chowder Champions. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week…. Ok one more I couldn’t resist:::

Son of a Gun:
(1) Born aboard a warship. Derived from the days when women were allowed to live in naval ships. The ‘son-of-a-gun’ was one born on a warship, often in the greater space near the midship gun, behind a canvas screen. If paternity was uncertain, the child was entered in the ship’s log as a “Son-of-a-gun.”
(2) This expression comes from the term for children conceived on the gun decks of a ship. When in port, women were often brought on board. Since the sailors had no private quarters, they would sling hammocks between the guns or cannons for their liaasons.

Friday, August 26, 2011

“Wish I had never left my native woods. Frederick Remington (1861-1909)”

Ogdensburg,New York is not a one tank trip from Lancaster,Ohio but if you are ever in the area make sure to visit this museum. What a find……A SCENIC SUNDAY AND THAT’S MY WORLD post

A visit to the Frederick Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg,NY. The City of Ogdensburg, New York, is located in northern St. Lawrence County along the southern shore of the beautiful St. Lawrence River, directly across from the Canadian towns of Prescott and Brockville, Ontario.


First, a view of the St. Lawrence River:(Hot summer day July, 2011)


Getting ready to step inside the museum where I hope the temperature is a little cooler.



The Remington family moved to Ogdensburg, New York when Remington was eleven and he attended Vermont Episcopal Institute, a church-run military school, where his father hoped discipline would rein in his son’s lack of focus, and perhaps lead to a military career. Remington took his first drawing lessons at the Institute. He then transferred to another military school where his classmates found the young Remington to be a pleasant fellow, a bit careless and lazy, good-humored, and generous of spirit. READ MORE. Next a plug for the museum.

can  Purchase your ticket now for a hand built 17’ 6” Redbird cedar strip canoe. Only 200 tickets will be sold.CLICK……

Frederic Sackrider Remington was an American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West, specifically concentrating on the last quarter of the 19th century American West and images of cowboys, American Indians, and the U. S. Cavalry. It’s all about the art:


Remington’s thoughts on art; “Art is a she-devil of a mistress, and if at times in earlier days she would not even stoop to my way of thinking, I have persevered and will so continue.”


Remington described this illustration, "A Study of Action,"

image Learn how Gen. David Petraeus uses "The Stampede," a painting by Frederic Remington to explain the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to reporters. CLICK


Also a writer;”Remington was unafraid of writing, and specialized in tales of high adventure in the West. His magazine articles were collected into books, and he published works of fiction as well, amounting to eight books in all: Pony Tracks (1895), A Rogers Ranger in the French and Indian War (1897), Crooked Trails (1898), Sundown Leflare (1899), Stories of Peace and War (1899), Men with the Bark On (1900), John Ermine of the Yellowstone (1902) and The Way of an Indian (1906).” CLICK I think I may do some reading.





How else are you going to reload your rifle on horseback at a full gallop? LOL

image Frederick Remington says, “ I am going to rattle down through all the ages.” Joe Todd says, “Thanks for stopping by. All the photos are mine and most of the research was done on the net. I’ve tried to give some interesting back links to original material. ENJOY

I knew the wild riders and the vacant land were about to vanish forever... and the more I considered the subject, the bigger the forever loomed. Without knowing how to do it, I began to record some facts around me, and the more I looked the more the panorama unfolded.”

Monday, August 15, 2011

A Visit To The Warther Museum,Grounds,and Family Home


The Warther Museum is a must see if you are anywhere near Dover,Ohio in east-central Ohio.

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“The museum showcases the 64 ebony, ivory and walnut train carvings created by Ernest “Mooney” Warther, a one-of-a-kind collection that has been appraised by the Smithsonian Institution as a “priceless work of art.” READ MORE


“Warther was considered by many to be an artist, mechanical genius, philosopher, inventor, collector, family man, showman, and knife maker who used his focus and determination to create so much with only a second grade education.” READ MORE ..The museum really does have an excellent web site. so go ahead and click on read more.Admission to the museum and grounds is reasonable and you can take pictures.


The above photo shows “Mooney” and part of the steel mill he carved from memory and used to work at. The bottom right photo shows the ”workings” under the model. |Yes it is a working model.



Philosopher – Mooney Warther:: “Start right where you are and act as if no one is trying to hinder you.”


Dover is close to  the Amish and Mennonite communities in Sugarcreek.


Now, a look at the workshops and gift store:::

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I bought a:: 3.25" Long Paring Knife  The knife is designed for people with larger hands, or someone who just prefers a larger paring knife style. A little expensive but is by far the best knife I’ve ever owned.. Not to be put in the dishwasher but you do get lifetime sharpening.

  • Slightly larger handle than the Paring Knife
  • Great for peeling or digging the eyes out of potatoes.
  • Handcrafted from CPM® S35VN Steel.
  • Let’s head outside and see the grounds and the Warther Home::



    Bottom right photo shows the 100 year old Grape Arbor out the back door Last but nor least::: Mrs. Warther collected buttons and the are in the “Button House”


    73,000 buttons arranged in beautiful designs on the walls and ceiling. Yes those are some of the 5,000 arrowheads bottom right photo


    frameddownthetracks Appreciate you stopping by and I hope you have a great life. If you like museums The Warther Museum is special. The museum is also a stop on:AmericasByways_tucked_thClick on logo to check it out. 

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    One last item I found very interesting; Mooney Warther was fascinated by Abraham Lincoln as you can tell if you visit the museum. Here is a a link to Abraham Lincoln’s favorite poem LINK .. I didn’t even know old Abe had a favorite poem.. live and learn |I guess.