Some Brooklyn Photos While Visiting Newborn Evelyn 2017

My favorite bridge is the Brooklyn Bridge.
(Feel free to use these photos.)

We visited a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn that is located between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan across the East  River.

Miles and his father Ryan look across the East River.

The Manhattan Bridge  

The Manhattan Bridge is also a favorite but it lacks the stone construction of the Brooklyn Bridge towers, using steel instead.

Here is Jane's Carousel, as seen in the map above.
 It was closed that day.

Evelyn and her mother Laurissa.

Grandson Miles April 2017 Brooklyn

Miles is two and a half years old here.

Helping Dad with Dinner


Miles likes to send the scooter backwards down the hill.


Visiting My Grand-Kids April 2017

Sound Asleep


Opening Her Eyes 

My daughter Laurissa is feeding newborn Evelyn, while my son-in-law Ryan and my grandson Miles prepare dinner.

Coal Burning Stove Images

I took this with me when I moved from Brooklyn to Levittown to Virginia.  It was used in my Brooklyn home when I was growing up.  I never used it but I like its appearance.  Years ago I scrubbed it down and painted it with black paint used for stoves.

Here are some images I edited for fun.

Laundry-Room & Work-Room Now Decent

A while back we had a flood in the basement due to a storm and had most of it repaired. I finally got around to turning the rest of the mess into something decent.

Laundry-Room Before
The workmen did the heavy work like hanging cabinets and counter top installation.  I did the light work after they left, cleaning up and organizing.

Laundry-Room After
I set up the counter top as a small snack area now.

Work-Room Before
This was before the workmen put up a wall to make it into a separate room.

 Work-Room After

I worked on these two rooms a half hour a day for about two months.  I wasn't interested in doing more than that each day.

Granddaughter Born This Morning!

Evelyn Nora Hampton
9:47 AM
April 5
6 pounds & 9 ounces

Another Horror Thriller

Just before bedtime I like to watch a little TV.  It doesn't interfere with my sleeping and I'm just about too tired to do anything else.

Last night I watched a horror movie called Within that surprised me.  It fell into a standard plot; same story with different backgrounds, actors and details.

Here's the blurb:
The trailer:

Not a new idea but it was still fun to watch.

The song at the end of the movie while the credits were being shown is perfect for the movie. Maybe they should have put it at the start or somewhere in the middle.  I never heard of the group for "Are You Alone Now?".

Come and Find Me

The other night I watched the movie Come and Find Me on Netflix, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  It uses a series of flashbacks in an extremely smooth way, not jerking back and forth.  I wish the actress Annabelle Wallis could be heard more clearly but otherwise the movie was perfect for me.

It stars Aaron Paul from the Breaking Bad series.  Here's a description and the trailer.

"David and Claire's idyllic relationship comes to an abrupt and mysterious end after Claire disappears without a trace. Devastated but incapable of letting go, David follows her down a frantic and increasingly dangerous path. Shocked at discovering Claire was living a double life, he's forced to risk everything if he ever wants to see her again."

Trying Not To Be Overly Organized

I posted about getting organized before so maybe I'm just being obsessive and compulsive.  It's a little different now.

Getting organized requires some time but time spent organizing is time spent not enjoying the present moment.  Why do I want to be organized?

To have some control of my life but I believe that it's possible to control only about 30% of life. The rest depends on genetics, accidents, my decisions from the past, other people's action, etc. There will always be some anxiety if I dwell on it.  But I want to feel secure against complete disorder and confusion. If I'm not prepared something harmful may happen to me. 

I don't want to miss out on something because I don't know what's happening. There is a need to ease my fear of not making the most of my life, of being disappointed.

I want to avoid complications and confusion but too much organizing will actually result in more complication and confusion instead of less.  Yet in a strange way I find it enjoyable to plan!

Why am I being so obsessive about this?
Is this something good or is it too much?

I believe the most important thing is to find a way that works for you.  You can use all or parts of different systems but don't spend all your time learning different to-do applications, make your own.

Here's what I do:

Google Calendar: I use Google Calendar to keep track of monthly and longer items like appointments, birthdays, etc.  The nice thing is that you can set up the calendar to send you an email when the date is coming near.  I print each month so I can have a paper copy just like a regular calendar.

Link: calendar google - Google Search

Next I make my own weekly schedule from a spreadsheet program.  It has my regular recurring tasks to check off with room for appointments, etc. It's like a paper pad to do list for the week.

It's flexible enough to adjust as you like.
The times are approximate.
I'm not obsessive enough to put down when I should brush my teeth, get dressed...
Don't forget to schedule time to do nothing but relax and enjoy.

I find a lined paper pad with what I want to do with the blocks of unassigned time works best for me.  I check off and draw a line though the items I've completed.

For the things I want to do but am not sure when I use Wunderlist. I use it in my own way as just a list, something like a paper pad. I don't use the due "today", "week", and other functions.
There's room for notes and sub-tasks, which break down larger goals into sections.  I guess I could use a paper notepad for this but for now I use Wunderlist.  Maybe because it looks so good.
It has what will soon be put into a specific time slot.  It can also be another reminder, along with the calendar, of what is coming up at a specific time.

It is very important not to pile up a long list of things because they will never be done.  They will only make you confused.  The point is not what you want to do without a specific time but to put down the time you'll do it.  This avoids a growing list of never to be done tasks.  Ask yourself WHEN you will do it.

This may not be the best system but for me it seems to work.  For now I'll use it this way.  I might change to something else someday if I like.

Roman "Swiss Army Knife"

They were a very clever people.

The Swiss knife is not shown in proportion with the Roman one.  They should both be about the same size.


This must be a modern "cleaned up" version of the knife.