I Have Been Around The World...

In my mind, I kind of combine the seven new wonders of the world and the seven natural wonders of the world

I think one of my sisters has seen the Northern Lights when she went on a trip to Finland.   And I think my oldest sister has seen the Southern Cross when they went to Polynesia for a trip.  Nat's Dad has been to see the Pyramids.  Me?  I've been inside the Colosseum. But it doesn't have a song like this one written for it (that I know of, at least!)

Enjoy a little Stephen Stills.  And dream about seeing the Southern Cross...for the first time.

(pssst...don't tell anyone, but turns out that the Southern Cross isn't a wonder of the world.  Technically. )

Male and Female Cardinal Pair Visit our Fly-Through Feeder

Two weeks ago, I posted about the new fly-through bird feeder that we added to our backyard birding setup and mentioned how we had not yet witnessed it being used (but...knew it was due to the bird poop on the squirrel baffle).   I've posted two visitors to our feeders here in the [bird visitor log] tag but they were on different feeders.  First was a red-bellied woodpecker on our suet feeder.  Then just last week, I posted a photo of a house sparrow on one of our hanging gravity feeders. 

When we put up the fly-through feeder, I was hoping for Cardinals.  Guess what?  We had a few visitors!  While these photos aren't awesome because they're with my phone all zoomed in and through Winter windows with screens, I'm hoping you can make out what is happening.

First...this beautiful red male cardinal.  If you look closely, you'll see he's on there with a House Sparrow chowing down.

And like two minutes later, he took off and stood guard.  So his lady could come in …

A Few #Client Projects From Recent Days

We've been busy to start the year with a few different projects that we've birthed in our Edelman b2b marketing practice.  Right at the beginning of the year, along with two of my teammates, we penned a little bit of a market forecast for b2b marketing that you can read here on the Edelman Public Relations site here.  (I also wrote one for the previous year that you can read here on the Edelman site.)  Our team has grown and our work has been interesting to concept, build and execute.

Here's a few of those projects that I'll leave here on the blog to mark our progress.  For Midland National and Sammons Financial Group, we're working with Wealth Management Wire as we try to tell the Midland National Life company history, their current state of affairs and reasons to trust them and their agents.  There are quite a few other moving pieces of the program that I'm not disclosing here, but it is safe to say that this is a lot of fun to pull off together with my team…

I've Taken the Sortimo Plunge

Thanks to my brother-in-law, I've now stuck my toe into the Sortimo universe with my first T-boxx for storage of fasteners and other small parts.  My interest in them came about due to a confluence of events:  the whole [contractors of instagram] thing that is happening with all those guys in love with their Festool systems and says along with this video showing Adam Savage's shop and the glory of his Sortimo setup.

I started with a sorting container, but they make entire systems both for mobile uses (in vans) but also shops and include sorting containers but also tool containers.  I think the next step in my plans for Sortimo is likely the WorkMo 24-500 T-BOXX Ready rack that holds up to 4 T-BOXXes.

Here's the handle on the T-BOXXes with the Sortimo branding:

This leads me down a path towards carrying an inventory of fasteners in my shop - now that I have a good place to keep them.  I'll likely start with a screw and bolt/washer/nut inventory and grow from there.  Of…

A Multimeter - Workshop Addition

My father-in-law gifted me this Sears Craftsman 8-function Multimeter for Christmas and I've just gotten around to unboxing it and finding it's permanent home in my shop.  I wasn't quite sure what to do with a multimeter (or multi-meter as it is sometimes spelled), but Nat's Dad also sent along with CNET piece that explains all that this tool can do.  
Here's the list: 1.  Test batteries 2.  Check extension cords 3.  Determine the life of lightbulbs 4.  Identify the 'hot' wire 5.  Find bad switches
So...turns out, it wasn't all bird stuff at Christmas this year, right?!?

One Year Ago Today: We Just Got Windows Installed

One year ago today, I posted that photo above here on the blog to mark the milestone in building our #NewOldFarmhouse when we had our windows installed into the framed house.  Hard to believe that was a year ago as it feels like yesterday that we were making the regular visits to Downers Grove to check on the status of the construction job.  Welp...Nat was there EVERYDAY because she was a trooper who took our one of our kids all the way to Downers Grove for school everyday from Elmhurst.  Then made the return trip back to pick her up. 

We're one year removed from the installation of the windows, but still in the thick of things in terms of getting the house situated.  I've posted quite a bit about the needs in the yard/garden, but there's also so much still to get set-up inside.  Like window treatments, furniture, wall-hangings and what-have-yous.  Nat has done a really great job of introducing elements a little at a time and we're this/close to our installation date …

The Arlo - Added to the Coaster Collection

The last time that I added a coaster to the [Coaster Collection] here on the blog was back in December of last year when I added #22 - The Adolphus Hotel in Dallas.  Right before that was #21 - The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.  The coaster you see above is also from a hotel, making the streak 3 straight of hotel-related coasters.  This one is from the Arlo SoHo in NYC.  The Arlo is right directly across the street from our office, so it is super convenient, but man-o-man...the rooms are small.  I think they call them 'micro rooms', actually.  The coasters, however, are normal size.