I’m trying this again. Probably, you figured that out already, as this site has been back up since April. This time around I’m using DreamHost as my web hosting provider. I picked out one of their dedicated WordPress plans. As part of that plan I have access to the BoldGrid website builder, which I’m unfamiliar with and works differently than anything I’ve used before. Plus, everything seems to have moved to blocks, something else I don’t have a lot of experience with. I’m telling you all this as a heads-up that things may change unexpectedly as I learn about new features and/or break the site.

Every post prior to this post is subject to the rigors and foibles of relocating a poorly backed-up and organized website. Some images are missing. Some images are broken. I’m sure there are a bunch of links that go nowhere. References to pages and things that may not exist any longer. It’s a mess back there. You’ve been warned. I’m sure I’ll get some of those posts fixed and some of them never will be. I’m not going to lie, there’s a part of me that wants to go back and start with the first post and fix everything… wouldn’t it be nice to have a nice clean back-up… but that is a project that will probably never happen. There are a lot of posts back there.

Lets just move forward and see how things go.

Ronn

I made it through the Covid-19 plague of 2020 without getting the disease, without losing my job, and without getting any time off. It was a bit of a scramble in places, I used up all my PTO filling holes in my work week, and a lot of my clients shut down, but mostly things just kept on keeping on. 

This year has been an adventure in getting old and falling apart. Probably, not being in great shape has contributed to this. A couple trips to the hospital started the year off; once for an infection in my leg and once for a bad allergic reaction… Yes. They were related. No. Neither visit resolved the problem. Really, I spent a lot of this years PTO in the first two or three months of the year dealing with a swollen leg. They did an outpatient procedure on the veins in that leg a couple weeks back and things are definitely improving.

Most of my projects around the house have been impacted by this series of medical inconveniences that have kept me hobbling around, so not much has gotten done. Though, I will say that the period where I was on Prednisone steroids was a wild ride. I attribute the completed craft/guest room to those drugs.

I’ll do a post on that room and the process sometime in the near future, but here’s a peek at how things turned out. One side of the room is a bed and side table set up for guests. The other side of the room and the closet are set up for crafting projects. There’s a computer (which is hooked up to the vinyl cutter in the closet), shelves full of crafting supplies and tools, a steel table on one side and a laminated top for the other. The closet doors are sheathed with a metal sheet and then painted with chalkboard paint, and then my paint rack is attached to one side. There are shelves in the closet full of other stuff and a shelving unit against the back wall with even more bits and bobs. I’m very happy with the whole thing, but I need to address the terrible lighting in this room. It seems fine, right up until you try to do any sort of project.

Here’s a peek.

Should work nicely for my statue work, miniature painting, and whatever else. That window came in handy when I was putting polycrylic on my guitar project… it let me get rid of the fumes. That’s another post for another time.

So, I’m back. The website is back. Things will continue on as they have in the past; intermittent posts, unrealized projects, and crazy ideas are all forthcoming. Let me know if there is anything you’d like to see, questions you want answered, or things that are unacceptably broken around here. Thanks for reading. Later.

One of the biggest problems I’ve always had with my website is that I don’t honestly know what I’m trying to project or have a cohesive message. Initially the brand was me, Ronn McCarrick, and then the brand became arohen and I’ve toyed with things like Blackmoon, Rampant Lion, Creative Investigator, 120nn HomeStudios, and 274 Studio. It is entirely possible that I just like coming up with names and logos.

But I don’t really have a product that I’m selling. The only real draw is me and my thoughts and interests. And, unfortunately, I’m not particularly intelligent or even particularly deep. I tend to flutter from topic to topic and from thought to thought without taking the time to structure or organize or plan so the entire endeavor has an underlying chaotic nature to it.

So what do I put on my homepage? I certainly couldn’t say all that, because that does not inspire you to continue reading. I would hope that I am at least somewhat entertaining, but I don’t I don’t think that this website is particularly humorous. My blogs are not quite rants, thorough, even me being angry would be entertaining. But that’s not what I’m doing. The podcast is just an overly long, rambling, stream of conscious on various things. And I never really know what to do with the videos, because, to make effective videos you really need a degree of planning, editing, and an investment in time, which I never seem to have.

 

Well, I put on jeans today to work on the garage for the first time this season. I guess winter really is coming and summer is over. Bummer.

installed back door to garage
stripped hall doors
removed window and installed wall HVAC unit
painted laundry room

I’m trying to make a decision about the future of this website. My hosting is up for renewal and if I don’t renew things will go dark on November 13th. For the first time in a lot of years, I’m considering letting that happen. I haven’t posted since my birthday in August (and that wasn’t much of a post), prior to that it was just images on Saturdays until that queue went dry. I’ve made a conscious decision to step away over the last few months, just to see what it felt like to not post–to not have a website. It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t good. It was just something I didn’t do for a bit.

painted living room

I guess what I’m asking is, does it matter to anyone but me? I pretty-much already know the answer to this question. But I’m still struggling with the idea of letting it go.

anniversary picnic

There are other hosting options, both paid and free, but that’s not thinking right now. What I’m thinking about is, do I want to have a website or not? Is it worth the time, money, and effort? Are there other things that I could dedicate those three things too that I would get more reward from? I have a few weeks left, but I just thought I would share my dilemma with you.

guitar practice

Should I stay or should I go?

more guitar practice
i have completed yet another trip around the sun

Here I’m singin’ happy birthday
Better think about the about the wish I make
This year gone by ain’t been a piece of cake
Everyday’s a revolution
Pull it together and it comes undone
Just one more candle and a trip around the sun
I’m just hangin’ on while this old world keeps spinning
And it’s good to know it’s out of my control
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from all this livin’
Is that it wouldn’t change a thing if I let go
No you never see it comin’
Always wind up wonderin’ where it went
Only time will tell if it was time well spent
It’s another revelation
Celebrating what I should have done
With these souvenirs of my trip around the sun
I’m just hangin’ on while this old world keeps spinning
And it’s good to know it’s out of my control
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from all this livin’
Is that it wouldn’t change a thing if I let go
Yes I’ll make a resolution
That I’ll never make another one
Just enjoy this ride on my trip around the sun
Just enjoy this ride

Songwriters: Sharon Vaughn / Stephen Bruton / Alan Gordon Anderson

I haven’t posted much lately. This is because I’ve been keeping myself busy with house maintenance stuff. It’s too hot to go outside, so the garage is not any different than it was before the electrical panel was installed. This causes some distress, but it’s even hotter in the garage than it is outside… So, it can wait. Besides, I need to make a 4-inch change to the walls I built around the chimney. Apparently, there is supposed to be a 4-inch air gap between the chimney and the wall, or so says the building inspector.

The screened patio is being stymied by the fact that no one in Grand Rapids can get me the vinyl siding J-channel I need to match the house. Four years ago I picked up some siding for repair from Fox Brothers… but they’ve gone out of business or sold themselves or something. Whatever the case, I know what I need — Driftwood is the style and Canyon Clay is the color — but I can’t get my hands on it.

Which leaves the inside projects. I’ve been working on the basement while Lady Ronn tackles the front room upstairs.

well, now.
ceiling refresh
laundry room

patch and paint

Nothing is quite 100% done. But progress is being made.