Friday, July 13, 2018

HappyUP!!! Day 4472


HappyUP!!! - GREEEEAAAAT Weather
Why it happened -we played early
Why it makes me happy -it's the middle of July...in the valley, people. Yep, we teed of a bit after 8.. but that shouldn't mean we get treated to one of the nicest climates of playing in for the year. I am sure it got nastier in the afternoon but that was nice

HappyUP!!! - 3 birdies on the back side
Why it happened - nice shots ....and really nice putting
Why it makes me happy - that was about 45 feet of putts in those 3 holes...on the back 9. THAT turned the day around (yeah...a couple of oopsies on the front). 3 birdies in one day is pretty much my max....but...dang it....I had good looks on 2 other holes on the back

HappyUP!!! - sand play
Why it happened - skillz
Why it makes me happy - 3 traps....3 nice bunker shots....2 sandies....this part of the game has really perked up nicely with the chipping

HappyUP!!! -triads
Why it happened -I was doing a little searching and noodling
Why it makes me happy- while aware of the concept, it was nice to see a little piece of instruction on this today. It helped me tweek a song I have had for a long time. Niiiicccccce

Thursday, July 12, 2018

HappyUP!!! Day 4471


HappyUP!!! - Rainy Night in Georgia
Why it happened - I did some digging
Why it makes me happy - I never really heard this song back in it's hey day. It's a fun one to noodle around with....and to sing with

HappyUP!!! - keyboard
Why it happened - I dusted it off
Why it makes me happy - it was kind of a noodling day. Not sure I need this distraction BUT it is kind of neat to transfer skills

HappyUP!!! -breaking even
Why it happened -someone played worse
Why it makes me happy -I kinda stunk today....OK...not really....just things were a touch off. I pulled it together.....some days are like that. Golf imitates life

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

HappyUP!!! Day 4470



HappyUP!!! - Croatia and England
Why it happened -World Cup
Why it makes me happy -got done swinging the sticks just in time to come into the clubhouse to catch the end of this game....and the overtime. Croatia is amazing. Three straight overtimes. Such a tiny country. Giant Killers.  It would be a shame if they don't take down France this weekend.

HappyUP!!! - the good doc...and his doc guest
Why it happened - he hit me up
Why it makes me happy -good to get out on the course with this dude. It's been waaaaay too long. Great to catch up....even if some of the catching up was "real stuff".

HappyUP!!! - closing birdie
Why it happened -a decent 6 iron...and a helluva putt
Why it makes me happy -ya just can't hang it up in this game. We got pressed on 18...my partner was DOA from the tee shot. I didn't hit a very good tee shot either....nudged a hybrid to 170...we were clearly on the short end of this stick. With partner out of it, somebody had to offset that point..."who? Me?...uh...I'm 170 out?"......mission accomplished....and that is why we play the game...moments like that! Never ever EVER are those taken for granted

HappyUP!!! - lunch with all
Why it happened - done early and hungry
Why it makes me happy- it was a good morning...and appropriately capped


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

HappyUP!!! Day 4469


HappyUP!!! - full group tomorrow
Why it happened -I think heat......
Why it makes me happy -....or could it be my attractiveness? Hmmmm. I think I will leave the why alone and be glad we are playing as 5 rather than 3

HappyUP!!! - Tomato delivery
Why it happened - it's that time of year
Why it makes me happy - I have toooooo many.....and the people that got some overflow seemed very appreciative. Some even ready for another load!!!

HappyUP!!! - an Icebreaker
Why it happened - a new member
Why it makes me happy -always great to hear the back story on the new people and assess where they are in their journey

HappyUP!!! - a little something for a friend
Why it happened - someone was thoughtful
Why it makes me happy-...OK...it was me! But others did pitch in which was awesome! A spirit will be lifted

Monday, July 09, 2018

HappyUP!!! Day 4468


HappyUP!!! - some great old notes
Why it happened - I was going through an old book
Why it makes me happy - why do things come along....oftentimes....right on time? No, it doesn't always happen...but I sure notice when they do.

HappyUP!!! - good day for the injury
Why it happened -keep on rehabbing
Why it makes me happy -I thought today may be a good day for a day off...then...I said, "what voice is saying that?"  I deemed it was my lazy voice and had a great session

HappyUP!!! - my TraderJoes helper
Why it happened - old friend of mine
Why it makes me happy - we got to gabbing while she was on a break....and helped me find the Kimchi!!!! I NEEDED Kimchi!!!

HappyUP!!! - let the complaining begin
Why it happened -a new justice was appointed
Why it makes me happy- I don't care much for all of the griping. But...the gripers gonna gripe. They might as well gripe rather than do all the pre-griping!

JollyJottings 

Sunday, July 08, 2018

HappyUP!!! Day 4467





Hey!!! Check it out!!! -I found THAT sock!!! You know...the one whose brother came out of the wash as a single.  

I know - "that's no big deal, Scott, it happens all the time." 



While I would agree with you - that it isn't earth shattering but doesn't it make you happy for a second every time the moment happens./ It's like long lost siblings being reunited!

And...don't even tell me - they always get back together!

This time - it was different. It was just Friday night that I did a very small load of whites.  I guess that would be a light light load? Anyway, there were so few clothes that it was obvious a sock was missing...a relatively NEW sock.  There weren't many places to look for this one as the socks went right off my feet into the wash.

I became Sock Detective - I checked the washer to see if one didn't make the transfer to the dryer. Nope. I checked the dryer really hard to see if it was hiding. Again, no luck. I went through the shirts that were in the load to see if it might have been an electrostatic Kling-on....NOPE!

On Sunday - I do a load of dark clothes. Now, keep in mind, the missing sock was NEVER in a hamper. There was NO WAY it could have mixed with the darks....

....and...it comes out of the load with the darks - so...the anwer to where "that" sock goes when it doesn't come home is......

......still a mystery!

HappyUP!!! - found sock
Why it happened -see above
Why it makes me happy -see above

HappyUP!!! - found parts
Why it happened -I was looking for something else
Why it makes me happy - come on....I had given up on this and adequately kicked myself....and then....VOILA!!! The parts were right where I left them so they wouldn't get lost!

HappyUP!!! - partner secured
Why it happened -I made the invitation
Why it makes me happy - we have gone at it before. Our success rate is rising....no matter...we always have fun!!!

Saturday, July 07, 2018

HappyUP!!! Day 4466


HappyUP!!! - walking
Why it happened - they got him up
Why it makes me happy - so happy to hear that they had my friend walk the corridor just two days after his "fish gutting." It sounds like his early recovery is ahead of schedule and the specialists are pleased

HappyUP!!! - Birdie on 11
Why it happened - a DOPE 6 iron
Why it makes me happy - I hadn't birdied this persnickety hole all year. Take THAT, Hole 11!!!

HappyUP!!! - salmon
Why it happened -I get busy
Why it makes me happy - love a nice piece of BBQ fish....this one may have been cooked a little less than I normally do.....and I think I like it better that way! Nice and moist...with a bit of sushi quality in the middle.

HappyUP!!! - shotmaking
Why it happened - I got skillz
Why it makes me happy- I hit a high draw with a 7 iron around a tree on 7...muah! Perfection. We already talked about the 6 iron on 11.  I hit the cutest pitch to 4 that did everything but go in the hole for an eagle...gimmie birdie.  There was also that radical 6 iron slice from out of the trees on 15. A NEAT little bellied wedge to make par on 16. A darling punch/pitched 9 iron from under a tree on 18.
(if it sounds like I was in the trees a lot, it is because I was.....but, most of the time I extracted well... hey...with all of the practice at it, I should. Hoping the DRIVER is a HappyUP!!! soon so I don't have all these exotic shots to report on!

JollyJottings
Salmon
Ice Cream
Gimmie birdies 4 and 11
Birdie 11
Friend walking

Friday, July 06, 2018

HappyUP!!! Day 4465



HappyUP!!! - buddy is doing well
Why it happened -great docs
Why it makes me happy -this dude got gutted open like a fish with an elective surgery. Doc was happy with the results and recovery is already ahead of schedule. Going to miss this dude for awhile but he'll be back better than ever

HappyUP!!! - got my joke
Why it happened -I was scanning my files
Why it makes me happy -I don't even remember putting this one in. It's going to be outstanding. Everything a GREAT joke needs to have

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HappyUP!!! - that par on 18
Why it happened -it's full contact golf with me
Why it makes me happy - yeah, I took one for the team to dig that one out of the ditch...then hit a hybrid...and then a wedge to about 9 feet......and you are darn right I made that putt!!! I willed that one in after that episode 

HappyUP!!! -
Why it happened -
Why it makes me happy-

JollyJottings
World Cup
MP's
Writing
Great group 
Got my joke for next week

Thursday, July 05, 2018

HappyUP!!! Day 4464


HappyUP!!! - F o L T-shirt
Why it happened -I gave one a shot
Why it makes me happy - it worked out really well....we shall see what happens in the wash. Possibilities here

HappyUP!!! - stair climbing
Why it happened -I had an idea
Why it makes me happy - a new part of the physical therapy....and a great venue

HappyUP!!! - new pod casts
Why it happened -I was out on the trail
Why it makes me happy -great to find some entertaining and informative stuff to listen to out in the great wide open.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

HappyUP!!! Day 4463


HappyUP!!! - level 4 complete
Why it happened -I had a day off to do the computer work
Why it makes me happy -OK....one level left to complete a path. It's a demanding level...as it should be. I get it. I think it would be a bit much for a newer Toastmaster....it will challenge me. Looking forward to it

HappyUP!!! - TraderJoes open
Why it happened - I did reconnaissance and they know a good thing
Why it makes me happy -TJ's is my go to for that stuff you take to the party.....and I procrastinated! Bail out!!!

HappyUP!!! - Great 4th of July
Why it happened - sis and bro
Why it makes me happy - great afternoon by the pool....weather was fabulous...yep, NO BROIL this year. Everything was perfect. I got a lot of thought and writing time in this morning. Chock full of ideas and this was a great day to capture a lot of that.

HappyUP!!! -mini recorder
Why it happened -I came across it
Why it makes me happy- sure, the iPhone has voice memos....but this little device still has it's place in my work


Tuesday, July 03, 2018

HappyUP!!! Day 4462


HappyUP!!! - a guest
Why it happened -RS invited
Why it makes me happy -nice young dude. I think we can really give him some help....and he seems interested.

HappyUP!!! - delivering the module
Why it happened -I worked hard
Why it makes me happy -this was a tricky presentation to give....and others will need to give it in the future. I think I was a good role model for this

HappyUP!!! -3 birdies on the back 9
Why it happened -some shotmaking and putting
Why it makes me happy -the birdie on 10 was pretty standard....the putt up the knoll on 13 was spectacular (I HAVE to remember how that breaks)....18 was some crazy good shotmaking. That wind came gusting up....I deciced to "tuck that 7" under the wind off the sidehill lie.  That baby took off....moved right to left just like it was supposed to....and then knocked in that 10 foot downhiller!

Monday, July 02, 2018

HappyUP!!! Day 4461


HappyUP!!! - Accident on the trail
Why it happened -kid was going too fast
Why it makes me happy -OK...don't like the injury the young lad sustained....that was a nasty fracture. A synchronicity happened from it for me though which will be very helpful

HappyUP!!! - forced to speak
Why it happened - others cancelled
Why it makes me happy -I could really overthink this module....it's better to get forced into it. I have killed myself so far......and will kill myself more later tonight nailing this....but it's going to be a good example for others

HappyUP!!! -knee was great this morning
Why it happened -I gave it a test
Why it makes me happy -went a good distance....yeah...I noticed it but all in all I am happy with the rehab

Sunday, July 01, 2018

The Ol Nutter Almanac 2018





Days Predicted: 11-16
Days to Date:  6

The DAYS

1) 6/3 - 101            2) 6/13 - 101     3) 6/22 - 101      4) 6/23 - 101   5) 6/30 - 103  
6) 7/1 -102   

Update 7/1 - June CAN be a lot worse than that. Hello, July! You came in as expected. Nothing smoking on the horizon, though.  4th of July is looking awesome as is the rest of the week. We take the cool when we can get it.

Update 6/17 - June is doing it's  thing.  We have a couple hundies down....and looks like three to four coming by this time next week.  Eeeks.....perhaps Summer will do some early spitting and spare us in July.  Summers may be permanently changing in the valley.

You know the drill - we look at the Memorial Day Weekend weather as our guide

As usual - we will use the reporting by Weather.com as our verification tool.

This year - I am going to have to do some adjusting for "climate change."  The Almanac has missed the mark for 3 years in a row.

We had some cool weather - even a touch of rain on Friday right before the weekend.  Saturday and Sunday were nice and mild.  This was looking like a "10 days or less" call.....the riskiest one that can be made for this valley.....

......but....- AHA!!!!  Monday brought a little reminder that Summer is coming by almost cracking the  century mark!

For that reason - we will be looking at 11-15 days at 100 degrees or more this year.

2017 Ol Nutter Almanac   10-14 predicted.....34 actual
2016 Ol Nutter Almanac  15-18 predicted .....30 actual
2015 Ol Nutter Almanac  12 or less predicted...16 actual
2014 Ol Nutter Almanac  11-13 predicted......14 actual
2013 Ol Nutter Almanac  13 or less prediceted....12 actual
2012 Ol Nutter Almanac  13 or less predicted...15 actual
2011 Ol Nutter Almanac  10 or less predicted....7 actual
2010 Ol Nutter Almanac 13 or less predicted.....7 actual
2009 Ol Nutter Almanac 10-15 predicted.........15 actual
2008 Ol Nutter Almanac 10-15 predicted.........15 actual

HappyUP!!! Day 4460


HappyUP!!! - new "A" jam
Why it happened -I freed up
Why it makes me happy -nope....it wasn't clean...but it was naaahhhssstay. That's OK. Fun times on the axe jammin it out

HappyUP!!! - Giants sweep
Why it happened - pitching and hitting
Why it makes me happy -are you kidding me? 3 games from the D-backs....in Arizona? 2.5 games out? THAT is what I am talking about. Hopefully, they can keep it up

HappyUP!!! - Big win
Why it happened -my partner (and me)
Why it makes me happy -sometimes nothing beats a nice fanny kicking. My partner shot a net 66. I putted very well....29 putts that could have been 26. Solid stuff

Saturday, June 30, 2018

HappyUP!!! Day 4459

HappyUP!!! - Revisionist History return
Why it happened - it happens
Why it makes me happy - Gladwell has been back for a bit....who knew?  All good...gives me episodes to catch up on. LOVE this storyteller!

HappyUP!!! -  Round of 16
Why it happened -it's World Cup
Why it makes me happy - Messi...gone. Ronaldo...gone. Can't really call today big upsets...anything can happen in this WC.  I just get a kick out of the intense pain from Argentina and Portugal fans.  C'mon people....I get sports brings disappointments...but....really?

HappyUP!!! - chicken
Why it happened - I created a marinade
Why it makes me happy -marinade was ok....it needs a bit more thought....but that chicken and the resulting chicken salad was a big bowl of YEP!!!!

JollyJottings

Gladwell is back
No golf
Starting up again on the trail
Portugal (Ronaldo) and Argentina (Messi) both out

Friday, June 29, 2018

HappyUP!!! Day 4458


HappyUP!!! - 4 birdies?
Why it happened -the muscle had it going on
Why it makes me happy -NOPE! Wasn't me that did it. It was the nephew. Heck, the most I have had in a round this year is 3. Why am I happy when he outdoes me? Well, I know why. You MIGHT be able to figure it out

HappyUP!!! - nice pitch play
Why it happened -I work on it
Why it makes me happy -this is the area that has made the most difference this year.  It is technique but that technique breeds an attitude. Yep, a chicken and egg thing....but the combo has been working for a couple of months.  I'll be back at the World Class Short Game Facility (WCSGF) tomorrow

HappyUP!!! - the knee
Why it happened - I walked 18
Why it makes me happy - I walked the other day....and I swelled up the other day. A little pain today but that's no biggie. After the round, all was good.  Just keep working this deal. It will be fine

HappyUP!!! - Giants win
Why it happened - who knows
Why it makes me happy-they get one 2-1?.....from the D-backs?....in Arizona? Are you kidding me? It is already a successful series!...and, yeah, it's a big series!

JollyJottings
4 birdies for the muscle...79
hybrid 1/drive an 7 iron 2/wedge n putt 4/pitch 6/hook 6 n pitch 7/bunker shot n sandy 8/7 iron 9/ pitch 10 / pitch on 11/3 wood n wedge 14 /5 iron 17 /drive 18
Done early
Walked 18...knee didn't swell
TJ's...limeaid force try

Thursday, June 28, 2018

HappyUP!!! Day 4457


HappyUP!!! - seeing the M-man
Why it happened - he came to play in the park
Why it makes me happy - I know....I know...it's cliche'....but I just saw this little dude 2 weeks ago... and I swear he has grown in size AND in coordination in a noticeable manner in that time frame! That is just crazy. You know me, I prefer objective observations...but...I got to go with my gut on this one.  So dang cute!

HappyUP!!! - a busy salon
Why it happened - I went at a different time
Why it makes me happy - love my stylist. She owns her own place. I have watched her put the blood and sweat into that place.  I never ask her how the business is doing....but it looked like it was kicking butt yesterday. I made mention of that...she said it was that way a lot! THAT made me feel great to see her doing well

HappyUP!!! - watching the trio
Why it happened - a chance meeting
Why it makes me happy - I follow serendipity sometimes.  Oddly came across a gal I knew yesterday.  She told me her hubby was playing drums down the street last night and I should come by. I did. I ran across Jimmy bartending....hadn't seen him in forever...didn't even know he was working there. Had a nice little time.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

HappyUP!!! Day 4456

HappyUP!!! - S.M.E. conversation
Why it happened - I am going to need one
Why it makes me happy - alright, it's not nailed down yet. But...it will be. The conversation about it was great....a meaningful conversation...the best kind

HappyUP!!! - Rebo chat
Why it happened - we made an appointment
Why it makes me happy -this dude has some things going on! It is a sacred privilege that he is entrusting me for some assistance.  Hey, all of this experience I have really should go somewhere! I love it when it can go RIGHT where it can.  Helping others help others is as good as helping them yourself....maybe even better...because, in the process, you start training another in how to help others help others (<----yes again="" it="" makes="" p="" sense...read="" statement="" that="">

HappyUP!!! - some fine play and shots
Why it happened -the Hover
Why it makes me happy -a buddy of mine suggested that I "hover" the club above the ground at address. I have played with this in the past. The "weird" feel always overrode any actual results/help. Well, in today's case, though it was out of my norm, it felt great taking it back. I hit some pure shots that had trajectories on them that were proper and much better than normal.

HappyUP!!! -the knee
Why it happened -I gave it a shot
Why it makes me happy- ol lefty been barkin a bit again lately....even puffed out a bit.  No babying him today....I walked.  Yeah, it hurt a bit but nothing too bad.  Rest is a good thing...ice is a good thing...but you also need to build muscle around a joint or more pressure is on the joint. This is the next thing to work on and can easily be done

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

HappyUP!!! Day 4455


HappyUP!!! - nephew's play
Why it happened - he's "getting it"
Why it makes me happy - "harder doesn't mean better or farther" in golf. It was a joy to see my nephew effortlessly sweep the ball around the course today enroute to his best round of the year

HappyUP!!! - return of Rebo
Why it happened - he felt the need
Why it makes me happy -FABULOUS to see this former member come through the door....and re-join the organization.  On top of that, he's a really good dude.....cherry on top there

HappyUP!!! - making our quota
Why it happened - see above and more
Why it makes me happy -2 guests converted in the last 2 weeks which qualifies the club for it's due awards. Yep, we did it!!! It was right under the year end bell (something we shall work on next year) but, for now, we will HappyUP!!! and sing and dance!!!

HappyUP!!! - MJ popping in
Why it happened -I had contacted him
Why it makes me happy- always great when this former member appears

HappyUP!!! - home for P
Why it happened - I made an inquiry
Why it makes me happy - I'm being a responsible adult in making some future "plan B" plans. THIS was a persnickety one.....but I am not at ease and overjoyed at the outcome.


Monday, June 25, 2018

HappyUP!!! Day 4454


HappyUP!!! - Jet Airliner Lick
Why it happened -I did a little digging in my files
Why it makes me happy -while not perfect, I pretty much have this one down good enough for my audience to listen. Portia the Cat isn't that particular.  Anyway, it was pretty cool

HappyUP!!! - music theory
Why it happened -I did some on line research
Why it makes me happy - I soooooo wish someone had explained some of these concepts and tips to me looooong ago.  It makes soooo much sense

HappyUP!!! - a bittersweet goodbye
Why it happened - people have to move on
Why it makes me happy - my hygenist and hubby are leaving California. It is hard to blame them for that! Idaho is calling. Today was the final cleaning.  We had a lovely chat...well....as lovely a chat as one can have when one has someone else fingers or sonic tool jammed down his mouth.  The new place sounds lovely.....and it's not in California (kind of a HappyUP!!! in and of itself these days, Maxi and Gavi)

JollyJottings
K L time
Clean teeth
Cooler day
Chile Relleno
World's Ugliest Dog

QuoteUP!!!


Albert Einstein sticks out his tongue when asked by photographers to smile on the occasion of his 72nd birthday on March 14, 1951.

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of the mediocre mind" 

                                               -Albert Einstein

The above - is representative of a few things.


First - it is a great quote that speaks to things that possibly once served us....but that now may just be something that is done for no other reason than, "that's the way it's always been done around here." If that is the case, those kinds of consistencies could and should be tossed asideto make room for more productive or meaningful consistencies. 

Second - the above is something promised to share with my friend, Kelly L, this morning

Third - (pssssst.....hey....K...have you ever tried creating THAT persona?....the "KellyEll one"? Yeah...you know....when you have to be that peppy person for that one thing we were talking about?  Instead of being the regular, K or K L, you become the "Fabulous KellyEll!!!" for that hour or two. Or, how about KellyYELL   or KellYell? There ya go, K... go play with that idea and mold it into something of your own. I hereby give you permission to be who you need to be. "We are all actors and the world is but a stage," is what good old Billy Shakespeare said about that. 

Fourth - the daily HappyUP!!!s have been getting  cranked out for over a decade....and that's pretty much all that has appeared here.

However -,things started much differently.  Jokes, stories, observations, quotes, SundayScribblings, etc.....all regularly found themselves to these pages.  Today marks a return to the roots...but with the experience of many years.

Hang out here - on occasion.  Things MAY just start to get fun!....HappyUP!!!




Sunday, June 24, 2018

HappyUP!!! Day 4453


HappyUP!!! - nice, reusable Folsom Prison Blues lick
Why it happened -YouTubing
Why it makes me happy - it's a simple little riff...how many more of those are out there that I have ignored with all the people posting things?

HappyUP!!! - goaded golfing
Why it happened - they only had 3
Why it makes me happy -just played 4 days in a row...knee was barking at me a bit...but..I took it for the team. Had a great time even though the score wasn't the best. It was one scrappy 38 on the front

HappyUP!!! - sandie on 18
Why it happened - I saw some assistance
Why it makes me happy - really needed to get this one up and down...but the lie in the trap was downhill. This ball was going to come out low. What was right behind the pin? A nice little backstop that rolled that ball back to about 7 feet. One putt later and the dot was entered on the card!

HappyUP!!! - helping BR
Why it happened - it was noticeable
Why it makes me happy- pointed out a little sumpin sumpin re: his putting stroke. BAM! Great feeling to see him back on track with the short stick


Saturday, June 23, 2018

HsppyUP!!! Day 4452


HappyUP!!! - birdies on 17 and 18
Why it happened -good shooting...great putting
Why it makes me happy -it does not matter the situation.....it does not get much better....or more rare than making birdie on the last two holes. It ESPECIALLY helps when.....

HappyUP!!! - ....QUALIFYING for the next stage
Why it happened - the birdies and staying at it
Why it makes me happy -my partner and I were cruising until we got to the 13th green....oooops!...then an oooops on 14.....and another ooooops on 15! We were "stick a fork in them...DONE!"  But, though it was by that skin on the teeths, we are moving on to Monterey!!!

HappyUP!!! - chip in on 4
Why it happened - been working on that
Why it makes me happy - I had missed a close/easy birdie putt on 2...big let down. It was nice to get this "freebie" back. Not a hard chip.....but even the easy ones don't go in all the time.

HappyUP!!! - great sleep
Why it happened -the summer home
Why it makes me happy- I think I was pretty tired from a lack of sleep the previous night. I cruised and really noticed how good the sleep was

JollyJottings
Great sleep
The summer home
NCGA deal
Letting TM officer training simmer