Once again I hit my limit.

And I stopped myself before going too far.

Talking about yard work in the South Texas heat and humidity. Today I squeezed in one and a half hours of mowing in the back yard and further pruning of my fig tree. One and a half hours of that kind of work in these conditions is about as much as I can handle.

Heading outside mid-morning with two fresh batteries for my lawnmower in hand, I was determined to cut the grass in my back yard. The grass was still a little damp from last night’s rain when I started, but it dried nicely by the time I finished the job.

That fig tree in the back yard had spread some new, low-lying branches that had to go. I cut them off so I could mow close to the base of the tree.

After loading the green organics bin with the branches and grass clippings and locking the back yard gates, I came back inside, satisfied with what I’d accomplished. There is (always) more yard work to do. But it can wait for another day.

Happy International Chess Day 2021

Yes, I play chess. And I have been working at the game pretty regularly for well over half a century.

My Dad taught me the game when I was… maybe eight or nine years old. With three younger brothers who also learned I had plenty of chess partners at home. Though one of my brothers joined a school chess club and played OTB (live, Over The Board) tournaments, I quickly found Correspondence Chess (CC) through the USCF and knew that was where I belonged.

When I started playing CC most of us sent our moves back and forth to each other using letters or post cards. And we kept our games recorded, often using special notebooks designed for CC play, so we could study the games while were waiting for our opponent’s next move to arrive in the mail. I used a post-a-log (see the picture above) in those early days to track my games which usually took months, and sometimes years to play.

At this moment in time I have over twenty CC games in progress, played in the four different server-based Internet chess clubs to which I belong. That number of games will bump up quite a bit in a few weeks when a new CC tournament in which I’m registered opens.

I do love my chess. And I hope to keep working at it for as long as I can.