IKEA Hack – Cable Box and DVR Shelf

by cin on August 15, 2015


Sorry, this isn’t a usual Sunny Anyway post. I’ve been working on other projects and other writing.

But this is my only website and this IKEA hack is just too cool not to share.

Take one EKBY shelf unit. Assemble it without the back and without the drawers. And there you have it, a strong base to set your tv on, with a backless compartment for your cable box and your DVR.




I’ll Follow the Sun

by Cin on February 18, 2015

DSC_0354“Yeah, tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun.”

– Lennon and McCartney

Perhaps it’s time to change that subtitle: In-your-face optimist fights back.

Yeah, I was perhaps starting to get a little crabby when I started this blog. I have always been an optimist, it’s just my nature. But there had been circumstances that pushed even my limits and my attitude was becoming more like “Will all of you crazy, negative, hateful, pushy, intolerant people just GO AWAY and let the rest of us just live in peace? C’mon!” 

I was in serious need of a good, long rest in a calm environment.

And…hello, Canada!

Yes, they are incredibly nice here. Polite as their reputation. Very easy-going. And funny in a very good-natured way. Just…nice.

And it’s been good to just relax in a place where I’m appreciated, where I don’t have to prove myself or defend myself. Not much to fight back against here. And what little there is, I can easily handle because The Best Man and other good folks have my back. And I’m my old self again – no, an improved self who is more calm, more focused, and more compassionate. Not so “in your face”.


More another day, perhaps. In the meantime, life is good.



Five Years

by Cin on February 18, 2015

sc000ce6a6Hey, Dad.

So I was driving home the other day and thought it would be nice to call you and catch up.


That’s the first time that’s happened. Silly, to be caught unaware like that. To forget that you’re not just a phone call away. That you’ve been gone for five years.

So much has happened. Guess what? You’re a great-grandpa! Her name is Avery and she is a real sparkler – bright, happy, silly – your kind of kid. My Girl and I looked at each other one day and had the same thought: Grandpa would just love her. He should be here.

You should be here.

The kids moved to Seattle a few months ago because The Best Man 2 got a big promotion. You would be so proud of your grandson-in-law. He reminds me so much of you – how hard he works, how he’s built an amazing life for his family out of sheer talent and determination. You’d love their new house and there’s a guest room. They’d love it if you could visit sometime.

You should be here.

Life is so good these days. The Best Man is everything you ever hoped for me. We have such a good life and so much to be thankful for. It would be great if you could come visit, see the mountains, stay awhile. Play golf. I golf now. How about that? But I could really use some pointers.

You should be here.

Kat’s looking at retiring soon, looking at where she wants to live, what she wants to do. Time to get a life. We talk often, but it’s always about what we’re currently doing or what we have planned or something funny that happened. We try living in the present.

But we both know, we all know.

You should be here.




The Light Remains…Still

February 7, 2015

“It’s interesting to see when a kid walks into the room… does your face light up? That’s what they’re looking for…” Author Toni Morrison posed this question on Oprah some few years ago and it has always stuck with me. And it occurred to me recently that this is why I really miss Dad. It’s […]

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Eternal Flame

November 22, 2013

It is one of my earliest memories, sitting on Dad’s shoulders overlooking the crowd gathered at the South Bay Shopping Center in Redondo Beach, California, listening to a man speak. It was November 1, 1960 and I was so close to three years old that I was already practicing how to hold up three fingers. […]

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