OK, so you may have noticed that for the first time in a long time my posts have slowed down. Well, that is because things have been so crazy that I really have not had a second to write. The reason? I just bought a new house – well new to me anyway. A delightful mid-century gem just across the river from the great metropolis of Kansas City, MO in a charming little village on the Kansas prairie and I am loving it.

What does this mean for Lost Cowboy? Well, you will have to put up with my posts about finding just the right things to make my place home. Other than that, no changes, I just moved about a half a mile from my old house.

Anyway, I’m back and looking forward to sharing more of my great Finds with you.

I have been looking for the perfect fire pit for a while now – and I am glad I waited until now to purchase one for a couple of reasons. First, I just bought a new house with an awesome outside area perfect for a fire, and second – I just found the perfect fire pit – the Fancy Flames Globe Leaf Outdoor Fire Pit I found from the fine folks at All Modern.

About the Fancy Flames Globe Leaf Outdoor Fire Pit from All Modern:

“Create a cozy patio setting as you watch the flames dance from this unique fire globe. Rustic aged metal with laser cut blowing leaf design that can be enjoyed from any angle. The unique design of this fire globe adds sophistication to any outdoor space. Put wood through the leaf design (big open spaces).”

Find everything you need for inside and outside your home from All Modern here.

I have featured works by, and biographies of, the great Roald Dahl a few times in the past, and I always mentioned that he is one of my all-time favorite authors. It was the works of Mr. Dahl that really got me excited about reading when I was young, and even as an adult I have re-read many of his works and appreciated them on a whole other level. Simply put, the dude was a genius. I have recently been revisiting his better-known works, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and just the other day I finished the great James and the Giant Peach. Having last read this classic about 20 years ago (aloud to someone I was dating at the time – it was our thing) I found this delightful tale to be as entertaining as ever.

About James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl:

“James as he escapes from his horrible aunts and sets off inside the peach on his wonderful adventures. This dramatization of Roald Dahl’s hugely popular book can be staged in school, acted out at home or simply read together by a group of fiends. With suggestions for staging, props and lighting. Roald Dahl died in 1990 but his books continue to be worldwide bestsellers. Richard George was an American elementary school teacher when he adapted James and the Giant Peach as a school play. Roald Dahl loved it and wrote an introduction.”

If you grew up a fan of Mr. Dahl I encourage you to rediscover him and share his works with people in your life young and old. If you have never read any of his works, I envy you, as you will have the great pleasure of discovering something great for the first time.

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl is available from Amazon and other fine retailers everywhere.

The fine folks over at Dormify specialize in helping college kids furnish and decorate their dorm rooms, hence the name. However, there is plenty on offer for the rest of us. For example, don’t you just love Dormify’s Be Happy Laundry Hamper?

About the Be Happy Laundry Hamper from Dormify:

“It’s all good. Happily store your laundry with this unique hamper. The painted design and bold colors make it a fun piece to have in your room.”

Find the Be Happy Laundry Hamper from Dormify here.

See all the great items for your dorm room and elsewhere from Dormify here.

Believe it or not it is hard to find really good olive oil these days – especially imported oil. It turns out there is so much fake oil out there, even in top brands, so you have to be weary. Which is why I like to stay with a quality product like the Extra Virgin “Shorty” Olive Oil I found from fine folks at The Other Brother.

About the Extra Virgin “Shorty” Olive Oil from The Other Brother:

“Our Extra Virgin ‘Shorty’ features our favorite blend of California grown olives (Arbequina, Leccino and Pendolino) which we call the ‘Growers Blend’. Great for daily use, this oil is fruity, buttery and smooth, with a slight kick of pepperiness at the end to leave you wanting more.”

Find the Extra Virgin “Shorty” Olive Oil from The Other Brother here.

See all the products from The Other Brother here.

FF: The 1971 Blended Scotch Whisky from Last Drop Distillers

Blended scotch whiskies are a dime a dozen, although most are not that great, but you will love the 1971 Blended Scotch Whisky I found from the fine folks at Last Drop Distillers.

About the 1971 Blended Scotch Whisky from Last Drop Distillers:

“In 1971 the astronauts of Apollo 14 were busy hitting golf balls from the moon and Disney World was opening its doors in Orlando to the joy of American children… and in Scotland some 40 different distilleries of malt and grain whiskies were busy distilling the spirits that would eventually become part of a truly exceptional blend. First blended in 1983 as a Premium 12 Year Old for the USA, the balance after bottling was refilled into 11 ex-Oloroso Sherry Butts. After a further nine years of ageing, a small volume was siphoned off and bottled as a 21 Year Old Blend. What remained was refilled once more, this time into nine ex-American Oak Barrels. These nine casks were returned to an old traditional dunnage maturation warehouse where they lay for a further 24 years until we bottled the whisky, in its prime, at the grand age of 45 years.”

Learn more about the 1971 Blended Scotch Whisky from Last Drop Distillers and where to find it here.

Visit Last Drop Distillers online here.

FF: The Tank Whiskey Decanter from Tom Dixon

A fine whisky deserves a fine decanter, and there is none finer than the Tank Whiskey Decanter I found from the fine folks at Tom Dixon.

About the Tank Whiskey Decanter:

“A Tank Whiskey Decanter for your best Scotch or Bourbon, presented in gift-worthy packaging. Mouth-blown and ornamented with hand-painted copper detailing, it forms part of a collection alongside our other Tank glassware and tableware.”

Find the Tank Whiskey Decanter from Tom Dixon here.

See all the great Tom Dixon designs here.

Today’s find is stunning, at least it is to me, the Mosser Glass Bathing Beauty in Cobalt I found from the fine folks at Coming Soon New York.

I went through a cobalt blue glass phase back in the 90’s and still have some great pieces. When I saw this Beauty my interest returned – I may have to dust off my collection and start adding to it.

About the Mosser Glass Bathing Beauty in Cobalt:

“Made of milk glass. Great for soap, nuts, hot sauce, ashtray, business cards, etc.”

Find the Mosser Glass Bathing Beauty in Cobalt from Coming Soon New York here.

See all the fine products from Coming Soon New York here.

I don’t read many business books, unless I have to, and I sometimes have to, so it is rare that I seek one out on my own. Such was the case with Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio which came highly recommended by a trusted friend. First, it is great to hear firsthand from a person like Mr. Dalio who has been such a success in business about how it all happened. Second, to read about his successes framed by his core principles allows us to imagine how we can be successful by applying our own core principles in work and in life.

About Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio:

“In Principles, Dalio shares what he’s learned over the course of his remarkable career. He argues that life, management, economics, and investing can all be systemized into rules and understood like machines. The book’s hundreds of practical lessons, which are built around his cornerstones of ‘radical truth’ and ‘radical transparency,’ Dalio laying out the most effective ways for individuals and organizations to make decisions, approach challenges, and build strong teams. He also describes the innovative tools the firm uses to bring an idea meritocracy to life, such as creating “baseball cards” for all employees that distill their strengths and weaknesses, and employing computerized decision-making systems to make believability-weighted decisions. While the book brims with novel ideas for organizations and institutions, Principles also offers a clear, straightforward approach to decision-making that Dalio believes anyone can apply, no matter what they’re seeking to achieve.”

Although Mr. Dalio’s principles are not exactly the most original in the world, the way he frames them and his unquestionable success following them, make you take notice.

Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

 

 

 

It is funny to me that the technology used in the ubiquitous earbuds we all carry around has not reakky changed in many years. Heck, they are pretty much a variation of the one earphone that was common with the transistor radio since at least the 1960s. Anyway, you can spend a ton of money on headphones and earbuds, or you can spend pennies. I like somewhere in between with a traditional set of corded buds – as opposed to Bluetooth – like the Reimers Earbuds I found from the fine folks at Urban Ears.

About the Reimers Earbuds from Urban Ears:

“These lightweight workout earbuds have really got it together. Keep the focus on your pulse with perfect fit EarClick technology and a double clip that keeps everything in place. Includes a built-in mic/remote, and a reflective cable for extra visibility during after hours sweat sessions.”

These buds have great sound, stand up to wear and tear, and come is some nifty colors.

Check out the Reimers Earbuds from Urban Ears here.

See all the great audio products from Urban Ears here.

When I was a kid my mother made me and my brother top-loading drawstring duffel bags out of blue canvas. She also did an applique on my bag with my name and a sail boat. She made these bags for us to use on weekend trips to our lake retreat and they got a lot of use. I came across my bag a few years ago at the bottom of a box in my parent’s barn. I was happy to see it, but is had been used by some woodland creature for nest parts and it had to be thrown away. But it was too late, a wave of nostalgia had come over me and the search was on to find a replacement. Well the search is over now that I have found this Canvas Top-load Duffel from the fine folks at Tracksmith.

About the Canvas Top-load Duffel from the Tracksmith:

“There’s something perfect about the elegant simplicity of a canvas top-load duffel. Unlike nylon, canvas is built to overstuff, stretching without tearing at the seams. So go ahead and toss the Mission Top Loader into the trunks, jam it into overhead compartments, and pile it under the shuttle bus on the way to the starting line. It will only get better with use. Maybe that’s why top load canvas bags have been military standard-issue for decades.”

Find the Canvas Top-load Duffel from the Tracksmith here.

Find all the fine products from Tracksmith here.

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