February 16, 2014 at 6:26 AM (Uncategorized)
Going into the fourth night that this girl is missing. This is the longest she has been A.W.O.L. I hate when bad things happen to dogs, but I have a lump of hope in my throat that she will be all right.
My brother was watching his best friends dog, Finn, while his owners were on vacation. One afternoon Finn bolted from the house and headed for the tree line.
I can’t say for sure what happen next but we guess that the dog followed a series of creek beds leading to a river that runs through a town nearly forty miles from Finn’s starting line.
He was found by a kind hearted man who had come to the states from Great Britain several years ago named Chris. I happen to meet Chris once while making a delivery of reed to him for a friend of mine. My friend plays bagpipes and had made contact with Chris, a reed maker. My piping friend lives right down the road from the dogs owner.
It’s a small, small world.
January 6, 2014 at 3:33 AM (Uncategorized)
We’ve not had a good powdery snow with a significant accumulation in a very long time. The last time I remember having a 10+ inch snow and single digit temperatures was in the early 1980s’. Getting good sized drifts was just a memory till Sunday. The fun times of sledding, digging tunnels into snow banks and building our best interpretation of an igloo came flooding back yesterday.
After spending a couple of hours on the tractor clearing our road I came in for a warm up and rallied the troops for a plunge down the hill.
Today was a blast to hit the hill. My grandkids are here for the weekend, so the oldest boy and I spent yesterday cutting and hauling wood. Then we unrolled a round bale of straw onto the steepest section of our sled run. That section has some exposed rock that don’t feel too good on the backside if the snowfall isn’t thick enough to cover. As it turned out, we didn’t need the straw.
We made a few good runs ever deeper into the holler. Each turn down pushing the snow out ahead of the sledder in a mini explosion of powder and giggles.
December 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM (Uncategorized)
December 27, 2013 at 4:46 AM (Uncategorized)
Christmas day waiting for the grandkids gave me the unexpected opportunity to finish up the short side of the doors. The trolleys I picked up from a meat packing supply house. They will be bolted on a C-channel that will fit over the top length of the doors. The C-channel will be bolted through and provide a bit of weather protection to the top edge as well. I’m still scrounging around looking for odd bits of steel for door stops and keepers.
The loft doors should come together much quicker than this set did. I was having a tough time visualizing exactly what I wanted to build. When I started cutting up scrap into tests for the joints the plan became clearer.
I stepped back to look at the short side door and thought that a false light grill might look good. Any thoughts?
December 14, 2013 at 2:50 PM (Uncategorized)
A wet couple of inches of snow made for a beautiful morning.
December 7, 2013 at 5:27 PM (Uncategorized)
I said that I would get the doors hung when the snow flys. Well, I have one door built and screwed in place, less the track and trolleys to hang it on. I started laying out the short side door last night. I should have it finished soon but most likely won’t fix it in place like the other door. The trolleys I have. The track and stops are being made by a friend at a local machine shop.
November 10, 2013 at 5:26 PM (Uncategorized)
Made some progress today on finishing up the run for the chicken coop. I’m convinced that I would rather rip a fingernail off than deal with wire. I feel like a pincushion.
November 5, 2013 at 5:13 AM (Uncategorized)
Fall firmly holds second place in my personal preference list of seasons. It’s a time to wind down. Put the garden to bed. Hauling and splitting wood and spending evenings around the fire pit. Fish fry and grilling venison, catching up with friends. Spring gets the nod in my seasons poll simply due to the excitement factor of getting out of the house and in the dirt.
I just started getting my doors for the barn laid out. If I hold to my pattern of procrastination I should be hanging them around the first snow. If I’m tardy the plastic will go back up. I have finally moved all my tools into the shop. Peg board is hung and the tools and workbench have been somewhat organized. The hardest part of getting the doors going has been a lack of mental vision of the finished product. I usually have a pretty easy time with visualizing how I want things to turn out. After building two doors on the east side of the building, and not liking the outcome, I have balked at the big doors.
My supply of dried lumber has reached a near critical point. I can ill afford to make a mistake with my stock so low. I should have had some more lumber cut and drying but I don’t.
We should be having our pumpkin massacre in the next few weeks. One of the most fun days! Poor innocent pumpkins meet their maker with bow and shotgun, and a fish fry of fresh gigged suckers.
October 11, 2013 at 5:25 AM (Uncategorized)
Katy is reaching her self set goals at just the right time of year. Heading into district meet with a positive attitude and a growing feeling of accomplishment. As a dad, I love to watch her glow!
September 3, 2013 at 4:33 AM (Uncategorized)
My niece was married this weekend in one of the most fun weddings I’ve been to in a long time. She has been one of the Team Fredbird girls for the St. Louis Cardinals the past five years. Her team mates and Fred were in attendance.
Katy served as a junior bridesmaid. I think she really had a good time with the whole mess.