Friday, October 13, 2017

53

I guess I am getting older, so they tell me.  I don't feel older and if you asked me I am still 18.   It's all the head folks, live like a kid and have fun every day.  Stay off the news and all the bullshit on FB and Twitter and I am sure you will live longer.   Block those assholes you can't stand.

For my Birthday I went camping up in the mountains.   It was cold, but I had a great time, hiked and fished, drank too much each day,  and pretty much just let the world go by without me.  I loved it.  2.5 days with no email, no phone, no drama, it was great.  I only caught one fish a small trout about six inches and just threw it back.  Got some good hiking in as well as practicing my shooting and hatchet throwing.  I am ready for the Zombie apocalypse or whatever shit comes my way.  Ready to go back.   

Below are a few pictures I 











Sunday, October 1, 2017

Birthday Time

Happy Birthday, Clark!  On Friday evening we went out for dinner to Red Robin and had burgers.  On Saturday Clark had a party at his house and invited us old farts to join.

I am guessing there were about 30 or so of his friends that showed up.   He cooked up burgers and brats and we brought a cake.  Had a really good time, even though Candy and I were twice as old as everyone else in attendance.

This was the first time that we ever played beer pong.  Instead of using beer they just used water in the cups and you would just take a drink of your own beer.  That's the way to do it, cause I wasn't going to drink anything out of the cups.   We didn't win our first match but only lost by one.  Not bad for a couple of newbies. It was actually a lot of fun, kinda like indoor horseshoes.

Later that evening everyone sang happy birthday and we had some cake.  We left shortly after so that we would cramp his style.  He has a lot of nice friends and it was a great time.



Monday, September 18, 2017

Empty the Camera Role

I promise to get better about providing updates.  They are really more for me so that I can have something to leave behind for the future Robinson's.

What have I been up to since the last post?  I don't think I can remember it all.   Was on the road for a while and now back for a couple of weeks.

So let's see, we had an eclipse, old news now.  But Candy took a picture of the shadows during the eclipse and you can see how they were all moon shaped.  Very Cool!  Guess we will be waiting a few years until the next one comes around.   I was working from home that day and actually made a pinhole box so we could look in and see the eclipse as it was happening.   Remember don't look at the sun our you can burn your eyes and go blind. 

I spent a little time working on my sewing table stand.  I have no idea what I am going to do with this when done.   We have no space in the house for it and I am at of room at the shop.  I am rethinking the top and may just find a piece of marble to use instead of wood.  If I do go with wood, I am thinking about doing a barn quilt design on it.   Will give me something creative to do this winter.

Let's see so in the last month I was in Chicago, Boston and covered most of the state of FL.   Candy flew down on a Friday to meet me in Orlando.   We spent the weekend and was able to hang out with Eric and Shannon.   We had a nice dinner Friday evening, Saturday we spent all of the day at Disney's Animal Kingdom.   Had a blast and rode most of the rides and saw all the animals.   We got lucky and were able to get fast passes to the new Avitar ride.  I can't remember the name, but it was pretty cool.   That evening we had a nice dinner at one of the park restaurants.  Eric was able to get us 40% off.

Sunday morning we met up for breakfast and then took the boy out shopping for some new threads.   Got him a couple of work outfits so he will be looking good.   After shopping, we dropped him off and said our goodbyes.   Then we made the drive down to Sanibel Island.  

Our plan was to be there through Sunday but thanks to Irma our trip got cut short.  The boys were supposed to come down that weekend but ended up staying home because of the hurricane.  That was a real bummer.

I did manage to get a little fishing in and caught a few that I threw back.   We spent a good portion of our 2.5 days on the beach hunting for shells.   Even though our trip was short we still had a decent haul of shells.

I don't know why shell hunting is so addictive, but we spend a lot of time doing it, while we are there.   After the first day you are so sore from all the up and down trying to grab them before the wave pushes them away.  You can see I have my shell bag and my grabber net, so they don't get away.  We would be out at both low tides as that is usually the best time to find them.  To get the bigger ones, you can just float in the water and run your hands across the bottom.  If you feel something sticking up chances are it is a shell and you just do a little digging.  Problem is, most of the time when you find them, there is something living in them and you have to throw them back.  I am sure we will make another trip soon.

This weekend Candy was out with some friends so I had time to myself.  I went to the flea market and then spent the rest of the day at the shop.   I scraped together some old wood I had and decided to make another cufflink display holder.  Instead of sitting on the shelf this one hangs on the wall.  I cleaned up the wood and then drilled all the holes.  Once done I sanded and then covered it with some fabric we had.   I used decoupage to add the fabric to the wood.  Came out really nice and looks good on the wall.



Thursday, August 3, 2017

Meadow

Our new kitten Meadow has now decided she is a squirrel.   She is up and down all the tree's in the backyard.   Yesterday a squirrel was barking at her while she was on the ground.  Next thing you know, she is half way up the tree heading towards the squirrel.  

The squirrels are a lot quicker than she is, so I think they are pretty safe.


After all the work climbing and playing with the squirrels she was now ready to take a little nap.


Blackberries

We had a great harvest of raspberries and now the blackberries are starting to ripen.  I have tried a couple and they were both pretty sour.  This is the second year for blackberries.  I went out and picked a bowl tonight and will see if they sweeten up.

Several suckers have shot up this year and are over six feet tall.  They won't produce berries until next year.



New Project

When we were in Wichita for the fourth of July, I picked up an old treddle sewing machine.  It was missing the sewing machine and two drawers.  The top was pretty well shot as well.

I took the top off and the drawers.  Once all the wood was removed I took the stand to the car wash and cleaned it up.  Once washed it look pretty good.  I plan on painting the stand black with some white highlights.

I cut a new top and got the drawers re-attached.   I put it back together to see how it would look.  Now I need to put trim on the top and then stain.

I will keep you posted with updates.


Lucky

On Monday I was walking through the park on my way to work and came across this field of wild flowers growing.  Really they are weeds, but it was so nice I had to take a picture.  Unfortunately, the picture doesn't really capture the beauty seen by being there.  I am lucky to be in such a great place and being close enough to work that I can walk.


Avalanche

I have had my Chevy Avalanche since 2008.  On the way home from work yesterday I turned 100K miles and had to pull over and take a picture of the odometer.  

Hopefully, I can get another 100K out of this one.  Still looks and runs great.