Monday, March 12, 2018

Hang'em High

I needed something to do with my airplanes.  I was keeping them in the office and needed to clean up and get some room back.   Took them over to the shop and hung them all up in the ceiling.  Not sure I am happy with the look, but they are up and out of the way for now.

Y and T

Oh man, I had a great time Saturday night.  We went and saw Y and T at the black sheep.  Guys rocked the house and played for almost two hours straight.

You could tell they have been doing this for a while, as they were smooth and give a really good live show.  Most of the crowd was older but that didn't slow anyone down.


Only you can prevent forest fires.  With as dry as it has been, we are going to have high fire danger this summer.  Actually, have one or two burning right now.

We ran into Smokey when we were in Monte Vista on Friday.  Who doesn't want a picture with the big guy?

Getting Squirrely

I was sitting on the back porch this last Sunday.  Threw a few peanut shells in the wheelbarrow on the patio.  Didn't take long and Rocky showed up and was ready to get himself one.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sandhill Cranes

Had a good time down in Monte Vista this last Friday.   Drove down Thursday evening and spent the night so we could get up early and go Crane hunting.  It was a nice drive and some great scenery.

We drove out to the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge  early in the morning.  Candy took some great pictures, which I have shared below.

After checking out the Cranes we headed into town for a little breakfast and then visited a craft festival they were having.  Then hit a few antique stores on the way back.  Didn't find anything and wow prices were high.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Checking In

I have been so busy at work that I have failed to make any blog entries.  I have also failed to get off my ass and walk every day.  Need to get back at it.  It's so easy to make excuses to not walk.  I have my clothes ready to walk tomorrow, so let's see if I can make it happen.  I know Pebbles would love to get out as well.

I am taking this Friday off work and we are driving down to the 35th Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival.  Every year over 20,000 cranes come to this area for about six weeks as they migrate.  Should be some good photo and educational opportunities.  I will be sure to post some pictures when I get back.

On Saturday we are going to see Y and T in concert.  Not sure what to expect but hope it will be a good show.   These guys were popular in the early 80's and had a couple of hits like Don't Stop Runnin, Summertime Girls, Lipstick and Leather, Mean Streak and a few more.  Should be a good time.

The weather has been nice for the most part.  I have been able to spend a little time over at the shop and work on a few projects.  I took all my paper airplanes and hung them from the ceiling.  Looks pretty good.  will take a picture next time I am there.  I am also
working on another tiller wheel flower and making a chest from an old treadle sewing machine coffin case cover.  What is a coffin case cover?  Well here is a picture of one.

For the one I have, I used my table saw and cut the top off.  Next, I will add hinges and a bottom and will have a cool looking chest to store stuff in.

I did manage to get another airplane completed.  Took me about two weeks to knock this one out.  Did a little each evening, but got it done.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Phantom Canyon

For today's outing, we headed down to Phantom Canyon.  We hiked along the creek on the rocks.  It was definitely an opportunity to work on our balance.

It was in the mid 40's today and while hiking through the canyon we tried to stay in the sun where we could.  Even though it was nice out, it cooled down when you got into the shade.

Pebbles didn't have any issue managing the rocks, ice, and water.  She had a blast and was all over the place.

Candy took the picture above as we were making our way through.  It was a fun journey and would like to do it again.  In the picture below, we are just out front of the first tunnel you have to drive through.

Earring Conversion

Last weekend I had picked up some women's clip-on earrings.  You will find them all over if you are looking for them.  Most of the time in a basket on a counter or shelf, each pair bagged and you can get them from 2 to 5 dollars. 

I take the clip off the back and then hit it with the dremmel to smooth the are that the clip was attached to.  Then just glue on the cuff stud and let it dry.  I made the four set's below and it took me less than 20 minutes, then let the glue dry overnight.

The set below is my first attempt at making a wrapped cufflink.  They came out great and looking forward to wearing them soon.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Pics from my India trip

Recently I had the opportunity to travel to India for work.  I met a lot of great people and had some awesome food.  It was an exciting adventure but all the people I work with made me feel right at home.   Below are some pictures I captured from my trip.

Each morning when I was leaving the hotel, there was a new design made from flower petals.  

These kids riding these camels down a busy street was a surprise.  Guessing they were no more than 10 to 12.   

Up and away

Pinterest is a great source for paper models.   I have found several available for download.  Another good source is, they have a large variety of plans available.  Not just planes, but much more.  

Over the last couple of months, I have built the models shown below. 

This first plane is a 1933 Cessna Racer (CR-3).  The CR3 was built for John Livingston who won first place in several races.  He set the world speed record for 500 cu inch engines at 204.35 mph at the 1933 Chicago Air Races. 

The Wedell-Williams Model 44 is a racing aircraft, four examples of which were built in the United States in the early 1930s by the Wedell-Williams Air Service Corporation. It began as a rebuilding of the partnership's successful We-Will 1929 racer, but soon turned into a completely new racing monoplane aircraft, powered by a large radial engine. Model 44s became the dominant racers of the 1930s, setting innumerable records including setting a new world speed record in 1933.

Piper PA-22 TRI Pacer - The Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer was introduced in 1952 and remained in production through 1960.  Early Tri-Pacers were powered by the 124-hp O-290-D Lycoming engine.  By 1959, the Caribbean model had the 150-hp O-32O-B rated at 160 hp.  Prices ranged from $8,395 to $10,770, depending upon engine installation and the usual extra-cost options.  A total of 7,668 Tri-Pacers were built.

Beechcraft Staggerwing - Once in a while something is created that establishes a concept and all other things that follow merely attempt to capture the quality and capability of the original.  Walter Beech began the Beech Aircraft Company in Wichita Kansas in the pit of the depression, 1932.  His first aircraft was a non-retractable version.  From then on general aviation would measure all aircraft against this machine as the standard.  Besides speed, the Staggerwing offers stylish lines, a roomy cockpit, and great flying characteristics, which rank it as an "ultra classic".

The Cessna 152 is an American two-seat, fixed tricycle geargeneral aviation airplane, used primarily for flight training and personal use. It was based on the earlier Cessna 150, including a number of minor design changes and a slightly more powerful engine running on 100LL aviation gasoline.
The Cessna 152 has been out of production for more than thirty years, but there are still a large number of aircraft in flying condition. Due to the aircraft's durability, many examples have flown more than 15,000 hours and over 60,000 landings and are still in regular use for flight training.