Saturday, November 24, 2018

New Orleans

This year I got to spend my Birthday in New Orleans.   Had to be there for a conference, so Candy and I went down the weekend before.   Was a first for both of us.   We stayed downtown by the French Quarter and Bourbon Street.  Was able to walk to both.
Which after spending some time on Bourbon street it was good that we could walk home.   We spent one night out dancing and drinking, maybe we drank a little much.  We stumbled our way home safely.  We ate some great food and got to listen to some great blues music.   

We spent a day in the French Quarter walking around and checking out all the vendors.  I found a cool music store and picked up a few t-shirts.   Got me Slim Harpo and Professor Long Hair t-shirts.  We went to Morton's for my Birthday dinner.   Morton's is one of my favorites and honestly I was ready for a steak after a couple days of Cajun food. 
One day we took a paddle boat ride up the mighty Mississippi.  Sat outside as the presenter talked about the various buildings and area's we traveled through.   A lot of history in the area.

To India and back....

As soon as I returned from the Golf Tournament I caught a plane and headed off to India for two weeks.   It was a good trip and spent time with our team in our India office.  The hotel I stayed at was really nice.   They took great care of me and everyone was very friendly.  I was able to get a lot accomplished at work while I was there.  It is always great to be able to spend time with the team.  This trip on my off time I spent most of my time on my own.  I did a lot of walking around and checking out the area that I was staying in.

Being there for the duration I was, they were sad to see me leave. They had a cake for me and we took a few pics. I look forward to returning in the future.

I survived the Sharkey

Had a great time at the Sharkey Clark Memorial this year.  This years tournament took place in Breckenridge Co.   Most of the crew was in attendance for the event.  I am pretty sure everyone had a great time.  I know I did and actually played some decent golf this year.

Candy made three golf towels for the winners.  She made one extra so I also have one.   Below are a few pics I took during the awards ceremony.                         
I managed to come away with a trophy this year.   Took 3rd in the handicap division.  I was in the running for 2nd until I fell apart on the last day.   Well, it happens.                                                                                                         

One More

Yes, it has been a few months since I made a post.  I have been traveling off/on for the last couple of months and will attempt to catch up with a few items.

I finished another tank.   This one came out really nice and looking to do more in this style.   With the weather changing and my travel, I haven't been to the shop in several weeks.  This was my last project before hitting the road.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Got Gas?

Lately, when I have gotten a chance I have been repainting old metal gas cans.  I find them at garage sales, flea markets.  Most are in pretty poor shape with a few dings and dents.  These are for decoration only, I wouldn't store gas in them.  You could I guess.  

My idea was to create some cool looking automotive man cave item that people might want.  I clean them up with soap and water inside and out.   then I take my wire grinder and strip all the old paint off.   Paint comes off pretty easy so I can clean one up in about 20/30 minutes.  Once all cleaned then I shoot them with a coat of apple red paint.

Not sure if apple red is the correct color, but I like it.  I found some stickers of oil and gas companies.  I put them on the cans after I get them painted.  The stickers really make them pop.

No idea on what I am going to do with them.   They look good in my garage, but I have about eight more cans to do and will need to unload them.  Why do I have eight, just about every garage sale has one.  I can get them for about five dollars.  So if I see one I grab it.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018


In what little spare time I get, I have been trying to get a few projects completed.   I recently finished another Milk Can.  This time around I decoupaged postal stamps all around the center section and painted the top and bottom blue.   Back in the day, people used to send letters to each other and some of the people collected the stamps.  I purchased thousands of them going back 10 to 40 years.  I call this one my tribute the United States Postal Service.

Late to the Party

I am such a goof.  On August 1st, we celebrated our 31st Wedding Anniversary.  I am so lucky and we make a great team. 

We celebrated by going out for dinner.  We chose Bonny and Read and had a nice seafood dinner.  We reminisced over what we have accomplished together over these 31 years.  We have been very blessed and are very thankful.

For an Anniversary gift, we purchased a Bird Photo Booth 2.0 and have been having a blast trying to capture that perfect photo and whatever allusive bird may visit.  

Having cats makes it a little difficult.  Both of our cats are great hunters.  Two days ago I had to clean up a small finch that ended up meeting the jaws of death.   Brooks our big boy, he hides in the raspberry stalks and waits patiently.  

If you do get a Bird Photo Booth 2.0 you will want to make sure you have a tripod.   We put ours on a tripod and set it up by our current bird feeder.  Several different types of birds have visited us.  In the feeder, we give them dried mealworms along with wild bird seed.  

One day instead of shooting birds I opted to see if I could get a good squirrel picture.  With a shake of the peanut bag and putting a few out it didn't take long to have one show up.  I would love to have one of these guys as a pet.  I am sure they are a mess, but what fun.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Berry Business

Things started out great this year with the berries and our small garden.  We had a great harvest of raspberries and were just starting to get some really nice and plump blackberries.  We had Bell Peppers, Jalapenos and Tomato's growing in pots.  All had fruited and almost ready to be picked.

Then one day we get a hail storm and it just beat the shit out of everything. Maybe next year.

A Field of Flowers

I was treated to a spectacular view of colors today.  As I was walking this morning I came across this area of wildflowers.  It was so pretty I had to take a picture.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Harvest Time

It's berry picking time.  We have picked several bowls like the one pictured.  Most go in the freezer, but we keep enough for going on our cereal and even better a raspberry shake.  

We will be picking bowls for the next several days.  This year's harvest has tasted great.  In the past, they have been a little sour, but this year they are very sweet.

When I was picking today I was looking at the blackberries and they are about two weeks out.  We have even more blackberries that raspberries so going to need to make some jam.