Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fable of the porcupine

It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold. The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions. After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth. Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the warmth that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

Moral of the story: The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person's good qualities.

The real moral of the story......LEARN TO LIVE WITH THE PRICKS IN YOUR LIFE.

Monday, August 15, 2011

This Old Shed

Saturday morning I got up around 7AM and figured this would be a good weekend to reside an old shed that we have.   I measured and worked up a supplies list then headed over the Home Depot to get the lumber I needed.

Home Depot: Kudos on your outstanding customer service. I had four associates ask me if they could help me find anything.  Then when I was back in the siding section I started loading my 4x8 siding sheets and bang there is an employee asking how many I need and then he helped me load all 13 sheets.  When I was on my way out the door I had three ask me if they could help me load up my truck.

I worked about seven hours on Saturday and the same on Sunday.  Manged to get most everything completed except for paint.   I still have a few finish trim items but should be able to wrap that up tomorrow evening. Big thanks to Candy and Eric for helping to get as much done as we did!

So I didn't get any hiking in this weekend, but man Sunday and Monday mornings I felt like I had. I was pretty sore from all the work on the shed.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Back in the Saddle

Wow, I have been traveling since July 1st. I am now back in the Colorado Springs and hope to be for a while. Don’t see any travel in my plans for at least the next couple of weeks. There is so much to catch up on.

Being that I am home I am back to my walking to work again. I managed to get miles in everyday this week. Just need to keep it going. It’s a little rough as I did not really do any hiking the entire month of July. I did manage a couple of small hikes through Bear Creek Park on the weekends when I was home.

So lets’ see we celebrated Candy’s Birthday and our 24th wedding anniversary. For Candy’s Birthday we went out to eat and then took the boys and their girl friends to see the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. AWESOME MOVIE! It was rewritten for today’s times and was in my opinion very well done.

For our Anniversary we went and rode horses up in the mountains. I have to say I had a pretty good time as this wasn’t high on my list of things to do. I always think about Christopher Reeves and his accident.

Last week while in Austin one of the guys I work with took Eric and I out on his boat. It was great to be on the water as the temperature was over a 105 that day. Eric tried out wake boarding and managed to get up on his second attempt.
 Now that I am home again it is back to my hiking and working on the house in the evenings. We are starting our basement remodel. Yesterday we managed to get all the carpet pulled, trim removed and the floor cleaned. Candy is picking out paint colors so I guess that is what I will be doing this weekend.