Just FYI-it’s not poisonous.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been totally getting into the Fall mood (if not into the Winter mood.) As soon as we had temperatures in the 40s at nights I’ve been wanting to have a roaring fire in the fireplace with some Christmas music in the back ground.
Well, nobody has really been on the band wagon, but thanks to me they are humming the Christmas songs I’ve been playing throughout the house .
However, tonight we were planning on making a camp fire outside and cooking some hot dogs over the fire, but it rained all day so we built a fire in the fireplace instead. Mom made some chili and we had some Chili dogs for dinner. We could cook our hot dogs in the fire from our dinner table. Naturally we had s’mores for dessert.
For those who are worried about my mental health: Doubtless one reason I’ve been wanting is because we’ve been on a big Sherlock Holmes kick for the past few weeks. In the movies it seems there is always a nice warm fire in 221B Baker St. that combats the chilling cold and damp fog of the London nights.
Also, Christmas music really makes Christmas for me. I love the classic tunes I’ve heard for so long. I especially like the old hymns that (for some reason) are only sung at Christmas time, but can be heard while walking through Wal-Mart.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
This is a great simple dance that’ll break the ice and get you warmed up for the rest of the night.
Virginia Reel(s )
A fast paced-favorite that we did twice. It may also be called the Violent Virginia Reel-if you watch the little boy with the cowboy hat on you’ll see what I mean.
Jefferson & Liberty
A dance that our family learned a couple of weeks ago and look’s pretty neat on video-especially if it was on top. I thought that the lefts-and-rights of the long ways dances looked appealing to the eye as an organized chaos.
Patty Cake Polka
Heel, toe, heel toe…just a lot of fun…
One of our family’s favorites. Keep an eye out for the two guys who chest bump when they meet in the middle of the circle.
A commemorative dance for Issac Hull’s victory in the battle between the U.S.S. Constitution (see photo) and the H.M.S. Guerriere. One of my favorite dances because there is non-stop movement for the #1 couples. My Mom and I danced together in this dance and as soon as we had reached the end of the line and were about to become #2 couples the music ended. That suited me well because I hate being a #2 couple, I always want to be #1…wait, that didn’t sound right.
The footage is cut in the middle because my camcorder’s battery died.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
We’ve been working with Glenn once again to get our back bathroom functioning again.
We gutted the bathroom last year and had the walls repaired and repainted.
When the new stone flooring was installed in the living room we kept the leftovers of tile, mortar, grout, trim, and backer board for this small 25 sq. ft. bathroom. Laying the flooring for such a small area would be a great teaching experience.
This video shows us laying the backer board:
Monday, September 12, 2011
After seeing how one of our friends smelted iron in his own clay furnace, Noah tried making a similar one just to see how it worked. The air piped into the furnace from the pump keeps the fire very, very hot.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
I drove a four wheeler that had a second seat on the back rack where Mom rode while she was video taping with her phone. Because she was holding her phone, she only had one hand to hang onto the straps of the seat with so whenever we’d go downhill she’d slide off her seat and run into me . (This explains the laughter)
We had a great time talking around the fire and eating a few s’mores before heading home.
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Friday, September 9, 2011
We had the Bailey family over for a few hours this afternoon and we had real blast with them!
We took a walk down to the creek
Walking (or being carried) through the field
Exploring an old lead mine
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011
This evening we picked up a table set that we found on Craigslist. It was exactly what Mom was looking for and it included 8 chairs and a bench. She’s pretty excited about what she’s been able to find on Craigslist-we got this set for about 1/3 of the original price and it’s only 4 years old.
It’s fantastic to have a real dining table to eat at after using our outdoor patio furniture for the past 9 months. This family table is really an heirloom piece and was hand crafted in England.
Monday, September 5, 2011
There used to be a lot of unseemly plants and ivy growing in this area, so the plants were pulled out, the weed fabric was pulled up and we smoothed the ground out.
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Sunday, September 4, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
We’re very thankful that God kept us safe during our road trip to Michigan. A couple of days after we got back home Noah noticed that our front left tire had a large chunk taken out of it and needed to be replaced. My Mom knew that that tire was getting old and had wanted to replace it before the trip.
Thankfully, we had no blowouts while we were hauling the canoe and trailer during the 1500 miles that we drive to and from and also around MI.
Sep 1, 2011
I love strategic games and because I am the only one in the house who does, I usually end up playing by myself. I win every time.
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