I spent last week at my folks, taking care of some chores that they couldn't…

I spent last week at my folks, taking care of some chores that they couldn't do while feeling under the weather.

Lots of wood cutting, cooking, shoveling, and the like. I have ran a chainsaw more in the last week than I have all my life.

It feels good to be able to help my folks out after all they've done for me. I just wish that they where healthy enough that I didn't need to!

The weather up north has been pretty bad. I don't remember ever seeing the roads as bad as they where. I am SO glad I took the time to put my good snow tires on. Nothing like waiting until March 1st to install your snowies!

I think I got enough chores done that they can rest and get healthy for spring.

We finished the trip with a day at the Mall of America. Let the girls have some fun at the amusement park.

In album Week at the grandparents

Mmore wood, ready to go to the house. I did over half a dozen trips like this.  The wood trailer is stuck behind a hundred yards of 3 foot deep snow.

Julie was SO EXCITED when she saw Dora. “DADO DADO DADO DADO” she kept saying. However, she just wasn’t having the photo op.

I picked up my birthday present from my wife! She knows me so well. She gets me 100 year old stuff. How awesome is that?

My saint of a wife cooked, and cooked, and cooked. Freezer meals. Meatloaf, lasagna, spaghetti sauce, chicken noodle soup, chicken pot pies.

I’ve never seen roads so bad. There is over an inch of packed snow-ice on everything that isn’t a major highway. Some spots the snow banks on the side of the road have to be 15 foot tall!

I spent some time checking propane gauges. This one is good yet.

I was shoveling sidewalks. Well, where they ought to be at least. This was over knee deep for me. Other spots I was shoveling, I step off, and go waist deep – and never touched bottom.

The girls washed the windows with their faces…

Missing grandpa. He was in the ICU.

Getting artwork posted at a restaurant.

Cutting wood. My dad has the process down pretty well. No bending over, no working too hard. Haul the long pieces in, drop them into the saw horses, cut them to size, load them into the truck. There is a wood splitter  by the tailgate for the oversized pieces.

Fresh wood to be cut. This is stuff from a local saw mill. All red oak.

Fast-freeze hot food.  No shocking the freezer this way.

We went to the Mall of America to ‘finish off’ the week doing something other than taking care of ill grandparents. The backpack is full of our winter jackets.

Bella LOVED the rides. She did this one twice!

Twitter Updates for 2010-11-29

  • Loading up my trailer… Old Radial Arm Saw, old jointer, old tiller, old church pew, new chairs and best of all, my old 110 gallon aquarium #
  • Sweet! She’s self feeding. She’s like her mommy too, loves fries. http://twitpic.com/3b6yln #
  • A normal looking trailer load of ‘stuff’. http://twitpic.com/3b6z0m I am having trouble with the chairs shifting and a strap loosening up. #


Twitter Updates for 2010-11-21

  • I just scheduled a Meetup for making Snowshoes at Primitive Skills. You should come! http://meetu.ps/4Q5T #
  • I love aquaponics, 5 months of being too busy to mess with it, and I still get basil like this! http://twitpic.com/38f76q #
  • I guess one thing going for owning cheap crap is that it bends instead of breaks. http://twitpic.com/38m32v Got my trailer too close. #
  • Not only can she sign “all done” when she’s full, I think Isabella is trying to say her first word. “KKkkeyey” She loves her kitty! 7 months #


Twitter Updates for 2010-09-30

  • Spatula #FAIL By being handle light, every time you put the stupid thing down, it makes a mess on the counter. http://twitpic.com/2t3n2p #
  • The best part of lightweight tools is you can make it easy to work on them. http://twitpic.com/2t4bbw trailer on its side, not on a jack #
  • http://twitpic.com/2t62he Trailer fixed and loaded. Wheel nut was too tight. Only cracked myself on the head and smashed 2 fingers. Not bad! #
  • Bella enjoying Culver's. http://twitpic.com/2t77qo I am kinda disapointed that the "feature of the day" is a regular, full priced item. #