Thursday, September 28, 2006


It's Fall

Pumpkin carving anyone? Not sure what to do with these. I planted them just for the fun of it.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Garden Produces, Therefore I Can...

About 10 days ago we had a slight drop in temperature (23 degrees). Now, I am fond of frozen vegetables but not when they're on the vine (so to speak). My beautiful garden was reduced to a shadow of what it once was. I harvested what I could and began canning. I now have more than 5 different ways to can green tomatoes.

Yes, there are more than 100 jars of produce in the photo and... I'm not through. Guess what you're getting for Christmas. :-)

Monday, September 11, 2006

September 11, 2006

Have you ever watched demolition experts take down a large building? I guess the exhibit appeals to our fascination with the surreal; not in the art world but in the real world. In an instant a solid stalwart edifice is reduced to rubble and dust. Or, so it seems.

Few realize that the demolition company spend weeks or months weakening and cutting major supports in the building before the grand exhibition begins. Major load bearing members are severed and made impotent. Anything that might impede the decent of the building is compromised or stripped away. Destruction is not as effective without the preliminary weakening of the structure. Although the building may appear sound, it really isn’t.

Maybe people just don’t care about the preliminary preparations. Maybe they don’t realize what is even happening until the ‘big show’.

What better method to use to bring down a structure that has stood for 230 years?

There is a smart lady I know and admire very much. On her wall in the kitchen is a sign. The sign reads, ‘Do something. Move forward; move backward; or just get out of the way.’ We all have 20/20 hind sight; what we could have done; what we should have done. Have we made the right move? Who knows for sure? But, we did something.

Inaction can be worse than the wrong action. I just hope we don’t stand idly by while the support structure of our nation is severed so severely that it can no longer stand.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Our second trip to Priest Lake was fun for most of the vacationers. I fell off the boat while trying to unload stuff and found out that the ground is pretty hard when falling from five feet up. For that reason I was a non participant in many of the more active functions.

Roger and the ‘kids’ took the boat out to the Upper Priest and photographed the wildlife there. This moose looks as though it might have fallen off the boat too.

There was a volleyball game between the Slackers (Roger and Ali) and the Whackers (Bryan and Andi).

Of course the Slackers were soundly beaten by the Whackers much to Ali’s chagrin.

We celebrated Addi’s birthday.

We roasted marshmallows on the beach.

And ended with a celebrity poker game.

Sunday, September 03, 2006


Priest Lake Idaho
Sometimes you just need to take a break so I thought I’d depart from ‘Boring Barn News Gazette’ and post a few photos from our trip to Priest Lake. These photos are from our first trip. We all had a good time.

We boated through the shallow connector water way and took some really nice photos of the upper Priest Lake. On the return trip to the lower Priest Lake we enjoyed sightings of moose, bears, several species of ducks, and an abundance of fish.

I was the boat pilot.

You would think from looking at the crew that they had every confidence in the world in my driving capabilities.

They’re not really as relaxed as they appear.

Fortunately we had a backup; Drew volunteered to be our co pilot. We made it back safely.

The next day we went to see Granite Falls and the ancient cedar forest. We could not have asked for better weather.

Even our fearless leader managed a thrill or two. I nearly had a heart attack but he sure enjoyed the ride. BTW: I'm driving the boat. 'Fearless Leader' is the one dangling from the parasail.

Friday, September 01, 2006


We're one step closer to having the barn completed. I know it's not a big step but it's still a step.

We started to work this morning at 10:00 AM, took a break for lunch around 1:30 and then resumed work at 2:30. By 4:00 PM we finished the fiberglass ‘lites’ in the barn.

If you look very closely you can see that white stip above the new roof. If you look even closer you can see Roger and me installing the last panel. From here on all of our work will be closer to terra firma (thank you very much).

After falling off the boat (about a 4 ½’ - 5' drop from the boat to hard ground) I’m not moving really fast so you may appreciate the fact that I was even out there driving screws into fiberglass panels.

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