Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Loss

We wish you could have stayed longer. I feel as if I never really knew you while you were here. Only now that we sort through your belongings that I feel like I know you better. We will miss you and take solace that your suffering is over.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Training

On March 24th after work 3 of my fellow coworkers and I headed South to Brentwood Tenn. for LEAN Management Training. I wasn't sure what to expect and was a little concerned because the people who had been down for training before me said there would be a test and it was tricky. We got down to the Baymont Hotel in Brentwood around 5pm and after getting settled in our rooms for a few minutes we met back in the lobby to head out for supper. We wanted something close after spending so much time on the road so we went to a Chili's that was just behind the hotel. We all filled our stomachs and went back to the hotel to relax before the next mornings classes. We got up bright and early the first morning of class so that we could get good seats and make sure our group got to set together. We got there right at 7am with breakfast served at 7:30. After breakfast we started class at 8:00 am and right from the start the pace of information was very brisk. Ideas and concepts of different ways of thinking about stream lining complex procedures and correction measures to do so. We got out of class at 5:30pm.  That evening we decide to go to the Bass Pro Shop, mall and ate at the Aquarium. The food was very good and scratched my itch for seafood. The second day of class was more of the same but more about problem solving, data collection and the start of implementation. We had a group challenge that involved 20 pieces of uncooked spaghetti a yard of tape, a yard of string and a marshmallow. The challenge was to build the tallest freestanding structure and the complete marshmallow had to be at the very top. We ended up winning that challenge with our tower at 33 inches tall.  That evening we went to the Cracker Barrel for supper and to a Krispy Kreme to taste doughnut fresh out of the fryer. YUM! The third day was co worker buy in and getting people to work with you rather that against you. One from our group was under the weather so instead of staying for the test we ended up heading home and doing the test on line.  It was a very intense 3 days and a lot of information to digest. By the time the trip was done I think all of us was a little worse for wear. I think its going to take a few days to recover.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Another storm on the way.

Over the last few days we have seen yet another winter storm heading into our area. It look like this one will start off with sleet and freezing rain followed by a few inches of snow. I am so sick of this weather and I am ready for spring. I might try to get a few picks of the mess in the coming days. Good luck to everyone out there that is effected by this storm.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Frigid Temps

 
About 6 inches of snow, gusting winds up to 40 mph and temps as low as -9 has made life interesting a round here. We hosted Cynical and Ragged over the weekend but the impending bad weather made them head home a day early. I am ready for winter to be over. Have a good evening and hope you are keeping warm.

Friday, December 06, 2013

The doom is here!

The walk several inches of snow ago.
 
Last night and this morning we got several inches of snow. Several as in like 12. I have spent most of the day shoveling. My arms and back are sore and the white stuff just keeps on falling.

Mr. owl.

A gnome house.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving

This years Thanksgiving was a little different as things are still in flux. Last year we went down to the farm dark and early to put the bird in the oven. This year however we decided to use an electric roaster we had here at the house and so we got up early Thursday and put the 22 pounder in the roaster and went back to bed. We got up around 9am and gave the bird another hour before checking the temp. At 10 am we pulled the lid off the roaster and found the bird had almost fallen apart. The temps told us that the main course was ready. We packed the roaster pan in towels and put it in a plastic tote. We arrived to the farm around 11am and then started on the side. Mashed potatoes, green beans with beacon and cranberry sauce accompanied the turkey along with home made rolls and butternut squash pie. The food was amazing and we all ate our fill. We all sat around the table and enjoyed each others company and before long it was time to head home before it got dark. We observed several deer making their way in to the field for a late evening meal. Overall we had a pleasant Thanksgiving and looking forward to next weekend and gun deer season part 2. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving also.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Just a few projects and repairs.

Over the last few weeks I have tried to keep myself busy with things to do before the snow starts to fly. It started with putting new brakes on the Jeep. While doing so I noticed what I thought was some surface rust but after some inspection I found out that the frame was in very bad shape. After acquiring some metal I had a friend weld the patches over the bad spots in the frame. This was better but I thought the strapping needed a bit more reinforcement. I purchased a flux wire welder from Harbor Freight and after watching few YouTube videos taught myself to weld. I started working on the Jeep and while doing so I cut off the cat and the muffler to better access the frame. After the welding was done I painted the frame and re installed the cat and muffler. Finding the battery was getting weak so I had to pick up one of those. I then moved to Needles truck. Due to overheating I replaced heat sensor and thermostat to find out it was a freeze plug. When we got the truck back from the shop, I decided to do something about the paint. It was in pretty bad shape in a few spots so I ordered the factory paint and prepped the hood and top of the cab. After prepping I painted and finished the hood and several other problem areas. I decided to bed line the top of the cab, front and back bumper, step bars and tops of the bed rails. I think it turned out pretty good. It is a lot better than what it was. After the paint job I slapped four new shocks on it. I then moved back to the Jeep since the bed liner turned out well on the truck, I decided to paint the fender flares and the bumpers on the Jeep. I also drained and refilled the rear end oil and flushed the radiator. Once that was finished I moved back to the Dakota and replaced all four speakers and tomorrow I am replacing the radio. Just in time for deer season. We have spent a lot of money on our vehicles in the hope that they will last us for several more years.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Night of the Living Dead

 
Tonight we went with my brother and his family to see Night of the Living Dead. A local play done by the Old Town Players. It was their second night for this play and I would say they did a good job but it needs a little polish. I am sure with the next several performances it will get better and better. We all had a good time and was thoroughly entertained, after all that is what it;s all about anyway. Have a good night.....Brains!

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Kentucky

A trip to Kentucky last weekend gave us a chance to visit with the family and to see the new water fountain across from the courthouse.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Star Trek Convention 2013

Last weekend we venture South to Nashville, Tennessee to attend the Star Trek Convention at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Here are a few pictures from our stay.
 Chekov - Walter Koenig
 Jadzia Dax - Terry Farrell
 Malcolm Reed - Dominic Keating
 Harry Kim - Garret Wang
 Odo and Kira - Rene Auberjonois and Nana Visitor
 K'Ehleyr - Susie Plakson
 Leeta - Chase Masterson
 Quark - Armin Shimerman
 Tasha Yar - Denise Crosby
Tuvok - Tim Russ
 ROM - Max Grodenchik
NOG - Aron Eisenberg