Sunday, July 29, 2012

Canada Log Day 3

Today is our third day living with the Canadiens, they are a happy people and have accepted us as one of them. After spending the morning going to church we had some lunch then made plans for the week. One of the plans was to go to Niagra Falls.

Our main reason for going was to watch a tightrope walker go between two building 60 stories up. It was neat to see. He calls himself Price of the Air. (click link). Samuel wanted him to fall, not to die or anything, to somehow save himself. He just thought is sounded pretty cool. Bennett said he wasn't going to fall because nothing that cool ever happens when he's around.

Look close and you can see the wire coming off the top of this tower. Needless to say, he didn't fall.

The big feature is a more than daily visit to Tim Hortons, a Canadian born coffee and donut show that has almost a cult following here. I'm sipping a coffee right now as a write.

Until tomorrow.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Canada Log Day 1 and 2

We are having a nice trip. We arrived yesterday, Friday night, about midnight. I did most of the driving, Holly did about an hour of our 15hr 50min drive. I'm writing you from our room in the boys dorm here at Great Lakes Christian College. I'm using an iPad at the exact location below.

We don't have an Internet connection so I'm piggy backing on another guys cell phone wifi. Its sporadic. Anyway, we have been enjoying a nice visit with Holly's sisters, Laurie and Wendy and their families.

The drive was not bad, really, Lauren and Luke (Wendy's kids) wanted to stop at each state and take a picture, we we're only able to do Indiana and Michigan. The others were dangerous, no place to pull off for the photo op.

We are heading to an acap church of Christ in the morning, a great group of people.


Monday, May 28, 2012

Morning Jaunt Comes Full Circle

I didn't know what I was doing at the time.

This morning I woke up to a quiet house. It's Memorial day, the kids were up late and I was the only one awake. The St. Louis Cardinals scored more than six points so that means 50 cent coffee at Mobile and I needed a couple things at the hardware store. The stage was set for me to unwittingly step into my fathers footsteps.

After setting up the sprinkler to water the front lawn, I jumped in the car and went to the hardware store. It was just a regular morning doing a couple errands. I stopped by the gas station for some coffee and donuts for the family.

Did i mention I was wearing this shirt?

I pulled up the the house a deliver the goods. After I sat down with my coffee and read the news it hits me. It hits hard.

I just did a morning jaunt.

It wasn't my plan, it just happened. How...why...Is it in my DNA? I don't know.

You may ask, what is a morning jaunt? The Full Jaunt occurs when the following sequence of events happen. For me, this morning I only did a partial jaunt, you will see why...

  1. You must have access to slippers or sandals, there can be no laces involved. Put them on.
  2. It's best to have an old tee shirt of some kind, not a strict requirement.
  3. You must leave you residence before anyone else is awake.
  4. You must purchase coffee.
  5. The full jaunt requires a stop at a store, probably one open 24h because most jaunts occur pre-dawn.
  6. As a bonus, if you get back before people are awake in the house you qualify for the Super Full Jaunt.
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Pacific Coast Cruise-May3-13, 2011

My Dad took me, Larry and my sister on a 10 day cruise. It was very exciting. This was Larry's first cruise and my third. I knew Larry would love it and couldn't wait for him to see the Pacific Northwest for the first time. I lived in the Seattle area as a child and also the San Diego area for many years. Larry and I lived near Monterey while he was in the Army.

We used 3 camera's. I used my Canon point and shoot which is a fine camera and a Pentax DSLR which is the best of the bunch but kind of big but worth it for some extra beautiful pictures. Larry used our old Canon Power Shot camera. He was able to photograph several sunrises that I missed due to the fact I was sound asleep.

Ports of call after leaving San Diego were as follows:

We had 3 sea days.

Catalina Island-Beautiful day there around 80 degrees
San Francisco-Beautiful day but quite windy and chilly walking around. Meet up with some cousins there so that was very nice to have lunch with them at Fisherman's Wharf.
Astoria, Or-Also a bit chilly and windy. Small town on the Colombia River.
Seattle, WA.-Disappointed it was a very rainy day and could not see Mt. Rainier at all. We did go up the Space Needle and managed to make the most of the day. Many childhood memories there.
Victoria, BC- Great day and we could finally see some of the mountain ranges.
Vancouver, BC- Nice weather and beautiful sites and views of the mountains. Spent most of the day getting to the airport for the flight back to San Diego. We took the Sky Train which was fun once we figured out which train to take, etc. Larry figured it all out for us. Once at the airport we had a long wait before taking a small plane to Seattle. During the flight we did see Mt. Rainier and Larry was very impressed. I really wanted him to see it and he was glad he did.
San Diego, CA-Arrived from Seattle around 11pm. Took a shuttle back to my dad's house and arrived around Midnight. So a very long travel day.

Larry and I drove back to Sun City, AZ the next day which was Saturday the 14th. My sister stayed on an extra day and returned to Arizona on Sunday.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Oldest Grandson's 8th grade promotion

Andrew is 14 already. Lots of ups and downs getting to this point but we are proud of him. He is a sweet young man and wish him the best in High School.

2011-05-19 Drewpromotion

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Blogging again

You would think I would have plenty of time to write a blog being sorta retired. I think it was more of a writers block or just couldn't get in the mood so to speak. .

On the work front. Larry is completely retired from the Army, Medtronic and his last job as a school bus driver. He seems perfectly content doing the shopping, helping neighbors and helping with 2 of our grand kids that live nearby.

It is a completely different story for me. After a few months of no work coming in to my violin repair shop I was thinking for finding another line of work. Semi retired seems to agree with me. I couldn't think of anything else I wanted to do really. Working at home seemed the only thing I could still do and be comfortable with. I made a total of 5 dulcimers during the slow times in the shop over the last year or so. I didn't make any money but sure learned a lot about making fretted instruments. I made 2 for my son and one for my sister. Plus one for myself and a mini one to display on the wall.

Now I am happily busy again in my shop with violins coming in every week. Also I decided it was time to learn how to rehair bows. Something I never had the chance to learn while training as an apprentice many years ago. Did a lot of research on the Internet and ordered a few things. Told the music store I do some work for what I was planning to do. They were all for it and gave me some tools, horse hair and bows to practice on. Wow. I made my own jig, and gathered other things I needed to start the project. I was going to give it my best shot. Finished my first bow on my dad's 92 birthday and also the day of the Japanese earthquake. So there is know way I will forget that day.

So far I have rehaired about 10 bows since that first one and it has only been about 6 weeks. I still have a ways to go to improve on this skill. I had a lot of early frustration but I didn't let that stop me. Being able to teach myself is what is amazing to me at my advancing age. But in a way I am not too surprised. My last rehair was a Bass bow that I delivered today and I will be the first one I was get paid for.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Dulcimer Project

The sides and end blocks are glued and ready for the top and back once they are ready.

My Dulcimer Kit arrived yesterday morning. I started gluing the sides to the top and end blocks. Pretty easy so far. Hardest part is waiting for the glue to dry to move on to the next step. Hopefully I won't break anything to hold up the project.

Monday, April 19, 2010

No more work?

Larry is offically retired and I haven't worked in over 2 months. Not by choice on my part. I didn't think I would miss working in my Violin repair shop but I do. So I have a new project in the works. I will call it the Dulcimer Project. I am expecting any day in the mail a kit to make my first Dulcimer. It is a stringed instrument and has a lot of possibilities for creativity. Although I fixed violins, cellos and basses for many years I never built one from scratch. It would be very difficult to make a nice one without further training so I did some research and picked the dulcimer to make from a kit first then give it a try to make one from scratch.

The one pictured is a 6 string but I will make a 4 string.
Will post updates as I go through the process.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Back to work

Working on a violin peg box.

Taking a closer look. I had to reset it which I did the day
before. Now adding some finishing touches.
Checking over a Cello after reseting the neck.

After a slow couple of months I am starting to get some work again. I did need a break but can now concentrate a bit better on the task at hand.