Saturday, June 30, 2007


Holding up a well-known tower in Pisa, Italy:

I also bought a couple of really cool low-crawling army men toys for my sons. How long will they have their legs attached? No telling in our house! (Bob is a "disassembler".)

I may take a train to Florence tomorrow. Back home to Sunapee on Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, June 08, 2007

New Project

Our spring project is underway. We are adding a front porch to the house. Bob posed in front for the "before" picture:

Here's Bob after a hard day of site work:

I thought he looked "hollywood dirty" so I had to take a picture. I always laugh when kids are made up to look dirty on tv or in the movies -- smear marks on the cheeks and nose. Nobody actually gets dirty that way! Wait a minute...apparently my son does!

After Cranky dug the holes for the footings, he leveled the tubes for the concrete work. He does amazing site prep with levels and strings. I am just grunt labor -- mixing and shoveling the concrete. He's the brains behind the operation. Here are the finished footings:

After a hard day's work, it's time for a little batting practice for Raymond.

Yesterday the weather was perfect for outdoor work. Cranky and I had the day off and all 3 kids were at school. So what did we do? Went for a nice long ride on our motorcycles of course! We rode about 100 miles, stopping for subs at lunch time. It was my first long ride on my KLR 650 and it was great! I could keep up with Cranky no problem. My confidence on the bigger bike improved also when the back end slid sideways on a dirt road and I reacted properly, countersteering through the slide. My heart was pounding for a bit, but then all I could think was, "bummer Cranky didn't get to see that", since he was in front of me.

Have a great weekend!

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