Sunday, October 2, 2016

September 16-30 More Life on the Funny Farm

The days keep rolling on and so do we.  Here's a sample of our life in the last half of September.

Can you say, "barbecue?"  We cook our kabobs by separating the different ingredients because I haven't mastered how to get them cooked at the same rate.  They still taste pretty good.

Been having problems with my 4 wheeler having a dead battery.  I finally traced it down to a wire that had burned through against the exhaust pipe so it wasn't charging the battery and had a draw on it at all times.  I spliced in some new wire and re-routed the harness.  Works good now.

I was getting low on ammo for my .338 Win. Mag. so I reloaded about 150 rounds.   That should last me about 20 years or so.

We've been doing a lot of things to the van lately.  I replaced the flexible lines for both front brakes.  One had been twisted badly by some moron when he replaced the front brake pads.

They were reasonably priced and fit perfectly.

We've had problems with the rear sagging on the van.  There's a lot of weight back there so I ordered a set of air bag overloads for it.

The kit is pretty simple and the directions said it took about 2 1/2 hours to install them.

They went on pretty easily.  Then I had to fix some leaks and now they seem to be doing great.  The lift capacity on them is incredible and now the van rides level (or higher if I want) no matter how much weight is on it.

Susan bought a new clothes washer.  It's small but simple.  You wash the clothes on the left side and rinse them on the right side.  It takes longer than an automatic but it's great for life in the mountains.

She sets it up wherever she wants.  On this beautiful fall day she washed clothes out by the rainwater collection tank. It is small enough to run on our inverter so we don't need the generator to use it.

The Aspens are turning their golden yellow and look fantastic.  This is the road we live on.

We've been doing some improvements on our ATV's. They are both now street legal.  That involved putting a lighted license plate bracket on them, two mirrors, and a horn.   We stopped to take a ride awhile back and explored some old logging roads in our neighborhood.  Scott loves his "throne."  We put some handles on the back to give him something to hold onto when riding.

Scott playing with the heavy bag before his Karate class.  The assistant instructor stands nearby.

Lots of fun to beat up a big bag!

He was given his first "promotion" a couple of days ago.

Helping our SIL and daughter put a new front door in their rental unit.  They had to custom order the door and the fit was nearly perfect. The old door had been ruined by some previous tenants.  This one is a solid wood, pre-hung door.

I've been wanting to get this cut up for firewood since it fell last spring and finally got the chance.

I went out with three saws but could only keep one running.  Turned out that the fuel was bad.  I dumped the old stuff out and put in new gas and they work great now.

I winched it out of the draw with the electric winch on the truck.  It's a 12,000 pound winch and it worked pretty hard to drag it up.  Once I got it near the road I pulled it the rest of the way with the truck.

It was about 60 feet long and will make for some nice, warm winter days.

This is the butt end of it.

I also took some small stuff down near my generator/work shed.  The yellow jackets were thick and whenever you walked under it they would drop down on your head.  It didn't take much of that to decide that the trees had to go.  They were also getting tall enough to interfere with the solar power.

My ATV and trailer out in the woods on our place.  I had 4 smallish trees to cut for firewood.

Scott on top of the pickup supervising his dad and I while we put the boat in the water.

Scott playing with one of the fish I caught.  He was laughing hard one time and said, "Papa look, it's ticklish."  When he rubbed under it's chin it would wiggle it's tail. 

Okay, back to fishing again.

This is a mess of perch from one of our recent trips to the lake about a mile from our cabin.  Scott caught the biggest one and I caught the second largest. 

Scott's dad with a pike he caught.

This is a Triangulate Cobweb spider.

I found it in my bed. It's about 1/4 inch wide.  It's now sealed in scotch tape.

It bit me around 5:30 am. one morning. According to Wikipedia I'm the only person in the world ever bitten by one.  Even though I doubt that claim, getting bitten by one and actually receiving the venom is extremely rare.  It felt like a bee sting. The swelling and rash lasted about 18 hours.

Got some new tires for the van so we sent the old ones we took off of the van by UPS to a daughter who needed them for their truck.  They were still pretty decent tires but the side walls are not stiff enough for our van. It had a tendency to wander on the highway.

I ordered some Yokohamas for the van.  They are real truck tires and can take the weight with ease.  They vastly improved the handling of the van on the highway.

The van with the new tires on it.

Ah!  A trip to the dentist.  Scott was good but the real test is coming when we get the cavities fixed.

I was fooling around with my phone at the park.  This is a small (about 1/4 inch) rock on a picnic table.  Not a bad close-up for a cell phone!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

July 2016 Update

My camera has been missing since my stay at the hospital in Billings in July/August.  Susan found it (in a place we'd already gone through!) yesterday so I now have access to the photos I took with it.  I thought I'd share a few of them in an update to my July Post.

My redneck car ramps.  Regular car ramps don't work well on dirt and grass so I make my own using cement blocks and 2X8's.

I kept noticing a large number of those stinging insects at the back of my shop.  This is why! It took almost a full can of wasp and hornet spray before I could knock it down and burn it.

This is what some of the waste oil is used for.  I strain it out then use it for bar oil in the chain saw.

We use these to convert 12 volts DC to 110 volt AC when in the car.  This one was made with a fan that runs continually.  The noise gets annoying after awhile, especially when the fan is worn out and the bearings make noise.  We used to throw them away when that happened then I decided to just clip the fan wire and use them until the inverter burned out. (I circled the ground wire in the photo. I just cut a section out and tuck the ends in where they won't ground on anything inside.)  

We've never had an inverter burn out after I disabled the fan so this one should last us a long time.  (And now it's quiet!)

All put back together and ready for use.

Southern Idaho

Southern Idaho




Susan and Scott - Nevada



At a friend's campsite in Utah.  The chipmunks were pretty tame and Scott was trying to get one to take food out of his hand.  They never did but he surprised me with how much patience he had for being five-years-old.

Scott and some of his cousins in New Mexico

Sunrise on the Kansas/Oklahoma border.

That's some tall corn!

The elevators were full and this was not an uncommon sight in Kansas.

Crossing over into Wyoming from /South Dakota.  In a few more hours we'd be in Billings, MT and I'd be in the hospital for a week.

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