By beckysdad on Sep 30, 2014 at 7:29 PM
Gnawing on bones is one of the great pleasures in life. Seems you, Becky and I all agree on that. I'll bet we can get Bryan to sign on, too. That's a significant needle project you've got going there. You'll feel great when that's done. I rarely venture over onto the west side of my house. I've got a big tree there that dumps leaves much of the year. I only clear it away once a year at the same time I clean out the gutters. It's not anywhere near on the level of your project but I always feel great when I see that huge mound of leaves out front. I'm fortunate in that we can dump yard waste on the street in 4x4 mounds the day before garbage day. They run a front-loader down our streets that scoops it all up. I don't feel cheated at all by not having to go to the dump.
By Sylviag on Sep 30, 2014 at 7:04 PM
Oh the soup was delicious. I made black-eyed pea. Still have a lot of carrots in the grenhouse so I thre a bunch of those in. Enough left for another meal. I have to fess I gnawed on a bone LOL When does comfort food seasonstart for you? Oh my I spent about 3 hours this afternoon pitchforking more neeldes. I say "raking" but we have to use pitchforks because the layers are so deep that a rake just scrapes off the top inch. The onky good thing is they are so compressed after years that if you can get the fork under deep enough you an haul up a big load to throw on a pile. Dunno, we hauled 7 or 8 railer loads out of the front and this looks to be just as much if not more. We will feel very fire safe once we get it all out of her. Busy summer for you if you haven't finished that bio yet. Did you have the panorama framed? Suggetions are good, but not alwasys heeded :)
By beckysdad on Sep 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Mmmm...ham bones...the best thing about ham! The best thing about Fall is the transition to comfort foods. It's not the best thing health-wise but it sure is tasty. How many trips do you think you'll have to make to get rid of all the pine needles? That's a big job but a very worthwhile one. We got our walks done early and have the rest of the day before us. I know I'll be watching the wildcard game tonight but haven't figured out what will be sandwiched in between. I still haven't finished my MacArthur biography. Becky would enjoy a bit of ball playing while I read. I got my panorama enlargement in the mail yesterday. I went with a 12x36 and it really looks nice. I'll have to scope out the best place for it at the folks place when I'm up there tomorrow. Of course Mom will have the final say...who am I kidding, she'll have the only say in it's final placement but I can at least offer a suggestion. I only do school two days a week. I don't think the kids could take any more than that. ;^)
By Sylviag on Sep 30, 2014 at 9:33 AM
Never mind, EDd that there ws a firt day Kahn glitch but all sorted out now. I can;t remember if you go 2 or 3 day a week.
By Sylviag on Sep 30, 2014 at 9:31 AM
So after my little spech I disappear for a day :) Oh man, if we thought we had a lot of pine needles in the front, the one side I don't think has ever been cleared up. We have piles that look like haystacks. Needles are 7-8 inches deep in some places. Got about half done yesterday. Oct 27 - 8 Nov they have 1/2 off at the dump on yard debris and they placed special emphasis on pine needles. Don't want to leave them there til Spring when they have free dumping. Needles are too hard to burn in big piles and we have enough woody debris to burn as it is. How did Kahn go yesterday? We have a freeze warning for tonight finally. I'm in the mood to make some soup and dug out the two ham bones from Easter. I had left a lot of meat on. We shrink sealed them so will be fine for soup. I like fall and winte slow cooking, WIl get out in the yard later to attack the needles again, Brayn took RV in for wnterizing an then will go out to newphew's o help clean up some more debris on son;s land where he has parked his RV. Waht on the scheule for you 2 today?
By beckysdad on Sep 29, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Greetings, mother hen! snerk... Boy, that's saying something when gdau waves you off of seeing the game. That's rough when they know going into it that it will end badly. Dinner our sounds far more comfy anyway. I'm sorry to hear you're a bit sluggish this morning. It can be tough to recover from a night out anymore. How did the yard work go? I can imagine that the burn pile (or piles more likely) are getting significant. I'm sure you wont' be alone when the go ahead is given for burning. I['m sure it makes the fire dept nervous on the one hand but it will also signal an end to the typical fire season. That has to make them happy. I doubt your Seahawks will miss a beat when they return to the field.
By Sylviag on Sep 27, 2014 at 2:28 PM
Popped inbtweeen golf swings? The Ryder Cup messd up my NBC Sat morning viewing :)
By beckysdad on Sep 26, 2014 at 8:27 PM
I don't think Common Core will be that much of a departure or distraction. It does get lots of press though. I support the principles of CC but the implementation has been...ahem...less than elegant. Khan embraced CC right away and it will be a great resource. I'm glad the errands went well and that Shasta has put some weight back on. It was a sports day and it will be a sports day again tomorrow. It's Ryder Cup time so there's tons of golf to keep an eye on. That's kind of the golf equivalent of the Olympics. I had it on most of the day but more as background stuff. I've got the Giants on tonight and Stanford plays the Huskies tomorrow. Is it just a single softball game or is it a tourney tomorrow?
By Sylviag on Sep 26, 2014 at 8:05 PM
Thanks! I'm not that clever with doggies so was a real nice surprise. Oh I like that - extra insulation! You are a funny man :) WIll Common Core mesh well with your Khan? I've sure heard pros and cons on CC but am not an educator so really cannot form any kind of opinion. How is the teacher doing? I believe she had some health problems last year ? Busy errand day. In to the clinic to get flu shots. Then took Shasta in to have herweighed and she gained 4 oz! We and the vet were thrilled. It does not sound like much but considering this finally is a reveral of the losing trend. Money form the bank for MIL and we picked up take-out at her favorite diner and had lunch with her. They make terrific Reuban sammies. They are huge and she saved half for her dinner tonight How did your day go and what's on tap tomorro?. Sports I am sure :) Bryan is working with his son on a project then they're both coming to pick me up and we'll go to gau; afternoon softball game then likely all go to dinner. Problem is "clean" does nto last forever. Sigh
By beckysdad on Sep 26, 2014 at 8:22 AM
Hot dog gratz!!!
By beckysdad on Sep 26, 2014 at 8:18 AM
Becky typically appears very stoic so when there's a photo with a good expression I like to caption it whenever I can. I'd never find hair behind the book case as I wouldn't go looking for it. I figure stuff like that is for moving day or if one rearranges the room. That's another reason to avoid rearranging rooms. Hair behind bookcases is just additional insulation for the room. I'm comfy with where I'm at with Khan. It will be interesting to see how we do implementing Common Core benchmarks this year. The material was there last year but it was never a focus in our classroom. I really want to push for that this year and my teacher friend agrees. I do stay with the same grade level each year. The kids graduate but I stay back every year...sigh. Actually I just stick with my same teacher. We work well together. So are you happy now with the level of clean in your home?
By Sylviag on Sep 25, 2014 at 9:41 PM
Cute Becky LOL :) Call the Little Dutch Boy to get that finger in there. Yeah, you would have to have some kind of cleanliness fetih to derive much joy from cleaning. Oy, the cat hair bhind the book shelves! I think I could have woven a scarf. So you all ready for Kahn? The kids should be settled into the school routine and ready for your help. Do you do the same grade level every year?
By beckysdad on Sep 25, 2014 at 9:33 PM
House cleaning doesn't sound like much fun. With all the time you've spent away it should have stayed clean. Except I know it doesn't work that way. Particularly since there were inhabitants all the time despite your absence. I'm generally satisfied with a house that's all picked up. I hope you get enough rain for Bryan to be able to do a burn safely. I know you guys have done a great deal of tidying up the yard and a good burn should finish that off.
By Sylviag on Sep 25, 2014 at 4:27 PM
U haz emayo. House cleaning all day. Now I get to play :) Will leave a brief msg on Paws profile to let her frens now she has some RL going on so they don't worry.
By beckysdad on Sep 24, 2014 at 6:23 PM
That sounds like a most excellent camping weekend. It's good to not be the "senior member" of the gang sometimes. I'll still bet you were in command, though. Awesome that Shasta is doing well. It's always worrying when the furbabies are off their food. I can't picture that ever happening with Miss Becky but know it's a possibility at some point. That girl sure does love to eat! I took the folks for a tour of the new Niner Stadium last Saturday. It was interesting and fun but loooong. Yesterday my oldest niece and her family came by the folks' place for dinner so I cooked burritos and tacos for the gang. It was a very pleasant evening. I spent a couple hours today getting things organized on Khan Academy for the new students. I'll start back on Monday. Heck, even we are expecting perhaps a couple days of rain down here. I don't imagine it will amount to much but even the possibility is encouraging. I'm ready for the season to change.
By Sylviag on Sep 24, 2014 at 5:17 PM
Hiya, long time no chat. Was a truly beautiful weekend as far as weather, last gasp of summer I suspect as it has been drizzling here all day and will much of tomorrow but we really really need it. I do have to crack up when the meteorologist said with weather awe it rained "1/10th" of an inch. In WA they didn;t frea til we got 4 in during a day. It's all relative LOL We did have 30 adults and kids show up in age range from 1 year to 67. For once I wasn't the oldest :) I think I am very glad I wasn't abe to atch the game on Sun as I would have pinned and needled my way through it. Not to mention the OT. I read some sour grapes about the OT rule. Coin flip went our way and rules is rules as curently on the books :) I do hope the 49r get it together as they are my fave rivals and I will pull for them whenever the seahaws are out of the running. Shasta is doing great. Eating so much more. We take her in fri for a weigh-n and I know she has gained weight. What did you and Becky do this eekend?
By beckysdad on Sep 22, 2014 at 1:09 PM
How was the long weekend camping? Did the weather hold up for you? Thanks for the kind comments on the pics and my abilities. Working with scenery like that certainly makes things easier and more enjoyable. Congrats on pulling out that OT win over Denver yesterday. That must have been a much better game than the Super Bowl. The Niners looked like crap and I'm really not happy with all of their penalties. That does not make me a happy fan. How is Shasta doing...still eating better?
By Sylviag on Sep 18, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Ready toroll. You and Becky have a wonderful weekend back home. Showed Bryan the pics last night and he was most impressed not only with the scenery but your ossum photog skills. See ya Mon eve.
By Sylviag on Sep 17, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Wonderul, wonderful pics! Just gawjus. Wish you could upload that panarama to share. Would have to do it sideways :) Sweet pics of your folk and Becky. They look so happy in the pics and I know they loved this trip. ALeady caught you and Paws up by email so see ya Mon Have a great weekend.
By Sylviag on Sep 17, 2014 at 9:06 AM
Mornin. Bryan came home at 8 He left at 6 cuz he wouldn't have much time to fish anyway cuz of his derma appt. He has time to freeze the fish, put everything away, clean the car and take a shower before doc appt. After we have to do some fresh food shopping for camping. Probably stop by MILs. We made a nice breakfast together. My time is not my own again LOL But that is a good thing. A framed panarama pic for your Mom and Dad would be a splendid memordy gift. Be back later Ihope.
By beckysdad on Sep 17, 2014 at 8:09 AM
I expected a big sleep last night but I guess I got caught up the night before at the folks' place. My internal alarm went off at 4am just like normal. It's been a pleasant, quiet and productive morning. I've done a bunch of editing and deleting but haven't touched the panorama project as yet. I'm thinking I'll wind up getting a very large panorama print and am looking at framing options and size considerations. Seal a meal is pretty much a must for a fisherman I'm guessing. It's sure handy. Are you playing in the yard today...ICHC...both?
By Sylviag on Sep 16, 2014 at 10:03 PM
See ya tomrrow. Nothing better than sleeping inone's own bed. I loved the panaroma you did of Yosemite so really loking forward to those, He'll seal-a-meal it in nice two person size pieces. Not too many fish lovers in our circle. Sea food yes, fish not so much
By beckysdad on Sep 16, 2014 at 9:49 PM
I'm with you on the citizens of Weed. I'd just driven through there earlier that morning before the fire broke out. I was amazed how low the lake was at Shasta. I just finished my initial sort of the photos...started with 350 photos and dropped it to 230 for editing. There were many multiple shots of subjects. Once I clean these up I can make a fresh purge. I have three different sets of panorama shots to create. One from Yellowstone, one from Beartooth Highway and a final one from Glacier. I'm really excited to see how the one from Many Glacier turns out. The conditions were stellar. It really has potential. That's a big fish Bryan caught. You could have a real salmon feed. I'm guessing you could summon a hungry horde pretty quickly if you were inclined. I'm off to bed again...my own bed! Nice!
By Sylviag on Sep 16, 2014 at 9:28 PM
Just got off the phone with Bryan and he caught a 16 1/2 pound salmon so it's salmon on the barbie tomorrow night :) About a 2 hour drive so he'll be home around 10 tomorrow as he has a derma appt at 11. Very much looking forward to your pics. Not a drop, may get a dribble tomorrow night into Thus am. But weekend for camping will be warm and sunny. Oh man, I feel so sorry for all he people who lost theirhomes in Weed. Just terrible.
By beckysdad on Sep 16, 2014 at 8:02 PM
We're back home and very happy. I'll wade into photoshop after dinner and try to get some photos posted tomorrow. Did you get any rain? I hear rumors that we may get some on Thursday. I'd imagine you have packing the trailer down to a science. What's the fish count? Has Bryan started catching or is he still just fishing?
By Sylviag on Sep 16, 2014 at 7:01 PM
ED and you are caught up on sleep and took the rig back today and you and Becky get to go home sweet home.
By Sylviag on Sep 16, 2014 at 9:21 AM
I got mixed up on what day you were coming back so glad to see you made it home safely! Missed ya.
By beckysdad on Sep 4, 2014 at 9:17 PM
Thanks for the LOL and the bon voyage wishes. No worries about daughter/son...it all works and it was very sweet. I added a comment. Your Seahawks are already in mid-season form. They haven't missed a beat. ICHC will be unavailable to me but I'll drop a line jointly to you and Paws through email to let you know how things are going. Enjoy that garden!
By Sylviag on Sep 4, 2014 at 7:18 PM
And yes I should have said "daughter" but the saying just popped out the original way LOL
By Sylviag on Sep 4, 2014 at 7:17 PM
Meant to do this earlier but planted bulbs and couldn't interupt the first half :) Have a wonderful trip and keep in touh fren http://cheezburger.com/8309326080