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Friday, February 15, 2013

A Little Fun at Stock Show

Well stock show has once again come and gone for the year.  But we managed to spend a few days and a lot of dollars before it left.  One of the fun things we did was make a rope.  For $6.00 you got to pick your colors and then start cranking.  It takes two people to crank out a rope.  The first one to crank creates 3 strands.  The second cranker twists those three strands into a single rope.  


 Probably one of the best $6.00 I've spent in my life. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Concrete Mine

We had drainage problems in the front yard.  Basically, the yard slopped from the street to the house, and was covered with two layers of black plastic and rocks.  This had the effect of turning our basement into the primary drain for our front yard.  Not good with carpet all through the basement.  So we had the rocks and plastic scraped off.  Something like 80 tons worth.  Now I was down to dirt so I started scraping that off to level out the yard.  I came across a rock.

I got out a pick and tried to pop it out.  Nearly broke the handle of the pick and the rock didn't budge.  Got out the tractor, dropped one scarifier down and hooked the corner of the rock.  It stopped the trator dead in its tracks.  Oh-oh.  Time to get out the big guns.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Vacation in Europe

Happy Thanksgiving from the Front door of the Hapsburg Winter Castle.
We spent Thanksgiving in Europe.  Back in July I was watching the morning news and saw a commercial that invited us to come see the Christmas lights in Europe on a river Cruise down the Danube.  The price seemed okay but it didn't include airfare.  I figured what the heck, call the company and get the rest of the story. I just knew that it will be too much money once airfare was added in.  So I called and chatted with the travel agent, asked a few questions and ended up with round trip airfare from Denver to Germany for $400.00 per person plus and upgrade .  I couldn't say no to that.  So I asked the family if they wanted to spend Thanksgiving in Europe. 
Our Boat - The Viking Njord

Welcome to Passau.  Well this is the view across the river Ilk from Passau.