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Note to Self

April 18th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in The wife and I

If you tell your pregnant wife that your back hurts she won’t give a shit, especially when she asks why and you say “From carrying all of you.”

She asked where I was going to be sleeping tonight :)


February 1st, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in Furballs, The Boy, The wife and I

He’s not been acting like himself of late, he’s pretty mellow and likes to hang out in the sun, but we noticed last week that it seemed more like he was weak than just resting, so we took him to the vet hoping it was something simple like an infection or something like that.

First prognosis was pancreititis, which in cats is a lot like it is in humans, an inflammation of the pancreas that is very painful and results in loss of appetite and lethargy.  We left him with the vet for two days so they could do some tests, get him re-hydrated and get some meds in him to help.

During those two days he was gone Matthew was inconsolable.  Quigley is his best buddy in the world.  They hang out together all the time, watch TV, sleep, you name it and the two of them will be doing it together.  So, with Quigley gone there was a very upset two year old who wanted his buddy back NOW!

We finally were able to go and get him on Wednesday.  Matthew and the wife went down and went in the vets holding area to bring Quigley home and it was a meeting of best friends.  A very tired and sleepy Matthew gave his best buddy a hug and a kiss, talked to him the whole time Quigley was in the crate on the ride home, and then tried to feed him by hand once they were back.

Well, the vet wanted a follow up today and while I have noticed Quigley isn’t as lethargic as he was before, he is certainly not back to his old self.  The vet drew more blood, I took him home and about an hour later we got a call.  The vet isn’t happy with the progress and wants to see him again on Monday.

She’s afraid that it may actually be lymphoma.  If it is we have no way of paying for treatment and Matthew will lose his very best friend.

Please keep a prayer in mind for my son and his cat.

Weekend Project

December 28th, 2012 | 2 Comments | Posted in The wife and I

So with a new member of the family due in about nine months, my projects list has been accelerated.  I have a table to make, a buffet and now TWO steamer trunks!  Now, I do have nine months to do it all, but even with that, add in the grip making, normal job and it comes out to no weekends for me for a while!

With that acceleration has come new tools such as a new Dewalt 18 volt drill, a Dewalt Planer and a Dewalt Biscuit Jointer.  Yeah, it’s terrible that I had to get them, but I’ll muddle through, I promise.

Anyway, knowing that I have to get started ASAP on it all I went down to my local blue box hardware store and grabbed them, but as I wandered among the tools picking and choosing what would come home with me I remembered that the wife was wanting a coat hanger in the front entry.  I already had some scrap wood at home that was about the right size, all I needed was a drill (which was in the cart – old one is dead at home) and some hangers.

I found some for about $4 a piece, so I grabbed four of them and then finally escaped with some of my wallet intact – not a lot mind you, but some.

Got home and then got to work.  A few simple cuts and a pass on the router followed up by staining and drying overnight and we have this, the perfect quick project that will make your wife very happy indeed.


Photo isn’t great, did it with the phone – really need a new camera, but there it is.


Redid the photo



Best Christmas Present EVER!

December 25th, 2012 | 4 Comments | Posted in Family Stuff, The wife and I


The wife sent this to me yesterday while I was at work.  I spent the rest of the day buzzing like a squirrel on coke.

This will make #2 to the clan.  More minions to do my bidding!

Busy, Busy, Busy…

November 3rd, 2012 | 4 Comments | Posted in The Boy, The wife and I, work is good

Been busier than a hive of bees during spring around here. First up is that I am redoing the entire Rimfire site.  I had liked it when I first started setting things up, but now I realize there are quite a few things that I want and the format structure just wasn’t allowing it so now I am back to square one and redoing it all.  Hopefully it will be done by December.

Also, the wife wants me to install some shelves in the boy’s closet to put blankets and things on, after that the next thing she would like is a kitchen table so I found this one and I’m thinking of using the idea and modifying the size to fit us.

Now, this one is designed for a lot more people than we need, so I’m going to scale it down to a 4 person with expandable leaves to seat six people.  My only concern is the position of the legs, would do no good to try and seat six people if the table legs are going to be getting in the way so I may have to look at other deisgns and figure that out as well.

Also on the list of things to make is this steamer trunk for a toybox

Finally, once all this is done, we have also decided that since kitchen storage is at a premium in this house a buffet cabinet might be in order.

So yeah, I have my work cut out for me.

Overheard in the Kitchen

June 4th, 2012 | 3 Comments | Posted in ramblings, The wife and I

Wife: Did you know you can stab yourself with a mop?

Me: No, but if anyone can do that it would be you.

Wife: Thanks, you’re so supportive….  It made my toe bleed.

Me: We need more mop control laws.