Ben Turns 4

December 14th, 2014
Zach and Ben at the 4th Birthday Party

Ben with his Dad Zach at the Seattle Children’s Museum for his 4th birthday party.

Ben with a friend opening gifts

Ben opening presents at the Seattle Children’s Museum 4th birthday party.

Ben celebrated his 4th birthday at the Seattle Children’s Museum with friends and family on Dec 13, 2014. He had lots of fun and got some great gifts. He and his friends ran around the museum, or perhaps walked quickly when the parents could make that happen.

Katie Erickson

Katie enjoying being the driver of the car at the Seattle Children’s Museum for Ben’s 4th birthday party

New counters!

May 10th, 2014

We just got new granite countertops and did some miscellaneous cabinet work on the kitchen and I thought it would be good to add some along the way pictures. I still have some drawers, shelves and doors to finish, but the new granite looks great.

Happy Fathers Day 2012

June 17th, 2012

I am publishing this on the desktop, a Dell Vostro.
I set plum-line as the home page and noticed the ancient age of the last blog, I guess I am not really up to snuff on this blogging thing…

One week left then we go to Mexico (Ensenada) for a week long mission trip, lots to do(looks like a lot of water related devices).

  • Make sure the watering system is working correctly everywhere, add sprinklers as needed
  • Determine whether the greenhouse gets watered.
  • Put in the automatic watering trough for the chickens.

Happy Fathers day out there!

The evil Internet

March 3rd, 2010

Well, I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later, but our Dreamhost accounts have been compromised by some nefarious creatures. It will take some time to figure out and fix the damage. But as they say, we have our best men working on it.

Knitting needles

February 23rd, 2010

My latest shop project is a set of circular knitting needles for my wife. I turned the kneedles from a bit of bamboo that I ripped down to a small piece. After smoothing the ends, I attached flexible plastic to the ends with a little nail (head cut off) and superglue. The kneedles are a size 6 with a total length of 16″ including the plastic string.

The chickens will come to roost

July 25th, 2009

At long last I have completed the nesting box for the chicken coop, the last step to make their lives complete. It took me a while to get back at it, but now it is done, and it is nice.  It hangs off a slanted board that holds it tight to the wall and has a hinged lid to open to get eggs and clean out the nesting material.  Now I can finish the siding on that side and it will be a beautiful thing to behold. I was worried about insulating it and making the lid so it would open completely, but neither seems to be a challenge. No insulation, this is a summer nesting box, made mainly of plywood. It also happens that the lid won’t open up fully because it runs into the roof before it gets that far. I figure if it gets too cold, I can take the nesting box off and insulate that side a make a simple nesting box inside for the winter.

Caleb and the kids came over and helped and Theresa took the kids to the library in the bike trailer. Fun times!

WordPress upgrade

July 21st, 2009

I love Dreamhost, it makes it so easy to upgrade your website software, just a few clicks and off you go. I put off upgrading wordpress out of irrational fear that it would break something. Now I have taken the plunge and am excited to see what new templates are available on the new installation.

Fencing

July 18th, 2009

Today we began the fence project on the East side of the Yard. We cut down and chipped the forsithia, and lots of blackberries, ouch! I don’t think I have been stuck by that many thorns in a long time. Then I removed sections of the old metal fencing. As I was crouching to cut it off along the bottom, I observed yellow jacket wasps flying around the stuff in front of me, and of course at that same time I was being poked in the leg by blackberry spines. Talk about nervous. I couldn’t tell if the pokes were from bugs or thorns.

Brave new world

July 15th, 2009

It is a marvelous thing to talk with both my sons on ooVoo at the same time and work on web page design and hosting. Perhaps a little confusing at times, and it works much better if we all use headphones so we don’t hear echos of our own conversations. It seems almost like star trek without the floor to ceiling monitor and the intergalactic translator. I have ooVoo on the laptop which leaves both screens of the desktop available to check out web pages and such, but it is really easy to forget which mouse runs which.

What fun!

Chicken Coop

April 9th, 2009

My next project has been decided… we need a new chicken coop to house the chickens which should be arriving tomorrow. I got my practice in with the doghouse, which I built according to a plan that I got on the internet. Next I will have to find a suitable plan or modify one to our liking. I have seen plans that had wheels so you could move the coop around the yard so the chickens can get fresh grass and bugs from other areas of the yard. We may or may not use that style. It is appealing to keep them from pitting out one area, but I am not sure I will ever get around to moving them much. We also looked at coop styles at the Farmers Co-op. There were some nice ones there.