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In 1980 we left Durango in our Volkswagen van with all our worldly possessions. We lived in a tent that we pitched next to the van. It was really a great tent (if you were in the desert) and had an awning that magnetically attached to the top of the van to create a breezeway. Fast forward to now.

Theresa made aprons from the tent canvas for each of the woodworkers pictured. Really meaningful material for a useful item. Here we are posing with our aprons (Zach, Caleb, Andy and Papa).

new aprons from our historic tent.
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Ben Turns 4

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

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New counters!

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.

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Brave new world

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!

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Chicken Coop

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.

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New widget

I have added a new widget to the blog page, thanks to my son Zach, so that I can keep track of my progress on updating my web page. It will be a good visual reminder to me on my progress or lack thereof.