Wednesday, September 29, 2010


We had a party for Katy's grandparents on Sunday because they both turned 70 this year.  Quite an accomplishment.  I could never do that at my age.  Katy was the pregnant belle of the ball, her being such a cute lady and all.   
     Katy standing outside with her ma.  That creepy guy behind them was watching me all night long.  What was his deal?!
 and then I got stuck in the tire swing and they all just laughed at me.

 This is Katy and her little sister Stacy and her even littler cousin Ellie.  I'm sure that creepy guy is hiding just out of the frame.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

PG-13 for Some Graphic Images

I never thought I would have a blog post with a warning caption on it before but here we are.  Seriously there are some semi-sick pictures coming up.  Ye be warned.

So Monday came and there were chores to be done. First on the list was to venture into the woods to fetch some firewood to add to the jumbo pile already out there.  Jack, Gena and I set off in the old Ford to get a load.  We had been up in the woods for just a bit, Jack had cut down a couple trees and he had loaded them then we switched positions.  I hefted the chain saw and went to work cutting down my tree.  It came down with no problems but when it fell the tree was still off the ground 4 or 5 feet just because of the branches still holding it up.  So the next step is to get the branches off.  Some of them were pretty big but I was getting it taken care of.  I started to cut a pretty big one that was sticking out the side of the tree so I didn't think too much about it.  But when I got through it the tree fell into me pushing me backwards and somewhere in the split second I was falling back the chain saw and my leg came into contact.

As I was stumbling back I looked down and saw my torn jeans and bloody mess o' leg.  So I set the chain saw down and walked back to the truck muttering expletives.  I turned around and tore my pants open more so my folks could see the wondrous sight.  That got 'em going!  They started running back to me as I sat down on the bumper to keep from passing out.  That wasn't working so I lied down on the ground which felt much better.  Gena was saying something about getting the first aid kit and went to the cab and came back to open the kit just to say "Damn! There are only 2 bandaids in here."  However we did not venture into the woods completely unprepared.  A maxi pad and some napkins got strapped to my leg with Jack's belt then I loaded into the back seat of the truck and we went back into town.  After stopping at the Wendy's to get Jack a sandwich we went to the local clinic.  It was a slow day in there but when the receptionists heard me say "chainsaw" they jumped up and started running to get nurses and doctors.  Maybe they didn't see my walk in under my own power or notice that I wasn't bleeding all over the rug.  But it felt good to feel so taken care of.
You know Doctors really should have code words for the things they use in a routine procedure. I felt like the Albatross from The Rescuers Down Under. "Get me the hyperdermal tissue disruptor!"  Well they didn't use that one but they did use "high pressure irrigator" which I thought at the time to mean some kind of pump they were going to blast me with at 200 psi.  The "needle driver" didn't sound too fun either.  I'm thinking a big hammer, maybe a gun of sorts.  No it's just a little set of pliers. The high pressure dealie was the turkey baster you see in the picture up there.  I got a little wet but no worries.  Sheesh!
    Well some people enjoyed it. Doctors of sorts indeed. 
13 stitches and there you see the needle driver.  There would have been more but they kept using the phrase "too much flesh missing". I will be the first to admit how lucky I am because it could have been a lot worse but there is no need to use grisly terms like that while working on a fella who is a bit weak stomached. 
Here is the morning after picture as we changed the bandage.  Not too shabby.   
     Katy was telling Bridger and Trinity that I hurt my leg with the chain saw and Trinity said "so he cut his leg off" as one commenting on the weather.  So to a 6 year old you have a scratch or complete dismemberment there isn't anything in between.

Earthquake! (again)

Wow!  I went from never experiencing an earthquake to 4 in 3ish months, 3 of those happening in one night.  The first one was about 2 is on Sunday, then at 5ish and then 8ish. 
There you go straight from the USGS.  They all made the house shake a bit but no damage. 

Friends and Flowers

Megan and Aaron can to visit last weekend and we were so happy they did.  We played all day and all night.  One outing we took was over to Uncle Curtis's green houses to see all the flowers.
He has Sunflowers, Zinnias, yellow flowers of an unknown variety, Broccoli...

The things poor teenagers will do

Mandy I will pay you 5 dollars to...

eat this onion.

Bite one!

Bite two!

and that was it. So she got 2 dollars.  I think the pictures tell the story, don't you?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Lots of catching up

It's been a while, so lets catch up. 

While Katy was having a nice break away from her husband she got to go raspberry picking with some of the fam.

So I think these plant's are my grandpa's, cousin's, wife's, nephew's, something, something. The relations get a little fuzzy when you are related to half the valley.  But look at all them berries! 

So while I was still in Alaska I was technically working but that consisted mostly of watching lots of movies, walking around, napping... you know getting paid for doing nothing.  But then I come back home to "rest" and within a few hours had done more work than I had done in the previous 2 weeks.  And it's quite a bit warmer here than it was in Anchorage so I needed cooling break.

  And boy was it cool!  The days are nice if not rather hot, but it gets into the low 30's at night so that doesn't do good things to an outside, above ground pool.  Shocking!

But the trampoline is always hot when the sun is out.  But I would recommend to everyone else to not rest your head on the springs.  

The Denson clan came up to visit this last weekend, and I just had to put in a picture of the cutest niece in the world!