Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Flickr #3 Update

I used up all my space already on our second flickr account. Since I am too cheap to upgrade, we are now on free flickr account #3. Check here to see the newest pics from Christmas.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Killin' Time

TIME magazine that is.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Laundry Emergency

The dryer decided to quit producing heat a few days ago. It's not like you can just call the appliance repairman here, or that we would pay the $80/hour he'd probably charge if he did exist. So armed with the internet, leatherman and patience I set about figuring out how to fix it myself. Here's a picture of the back of the dryer opened up and the offending broken coil in the heating element:

But this isn't just a one-time deal. I had virtually no handyman skills until I became a home owner. Since then I've learned all kinds of things. I've fixed the tumbler in the washing machine, installed laminate flooring, sinks, toilets, sump pumps and garbage disposals, fixed a leaky stovepipe, built a shed and a deck, replaced roof shingles, adjusted the clutch in the truck and change the oil and the tires regularly, just to name a few things. It's amazing what you can figure out if it means saving a lot of money or when the dirty diapers are stacking up fast.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Flickr Update

There are new pictures of Autumn at Flickr. Here are some highlights:

We got the Christmas tree decorated and Autumn wanted to tell great-Grandma that this ornament is her favorite one. We then promptly moved all the lower level ornaments up.

I can see the baby fading and little girl emerging in this shot.

We caught up to Santa in the deli section of the grocery store.

Autumn has always been into books. She just doesn't have much use for the words yet. It's been all about eating them and/or removing them from the shelf.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas Tree Hunt

These are my two favorite pictures from our recent outing to find a Christmas tree. Last year we made the POW rookie mistake of cutting down a spruce tree. It was pretty, but the needles were sharp - ouch! This year we picked a much more user friendly pine tree. Autumn is a trooper in the outdoors. She doesn't complain about the cold or a little rain and seems very interested in the world around her. She wants to touch all the trees and snow. I have high hopes for her being my little outdoor buddy. Also her favorite word recently has been "up." I assume she is saying it in reference to hiking and climbing "up" in the mountains.


Autumn has been opening and closing drawers and cupboards for a while now, but she just recently discovered that there is TREASURE in them. It just keeps getting more fun every day.

Two Guys Who Should Never Sit Together

I don't usually post material that isn't my own, but I thought this was too good to pass up.