Sunday, July 31, 2016

National Mutt Day

I almost let this day pass, but how could I forget to honor Penny on National Mutt Day?

It's a bit confusing; there's a National Mutt Day in December, too. I'll post another picture of her then. It's impossible to get too much of Penny. 

Here she is at the house in Colorado. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Oldest on top of the world

Last weekend was freshman orientation at Mines, and Oldest and I had a great (but quick) trip to Colorado.

Most of Friday was spent on campus for freshman orientation, but we were able to get some hiking in on the trails near the house Friday evening.

Saturday morning I dragged Oldest up Mount Evans. It was his turn at the top of the world.  Middle, Youngest and I were there in June. That post is here.

Looking down on Colorado from 14,265 feet is breathtaking. The tundra above the timberline is so vast and so different than being in the trees. From the summit, on a clear day, you see downtown Denver to the west, and as far as Pike's Peak in Colorado Springs to the south.

Here are a few pics from the weekend.

Out in a limb for that perfect shot while hiking.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Floors from a tobacco barn

One of the coolest things about our new house has to be the wood floors. 

When I first saw the unfinished wood planks in the warehouse, it looked like someone had demolished an old fence and piled up the debris. I was skeptical.

But this particular debris was reclaimed wood flooring from a hundred-year-old tobacco barn outside Stanford, Kentucky. I loved the story, but wasn't convinced I wanted to walk on this wood for the next thirty or so years, until the contractor showed me a finished four-foot by four-foot section -- sold!

Now after weeks of being cleaned and fumigated, and undergoing some preliminary hand-scraping in the shop, it has arrived.

The planks are a variety of different widths and lengths, and it's fun to watch the guys piece them together like a jigsaw puzzle. It's obvious they're familiar with each board. They'll be working in one room, remember a board in a particular pile in another room that might work, get it, try it out . . . and on and on.

I'm very impressed with the whole process. And although they've got weeks of hand-scraping, staining and waxing left to do, I'm already loving my floors.

Here they are being pieced together in the dining room.

Here is some floor wood mixed in with left over trim material. That's my builder working hard getting all the contractors scheduled.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Happy 4th from the lake

Okay, I know it's not the 4th. I missed posting this by two days, but I'm cutting myself some slack--life got in the way.

It was a great weekend at the lake. It involved a combination of parties, hot dogs, boat rides, jet skis, old friends, new friends, family, fireworks, more hot dogs, and some ridiculously delicious Mexican cinnamon cookies (I ate a dozen myself, then picked up a dozen more to bring home to Houston).

Here's a clip of my very own Flying Wallenda.