Nov 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Trip

Thanksgiving this year was spent up in the Seattle area where my wife is from.  It was a rather short visit this time (5 days) and I posted a few pictures of the visit, including one of the rain when we landed.  Winter months are generally not very nice in the pacific northwest, but it is usually a mixture of clouds and drizzle.  This was full on downpour!

One of my Facebook friends commented on the picture of the rain with "So, what's your first impression of the Northwest?"  I kind of chuckled at that after thinking about how many trips I have made up there.  We have been married 28 years now, and have gone to visit at least once, and more often twice a year.  If I guess conservatively at half the years were twice, that amounts to 42 trips to the Seattle area!  I think I might need to start filing state taxes there.

My wife's father continues to worry us a lot, he seems to slip a bit more each time we visit.  He met us for lunch and then had to call for help because he couldn't remember where he parked his car at.  At his house, all the stuff that was beside his wife's bedside when she passed away 3 years ago is still sitting there in the spare bedroom.  Nothing is cleaned up or thrown out, and I think the family needs to come together and have a work party to get the house in shape.

Skyler loves going there and seeing all the family, and he got to see his favorite cousin, Kirsten.  She is great with him and he loves her.  He also has to have us call or text his aunt Karen with everything that happens in his life.  They all are really nice to him. 

We are also worried about my wife's oldest sister's husband.  He has cancer in his esophagus, shoulder, and hip.  He is going through radiation and chemo, and we will have to just wait and see if it makes a difference.  It is not a good situation.

It is good to be back home though, where it is so much easier to take care of Skyler than it is on the road.  The hardest thing is to bathe him, when we don't have his bath chair to sit in.  We wind up doing lots of sponge baths, and that worked when he was little, but now he is a young man with "guy stink"!

I hope all of you had a good Thanksgiving holiday, take care.

Nov 19, 2011

Aviation Nation 2011

Sorry for the serious neglect around this little corner of the internettubes.  I have been appearing more over on my facebook account because it's cheap and easy, just like I am!


My Navy buddy Russ and I made our 3rd trip out to Vegas and Nellis AFB to attend Aviation Nation last weekend.  It was excellent as usual, and here is a collection of stills  for you to peruse.

I was going to post some videos that I took, but they kind of suck.  I found some that more professional folks than me took, which are a lot better.

My buddy Russ standing next to a tool.

Nov 4, 2011

End of the week, fantastic friday fun!

Trees are getting trimmed and limbs picked up as I type here.  The latest snow brought down more limbs, so the trees in the backyard got a significant haircut today.

Hopefully, this concludes our year of household repairs and calamity.

Here are some funnies I have collected for a couple of weeks to get you into the weekend, enjoy all.