Someone has repeatedly asked me for a "birthday gift list" so, after several years, here it is.
Hyland Lake Kayaking
Been here before, but it's a good lake.
Dan gave me a PowerEdge 2970 to replace the ailing PowerEdge 1850 that this blog, and all my other sites and services, have been running on. The only stipulation is that I name it "Adrian", in memory of his dog.
So it is written, so it is done.
There being no proper electrical service to the old garage, we had to dig a trench for the new fat copper.
And then the concrete crew returned and poured the rest of the concrete: the apron and the sidewalk.
Garage Roofing & Siding
The roofers and siders have begun their work.
Kayaking Saint Croix
I went camping with my brother and his girlfriend, and we took our boats down the super-high Saint Croix.
Over the span of three days the framing, trusses and sheeting all went up.
Garage Foundation Poured
You can't just build a new garage on top of dirt and sand. You've got to get some guys with a cement truck to pour a thick layer of cement and aggregate on the ground first.
In order to make room for the new garage palace I had to have the old structures and foundation delicately removed. This man and his Bobcat knocked everything down and hauled it away in half a day.
Kayaking Chippewa River
My brother, and a few of his friends built fancy cedar strip canoes this summer. This was their inaugural journey.
Kayaking Crane Island
One hundred and twenty-seven years ago Ezra Fitch Pabody wrote a daily journal about his activities in and around Minneapolis and Lake Minnetonka. I took my little boat out to that lake to paddle the very same waters as Ezra did those many decades ago.
Easy Soy Yogurt
I used to buy soy yogurt out of the refrigerator cases at the local coops until WholeSoy botched up their production process which resulted in a soy yogurt shortage all over everywhere. So I decided to try making my own. It turned out to be so easy, I'll never buy it off the shelf again.