Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Celebrate DePere 2007

Shelly, the kids and I, and Eric & Mike went to Green Bay this weekend.

Dave & I and Dan Hogan worked our usual Saturday shift in the Lions tent in exchange for free food and drink. It was a bit rainy; but a good time, nonetheless. The national act this year was country singer Buddy Jewell. He put on a good show. Michaela stayed for the late show for the first time.
Sunday Dave, Doug, Jamie, Logan and I went geocaching by the lakeshore and up the Door.
Monday we headed back to Voyager Park for the rides the kids missed because of the rain on Saturday.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Thanks for the recollection, Danny.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Workin' in the back yard

I built a stereo cabinet and installed some old stereo components in the backyard. Thanks for the speakers, Tony.
Phil and his neighbor played tennis at Pioneer Park, and he brought J&K along to play with his kids, then they went to Dairy Queen.
Then Kayla went with Molly to ride her horse, and Jamie went with Shelly to Bob's to wash cars. And I started project number next. I built a simple cabinet into the north-side fence-panel shed for the kids sporting goods. (And I used those short pieces of treated 2x4's that I wasn't going to take from your old house, Tony.) Kayla helped quite a bit. She even used a power tool (sander).

Shelly made gumbo to help keep me working 'til the project was done, about dusk.

Know light

This young woman can write.

A candle in an oven

Chef Michaela

Kayla made French toast and sausage this morning.

The weather's as cold as the Brewers

I knew it was chilly this morning, but...
Mostly cloudy with isolated flurries this morning.

Friday, May 18, 2007

No news

Our internet connection was down all week. Shelly called a few times and they said it should work. Finally today she spent an hour on the phone with a Charter guy. Almost back to normal.

I was a little lost without my computer this week. Maybe I'm a borg.

Sunday, May 13, 2007


We had a make-your-own sub-sandwich lunch at Mom & Dad's. Mostly a relaxing visit. We helped Dad put in the pontoon, but that was easy. We took a few creative perspective pictures in a style that Mom had seen in her magazine. Then we stopped at Matthew VonOepen's soccer practice.

Opening Day

Michaela & Shelly's softball season and Jamie's baseball season started yesterday. Both with good play and W's.

Happy Mother's Day

Got a lot done yesterday afternoon.
Friday night we went to VonOepen's for pizza and the Brewer's game. Phil texted to tell me he was going to the dump in the morning if I had something. So I brought some stuff. So yesterday I cleaned out that corner where I had gotten my stuff... an old dishwasher, some broken sleds, and Shelly's old changing table.
Then we made curb ramps (for driving the truck & camper in and out of the South yard) from pine logs (thanks, Tony.)
When I say "then" I'm talking about my stream of consciousness style of multiple projects and ideas starting, tumbling over one another and hopefully reaching the sea, although some are dashed against the rocks.
Then we set up the camper. Then we cut down the stumps that were making it difficult for a newbie to maneuver a truck and camper combo. Then we set up the camper.
Then we had a campfire and the kids camped out last night.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Hustle and flow

Put up some shelves tonight. Thanks for the wood, Tony. Much ado 'round the house anon.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


Humid this morning, then warm today.

The kids and I went out to Nicolet to hit golf balls after work. They're much better than they were last spring. I'm about the same.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

I like spring

Last weekend Dave and I found the most geocaches in one day that we've yet done. 20. Some I had been to before, so I think my count was 13. Jamie received Holy Eucharist for the first time, and we had a cookout. Scott and Angie and their kids were also up.

I kept busy every night this week. I guess I should try squeezing a short blog entry in more often. Although one night of business was Phil & I drinking beer and watching the Brewers only loss this week.

Yesterday Jamie & Kayla and I hiked into our Live It Up cache to replace the container. About a mile each way. Plenty of ticks. Today they went to Mom & Dad's for special day and made bug boxes from kits that Uncle Paul sent from Florida. I placed more caches in the Oneida County Forest near Bundy.

Jamie's in the shower and I can hear the radio playing "Big Country." Ain't it so.