Saturday, March 2, 2019

Woke Up to 5" of Snow, B-Day Party a Smash, 3"~5" More Snow On The Way

Nice, dry, fluffy stuff, too! And I'm either getting used to using the ^&%$$%#!!! snowblower, or it's "working" better. Took my can Of PB Blaster! silicone lube, and SOAKED all the areas that get hit with snow, and trundled it out this afternoon. Did our sidewalk, and continued on doing the sidewalks for our neighbors on either side. Cleared half the driveway, and then got the shovel out to do the steps leading in to the house. Spent over an hour doing what I used to be able to do in 30 minutes, but "That's Life".

I tossed out some ice melt on all the foot paths to keep the still-falling snow from building up.

And then the MC put on his hat, and said "Let's get this party started!".

First order of business is the tearing of paper.....

A little golf set from Uncle Drew!

WoW! A Tee Ball set!

And my first two-wheeler!

And a slide for the big backyard our new house has!

The Little Guy got quite the haul! This was about half the stuff he got, the rest being clothes and books. He LOVES books, and we're doing our best to foster and nurture that interest. He loves to look through books, and if they have pictures in them.....WoW! He looked at my library in the basement the other day, realized Those Are All BOOKS!, and gave me a really strange look.

And as the presents were opened, the cousins awaited....

The Three Amigos.....

And topping it off? Cake and Ice Cream! What's a birthday party without cake and ice cream, eh?

And it was good, as evidenced by the thumbs up.

Hey, Bar Tender! Give that cute girl over there a round on me!

So we had a wonderful 2nd Birthday Party for The Little Guy. To think that two years ago when he was born 10 weeks early, he only weighed 2-1/2 pounds, and his Daddy could hold him in one hand, and to see him today made our entire family stop and give thanks. Watching him grow up is fascinating, and the older he gets, the more we interact, and the more fun we have. He was a bit upset that the basement door was closed, because he wanted to go down to the workshop. So, all the men folk trooped downstairs and watched him explore the workshop, turning knobs on the radios, going through my box of coax connectors (bright, shiny things!), and doing typical little boy stuff. We look at our grandchildren so differently than how we looked at our own children. I suppose it should be obvious to us, but I still marvel at how different it is.

So we had all the relatives over today, and made some plans for the upcoming warmer weather. We're planning a "St. Paddy's Day Shootout" up at the ranch outside of Wellington, where #1 son got his backstop scooped and arranged last Fall. This is the backstop for his "100 yd" range, and he'll be building a longer one this summer. The "Long Range" is planned for at least 300 yds for now, but he has room to do 1000 yds safely. He's also been dragging tons (literally) of new and used 4" and 6" "Drill Pipe" to the dump as a "Clean It Out" contractor, and is going to find a new section for me, cut it to 12', and square the ends. Then we're going to make a flange that fits the base for my Shakespeare AT-2011 vertical, and weld it on. After the weather warms up we're going to sink 4' of the pipe in the back yard, back fill it with concrete, and I'll finally have a proper support structure to get my "Big Stick" vertical back on-the-air. Now I'm back to sourcing a suitable outdoor-rated "NEMA" box for my SGC 230 autocoupler.

And the weather service is predicting another 3"~5" of snow tonight, a retraction from the 5"~7" forecast earlier today, with a low of -4* Sunday night. The snowblower is back in the garage melting and draining, and the batteries are back on charge. I ran it for over 30 minutes today, and the little electronic "Gas Gauge" on each pack showed greater than 80%, so it appears that battery life is "As Advertised".

2330 here, very light snow, and I'm hitting the rack. Herding a bunch of 2 year olds around takes a bit out of you!


  1. Sounds like a great time! Aren't grandkids a hoot! They give us so much. I know I sure have enjoyed watching mine grow up, and the time goes by so fast... Our preemie and the youngest of my grands, turned 16 last month.
    Snow has melted away here, and the temp has shot up to 47 in the day time.

    1. It was great, Brig! When we're parents. as much as we try, we're just "too busy" to observe a lot of little things they do. And since you see them every day, subtle changes pass by.

      Ah..but being a grandparent is different. We have the time to dote on them, and since we don't see them daily, all the new things they learn (and pick up) are new to us, and really stand out.

      It's about 15* here, and we only got an inch or two of snow last night.

  2. That drill pipe makes great fence posts, too. And if he's a welder, he can make some really nice metal post sheds and shooting shelters for the range.

    Throwing away perfectly good pipe? Yikes! So many things to do with all of it.

    First, well, you have to stack a huge pile of it, of course.

    Piledriving a wall of pipes into or behind the backstops to stabilize them would be a good use, too!

    And... well, black powder cannon sound like fun things to make...

    1. Seems a waste to use such high-strength pipe for fence posts.

      And a 6" post? Hang a gate, maybe?

      I don't understand throwing away brand-new pipe, either. It still has the plastic plugs in the ends to keep it clean inside! But he has good-paying customers who call him to clean out various sites where drilling and fracking have been set up, and he just drags everything away that's tagged. He hauled away a nearly new 200 HP, 480 Volt motor last week. Makes you wonder about who's running these companies that they don't have their own salvage operations.

      We don't have to drive them in. The "Family Bobcat(s)" have auger attachments, and they can drill a 36" hole down about six feet without having to add extensions. I think they might have a 48" auger, too. Drilling the hole and setting the pipe will probably take less time than it does to unload/reload the Bobcat off the trailer!

      Hmmmm....6" bore, black-powder any 6" bearing balls?

  3. -1° this morning. The one thing I miss about my old place was a carport.Looks like the sun is shining so after coffee it is out to clear off the vehicles.

    1. And we're supposed to be -5* tonight.

      My poor Jeep has never had a garage or carport to park in/under. I make sure I start it once a week if I haven't been going anywhere just to keep the battery charged.

      Which reminds me...I need to change the oil in it.....

  4. Glad things are working, and looks like a great party! :-)

    1. Yup...we all had a ball and it was good to hook up with the family members from Cheyenne who we don't see very often.

      And I'm getting a chunk of drill pipe out of it!

  5. Nice looking little kids. Can't remember when my own were that age, and I don't have any grandchildren.....

    We had a little snow last night but nothing to compare with yours.

    1. I can remember when mine was that old, but I see through different eyes now. We also don't see him every day, so little changes his parents miss, we spot instantly.

      I've seen him go through three distinct phases of learning to listen and speak, and I'm sure his Mom and Dad never caught that!


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