Flooding

June 19, 2012

Flooding

I guess we were fortunate. I know we were fortunate. However, when you spend most of the night baling water to keep it from ruining your house, it’s hard to feel fortunate. We didn’t have any structural damage caused by hail or wind. Just a boat-load of rain.

At one point, Jayne estimated the water coming into our basement was streaming at around 10-gallons/minute. It took both of us to stay ahead of it. While I emptied, Jayne collected the next bucket. It was a long night.

10 Gallons/Minute

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Happy Mother’s Day Mom

June 19, 2012

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Mom has that friendly demeanor where if you were to step on her foot, she would tell you that she was sorry.

It’s that Southern, accommodating nature that extends to the sweet-tea boundary – you know the place. It’s the geographic boundary where the restaurants stop serving iced tea with sugar in it. Mom didn’t use foul language. That is, not until after her brain injury, she could come up with a string of “golf-words” that didn’t include “FORE, or HOLE-IN-ONE! The neurologist says those words come from our gator brain and are not a reflection of higher thought patterns. That explains a lot.

The story goes that when Dad asked Mom to marry him, she responded with, “I reckon.” to this day when she’s asked a question, she’ll respond with, “I reckon” leaving you to judge the response as lukewarm or enthusiastic so you can really tell if that’s what she wants or is just being accommodating.

Sometimes I think that mom’s loss of mental faculty is a blessing. She truly lives in the moment, unable to remember the past and incapable of imagining what’s going to happen next. I sit and watch her, wondering what she would do if we weren’t around to tell her it’s time to eat, bath or sleep.

Mom loves music. Not ALL music as she is quick to tell you which ones she wasn’t “that crazy about.” She will sit and sing along with the Reader’s Digest CD’s for hours, hitting all the words. She likes classical piano music too. She would stop eating on a Sunday morning, cock her head so her ear was lined up and say, “…oh, that’s so pretty!”

One morning, sitting on the deck, Mom strained her eyes and squinted towards Ftn. City, saying that the sky looked, “fuzzy,” unable to come up with “foggy.” She pointed to the sky and say, “there’s the moon!” I would explain to her that it was the sun, shining through the “fuzz.”

Happy Mother’s Day

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8th Grade Dance

June 18, 2012

8th Grade Dance


Andy Erin

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Theatrical. Fun. They looked great!

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Soccer 2011 is Over

June 18, 2012

Soccer 2011 is Over

Andy played his last game as Gresham Gladiator. The GMS team finished 3rd overall in their regular season and finished 2nd in their bracket at the SMSS Tournament held this weekend in Knoxville.

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Wahnetah on Memorial Day

June 18, 2012

Wahnetah on Memorial Day


Wahnetah on Memorial Day

Originally uploaded by Backwash Bob

Visited with mom a bit on Memorial Day Weekend. Good spirits. Hot! Didn’t sit outside too long. She wanted to go inside.

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30 BF of Ash

June 17, 2012

30 BF of Ash


30 BF of Ash

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It has begun.

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Mom – 7/10/2011

June 17, 2012

Mom – 7/10/2011


Mom – 7/10/2011

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Sunday visit.

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Futon Frame

June 17, 2012

Futon Frame


Futon Frame

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Progress! Stretchers attached with knock-down bolts. Halfway done. Now time to build the frame that will support the full-size mattress.

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Futon Phase II

June 17, 2012

Futon Phase II


Futon Phase II

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I got the back done and started on the seat. I wanted to see the hardware in action. Beds are tough in my small shop.

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Futon Progress

June 16, 2012

Futon Progress


Futon Progress

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All that’s left is the finish: Boiled Linseed Oil, Blonde Shellac, and
topped off with poly. We tried the mattress on it just to see if everything
fit. It did. Not long before it’s done.

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