Saturday, May 3, 2014

R and R - Range Style

I worked from home all week, on a large pile of paper full of technical language designed to annoy attorneys, so a little of the household stuff got done in the evenings. But after being away for several weeks, which followed only a few days off, prior to which was another big trip, it was good to be home.  But there was still stuff to do.
Breakfast was simple;  an egg shaped like New Jersey a perfectly cooked egg, venison maple sausage and homemade tart cherry scones.

Then I unpacked Big Bro's "Swiss Army Submarine", that I brought home to remind me of him.

One fin was a pencil sharpener, the other side was a little box cutter, so it went in my checked bag on the flight home. There was also a little pair of scissors hidden away in it.
Then it was time to sort out a box o'rummage sale tools picked up for next to nothing.  There were a few good ones, and well, perhaps one not so good.

Why Mr. Wrench and Mr. Hammer should not play together.
Then it was on to the mail. There was this catalog where everything was $14.99. I almost went for the Gnomeland Security lawn ornament (just for the tiny set of handcuffs).
But you lost me at the motion sensor farting gnome.
Into the trash, with the rest of the junk mail they went. Then  it was time to organize some stuff in the shop, including some quick labels of some parts.

While Partner in Grime mowed the yard, I called Dad.  He was happily watching the Kentucky Derby.  I asked who won.  He thought about it a minute and said "a horse".  But he had a beer and his home health aide was making him roast chicken and baked acorn squash for dinner and he sounded much better than he did a few days ago.

Then it was time to fire up the grill.  

A cheap $4 round steak (enough for two meals) had been marinating all day in the rest of the homemade Taco Salad dressing and would soon be ready. Baked potatoes were finishing up and salad was made.
It's been a couple of very difficult months, losing two family members that meant the whole world to me, that in a way, protected me and healed me from a sometimes difficult past.  Dad is not much further behind them, I am afraid. But life renews itself, and I am blessed for this simple home, with a husband who loves me, for friends, both on and off the blogosphere, that just stop in and say, "hello we care, thanks for being my friend," even if I'm not around much lately to do the same for them.

Thank you, all of you.

For all of you at the NRA event who sent their well wishes through Midwest Chick and Mr. B., my thanks as well. For those of you who used my crash pad as your NRA weekend base of operations, leaving my freezer full of a bunch of Amish bacon and homemade cookies in my absence, even better.

It makes it all bearable (but seriously, pass on the whole farting gnome thing for Christmas)
Life is good.  God is great.


  1. You write; my heart is touched. That's a good thing.


  2. Indeed. So sorry about the loss of your Brother. Glad you and partner are home.

  3. I LOVE your house! And I would have gladly emailed you at any point in time, to help hold you up, but I don't have your email address like so many others do.

    I just have one question: where you prepared to beat your steak into submission with the wrench? There's easier ways to tenderize meat. lol

  4. I like the shop. It could be dangerous in the hands of a skilled craftsman lol. We grilled today. It was heaven, the boys said they will keep us in propane if I keep grilling. I told them deal.

  5. I was going to make a comment about the 'hammered wrench'...
    But, Let me just say this about that.

    Ms Brigid? You are welcome.

    Rich in NC

  6. Hi Brigid,

    My father in law would have INSISTED on having the farting gnome. It was his kind of humor. One of his final requests was to bury him face down so the world could, ahem, osculate his posterior; he had more direct words for it. He's gone and I miss him as much as my own family.


  7. Jess - I am indeed glad for that.

    Keads - I'm glad as well, you arrived home safely, sorry I missed you in Indy.

    Skip - my best to you and your wife. Be safe.

    lotta joy - it's a neat little home, only 1200 square feet (the upstairs is partially finished, where the model trains are kept, but could be an extra small bedroom or two, though we don't plan on it. The basement is also 1200 square feet, even better, lots of shop space, an area for canning/food prep (with sink and bathroom (bathroom needs work but it will be redone in 2015) and home beer/mead making area.

    I've dropped you an email using the email that's on your blog in the past, didn't think it was still valid. I've tried it again this morning. If you don't get it, drop me a "DO NOT POST" comment with your current email and I'll wander over and say hello.

    Rob - LOL indeed. The steak was simple but good and I'll have leftovers to take back to work, as I'm off to the crash pad this afternoon to go on duty late.

    Rich in NC - as are you. :-)

  8. Glad you're back okay, and things are moving on...

  9. The farting gnome greeter.....I dunno.....I'm not sure if I am going to be able to pass on that one!



  10. You just know that someone out in internet land is going to be looking in to buying you a farting gnome, now, right?

  11. Glad you and Partner had a weekend together at home.

    Love your work shop, it is awesome!

  12. The hammered wrench reminded me that the average Navy Snipe (Machinist Mate in my case) working in the engineering spaces has the equivalent of multiple advance degrees in the art and science of abusing tools.

    Double wrench before hammer!

    In the olden days before high pressure steam lines were joined with the magic alchemy of molten metal, they had flanges with flexatallic gaskets, and when you changed the flex because of leaks, you used a slugging wrench and an maul to get those flanges really tight lest the demon of superheated steam be let loose in the engineering spaces to wreak havoc and death.

    Really tight means that with a full arm swing of a large maul on a slugging wrench it rings and it gets no tighter.

    I may be dating myself, but when I worked in the shipyard, there was an air tool, store bought and made for the purpose, to recut the phonograph grooves on those flanges.

    Getting propulsion steam turbine upper and lower half bolts tight enough is a longer story for another time.

    I am sorry for the losses you have had, and I wish I had spent more time with my father. I was fortunate to have visited him on a whim the day of the night he died.

    Thank you for sharing your life with us.

    John in Philly

  13. Ah, the return to normalcy. That food looks marvelous, as always (I missed lunch and now am drooling on the keyboard). And I know some adult juveniles who would kill for a chance to put that farting gnome on their boss's desk. I'm sure you have a few in mind, too.

  14. I'd ask if you tested Mr. Wrench for blood but I'm pretty sure it was something more solid (that could have been hit.) Obviously formerly owned by Mr. Lost His Temper.

    Yeah, I worry about your Dad, too. He's so stubbornly far away from you.

    The sub looks like fun and it's functional (bonus). Not to mention - a remembrance that is smile inducing. So many of us out here really can't do much to help with your pain other than to say we're here if you need us :) We can't replace what you've lost, but at least you know you'll never be alone.

  15. I solemnly swear, I will not get you a farting gnome for Christmas. Or any other occasion. Tam or Bobbi might want to look out though!

    Hope you're healing. These things zing us out of left field without warning.

  16. I dunno... the farting gnome might make an excellent blog post... video style as he's used for target practice with the biggest rifle you own :)


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