Thursday, August 16, 2007

Snake and House Update

Mitchell and I have been busting it on the house the last couple of weeks. The trenches for plumbing and earth tubes are dug, the conduit for the electrical is in place, big holes for the septic tanks are dug, about half of the interior doors are hung. Mitchell has run the wire for all of the electrical circuits he can get to and has most of the outlet circuits wired with plugs. One circuit is live at this time and two more will be tomorrow. Tomorrow we are supposed to get rain so we will work inside with more wiring and the placement of lines for the lights/ceiling fans. Slowly the house is taking shape.

This afternoon I ran across a rattler on my way to bring in the calf. It was coiled up and waiting in the path by the stanchion. I went back to the house to get the shotgun and when I returned it was gone. Not knowing the location of the snake is much worse than seeing it in the path, so I took another route to the calf and got her put up. As I came out of the stanchion I was planning to go get the eggs, but without knowing where the snake was I said a quick prayer for protection, looked down and saw the snake all coiled up and about a foot from my feet. The snake was looking the other way. The old saying "if it was a snake it would have bit me" can be reworked in this case to "if it was looking my way it would have bit me" particularly since it was already coiled. Thankfully, blessedly, it was looking the other way and I had the shot gun. The snake is dead and Joy now has a rattle to play with. 11 rattles in case you're interested and it was almost four feet long. Its kinda funny how a 12 gauge fired right into the ground will leave a divot in sun baked clay.

No, Dad, I did not even consider reaching down, grabbing it and snapping its head off with a whip crack motion like Granddad Nelson used to do.

Roger

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Top Ten List

Top ten reasons why the Nelson’s should have a tenth child:

10. More cake at more weddings
9. We haven’t had an ugly or stupid one yet
8. Group discounts
7. They don’t all act like Clark
6. We still have baby clothes
5. The number nine is odd, and we aren’t
4. We haven’t used every name yet
3. Our town is too small
2. We’re scared to death of an empty nest
1. It’s too late not to

Baby TEN is due very near my 40th birthday at the end of February. We're hopeful for a leap year baby.

Melissa

Friday, August 03, 2007

My Handyman is Handy

If you've been reading our blog, you know I'm making a quilt. I had finished quilting 2 out of 24 squares when the wing nut on my quilt hoop disappeared. I believe it was Gloria. There was evidence of her mischief all around the room. For those of you who don't quilt or embroider, I'll explain as best I can (which isn't good). You want the quilt to fit in this hoop so all the pieces get held together tightly and not fall out. There are two pieces of hoop, one underneath and one on top. The quilt gets held in place between these two hoops. The piece on top has a bolt that runs through two sides of the hoop and gets held in place by a wing nut. This way you can tighten it or loosen it as needed. Without the wing nut, the whole thing is useless.

We have a small store called Alco in town. I went and looked and they didn't have anything useful for this project. Quilt hoops are quite a bit larger than most embroidery hoops and they only had the teeny tiny ones. The nearest Walmart is a half hour drive and the nearest craft store is an hour. So until we needed to go to one of those places, my work was on hold. So I wandered to the internet to see what I could find. Of course, this wasn't in the budget, but I found a couple of things that intrigued me. One was at Joanns.com and the other was at ebay. They were the same price once you included shipping. But the one at ebay looked like maybe Roger could make it for me for less. So I asked him. He said sure he could do that for less. There was nothing more I could do for now, so I took a nap.

When I woke up, and it wasn't long, trust me. Thirty minutes at the most and that includes the time I spent tickling the little people that woke me up. I turned around and there's this big frame sitting by my bed. Roger had found stuff just laying around and built this for me while I napped! It didn't cost a thing. To top it off, he also went to Coopers, a store in town where he goes to buy everything he ever needs almost, and got me not just one, but two new wingnuts for my quilt hoop!

Not only was it way less than the cost of the stuff on the internet, but there was NO shipping time. What a great deal! What a great husband!

quilt on frame
Shown above is the quilt on the frame. Nothing fancy, but it works great!

Melissa