If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then this post will give me a chance to catch up with some of you The past 3 months have been some of the busiest in years.
I know how to build “margin” in my life, and it’s slim….Ready? Here goes…
We played host to a family reunion in July. Wife’s siblings (she’s one of 7) were all back in town to connect. I love my wife’s family. They’re not perfect but they really work at staying involved in each others lives. They are scattered all over the United States. I took one of my nephews to work one day:
Nephew bonding with Uncle Doug, pouring cement
Late July we hosted concert # 3 in the 2009 Bear River Concert series. Here’s a picture of Jesse Martin, Gayla Drake Paul and myself after the show
In 1999 I stayed several days with a family in California while attending a conference. We’ve kept in touch ever since. Catherine and her son Jonathan came for a visit. She was originally from the Midwest, came back for a school reunion, wanted Jonathan to connect with some of his roots. This is a picture of all of us one Sunday morning
Here’s Jonathan seeing what potatoes look like fresh from the garden
Here’s Jonathan petting one of the hens. I think it’s Joy
In early August, I got a call from someone saying “Let’s do it” We’d been talking about building him a new 26,000 sq ft warehouse. Here’s a picture of the first day digging footings. Once we broke ground, this project has been a priority .
We had 11 inches of rain the first 2 weeks of this job, our ditches had to be repeatedly pumped out in order to pour the wall and footings. Here’s one area with 5 feet of water in mud. Made for some long days
Dad always said, never ask someone to do something you won’t do yourself (I think many of our government leaders missed that lecture) Here’s a picture of nephew, son and myself bucketing mud off the footings. The mud was too thick for the sump pump so we did it old school.
Speaking of school, I started teaching part time in a new community college building. This is a picture of me in the shop. I teach 2 construction related classes from 12:30 till 2 Monday through Friday. I love the class, have a great bunch of guys, but it has been brutal in terms of my schedule. I go to my first job (building new warehouse) from 7:30 till 11:15 , run home, clean up, head to the school, teach, then go back to the construction site. In the evenings, most nights I have to work on the lesson plan for the next day. It has really cut into the time I typically blog.
In late August, we hosted concert # 4 with GDP 3. Here’s a view through my video camera.
Here’s a picture of the cement pump starting to pour the floor in the warehouse.
Forgot to mention, we have a bumper crop in the orchard this year, so we’ve started picking apples. Here’s two little cousins picking apples
Here’s a picture of my son with some of the cortlands
Last week friend and fellow blogger Kristina and family came for a visit. I think we all made lots of memories. Here’s a picture of us after we got off the river kayaking.
Here’s a picture of Kristina in the kitchen cooking w/o meat. She really is a great cook. I could get used to having a full time maid
Applejam (Concert #5) took place over the weekend that Kristina and family was here. They were a great help. I’m guessing there were at least 120 people here for that. Here’s a picture of a brother sister duo who were awesome. He sang a Neil Young song that sounded as good as the original.
Young lady on the right just finished singing @ Applejam.
I did get on stage and sing an Alison Kraus song with Kathy, DJ and Lori during Applejam.
I’m going to have to stop there. Wanted to stay in touch w/ those of you that are regular readers.- later- DM