Birthday, Cabin, & Dam!

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We had a very busy weekend. It all kicked off Saturday morning. My wife got up and got ready to go visit with her dad and get her hair done. Everett and I were flying solo most of the day.Β  Once the both of us got ready we headed out my niece Rory’s second birthday party! It was pink and Minnie Mouse themed in many ways.

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She got a nice 6V four wheeler that Everett and the others were all curious about.

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Being a bit shy, like he is, he stayed away from most of the other kids. I think a lot of it has to do with the small age difference. It won’t matter in a year but right now they are talking and running around better than him still. He did get some one on one time with that four wheeler though haha.

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I plopped him down on it twice and pushed the button to make it go for him, while we drove it around in the grass. He seemed to like riding it. Later we headed over to the nearby play ground for some more fun. Here is Everett, who climbed up the stairs on his own, and his cousin Rory.

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Then my brother Nathan followed Everett through the tube haha. Everett wasn’t sure what to think about that.

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This was his way of telling me that he wanted to go down the slide.

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We hit that slide about 20 times. Then just another shot of him climbing those stairs again.

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My grandparents came down too. They were at our other cousins second birthday party just before and made it down to Rory’s. Everett was trying to put his great grandpa’s cane in his cup holder haha.

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Here is my grandma holding my other niece Bridget who is just over two months old, and my dad and brother holding Everett.

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Rory and Everett were on a path right to each other in this picture.Rory tried to kinda hug/kiss him in passing haha.

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Then just real quick another picture of my baby niece! πŸ˜€

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Everett and I finished out the night doing some laundry then hanging out at my parents place so they could see him some more.

Sunday we had quite a bit going on. I headed out to camp only for a couple hours, since what my dad decided to do with the ceilings looks terrible. We made progress never the less. My brother’s friend Dave came to help out as well.

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We added 24 more cross supports to attempt a flat ceiling. This is where we all got mad. My dad decided that we wont’ put the boards flush and that they will just overlap and be rounded. Which is very ugly and we all hate it but he doesn’t seem to care. :/

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Here you cal see that they are just putting them up and leaving the extra. Why? Again, no one knows. Its ugly.

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Later I met with my wife while my mom watched Everett at home, for some pictures. She want to start advertising ‘Adventure Themed’ engagement and wedding pictures. She got a sister of a friend of hers to come down after their wedding to get these taken. I take some behind the scene shots for her to have as well.

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The last spot in that tour was at a boat launch where we put them in a row boat and I took the drone up and took some shots from above that I don’t have back yet. We mad it home, had some dinner, and got ready for bed.

I told you we were busy haha. I hope you had a great weekend, I know we did. I’ll be back again tomorrow, hope to see you then! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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Around The Water Cooler!

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A bit late today but never the less, I am here.

I had a few unexpected events happen today. First I was asked by my coworker to go give blood. It was out of the blue and I hadn’t done it in a while so I figured, why not? So around 10:45am we left the office ans went and gave blood across town. It was at his wife’s place of business so it was laid back and kinda fun.

Later, after we arrived back at the office, I was invited to go out to lunch with one of our vendors. This particular vendor comes from an hour and a half away and hits multiple client spots all in the same day. This time he was taking us out to lunch and just chatting about our current projects. We went to a nice little dive in town that I had never eaten atΒ  before, surprisingly. I ordered a turkey panini with cajun french fries. It was really good! I’m going to have to take my wife there some time soon.

In other news Everett woke up today not feeling well, I guess. My wife called me and told me that he was just laying and staring. He wasn’t very active and looked like he wasn’t having a good morning. 😦 He seemed fine last night and slept all night without any issues. She thinks that he may be just teething and we both hope it is nothing more. I just text her and she said he was playing a bit more than he was, so hopefully he is feeling better.

This weekend we have a few things to do around the house, like taking down our pool and possibly our umbrella in the yard. Saturday we have my niece’s second birthday party, down at the park where we play softball. It should be a good time, and if Everett is up for it, he can play with his cousins. I’m not sure if we have anything going on Sunday, but we may go work on the cabin some more to try and button things up for winter.

That is all from me today. I hope you all have had a great Friday, and I hope you have a great weekend! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Tuesday!

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We are back after a long holiday weekend. I can’t say that I’m happy to come back to work but it is time to get going with everything.

Saturday we installed a couple of air conditioners for the second floor and attic. Later that evening my wife had a photo shoot. A girl that I went to college with and worked with for a while came down from about an hour and a half away to get her pictures taken. It was a couple field settings, in the late evening. They turned out great, from what I can tell! πŸ˜€ I was watching Everett while the whole thing was going on.

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He was having a pretty good time in the weeds.The girl who came down had her son with her for the shoot, and the two of them got to interact a little bit which was nice.

Sunday we did indeed go to the cabin. My dad, brother, cousin, and brother’s friend came out for helping purposes. My wife, mother, and son came for the outdoors. Everett was only there with my wife for a little bit because it was calling for thunderstorms. It did rain for a bit but that was about it, so I was sad to see them go over that. Everett fell in the dirt a few times and didn’t really like that. Here he is with me in the cabin. πŸ˜€

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My dad is seen here cutting another sheet of plywood for the ceiling. They were able to put up another four sheets.

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My cousin and I took the four wheeler and went up and down the hill clearing the debris along the way.

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We were able to get five or so trees cut and out of the way as well as maintain some other trails. We came back and hung out for about two hours around the campfire, it was a really nice day.

Monday was a bit rough for me personally because nothing was going my way. We went and got a gate for the attic to allow Everett to have a play room on the other side, and it is the worst gate I have ever seen. It didn’t help that the studs were impossible to find in the wall. I also bought expanding foam to fill the cracks in the other room to keep the bugs out. That is all well and good except the one main gap was way too big and now I need to cut all the foam to look good. It is hot up there and it was a huge pain in the ass. Some of it made its way onto the floor, which was about impossible to get off.Β  After that crap that took way too long, I gave up on the day. I played video games, ate bad food, and made no further progress haha. πŸ˜€ After that the rest of the night went OK after that.

That brings us to the lazy Tuesday. I don’t have much going on today and hope it stays that way. I really don’t feel like doing much. I did get a hold of a retired electrician to come look at my lights, I just have to find a date and time that works for us. If I can get the light in and the house looking back to normal I’ll be OK again.

That is it for me! I hope you have a great Labor Day weekend! I’ll see you again tomorrow!

Monday Photo Dump!

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Welcome to the start of the week! We did quite a bit this weekend. Friday we went to Pizza Hut with my parents for dinner and Everett was being a normal goofball.

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Saturday morning we headed back to the cabin. We are hoping to have the beds in before the start of the hunting season. We added stairs to the front and added boards to the ceiling. Some of the wall pieces are missing, because they are all pieces we have to cut to a custom size.

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This area will be the bed room, with bunks on the right and left.

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This next one is looking from the kitchen area to the bedroom. We have that half wall up to divide the room.

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While I was at camp my wife’s two friends came into town. One of them has a little three month old. We got ready and went to the county fair for a few hours.

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Next is a must have golf cart. Just sayin. πŸ˜€

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Towards the end we lowered Everett’s stroller and he passed right out!

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Sunday we went out to visit my wife’s dad. He has been in a nursing home for a little bit now. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a while ago and can no longer live on his own. It is pretty sad because he isn’t very old. He remembers us and Everett and loves holding him.

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We were able to meet with his wife and their kid Remi and take him to the courtyard. The kids ran around like crazy.

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The lady in the wheelchair is Lois. She has sort of been watching over my wife’s dad while people aren’t around. She came out with us and loved seeing the boys.

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Everett and Uncle Remi are playing here with some cars on the little bench.

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Later to round out the day and make the most out of it we met with her grandparents and brother’s family for lunch. It was at a very nice golf course in the area. They have great food and service.

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If you have your volume on you can hear Everett slurp up his noodles haha. if you look close you can even see his top teeth! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Once we got home, we got in our comfy clothes and watched some New Girl. Everett has been looking though his legs so my wife was doing it too and he was laughing hysterically.

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That was our weekend! We did a lot and it was, like always, worth it. I hope you had a great weekend too! I’ll see you all again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Coffee Talk!

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Welcome, on this fine Friday. It is chilly here with a decent amount of sun.

May car is in the shop today getting a tune up/oil change/tire rotation. Things are going fairly well.

I’m feeling good about the day. I’m going to take it easy and let things that come at me roll off my back.

This weekend will hopefully be the same way. I just got a text from my brother asking if we could go work on the cabin Saturday, so if it is nice out maybe I can take the family out too. I do hope to start work on the garage this weekend at some point as well. I have saw horses now so I can take the wood outside and cut it. It would make the whole process more enjoyable.

So what are you all doing on your weekend? I hope whatever it is, you have some fun with it! Even if it is a slow weekend in the house.

That’s it for me. I’ll see you all again Monday! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

 

Junk Drawer Post!

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This will be a ‘junk drawer post’ because it just kind of covers a number of things.

It has been a busy Thursday, that is for sure. I had a nice little break at lunch, because we had another retirement luncheon. Everything and everyone is a little more relaxed and the time restrictions on the break itself are too. The company understands that everyone is still gong to get the same amount of work done so they don’t enforce it super hard on those days.

As I type this I was just informed that I have a PC shipment here that now needs my attention. I will be setting another couple up like normal for this month.

This weekend is shaping up to be somewhat busy again, but without the long travel. I believe that Everett has a swim class Saturday that I like looking forward to. My cousin wants to have a game night sometime this weekend. Lastly we are going to head back out to camp. I think we have insulation for the ceiling, ends to cut along the bottom, and we may even get the wood stove in place (or at least the hole cut). It’ll be a great feeling to finally get that thing built.

My wife and are are paying down some debt with our refund check and putting the rest into some sort of savings for future projects or emergencies. I feel like that is the most responsible thing we can do with it. Makes me feel good to have a clean slate, even if it will only be for a short time haha. Speaking about money, Everett’s 529 plan for college savings is on a steady rise.

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At some point, when I make more money, I would like to increase the amount I put in to it each pay check. I would also like to do that with my 401K, but the same thing applies. For now I am doing what I can and that is what counts.

With us, I believe staying where we are for now, we will be looking to continue fixing and improving our current house. I would like to paint our treated fence, replace the cracked spackling above the stairs, and finish the garage to my liking.Β  A huge thing, I don’t think will happen for a long time, would be to refinish the wood floors in the second floor. We basically live there though and it would be hard to have everything moved. Who knows, we will just have to wait and see.

That is all for me today. I hope you are having a great Thursday, and I will see you tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

 

Tuesday Lull!

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This is the most Tuesday, Tuesday that I have had in a while. Its definitely not a Monday, nor is is the slight rush of hitting the middle of the week. It is a very normal day. I haven’t had one of those in a while.

It is moderately busy at work. I have been working closely with UPS to find a solution for our shipping department. We hit a snag early on but looks like things are back on track. I have an issue that has been bugging me for weeks in Excel. I can’t seem to figure it out. I made a sheet for the company to use to replace the old way of sending around purchase requisitions, and it has worked flawlessly for three years now. A month ago I had a user tell me his wasn’t working, even though everyone else is still able to use it just fine. I am completely stumped on why this is. I have been racking my brain, then sleeping on it, then racking my brain some more with no avail. :/ I have since posted my issue up on a forum in hopes that someone may be able to provide some “outside looking in” perspectives. If you are an Excel guru hit me up haha, I have questions lol. πŸ˜€

The family is doing better. My wife is still stuffy and has a headache, but I can only believe that that will pass in a day or so. We are going to be over this sickness just in time for good weather I hope! It will finally be 60 degrees here in a day or two. WOO! πŸ˜€ My poor flowers have been more than frost bitten. I went out a week or so ago and got rid of all the dead stuff and made room for the flowers to pop up, and they did. Since, they have been covered in snow two more times! If they make it through I’ll be surprised haha. Speaking of better weather, we should be getting back out to camp when it clears up. We have to finish that damn cabin! We need to insulate the ceiling and finish siding the peaks. Once that is all done we can work on the inside stuff like the counters and bunks, as well as get the wood stove in place.

Softball is going to start up soon too. I’m not sure if I am going to play or not. Part of me doesn’t want to, because there ends up being too much drama from our teammates (They are a family), but part of me wants to keep playing with my little brother. It is one of the only things that we do together. He told me I better play haha. Who knows! I have a lot going on this summer and if I play I’ll have to let them know that it is my last priority.

That is all for me today. I’m glad you stopped by, I’ll see you all again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Everything But The Kitchen Sink!

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It is Wednesday and for me that means payday! It sounds great until you know that I don’t have any money haha. I hope someday I won’t have to live pay check to pay check. I got my direct deposit, only to come into work and pay off my bills and have enough money for gas in the car that isn’t even mine. RIP. The only good things I can say are that I am saving for retirement and my sons college, so that is a plus.

Speaking of money being gone before you even have it, I have a plumber coming tomorrow sometime after work. I’m sure that they will run their own snake and prove for themselves that my pipe is busted. That will come with a fun bill, followed by a bigger more fun quote to fix it lol. If it is anything like the other quote it will be a couple thousand dollars, for them to jack hammer my foundation and replace the broken piece, then filling it all back in. They should, like the last plumber, also repair the dry wall they have to tear out.

Friday starts the last month of 2017, and that evening I am going out to camp. the next day I will be getting up early and heading further into the woods, to hunt. We have 4-5 spots set up on my dads land that are prime for hunting, which is good because we have three people usually hunting. I will start low on the hill at my deer stand. Depending on the weather I may go higher on the hill. It is looking like it may be cooler, but still won’t be any snow. That makes it tough to see the contrast of a deer and hard to follow it if you have to. that being said the goal is to take a good shot and not have to chase it down. My dad went out yesterday and didn’t see anything, so I hope there are still some in the area when I get there. I have to find something to sleep on in the cabin because it isn’t finished. I’ll have to find a couple cushions or a small futon mattress or something to drag in there with me.

The other day I finished the third season of Zoo on Netflix, only to be disappointed that it was a cliffhanger leading into the fourth, which isn’t out yet. grrr. I hate that, I mean I understand why it happens but I really thought they were gearing up to end it and then it just drug on and on, then stopped. RIP again. I tried watching the first episode of Godless last night and it was so boring I fell asleep on my couch watching it. I may give it another try when I’m not also fairly tired from the night prior haha.

My co-worker is off today so I am the only one here with any real networking experience, you would think I’d be busy, but I am not. Half of my company takes this and next week off to go hunt, that should give you an idea about where I live haha. Most highschools in the area give the first day of hunting off, because it is pointless to try that day because no one shows up. Anyway if no one is here no one can have a problem with their computer!

In other news my wife is looking for a work from home position. We would like to get away from spending $500 a month on a babysitter and she would like more time home with him, so that seems to be a win win. The hard part is finding one. I have found her a few but she didn’t want to do them I guess. She has also just signed up at care.com to be a babysitter herself! I mean our baby sitter is making bank for being a retired woman, making money under the table. Doing some simple math, at $500 a month for one kid, and having a solid 6 kids at all times (some days more/some less), then multiplying by the twelve months in a year, that is about $36,000 a year from home. I am not sure if she pays taxes on it, she might but I’m not sure. It isn’t the greatest income and it is demanding but it is viable for where we live. If we were to move out a ways like we would like to someday it may not work, that is why I would rather her get in with a company that will keep her even if she moves. We will see, only time will tell.

That is all from me today. I hope you all have a great humpday! I’ll see you again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Daily Post!

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What can I say, I still hate printers. The issue is still not resolved and I have been on the phone twice today with a Schwab rep.Β  We have made progress, but I can’t help but feel like printers should work as well as computers. Most everything now a days ca be easily set up and swapped, when will printers be the same? Honestly I ca’t wait for the day where we willΒ  no longer need them. That will surely happen before they become user friendly. I mean think about i, what do you really need to print? Other than the occasional physical flyer, most things can be done simpler another way. I hope they do away with them soon! πŸ˜€

This will not be a printer post though I just wanted that out there. My wife and I just started watching ” It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” which is great, until we got the news that in December it will be taken off of Netflix. RIP haha.

We have had our first through third frost already. I guess it was bound to happen. Good news is I think I am done mowing my grass for the year! πŸ˜€ I have yet to find anyone to purchase my pellet stove, and will need my brother to come over and help me move it to the back of the garage, so my wife can park in there. My goal was to have the walls up and the stove sold before the first snow. That is no longer the case at all. I have no idea why there has been no interest in my stove, I haven’t even received a low ball offer, thats insanely rare. I have it on pennswoods.net, craigslist, five different Facebook garage sale pages, and posted here at work. Nothing, not even a whisper.

Again we have no plans for this weekend. We will see what lies ahead. I really hope nothing comes up and that we can just stay in. I like when the weather starts to get cool and you can coffee up and stay on the couch nice and warm. On another note I”m not sure when my dad will have more parts for the cabin. We have enough done that it can snow and be fine, but we still have some insulating to do.

That is all for today. I hope you all have a great Thursday, and I’ll try to remember Coffee Talk, bright and early tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

What A Fun Weekend!

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This weekend was a blast. I mean nothing crazy happened, but it was an all around good time. It really started on Saturday. My wife left in the morning to get her hair done for the first time since having the baby. It was something she really wanted to get done, so I’m glad I was able to watch Everett while she did that.

Once she got home, I packed my stuff and headed to camp. Before I left I stopped at a place that over looks most of my whole city. I had a nice panorama, but it looked weird when I threw it on here.

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Once I got to camp I helped my brother and dad, who got there before me. We brought wood and supplies to the site. Here are the 4″ pieces that we used to cover the cracks of the other boards.

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When we were on the last board, we had to notch it. This was to ensure that it would fit around a stud. I was notching it out with a hand saw when it jumped up off the board and sliced my thumb. It was pretty bad but I got it wrapped up quickly.

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It is a bit hard to do most things with your thumb covered like this haha. I had a glove over it so I would not get dirt and stuff in it. Plus, I was staying the night so I was going to be there a long time.

Anyway, with that set back out of the way we were able to get the pieces up!

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Since we had more boards from the last time, we started work on one of the ends. It gets the most weather so we wanted to cover it up a bit. We are going to, possibly slat shingle the peaks, and cover the cracks with more 4′” boards like the front.

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A couple of my brother’s friends showed up as well as my older brother. They hung around most of the day. But after a while I was getting hungry for that juicy steak I told you all I would get. I threw it down on our grill over some hot coals and let it ride.

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While that was cooking up nicely, my brother’s friend Ben made me a drink. Stick with me as I explain what’s in it. He mixed bourbon and blueberry preserves in an empty water bottle. Once it was shaken together he poured it through a strainer and into my cup. Similarly, he mixed lemonade and club soda and poured that in too. To finish it off he squeezed a lemon in there and here is what we have!

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It was really dang good. I had a couple of those and enjoyed my steak.

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Once everyone left I hung out by the fire until it got dark. I threw a few more logs on because I wanted coals for breakfast.I decided to just roll my sleeping bag out in the cabin and stay there for the night. It looked creepy but it was better than a tent!

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With my head lamp on I started into my new book! I only got a few chapters in before I turned in for the night.

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I’m pretty glad I slept in the cabin because it rained pretty hard that night. Which did ruin my breakfast plans. I had no coals and with the clouds over head it stayed dark longer than I had hoped. When I woke up I packed my things and just headed home. You can see below what it was like on my way out.

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I stopped off to get pop tarts for breakfast and brought them home for my wife. It is a craving she has somewhat often so I figured it was a good choice. We ran around Sunday and got groceries, as well as cleaned up around the house. My mother in-law came down and wanted to spend some time with Everett. That gave me some time to play a few video games. I checked the mail later and was pleased to find two pieces of mail from real people haha. First a card from my great aunt Arlene. It was a “First Halloween” card fro our son.

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The second was a nice thank you from my brother and his wife.

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We closed out the weekend with some Netflix and ice cream. Sounds good huh?

That is all for me. It was a fun weekend and I’m glad I got some time in the woods! I’ll be back tomorrow, see you then! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€