Saturday, March 28, 2009

28 March, 2009 -- Wind, cold, drizzle - not spring

Getting behind on photos. Pushing papers today.
Windy today, rattling roof (what's left of it). And it sort of tried to snow.
Spring has regressed back into pre-spring.

27 March, 2009 -- From the roof

Bang bang bang bang bang
I finally climbed the big ladder and removed one last sheet metal screw,
freeing the legion of carpenters who were hammering on the roof all day.
You can't imagine how much noise that makes from the inside!
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In one week, the grass has grown so much, it now needs mowing.
That's the last remaining part of the roofing. I expected it to be
gone this morning after wind and rain, but it's still there.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

26 March, 2009 -- I flew today. The roof flew Monday.



I took a bunch of aerials today, as the weather is turning bad for a few days. Took some pics of our newly departed three year old roof that blew off Monday while we were in Iowa. No house damage, as the original roof was still ok. Had to adjust the tarp over a potential leaky place.
Nice mess.
Larry and the next door neighbor put up the tarp and gathered up some of the debris.
Owe them a steak supper!
Wind is picking up tonight, and I can hear those loose pieces rattling. It's gonna get worse in the next few days. And we're supposed to get snow.
I'm just glad I wasn't here to hear it tear off.


Little bitty airport resident... rescued from the little Bitty airport resident kitty.
Isn't he cute? He was very tame, probably traumatized. I turned him loose in the
grass after Lloyd locked up the kitties for the night.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

25 March, 2009 -- John Wayne


Waall, hold it right thar, Pilgrum!

Lloyd and I detoured a little bit on the way home, visited Winterset, Iowa, southwest of Des Moines. We found the John Wayne birthplace, house and museum, gift shop.


Then, in a city park, there is one of the famed Bridges of Madison County. It was built in 1870, and moved from a few miles north of Winterset to the park in 1970. Next time we come to Iowa, I want to track down the rest of the bridges. There's a lot of grafiti inside, but the structure is very interesting.


And here's something you don't see very often.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

24 March, 2009 -- Went out to the movies


Haircut! Finally, it's only been about six months. Fonda and I shopped
in Ames this afternoon. Staples, Big K, Hobby Lobby, Wild Bird Shop, etc.
The guys all stayed home - no, no no shopping for us.

LAD & G'pa worked on the training wheels, so the rear
wheel wouldn't slip on the tile floor.
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Fonda & Randy & I went to Ames tonight to see "Gran Torino", while
G'pa Lloyd stayed home with LAD. No, no no we didn't ride a bike. This
was yesterday, Fonda & LAD. Cell phone picture.

This video is off my blackberry. I finally found software that would
decode the blackberry format into something common for the computer.
This was yesterday's shopping trip, LAD got new shoes.
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Monday, March 23, 2009

23 March, 2009 -- Iowa Science Center


New hat, from J & J & J & J in MO.



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While Lloyd took his ag test for Iowa, LAD and Fonda and I visited the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines. What a day! Imax theater, "Under the Sea". Star Theater, "Cardboard Rocket Ship" to all the planets. This is the "ball wall".

That's LAD, then Fonda's ear, and G'ma Airplane. We are wierd.
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Played on all the fun exhibits, and then LAD got a new pair of shoes.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

22 March, 2009 -- Geocaching, riding in Iowa



Fonda and I hunted down some coordinates from geocaching.com, and found this little cannister. It contained the coordinates of the second cache, which was hanging in a tangle of trees. We added our names to the list of finders. That's all there is to this one. Some times, if it's a larger container, we take a trinket and leave a new trinket for others to find. The caches are hidden all over the country... a huge treasure hunt!

LAD helped G'pa Lloyd exercise the lawn mower, and the bike. LAD's learning to pedal.


Fonda, LAD and I explored around Slater on the bike path before pizza supper.


The mechanics.


Long day, naptime.