Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Trampoline Dog

Did I mention we are getting some fabulous weather? Well we are. It hit 70 degrees yesterday and I just sat outside and felt the warmth on my skin for an hour. It was lovely. The kids and I spent some time on the trampoline with Winston. He's been routinely taken out to the trampoline since he was a pup so he's getting pretty used to it. The dog likes all of us but really has taken a liking to Wesley. Winston is pretty much his dog and it shows.

And this is what happens when we try to take a group selfie with the pup. Good times!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Milling Machine Moving

This past weekend was beautiful! It was warm, not windy and the sun was shining. Perfect weather to get outside and accomplish stuff. I kicked the kids outside (might be the first time all winter) and we all got some much needed vitamin D. Sean escaped to the shop and few hours later I wander over to see what he was up to. This is what I see upon entering the shop.

If you remember, several months ago Sean found a milling machine on eBay and purchased it. It has been sitting in the shop on it's shipping crate ever since. He felt it was time to attempt to take it off of the pallet. Now keep in mind it's 2200 pounds. This is not something you can just easily pick up and place on the ground.....might be why it's been sitting on it's shipping crate so long.

Sean assumed me it would be easy and safe to just ease it off onto the floor jacks and then slowly let it down. All I could see what this one ton piece of machinery squashing my husband flat. So I decided to stick around and watch in case I needed to call an ambulance.

Using a pry bar he slowly pushed it off of the pallet and onto the floor jack. Then he placed piled up wood around each corner.

He put another floor jack on the other side and slowly lowered the milling machine to the ground, removing one piece of wood at a time.

I was impressed and really happy he didn't hurt himself (although his back may never be the same). He then used the same pry bar to slowly inch the monstrosity over into the corner where he's going to start working on it. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

FitBit Pup

Sean's job is offering a health challenge to its workers. It's a website that keeps track of your daily steps, food logs and mental health tests and then gives you points for participating (10K steps = 10 points, food log = 10 points, and so on). Then when you reach 400 points they give gift certificates to Amazon. This is open to spouses too (lucky me!). Now I'd like to say that I'm super active and those 10 thousand steps come easily on the FirBit tracker attached to my hip....but it's not easy. In fact it's super hard to get that many steps in the middle of winter. I will admit that I'm a sloth in the winter. I pretty much hibernate all winter long curled up in a blanket on the couch while sculpting. I've come to terms with this. I'm super active in the spring, summer and fall. I love to garden, and mow and play outside with the kids. But not in the winter. So the problem I'm finding is how to get those 10 thousand steps.

Enter the land shark known as Winston. He's a five month old pup that reigns down terror on all that inhabit his land. He runs and leaps, he plays and fights all while gathering me those treasured steps.

He's a super pup. I shall repay him with a new toy (purchased with my Amazon gift cards he's earning me).