Sunday, October 23, 2005

Back to Work

Well, vacation is over. I have been traveling and loafing around for the last couple of weeks. Mom and I joined Kim and Kathy and a bunch of other ladies in Arkansas at a multi-location craft fair. We had a great time. We saw a lot of crafts and got lots of ideas, most of us didn't buy much though. I saw a lot of gourds decorated in just about every possible way, but I also noticed that I didn't see to many people carrying them around. Mom said the prices were pretty high, $50 for some of them. I suspect they didn't sell to well. My thought is that the crafters looked at those gourds and said "I can do that for less". Of course they won't, but they also won't buy any either. I got a welded trellis for my Trumpet vine and a couple of light switch covers, one with an eagle on it for the living room and one with a comical frog on it for the kitchen, and some packaged food mixes. Oh, and Mom's Christmas present, but she might read this so I better leave that one out of this story.

I have a few pictures to get developed yet, yes, developed. I am hoping to find a good price on a decent digital camera after Thanksgiving. Until that I still have this cheapo to use and some pictures to share of stuff that Bill has been working on. He has built a couple of trailers in the last year or so. This first one started life as a pop-up camper. We stripped it down to the frame in the first picture and extended it just enough to be 8 feet long to its finished size in the second picture. There is enough room for his four wheeler between those fenders, barely. It looks pretty good, tows well too. We have taken it to Mom's a couple of times with no problems at all. It is a little different now, he added 2x6 rails and some tall orange markers so he can see it in the truck mirrors.

This is Bill's latest project, that is him and Jake on the four wheeler. This one also started out as a pop-up camper, but was a lot lighter weight, we actually thought it was a boat trailer it was so different from the first one. I mean, compared to that picture above of the stripped frame, this one was narrower and had only a rectangle frame with a couple of cross pieces. Anyway, Billy added some extra bed supports and an extruded metal bed so that he and his brother can use it with the four wheeler to take hay out to the cows. That should work a lot better than driving the truck out there when it is wet, or making several trips with the four wheeler.

I will have some other project pictures soon. Mom and I got started on my idea for kid size Tipis, it has been challenging, but looks promising. I also discovered One Stroke painting during the trip and picked up some supplies to get me started on that. But I suppose I better just focus on getting to work on time in the morning. At least my schedule is only 4 days this week!

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