Monday, March 28, 2011

Dremel Shmemel...

I have always been a fan of rotary tools! There is almost no limit to the things you can make with them and their uses cover a wide range of applications. The Foredom flexshaft system above is my new favorite tool! So far I haven't been able to actually perform any tasks with it due to my strange need to stare at it repeating "my precious" in a whispery voice :)

Also in the pic above, there are a few additions to the base config that I went ahead and bought now knowing I would use them. The bench mounting yolk, the hammer handpiece, desktop speed controller and the polishing bit set should help with a lot of the jewelry work I have in mind. I still have tons of diamond tipped as well as stone points and other cutters left unused from dead Dremels of days past.  

I should have some fun creations to post soon!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Mom and her great RV adventure!

Moms, ya gotta love em! I have to tell ya that ours keeps us perhaps a bit more entertained than most. 

Her and Jerry and their tiny, attitudinal dog/cat (I can't really say for sure) have been on an incredible RV adventure this year for the first time as retired folk. They bought the above class A (Lucy) while still in MN and set out on the road.

Well, the adventure thus far has been fun as I understand, and filled with all the standard NewB RVer scenarios of course. Mom always does it up right ya know! 

At any rate, I get this phone call the other night describing a scene that I did my best to replicate for you above with GIMP (my favorite image editing system). Luckily, all is well other than a now somewhat smaller retaining wall at the RV park they stayed in and a little dent in Lucy's ladder. 

I realize it might be considered bratty to make such a post about one's own mother, but I had to do it. She sent ME a dog toy in the mail the other day! A DOG toy! LOL! Yeah we love her!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Why I follow you...

So many blogs, so little time! Seriously, Heidi and I enjoy reading blogs for so many reasons, because of the great pictures, the cool things we learn, the people we get to know, humor, inspiration, and the list goes on and on. 

One thing we try to do is always follow the blogs of those who follow us. Just a little reciprocity. On that note, I have been way behind on adding new blogs so, if you are one of our "Wise and Wonderful People" and you have a blog that I don't follow, shoot me an email or comment here and I will come follow you! 

Of course we love all our readers and are grateful that you choose to take the time to read our ramblings! 

I wanted to make mention of a few things I have been working on(though not quite done with). If you glance over there <--- you will see a new link "Great Blogs & Links". If you click on it, it will take you to a page where I am putting links to everyone's blogs and other resources I think you might find interesting. Also, just under that you might notice that it says "last 5 new follower's blogs". That one is self explanatory I think :) 

I have quite a few ideas I want to incorporate into the blog over the next few weeks however, if anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear them!

 The picture was taken a few years back on the coast of Oregon along Highway 101. I love that drive!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


For a little while now, I have felt a bit like I was in a "Blogger Funk"... After thinking about it however, I know that isn't really the case. At least I don't think so. I have no shortage of post-worthy material and no lack of desire to put it here. Lately, I have just been failing at one of my normally strongest attributes which is focus. 

I made a post a while back, Regaining Balance, which is related to this whole focus thing as well. It all ties together. In recent months I have neglected both balance and focus. I always have a gazillion projects and areas of research which is fine, I just have to remember to focus on one at a time so I can knock em off my list!

Heidi has had no such lapse! She has really been on a roll, experimenting with all kinds of cool stuff! Not just experimenting, but obtaining results. Check our other blog (really it is her blog), Vansteaders, there is usually something cool to read there! 
(Yeah I am biased but it's true)

So now I am going to declare the "funk" or blog-blackout or whatever it was over and finish a bunch of the projects for this place I have been working on. Thanks to all of my "Wise and Wonderful People" (followers) and readers for sticking around! Interesting note: My Dad said he would stop following me if I didn't post something pretty quick LOL!