I got tools from Rio Grande this afternoon. Clockwise from the top. Ring mandrel — very pleased with the quality and heft. Parallel pliers — thank you Sarah L. for getting me addicted to those expensive little dears. Raw hide mallet for banging on metal. Ring clamp for holding onto things and not sanding my fingers, and a pair […]
The peonies are almost ready to bloom. How odd that I saw my sister’s peonies in full bloom in Pittsburgh more than 2 weeks ago.
Today we declared a scavenger hunt day. We have a list of things we’d like to have for the house but haven’t found just the right one yet. We were wildly successful. Our last gazebo was destroyed by the snow last winter. We finally found a gazebo/screen house that was small enough for the spot […]
Mz. Frizzle and her brood of 10 are out and about every day now.
Some interesting numbers and random observations: Total miles: 6804 Gallons of gas: 257 Average price/gallon: $2.69 Average MPG: 26.47 (i’m skeptical but considering the cruise control was in use for most of the non-photo-op driving it could be possible.) Hotels: 14 Photographs: 3133 Spent on road food: $376.86 Blog Posts: 22 (not counting the chicken […]
Not so much a trip report as a weather report. There’s weather approaching from the northwest (hello canada, hello snow) and I’m heading, um, northwest. Somewhere the snow and I are going to meet. I was just hoping to pick the spot. I chose Billings, MT. So off I went. I did stop in Malta, […]
From Minot, ND to Glasgow, MT. Cool, overcast. It didn’t actually rain but it was very threatening. Hwy 2 is often an interesting road in that it varies between two-lane and newly divided four-lane. This occasionally leads to confusing lane striping on the portion that used to be two-lane. I stopped at the Wal-Mart in […]
Oh my, it’s a windy damn country. Blowing hard enough that the upwind car door is almost too heavy to open. Yipes. I was planning on two dams today but only made one. Saw a lot of other stuff instead. All along the roads there are trees planted as wind breaks and planted in between […]
Spent much of today vacillating between ‘I want to be home right now — how fast can i get there?’ and ‘the interstate is killing me — how much extra time will it take?’ Somewhere around Sergeant’s Bluff IA I had the motorists’ equivalent of a flashback freak-out and took the first north bound turn off of I-29. That […]