Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cabin Fever? Not yet

Today was a beautiful day (for Minnesota) so we decided to run down to our seasonal camping site on Rice Lake.
We couldn't believe the lack of snow down there. Granted, with temps in the low 40's today we were getting some melt, but down there they just had a few snow patches. Apparently they didn't get the foot of snow our area received a couple of weeks ago.
The place sure looks different with no leafs on the trees and so few campers. We left ours there for the winter. We figured, why haul it back when we would just turn around in the spring and drag it back down there.
We had the camera along and shot a few pictures for you.

While we were out we picked up some new wire shelving for some of the cabinets so that we can organize them a bit better. There was lots of wasted space and these shelves should fix that issue.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My...Your Hands Are Cold!

Many of us will be flying over the holidays and some are concerned about the new security measures being used by the TSA.
Here are a few lines that some travelers have been hearing.

Subject: The New TSA Slogans

Grope discounts available.

Can't see London, can't see France, unless we see your underpants.

If we did our job any better, we'd have to buy you dinner first.

Only we know if Lady Gaga is really a lady.

Don't worry, my hands are still warm from the last guy.

Throw a few back at the airport Chili's and you won't even notice.

Wanna fly? Open your fly!

We've handled more balls than Barney Frank.

We are now free to move about your pants

We rub you the wrong way, so you can be on your way.

It's not a grope. It's a freedom pat.

When in doubt, we make you whip it out.

TSA: Touchin', Squeezin', Arrestin'

You were a virgin.

We handle more packages than the USPS

The TSA isn't silly, they just want to inspect your willy.

Stroke of the hand, law of the land.

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem.

Let your fingers do the Walking.
Bend Over And Cough

Reach out and touch someone.

Can you feel me now?

When we're done with you, you'll need a cigarette

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Plumbing and Electrical Work

We are remodeling the kitchen out here at Coyote Ridge. It is not a small undertaking, but we are doing in bite-size pieces.
We decided to go with stainless steel appliances, so off to the appliance store we went.
But first, let me back up.
Recently our upright freezer in the garage threw in the towel. With just the two of us here we thought we could get along without one.....wrong!
So, we thought since we had talked about up-grading the kitchen we would just buy a larger refrigerator. We went from an 18 cubic foot model to a 27 cubic foot beast. While we were at it we thought we might as well go with we did. Of course the white stove looked out of has been replaced with stainless. Now the white range hood looked out of place. Replaced with stainless. Of course the white microwave had to go....and it did. Oh my....look at that dishwasher, it looks so out of place....yup, you guessed it....replaced.
This weekend we replaced the dishwasher without too much blood shed.

The fridge, darn near a walk in cooler, needed a water line run to feed the in-door water spout, ice cube and crushed ice dispenser. That was surprisingly easy. We just tapped into the cold water line under the sink and drilled through the back of some cabinets to route the water line to the fridge.
I am happy to report....No leaks!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Chili Day!

Well, It is that time of year again, break out the soup pot and let the fun begin.
We really enjoy making homemade soup for several reasons.
You know what you are getting in the ingredients, you can make it to your taste and the end product is just down right good!
Today's soup was chili made with seven kinds of beans, corn, tomatoes, onion, garlic, salsa, chili powder and six pounds of lean hamburger.

We make a very large kettle of soup and then freeze individual portions. It is a quick and easy meal after work. Thaw, heat and get out some good bread and you have a meal you just can't get downtown.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Our First Real Snow

We had our first "real" snow opposed to a "fake" snow. Up until now we had a few flurries. So far we have six inches of the white stuff with about three more on the way.

We can't complain, as this is almost mid-November with temperatures the last two weeks running 20 degrees above average.