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Trouble at the Home Depot?

January 2, 2015 ·

2014ZombieTruck1000-600x591 We were fixing to go in the hardware store, but then I saw this in the parking lot; was there a zombie incident at the Home Depot? Or is he just picking up supplies? We took our chances. I did see a lot of glassy-eyed people shuffling around, but they didn’t seem interested in my brains. False alarm!


R.I.P. Bud Miller

November 10, 2014 ·

My brother and friend Bud Miller AKA Charles S. Miller, passed away in October, in a house he was renting next to a river, way up in Curlew, Wa. – My understanding is that he passed away peacefully in his sleep. He is missed by all who knew him.


A salute to Chief Smith of Hartford, Alabama

October 10, 2014 ·

This is something my cousin in Alabama posted about my uncle, who died 25 years ago. I wish I had been able to get to know him. My dad says he was “quite a character” so there is that too, and I’m sure he had a lot of police stories to tell. Today would have been my daddy, Junior Smith’s 89th birthday. He died 25 years ago at the age of 64, just a year older than I am now. Most everyone knew him as Hartford’s police chief. He was a simple, humble man who was kind to everyone. Whether…


A cautionary tale about shelves over toilets

July 10, 2014 ·

We make mistakes, we are human. For example, the mustard colored paint in the tiny upstairs bathroom. That’s nothing. See that shelf behind Teresa’s head? All of that, ALL of that, got knocked into the commode a few months after this picture was taken. There was no flush- however SOMEthing must have made it partially into the toilet, because although I took the toilet up from the floor and snaked it in both directions, and tested the drainpipe, There’s a problem. It still flushes, but there’s just no enthusiasm about it. My theory is that there is something narrow wedged…


R.I.P. Carol

October 11, 2013 ·

Teresa’s mom passed away a few days ago, she will be greatly missed. I wish I had started this site a few years ago, I showed it to her just a few weeks ago, and she encouraged us to put up more of their old family pictures. She joins her husband of many years, Paul. Carol was always kind to me and encouraging to our children. All of her daughters have her cheerful and friendly attitude. I don’t really know what else to write here, only that she will be missed.


Suddenly I’m Bob Villa?

September 22, 2013 ·

I wanted to stain this vital component of our home security system (A stick that goes in the window frame) but it’s a dowel. So I cut up a a scrap of 1x2 into two pieces, notched them, then put screws in the ends of the dowel. BOOM - I was able to turn it like a pig on a spit, as I applied the stain like it was BBQ sauce. This home repair stuff makes me hungry. Probably everyone that has to stain or paint a dowel does this, but my wife was impressed and brought me ice cream.


This right here, is spring fever.

September 1, 2013 ·

I was at McLendon’s Hardware in Renton a few weeks ago, and I was impressed with their assortment of springs. Sadly, I could not think of a single current project that is held up for want of “A helical metal coil that can be pressed or pulled but returns to its former shape when released, used chiefly to exert constant tension or absorb movement.” But I know where to go when it happens. (And it will happen)