Monday, June 8, 2009

Just as I suspected

I stopped at F&S's on Friday for some exciting news. You'll never guess- Fred went fishing, Sher cleaned, and they had fish and salad for supper. Let the good times roll!

oh well, I guess familiarity breeds comfort... wait, that's not right.

In lieu of exciting activities, here's some exciting pictures.

Nice close-up

There were a whole bunch of these, but they died before I got the picture

Produce section of the SuperValue is getting a good start

"Recreational fire" with a bench that annoyed Sher

I'm hoping you can click on this and it'll get bigger.  (I tried, but it still doesn't work)

Sunday, May 31, 2009

New blog???

Since the flood business has been taken care of, I clearly have not blogged. So I'm thinking of switching this to the "What did Fred and Sher do now" blog. I'll eventually get around to changing the name, but figured I'd make sure that they do enough interesting stuff to make this worth it before I went to the effort.

My concern is that every post will be as follows:
Fred went fishing. Sher cleaned something. They ate fish and salad for supper.
Seriously, that covers most days.

But I'll give it a try. (Oh, and don't forget, I am lazy and will not get around to it a lot. I'm going to work on Sher to get her to do some updating on her own. As you may remember for her previous posts, she's a hoot.)

Well, here we go,

To catch everyone up on the spring events, any day that it was nice, Fred fished and when it wasn't nice, he puttered around in the basement putting up shelves, rearranging his screwdrivers, etc. Mix that in with coffee twice a day, and it's a pretty full schedule.
Sher did these things in order of time spent; cleaned, talked on the phone, went for walks, and worked. I swear Sher cleans the rest of the family drinks (or drank depending on their wagon status.)

More recently they've been a little more interesting. Last Sunday and Monday (Memorial Day), they were in Elkader. Even though it's a bit late for mushrooms Fred found about 3 gallons anyway. A couple were Very big, one was almost a foot tall. Sher and Billie did the cemetery walk with lovely flowers from Julie's shop. (I missed it as that was on Sunday, and I didn't get there until Monday.) Fred fried fish and quite a few people showed up, but we did miss those who weren't there.

The rest of this week has been the standard, although Sher only worked 2 days because some ones' wallpaper didn't arrive on time and Fred fished a bit less because 'the river's screwed up'.

I don't have many good pictures of Fred and Sher stuff, but I do have some good bird pictures from the farm.

This is Fred's new Oriole feeder.

Close up of a jelly cup

Finches fighting at the Farm.

Oriole at the Farm.

Nuthatch? That's what I always think they are. At the Farm.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


The last major bit is done! Sher's kitchen floor has been installed!
The floor guy- Tim Duffy - is coming back today to do another coat of sealer and then put in a couple thresholds and trim bits.
I think after that the only thing that's left will be the bottom cabinet trim in the kitchen!
AND Sher's in Hawaii with her sister so you all get to see these before she does!
So, here's some less than stellar pictures.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Another day of kitchen business

So, here's what was going on when I got there this morning. I was a bit late, but still, they were pert-near done when I arrived. Slugs, shown below, was working on trim for the soffit (I still didn't look up how to spell that.)

Here's where we were when I left, or just about. The hole next to the fridge is where the micro goes, it needed a little stain which was still drying when this picture was taken.
Then we had pizza and chicken from the Pizza Ranch for lunch. Sorry I didn't get a picture.
Everyone left by 2 or so to get home at a decent time.

Fred and Sher really appreciate the help and someday, they'll invite people over for fun, not hard labor!

And now for the obligatory close-up flower and bird.

I am pretty impressed with my bird today.

Still more progress.

Sara, Slugs, Brian, and Shelly are here installing the rest of the kitchen cupboard!

Here's the beginning of the day,

Here's one of the beautiful cabinets that Slugs rebuilt.

You may remember from past posts that we've had some issues with the water hose that feeds the fridge. This shot should look somewhat familiar.
But a 6th trip to the hardware store for a new connector, a few snip and curses, and were were back in the ice business once again.

Here's where we were by the end of the day.

So, there's still a few soffit (sp?) cupboards to put in and then getting drawers and things back in place and we'll be ready for counters, sink, and flooring. Hopefully all of those will be taken care of over the few weeks!
And in closing, my luckiest get of the day, some Norwegian wisdom from Brian. (Warning: There's cursing.)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Let's try some video!

I'm going to attempt to load up some short videos of the events of yesterday- here's hoping!

This is some early work.

More cupboards being placed!

Unfortunately, I was the one holding the camera, but Sher made the same comment that I did. Don't let her fool you, she's as crude as the rest of us!

If this goes well, I'll take some more during the next kitchen event currently scheduled for January 17.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

1/3rd of a kitchen

We have cabinetry!

Here are some cabinet pictures and such! (I'll fill in the details later, I'm typing on the laptop on the couch and it makes for too many typos!)

Jill...filling in a bit based on chatting with Pam on the phone yesterday. I'll put my stuff in a lovely purple color

New bookcase insert in the living room.


Apparently in this kitchen area there was much heaving and shoving to get the counter in place. Removal of counter, filing of imaginary blockages and snags...more shoving...more filing (and with Fred and Slugs shoving there was some heft behind the shove). Then Fred said "oh, this must be it", lifted the countertop up a bit and it went right into place. Pam thinks that there may have been some farting and what not.

Kitchen [nice posture boys]

Cupboard in the dining room- it's not crooked, my picture is.
The crew... [this is Sara Jane and Slugs/Bob showing their lovely parting gifts. Sara got a trout fishing vest and trout christmas ornament. Bob got a gift certificate to Menards or similar store. They look delighted. Slugs looks like Santa in this picture]
Fish ornament.

Fred's Amaryllis (I feel I must include a flower close up.)