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March 23, 2013
March 13, 2013
I think this is a fantastic idea.
Now I think I need to go find some plywood and plastic balls.
March 10, 2013
February 23, 2013
Exciting day at our house, we got our new shelves installed in the family room. We had fun tonight sifting through our books, and getting the shelves setup. We also got our carpet ordered up today, and the room should be done in a few weeks.
February 21, 2013
February 13, 2013
February 12, 2013
Two things I learned this weekend.
First, I learned that helium is the second most abundant resource in the entire universe. It was even discovered on the surface of the sun, before we figured out it was on the Earth. We only have helium at our disposal because we get it out of the ground. And it is not a renewable resource, at least at the present time. BLM Helium Stuff
Second, Some fortune cookies contain no fortune….
February 8, 2013
February 7, 2013
Erika and I have been in our home for about 14 years. When we moved into our home, we bought all new appliances ( and all kinds of stuff ), and they have been working great until the past few weeks. Erika came home to the dishwasher leaking all over the floor, so we replaced it. The next day the bathroom sink started leaking, so we ended up with a new sink and faucet. ( Had to rework the drain piping too. ) Disposal suddenly had a hole in the side wall, so we replaced it too. The next weekend the vacuum burned up, so we have a nice new one of those as well. The water softener was our next victim, we had a great time replacing that as a family.
We picked up the water softener about 8 pm, and then decided that it should be a quick fix. We quickly ripped out the old one, unboxed the new one, only to discover that it was 1 inch shorter. So we had to rework some copper piping. We also had this great idea to simply drill a hole in the bottom of the old tank, so all the water would drain out. This was a really bad idea, as it is filled with these tiny little beads that poured out all over the place, making a huge mess. We did get done before 11 pm, and it still left us with some time to play video games as a family.
This past week Erika got in a bit of a wreck with our new car, our furnace is not always starting up, and tonight our microwave seems to have taken a dirt nap.
I do have to say that I am optimistic about this, it has been a good reminder about what is really important in life. These types of things really do not matter too much. We have been richly blessed in our lives, and it is good that we can afford these simple luxuries for our family. Hopefully we will have 15 more years of great stuff, and then it may be time to relearn some of life’s lessons.
December 26, 2012
We have one of those picture frames that shows pictures from a thumb drive. I always hate that you need to re-size the pictures to be smaller dimensions than your original image size.
So I made a small application over the weekend to re-size all the images in a folder to be a fixed width. You can simply download this program, put all the images you want re-sized in a folder, and press the resize button and it will fix up all your images to work on your picture frame too.
It makes a new folder, and put the smaller images in it, and leaves your source images alone. It also allows you to pick what width you want, so it can be adjusted for different types of picture frames.