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You Could Have Said “No”

After a weekend of music concerts, reuniting with old friends and long lost family – you know – a three day party, I had a brilliant idea for a shirt slogan.

I’m working on getting them on zazzle or cafepress right now, but for now, what do you think?

You Could Have Said No

This is just the first draft of the idea, not the final design, but I thought it would go great paired with different sketches. So basically it’ll look like this…

I really like this slogan and I’m excited to see what we can do with it!
Wolf

I thought Life was Good – It Just got Better

My first thought as I wake to the sound of a dive bombing airplane… I wonder if he does it on purpose? He stayed just long enough to make sure I woke up. Nice having a neighbor down the street with an airplane.

It’s strange to wake up to no stress, no deadlines, just drink my coffee and head out to get some work done. The last person we were doing work for gave me reason to question his integrity.

Example: he was mad at one of the painters, the painter did finish his job though but not fast enough. Come to find out after speaking with him his tags were out and he needed to go get his tools, ladder, sprayer etc… I asked him did you leave a 24 foot extension ladder? “Yes”

I told him the trash guy came by and was bragging that the ” boss” told him we are having an open house and to clean it up. As he bragged about getting the painters tools I preceded to tell him who they belonged to. The trash guy grinned and told three of us that the “boss” had made a plan… ” if he asks for them I will tell him they were stolen” Really!!!???

Now I question what happened to my tools that came up missing? The electrician had a generator stolen, need I go on?

The funniest things happen to us, we were making decisions based on this builders schedule.

We told the neighbor farmer to take those fields we won’t have time to plant and take care of all this, I guess no veggies for the hungry. I felt bad but what were we to do? The money is too good and we have deadlines!

My question is do you think our maker said ” Oh, no time? Let me show you a few things. It appears you have lost your way and aren’t thinking straight.”

Than all these things that were supposedly said and done were lies, truth hidden but all exposed.

So now we are back in the groove, time for the web work and our own construction business working right down the road and at a daycare at that we even get nap time!

My second thought, would you call the two people in question thieves or liars?

Have a great Tuesday
Wolf

Ps. Now that Trina just told me we both just wrote almost the same post I’m adding a third thought.

I had a blast this weekend with the GK he got a youth .22 rifle for his birthday, of course Grandad will keep it in the safe on the farm for him until he’s older. Some say too young, I say teach and no kid gets hurt. My third thought is I need glasses he outshot me, lol


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New Houses and Deadlines

My first though as I got up this morning, heading out the door to the next house that has to be painted, is I really hope the new sheet-rocker is better than the last one.  The last one was the world’s worst… no, the worst in the universe.

It’s a beautiful day and I really hope it all works out, it would suck to ruin such a nice day.

As we arrived to the job and pulled up to the 3,000sqft house with 20+ ft high ceilings, I was literally shaking in my boots worried about walking in the door to another mess.  Much to my surprise as we walked into the door, the sheetrock work was perfect.  In fact it is some of the best sheetrock work I’ve seen in years.  Finally, we found someone who takes pride in their work, does a good job and doesn’t leave a mess!

We went out and bought a new airless industrial paint sprayer so we can meet our new deadlines on the next 10 houses.  The first four are to be done in the next 45 days!  After getting set up and getting the new sprayer ready to go and we started spraying, my second thought… finally I think we’ve gotten a break, a new sheet-rocker and a paint sprayer that works like a dream!

Life is good!

Wolf

 

 


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Two thoughts on life

So the hectic life is over lol. We finally finish the big house we have been on this week with some touch ups!
The best part of this week is we started a new remodel. My first thought is” oh heck is it going to be a mess?”  We never really know until we get there. The house is supposed to be cleaned out and ready but the trash guy… well he never really finishes.
We met with the big boss to go over everything, I said ” wow it’s still has stuff everywhere!”
He asked if I wanted anything, just take it. Immediately I said I want the drafting table, omg it’s sweet!

So I was prepping the kitchen walls with Oil-based Kilz, whoever lived there was a real smoker…. whew!

As the day went on I’m still on light duty due to the great crash we had. Got the MRI’s back they sucked I would have rather not known to be honest.

So as he day went by I was told if I see anything in the garage I want take it, the trash guy has been here already.
I was poking around being the tinkerer I am I found wire for my solar and windmills, stuff for the boat, capacitors, resisters…  The man had some similar interests as me, then I saw a stairway in the garge leading to the attic. Hmmmm “should I go for it?” I asked myself.

It doesn’t look to safe, so I went up anyway.

Now to some it might not be much but in the attic was an original Tempo One single sideband transciever with everything it needed to set up and work. Complete with a Turner plus 3 microphone and a back up microphone in the box new!

Being a Ham operator this was like hitting the jackpot!

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I don’t have a spot picked out yet to hook it up but I can’t wait.

My second thought was what happened to his family or a close friend? There were so many good items that most went to the trash.  It makes me wonder was he just forgotten or did the family just think he had a bunch of junk and let it go.  As with the rest of the houses we do we will never know, but I do wonder.

Have a great Tuesday
Wolfbernz


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TV

Has TV gone stupid?

I tried to watch some of the TV shows on regular TV. It is as if they are all struggling to act.
It just doesn’t seem to have the same appeal as years ago when I was an avid watcher.
The jokes seem strained, the fake laughter in the background, it’s just not working.
The whole time I watch these shows, Two Broke Girls is one of them. My first thought is, this is comedy?

There is one show that the actors seem to play their role well, The Big Bang Theory.
I have tried to watch some of the reality shows but I don’t make it through ten minutes.
The awards shows for the actors and musicians don’t seem to have that great of an appeal either.
Is it just me? Or do others feel the same way?

My second thought is I am glad I have a couple of winter projects to work on instead of watching TV.
I have the 1968 Alumacraft Alpex Sierra to finish.

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Already she looks better than when I brought her home.  The boat was dirty and no trailer, just a mess

 

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This is after compleating the new bottom and re gel coating the entire boat and building a new trailer for it.

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Then there is my green power station… My “science fair project” as Trina calls it.

I have been working on re wiring and making it more efficient so when the new windmill gets here I am ready. I think I have rewired it a dozen times and I still need to add some more switches and regulators.  After being on the sailboat for so long I have found that I can do the same off grid electric work on land, I have started wiring the shop with low voltage lighting and power. The 3200 sq. ft. shop with full bathroom and  tools running and the apt used 56 kilowatt hours this week at 13.8 cents a kilowatt hour, roughly $7.72 for the week.

 

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Wolf


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Fall Is Here!

As we drove off to work today headed down the lane. I noticed something different, it usually looks so, well, just happy!
See what I mean 🙂

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My first thought was… Crap Fall is here!

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It’s almost hard to fathom we are going to stay, the cruisers are already at anchor in our area already heading South.   The big schooners will be in Cambridge for a rendezvous on Sunday.

Oh hell it’s a good thing they pulled the boat out of the water already!

As I started my work this morning I remembered why I like to tear up old houses. Some would say I’m crazy, ah heck, maybe they are right lol

But it’s a good feeling when you take a house that looks like this

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And turn into this, the house is over a hundred years old.
The electrician trenched pathways through the old plaster everywhere, the trim was all messed up, paneling in many rooms and falling down plaster… What a mess to say the least

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Front of Old Farm House Front of Old Farm House

It came out pretty good, nice and clean.  The house even already has a contract for purchase on it 🙂

Wolf


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Cool Weather

It looks like fall is right around the corner, the weather has cooled of considerably. I really don’t mind it makes for good working weather. The last few weeks have been super hot.

As I look across the fields this morning the pumpkins are glistening in the sunrise and the dew almost has a frost appearance. A glimpse as to what’s coming? Probably!

My first thought as I get ready to head out the door this morning is…
I was told the body can adapt to just about anything in six weeks, I don’t think I am adapting to working everyday very well and this is week eight lol. When we are sailing or working on the farm it is very hard work but not the same for some reason. Maybe it’s the deadlines, people wanting to move in to their new house, the stress of will we ever get this job finished that makes it seem harder. Because of all the work we have been doing this summer has flown by so fast.
We have taken on some interesting projects this one is large but will be satisfying when finished.
Clean, repair, stain and seal this monster of a house.

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If you look to the right we started staining, Each log will be brushed three times when finished.

Trina and I were asked, do you ever stop working. And that brings me to my second thought. The answer is no, it seems as though there is always something that has to be done.
This week in the middle of the madness our sailboat is coming out of the water. It is in need of some work and needs a fresh bottom. We did get to enjoy the cruise to the hall out yard 🙂

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Of course lets not forget it is pumpkin time! The holiday season will be upon us before you know it.
We have started hauling pumpkins to the stand in front of the farm. I keep saying to myself, you’re almost there it will be winter soon… Oh crap that’s right we are staying, yikes!

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Have a great Tuesday

Wolfbernz


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