my favorite comic as a kid (and still today, honestly) was Calvin and Hobbes. I don’t think was an original sketch, but it still brings back memories of curling up by the wood burning stove in the living room with a stack of Calvin and Hobbes books to get lost in for an afternoon.
Archive for the 'Michigan' Category
Tags: fall, home, leaves, local, photography, photography challenge, pure Michigan
here is my contribution for (last week’s) photo challenge “local“.
this week, share what “local” means to you, and show us where your heart is.
this view greets you at the start of our driveway to our new home. beautiful fall colors. a warm welcome embrace.
the photo was from a couple years ago, but right about this time of year it is starting to look just like that again.
Tags: blog, blogging, ebay, laser perform, laser performance, minifish, sailboat, sailboat storage, sailing, small sailboats, sunfish, sunfish clone, sunfish storage, super porpoise
can you teach an old fish new tricks?
this is the most action my old Super Porpoise has seen in a long time.
while we were living in Indiana, I used to store it by hanging it from the garage ceiling (above the garage door space).
but when we moved from Indiana back to Michigan, I had to hang it on it’s side against the garage wall as the ceiling height was too low, and I hadn’t moved it since. then I bought an old Sunfish with a trailer off of ebay, and a couple years later, added a 2000 Sunfish and an older Minifish (for the boys, of course) to my fleet.
since we have built a new house and moved out of the old one, we had to move the Super Porpoise as well, and I needed to get it temporarily out of the way, at least for the short term until I figure out a better long term storage solution until I can either fix up the blemishes or just sell the old girl.
I’ve seen pictures of all the pretty new and shiny Sunfish sailboats standing vertically at the Laser Performance factory in Rhode Island, so figured it was at least worth trying. here’s one of the 60th anniversary Sunfish all pretty and in nice vertical rows.
seems simple, right?
hardly. despite setting up a cheap block and tackle up in the rafters, there wasn’t really a good way to get the Super Porpoise tipped up vertically. I had my 15-yr old son helping to muscle it around as best we could, but if you can believe it, my barn isn’t quite big enough (yeah, try telling my wife that…). at least not big enough to stand up the Super Porpoise or Sunfish sailboats easily. after using the full extent of the block and tackle, we had to muscle it around by hand, and the nose kept hitting the sloping underside of the roof plywood, the boat would tip back and forth smacking into the trusses. through some miracle of sweat, possibly tears (my son’s, obviously), and shear dumb luck – we did get it to stand up vertically. we slipped a couple 2×4’s underneath to support it, and walked away.
I don’t know how I’m gonna get that thing down…
Tags: blogging, chicken, happy thanksgiving, homestead, sailing, spring, summer, thanksgiving, turkey, wild turkey
it has been a busy spring and early summer, but alas no sailing (yet). we’ve moved into the new house (not totally unpacked and settled yet), and the old house has sold, pending the usual inspection/appraisal/closing stuff. moving out into the country has given us an opportunity to see a lot more wildlife up close and personal – this guy came strolling up the driveway yesterday afternoon. might just make for a nice Thanksgiving dinner in a few months!