Monday, May 28, 2007

a path off the beaten path

a path off the beaten path
Originally uploaded by KDCNMorales
the past few days have been nothing short of amazing... at least from where i stand as a father, husband and well, ME! the interaction between two siblings is always amazing and the fact that i have two to watch 24/7 provides plenty of excitement and at time, heartbreak. this weekend provided both. i am amazed at my family and love them so much! they are so much fun! next weekend, Dallas and i will spend a couple of days in Elkhart Lake watching the superbike races! (step)father and son at the races. oh yeah. one day i hope to take him to the races to actually race, well, IN a race! whew!
anyway. i tend to go off on tangents. i'm watching the Star Wars programming on the History channel. good stuff!
what the heck did we do the past few days anyway? they all blur together! i was lazy. i got busy. i worked hard and i ate icecream as my reward. i watched part of the F1 race in Monaco and part of the Indy 500 too. missed the NASCAR race though completely! that didn't sadden me as much as the fact that i missed the SPEED GT race! now that the Trans Am series is not running, the GT and Touring races really get me! you know! those are exciting races to watch! kim and i got a chance to have dinner together alone again too! our plans for the house are finally moving forward. we purchased some roof caulk to patch some cracks and buy us time to save the money to replace the roof. we will be selling the two Fjords also as we are more involved w/the dogs and do not have the facilities or wherewithall to cope w/the horses anymore. kims last fall finally took its toll on us. i borrowed a reel mower to help start mowing the grass as our riding mower is still out of commision. i purchased and installed one of the drive belts on the deck but noticed that one of the fuel lines had cracked and was spewing fuel on every crank. oops! i'll fix THAT tomorrow. the push mower got quite the workout too today. we took a walk and we grilled food outside. we purchased a couple of chaise loungers for the outside and a small pool for Mei Mei. we then enjoyed those outside today as the temps were in the low 70's and sunny. a good book accompanied me and Kim clipped the poodles. now if only i could get to working on the Mustang! i did buy the 14 nuts that hold the headlamps in place though! it's a start, right?
i need to go to bed. it's almost 10 on Monday night. this week will be long even though it's a bit shorter! we'll be very busy at work, that's for sure! what a great weekend it's been though. no regrets. even our adopted Sharpei had a great time! he's so cute! love that old man.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

from the back side...

from the back side...
Originally uploaded by KDCNMorales
aaaaaah, spring. i love it! love the fog. love the still, cool weather! love to hang out w/the family! this is very calming for me. i was just out feeding the outside animals and wrangling the two Fjords and i couldn't help but to pause and look around. i love to just listen and watch my surroundings! last night, the moon was out and Venus was close by... the sunset itself was pretty spectacular too! mmmm... spring time...

life is good.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

pretty flowers

Today, Wednesday, Mom and Louis came over and I took the day off. Thank you very much Christine! (she's my boss) I had a great day! Although Dallas was at school and could not come w/us, we all had a great day. They arrived last night and slept in their Freightliner RV. Funny that on Monday, the temps were hot at over 80 degrees fahrenheit! yuck! now that they are here, the daytime temps are hovering in the low 60's and very windy. mom and Louis were cold! our trip to Door county went great though and we all had a great time. our trip started here in Luxemburg and we headed due East to the historic town of Algoma, right on lake Michigan. we then travelled on the local roads alongside the lake to see as much as we could of the local scenery and take pictures. we ended up at the northernmost point of Door county, at the end of highway 42. we got out of the car and braved the elements to take some pictures and take in the sights. as we headed south, we then jumped on highway 57 to speed home and have lunch! we ended up at a Pizza Hut and enjoyed some cheese pizza and Sierra Mist soda. Mei Mei ate more than mom did though! so funny! see my pictures!
When we arrived home, mom and Kim started cooking for dinner and Louis and I fixed the roof of the barn. well, Louis fixed it and i watched and learned as a pro took over and made it look easy! amazing! where i would take a few whacks at the nails and bend them all to death, he drove them straight and true with minimal fuss. believe me when i tell you that i am very thankful! he gave me some very helpful tips about nails, roofs and windy conditions!
finally, we all met at the dinner table (Dallas had arrived from school by now) and ate some wonderful chicken and rice that mom had tought Kim to make. thanks mom! our previous experiments to make rice w/something in it turned out a little bland. Mom and Louis ended up leaving just before 7 to head back down towards the Chicago area where they will spend the night before continuing on to Michigan where their latest project awaits them.
I can't wait until dad takes his trip up here too! his plan is to come around in late summer and spend some time here w/us and w/his daughter Silvi in Michigan. i believe that he will drive the car that he is going to drop off for Silvs and the fly back down to O-Town. i certainly hope that he is in good enough health to undertake such a trip! he is out of the hospital cancer free but he needs to take some time to get his immune system bolstered up again! i'm very thankful that he was never a smoking and drinking kind of man! he used to drink tons of coffee though! now he is a vegetarian and better off for it too as his arthritis does not affect him like it used to when he ate red meat and drank caffeine. way to go dad! i'm right there behind you! i too have modified my diet and am benefitting from it already. whew!
like i said, i am very thankful that i had the day off today! i had an absolutely wonderful time. i am going to make some coffee for Kim and myself now and cuddleup w/her and just relax. i will be on-call for the next 5 days and won't be able to do much! perhaps i'll climb on the barn roof again to practice nailing things down more efficiently! it's almost time for Mei Mei to go to bed, Dallas to feed the outside animals and Kim to manage the inside gang. i'll prepare the coffee and finish cleaning the kitchen. what a great day this has been! i love it!

Sunday, May 06, 2007


i was drooling!
Originally uploaded by KDCNMorales.
Dallas and I headed to a small local car show where we spent the better part of an hour just drooling over all the nice vehicles show today! what fun! i absolutely love muscle cars, old and new. i want that '82 Vette back there in the background! it was so clean and very well taken care of and for sale for only $12,500 bucks. what a riot! the owner was great to talk to also, unlike some of the others that i tried to talk to. i would love to get my own '92 Mustang GT back on the road again! it's time to do some serious DRIVING!!! oh yeah. Dallas and I had a great time.

Friday, May 04, 2007

friday 5/4/07

playing around with my blog layout and whatnot. don't know how well this is going.

our appaloosa, Legend, went to his new home today... he'll be well cared for! not bullied by the two Fjords either. he's such a good boy.

Dallas went to a friends house for the night to 'camp out'. what are 8 teenagers gonna do out in the woods? they say that it's a birthday party thing. kids.

Kim is feeling better, though she is sad today, for the very horse that threw her is now gone.

my dad's health continues to improve! have i mentioned that already? good! i love that!

my wife is the best! best friend! best wife! best mom! the bestest of the best! so beautiful! rrrr

i love my family. i love my job. i love spring and the great north! trees! wildlife! streams, rivers and lakes! great weather! great food! lot's of family stuff to do!

i'm ranting now aren't i? i need sleep. being on-call does that to ya. nuts.