Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April 28th 2010

I finished! Beautiful weather this evening allowed me to take a few hours and finish the benches. I had the kids pose on them. In the background, you'll also see the other project I worked on - the upside down planters. Have two tomatoes, one cucumber and a strawberry one. In the foreground you see my badly in need of mowing lawn. :)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Apr 27th 2010

Still not back into daily postings of pictures. BUT, I did pull out my SD card from camera and wanted to share some pictures. I'm STILL working on the bench and still trying to locate a source for my maple for the kids beds.

Why am I still working on the benches? Let me give this past Sunday, Apr 25th, as an example.
I worked at the retail job from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. I had lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, so I drove home, popped a frozen dinner into the microwave and worked on the benches for 35 minutes. Then put everything away and slammed down lunch. I got home from Fred Meyer exhausted, but worked on the benches from 5:15 pm to 8:00 pm with a dinner break. Then I worked on a client for Ultimate Software from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Seven days a week, pretty much, I work 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. With a couple of nights off once in a while - and then hopefully it doesn't rain. **sigh**

Anyway, here is a picture from April 16th. I had cut the top and legs to length but hadn't cut the dadoes, routed the edges or stained anything yet. It was foggy!

Later in the day. Dadoes cut (using a circular saw). Getting ready to use the router on the edges. This is what I SHOULD have done when I built the table last year.

April 20th. The top and legs are partially stained and now I'm beginning the assembly with the spacers. Drill them the center ones with deck screws. The outside ones (shown below) are put in with 6" lag bolts. A LOT of lag bolts. A lot of work.

April 25th, gang drilling of the holes. I did complete the assembly of the legs and the cutting of the stretchers this day, but the picture came out blurry, so we've just got this one to go on:

Tonight I have off from Fred Meyer. All the remaining pieces have been cut to size and have had the dadoes cut and edges routed (my lunch projects last two days). Now I have to stain the last pieces. Tomorrow night, if it's not raining and if the oil stain is dry enough, I'll do final assembly and be done! If not, then I think Sunday evening is my next free time slot longer than 45 minutes.

To finish off, I had one kid picture on my SD card. A flash picture of Lydia :)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Apr 12 2010

Tonight I began a project. I'm building two garden benches for the fire pit area. I got the plans out of Wood Magazine and their promo picture is this one:

Unfortunately, I have no more time to work on it until Friday evening. But, I did get quite a few pieces cut tonight!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

April 11th 2010

I have not been good at my 365. I have hardly taken any pictures!

Today, I replaced the lighting fixture in the girls room and painted all the outlets/covers bright yellow. Also worked out in the yard for a bit. So a productive day! Leaving for work soon and then tomorrow morning, my wife and two of my kids go visit Jill's family in Colorado for a few days. I'll miss them!

Friday, April 2, 2010

March - part 2

Part 2 of the Pentax pictures

March 19th - Daffodils and Hyacinths

March 24th - I got in a 50mm fixed lens for my Pentax. I tried it out on Kathie Oliva's latest custom mask then on Peter.

March 26th - project time! Working on the future room for the girls. First step - painting it. The colors they chose were a light green for the walls and a darker green for the ceiling. I used a Black & Decker Deluxe sprayer. I would recommend instead getting an airless sprayer. It gave good coverage when it worked, but occasionally just splurged a glob onto the walls. And sprayers really mist the room up and use a lot more paint. But the finish is really nice.

April 1st - I got my replacement motherboard and SAME PROBLEM! So I spent hours on Google (called Topeka on April Fools Day!). It took a lot of work, but I finally got the new system rocking and rolling. Now I'm considering backing up the hard drive and settings and reformatting and starting with a fresh hard drive/setup. Changing the hardware wiped out my registration for Windows and Microsoft Office, so instead of registering Vista, I'm thinking of just starting over with Windows 7. But that's a lot of work and I work all Easter weekend :(

March - part 1

This is the first of several blog posts - I'll split it up with only 6-8 pictures per posting. I finally got my computer working! At first, when my computer went down, I tried keeping up on my picture per day. It wasn't easy without the accountability of posting daily (or nearly so). So instead of trying to post each day, I'm just going to pull the most relevant pictures off each camera starting with my K10d. I have 14 pics to show, I believe.

March 4th - before northern iowa (who shall remain uncapitalized) did their horrible deed to Kansas, we were still hopeful. This is our kitchen window.

March 5th - I liked this picture of pot stickers.

March 7th - a storm knocked over our greenhouse. Our little baby plants didn't stand a chance.

March 10th - a nice Peter picture.

March 12th - a storm destroyed one of my outdoor lamps. Then it hailed like crazy.

May 16th - my first attempt at rebuilding my computer. Turned out the motherboard was shorted out. First picture is the empty shell while the second is with the motherboard and everything installed.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Interruptus Maximus

UGH! I am actually quite upset. The replacement motherboard for my computer came today. I VERY carefully assembled the computer - just the minimal parts needed to get into POST and SAME EXACT ERROR. Two weeks I waited for this motherboard. And I got the same bloody problem.

Computer powers up, less than half a second later powers down. Cycle repeats every 3 seconds. I'm having a hard time even googling this problem. I've swapped out the power supply - same problem. I assembled the motherboard on a cushion with no metallic contact - same problem. I swapped out the RAM - same problem. I swapped out the chip fan - same problem. Only thing I can't do is swap out the Intel i5-750 chip - I don't have another P55 slot chip.

This is freakin' beyond frustrating. FOUR WEEKS I've been down. Who knows how long now. If I return all the parts to NewEgg and buy a Dell, I'll take a couple hundred dollar "restocking" hit and that means I'll have to buy a smaller, less powerful computer. But what do I do? How do I fix this? UGH!