I have always enjoyed reading books about building things and several years ago, I wrote an entire post about David McCollough’s book, The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the … Continue Reading Best Books of 2021 – Chapter 3
I must admit it was the cover that first attracted me to this book by James Trautman, Pan American Clippers: The Golden Age of Flying Boats. This vintage image is … Continue Reading Best Books of 2021 – Chapter 2
Happy New Year! In now what is its ninth annual edition, I thought I would begin the New Year by posting around New Year’s Day my favorite books that … Continue Reading Best Books of 2021 – Chapter 1
Last year, in the middle of the pandemic, when cases were soaring in our state, we had to suspend several of our long-held Christmas traditions. The first one that went … Continue Reading Christmas Traditions
I recently wrote about our October SibSab trip to Montreat, NC but one thing I did not mention is on the way there, my sister asked me out of the … Continue Reading An Unexpected Pleasure!
No, my love for fast cars has not prompted me to buy an airplane as this 1969 vintage advertisement would suggest; at least not a full scale one. A number of … Continue Reading An Airplane??
Earlier this year, I wrote about a “do-over” of our 2020 SibSab, an abbreviation we use for our Sibling Sabbatical. On these annual trips, just the four of us siblings … Continue Reading SibSab – 2021
Continued from Virtual DIY Bathroom – Introduction When we last heard from my brother, he was wrestling with how to redo his downstairs bathroom in the middle of a global … Continue Reading Virtual DIY Bathroom – Preparation
(Cowritten with my brother) At the height of the pandemic, we all grew accustomed to just about everything being virtual. Starting first with virtual meetings, then virtual training, virtual runs, … Continue Reading Virtual DIY Bathroom – Introduction
If you read my last series of posts on building my fourth doll house, you know that getting it built was just the first step. Following its completion and seclusion … Continue Reading Miniature Road Trip
Last weekend, 31 October 2021 marked the fourth anniversary of my “retirement.” I put that in quotes because while it is the fourth anniversary since I retired from full-time work, … Continue Reading Retirement – 4th Anniversary
Continued from: A Classic Boat Model – All Planked Out With the boat now fully planked, the last step before sealing and finishing the wood was to sand … Continue Reading A Classic Boat Model – Fitting Out!
Continued from: A Classic Boat Model – Finally, Some Planking The instructions indicated that the planks were to be glued onto the sides of the boat overlapping the … Continue Reading A Classic Boat Model – All Planked Out
Continued from: A Classic Boat Model – Taking Shape After gluing on the cockpit side walls but before cementing the PVC floor in place or the other cockpit … Continue Reading A Classic Boat Model – Finally, Some Planking
Continued from: A Classic Boat Model – Laying Down the Keel After the clamps had been in place for six days on the other side of the boat, … Continue Reading A Classic Boat Model – Taking Shape
The first official step in building a large ship is the laying down of the keel, the spine or backbone to which the hull bulkheads will be attached. This event … Continue Reading A Classic Boat Model – Laying Down the Keel