Sunday, August 10, 2014

Toys Of The Past, Erector Set

When I was about 5 years old my parents got me my first Erector Set.
It was all metal and came with lots of little screws/bolts and nuts to hold every thing together.
It had flat metal pieces that was 3/4 inch wide and came in many lengths, 2 holes long to 20 holes long.
And other pieces, that were like panels with lots of holes space out about 3/4 inch apart so you could bolt these all together into different shapes.
I think this was one of the first new toy I got, most of the time I would get used or repair toys, and that was okay, because I did not care if was new or old, just as long as I could call it my toy.
My old Erector set was just that is was called the "Erector Set" this one in the picture is a 725 kit that my Mom found and put in a case with lots of pieces.
My old set I had, last time I saw it, was in a little metal box that it came with and some how it had gotton water in it, so it had pretty much rusted away.
I don't think that the, laws would allow kids to play with a toy of the type, today.
The screws and nut and some of the other pieces would really cause choking problems.
And most of the metal parts were galvanized or chromed, with lots of sharp edges and pointy thing, and the galvanizing can't be good to put into you mouth, and touching all the time.
I had other build type toys, but, this one I must have spent days playing and building.
Found the old set in the attic of the shop, must have went up there when Mom past away.
I did build something, and the screws and nuts seem a lot smaller then I remember or my hands and fingers were much smaller back in 1963, so that could be it.
I would build army tanks, radar station, cars and lots of other item, most what I would see traveling.
Here it is, a Radar station, it was lots of fun, really small parts.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Little Gray Back Camping

Robyn and Tyson
I made it up to the Gray Back camper ground one night. It  is located on Caves Highway going up to the Oregon Caves, next to milage post 9, gray back creek run the length  of the camping area.
Very open camp sites and lots of room.
The temp the day I got there was running  in the 80 to 90 degrees area, but it was mid July.
The creek is low enough that the little kids can play in it without being wash away or scaring them.
Up the creek is a swimming hole with a rope for the little one to swing out on.
From here, Oregon caves is up the road about 8 miles,  I.V. swing bridge is about 20 miles way and the Oregon cost is about 70+ miles.
And the  city of Cave Junction is about 9 miles down the hill, so if ice or other items are needed, even a DQ run would work.
Robyn and Rochelle and 7 kid were all camping, this day.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

First Dive of 2014

Made the drive to Applegate lake, and at one of the creek inlets the water is really clear and most of the times it is about 35 feet to the bottom.
So I get there and checking it out and see that the water has drop way down low.
I gear up and which seem to take forever, when it is hot, about 80* but the wet suit seem to make it about 110*.
So I had to pack my gear about 175 feet to the water and left the tank and BC in the water and got the rest of the stuff, fins, boots, gloves, masket and 2 lays of wet suit.
An I alway spend a few minuts testing every thing in the chest deep water, and play with reg and mask and any thing else that I can touch and move.
The dive last 50 minutes, deth 23 feet, used 1800 pounds of air on a 72 cu/ft steely tank.
Vise was about 20 feet.
You see the treasures, 2 sun glasses, rest thingy, Bose blue tooth, necklace. ear post and big lighter.
The one glass a nice a little girly looking, but how cares.
This dive #95.

The Pink dive tank

The day finds 2 sun glass, necklace, rist band, bose blue tooth and post thing.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The 4th of July 2014

A great little 4th of July we had, the weather was a little warm about 80*.
The day was good, slept  in to almost 7 AM and lazed around to about 6 PM we took  off to go to Molly's for the evening.
One of Molly's friend has a big pot luck / barbecue at there house in Central Point, the house face on to a little park about 5 acres in size.
Really is a nice touch for the home to be here, most of the area is green grass that is will taken care of and nice is flat with young trees bordering around the four sides.
The way the house are laid out, they shades the edges so there is always a place to get out of the sun.
It seem to keep the sound in the area much lower because it is absorbed by the grass and trees..
So some time later about 8 PM or so the fire work start coming out on the street right in front of the house, and the smoke get really thick and the smell seem to plug up your noses, so that you don't even smell the Sufi any more and the other smell that make up the 4th that create members when the order drifts into your face, we flash back to that one 4th of July that we seem to never forget and is always is there, and comes around any time that order is there.
So, down the street about 5 houses this neighbor, take on the 4th, so seems, all by himself.
Must spend a bucket of money to buy the fire works and the permit from the city to do this big fire show.
It just as good as the fair ground put one.
The show seem to go on and on, with big rocket shot and lots of big shots going in big bust and fans that cover the complete sky.
This show is free, to all and all the neighbors come and place law chair in the grass and blanks are spread out and family hanging out together and lots good laughing and hand holding and lots big smiles on all the face that met and see.
I only got a few pictures, I did try to hard with the fire works, but some record of being there.
Rochelle and Sarpha

The back of (right to left) Daniel, Paul, John and Domic.

Monday, July 07, 2014

The Problem With My Knee

The 5K Pear Blossom race took place on April 14, I had started training for this after Thanksgiving 2013 on a borrowed treadmill.
The training on a treadmill really stinks, the worst type of training that I have ever done, soooo borrowing.
I had done a 5K in February with pretty good time, 32 + minutes for an old 57 year old man.

The knee was feeling a little bit sore, that week but it was still strong.
The started at 7AM and I took about 10 steps and crossed the 1st starting pad, and my left knee POP real hard just about inch below the knee cap.
I could  not go forward, just stood there then I started hopping back torrid the 1st aid station.
A coup of 1st aiders came and help me back to the  tent, they put a ice pack on my knee and sit there about 30 minutes.
I got so I could hop with it,  pretty good, so I made my way back 2 block to the car, that was a longest 2 blocks, took about 15 minutes and didn't hurt at all to drive.
Monday, I met up with Mike S. and He thought is was the meniscus, it had torren, but had to do a MRI.
Had the MRI in about 2 weeks,
Back to see Mike S. and look at the MRI and He was right, I had a terror.
Set a date with Dr. Bents on May 15 for knee surgery, and did the surgery.
Took the 2 stitches out in 14 day and all looks and felt pretty good.
There telling me that I should not run any more 5K's and keep the long bike rides to short ones.
The bike ride make the knee feel much better, so I'm working on that, been doing 5 and 10 mile rides and it seem to keeps working that way.   Biking is the way to go for now.

Not very good pictures, 2 little holes, is all that was needed.
Only missed 4 day of work.
This all took about 2 months to do and $4000.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Molly And The Animals

I believe these are Molly's Animals.
It has been some time since she has play with them, but they are in really good shape.
Been cleaning out the attic in the shop.
There is stuff that goes back almost 20 years.
I had to do a battle with the ants, that had build a home in one of the sowing bags.
There was nothing for them to eat, but there sure like that bag of buttons, zippers and thread and ribbon.
Every time I move it and inch or two, they would come swarming out, so i got a stick and pushed it to the other side and let it fall, then I jumped down and pick up the bag with a long stick and walked it out, along ways out.
Rochelle put a garden hose on it, to soak in down for about hour.
I came back to check and they had made a trail back to the shop, it was about 150 feet away.
So i got the big guns out, the got this ant killer stuff, called TERRO it has Borax in it.
Seem pretty safe, I uses borax hand cleaner at work.
We'll see how will it works.
Now that the bag is gone, I put the bag of ants in the trash can and wheeled it down to the end of the driver way, it will get pick up Monday.
The ant seem to be going away more less, give it some time to see.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Little Cover Bridge

 This is a little cover bridge in an area off Highway 140 about 20 miles from White City, Oregon.
It is about 30 feet long and about 15 feet wide.
This area is call Lake Creek, much like Wimer with one store and a gas station.
A very beautiful area, it would be a nice area to live in, if it was not so far out.
 If the date is right, this is one of the oldest  cover bridges in Oregon.
There is a sign that talks about this, but the date seem that could be off a coup of years.

 Lots of big ranches in the area, many 1000 of acres in sizes, most of it is cow and hay farms.
So the Walch family has the little park that is  maintained by them.
A little stage to the right and a creek behind that, that runs under the bridge.
And about 10 tables and 3 or 4 barbaric units.
The gate is to keep the cows out of the area.
And it is Free, most of the county parks around here has a day fee of $6 to $10 dollars.

More of the Walch park.
Very green, as you can see they keep it watered.

What brought me out here was some geocaches and looking for another way to get up on this mountain, so I hear that there could be some thunder egg type rocks.
No luck on the rocks, but I did find 3 geocaches and this cool little park/wayside.