Friday, January 28, 2011

Just so you know............................

This really is kind of embarassing, but I was part of the 1985 Mr. MN Teen pageant.

So, when I say, very clearly and with a loud voice "I did not win" I hope you understand.

I did a lot of funny things in Highschool and this was one of them:

All I can say is that Lisa  or Lana or whatever her name was, was a nice girl. I just got my picture taken with her. She was important. I wasn't.

I met two guys who would go to Bethany Lutheran College with me. And two of my highschool buddies were separated from me during the contest.

Oh, well, Tim, Joel, and I are still friends from HS. And now Don and Randy are also friends from my college years.

But, well, I missed being mr. mn teen 1985. I didn't play enough foot ball or hockey or whatever. I just was too busy at home keeping our pigs fed so we could eat.

But the trip and pageant was kind of fun.

So, for my congregations, this is a "just so you know" post. I'm sure you have other embarassing stories about yourselves.

Just wait till the time is right.

And today we get more....snow....huh.

Snow on the ground, snow on the tree, snow on the sheep, and snow on me.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Yummy Chili
Diced medium onion
1/4 diced Green pepper
4 cloves garlic, crushed chopped
1/4c ground chilis/chili powder
2 Tbs paprika
1 c white beans
1 c black beans
2 c red beans
1 c kidney beans
1 qt crushed or diced tomatos

1 pt tomato paste
2 tsp salt
2 tsp black pepper

add salt to taste.
Soak beans overnight or use canned. If you soak them use whey. Then they won't cause as much gas. If you like gas, just use the canned.

Cold and Fog Photos

Cold and fog;

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I-500 Snowmobile Race Photos and Video

 The First Day Route:

At our place:

At Plummer, the refueling station:

On the way home just south of the Clearwater church and Brekke's:

Some proofs for Jeremy's Sr. Photos.

I did these when Jeremy was up here at the beginning of the month:

Baked Potatoes and spatchcocked Chicken Tandoori

Potatoes baked in cast iron frying pan with whole mushrooms, shredded carrots, chopped celery, crushed garlic, basil, topped with shredded raw milk cheddar and roasted. Sprinkle of Parmesan on just before serving.

Spatchcocked chicken tandoori baked tender then roasted.

Louisa's pies.
Tart Rhubarb Pie, Pecan Toffee Chisel Pie, Toasted Chocolate Meringue, Lemon Meringue; all on gluten free crusts. Thank you, Louisa.

Domra, Dombra, Dombura, or Tambura? Or what

A long and thin necked 4 stringed, steel strung, free bridged, small bodied, fretted, wood, strumming or plucking instrument.

I found this last summer at a second hand store. The neck was broken away on the back side from the heel. But I figured it could be fixed with some Titebond III. I took it over to a chair and plinked around with it. That's when I realized that it wasn't just a fancy wall hanging designed to look like a folk instrument, but a real instrument.
The neck is thin and deep, carved of one piece with the head. The little piece of metal on the back was used to hang the instrument from the wall as a decoration. The frets wrap around the fingerboard about 1/4" on both sides. The body is carved out of one piece of wood.
The head has an inlay of mother of pearl. The tuning pegs are geared brass and steel with an embossed brass plate. I'm not sure what the ends of the pegs are made from but it looks like they were to match mother of pearl. There is a tension wire under which the strings go before going over a bone nut. The tuning assembly is similar to one on this page on the Domra.
The fingerboard is the same wood as the neck. The bottom (high) strings have 24 frets. Three fret markers of inlaid mother of pearl at the 5th, the 12th, and 17th frets. The top (low) strings are chromatic up to the seventh fret and then follow the pattern whole, half, whole, whole, whole, half up to what is the 17th fret on the bottom strings. I've never seen this kind of half-fret design before. The final 5 frets are placed on the heel and the soundboard.

The sound board is glued over the body and made of three different pieces of wood. The bridge is bone and floats freely like a banjo bridge. It is missing whatever decorative rosette it had. I'm thinking of designs and looking at other examples of the Domra, Dombura, Dombra and eastern European Tambura.
Here you can see the arches of the bridge. It is held to the soundboard by the tension of the strings. The tailpiece is screwed into a piece of what looks like oak that makes up the bottom of the body. The tailpiece is of sheet aluminum marked with concentric circles . The strings are about 1/4 inch apart, making it a bit difficult to fingerpick. It is fun to play.

So, what is it? Does anyone know?
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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Project Idea for Summer Reading Program

The Red Lake Falls Library puts on a reading program with different presentations throughout the weeks of the Summer. A couple of years ago I did a presentation on making bows and arrows in the old way.

I think I'll try to put something together on flute making for this summer. Anyone have good suggestions on stories and books with flutes, whistles, pan pipes, fripples, pennywhistles, etc. in them?

I already have the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Yesterday's Snow this morning.

We've been fighting flu all week. Yesterday we thought we were done. Big snow event. Dropped about 5 inches on us without wind. Very hard to drive during the snow during daylight.

But we went out to visit some friends. No pukes all day. Not until we were half-way home, driving through the deep falling snow. I really hope we didn't share our flu.

Plenty of us sick (including me) this morning. I hope to have church on Sunday. Pastor Stafford covered for me at Mt. Olive this morning. Thank you.

See the snow stacked up on the rails. Those rails are 1 3/4 inches wide. The highest I could measure was about 4 1/2 inches. Just a puff of air knocks them over. There's 5 inches deep on the bracket for the wind chime.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Hipster Christianity, Contemporary and Relevant Services

The following video is a satirical critique of the Emergent(ing) Church's use of the current fads in Hipster and Contemporary Popular Christianity. (hat tip: Pr. D. Thompson)

What I found very insightful is that this video presents a Hipster Contemporary liturgy in its essential form. The form of Hipster liturgy does not specify or restrict content except that it must be Hip, Contemporary, and Relevant, or "Contemporvant" as the video puts it. The video also hits on the fact that this form of liturgy emphasizes self-marketing and the social justice focus of Hipster Christianity in the Emergent Church.

In contrast to the above the form of liturgy the Confessional Lutheran Church restricts the content to the reading and preaching of the Bible, God's gift of grace and forgiveness to us through the proper use of the Sacraments and the proper use of Confession and Absolution, as well as the response of the believer to God's grace with prayer and hymns.

My favorite section: "Young hip guy welcoming all with graphic tee and cool glasses. 'I welcome everyone,' with arms wide open; revealing my tatoo, so you know I have a past; quirky transition to band, invite everyone to stand, 'Let's do it!'"

I've endured several services like this.
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Monday, January 03, 2011

Sheep are funny critters

 Today the ram and ewe are standing on one hay bale while munching down on it. That bale is 5 feet up. They climb a bit of snow and then jump.

 Here is from last November, a week or two before Thanksgiving.


Clara with the ewe.

First Day of School Today

That's 90 degrees difference from breakfast to going out to get the bus. Have a great day, kids.