Thursday, June 30, 2011

Parenting the Gravitationally Challenged

My son, Matthew, is not a klutz, per se. But there are several times in his childhood where he has neglected to take gravity into account. Just a couple examples out of many experiences:

2 years old: Matt is outside, it's dark. My father is helping me outside. Matt looks up and leans backward to see the sky. He's on the top of three concrete steps. He falls over backward on his head, points up and tells grandpa: "Look! Stars!"

6 years old: Louisa finds Matt walking in circles out by the new swingset/sky-fort. He's confused, Louisa gets me. He's got a bump and grass stain on his forehead. ER, cat scan (yes, now we can show him he has a brain--use it)....conclusion: Matt sort of remembered falling out of the sky fort reaching for the fireman pole. He didn't remember landing.

16 years old (yesterday): I'm down at my office, Mary calls:

"Uh, Joe?"
"Yes, Mary?"
"Matt's over at Glen V's place. He had some car trouble. Apparently the car acted funny, so he was turning into Glen's place when the car died on the road. He got out to push the car to the side of the road. But he couldn't figure out how to stop the car from going into the ditch. Glen's getting him out. You don't have to do anything. Just thought you should know."
"Uh, thanks. I think."

Inside I was thinking about what it might cost.

Matt gets home driving the car he ditched!
"What was wrong?"
"Dad, my gas gauge doesn't work right. That's all."
"Not really, what about the ditch and stuff?"
"Glen got me out and gave me some gas. Well, once the car got rolling, I decided I probably shouldn't try to stop it by jumping in front of it."

Maybe he is learning about gravity, some....

Thank you, Glen. I know that Matt's not the only one of our family to run out of gas at the end of your driveway this year. Thanks for helping him and for helping me....

If you want you can see where he pushed the car into the ditch just east of Glen's driveway.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A bit tardy

Sorry, I have been quite lax in posting here. Last weekend we had the death of a dear friend, a wedding, another wedding; then this week a wake and a funeral.

Please keep the family of Linda H in your prayers at this time of loss.

Please also keep Brett and Amanda, as well as Lucas and Sarah in your prayers at this time of joy.

We were blessed to have visitors. The family Louisa visited in Hawaii last year came to stay with us from Thurs through Saturday.

Their father could not come because of duties at Pearl Harbor Naval Base.

Here are Dot, Louisa, Sophie, Elise, Elsie, Ann, and Christina.

We're so glad you could stay. We had a great time and hope you did as well.

As the photo shows, we took them to the Red Lake County Fair. They seemed to enjoy our little small-town fair.

Ann's family took off on Sat. afternoon.

Sunday evening we went to collect all the fair entries and got taken by a surprise thunderstorm.

Here's Mary pulling out of the Cenex by the school.
The rest of the visit/fair/flood photos are here.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Reproduction of a 7th Cent Teutonic/Scandinavian Lyre

I'm cheating. I'm using power tools and Titebond III. I'm also using Black Walnut instead of Maple. And I'm edge gluing strips of BW for the sound boards and box.

It will be a 7 stringed lyre, hopefully, when I'm done.

Similar style old Lyres.