Friday, December 24, 2004

Tis Almost Christmas ...

'Tis almost Christmas and all through the blog
not a post was to be found, all lost in a fog.
Long has it been that something was written
Except that one about a cute little kitten

So, thus it is late with the moon out bright
that I sit here to share, show, and write
of our trip last weekend way up north
to the house of the Johners did we venture forth

Where much laughter and jubilation was heard by all
as the children skipped and jumped around the wall
While with great company we did visit, you see
The Johners, the Schmiesings, and Fries soon to be

Thank you, thank you, thank you
From all of us at casa "U".
To Kim, Julie, Anna, and Gabriel,
and the little one yet to tell

(Now you know that I never would have made it as a poet! Hopefully, though, you will enjoy these pictures even more!! And, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas)

Anna Johner, Schmiesings: Jacob, Clair, and Max, and Theresa

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Making New Friends

The kids have been making some new acquaintances out here ... and not necessarily of the human kind!

Theresa, Patrick, and Joseph are off to the barn. And yes, we did get snow, but sadly it is now 50 degrees out and the snow has all melted away.

Catherine was first to the barn, not wanting to wait around for the others.

Three new kittens were recently born. Here are two of them with their mother. They are yet unnamed, but I'm sure that won't last long.

Orion was very happy to have been fed some hay and oats.

Monday, December 06, 2004

The Big Train turns 27!

Happy Birthday, Paul.

Patrick, Joseph, and Catherine (P, J, & C), now referred to as the trio, or just PJC, work on a joint birthday card for their Daddy/Uncle.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Welcome to Idaho

Can you belive it! It has already been four weeks since the big move. The weather has gotten colder, we've had some great snowfalls and beautiful sunny days, and now it is already December.

Dad and Paul have already put me to work with some big jobs. And, just to give you a sense of that, normally the pipe down the well is 1", but the last few weeks we have been dealing with 4", 5", and 6" pipe! These pipes are so big, that a small child could fall down them. And to make it more interesting, we had to pull the 6" one twice and we still aren't done. The 6" job is for the City of Grangeville. We set the new pump, but then there was a short down the hole, so we had to pull it out to see what happened. It turned out there was a cut in the wire from either the factory or from a rock as we set it the first time. Now we have to fix the wire and then set it again. Maura came to visit the first day, and took some shots.

We had to hire a crane since our hoist wouldn't even be able to touch the weight.

Getting the wrenches all set ...

and then wrenching it tight.

Taping the wire and airline to the pipe.