Summer is halfway done...what have you been up to?

Swedishchef Posted By Swedishchef, Aug 1, 2013 at 9:07 PM

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  1. Swedishchef

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    Hey ladies/gentlemen

    I was wondering what most people at hearth.com have been up to during these past few months?

    I am currently on parental leave until October 20th (my second son was born last fall). Vacationing, C/S/S new wood, relaxing has been my past few months. I may be moving next summer so I have started thinking of all that encompasses.

    I hope everyone is having a great summer, cheers!

    Andrew
     

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  2. jharkin

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    Congrats Andrew.

    I repainted our bath, we reworked all our gardens, planted veggies, had a new patio built. I also got into a new obsession with r/c helicopters. And we did some family visiting here and there.

    This week we are vacationing near Bar Harbor ME. Next week it back to work and time to think about doing some much needed work on the stove before fall rolls around. I've got another big work trip to China coming in September and I can forsee running out of time if I don't get started soon.
     
  3. DevilsBrew

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    Working 2 jobs, gardening, banjo, playing with fire, and hiking. The latest odd idea - I'm trying to breed out the traits of a hybrid mini tomato to the point where I am satisfied with the plant. I'm hoping to get on the water either this month or next.
     
  4. Locust Post

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    Gardening,mowing grass every 4 days with all the rain, a few home mait. jobs,spent a minimum amount of time in the pool this year so far because we have only had about 3 weeks of real summer so far around here but have managed to find time to hit some of our favorite ice cream stands. Head for Myrtle Beach in Sept. for as much seafood as I can stand and uninteruppted time with my wonderful wife.
     
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    I'd love to tell you that I'd already rode 4000-5000 miles on my bicycle but it would not be true. Sad part is I've rode very little. Well, actually I also have worked very little. We'll just call it a time of healing. Still hoping for the best.
     
  6. begreen

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    Some camping, knocking off items from the honey-do list, gardening, music, and unfortunately a week of fighting furry, four-legged terrorists. Wood shed is full, but I still have about a cord left to split. Maybe next week.
     
  7. DevilsBrew

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    Not sure what is going on but I said a prayer anyways.
     
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    Cut split stack repeat. Thats about all Im doing trying to get ahead maybe I should take off a weekend and go fishing.
     
  9. Swedishchef

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    Thanks Jeremy: It seems like you're busy enough!!!! How is BAr Harbor? There used to be a high speed ferry between Bar Harbor and Nova Scotia (it was called the "Cat" as in Catamaran) and I was hoping to get accross but the plug has sinced been pulled...

    Devilsbrew: 2 jobs?! ANd you have time for the rest??

    Locust Post: I hear ya..my grass won't stop growing. It's become a bad weed! I am quite a big fan of ice cream...YEAR round! ;)

    Dennis: take it easy my friend. Taking time to rest and heal saves trips back into the medical world...trust me on that one. Enjoy the weather, relax, hop on the forums to get another 25K posts ;)

    BeGreen: what four legged terrorists are you reffering to??? lol

    Matt: go fishing. If you don't, you'll regret it come November.


    As for me, I am going to an Irish concert tonight. My local community has an Irish week every year and I vounteered quite a bit this year. Going to see a band tonight and have a few cold ones...

    Cheers

    Andrew
     
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    Working, got the cheapest wood I ever got delivered $110 a cord. Got some good scrounges from work. First trip to Denver, CO, and Arlington, VT. Apart from that got no where near as much done as wanted to. I wanted to work on some hardscaping, and a garden. Did get the bathrooms done (painted and new flooring), fixed the drywall in the garage that was ruined by a water leak five years ago. Painted and put up some shelving (been wanting to do that for 10 years). Part of me really desires to move out of suburbia and this 10,315 foot lot to a few acres but at the same time I have enough problems keeping up with what I got.

    Still check in here though several times a week. I'm addicted to this site, even in Summer I'm still lurking.
     
  11. Scols

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    Fishing,both commercially (my job) and recreationally with my 6 yo son with a little beach time mixed in. The highlight so far was participating in the search for a friend who fell overboard from his lobster boat 43 miles offshore in the middle of the night. He was successfully recovered by a coast guard chopper after 12 hours in the water. I still get choked up thinking about it. Oh,and 2 scrounges that should make up a cord.
     
  12. Hearth Mistress

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    We kicked off the summer on June 28th celebrating the completion the 5 month construction project to repair the almost $100k damage from Sandy. then, the VERY next day, our old terra cotta pipes to my leach field broke, backing water up under the house! With THAT fiasco dug up and fixed we finally finished cutting, splitting and stacking the rest of the *bleeping* tree that fell on the house.

    We did manage to get the garden planted around the construction scaffolding so we have zucchini, summer squash, peppers, green beans and yard beans out the wazoo right now. The eggplant are just coming to fruit and all of the tomatoes are still green.

    We spend ALOT of time in summer/fall going to concerts and we truely enjoy not only local venues but big arenas too. Being just as close to Philly as NYC really broadens our access to a lot of venues and shows, which we take full advantage of.

    So far we saw The Indigo Girls with Joan Baez, Dave Matthews, Jimmy Buffet, Heart and just last weekend The "Yestival" which was Renaissance, The Music Box (early Genesis cover band) and of course Yes, playing their first 3 albums - they played almost 3 hours! We are going to see (don't laugh) Adam Ant next week and have tickets to see Toad The Wet Sprocket, Ani DiFranco, Blondie, The Music Box (again), Dar Williams, Mary Fahl and Al Stewart. Annie Haslam usually does a holiday show here locally, since she lives here, but with her touring with Yes, nothing has been announced yet.

    Not that I care AT ALL about the Philadelphia Eagles but hearing about "pre-season" games only reminds me summer is almost over and football season....fall into winter....is drawing near. Need to get to the shore before labor day, that's gotta happen for sure ;)
     
  13. Swedishchef

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    SOunds like a relaxing summer........
     
  14. Swedishchef

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    Well, I am quite envious of the concerts! Man oh man I need to move closer to a big city!!!! Dave Matthews is always great in concert. Good grief, Toad the wet Sprocket! I haven't heard of them since middle school. I used to LOVE them!!! Sounds like you're having fun (now that the tree has been dealt with and the pipes are fixed!)

    Andrew
     
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    As music lovers, yes, we are truly blessed to live not only close to Philly and NYC but there are two great theaters near by The Keswick and The Sellersville Theaters are old vaudeville/movie type halls that have been restored. The Keswick is a bit bigger but Ian Anderson, Ani DiFranco and even Tori Amos played there, really intimate setting, unlike big concert arenas. If your ever coming down this way, look up those theaters, always a good mix of shows. New Hope Winery just built a big barn to host shows too, maybe a few hundred seats but great acts there too!
     
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    Been kind of a rough summer, with lots of extra work hours including travel time that has really shut done my summer. But it shines a light on how lucky I really am in a normal year to have the free time I usually have.

    I was able to work a little on an old Mustang we have with my son while he is back from college. Classic kind of dad and son bonding.
     
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    Hi gang. Havent been posting much :p as when we arent dealing with hay, i have been down to the far field helping out with that new house i posted about in the spring ;)

    Hope to start getting more free time in the next few weeks and get back to the woods.

    loon and Emma :cool:


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  18. Swedishchef

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    I dream of the day that I have time and a kid old enough to start a project like that!!!!! It is something he will love and won't ever forget!
     
  19. Swedishchef

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    Was it a good hay season? I know the chill of fall has hit Ontario and Quebec in the past few days....

    Andrew
     
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    I've had the car forever and a day, but never had a chance to work on it. My wife really encouraged me to start working on it, both for me and for him. He's not a big car nut like me, but I think he had fun and learned something from it all. Even if it was a nasty job of removing leaf springs and shocks.

    Some kids don't even know how to change a tire, but I'm really proud of both my sons in being able to replace spark plugs, spark plug wires and install new brake rotors and pads.
     
  21. schlot

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    Don't want to alarm you, but one of those hay bales looks like a dog.
     
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    I think they are lightyears ahead of generation "pay someone to do it!!" LOL.
     
  23. schlot

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    ...of course getting my youngest to pick up his room is a completely different story. LOL.
     
  24. Swedishchef

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    Nobody is perfect!!! lol.
     
  25. loon

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    Very good year Andrew and ya the mornings are starting to get pretty cool,8c when i got up today ;)

    She helps drag em back to the farm schlot >>
     
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