Hello all! Been on my, seemingly normal, winter hiatus from blogging but decided to return early. It’s been a an interesting few months with some highs and lows. The big low is that my father passed away on the 20th of December in Montana after getting hit with a pretty nasty lung issue. He was 72 and very healthy but the issue hit hard and quickly. In his life he retired after 20 years in the US Air Force, retired after almost 19 years with Norwest/Wells Fargo Bank in the trust division, and spent many years as a noted Lewis and Clark historian and most recently a historian dealing with the fur trapping trade in Montana and local Native American tribes. He will be missed by many…
This is actually dad on a training flight during officers training (early is his career). He would be the first to tell you it was all him, but he couldn’t get on a ladder without feeling a pretty intense fear of heights!
After two years of virtual unemployment / underemployment, I am now working two jobs part-time and am back in school working on my second bachelors degree in Computer Security and Forensics so definitely busy.
My son and I went to the Portland Yard and Garden Show this weekend and so the bug has hit me again, as it does every year, but a little earlier. The Portland show is one of the best in the area and takes us literally two hours to walk through, casually strolling all of the exhibits, booths and vendors.
That’s my assistant at the show and you can probably tell from behind him that my shot does not do the size of the show justice.
Off to finish dinner for now, but 2013 looks to be a year of multiple projects and updates on some of the older projects from last year.. In fact, the front yard is about 1/2 done and I added a removable pvc sprinkler system as well…
More pics to come!
-- Steve, Vancouver, WA