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    Plans for the July 4th weekend?

    So what are you all doing for the long weekend?

    I hope to spend most of the 4th at the lathe. Then I have to work at Woodsmith on Sat. but we are heading north with friends to the Woman Lake area of MN. Never been there, but our friend's family has a cabin up there and they invited us to stay for the following week. We will be coming home on Tuesday, not much vacation left. Not looking forward to the almost 7hr drive, but haven't been out of town for quite some time....should be relaxing. Boating, grilling and adult beverages for all...well not for our daughter or there twin boy and girl.

    Anybody else ever been in that area?
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    I took off the entire week with no other goal than to whittle down the number of unfinished projects and honey-do's on a very long list.

    So far I have reset the door latch on the front door, replaced the kitchen widow including some siding and trim (will finish up this afternoon), trimmed out 2 door frames, putting the finish on a third, replaced 3 ceiling lights, installed one door lock set..... And it's only Tuesday!!!

    Still to go - shampoo carpets - sand, paint, and caulk trim in the den - replace all my sprinkler vales along with the digging involved - run 30' of PVC pipe underground to the curb for the pool backwash line - build and install a new out feed table on my TS - touch up all the trim on the house - paint the inside of the front and back doors we replaced about 4 years ago - and a few other items to fill in my spare time. Oh, and at least a half day at church cleaning out and organizing our little workshop/tool storage area.

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    Wow Rennie...your busy now and for the next few days...Satisfaciton in just around the corner when you finish that last item on the list....oh but then you have the fence, the kitchen, the...........the same saga for me too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    Wow Rennie...your busy now and for the next few days...Satisfaciton in just around the corner when you finish that last item on the list....oh but then you have the fence, the kitchen, the...........the same saga for me too.
    It is indeed a very long list.

    We put the fence on hold till next year and the Kitchen is out at least another year beyond that (however, the window replacement was a precursor for the kitchen remodel). We decided that we would replace the carpet this year with hardwood or laminate. That will happen when I take my next vacation week - Labor Day!
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    Bring lots of bug spray. Bumper crop of mosquitoes this year. Other than that, beautiful area. Don't know what roads you are taking, but stay away from 35W. Last weekend it was closed from 494 north for bridge work.

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    I am not going to be that busy but have a few things to get done. I am on vacation this week. My wife and I took a 4 day trip up to Door County, Wi for our 30th anni. Had a good time. Did some hiking, shopping, and of course eating. We were out hiking and a rain came up, it had some hard water in it too. The hail was about pea sized and covered about 30-40% of the ground. We were a couple of drenched rats but oh well. We had our saturday shower minus the soap. We did see some very interesting things and a couple of great sunsets.

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    I have to hang around most of the time and police my tiny cottage.
    Seems my daughter decided to invite her roomies from Buffalo over for a few days, so Ill have to play ok, youve all had enough, give me all the keys to the cars, dont come home from the poolhall too late, give me all the keys to the cars, dont stay outside in the yard too late, 3 am the neighbors get upset, and so on.

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    My wife returned after 3 weeks visiting family in Denver, Houston and Long Beach. She and her Mom are here for 10 days and then they'll return to Illinois. My wife will spend a couple of weeks there with her Mom. 4th of July, we visit my grandchildren in Goldendale, WA. My oldest grandson, an 3rd Class Petty Officer in the USN will be there after returning from his first cruise aboard the USS Harry S. Truman. He and his Dad will be racing in the annual 4th of July demolition derby. Our granddaughter will be there with her son, our greatgrandson. It will be a family get-together. When my wife and MIL return to Illinois, they will have seen every member of our family.
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    My wife purchased tickets for the family to attend this....

    http://www.lansinglugnuts.com/fan_ac...fireworks.html
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    Well, we have the local (Dallas) dog shows here this weekend. LOML shows Thursday while I'm at work, then we show Friday and Sunday. Beyond that, I'm not sure. Maybe rest a lot. I have a problem with the sprinkler system, (yes another one ) I need to deal with. It works great when first turned on, then slowly drops to a trickle. I think I have some moss build up where my intake is sitting, but not sure how to get rid of that. Need another quick disconnect for it that I can re-aim the intake pipe to get away from the moss maybe. We'll see. Have a great weekend, and Happy Birthday America!!! Jim.
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