Saturday, October 6, 2007

Lots of Progress

We've made lots of progress over the last few weeks. We had the bedroom, loft, bathroom, and laundry room painted. We've furnished the great room, and having a new bed coming for the bedroom.

Dee built a fire pit with stones we collected from the river. We're planning to tile the laundry room in the next few weeks. We've stocked the kitchen with dishes, spices, utensils, and pots and pans. We installed satellite tv and high-speed wireless Internet.

Dee's arranged to rent the place for a weekend during Thanksgiving as a trial run.


Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Update on Cabin

We completed the "final walk-thru" today. We close on Friday. Found some great antiques in Buchanan, Virgina this afternoon.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Wise Up!

It makes me mad when I go to all the trouble of having Marta cook up about a hundred drumsticks, then the guy at Marineland says, "You can't throw that chicken to the dolphins. They eat fish." Sure they eat fish if that's all you give them. Man, wise up!– Jack Handey

Friday, August 17, 2007


Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. - Mahatma Gandhi

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Closer to Heaven

We close on August 31. I've been busy setting up phone, power, alarm service, internet service, satellite, and doing market research . Dee has lots of great decorating ideas and can't wait start trying them. Anyone have a spare bear or moose head for above the mantel?

The Truth

Son, always tell the truth. Then you'll never have to remember what you said the last time. - Sam Rayburn

Things That Matter

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Homo habilis

Homo habilis (IPA /ˈhoʊmoʊ ˈhæbələs/) ("handy man", "skillful person") is a species of the genus Homo, which lived from approximately 2.6 million to at least 1.4 million years ago at the beginning of the Pleistocene.[1] The definition of this species is credited to both Mary and Louis Leakey, who found fossils in Tanzania, East Africa, between 1962 and 1964.[2] Homo habilis is arguably the first species of the Homo genus to appear. In its appearance and morphology, H. habilis was the least similar to modern humans of all species to be placed in the genus Homo (except possibly Homo rudolfensis). Homo habilis was short and had disproportionately long arms compared to modern humans; however, it had a reduction in the protrusion in the face. It is thought to have descended from a species of australopithecine hominid. Its immediate ancestor may have been the more massive and ape-like Homo rudolfensis. Homo habilis had a cranial capacity slightly less than half of the size of modern humans. Despite the ape-like morphology of the bodies, H. habilis remains are often accompanied by primitive stone tools (e.g. Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania and Lake Turkana, Kenya).
Homo habilis has often been thought to be the ancestor of the lankier and more sophisticated Homo ergaster, which in turn gave rise to the more human-appearing species, Homo erectus. Debates continue over whether H. habilis is a direct human ancestor, and whether all of the known fossils are properly attributed to the species. However, in 2007, new findings suggest that the two species coexisted and may be separate lineages from a common ancestor instead of H. erectus being descended from H. habilis.[3] - Source Wikipedia

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. - Ronald Reagan


Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.
Popular Mechanics (1949)


"One rain does not make a crop." Creole Proverb

Monday, August 13, 2007

Heavenly Haven at Craig Creek

What do you think of this name for our cottage? Comments and suggestions welcome.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Don't Cry

“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.”

Saturday, August 11, 2007

What's fun?

You know what's fun? To go to a German restaurant and insist on using chopsticks. - George Carlin


If a cow laughed, would milk come out of it's nose? - Things to Ponder

Uncle Caveman

When I was a kid my favorite relative was Uncle Caveman. After school we'd all go play in his cave, and every once in a while he would eat one of us. It wasn't until later that I found out that Uncle Caveman was a bear.– Jack Handey


If we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going. - Professor Irwin Corey

Friday, August 10, 2007

Cloud Nine

Cloud nine gets all the publicity, but cloud eight actually is cheaper, less crowded, and has a better view. - George Carlin

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Bad Luck

I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five. Steven Wright

3 R's

You know there is a problem with the education system when you realize that out of the 3 R's only one begins with an R. Dennis Miller


Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice doggie" until you can find a rock. - Will Rogers

Two Wrongs

Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts will.


Character does count. For too long we have gotten by in a society that says the only thing right is to get by and the only thing wrong is to get caught. Character is doing what's right when nobody is looking...
Oklahoma Congressman J. C. Watts, speech at the Republican National Convention (August 13, 1996)

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Simple Answers

They say we offer simple answers to complex problems. Well, perhaps there is a simple answer— not an easy answer— but simple. -Ronald Reagan

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

More On Our Heavenly Haven

We have a signed agreement with a tentative closing of September 1st. We are excited, anxious, and a little unsure about all the elements that we'll need to manage to make this both fun and successful.

Be Yourself

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.– Dr. Seuss

Monday, August 6, 2007

Heavenly Haven

Our new cottage. We've reached a verbal agreement to purchase this cottage on Craig Creek in the Jefferson National Forest. It's 15 miles, 30 minutes, and 50 years away from our home. We plan to use it for recreation, and to rent it out when we aren't using it. More details to come....

Team Player

I remember that one fateful day when Coach took me aside. I knew what was coming. "You don't have to tell me," I said. "I'm off the team, aren't I?" "Well," said Coach, "you never were really ON the team. You made that uniform you're wearing out of rags and towels, and your helmet is a toy space helmet. You show up at practice and then either steal the ball and make us chase you to get it back, or you try to tackle people at inappropriate times." It was all true what he was saying. And yet, I thought something is brewing inside the head of this Coach. He sees something in me, some kind of raw talent that he can mold. But that's when I felt the handcuffs go on. - Jack Handey

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Bologna In My Shoes

You know, a lot of people come to me and they say, "Steve, how can you be so funny?" There's a secret to it, it's no big deal. Before I go out, I put a slice of bologna in each of my shoes. So when I'm on stage, I feel funny. Steve Martin, Let's Get Small