Shots And Thoughts From An Ordinary Guy.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Blogging Black Hole

I am in a blogging black hole... I will resume tomorrow :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

Warner Hill

Grayson slid down the hill on a sled next to Warner this evening... Too steep for me!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Boy And His Dog...

Grayson spent the day building a snow cave in the drifts in the side yard today. He and Champ are enjoying some time together in the cave...

Switching Box Cars In The Snow

This is my co-worker Brian geared up to sweep and scrape out switches last night so we could place some empty auto racks into the Toyota facility so they can put new cars on the train cars to go to Chicago.

There are three sets of tracks here... the other ones are buried deep in snow on the left. You can see the little bumps up under the light.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Nick Snow Boarding

Nick is being pulled by me down the street... We got going about 40 mph. He spent several hours building this ramp for this moment of glory...

Friday, December 19, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Cold Fetch

This is a video of Samson fetching a snow ball. Everyone was enjoying the snow this week...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Working Hard

Sunday night after our snow storm I went to work at my usual ungodly time of 11 pm. There was very little for us to accomplish on such a slow winter night so we decided to decorate a lonely little tree next to the office. After an hour and a half of work and 20 minutes of decorating I was told it was time to go home... Not bad for a days work.

Another Christmas Tree Picture

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Our First Snow Day

Looks like winter has arrived. I was a sceptic, but I guess the forcaster's were right for a change...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Building

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Another Reflection Picture

I was washing windows today and while up on my step ladder I noticed all kinds of reflections in the window. The building across the street, the cars parked next to me, and the sign of the business I was at. As well as the reflections I thought the colorful tiles and plumbing fixtures were nice looking too...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Our Tree

Our House

Monday, December 8, 2008

Hunting For The Right Tree

Lori, Grayson, and I went hunting for the right tree this evening. After searching for about 45 minutes we finally found it.

Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Grayson's First Suit

Friday, December 5, 2008

I've been slacking

This is a picture of a switch stand, I was working at rivegate last night. I have been slacking on the pictures for a couple of days. I will blame it on a new schedule and a nasty cold.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Saturday, November 29, 2008

civil war

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

We spent a wonderful Thanksgiving day with Lori's side of the family.

Corina ate the most...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pizza Pizza

Now that Austin is a professional pizza maker, we are guaranteed pizza once a week. Here is a question for you... Why does Papa Murphy's ask, "Have you ever baked our pizza before?"

Like, hasn't everyone on the planet baked one?

Monday, November 24, 2008

Miracle's Do Occur

I was doing some stuff around the house and noticed the vacuum running. I knew Lori was at the store and the dogs certainly don't know how to operate it so I had to investigate.

Grayson was in his room cleaning and vacuuming. The first shot is of him vacuuming out his shoes with the hose and the other is of him just getting the dirt off the floor.

Guess he has turned over a new leaf, or Christmas is coming :)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Hiking Powell Butte

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Turkey Day is a Week Away

Since this is the last weekend before Thanksgiving and a lot of shopping gets done for the holiday over the weekend I thought I would post a picture of a turkey today.

Here is some fun Turkey Talk you may not have known...
  • 272 million: The preliminary estimate of turkeys raised in the United States in 2007
  • Americans feast on 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving.
  • According the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the United States at Thanksgiving. That number represents one sixth of all the turkeys sold in the U.S. each year!
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird.
  • Domesticated turkeys cannot fly, however wild turkeys can fly up to 55 miles per hour over short distances.
  • Only male (tom) turkeys gobble. Females make a clicking noise. The famous gobble is actually a seasonal mating call.
  • The heaviest turkey ever raised weighed in at 86 pounds – about the size of a German Shepherd! (But turkeys are normally not used as police animals.)
  • A turkey under 16 weeks of age is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a roaster.
  • The Turkey Trot, a ballroom dance in the 1900s, was named for the short, jerky steps of the turkey. It became popular mainly because it was denounced by the Vatican as "suggestive."
  • Turkeys are known to spend the night in trees! (Maybe to escape the Thanksgiving table?)
  • Turkeys can drown if they look up when it's raining!
  • A turkey's field of vision is 270 degrees--one of the main reasons they're able to elude some hunters.
  • The average age of the Mayflower passenger was 32. The oldest Mayflower passenger was 64.
  • There was no milk, cheese, bread, butter or pumpkin pie at the original Thanksgiving Day feast.
  • Contrary to popular belief, the Pilgrims did not have big buckles on their clothing, shoes, or hats.
  • Buckles did not come into fashion until the late 1600s – more appropriate for the Salem Witchcraft trial time period.
  • The cranberry got its name because the pale pink blossoms on the plant resembled a crane’s head and neck. The name craneberry stuck, eventually becoming cranberry.
  • Fresh cranberries are ideal for cranberry sauce. Cranberries of the highest quality will always bounce! (If you try this at home, please wash the cranberries before eating.)
  • President Abraham Lincoln established the original date for our National Thanksgiving Day celebration in 1863.
  • President Thomas Jefferson scoffed at the idea of establishing a national “Thanksgiving Day.”
  • Congress did not declare Thanksgiving a national holiday until 1941.
  • The average person consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day. (Now that's a lot of turkey!)(courtesy of

Just some food for thought for your Thanksgiving shopping... Enjoy!