Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

So Charles, what's the current insane mad scientist project d'jour?

Cargo Trailer Conversion!
Why? Why not?

years ago I moved my grandmothers stove out here from Texas. I bought a Pace American cargo trailer. Which I've used as storage off and on. It fits well in the driveway. And I have been using it as a garage addition, holding 2 motorcycles.

Well! Tarzan is 3. and getting bigger. Family camping, and hopefully dirt biking is coming up soon. I cannot justify or afford a fun mover. and I have no place to park it.

I do have a bunch of camping stuff taking up space in the garage and the shed.

So looking around a little on the internet, I learned about cargo trailer conversions. People were taking modern cargo trailers, and turning them into a type of TearDrop Trailer, for the modern age. There is a forum full of ideas and examples.

I saw a conversion done on a bigger trailer than mine, that looked pretty cool

My goal is: Store 2 bikes and camping gear in my driveway, "ready to go". When we get there, pull the bikes out, unfold cots or air bed, have a place to sleep that is warm, insulated, and comfy.

Remembering, I ALSO have the sprinter. I have lots of space. But the trailer should store all the camping gear, all the cooking gear, everything I need, and get it all out of the garage.

Yesterday and today I worked on insulating the sidewalls. I started by removing the Luaan plywood sheeting and trim from the interior. this is assembled with screws and staples. So I pullet the trip, removed all the staples, and unscrewed the sidewalls.

I stacked the wood, measured and cut 3/4" pink foam insulation to fit, and placed panels on all the sidewalls. Then screwed the wood panels back in place

I am not exactly sure what to do with the roof yet. But I know I want to replace the roof vent with a fan powered unit. And I want ladder racks mounted, So I am going to wait till tomorrow, and stop at a trailer outfitting place to learn more about it. Before I start on the roof.

measure twice, cut once. Measure the insulation, cut, fit in place, go to next panel. Use as much insulation as I can, with minimal waste, so far, so good.

front wall back in

all walls up. No trim yet. Blue tape marks side bars for support.

Additional steps for tomorrow? Learn about:
- New Roof vent
- Ladder/cargo racks
- spare tire mount
- under sealant
- led interior lights
- deep cycle battery & box (under trailer mount)
- stabilizer barjacks?
- possible cargo hitch mount for VersaHauler

Friday, December 25, 2009

Sara's family sent christmas in boxes to California. And Grandma Susie found the best card ever, wishing both happy hannukah AND merry christmas, ON THE SAME CARD, covering both sides of Saul's family. Brilliant!

look at all the loot!

Elmo Tickle Hands, from Tia Julia, very very close to the line. Not quite a drum set.... :D But he is still trying to decide if he will touch them. My hope is he will pester her endlessly with them! :)

this game from Cousin Taylor is a fishing game, but he calls it "Sticky Fish" after a Charlie and Lola game. and? it is very funny to watch dad try to play it.

big smooshie cow!

Instead of Chinese food and a movie, which is customary for my Tribe, Evie has a tradition involving turkey and celebrating her and Steve's birthdays. This evening. Before I knew this, I set up a batch of beef soup-stew. She said "bring it" I am thinking? it may be spicy enough to cure what ails ME, but may put a non-Texan in a bind, and a yankee straight in the grave. Will take it along. MMMMM Our house smells like peppers, beef and taters, and all the yummy caldo Sara will miss out on. Maybe some day she will convert back to omnivore....

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

(photo credit Jack Walshe)

a dear freind recently pasted the Facebook status:
"Put ♥ this ♥ on ♥ your ♥ status ♥ if ♥ you ♥ know ♥ someone ♥ who ♥ has ♥ or ♥ had ♥ cancer! ♥ All I want for Christmas is a CURE! ♥ (93% WON'T Copy and Paste this, will YOU?)"

and I replied "here is an idea. (from a cancer survivor) instead of pasting FB status, get people to paste the link to donate to the American Cancer Society.... http://www.cancer.org/docroot/don/don_0.asp"

Friday, November 28th, 2003. Was the last round of my chemo. 6 years. lots has happened since then. Chemo sucks, but it helps people survive cancer.

It's almost the end of the year. if you need to donate, American Cancer Society

If you DO donate, and want to put it in someone's name, the Infusion Room nurses at South Bay Oncology are angels who saved my life.

Southbay Oncology Hematology Partners
50 East Hamilton Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008
(408) 376-2300

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Dad, you open them like THIS!

Mike and Ev helping

Because the WRAPPING is as much fun as the presents, he is twirling the ribbon from presents from Melissa in NY.

he has learned to drink from the sink!

Monday, December 14, 2009

more hannukah pix, etc

New bedtime book from Aunt Sherry

Who read it to him

possibly my new favorite photo. playin the blues

Dreidel box full of chocolate coins, thank you Tia Julia (and congrats on your shiny well earned diploma!)

Yum chocolate

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

superhero training

Suave! in the threads from grandma Jannie

it was cold last night

but it was frost

not snow

it still made traffic insane this morning

and an angry sky on the way home

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

today is Sara's Birthday

On the way home from daycare, I asked Saul if we should stop and get a cake for mom. He said "daddy, we should stop and get white cupcakes, that would be just BEAUTIFUL for her birthday"

so we did. they were "snowflake cupcakes" and he was so happy to discover the snowflakes were actually rings we could wear.

Whose birthday is it? YOURS mommy!

we have matching snowflake rings

this is MY ring

Can't talk, eating cupcake!

and that? is a mouth FULL of cupcake!

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