I am nearly complete with Lauren’s birthday present.  She requested I build her a yarn swift, so she I guess can wind up yarn much more easily.  It would be a chance for me to break out the power tools I got for Christmas.  I used various drill bits and spade bits, a jigsaw, a miter box saw, a sander, hammer, nails, wood glue… and after a couple hours of messing around in the garage came in with this:


That top X spins has a bunch of peg holes in it and some dowel rods as the pegs, and it spins freely on that base. It isn’t finished yet, I still got to stain it.  But you should have seen Lauren’s little face light up when I walked in the room with that!

I also attempted to meet Lauren’s breakfast-in-bed request. It didn’t get rave reviews, but the dog sure as hell ate up the scraps, and the effort was appreciated.


We had another 80-degree day on Thursday, while things remained frigid in the Midwest. Mom sent me this photo of a sundog appearing in the subzero weather, while on the right is the parking lot of Callaway as I left for the day. What a difference 1,000 miles makes.


Also last week was 90s week in the karaoke league. I sang “Ain’t Goin’ Down Til the Sun Comes Up” by Garth Brooks and “Blue” by Eiffel 65. Mike Madavane and I also teamed up to wow the crowd with Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way”.

My teammate Mikey Mike with league founder Ryan Bartholic.
My teammate Mikey Mike with league founder Ryan Bartholic.