Day 13 – Today I let Kaitlyn fix the Honda almost entirely by herself. I never touched a wrench to work on that car today. 🙂
Fix a young woman’s car and she has a car to drive until it breaks down again. Teach a young women to work on her own car and she will not be subject to shady overpriced mechanics or your availability for the rest of her healthy life. 🙂
I let her diagnose and find the problem by herself with very few comments. She did it and I knew she could. I am so proud of her. 🙂
It still needs work but I know she can do it. What a great memory to file away.
Day 12 – Well today I have finally completed our trailer. We now have a 16′ double axle utility trailer complete with new lights and wiring, New pressure treated wood floor, aluminum wheels, New Springs and hangers, new hubs and a shiny new license plate. The final thing done was I put four old tires on it.
Not the completed picture but close enough for now.
I used the tires that were on the old Ford truck we have sitting in the yard that needs to be parted out (long story… needed a rebuild and machine shop lied about cost so we let them keep the motor.) I took the tires and rims from the truck and the ones for the trailer (they used to be on another scrap vehicle I had for another project. I have too many.) to the tire place and had them remove the tires from all the rims (they needed to switch places) and I put them back on by myself with my feet and a rubber mallet. Total cost to change 7 tires and rims, $30 and a little labor on my part. 🙂
I am not sure this counts as time bending but that is what my day consisted of. It’s getting hard to think of new things to do. Anyone have any suggestions?
Day 11 – Trimmed my beard a new way. I’ve got a new look. 🙂
It’s subtle but I no longer have sideburns. I’m trying to accentuate the V of my beard. I think more needs to be done.
Day 10 – I tried on my family colors.
My surname is Morris and I am from the Morris clan (somewhere, long ago). I am interested in my heritage but I really don’t know a lot about it. I have tried to discover my origins but I have neither the resources nor the time. I at least know that there is an official Tartan for the Morris Clan.
Since we were at Scarborough fair today it happened that we came across a store selling Kilts. Now I know that they are not absolutely accurate but it is more than I knew before. According to the guy at the store, the modern-day Tartan for the Morris clan is the same as the Buchanan Tartan. Which doesn’t make sense to me really so I did a little digging and sure enough. I found this on Wiki –
“The Septs (see next paragraph) of Clan Buchanan derive from the first Auselan to use the surname Buchanan, Gilbert, whose father had obtained the Buchanan lands, and his brothers Colman and Methlan, grandson Maurice, and great-grandson Walter.”
“Today, sept lists are used by clan societies to recruit new members. Such lists date back to the 19th century, when clan societies and tartan manufacturers attempted to capitalise on the enthusiasm and interest for all things Scottish. Lists were drawn up that linked as many surnames as possible to a particular clan. In this way, individuals without a “clan name” could connect to a Scottish clan and thus feel “entitled” to its tartan.
One modern member of the Lyon Court[who?] has described the attribution of such names to particular clans as sometimes being based upon nothing but imagination, and in others cases upon a single recorded instance of a surname.”
So basically, someone decided at some point that Morris should be under Buchanan. For whatever reason (it remains to be seen by me.)
So I tried on and almost bought the kilt but it was a little on the cheaply made side and I felt that if I was going to buy one that I wanted to get one that was well made and a true representation of my family colors.
Here is what it looked like (the Buchanan, the one I tried on).
This is what I have discovered is what it should look like, depending on which clan my family descends from (which I have no way of knowing at this time.)
Maybe one of these days I will figure it out. Until then I guess I will get one of each and represent a different Morris clan from a different town each time I wear one, depending on how it suits me that day. lol
Thanks for reading!
Day 9 – I told the tire guy I was not happy with the tire he wanted to sell me.
I stopped by the used tire place to buy a spare tires for our new to us truck. The guy brought out a tire and kept saying this is a good tire, it will work good for a spare. I didn’t like it and in the past I would have went along with him and accepted the tire (because I didn’t want to make him feel bad and it was just a spare after all). But, somehow I was able to speak up for myself and not accept less than I wanted (yay me!). I made him go back and keep looking until he found one I liked. Now that is a first. 🙂
Day 8 – A day late. lol
Well, my new experience for today (well actually yesterday) is food poisoning. Yep, I don’t believe I have ever had food poisoning. If I have it wasn’t anything like this. I was in bed for over 30 hours and I am still not back to full strength. Boy that takes a lot out of a person. I though I was going to have to go to the hospital several times (and maybe should have) but I made it through. 🙂
Just goes to show you that you can not trust what you buy at the stores. This was from a new package of bratwurst and some mac and cheese. Luckily, I was the only one that had any so the rest of the family did not suffer the same fate. They just had to suffer (Lora said i sound like an ogre roaring while getting its throat cut, when I throw up. lol Pretty accurate description. ) through my sickness and baby the big baby. lol
Day 7 – Today is my birthday. 🙂
Today I ate lunch with a friend at a new (to me) barbecue place and she bought lunch. 🙂
I drove my truck to Dallas for the first time (that was rather interesting. It is so big, it was interesting trying to find a parking place and turning around. Good grief!)
Helped a friend diagnose some problems. Never found the solution but we found lots of things that were not the problem. 🙂
I love all of my family and friends. You guys really are special to me. 🙂
Day 6 – Sat in a massage chair for 15 minutes. I have never done that and wanted to so I did. 🙂
They are not for me. Not really pleasant and not comfortable. I actually felt more tense at the end than I did before I started.
Day 5 – I took care of myself and said ‘no’ when I was a no rather than accept someone else’s arbitrary rules on me. I had an altercation with an attendant of a laundry mat about being barefoot. lol
So, since we halted remodeling of our bathroom/laundry room (we decided to build new) we have had to take our clothes to the laundry mat. Since I go barefoot almost everywhere it never even crossed my mind that this would be a place that would have a rule about the wearing of shoes (seriously, a laundry mat).
I was putting clothes into one of the washers and they had country music on loud enough that I wouldn’t be able to ignore it so I went to ask if they would be willing to turn it down or change the station. As I am walking up to ask her she says… “you’re going to have to put shoes on”. LOL!! My ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder) kicked into full overdrive and that is about the time I decided we would be going somewhere else and that this was going to be fun. lol
I was feeling pretty good so I made it a point to state my point of view about shoes and enquire about why they require shoes. She said all the same old tired arguments and I proceeded to school her. It got kind of heated on her end and she was pretty flustered before it was all over. She eventually said it was a health issue and I laughed and asked if people were eating here with their feet. lol
I was a good bit of fun. lol
So, I stood up for the right to go barefoot and for my choice to do business where I want to. Later on, Lora, Kaitlyn and myself walked into Walmart barefoot and not a single person took note or said a word.
It really cracks me up when people try to play a power trip over you when they do not have the authority to do it. I think she really thought she was going to make me wear shoes. lol!
I don’t know if I made a point or not but there were plenty of other customers there that at least heard logical reasoning as to why their rules are silly.
I have no problem with people having rules for their businesses. I will gladly take my business elsewhere if I disagree with them.
Day 5 was fun!