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July 11, 2014

I cleaned up the yard

Filed under: Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 9:00 pm

A big storm came thru the night before and dropped a couple of large branches on my front yard.  My son and I were dragging branches into the woods to clean up.  I let my son grab the last one and I started to collect the little branches that had collected in the ditch.  Suddenly I felt a sharp pain on my left ankle and realized I was being stung.  I ran while checking myself for any other bees.  I looked back and saw a couple of hornets flying low to the ground at the spot where I had started to pick up the branches.  When I skooched over to look at the pile.  I saw this;

 

HornetsThat got me

It seems that I had picked up a branch with a 4 inch in diameter Bald Faced ring tailed Hornet’s nest on it.  My son was no help.  I spend the next 4 hours noticing that my ankle would alternate between itching, pain and feeling stiff in no particular order.  I remembered that people would pay money to treat their arthritis with bee stings.  I figured that if I had arthritis, then I would now be cured.

August 27, 2013

I started a new Celtic Knot

Filed under: Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 11:20 pm

My last 2 pieces of carving went fairly well so I wanted to do something bigger.  So I glued up a 2 x 2 foot square of Black Walnut from the Cabin Wood mill.  I found a pattern on the internet and blew it up to fit my board.  I printed it out and glued it to the board.

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I then took a V-gouge and carved the lines into the Board.  The gouge made little curls of wood.

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I scraped the Paper off with a chisel.  This involved re-discovering that I now can make my tools VERY sharp.  This involved bleeding.

 

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I started to remove wood from where it was not needed.

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And some more

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And some more

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I stuck o Quarter in the center for scale.

It is still a work in progress.

February 27, 2013

Coffee Grinding Adventure

Filed under: Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 11:10 pm

At my new place of employment I have been spoiled because they had a Starbucks in the cafeteria where I got my caffeine fix each morning.   But at $2 a pop I decided to start making Coffee in my Cubicle.   At home I had a large container of Coffee beans.  But I did not think it would be a good idea to grind coffee beans in my cubicle each morning.  Therefore I decided to grind my beans at home and take the grounds to work.  Now I had a little coffee grinder which was very good at grinding enough coffee for my coffee maker, but to create a lot of coffee grounds I needed something bigger.  During my investigation of how my little coffee grinder worked, I noticed that it had little tiny blades just like my the ones in my blender, only the blenders ones were bigger and since I had a LOT of beans to do, I decided to use the blender to grind my beans.  So I dump about a half cup of beans in the blender and switch it to grind mode.  Things spin around and the blades spin real fast but not all the beans have get ground up.  So I turn it off and grab my special silicon spatula thingie and poke it into the blender to stir things up.  I fire up the blender again and more beans are ground up but I need to stop it and stir things up.  A couple more times and I have some grounds to go in my coffee ground container.  I still have a lot of beans left so I dump a bunch more beans in the blender and start it up.  More grinding occurs and it needs stirring again.  I decide to save time and leave the blender on when I stick my black silicon stirrer thingee in the blender to move things around.  I figure since the silicon is so flexible that I could stand up to a little beating by the blender blades.  At first, things work as expected and I push beans into the spinning blades.  Occasionally the blades hit the rubber silicone spatula and it makes a loud noise but the silicone is strong and survives without damage.  I start to grind my 3rd set of beans and just plan to use the spatula the whole time.  Towards the end of the grinding process, I really push the spatula into the blades many times.  Suddenly the sound changes as the blender finally succeeds in ripping my fancy black silicone spatula to shreds.  I now have lots of little silicone particles mixed up in my coffee grounds.  Since I really don’t want to waste any of my coffee grounds, I decide to add the whole coffee ground/silicone mix into my coffee ground stash.  I figure that since the silicone is inert to about 500 degrees, that it would not hurt things because the coffee filter would keep the silicone out of my coffee.  Also, the silicone is black and does not distract from the color of the coffee grounds.  So I happily take my container of coffee grounds to work and have been making coffee all week.  So far I haven’t died.  Success.

February 21, 2012

I got my Hair Cut today

Filed under: Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 9:21 pm

Eddie and I went and got a Haircut today.  My hair Cutter-ist wanted to trim my beard which I declined.  But she also wanted to do something to my Eyebrows.  I have never done anything to my eyebrows other than trimming long hairs that poked me in the eyes.  I don’t know what she would have done to me.  Maybe shave my eyebrows to those thin little lines that models get.   Or maybe they shave them off and draw them in with an eyebrow pencil.    I guess I should have asked her what was wrong with my eyebrows.   Now I will never know.

September 24, 2011

My blender is sharp

Filed under: Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 8:36 pm

At my new place of employment I have been spoiled because they had a Starbucks in the cafeteria where I got my caffeine fix each morning. But at $2 a pop I decided to start making Coffee in my Cubicle. At home I had a large container of Coffee beans. But I did not think it would be a good idea to grind coffee beans in my cubicle each morning. Therefore I decided that to grind my beans at home and take the grounds to work. During my investigation of how my coffee grinder worked, I noticed that it had little tiny blades just like my the ones in my blender, only the blenders ones were bigger and since I had a LOT of beans to do, I decided to use the blender to grind my beans. So I dump about a half cup of beans in the blender and switch it to grind mode. Things spin around and the blades spin real fast but not all the beans have get ground up. So I turn it off and grab my special silicon spatula thingie and poke it into the blender to stir things up. I fire up the blender again and more beans are ground up but I need to stop it and stir things up. A couple more times and I have some grounds to go in my coffee ground container. I still have a lot of beans left so I dump a bunch more beans in the blender and start it up. Lots of grinding occurs and it needs stirring again. I decide to save time and leave the blender on when I stick my black silicon stirrer thingee in the blender to move things around. I figure since the silicon is so flexible that I could stand up to a little beating by the blender blades. At first, things work as expected and I push beans into the spinning blades. Occasionally the blades hit the rubber silicone spatula and it makes a loud noise but the silicone is strong and survives without damage. I start to grind my 3rd set of beans and just plan to use the spatula the whole time. Towards the end of the grinding process, I really push the spatula into the blades many times. Suddenly the sound changes as the blender finally succeeds in ripping my fancy black silicone spatula to shreds. I now have lots of little silicone particles mixed up in my coffee grounds. Since I really don’t want to waste any of my coffee grounds, I decide to add the whole coffee ground/silicone mix into my coffee ground stash. I figure that since the silicone is inert to about 500 degrees, that it would not hurt things because the coffee filter would keep the silicone out of my coffee. Also, the silicone is black and does not distract from the color of the coffee grounds. So I happily take my container of coffee grounds to work and have been making coffee all week.

June 9, 2010

I got Birds

Filed under: Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 7:29 pm

All this week when I got out of my car I heard a Robin make its little squawk and fly away.  When I looked in the Holly bush I found a nest which contained  4 blue eggs.

Four Robin Eggs in my Holly Bush

Today on June 9, they had hatched.

Some Baby Robins Hatched Today

June 10

June 10 Robin Nest

June 11

June 11

June 12

June 12 Robin Babies

June 13

June 13 Robin Nest

June 14

June 14 Robin Nest

June 15

June 15 Robin Nest

June 16

June 16 Robin Nest

June 17

June 17 Robin Nest

June 18

June 18 Robin Nest

May 10, 2010

I tried to feed the Trout

Filed under: Cabin,Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 10:06 pm

The Trout in front of the Cabin were hungry, so I grabbed a handful of the Trout food pellets from the bucket in the cabin.  My plan was to throw them to the Trout a little bit at a time.  I would take some from the pile in my left hand and toss them for the Piranna Trout to consume.   I had a lot of fun making the Trout run from one side of the creek to the other as they chased after the food pellets.   A noise from the woods distracted me from my pellet tossing and I looked around for it.  I did not find anything and went back to the creek.    One piece of my mind was aware that I had yummy food in my hand, so I tossed the stuff in my hand into the back of my mouth.  Once I started to taste them, I realized my mistake.  I decided it would be a good idea to give them all to the fishes.  They were thankful even though they were pre-moistened.

January 30, 2010

Eddie Won 1st Place for Show in the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby

Filed under: Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 4:06 pm
Eddie with Pack Leader, Car and Trophy

1st Place for Show

Eddie designed a new Pinewood Derby car for his Webelos II competition. It used 3 different colors and a  lego driver with an X-wing canopy.  Eddie and I cut it to his chosen shape and we sanded it down to 600 Grit.  Laura and Eddie Laid down 3 layers of a base coat using Lawn Care Green.   Sanded the green to 600 grit.  Laura taped the parts of the car that were supposed to stay green, got the can of Red Gloss paint and shot it at the car.  The first squirts out of the can must have included a lot of solvent because there was a bunch of big bubbly red streaks on the car that would not dry properly.  Laura was sad.   I had to scrape and sand the gooey red stuff down to the wood since it had dissolved some of our pretty green paint.  I shook up the paint can real good and went at the car again.  It did a little better.  We bought a new can of red paint.   When we had sanded the red paint to 600 grit, Laura taped off the car sections that were to remain Red when the next color was added.   The Blue paint went on much better.    When Laura pulled off all the tape, we had a Red, Green and Blue car.  Then a layer of Clear Gloss.  Then all the decals.  Then More Gloss.

Meanwhile, Laura had also polished the axles and the wheel hubs.    It was then my turn.  I had to install the wheels and the weights to bring the car up to 5 oz.    This time I decided to use my drill press to pre-drill the axle holes, therefore guaranteeing that the tire axles will go in straight.  Wrong.  Two of them still went in cockeyed and I had to whap on the axle nails with a screwdriver so that all 4 wheels touched when it was rolled.

I weighed all the parts together before I assembled it and trimmed off the Lead until all the separate parts were exactly 5 oz.  I then put all the parts on the car and then weighed it.  The car somehow was up to 5.2 oz thus proving that things weigh more than the sum of their parts once assembled.  So I started trimming the lead again to get it back down to 5 oz.

I had volunteered to run the Pinewood derby software for the Pack using my Laptop which was connected to the electronic speed equipment on the  Pinewood derby racing track.    There are 107 kids in our pack.  Each with a car.  Each car was to have 6 races running on 3 tracks at a time.  If you do the math that is a total of 214 races.  This would be from 8 in the morning till 3:30 in the afternoon.  From my previous years experience, I had learned all the tricks to make everything work together because it would mess up after about 15 races.  I would reset power to the timer, unplug and re-plug cables and restart the software.  Last year, it always worked.  Not this year.  This year the special software updated itself over the internet.  After the update, it still seemed to work fine.  But, after about 40 races, nothing would work and the software would not get the race times from the timing equipment.  This would also really really mess up my computer.  On a reboot, it once gave me the BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH (BSOD).  I would have to shutdown and reboot 2 or 3 times before it came up cleanly enough to run the Racing Software again.   All this would be occurring while a room full of about 60 parents and kids are ALL looking at me attempting to fix things and they were not smiling at me.    For the little stuff, I would stop the race and signal to the helpers to push things while I did stuff to the computer to verify everything was working again before starting the next race.   Luckily the big crashes would wait until the end of the races which would end the competitions.  Then I would reboot and give the results to the leaders.  BUT, for the last set of races for the Bears, a hard crash happened after the 4th heat with 2 more to go.  I stopped the race, fidgeted with things.  Nothing worked.  Everybody is watching me.  I go to the Pack leader and tell him that I need to reboot the computer and it will probably take about 15 minutes before we can restart the races.    He makes the announcement and takes the Bears out to play outside.  Meanwhile, I am waiting for my Laptop to reboot.  Various techies stop by to offer me unhelpful advice on what I should be doing.   Eventually, I get rebooted and verify that the hardware seems to be working.  I give the signal and all the Bears trudge back in.  We finish the last 2 heats with no problems.  Afterwords, a couple of parents stop by and tell me that I had the worst job and they felt sorry for me.  I thanked them.

For the Webelos II races.  Eddie won 1st place for show and came in 4th place for speed.  Yay!  We go to the District finals on Feb 20.

December 9, 2009

It snowed at the Cabin in December

Filed under: Cabin,Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 9:09 pm

I left my tent up after OctoberFest.  It turns out to have been a bad decision.  We got a lot of snow in December, about a foot an an half.  Since I had left my tent up, it failed to support that much snow.  It snapped a number of my tentpoles and got a little flat.

A lot of Snow fell on my tent

18 Inches of Snow is bad for a tent

August 23, 2009

Stan The Plumber

Filed under: Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 2:52 pm

After Laura changed the shower head in the Master Bathroom, she noticed that water was coming thru the ceiling on the stairs under the shower when I was taking a shower. So I set up our funky folding ladder on the curving stairs so that I could cut a hole in the dry wall behind the shower.

Drywall Hole to see the back of the Shower

Drywall Hole to see the back of the Shower

I discovered that there is about a 3 foot gap from the drywall to the back of the shower. Not very useful for attempting to find and fix the leak. So I cut a hole in the guest room to get closer to the back of the shower.

Guest Room Hole To access the back of the Shower

Guest Room Hole To access the back of the Shower

This worked. So I fired up the shower and spent the next 20 minutes watching for a leak. No leak. Bummer. I put a different shower head that I could turn off in order to put the maximum pressure on the pipes and still no leak. I now have 2 big holes in my drywall and no leaks. It is good thing we didn’t call an expensive plumber to find this out. And now that Laura has seen all the wasted space behind the shower, she wants me to put in a new closet or some kind of storage space in there.

My current plan is to go back to using the master bathroom shower until it leaks again. I will leave the holes in the guest room drywall and try to fix the stair’s drywall hole.

If it leaks, then I will know where it is leaking. And I will try to figure out how to use the wasted space in my walls.

Monday Update: It leaked this morning, but not from the pipes to the shower. We discovered a path that water could splash out of the shower stall and leak thru the floor. So…. I poked holes in my Drywall for nothing. I just need to seal the floor better and to keep the splash out to a minimum.

June 7, 2009

I hit my ankle with my axe

Filed under: Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 10:56 pm

Since my lawn maintenance worker decided to stop mowing my lawn, I had to get Nick to fix the walk behind mower that I bought from him about 10 years ago.  After Nick played with the carborator, it started on the second pull.  I decided to mow my lawn today.   So I chased the mower around the yard and when I got about 3/4 thru, the mower started surging and then died.  I called Nick, who remotely diagnosed that  I had water in my tank.  I drained some gas into a bottle and could not tell if there was any water in there.  I had to syphon the gas out of  the tank and I now remember vividly what gas tastes like.  I then practiced spitting a lot.  I tore things apart and figured that there was a bunch of dirt at the bottom of the new tank that Nick had put on the mower.   The new gas filter he had put on, was full of junk.  I was jamming Q-Tips into the drain thing to try to clear out the clog but nothing worked.   I eventually put a hose on the drain thing and blew air back into the tank.  At first it was hard to blow and then it blew clear.  I once again remembered what gas tasted like.  When I hooked things back up, the gas was flowing freely.  I finished mowing the lawn.  Later I decided to chop down a maple tree that was putting too much shade in my back yard with my Axe. It was only about 6 inches in diameter, so I figured I did not need to get out the ChainSaw.   After about 3 minutes of chopping the tree went Thump, Thump and was leaning against another tree with a very long 3 inch diametor branch sticking out over the back yard.  It was about a foot  over my head and I tried to swing at it to start cutting it off.  I missed.  It was a very hard swing.  I had not expected to miss it.  My arms continued to move in an arc past the branch and then down straight in front of me.  Next thing I knew, it had stopped by hitting my left ankle.   I had sharpened my Axe very well.  I looked down at my foot, expecting the worst, but found that I had put my hiking boots on in order to mow the lawn.   There was no blood.  I went inside and took the boot off.  I had a 3 inch line of scraped skin starting at my ankle that was beginning to swell.  Like Ouchie.  I had thought about wearing my Teva sandles to mow the lawn,  but in retrospect, I made the right decision.

February 2, 2009

There was a green sticky on the bottom of my water filter

Filed under: Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 12:25 pm

I have a Brita water filter in my office space which I use to make my coffee each morning. After I made my coffee today, I noticed that there appeared to be a green sticky stuck to the bottom of the flask. I could see it since the container was clear an it was a pretty green blobby color on the bottom. So I went ahead and brewed my coffee. While I was drinking it, I stared at the blob and decided it was not a sticky but it looked like someone had used a green highlighter on the bottom of the container. This seemed like a silly thing for someone to do and I realzed that the green was on the inside of the container. So I stuck my hand in the water and rubbed some green slime off of the bottom. Ah Ha! I thought, I have algae in my filtered water. How did it get there? My fancy filter should remove anything the algae might want to eat. My next thought was that I was drinking chlorophilliated flavored Coffee. I wondered if the brewing process would kill any algae poisons that might exist. Possibly it might actually be healthy. Some sort of macroBiotic NewAge drink. Maybe I have just started a trend. I decided to clean my filter.

January 10, 2009

Eddie Won 2nd place in Show at the Pinewood derby

Filed under: Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 10:53 pm

Well we tried again to make a fast car. We failed. We got 6th place out of 12. But Eddie’s new car design still won 2nd place for show. If the 1st place winner does not want to go to the Reginals then we get to go. We will find out later.

I got to run the software for the pinewood derby race for all 124 scouts in our pack and each scout ran 6 races 3 at a time for for a total of 248 races.  The software would time how long each car took to run each race. It was a cool mix of Hardware and Software with a lazer being triggered at the starting gate and another lazer at the finish which would be used to identify the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of each race. Everything went smoothly except for the couple of times that it failed to work. The fun part about that is you get 30-40 parents who are giving you the evil eye while they are wondering if the whole event has just been ruined and they are going to have to go home with their disappointed crying child It made things more interesting. I was able to clear up each of the problems and nobody succeeded in killing me.

January 4, 2009

Mom’s new Kitten was all limp after I sat on it

Filed under: Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 11:01 pm

Mom has a new kitten which jumped onto my lap and fell asleep.   I had to go look at something, so I picked it up and placed its limp sleeping body in the chair.   When I was done I came back and sat down.  After about 10 seconds I felt something move under me.   I looked down and saw  a little black paw sticking out from between my legs.   It wasn’t making any noise or struggling in any way.  I got up and the cat was just laying there on its back with its legs all kinda splayed out.   When I picked up the kitten, it was all limp in my hands.   I couldn’t tell if the cat was just still asleep or that I had killed it.  I shook it some to see if I could just wake it up, but I was worried that if something in the cat was broke, that I would make the cat’s problem worse if I shook it too hard.   So after some gentle wiggling of the cat, it seemed to move its legs a little.   Eventually after much poking, I woke the cat up and it walked slowly away from me.  Now I don’t know if I knocked the cat out or just had a hard time waking it up, or both.   But the good thing is that I didn’t kill mom’s cat.

December 2, 2008

I am numero Uno On Google

Filed under: Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 11:50 pm

At least for today, when I search for “Stanley Turner” on Google. I appear at the top of the Google list. At least my LinkedIn page does. My blog isn’t doing so well in the google list. Oh well.

September 13, 2008

Hornets, Hornets and Hornets at the Cabin

Filed under: Cabin,Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 11:12 pm

When we discovered the Hornet nest next to our Camp Site last month I only thought I had to get rid of one Nest.

Stan's Nest

Stan's Nest

HAH!! I went to the cabin today and sent Faye to go look at our hornet nest. When she came back, she had found another nest on the other side of our Camp site. It was directly over where Laura’s brother Bill camps. Right here.

Nest over Bills site

Later when I sat on the George Pavillion looking over the Field. I saw the following

A Hornet\'s nest over the Pavillion

So anyway.  Three nests at the cabin. 2 of them my problem.   I think I will need to find a new camp site for Octoberfest this year.

Bummer

September 5, 2008

Did you know that Trashbags?

Filed under: Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 10:07 pm

Can be purchased pre-scented Laura accidentally bought a box of scented trash bags. Since I am sensitive to perfume, it felt really funny to be repulsed as I replaced a stinky trash bag with a smelly one that made me want to sneeze. When Laura came in the kitchen, she accused me of spraying bug killer around So now we have a box of smelly trash bags that we do not want to use.  Maybe we will take them to the Cabin.

August 18, 2008

I got Bullwinkle in my back Yard

Filed under: Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 11:01 pm

Spotted the Following in my back yard. I gotta get Paul to take them out.

Saw some deer in my back yard

Saw some deer in my back yard

August 3, 2008

An Entertaining Video: Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture

Filed under: Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 1:17 pm

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture Sept. 18, 2007

It is on YouTube at Randy Paush last Lecture . It is Over an hour long but it is worth watching. He had cancer with only 6 months to live and wanted to leave a message to the people who knew him.

July 15, 2008

I got a Fax

Filed under: Stan Stuff — Stanley Turner @ 10:31 pm

When I got home from work today. There was about 17 messages on my answering machine. 16 of them were just a long series of beeping sounds. I got a call later and when I answered it, I got a loud beeping in my ear. The call was from some orthopedic place. When I called the number, I got fax sounds. Nobody answered. I figured that the Ortho place had tried to send a fax to my home number and since it was unsuccessful, it would keep trying it every 10 minutes. I was bummed. I didn’t want this to go on all nite. I remembered that the printer I just bought had a fax option so I hooked it up to the phone line and waited. When I got the call, I received a fax from the ortho company asking that some lady named Ruth to pay a late bill. It was only $83. There was a contact number which I called and told them to get rid of my phone number from Ruth’s account. We will see if I get any more faxes from them.

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