Sunday, September 13, 2009

Bike Train

I'd been considering it for a while and today I hooked everything together for the first time. I'd been hesitant to try it, but then saw the same setup used quite successfully by a Roosevelt parent. So this afternoon we set out for the first bike ride in a long while. An hour and a half later we arrived home - about 4 miles in all. Not very far, but a good trial run for the train. Looks like we'll need to get a least one new tire and a possibly a few tubes. That, or bring the pump along. Joe was a champion pedaler which made my job a little easier. My tire has a slow leak, but when I'm pulling an extra hundred pounds (and that's just the boys) it makes a difference to have fully inflated tires!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Pizza Night

Enjoyed dinner with friends this evening. Bob fired up the brick oven to about 1000 degrees and we had home-made pizza, roasted veggies, fresh bread, and chocolate chip cookie bars. The pizza was done in about 5 minutes and this was a first for cookies in the oven, but it's hard to go wrong with chocolate chip cookies. Elaine made a platter of garden vegetables with feta cheese. Perfect. Joe even helped get the coals in place inside the oven. (don't tell mom!)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A new addition

This week my typewriter collection entered the late 20th century with the addition of an IBM Correcting Selectric III (thanks Chris & Marci).

With the IBM, I now have 10 in all and only 3 are electric. This "hobby" is one of no effort as the typewriters just seem to find me - and I only remember the origins of 5 of them. The oldest is, dare I say, the original laptop. A gift from my father-in-law, it's a folding Corona with a wood & leather case. It was made in Groton, NY and has a recent patent date of February 8, 1910.