October 2008



Our house before

Our house before

SO we have lived in our home for a little over 4 years now. We have really done quite a bit of work, though the pace has slowed down since we started having children. By “pace” I mean the pace of work on the house, not the pace of “business” in the home =).

So it has now come to the outside of the house. Last year our church came over on a saturday and helped put our metal roof on. I cant have the roof finished till I get new siding on.

So, currently I am tearing off the old compressed fiber siding and putting up 1 inch foam board insulation. It is of plank construction, the way they did it in the old days! So far its going well. I took a week off of work and really tried to get alot done. The big time taker is trimming out the windows. I framing them with 2X4’s and then wrapping the 2X4’s  with aluminum. Its coming out rather nicely, but does take up a lot of time. I believe I can already feel the difference inside the house. I tried to hit the wall that gets most of the wind first.

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Howa Axiom .243

Howa Axiom .243

Since I was 12 I had been hunting with a used Marlin 30-30 that my brother so graciously purchased for me one summer day as a surprise. It has served me VERY well. It is a great “deer gun”. It takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’.

Through the years though, I have slowly desired more opportunities to hunt and sharpen my shooting skill. I guess I really developed a love of long range shooting in the Marine Corps. There we had the M-16 with iron sights and were made to qualify out to the 500 yd line. While most sweated qualifying, I looked forward to it with a smile. I honestly couldn’t wait to get the opportunity to be out on the range again.

Since then, I haven’t had as much opportunity, and that goes with getting rusty. About a year and a half ago, I got to talking with some co-workers about groundhog hunting, coyote hunting and long range shooting. I started to reminisce about the days on the Marine Corps rifle range. I decided it was time to buy myself a more all-purpose rifle…..to be continued