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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mr. Skellie is back!

I heard a roar in the driveway and when I looked out, there was Mr. Skellie slinging gravel and coming to a stop.
I ran out to greet him and noticed he had made a few changes. "Nice shades!" I said. He told me there was a whole story behind those and when he came in and washed away the road grime, he would sit and tell me all about it. I told Marlene he was back and helped her with her chair so she could listen to all of Mr. Skellie's stories too. He toweled off and came and sat down.
The trip out there had been uneventful except when large trucks went by. He spun out of control the first time and got away with just a few scuffs. Marlene sighed over the scars he now had. After that, he just pulled way over to the right or just went faster than all of them. The police cars couldn't catch him as he just pulled in and drove along underneath them. "What have I raised..." I thought. He pulled out his camera and we downloaded the pictures of Sturgis. When he arrived, he was amazed at how many bikes there were. This was the downtown.
He enjoyed walking around and looking at all the different bikes.
This one was his favorite.
He saw some seat covers that he just had to have, to pay for them. It wasn't long before he was spotted by an ad man and he talked to Mr. Skellie about his trip and would he be interested in an idea he had for a great sunglasses ad. Mr. Skellie still had those cool seat covers on his mind so agreed to have a look at some of the ideas. After a hardy lunch at the Broken Spoke saloon, they went out to film the commercial.
Mr. Skellie was paid on the spot so went right back to see if he could get some furry seat covers of his own.
While he waited, he met a few friends
and of course had to chat with the ladies.
He had a fantastic time and wants to go back next year for the 78th bike week. He said he was glad to be home and wanted to get going on his next Young Living presentation. Once Marlene was back in the shop he confided that Marilyn's afghan came in really handy as it got a little chilly at night out there. He made reservations at a hotel for next year...roughing it was a little hard on the old bones. Then he snapped his fingers and said he had a gift for me in his saddlebag. I tried it on and he smiled and said now I could be his "babe on the back" next time he goes out riding.
After hanging out with all those bikers in Sturgis, his language had become a bit more colorful, so I changed the word he really used to "babe"....He went outside to see how Bill was coming along on the shed and was amazed at all he had accomplished on the outside since he had left.
Mr. Skellie's pictures are a little small, but so is his camera so I hope you can see them alright. I didn't tell him about the next big adventure that's going to happen around here.....see you next time and have a great day!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Postcard from Mr. Skellie!

How do you spend your days when your favorite little skeleton is away on vacation? My garden has kept me busy with all the tomatoes and corn that seem to all ripen all at once. Blanching and freezing corn and wondering what to do with all the tomatoes...The summer squash is long past and the last ones have been in the freezer for awhile now. There is one large watermelon I'm keeping my eye on that somehow got itself mixed in with the corn and I'm still looking for blooms on the sweet potato vines. When I checked the mail box, what was in there was a postcard from "Skull Cracker" aka Mr. Skellie.
He wrote that he is having a great time meeting new people and has been approached to be in an ad campaign of some sort. He said he'd fill me in when he gets home....this weekend! He wanted to be modest in the picture so he wouldn't offend any of my where have I seen that pose before....Also said he has a surprise for me and treated his bike to new seat covers too. Can't wait to see him! Have a great day!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

It's a Miracle! and....Sturgis?

 I was getting ready to go pick up Mr. Skellie from the hospital after his operation when I heard a low rumble outside. Here comes Mr. Skellie riding up on a Harley!
"Where, what, how?" I sputtered. Turns out Dr. Bonebreaker has some interesting methods. He remembers something about being on a stretcher and being raised up high where the roof opened and there was lightning...after that everything went dark.  Hmmm, sounds vaguely familiar....Somehow, Mr. Skellie's arm is as good as new and the Dr. told him he could do anything he wanted; so what he wanted was a motorcycle! He went by the Harley dealer in the city and they had this one on sale for a very small price. He had just enough from his Young Living business. There was more. He wants to go out to bike week in Sturgis, South Dakota. "But, but you've never been away from home before..." I stammered. But if there's anything I've learned is when one of your kids, or skellies, wants to try something and it is something within your power to help with, go for it. Okay, what do we need to do? To start with, he wants more bling on his Harley. Some running lights were a good start,
then we added a new side mirror
and a cross on the back.
I had picked up this license plate once as I figured this day would come. After all that was done, he said, "Now do me!" I started by making him a doo rag.
It was fabric from Marlene so he really liked that part. When he put his arms down, I noticed the tattoos.

Where did those come from; they look like they've been drawn on with marker. Mr. Skellie admitted that they were only because the tattoo artist was not schooled on how to tattoo on bone. He told him they would be fine as long as he doesn't go out in the rain...I didn't say anything. So, "Skull Cracker" as he now wants to be called, also wanted a chain too. "Skull Cracker?" I asked. "Yes, that's my new cool biker name" he said. It took some finagling with my needle nose pliers and some chain and a couple of jump rings, but I managed it.
So here he is, all ready for his new adventure.
He rolled up Marilyn's afghan for a bedroll and raided the pantry for snacks. Then with a quick kiss good-bye, he was off for Sturgis!
"Drive careful" I hollered. I was kind of mopey after that and wandered out to the shop to help Bill with the second window. He can always cheer me up and soon we were working on getting the window done and in place. Now it's just a matter of primer and paint and the outside will be done!
Have a great day!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Mr. Skellie helps make a window....

Since the rain seems to be holding off, Dear Hubby went out to the shop to start the other two windows. Mr. Skellie made sure he had something to drink and they both went to work. Mr. Skellie was wondering how Bill was going to make a window out of a solid wall.
"Watch out Mr. Skellie!" said Bill as he used his small circular saw to cut out the opening. "So that's how it's done"...said Mr. Skellie. He helped Bill measure the opening
and they began to cut the first piece to length on the sliding compound miter saw.
Bill's friend Edwardo suggested that Mr. Skellie have an accident with this saw but Mr. Skellie is too smart for that. When he heard Edwardo's idea, Mr. Skellie used some colorful language that's not appropriate for this blog...shame on you Mr. Skellie, Edwardo was just being silly. The next step was to cut each end of the piece to make a sill.
Here it is in place.
They both lifted it back out and proceeded to make the whole frame so it can just slide in and be nailed in place.
Mr. Skellie wanted to do some of the nailing, but Bill said with his arm still healing, he could keep an eye on the nail and make sure it stays straight.
While nailing it together, one of the nails went in a little crookedy and came out where it wasn't supposed to.
Bill made short work of fixing it and slipped it into the window opening. It wasn't quite level,
but a shim or two will take care of that. Well, I thought Mr. Skellie was working that arm a little too hard and sure enough, it came off again.
Before I brought him inside to fix it, he wanted to know if he could freak Bill out with it. "Hey Bill, do you need a hand?" he said.
I was laughing so hard, I couldn't talk. After Bill calmed down, he cut the wood pieces for the window stops and nailed those in place. Then Bill, our neighbor, and Mr. Skellie propped up the glass and nailed in the inside stop pieces.

We all finished up just as the first sprinkles started to fall.
I think Mr. Skellie is going to need more than just epoxy this time. He had to be airlifted to the hospital where Dr. Bonebreaker was waiting to perform immediate surgery. He's a close relative of Officer Bonebreaker that we met on our trip last summer. (check out my Twice Across America blog) Hope Mr. Skellie's not afraid of flying....Have a great day!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Mr. Skellie wants Tea & Sympathy...

Since I knew my two part epoxy on Mr. Skellie's shoulder would be all set now, I went to wake him to go out and give Bill a hand. "What's this!?" I asked, "And where did that afghan come from?"
He said he still didn't feel good and when Marilyn found out he was injured, she overnighted a hand made afghan to him. He said he didn't think he could work today and snuggled deeper under the covers. Quite suddenly, there was a knock at the's Marlene, I whispered. "Quick," he said.."get rid of the afghan!" "I'm only going to do this once." I said. I welcomed Marlene in and she took out her knitting and sat with Mr. Skellie.
Looks like I'll be helping Bill today, you look like you're in good hands with Marlene here. He just smiled and winked at me. I shook my head and went outside to see what I could help Bill with. He had already put up the Z bar and I handed him up the last piece of siding.
Since he wanted a small overhang, he nailed up a 2x4 on each side with a trim piece over that.
I got to hold up the ends with a piece of 2x4 while he nailed each piece in place...mmm, look at those muscles!
Next, he trimmed the ends with the jigsaw so everything's nice and neat.
Since it's hot and humid today, his last job was to trim out the door...not bad for a used door; I managed to pry out the mullions the other day. They would be hard to keep clean and would be sawdust collectors in the shop.
Since I have plenty of paint left over from painting the front door, I'll paint this red too. After he put everything away, he came in and showered and we went out to Lowe's to pick up electrical boxes and some interior lighting. We found some fluorescent light fixtures that were marked down from $69 to $20 so snagged those right away, perfect shop lights. After a little more shopping, we headed home and Bill is back out there putting some final touches to the front edges of the roof. Looks like we'll need a couple more bundles of shingles to finish, but now it is pretty much weather tight. Looks like Mr. Skellie will be needing some physical therapy for that arm....hmmm, scrubbing the bathroom should do the trick...LOL! Have a great day!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Roofing, Siding,...Injury!

Bill went out to start work on the addition at 6:30 this morning. Like many sections of the country, we've been having a hot spell for awhile now. He was hoping that Mr. Skellie would be out to help him, but our skeletal friend decided to sleep in. He wandered out to the shop about 7:45 just in time to see Bill finish shingling one half of the roof.
Since the temperature was already close to 80 degrees, Bill told Mr. Skellie to start up the air compressor so that they could start work on the siding. He was wondering why there was a wet spot under the compressor
and I explained that since he's only a baby compressor, he couldn't quite make it outside. Mr. Skellie made a face first and then laughed.
He made sure all the water was drained from the compressor and started it up. The roof was already getting too hot to work on, so my Dear Hubby asked Mr. Skellie to haul out a sheet of siding and hold it while he nailed it in place with the nail gun.
Of course, you-know-who wanted a turn with the nail gun too and he was trying to see if he could put more nails in than Bill.
Now there is more siding on the front!
As he was coming back into the shop, Mr. Skellie spotted a dead June bug.
He felt bad for it until I told him that they dive bomb your head and are just a pain in general. Then he had another idea....
"No way!" I said. You are not bringing that thing into the house...I don't care if it's dead. He threatened to toss it down the neck of my dress when I wasn't looking and I told him I have tools and know how to use them...Well, wouldn't you know, at that moment he tripped on some extension cords and fell and damaged his rotator cuff...basically, his arm fell off.
I took him inside for immediate surgery
and squirted out some two part epoxy.
Looks like he'll have to be on bed rest for the rest of the day.
He said he saw a bright light but I told him it was just my shop light and not to be so dramatic. I told him it was getting too hot to work outside any more anyway, so he will be chilling while the temperature rises. It's close to 90 degrees already, so my job for the rest of the day is to deal with a pile of filing that needs to be taken care of and Bill's going to clean out his T-shirt drawer. Going through his T-shirt drawer is like traveling back in time; I think some of those T's are from the 80's! LOL! Have a great day!