Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

The end of another year, quite a few changes this year: 
Nellie our 54 Airstream Cruiser has made a lot of progress this year and if all goes as planned will be on the road next year!
Our son Ben turned 18, graduated high school, got his first full time job, and purchased a new mountain bike he has been dreaming of for quite some time!
Our Daughter Ellie and Son in law Isaac purchased there first home and now live 2 miles away, it is great to have them close by!
Jan and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary!  Woo Hoo, I hope we have 50 more!

We addded 2 new family members this year Henrieta and Jake, a schnauzer and golden retriever.
Built the new loft in the barn and finally have steps to the top of the barn, now I can move all the extra stuff upstairs and have more room for working on Nellie!  Now the barn has 3 floors and the copula, lots of room to collect good stuff!

 The tree that Ben picked out this year, a 12footer!
 Jake above and Henri below.

 Grand Marais, Family shot!

 This will be Nellie next year!

Ben's new bike
 Above the new loft and steps to the top, the beams are from a couple 100 year old barns that came down near us, I've had the beams stored for 15yrs. nice to finally use them!


  1. The interior of the barn with the loft looks great. I love the way you saved and re-used old beams, and in general, re-purposing anything possible, just like restoring and re-using vintage Airstreams. Viva la vintage!


  2. Thanks Spike, My wife and really do enjoy repurposing anything we can and I have always liked old barns. It is always a challenge not to collect to much good stuff though.