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Today is December 3rd 2006

18th log entry

 

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
With no thought of the dog filling their heads.

And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Knew he was cold, but didn't care about that.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Way to the window I flew like a flash,

Figuring the dog was free of his chain and into the trash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But Santa Claus - with eyes full of tears.

He unchained the dog, once so lively and quick,
Last years Christmas present, now painfully thin And sick..
More rapid than eagles he called the dog's name.
And the dog ran to him, despite all his pain;

"Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONNER and BLITZEN!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Let's find this dog a home where he'll be loved by all"

I knew in an instant there would be no gifts this year,
For Santa Claus had made one thing quite clear,
The gift of a dog is not just for the season,
We had gotten the pup for all the wrong reasons.

In our haste to think of the kids a gift
There was one important thing that we missed.
A dog should be family, and cared for the same
You don't give a gift, then put it on a chain.

And I heard him exclaim as he rode out of sight,
"You weren't given a gift! You were given a life

If you are interested in making a donation this holiday season to a Dog Rescue Please take a few minutes and check out                           www.glenhighlandfarm.com

 

Today is November 23rd

17th log entry

On our way home last night from an installation. We had the privilege of viewing this .an incredible sunset and we wanted to share it will all of you

Happy Thanksgiving 

Today is October 15th

16th Log Entry

Jim and I have been drinking a Health beverage that we are very excited about.

It is called Mona Vie..    www.monavie.com

It contains  the Acai, berry ( Crown Jewel of the Mona vie Blend) . 

We watched my Sister A Breast cancer Survivor. regain her energy, Her bones have ceased to ache .and She is one again enjoying her favorite past times, gardening & hiking . She looks radiant.

Seeing the changes in her got us to try it.  .It has been just about 2 months of 2ozs twice a day We feel energized and seem to be getting a better night sleep.

We can not say for sure the Mona vie is was what did it but Jim's bursitis in both shoulders all of a sudden has stopped bothering him completely.

Give us a call or email us if you are interested in learning more about this incredible elixir Our Distributor  ID# is 141707 

 

 

Today is October 8th

15th log entry

Last Saturday we went to "Stuntrageous 2006"  held at the Fulton county airport. we had never watch stunt riders perform before.

 their courage & lunacy made for a great afternoon.

 

Dogs are anxious to get outside

bye for now

MaryAnn

  

 

Today is September 11th

14th  log entry

Yesterday afternoon Jim & I  rode our bikes over to the "Electric City riders club" in Rotterdam

www.electriccityriders.com

the weather was beautiful & the roads to get there were fun (kind of "twisty".)

the event was the 14th Annual Dagostino Memorial cup races.

An old riding buddy of ours has a Nephew ( Mike Lainheart) that was entered in a couple of races.

Here he is doing a "wheelie" off the starting line

and here with the Checkered flag

  What a great day. 

 

 

Today is August 6th

13th Entry Log

After a 20 plus year hiatus Jim and I are back on 2-wheels. We gave up riding to establish our business & pay off a huge mortgage on the house & shop.

now that we have reached those goals (by working 7 days a week for over 20 years) we are ready to Ride again and enjoy life. We figure between glue set ups or paint drying we will have enough time to ride around Town.

Knox is considered "The Gateway to the Helderberg  mountains". lots of great roads with very little traffic.

 our choice in bikes

 Kawasaki Ninjas

Well got to scoot.

MaryAnn

 

 

Today is July 10th

12th entry log

after we finished up our neighbors (Mitch & Gay) installation they invited us to come back for a bar-b-que  We return via our overland trail. ( connects our property to theirs) Since we both have  J.D. Gators we started our afternoon with a nature ride.  There are miles of trails owned by a 2 large land owners abutting us. and they have given permission for the four of us to use. them. 

wedged under a bridge over the Wolf Creek.  we found a wonderful piece of driftwood  (about 7ft tall and 9ft long) .It was a keeper we had to have it

 Mitch agreed it was a great piece so he returned to the house and fired up the back hoe. The three of us accompanied him back to the stream to fetch it.

We took  the short cut home which meant riding on the roads. It was like a parade. the back hoe leading the way and the 2 gators bringing up the rear  we each had ideas on which way it should be placed. Ultimately We opted for Mitch's.

Now that it was in place we would need a couple of loads  of soil moved, So off we all went to watch. Mitch loaded the Gator  using the back hoe. it was filled with 2 scoops of the bucket. and emptied with a flick of the switch ( his gator has an electric dump body)......... Machines sure are great. 

It was much too hot to start spreading the dirt around so we decided it was time for a swim. instead.

 later on that evening Gay & I cooked Chicken and fresh vegetables on the grill.. For dessert we had fresh fruit  and Mitch made Grasshoppers. (They were perfect as always) The four of us  had wonderful afternoon. What could be better  good friends,  good food, good weather  and Our piece of driftwood as a great souvenir to remind us of the good fun we had.

We found it to look like a giant sea horse What do you think.?

 

 

Today is July 2nd

11th log entry

This has been an exceptionally busy month for us. We ordered and took delivery on a new truck from Gable Dodge in Cobleskill. 800 miles later I am limping it back to the service department with transmission trouble.

The entire gable team from our salesman Dave head, Paul the head of the service department all the guys in the shop and the gable rental agency staff knew how necessary the truck was to the operation of our business.

Since the testing took several hours. Dave called for a car so I could  run some errands. When I returned and found out I was not going to drive the truck home they made arrangement for a truck to use while ours was in the shop. 

since there was no inventory of parts yet  the module that the truck would need. was only going to come from Detroit.  welding his authority Paul requested the part be taken from the assembly line in Michigan and shipped ASAP. back to gable. he then had his technician stay late to install it.

our truck was ready at 8Am on the 4th business day. we were very pleased. they took good care of us and made a bad situation bearable. our thanks to the entire gable staff.

 

Today is June 3rd

10th log entry

Wow I can not believe it is already June.

 I spend any and all  free time I find trying to master our new  3d Cad program. the learning curve and conflicts makes it a slow go. I think I am starting to get the hang of it now.

for the second year in a row we are over run with the eastern tent, the forest and the gypsy moth caterpillars. living in the woods makes it impossible to a fight them so we just don't go outside.  fortunately the eating frenzy will end soon followed by the glut of moths. by father's day weekend the 2 month siege will be just about over.

Then We will once again be able to hike with the dogs on the trails. & set up "Angell's crossing " ( our campsite in the woods) something we are all looking forward to.

 

Today is April 10th

9th Log entry

We decided to listen to the words of one of our customers & enjoy a little bit of spring. yesterday Our dear friend Victor joined us for a short hike at the "Christman's Sanctuary".

     the sight & sounds of the series of waterfalls  was soothing and made for some great photo ops.

     The highlight for wildlife was  a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers.

We  are invigorated, relaxed. focused and ready to get back to work.

 Thanks Dave G. for the good advise

 

Today is March 1st

8th log entry

The motor was waiting for us when we returned from our installation yesterday. Jim worked late & got the table saw back together. and fine tune a job that took several hours.

 We have an appointments most of the morning today and a 2-3 day installation coming up next week.  We will do what we can to catch up for the time lost.   MaryAnn

 

Today is February 24th

7th Log entry

In the world of the Cabinetmaking the Table Saw is the heart of the shop

The motor on ours quit last week. It has given us over 12 years of continual production. According to the manufacturer that might be a record

We have ordered the new motor & been promised a delivery date of 3/1 .
In the mean time the shop will be unable to move forward on starting projects until then.

Our apologizes to our customers waiting to see their built-ins in production.

We will keep you posted.

Those of you waiting, the board for your project is on the cart ready to be ripped.

Jim & MaryAnn

 

 

 

Today is February 19th

6th log entry

As of February 9th we can no longer say:

"we thought we made a mistake once but we were wrong".

 I inserted a wall measurement into the CAD drawing incorrectly.

 on installation day it was clear what had happened.  The reveal was off.  It was not the look  proposed nor the drawing our customer had agreed on..

There was no question we would rebuild it

We have never settled for close enough.  After all Our cabinets are our legacy they will be here long after we are gone.  MaryAnn


 

 

 

Today is February 7th

5th Log entry

 in January I had mentioned we had purchased new software. I finally had some time to work with it.

Below shows one of the many ideas we had in mind. Lots of details to sort out before it becomes a new page

                                      

 "Before & After"

Well the dogs are ready for a walk Got to run

MaryAnn

 

 

 

Today is January 31st.

4th Log Entry

 our accountant was here yesterday with our fourth quarter returns. after he left I thought about my dad and how he taught us kids how to save money, a practice that is easy and could help your children save for the future.

my first steady job was baby sitting for a couple that ran a 24 hour diner I worked every day after school and all weekend Starting at $0.35 per hour (of course you could buy penny candy for a penny). each week when I would get home with my money the rule was to give my mother 50% of my earnings and 1/2 of what was left I was to put in my savings account. The other half I could use for what ever I wanted.

Mom told me that since I was working I would need to contribute to the family's budget. of course it seemed unfair but I did as I was told.

at the age of 16 I enrolled in a driver's education program at school. mom and dad said if I wanted to drive I would have to buy my own car.  my dad helped me look in the classified for the right car for me.

 my saving account that for 3 years I contributed to,  plus I had a saving bond my grandparents had left me. it was not enough so driving seemed out of my reach.

That is when I heard the best news a 16 year old could hear, The money I had handed over to my mom each week was actually saved for me and They had (when possible) matched dollar for dollar in a special account,.  I Not only had enough  money to buy my 1963 Volkswagen  beetle and pay my insurance for the year. but had money left in the bank to put towards my college. books  

 It was a life lesson I will always remember and appreciate my parents efforts in teaching me how to save. money for the future.  MaryAnn

 

 

Today is January 24th 2006

3rd Log Entry

Invested in new software that will hopefully enhance the site. it is a "morphing" program which we plan on using to show before and after installation. we think this transition pictures will be a helpful tool in showing our customers some of the many possibilities and our past customers imagination of their space.

 it will be a learning curve but we hope to have something on line.  soon

 

 

Today is January 2nd 2006

2nd LOG ENTRY

We had a nice day visiting with friends and neighbors. New Years Day, Something we rarely take the time to do.  Jim worries about getting  to far behind  We never Have disappointed A customer.. our word has always been our bond. we generally can deliver within our said timeline.,

as I am writing this Jim is still in the shop working hard.  To add to the load we have a couple of cases for the house. started. They are very important pieces to keep the remolding of the sunroom, laundry and main bath moving.