Dudes. dudes. dudes. dudes. Yummy dudes. dudes. dudes.

If you ask us, these are some of the yummiest dudes we’ve run across in a while. Could almost be a WHOA post 🙂

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The club house at Koala Cove is finished and it was a perfect place for our “giving thanks get-together.” We missed having the grandparents with us this year, but we had an excellent Zoom with them that, kinda, sorta felt like being together. Surely, by next year we’ll all be able to get together – in person – complete with hugs!
“Dr. C” called Ben to tell him Evelyn’s attorney had paid a full years’ school tuition for Matty. It was a surprise, but as Ben said, “It’ll be money that’s available for some other kid who needs a good education.”
Ben and the kids had a full week off from school over the Thanksgiving holiday, so Dub worked with Nathan and his crew finishing up the addition to Chad and Raef’s house. It’s finished now and it’s wonderful. As the addition was being finished, Alex told the kids he had “new” furniture for them. He said he has a big credit at one of the consignment stores in Lenexa, KS and knew they had the right furniture. He had the people at the store e-mail pics so he could show Alyssa and Matty and they loved it. So, Chad and Raef rented a U-Haul and went and picked it up. It really is perfect.
I went over one day last week to watch the guys working on the addition. I swear, it’s like watching a ballet. Obviously, Nathan is in charge, but you’d never know it. The men on the crew just all know what needs to be done and they do it – without apparent direction. They do concrete work, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, flooring, painting and whatever else. I watched Dub and he was constantly working. No one was telling him what to do, he just did it. That evening at dinner, I asked him how he knew what to do. He thought about it for a minute- then said “Well, at first, I kept looking for what needed doing, but after a while, you just sort of ‘feel it.'”
Ben and the kids are back in school now and things are settling down after a big holiday – with another just around the corner.
We love you and wish you good health and happiness. Hang in there guys, the Covid vaccines will be here before we know it.

Hand prints

I ran across a self-pic on-line of a dude in a jockstrap (pic #1) and went “WHOA”!!! I showed it to David and he said “WHOA, indeed”!!! I thought it needed to be posted, so I started looking for pics. We haven’t done a “jockstraps” post since December 2018, and no “G-rated” posts since July, 2017, so this theme came to mind. I realize it won’t appeal to everyone, but it sure does it for me – and David says he likes it too. 🙂

So much to tell you. As soon as we moved to the lake, we started planning the new deck and hot tub. Alex had done sketches and we were excited. As it happened, Alex has an Amish crew that’s doing all the carpentry on the Koala cove villas, and they were waiting on materials he’d ordered. So he said we could use them to build our deck and privacy fencing if we wanted. We for sure did… so they started on the Tuesday before the 4th of July weekend. They took Saturday and Sunday off and were back at it on the next Monday. There are five of them and they’re the most talented carpenters we’ve ever see. They’re led by “Brother Nathan” who’s 26 and is “drop-dead gorgeous” (in a married, Amish, hands-off” sort of way). Dub thinks Nathan is awesome and told us he asked him if he needed a helper. Nathan asked him if he was a carpenter and Dub told him “No. but I can be if you teach me.” So he’s been helping Nathan every afternoon. Alex told us Nathan is crazy about kids and confided in him that he and his wife have been trying to get pregnant for over a year. He’s a really good guy and we’re hoping it’ll happen for them soon.
Our new 10-person hot tub is a “Hydropool” built in Canada. It’s been ordered for almost two weeks and will be here on Friday. It’s bigger than the hot tub in K.C.
but we won’t have trouble filling it with bodies (pics #49 through #52).
Ty and Damien told us there wasn’t any need for us to pay for water and electricity because they had plenty from their spring and solar panels. The crew has run water and electrical lines to our deck and it’ll be cool having free water and electricity.
The crew has built the deck using the specs provided by Hydropool so it’ll be ready when the hot tub arrives. They poured a concrete pad under the deck to support the tub and Dub said Nathan told him he should put his hand prints in the concrete. So Dub did that and wrote his name under them with a stick. When he was finished, he said “Now you, Nathan.” Nathan said he just laughed and said “No, not me. I’m just a carpenter.” He said Dub looked him in the eyes and said “Naw. You’re the best carpenter ever and my friend so you need to put your handprints next to mine.” So, Dub and Nathan’s handprints are in the concrete under the deck but no one will see them. Dub says “it doesn’t matter because we’re friends and we know they’re there.”

The saying of sacred vows.

Continuing our new series of “colors” posts, it’s time for my hubby’s favorite color… “Blue.” I swear, if David had his way about it, everything would be blue (I know all his socks and undies are). “bw” says blue is his favorite color, too… “but not navy – sort of medium blue.” Hey, babe, is that “sort of medium blue” on the dude in pic #!? (Or maybe #3?) 🙂

Guys… it’s real late and I’m really tired… and I have a LONG day ahead tomorrow – ending with chairing a faculty meeting on how our school will deal with COVID-19 if (when?) it reaches us.
Anyway, I want to tell you about Chad and Raef’s wedding while it’s still fresh on my mind.
The entire Northland gang went to the lake Friday afternoon/evening. Keon and Rick stopped at Pizza House in Springfield to pick up pizzas for everyone. David, Dub, Cal, Alex and I made a huge salad, and Jim and Carol brought desserts. We had a fun evening and everyone headed to bed early.
We had excellent weather on Saturday and everyone was calmly getting ready for the wedding. Everyone except Dub, of course, who had a million things to do. Most important among them was making absolutely certain that everyone – and I mean EVERYONE – was wearing a white shirt (or blouse in the case of Bella and the other ladies), a red necktie and red suspenders. Everyone did.
The wedding was at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in Ty and Damien’s new “cabin”. I was tempted to tell you about the “cabin” but it’s late and I’m tired… so I just sent Alex a text and asked him if he’d “tag-on” to a post sometime later in the week to tell you all about it. He texted back and said he’d be happy to do that – so we’ll get to that in a few days.
Saturday morning, we moved most of the furniture out of the cabin’s “great room” and set up 50 folding chairs. By the time the ceremony started, every chair was filled and there were a few people standing. A Unity minister came from Springfield to preside at the ceremony… Dub was Chad’s “best man” and I served as “best man” for Raef. Cal was in charge of music (recorded) and Tra took hundreds or pics while Pop-pops made a video.
The ceremony began at 2:00 p.m. sharp with the minister saying a few words before Chad and Raef recited their vows. After they’d done that, the minister said “Raef and Chad want to include their new son in this service . Mateo, would you please come up and join us?” Matty just sat in his chair staring at his hands (or maybe his feet?). After a minute or two, Dub went over and whispered something in his ear. He looked up and grinned – and Dub took his hand and walked him up to where we were standing. When he got there, Chad took his hand and said “Matty, we’re so happy to have you as part of our new family. We promise to love you and take care of you and make sure you have a happy home.”
After that, Raef dropped down on one knee and looked Matty in the eyes and said “Matty. I’m real glad you and me and Chad are a family now. I promise to take care of you and teach you about dogs and huntin’ and fishin’ and stuff. And I promise to make you the kind of home I always wished I had when I was a kid.”
Then, Dub handed the minister the rings and Chad and Raef exchanged theirs before turning to Matty and sliding his own ring on the 4th finger of his left hand.
We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening partying and celebrating and having a grand time. Matty spent the night with David, Dub and me – while Chad and Raef “honeymooned” over at their favorite fishing village. It was a splendid wedding!