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.”

Dub is seven. Oh, my goodness. OH, MY GOODNESS!

You’re probably thinking “What tha F… are these pics doing on a gay porn blog?” Good question. It’s because it’s Dub’s 7th birthday and he’s growing every day and sometimes we wish we could slow down time. He’s surely one of the most interesting little dudes ever. He’s a kid when he’s watching “Toy Story” movies, reading “Sky Raiders,” roughhousing with Buzz or getting hysterical over farts with Austin – but he’s very “grown up” when it comes to school work, his daily chores or working at the animal shelter. Whatever he’s doing, he’s a JOY and we thank God every day for allowing us to be part of his life.

Dub doesn’t know it, but there’s going to be a birthday party for him at his school today. There’ll be cake and ice cream – and one of the school secretaries has organized a “card shower.” We understand that one of the art classes even spent a day making birthday cards for him. We know he’ll be thrilled. David, Dub and I will celebrate his big day at home tonight and I’m sure his Mom and Grandparents will Skype with him.
We asked him what he’d like to do for his special day and he said he’d like a pizza party here at the house with all our family and friends, so we’re doing that on Saturday (celebrating his and David’s birthdays). All the Northland gang will be here plus the grands and a bunch more. It’ll be a CROWD, so we’re making it an open house “from 3 p.m. till whenever,” with a “make your own pizza and salad bar.” We’ll update you after the big day 🙂

Dude. How about some (mostly) “G-rated” Eye Candy!

I don’t want to shock you guys, but the truth is, sometimes Ben and I disagree. It’s never a big deal… and, of course we always work it out… but we do, in fact sometimes disagree. So it was on Monday when Ben told me he thought we should sell our Harleys and use the money to pay for the boat we’re buying. I knew the bikes were a big deal to him, so I told him there was no need to sell them… that we could buy the boat and we’d be fine financially. But Ben absolutely hates being in debt and insisted we should sell them. I said, “Babe, we own our house and cars outright and your student loans are paid off… the only debts we’ll have are the cabin and the boat. When you consider that we’re a two-income family now, those two payments won’t be a problem.” Then, he said, “I just don’t like being in debt, and besides… we need to be saving money for Dub’s college.” I said, “We put money in Dub’s college account every month and so do his grandparents. He’s only five, so in 12 years or so when he’s ready for college, he’ll be in great shape.” He said, “I know. But we’re getting a 15-year loan on the cabin and if we double up on the payments, we can pay it off in a little over 7 years. That’ll give us a lot of time for college and retirement savings.”
It kind of went on and on… and, as you probably guessed, we’re going to sell the Harleys. I guess we’re trading one kind of toy for another 🙂