Dude, do you want me to get out the belt?

On Sunday, our buddy “Jingle commented, saying: “Hey Buff!! Apropos of nothing, I had an idea for a post… Belts!! I don’t think you’ve ever done one on any of your Blogs?!?! Certainly not URD!! Whatta ya think??… Might be fun, especially the way you treat a topic!! 🙂 haha”
We commented back, saying :”Yup. You’re right, babe. Never been a “belts” post on any of my blogs. Sounds fun. Why don’t you send me a pic or two to make sure we’re thinking the same thing. xoxo David”
So… Jingle sent us a bunch of pics (some of which are included here) and we added some and here you have it. “BELTS”. Thank you, John… for the post suggestion, the photos, your invaluable contributions to URD and your wonderful friendship. We love you!

Dudes… Commando!

Dub and Ben are on Christmas break now until January 5th. We plan to head to the Lake Tuesday morning.
Dub “skyped” with his Mom this morning and, since it would be their last visit before Christmas, they opened their gifts together on-line. He saves all his “Skypes” with Angie and afterward he showed today’s to Ben and me. This year, Angie gave him three hand-made African beaded leather bracelets. One for strength, one for health and one for valor. Dub was absolutely thrilled. He has all three on his right wrist and we seriously doubt he’ll ever take them off. Actually, they are really cool!
It seems like Christmas is coming really fast year. We hope you guys have your plans made and that this will be your best Holiday ever! xoxo David and Ben

…a pocketful of miracles…

“I’ve got a pocketful of miracles…
But if I had to pick a miracle…
My favourite miracle of all is you
And me.” …Jimmy Van Heusen

Hey guys, it’s Rick. First, I guess I may owe “Jingle” an apology for these pics because I know he doesn’t like photos without faces. Sorry, dude. We promise to do better next time 🙂
Keon and I spent all last week at our cabin at the lake. We worked really hard and made lots of progress. When we got there, we met the antique dealer who’s buying the furniture and helped him load it to take to KC. Then, we hauled off the old appliances. It’s amazing how much bigger the cabin looks when its empty!
The next thing we did was strip and sand the kitchen cabinets. They’re solid birch and ready for Alex and his magic spray gun. They’re gonna be really pretty!
After that, we started on the rock garden. It was mainly just a weed patch when be bought the cabin but we knew it’d be a very special, beautiful place when we finished with it. I won’t bore you with all the details, but it’s about 25′ x 50′ and we moved every statue, bench and rock. Jim (and a friend of his) came over and helped and we did it in three sections… moved everything out… dug out all the weeds… put down two layers of ground cover sheeting… then put everything back. The only things we didn’t move were the two beautiful Emperor Japanese maple trees. The first day, we were moving rocks and Keon yelled “FUCK ME!!” and went running toward the cabin. He’d run across a big snake. Jim was laughing and said he thought Keon had “great moves.” Jim saw it and said it was a king snake – and one of the biggest he’d seen… probably 4 foot or longer. He said we wouldn’t need to worry about copperheads or timber rattlers because with the king snake there, they wouldn’t be around. He said king snakes will eat smaller snakes, even if they’re poisonous to people. There were two big pots laying on their sides and it took all four of us to move them. Turned out they’re “bubbling urns” and had fallen over because their in-ground water storage basins had collapsed. Jim found us some new ones in Branson and we dug out the old ones and put in new polyethylene ones. Whew! What a job. We also had to get new pumps, but finally… by Friday evening, we had it all done. It’s beautiful and I’m sure we’ll spend many hours out there!
By the time we got home late Friday, we were “bushed.” Keon said he was “sore in places he didn’t even know he had places.” I think we’re beginning understand what “bw” said about how a home and a second home are “more than twice the work.” xoxo Rick and Keon