Sunday, September 28, 2008

Birthday Weekend at Home

Well, another year has past, and I'm now an Old Man of 49! I really don't like birthdays... they make me feel 'old'.

This year Karrissa and the two grand-daughters came up for my birthday. McKinley 'had' to get me balloons... birthdays and balloons go together don't you know...
I admit, I'm a very hard person to buy a gift for. I figured to make it easier this year, I'd order up the something I wanted (easier than trying to explain it?)

First was a Kershaw Shun 7" Santoku knife. I always wanted a blade made from 'Damascus Steel' - with the ripples in the Steel made from the folding and hammering of different types of steel. This was by far the very best, sharpest knife I've ever used. It is wonderful. (Afterwards I found out this is the exact blade recommended by Alton Brown of the Food Network)
A copy of Paolin's latest novel in the Eragon series called Brisingr, and another book from Tom Clancy on the details and processes in war. Thanks Jill! It was very enjoyable to have McKinley and Kylie around the house when I came home. We got to play with a wooden train Jill got from IKEA, and read books, and play with these little magnetic balls (NeoCube) I initially got these 'puzzle' balls to play with in my office... then the boys got into them, we then sent them to Elder Ben Hartshorn in Pittsburgh, Brent took some with him to Brazil, and now McKinley is into playing with them too! On Saturday our friends, Barry and Donna Woodbridge, from SoCal came into town to visit. (They were in Utah attending a three-day seminar on Square Foot Gardening) - I was able to record Barry on a Saturday Morning radio show as he talked about his new plan to bring Square Foot Gardening to nursing homes. Barry had asked for my Fried Rice... so I cooked it in front of them and he tooks notes on how to make it. Ryan made me a scratch cake, Chocolate Sour Cream... Thanks Ryan!

We had an enjoyable evening talking about Square Foot Gardening and renewing our friendship, and listening to some music he brought from a brilliant piano player, Jack Townsend, from their church.

It was nice to be home for a couple of days... now back on the road for a week in Ft. McMurray Canada, up in the oil shale fields.


Gramps said...

Thanks for your current post Keith. I always enjoy reading your blog. You are doing a great job of keeping us informed of your experiences. Something we all enjoy, since we didn't know before. Love ya, ole man.

Gram said...

Thanks for a great birthday dinner. I just hope you don't get the flu up in Canada. It was interesting reading about your b/presents. That knife is a great one! It was fun to watch McKinley play with your magnets on the step stool that she thinks is her desk. I love reading about where you are going and what you have done. It is too bad that you don't have the time to sort of tour each area, but hey look how many places you have been.

Karrissa Winward said...

We love you Papa!!

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