Come on back to the caboose and get a cup of coffee [or sweet ice tea] - Part VI

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  1. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Amen to all the Birthday Wishes...!!!

    Nice pile of stuff to keep you busy for some time....:thumb:

    BTW...How did you make out with the structure you were building..??
  2. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Good morning folks

    77 F and humid was the weather this morning. High toady will be 87 F with thunderstorms. The wife has a long day today. She has two outreaches at libraries in southern Delaware in Millsboro and Laurel. It is a 116 mile trip for her one way.

    I had to mow the lawns last night. I did it around 7 PM and the humidity was bad. I let the dogs out at 10 PM and when you opened the door the heat and humidity literally punched you the face. It had gotten worse after the sun went down.

    I worked some more on the Mather stock car.

    I hope everybody has a good day.
  3. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    Good morning.

    It's 73 and sunny here. Sadly, it won't remain sunny as thunderstorms are predicted for this afternoon. The high is expected to be in the mid 90's.

    Looks like today may be a grass cutting day, if the grass is high enough that is. If not, it'll probably be Friday or Saturday.

    Today's Weather for:
    Sundown, LA 71446-6114 7/9/2008

    Heat Index: 79°F
    Humidity: 92%
    Dew Point: 72°F

    So Far Today
    High: 76°F
    Low: 73°F
    Rain: 0.00"
    Rain Rate: 0.00"/h
    Gust: 3mph NNE

    Today High: 95 Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning...then mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 90s. Light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.

    Tonight Low: 72 Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the lower 70s. Light and variable winds.

  4. cnw1995

    cnw1995 Member

    Morning all from a sunny and gorgeous Chicago where we are all celebrating Marcie's birthday. I remember building a crane car similar to that Tichy model when I was first in N scale. Don't think I could manipulate the tiny parts today.
  5. hickstmj

    hickstmj Marcie

    Thank you to everyone for the Birthday Wishes.:mrgreen::mrgreen:

    Lets see. You were 21 and now that makes you 22.

    Chief, you really know how to flatter a gal.

    Gus -- I got the water tower painted & built & I'm happy with it at this stage but the weathering is, well, let's just say I think I need some practice.

    Have a great day everyone!
  6. Chief Eagles

    Chief Eagles Active Member

    Morning. Cloudy. Probably more rain. Remember last year when we could not find a drop for months and were in severe drought. Now we are over [thank the Lord]. Well, if it dries, got to mow. Have a good one and God bless.
  7. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Ewww a nice long drive!! :( :( :( yeah - the humidity is really bad, getting better after today though.. Our dog didn't want to stay out too long, so we made out good last night...

    Waiting for the cold front to move through so I can breath again... Only 84 here in the warehouse :( but humid!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    I had a little mis-adventure while mowing my parents yard this morning. More later.
  9. CSXect

    CSXect Member


    Back from job#1(may be laid off yet again from job 1 next week) If I get laid off again job # 2 will let me work more hours:thumb:

    Will be doing some bench work today if it stays drysign1
    Maybe looking for a permanet part time job when Job # 2 is completed(approved for 50 to 60 hours total):cool:

  10. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    Now on with the mis-adventure. I was just wrapping up the south-west quadrant of the front yard (a half acre by itself) when I saw my mother standing at one of the three front doors of the house frantically waving her arms over her head in an effort to get my attention. Well, it worked. I stopped the tractor and went down to see what was the matter. That's when she told me there was a critter in the house. I asked her what type of critter and she said it was a possum. At that point I knew I had a fight on my hands. Those things are NASTY with a capitol 'N'! First item of business was to get something to trap it in. An old four gallon galvanized bucket that we use to catch rain water from the roof immediately sprang to mind. I got it then had her show me where the possum was. It was in the library. Great! That gave it a thirty foot long section of wall that was nothing but shelves and pigeon holes, a couple hundred places to hide. There are countless odds and ends along the wall and a heavy flat-screen TV right in the middle. Guess what the possum was behind. That's right, the TV. The one thing in the room that couldn't be moved by myself or my mother. While she locked the dogs (three of them) in a bedroom I set about reducing the number of possible hiding places for the possum. After a little while I had it trapped in a ten foot long space in which it could only move along the wall behind the TV, and there was nothing for it to climb. I set the bucket on it's side at the south end then started poking at the possum with my walking stick. It immediately turned and went the wrong way, north, toward the end that my mother was at. She used an old bamboo umbrella (don't ask me how old it is, I just know it's older than I am) to whack it gently on the nose and turn it in the other direction. I then poked at it several more times with my walking stick. Eventually it was desperately seeking a way out and I provided it. I moved aside a heavy stamp album that was blocking the south end. The possum ran through the hole and ran smack into the bucket. I quickly tipped it upright and slammed a square of tin down over it. I quickly tied the tin down and carried the bucket out to the tractor and took it a quarter mile down the road to an abandoned boat launch. There I released the possum. It ran out of the bucket, turned and glared at me, hissed, then ran off into the woods. I went back, returned the bucket to it's original location then finished mowing the yard. My mother decided that possum catching was above and beyond the call of duty and took me to lunch at the restaurant of my choice after I finished the yard and got cleaned up. That thing bit my walking stick at one point and left some pretty deep teeth marks in it. And just to keep this model railroad related, the library in my parent's home used to be a two car garage in 1970, in which the HO/OO layout that I got in Germany as a Christmas present in 1966 was set up.
  11. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    My dog (Alaskan Husky) has had a couple of encounters with possums in the back yard. One time I heard her barking (which she NEVER does) so I knew something bad was happening. I looked out and saw her barking up a storm at the possum, which she somehow managed to get a hold of, gave it a good thrashing, and released it. I grabbed the dog and put her on a leash, and went back to see the victim...It was lying on the ground..dead as far as I could tell. Went out next morning to dispose of it...and it was GONE....It'd played possum on me....
  12. CSXect

    CSXect Member

    We have possums,raccoons and the occasional skunk in the neighborhood and of course deer have been known to wander the streets from time to time.:confused::eek:

    Did not get to work on train table today:cry: beat from lifting heavy tubs of documents and microfilm and other related stuff:sleeping:

    One of the tv channels that just barely comes in had 3 stooges around the world in a daze on the otherdaystooges8

  13. Brutus

    Brutus Member

    CSX - those old stooges movies were pretty great! Jeffrey, that story was great - critter in the house stories are always funny, when you didn't have to catch it!
  14. jefelectric

    jefelectric Member

    A belated bday1 Marcie. Those kits look like a lot of fun to build, but not for me anymore in the smaller gages. Post some pictures when you get them finished.

    Still cataloging pictures at TCA. Today I was working on a file of Toy Train related movies, never knew there were so many. I'll post a list when finished. Some from 30s & 40s, newest so far is 88. Most of the pictures are 8 X 10 promo photos, sent to newspapers etc.

    Most interesting time I ever had with a critter in a house was when I lived at home yet and a bat got in my parents house. Veeeery interesting! Finally got it in a fishing net.

  15. sir james

    sir james Member

    Good Evening All
    Home from the church picnic,full and tired. Tried not to eat to much but it's the deserts that get me. even small portions add up. I did a lot of walking but I'm sure I took in more calories than I walked off. A perfect day weather wise, low 80s and clear blue sky. No trains today, just a little tweeking, still have repairs to make...TTFN...S.J.
  16. Chief Eagles

    Chief Eagles Active Member

    Had good rains. Lucky as some got bad stuff. Stayed busy all day. Town until 3:30 and then mowed. Got home from feeding deer and it started the rain. Going to bed early. Good night all.
  17. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Hello Everyone. Today was a good day. Was a little hot, but no rain. Kind of glad the rain stopped as we had a bad storm move through early saturday morning. Rained so much that it filled the creek up. Had pretty much a quiet day, no fire calls or anything. That's always a good thing. Everyone was safe. I did however manage to get some HO Scale signs out and go through and see what I all had. Going to start to paint them up and get that out of the way that way I will not have to worry about it later on down the road. Well going to get going here. Have A Good One.
  18. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    Good morning.

    It's 74 and partly cloudy. The high today will be in the lower 90's and there's a fair chance of thunderstorms this afternoon.

    As exciting as yesterdays possum chase was I could have easily done without it. I'm not used to moving that quickly, therefore my back feels as though it's going to snap in two at any instant this morning. I think I'll just take it easy today.

    Today's Weather for:
    Sundown, LA 71446-6114 7/10/2008

    Heat Index: 79°F
    Humidity: 92%
    Dew Point: 72°F

    So Far Today
    High: 78°F
    Low: 74°F
    Rain: 0.00"
    Rain Rate: 0.00"/h
    Gust: 0mph NNE

    Today High: 92 Partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Light and variable winds.

    Tonight Low: 75 Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the mid 70s. Light and variable winds.

  19. CSXect

    CSXect Member

    :wave: Good morning everyone

    Off to job #1 in about 1 and 1/2 hours, worse case laid off next week and have to adjust hours for job#2:mrgreen: Best case schedule change and have to adjust hours for job#2sign1
    Hope to be able to go on train trip in October on the Oberlin Railroad 5 county fall colors tour :thumb:

    Jeffery nice pic, is that a speaker next the building under construction? Like the water tower next to water column.:cool:
  20. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    The speaker is one of four on the layout. It's part of the MRC sound system I set up. All the speakers will eventually be concealed. The green water tower is from my nephews old layout.
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