Month: December 2006

Bill and I trying on new glasses

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Bill and I trying on new glasses

Bill and I trying on new glasses

This picture was taken at Mackinaw City on Sat. , we rode up to Mackinaw to get some famous Mackinaw Pasties. umm, good!! They are like a meat pie with a crunchy thin crust. We have stopped their several times a year for the last 34 years. Most of the tourist shops are closed this time of year in Mackinaw. Unfortunately there were two shops open. So Nicole took advantage of it and squeezed in a little shopping. Did I mention Nicole is a serious shopper,lol.
Deb took this picture of Bill and I at one of the two shops open, not sure if they make us look better or not, ha,ha.
NEW MOVIE CLIP ADDED TODAY- Deb just finished adding another interesting clip from the Indy Toy Show. It shows my Cat 5230 front shovel model and the Cat D-2 Dozer sitting on a lowboy ,heavy haul trailer. Most of the clip shows the half scale Peterbuilt truck, lowboy and Cat Dozer . Fred is explaining to me how he built the awesome projects. He let me climb inside the cab, but we did not get that on the movie.
1. Airplane movie clip- me with Jim McFadden in the plane, trying to put Cat D-2 dozer model in plane.
2.Cat D-2 movie Clip- Me putting the blade on the D-2 at home on the dining room table.
3.Cat 24H Grader, D-2 and Cat 5230 shovel movie clip showing the three models in my garage getting ready to take them to the toy show.
4. Farm movie clip- Deb and I at the farm with my folks.
We have more movies to work on to add in the weeks to come.
We wish you all a Happy and Safe New Year,
Don, Deb, Nicole and Bill

Nicole and I goofing off.

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Nicole and I goofing off.

Nicole and I goofing off.

Deb took this picture and the one below this one of Bill, Deb and I just as we were leaving to go to town.
The vacation is winding down and it has been a lot of fun.
We bought all the stuff today for our annual New Years Eve Fondue Meal. We usually have it for dinner and then Deb and Bill go out with their friends after that. We have done fondue over Christmas for over 30 years and it is still great fun.
No snow for us in the Alpine Village, this is unheard of for our area that gets 160 to 180 inches of snow every winter. Maybe something to the globel warming rumor. I’m starting to be a believer.
More Video Clips Coming- Thanks for the nice E-mails saying you really like the new video clips . I am trying to have a nice variety of Great Lake Freighters videos, Ice Breaker videos, Monster Machine videos, my jd tractor videos, snowplow videos, and model videos. We are now working on my folks and us at the farm, and one of me in a airplane with Jim McFadden buying one of my models.
We are heading out again today to have fun ,
Hope you al have a fun Sat.

Bill, Deb and me

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Bill, Deb and me

Bill, Deb and me

This picture is Bill after he came out of the woods and got cleaned up and we were happy to see him, ha,ha. We have a lot of laughs with Bill too, he is a great person. Bill is so good to Nicole, we are so thankful God brought him into our lives. Did I mention he loves the woods, LOL

Deb and I on the last cruise of the Ice Breaker Mackinaw going under the Mackinaw Bridge

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Deb and I on the last cruise of the Ice Breaker Mackinaw going under the Mackinaw Bridge

Deb and I on the last cruise of the Ice Breaker Mackinaw going under the Mackinaw Bridge

Ice Breaker Mackinaw- This cool picture was taken by a fellow that was standing on top of the Mackinaw Bridge. You can see the Mackinaw just going under the bridge. It was a very cool ride . Deb and I had been aboard it 6 times over the years, and two times it was in the winter and we were breaking ice. We broke ice under the bridge in the shipping lanes one time so this brought back fun memories for us with Keith , who was the Captain and his wife Nancy and their kids, Brian and Karen. All of our trips on the Mackinaw were with them. Knowing this ship would never leave the dock again once we tied up at Mackinaw City was kinda sad. It was part of our past and some very special memories we will always remember. Thanks again Nancy and Kieth for inviting us to tag along all those times.
ICE BREAKER MACKINAW VIDEO CLIPS- We posted the first video clips today on my webpage of Deb, Tom, and I boarding the Mackinaw Ice Breaker for the last cruise, and us out on the ship and us passing Mackinaw Island. With 40 video clips already on my webpage, We will continue to add more video clips from the last voyage of the Mackinaw. I have always been somewhat of a boat nerd. ha,ha. Freighter Frank from Boatnerd Headquarters in Port Huron would enjoy seeing these. Frank took a couple pictures of us when we passed by on the Paul Tregurtha on that cool trip.
Acco Grader- I managed to get a few railings welded on yesterday in the afternoon.
We’re still having fun with Nicole and Bill , Nicole has been very helpful with the video clip process. So I want to give her a special thanks for coming home on vacation to get away from computers and the hussle and bustle of D.C. and working on computers. ha,ha.
And I want to thank Bill for all his time in the woods making sure we had plenty of fresh meat at meal times, ha,ha.