Saturday, March 10, 2018

Country Tidbits...

There is a beautiful old church in the area where I'm temporarily staying.  It is well maintained and loved by the small town (pop. 391) it is in.




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Not far from the family compound is a shop that restores and rebuilds old vehicles, mostly for the locals.  I promised the restorer that I wouldn't tell where. He did give me permission to post photos of some of his work...



This is grandson Colt's other ride, though now he spends most of his time in his work pickup. Farming doesn't allow him a lot of free time, especially around here. 

T, the restorer is finishing up a complete restore of a local farmer's pickup from when he was a kid. When it's done it will go to the farmer's daughter. I heard it being test driven the other day, and I'm pretty darn sure it's got a bit more HP than it originally had.




Really wish my photos where better as he does beautiful workmanship and his attention to every detail: engine, brakes, wiring, etc is amazing.
I don't know who he did this one for but it is sweet...


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I've been trying to make as many of granddaughter Lauren's games as possible, while I'm here. She's gone from playing basketball to softball in the last month. 

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Met with the accountant in RB on Friday, and that went well. As I've said before there are many good things about living in a small town. The accountant and I went over the figures, he called the estate attorney (whom he is good friends with), and said, " I see no reason why we can't get this finished and closed out!"  Then he instructed me to make some changes to the estate bank acct. I told him that was doable as I could certainly swing by the bank on my way out of town. About then we both realized it was a Friday afternoon... so he said "let me make a call to the bank" (he's on the board of that bank) he told them what he wanted done, and that I would stop by on my way out of town. I went by the bank, and was told it was all taken care of, and to have a safe drive home. This could have been a headache in so many ways, but it wasn't at all.  Like those small town Wrangler wearing accountants and attorneys!

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Loving that my daughter and all the kids get together for a family meal once a week. It isn't always easily done as they all work full time, Cody & Lauren are full time students as well. Plus, they all do other things for the community: helping neighbors, coaching sports, being 4-H leaders...  

20 comments:

  1. Such a wonderful thing to be able to get things done quickly and satisfactory and yes small towns have their advantages. Glad you can spend time with family.

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    1. Changes in the wind,
      It sure makes things nice when you have small town connections! Loving this time spent with my daughter and my grandkids!

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  2. Beautiful old church. We have a pretty one not far from our Oregon farm and below it is the original school house, now a charter school and still active thanks to that.

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    1. Rain Trueax,
      Take a photo of the old church near you, I'd love to see it.

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  3. I so admire those that can do that kind of restoration work.

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    1. Well Seasoned Fool,
      I do too. My xsoninlaw is great at this too, as well as being a hell of a farmer. And he is teaching the grands how to.

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  4. This was like a nice, chatty visit, Brig. Those cars! My son has a friend here who does that kind of work--only for a few people. It's really an art, the way they bring old cars back to life and use. I'm glad all is well with accountant/bank/etc. I don't envy you that task.

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    1. Granny Sue,
      Dang it, am I turning into a chatty ol gal? You know the ones you run into and can't get away from anytime soon!
      You stated it perfectly, those vehicles are works of art.
      The end is in sight for the whole estate thing, thankfully!

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  5. You sound very happy and it's so nice to hear.

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    1. Woodsterman,
      I am happy, it's always a rip roaring time when I'm with my grandkids!

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  6. I lived in Auburn, Loomis, Newcastle up in North California back in the sixties. It was nice then, looks like it hasn't changed a lot in the intervening years. I think your pictures look just fine.

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    1. Harry,
      Not so much change in backbone of the small farming/ranching communities, but the rest has changed a great deal, not for the better.
      Thanks for commenting.

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  7. There's quite a few of those pretty little churches around here.

    It's one of the things my wife likes about this area....churches everywhere!

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    1. drjim,
      There aren't many around here for some reason, at least not old ones like this.

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  8. Thank God for small town accountants! I wish my work went as easily, but it's not bad - BUT today I have to deal with the distant County Assessor's office and the Homeowner's Exemption forms...

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    1. NotClauswitz,
      Everything seems to take twice as long as it needs to, doesn't it. Hoping for smooth sailing with what you are dealing with.

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