Late last month Nick and I headed over to Black Mountain to celebrate my dad's 89th birthday. Linda and Gigi were in New York for a wedding, so Nick and I packed up to spend the weekend with my folks. My dad always has a list of projects for us to assist him with, and this trip was no different. He recently acquired a large water storage tank, built a water pumping system and purchased several professional fire hoses (off ebay) and wanted Nick and I to test out his system. I got the enjoyable task of holding the 'working end' of the hose:
Dad was worried about having enough pressure to push water through the hose, but as you can see, his pump was shooting a 2" stream of water a good 100 feet!
Linda is always washing her car, so I took the liberty of performing that task with a high power hose:
My dad is a master craftsman in so many areas. Here he is working with Nick doing some welding:
Nick looks larger here than 6'4" and dad smaller than 5'10 in this picture, but they both were enjoying working together on a welding project:
Mom (Grammy as all the grandkids call her) has a new helper on Friday and Saturday. Valerie comes and assists Grammy with cooking and cleaning a couple days each week. We are very pleased with Valerie's sweet care for Mom and we are very glad she is willing to help each week.
Mom, Dad, Nick and I took a ride to the top of the mountain where the county is installing a large radio tower for police, fire fighters, and emergency services use. Here Dad is bending some 3/4" rebar. It is amazing the strength he has at 89!
A good picture of Mom getting ready to enjoy Dad's birthday dinner:
Linda wanted us to document the dinner, and everything turned out great. The ribs from BJ's were super meaty and three or four ribs was a full portion:
The weekend went by far to fast (they always do) and we had to take a picture just prior to departure...it's a tradition. Here is the shot of PopPop, Grammy, and grandson Nick (and yes, Nick is that tall!). Nick and I are already planning a return trip sometime in June, and hopefully Linda can join us. Many thanks to Dad and Mom for a great weekend!