mercredi, janvier 30, 2008
After the surgery he will have several months before he will be able to get a new set of orders to a permanent duty station. This mean that he will still be in Pensacola in April and there should be no problem getting home for his sisters wedding.
We are moving into full blown Mardi Gras season here in South Louisiana. I am hoping that I can bring the boys to the Mardi Gras parade in either Lafayette or Lake Charles, but we are having serious problems at work (again) and I may be forced to work my days off. I should be off Saturday for sure, and perhaps we can make some events then. Mardi Gras can be good family fun and it can be very raunchy. I would like to do some of the family stuff with the kids.
I have to get up at 4:40 tomorrow morning so that I can get to work by 5:30, so I think I will finish sipping on my Ouzo and go to sleep.
dimanche, janvier 27, 2008
After worship service we came home. Lisa made 'Sloppy Joe' for lunch and then she and Morgan went to Elisabeth's for a baby shower for Lisha, who's baby is due in late February. MK came over and picked up the boys and took them to Sam Houston Jone's State Park. Mark also came over to visit for a little while.
When everyone was gone I cleaned the floor in Christian's old room and started laying ceramic tile. I tiled more than half the room when folks started arriving. I finished the mud (thin set) that I had and called it quits and cleaned my tools. MK and the boys returned while I was still working and he left at about the time when I began cleaning up.
After cleaning up and feeding the boys, Gary came over. I started a fire in the fire pot and Gary and I sat on the porch by the fire, drank a Guinness and talked. After that Gary headed home. My youngest son joined me on the porch by the fire for a few minutes, then we came in said prayers with the boys and put them to bed.
Now I am going to bed also.
samedi, janvier 26, 2008
But before I could get started my cousin Chris and Mindy, his wife stopped by for a visit. We visited for a little while when MK came back with the boys. We opened a bottle of wine (a Syrah from California)and visited more. Mindy doesn't drink wine so Chris, Mike and I all had a good sized glass of wine (which killed the bottle). It was very good and if I were not feeling lazy at the moment, I would get up and find the bottle so I could say what winery it came from. I will try to but that information on the blog tomorrow.
Morgan is getting along fairly well on here crutches. I did carry her up the stairs this evening because it was getting late and I felt sorry for her.
I am pretty sure that we will worship at Bethel PCA tomorrow. Rev. Steve has preached a very good sermon every time I've heard him preach.
Well, I took an Ambian a few minutes ago and I am beginning to feel the affects. I need to get to sleep at a descent hour, so I am closing this post.
jeudi, janvier 24, 2008
I only worked two of my five graveyards, because I had taken the others off to visit with Christian. Today and yesterday I spent much of the day installing fiberglass insulation. I hate messing with that stuff. The folks that built our current house did a crappy job of insulating it. It was because of the damage from Hurricane Rita that I learned how poorly the this place is insulated and I've been working to fix the problem as I have been able.
Tomorrow Mark and I will but in a new door from the kitchen to the new computer/TV room (Christian's old bed room) and also sheet rock. After that is done I will do install ceramic tile.
samedi, janvier 19, 2008
More important than the weather, Christian is home for the weekend. He is getting around pretty good on his bum knee. He has a brace on it and it doesn’t seem to bother him to much as long as he is careful. He did bring a friend home with him, a pretty, red headed young lady form NW Pennsylvania. She is also in the Navy.
We had concerns about where to put them, but it has been worked out. The young lady is using Morgan’s room and Christian had the choice between the sleeping on the 3rd (half storey) floor or the couch. He chose the couch.
Today was a quiet day. Christian, Jessica, and Morgan went to meet Recie and Paul at Buffalo Wild Wings. The boys and I hung out at the house and Lisa worked.
Lisa and I went shopping when she got home. Then I assisted her in preparing supper. She cooked a beef and potato stew that was wonderful. All our family was here along with Danny, Jessica, Recie and Paul. There was more than enough and everyone ate well. After supper we had King Cake for dessert.
You can tell by the pictures that the young people sat at the table. Lisa, the boys and I ate a the bar.
Morgan did get to see an orthopedic yesterday. He says that her she has a chipped bone in her foot. She may have to have surgery. She starts her last semester of college next week and will be unable to drive. This makes getting her to school, logistcally speeking, very complicated. Oh well, we will make it work somehow.
I need to go to sleep so I can wake in time for worship services tomorrow.
Ps. Lisa plans to make a Chicken and Sausage Gumbo tomorrow!!!!!
lundi, janvier 14, 2008
samedi, janvier 12, 2008
When she called me she was calm and the police were on the scene. She was taken to Cal-Cam Hospital for x-rays. She has a broken foot, a serious bruise where her seatbelt comes across her shoulder and some other lesser bruises. We are very thankful that it was not worse than it was and she should be all healed up long before her wedding day.
I was late for work because I was at the emergency at shift change. Patrick worked over until I got to work, but I was not more than 30 minutes late. I had volunteered to cook for the crew today, and I had all the food, so it was important that I make it in today. I cooked Navy beans and black-eyed peas with sausage and tasso and for a special treat I also cooked a ponce (a pig stomach stuffed with pork and Cajun spices then smoked) that was purchased a Le Jeune's Sausage Kitchen in Eunice.
Most of the guys at work had never eaten ponce, and they did not sound very enthused when I told them about it earlier in the week. Randy (who is from Ville Platte) and Steve (who's family used to have a popular butcher shop) had both cooked it before so with their guidance we got it done. We added some tasso and sausage to the ponce pot and made a good gravy.
Both the beans and the ponce went over big. Everyone tried the ponce and loved it. I expected to have leftover ponce for lunch tomorrow but it did not survive the day and I promised to make ponce again in the future.
We had a very quiet Saturday here at the refinery and now I am getting ready to go home, where I will post this on the blog.
jeudi, janvier 10, 2008
This is me. I had to check the tie downs chains on the helo because of the weather.
Jeff Faucher playing frisbee on the helo deck. Notice the string? It was tied to the deck.
This is me. I think were pulling into port near Hiroshima, Japan in 1981.
Don Ferguson, Jeff Loveless, and Jeff Faucher as we pull into port.
lundi, janvier 07, 2008
It is official. The LSU Tigers have beaten Ohio State for the National Championship. Way to go LSU.
Before the game, I was not feeling very good, but I did have the energy to start scanning pictures from way back when, when I was in the Navy. Many of our photos, including a good deal of my Navy pictures were destroyed by Hurricane Rita. It has taken me a while but I have finally decided to digitise what we still have, and I started today.
Here are some of my pictures from 1981. I was a member of HSL 33 and we were deployed to Atsugi, Japan. We were part of Detachment (Det) 3D. From there we went to sea several times with the frigate USS Lockwood, which was based out of Yokosaka, Japan.
Here are pictures from that cruise:
Above is Jeff Faucher removing the chains so the helicopter can take off.
Marc Harting in the "console seat"
dimanche, janvier 06, 2008
samedi, janvier 05, 2008
Today, Morgan and Danny are driving to Corpus Christi, TX for a wedding, Troy is on the road going to Eastern Kentucky for work and Christian is headed east to Florida, where he will be going to Air Crew School. I attended the same school way back in 1979.
Lisa has been out and about this morning, but she is now home and we have lots of work that needs to be done and its time to start. I have to get started, so this is the end of this post.
jeudi, janvier 03, 2008
On Monday I had to work top on both the shutdown and the live units. By Wednesday night the UFH, after much travail, was running prety good and we had a very cold but fairly quiet night at work.
At this moment, Lisa is asleep, I have just said the boys prayers and they have gone to bed and I am watching weaponology on the Military Channel and sipping on some hot sake. Tomorrow I have rescue team training, so I will finish this blog, my Saki and weaponology and go to sleep.