I met Raven in the magazine aisle in Safeway with a cup of Bucky’s coffee in hand.  The farmers market is open again, but we want to go to Salvation Army, not waste too much time. Raven wants a back pack and rain coat, I need another small stainless pan with lid. The Sally’s here is huge, five stores, the cheap bins, a lot with cars and boats for sale, major acreage. They had some backpacks under a portable garage tent but not sufficient. We split up, I hit the bins, nothing much but a good round metal coaster rack for the canner bottom, 50 cents. In the kitchen store I found a perfect small pan with a heavy glass lid half off 2 bucks. I found Raven in the checkout line with 3 magical being books for her vardo library. She also scored big time with a new raincoat and a beautiful $6 Persian rug.


It’ll be perfect to set outside the vardo for a place to sip tea. To home and hungry.

Bagels, cream cheese, lox with sprout salad, cucumber slices, balsam vinaigrette, yum. Joe called in the middle of a bite, come on up.

We need to prep for moving this trailer to get it weighed soon so we can get it registered, tie things down. I checked the stove, tight enough as it’s snug and the gas line will hold it. The hand sink cabinet is still loose. I head up to the corner mercantile for a hanger bolt and wing nut. Tomorrow is Mothers Day, I installed it as Raven called her mom. She’s doing more details in gold up front, don’t want to move it. I cleaned up the outdoor living room and prepped for guests, thawed a bunch of chicken thighs. Too windy for BBQ, half a jar of my lemon marmalade, oyster sauce, garlic powder and Italian dressing in the oven 375.

Raven is installing the magnetic cabinet latches as Joe shows up with 2 daughters Haven and Josey, mom and their grandmother off to the pedicure for a women’s day. Pizza to go with the chicken, excellent.

Raven and I carried the small refrigerator from the garage, she cleaned it out and installed it.


As I have several Android tablets I’ve fixed to sell, the kids are in hog heaven playing angry birds and such. Joe and I worked together on a simple easel design of 3 uprights with a bolt (Joe’s idea, I was going to use a dowel but a bolt is easier). The two outers are cut at an angle on top two inches using the bevel tool to keep them equal with the band saw. Clamped and drilled to size to fit the bolt, with an ‘A’  frame cross bar cut with a ledge on the table saw to hold the canvas bottom nailed in. The top center brace I sanded an angle cut with the lapidary sander to clear the canvas top flat. A string holds the center of the tripod, simple. A panel cut with a couple cheap spring clamps to hold a paper.

Meanwhile Raven is installing the magnetic cabinet latches.

magnet cab

Haven has a class project to build a model Mission. We head to the river to collect small stones. Returning, we cut some plywood to make a base.

Raven has packed up the vardo immaculate.


She got a lot done. I had a good day with Raven, Joe and the kids.

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