Eric Ent from work came over with his model steam engine. He got it running recently and I found it fascinating. We thought trying the propane torch would really make it move, and it didn’t disappoint. It is a Wilesco steam engine, possibly a D4 model.
It worked much better with the propane torch, but we didn’t want to risk breaking the boiler due to excessive pressure. The whistle worked a little, but seemed to require more pressure that we wanted to provide. I spent the next few days researching steam engines, but it seems like it would take too much time and money for a full time hobby!
There is nothing better than starting the new year off cleaning. Okay, maybe lots of things, but this year we were helping JoJo out. The floor of the warehouse needed cleaning badly and we were smart enough to volunteer. So after showing up, we messed around a bit while we got our act together.
Andy measuring and texting the size of the I-beam for a custom projector mount.
Once the work started, we used a hose on full power to spray water on the floor. Two people with brooms to mix the dirt and water together and two people with shop vacs to get the water out. It was hard work that didn’t lend any time towards taking photos of the actual work. Each bucket of water that was dumped came out a soupy grey color. None of us would have eaten off of the floor when we were done. But the warehouse was much cleaner when we were done!
While we were in KC for Christmas, we realized that we would be coming back a week later for Herman’s Graduation from the police academy. The kids asked if they could stay for the week and I asked mom. She was delighted at having the kids for the week and said she would take care of their laundry and have a great time. Everybody was excited with this arrangement. Danelle and I enjoyed our few days off from being parents, but we were happy to come back and see the kids!
Every good party has great food and cake and this was no exception. The cake was custom made with Herman’s face on it.
The food was quite good too. Dianna, one of Hannah’s friends couldn’t get enough of it!
We came in town in time to be of some help before Herman’s party. Since we’re Haake’s, we have a sense of humor. We got 36 glazed donuts for a game during the party (with Herman’s blessing). Eventually party time came and lots of people came over to celebrate.
Everybody worked down to the basement for the donut/Piñata game. Here, people were handcuffed with real handcuffs and blindfolded. Then they had to eat a donut hanging from a string. Its much harder than it looks. Half the fun was viewing the different methods for eating a moving donut.
And if you still are not sure, watch the video below to see Corvin and Dan Haake try it out.
The date is getting closer to the Amazon Event and there is still lots to do. Danelle made it out with me today to work on the Funky Warehouse. JoJo set each of us up with different jobs so we were all working all over the warehouse. As we completed our work, Andy wanted to know if we could go check out the basement. Eventually, a group of us were down there. We found three large signs that said “The Shoe”, “WARE”, and “HOUSE”. We started cheering from the basement. Eventually it was decided we would take the time to bring the signs up from the basement.
With a little cleanup, the signs cleaned up nicely and needed to be displayed!
It was decided that they should be put up high and safe out of the way. So we took down the wave and put the signs up high!
It didn’t take long to bring all of our tasks together and hang out!