Sonora’s New Floor – 12/2/2018

Earlier in the week, Danelle and I were at Lowes and came across some extremely discounted flooring. Sonora has wanted a wood floor in her room for a while, so we decided to give it a go. We started Friday night ripping out all of the existing carpet in her room. Then we had to remove the tack strips and staples that didn’t come up with the carpet. Now we’re starting from a bare floor in an empty room. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but we finished by Sunday night and moved all of the furniture back in her room. Also keep in mind we did other things this weekend. It looks hard, but with Danelle, you can do almost anything!

Cats will sit wherever its inconvenient. I think this is a law.

Danelle trimming up a board.

Sonora approves of the first few rows.

Looking rather complete.

Transitions like doors are the hardest part!

Measure once, cut twice?

A look at the gap. The quarter round will cover it all up.

Coatrack is new and the family can’t get enough of him!

Didn’t get any finished photos, but I promise we finished in a weekend!

Hogan Haake

Mom and Hannah in STL – 11/4/2017

Hannah likes the St.Louis Blues and wants to see them in person. So we got tickets so she could see a game in person. As an added bonus, my mom came in town with her. I wasn’t going to let mom miss a good time, so we had lots of parallel plans to keep us busy!

Hannah and Danelle

Left to Right: Danelle, Hannah, Laura Berlin

Danelle had some things to do, so we took a side trip to Grafton, IL twice. There was an event, something like Tugboat Days going on. So there was a river tug available for tours. We went up Saturday and found out the tickets had sold out.  Not one to let something that get me down, we took a minor tour of Pere Marquette State Park and the fantastic views it offered.

It was decided that we would go back early Sunday morning and see the tug before mom went home. So the next day, we took the ferry out to look at the tug.

And because it was Sunday, we all got the tour. Here are some photos of a tugboat.


One of the twin 16 cylinder engines.

Mechanic’s workbench.

Twin generators always on for power.

A few spare parts.

From the pilot house looking back.

Looking from an upper deck down to the front

Wires used to tie the barges together.

Selfie of our group

The boat we’re about to tour

From the tour, it sounds like life as a deckhand is mostly about scraping paint and re-painting all day. Maybe I don’t want that job 🙂

Hogan Haake

Halloween – 10/31/2017

Our family has made it a tradition to do interesting things for Halloween. This year was no exception. Here is the way we left the house in the morning.

Corvin the unicycling clown.

Sonora dressed as a kitty.

Ohh and add in Dad, the unicycling bear to make it complete!

Every day should start this awesome!

Hogan Haake