First Drive

Yesterday I went for my first real drive in the new Subaru. I headed up for the Keweenaw. The weather was quite gloomy, but that really didn’t matter, I was mainly giving myself time to get use to how a Subaru drives, and I have to say, very very well. I drove on pavement, sloppy snow, ice and then some climbing in snow and ice. This car is very impressive. I went to the end of US41 in Copper Harbor and say that the road out had been traveled, but I just wasn’t ready to give that a try yet, so I headed on down the shoreline. When I passed the road that heads up to Brockway I noticed tracks heading up, but I still wasn’t ready. Finally after stopping for photos along the shoreline, I came to the back entrance  to Brockway, I passed it at first, then said fuckit, I’m going for it, so I turned around and headed up. Following the few tracks heading up, a couple spots I did hesitate, but continued. There was not one single spot this Subie had any problem, it just goes and goes. At the top of Brockway was really cloudy and kind of surreal without anyone else around and during winter. Now it was time to drive back down, so I first put the Subie into Sport Mode (the gear shift can move to the left from drive, that puts it into Spot Mode and allows for tighter gearing), though that was still letting me roll to fast for the snow and ice, so I put it into Manual Mode (from Sport Mode, you can down shift and up shift which places the Subie into Manual Mode). This did the trick going down the steeper parts of the drive down. After getting back to the main road, it was time to head home.
All in all, I think I’m going to be very happy with this Subaru, and even with working it quite a bit I averaged 28 miles per gallon.
I do realize that thick mud and very rocky areas will be out of the question with the Subie, but I’ve been thinking, do I really need to go into the mud? No I don’t, besides, it’s a pain in the ass to clean off.
I need to figure out a name for the Subaru.

Top of Brockway

Heading Down From Brockway

Bleak and gloomy Lake Medora

Keweenaw Shore

Keweenaw Shore

Snowy billion year old lava.

New Subaru Forester

I got a new car today, a 2013 Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium. I’ve been shopping for quite a while, but whatever I looked at either cost too much or was a piece of shit. Then, while looking again at a local dealer’s website this Subaru popped up. I went and test drove it the other day, got the loan from my bank the day after, then today I picked it up.

It’s a little dirty already because of the drive home in the snow, but there is zero rust and in great shape inside and out.

New Live Feed

Today I did some light sanding on my first shelf, then gave it a good thick coat of polycrylic. This is my first attempt at doing this, but I’m quite happy with it. Now I know what I need to do with the rest.
The other thing I did today was to put up another webcam, and this time it really is a live streaming webcam.
You can access it here:
The camera is pointing south from my shop.

Hand Sand

I was itching to get working on barn wood stuff, so instead of waiting for a new orbital sander, I hand sanded. It’s quite a bit of work to sand down some pretty rough barn wood, but I wanted to see how it could look. At the last minute I decided to put tung oil on before the polycrylic, and I think it looks pretty damn good. Once I get a new sander I’ll be able to get the boards down smoother to show more of the great colors of this old wood.

Just My Fucking Luck

I worked on getting thing setup a bit in my shop. I really need to get some shelving made for this house. I plan on sanding down some barn wood for the shelving and putting a nice coat of polycrylic on. I’ve read and watched quite a few things on doing it this way and the wood turns out really nice, showing all the old wood patina and rusticness.
Well, it’s just my fucking luck that soon as I start to use my orbital sander, it fucking dies. It ran for about 15 minutes, started smoking and died. Now I need to buy a new one, not what I wanted or needed to do. I was quite excited about getting this started, now I’m fucked.


The past couple days Griz hasn’t been breathing well, as if he’s congested or something. We were outside yesterday, and he was enjoying himself taking baths in the snow. He has always loved rolling in the snow. I feel so sorry for him and wish he could talk to tell me what he wants or needs.
Other news… I wish I could get out and about today as it’s forecast to be up in the low 40s for temps, and with some sunshine, but I just don’t dare with the crap car I have. I’ve been looking for another car/truck, but just not finding much within my price range. Sure, are are many in my price range, but not that will take me out to where I need to go safely.
Thanksgiving was really quiet, not even a text to say hi or anything.
One more thing… I’m having a hard time dealing with the stench in this house. I can’t get rid of the smell of rotting death. The smell isn’t everywhere, mainly around the kitchen. I’ve cleaned and cleaned and fucking cleaned, but it wont go away. Fuck this place and every part of my life.