The workshop {a post from my gramps}

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My gramps said to me the other day, “hey kid, why don’t you come to the workshop and I’ll show you how to use my biscuit machine today and bring that camera of yours”. The first time I ever heard the term biscuit machine was when my dad and I were making our barn doors last September. Honestly, I think he just wanted to be on the blog again so the camera and I spent about an hour hanging out with gramps in the workshop.

Gramps workshop

Every day he goes to work with my dad at 6am and gets home about 10am. He eats and then takes a nap. Then he spends about 2 hours in here hiding from my gram. I’m not kidding, when she watches her soap opera’s in the afternoon,  she gets pretty ugly if she is interrupted so he hides.

Gramps workshop with knee high socks

Not a bad little place to hang out huh? My dad kiddingly told him we were going to put a bathroom and bed in here and this could be his new home if my gram boots him out. He said, “please do!”  My husband told him he may be moving in to the workshop as well :). He pulls his socks to his knees everyday with his shorts and I can’t help but laugh at him. He told me it’s the style and men shouldn’t scrunch their socks.

A little sneak peak of what he is working on for Christmas,

Rudulph the red nose reindeer

He has cut 50 wooden reindeer so far. I told him I wanted a few to paint pink for a project, he told me no. 😉

PS. Have you been reading all the posts about truncating feeds? I actually don’t like truncated feeds  but I think I may end up doing it so the little rats in the internet world don’t steal from us. What do you think about that? I don’t know…..I’m on the fence.


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  1. My grandfather used to spend every spare minute in his workshop building something (usually something my grandmother wanted built). All she had to do was say, “I need something in this space to put this on” and he would grumble something about more junk in the house, whip out his measuring tape, and head down to the basement. Before you knew it he would come up from the basement and what she wanted would be up and in use and he would be the first one to show off his new invention to anyone, and everyone, who would stop in.
    How much do you want to bet that your grandfather gives you a few of those reindeer to do your project. 🙂
    Love the sox. 😉

    1. That is so cool Kim that you have those memories of your grandfather! My gramp makes everything that he and my gram have. She needed something to hang her pots and pans on so he made her a wall rack with hooks recently. It looks good and all her pans are hanging on it. If he doesn’t give me some reindeer, you can bet I’ll be using that little machine contraption he has to cut some out 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and I’ll be sure to pass along your comment to him. Have a great night!

  2. Cheryl Thornton says:

    tell Gramps he looks styling with his white socks…as for truncating – I follow by facebook so I have to click over anyway…I believe if the blogger is good, people will make the effort…
    Cheryl from Ontario, Canada

  3. Hi. I’m jumping over for a quick minute to say that I couldn’t hate trancating more, but it may be necessary. My job greatly monitors our internet use & that’s why I subscribe through email, which they dont monitor as much. So for as much as I don’t want anyone to truncate, they may have to. I certainly woulnd’t want anyone stealing my hard work to pass off as their own. One bad apple ruins it for the bunch. Good luck!!!

  4. Truncating feeds might give you a more accurate number of readers of each post. I’m not a big fan of them, but at least I know there’s a new post, and what it is about before I click over. Sometimes I click through and sometimes I don’t.

    My Grandad wore black socks just like that. 🙂

    1. What a cool workshop! And what a swell grandfather. Seize every opportunity you can to have him teach you how to operate those power tools. A biscuit joiner. Wow. Wish I had one of those.

      As for the truncating: Do whatever you have to do to protect your work.

  5. He is just sooooo adorable – how blessed you are! It is my dream to live as you do – except I’d be the grandma at this point in my life – lolol!!!!!

    thanks for sharing!

  6. Hahaha! Love the socks! My husband actually got to have some of my grandfather’s tools when he moved into the nursing home. It was so neat to go through all of his old tools in his workshop. A lot of them hadn’t been used in years, but still neat!

    1. That is so great Ashley! My gramps has some old tools that are, REALLY old! From like a thousand years ago I think 🙂

  7. truncating is keeping me so far behind onmy emails I look like i am majorally (Is that a word) popular.
    BUT you have to do what you have to do. I am being very picky about which blogs I remain subscriibed to and this close to the holidays it is really hard to decide.
    Well, that is not meant to sound so harsh. Sorry.

  8. I want to reach through my computer and hug your grandpa! He is just so stinking cute! He sounds like such a neat person. I’m very jealous of his workshop and that you get to learn from him! Love his socks too!

    Truncated posts are definitely not my favorite, but knowing the reason that so many blogs are going that route it’s understandable. I’ll click through to keep reading your blog.

    1. Thanks Jenna for stopping by and your sweet comment about my gramp 🙂

  9. I understand truncating feeds protects you. I don’t mind clicking through…. but there has to be an awfully good headline for me!

    As for socks…. I think white socks are much better than black dress socks and shorts!

    1. Thanks Tara! I agree, it has to be a great headline to get me to click over as well 🙂

  10. Your Gramps is so great, Jessica! I love that he asked you to come into the workshop so he could teach you about the biscuit machine. How cute is that?
    And the socks – that just can’t be beat!

    1. Hey Lisa! My wp commenting has been messed up and I’m just seeing this now. Not sure if you got my last comment but thank you for stopping by and yes, the grampster is a character and the man cracks me up! 🙂 Hope you are doing well. Happy fall! 🙂

  11. I love Gramps’ shop. My husband would love one. Me too! Tell your gramps that the up to the knees sock isn’t dead… my hubs does it too… and I laugh at him too (secretly inside of course). As for the truncated feed. We as readers don’t like them because our reader feeds show everything in one place… I have a good 30 blogs I follow. It just makes it bit more time consuming to open and read them when they’re truncated…and if people are using their cell phones to keep up with them, all the more. Having said that, this should not sway your decision. Another blog I follow did the same thing a while back (Southern Hospitality), and I did get used to it. So, we can suck it up. You need to protect your content, that is the priority. 🙂

    1. haha my dad also keeps his socks to his knees! As for the truncated feed, I hate it too! Unfortunately, there are a bunch of scraper peeps in the internet world that literally copy my entire posts from my feed and put it on their own site and call it their own and then they make money off of it with the ads. Truncating is the only way to avoid that :(. Have a great weekend!

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