Author Archives: Mike Adams

About Mike Adams

Husband, dad, papa, instructor at Udemy, podcaster, occasional blogger, tired and retired.

Life Update and Room Remodels

Wow! So much has happened in the last 2+ years I’ve been away from this blog. We’ve moved twice and have 6 grandkids now! I’m hoping I can get back to posting here, now that things are calming down again.

We moved into this house on December 23rd, 2014. Yep, two days before Christmas. There was no place for our TV and we weren’t thrilled with the plain fireplace, so we remodeled our fireplace wall to take care of both problems. Here are some pics showing what we did:

This is the way it looked when we moved in. The TV was on the hearth.
All the cables were stuffed in the back and it just looked sloppy. The black tile around the fireplace wasn’t our cup of tea either.
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Northeast Washington State Backroads

Here’s another abandoned building that I found on a back road off of the 395 between Deer Park and Clayton, north of Spokane, Washington. I’m no photographer but I’m gaining an increasing passion for photos of old and abandoned places.


Deer Park Building

One of the things I love to do is take photos of old or abandoned buildings, so I’m going to start posting them here. Today I journeyed up highway 395 north of Spokane and found some incredible places. There are a lot of farms up there and the back roads go on forever. This one was a few miles east of Deer Park off of a small road I could probably never find again. I took this with my iPad, which always looks awkward to people driving by, but it takes great pics!


Sanctuary of Knowledge

I know it’s tempting to think that the title of this post is an unveiled reference to my amazing intellect, but it’s not. Those of you who know me know that there can’t possibly be a connection. For the rest of you, sorry to let you down.

Instead, it’s the title of an awesome 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle that my amazing bride put together. We bought it at Barnes and Noble. Here’s a picture to help you see the awesomeness…


Once the puzzle was close to being done, we started researching ways to preserve and mount it for displaying. We decided to use Sunsout Puzzle Preserver and Glue to glue the pieces together and provide a protective coating. Before applying the glue, we needed to flatten the puzzle on a hard surface. We read somewhere that a rolling pin is good to use, but we don’t have one, so we used a full bottle of wine instead. That’s actually much better because when you’re done, you get to drink the wine.

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Dead Eye Wife

It turns out my wife’s a good shot at 20 feet. I’m going to have to start helping more around the house. #Glock9mm

Captain Picard, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Happy New Year!