mjgradziel.com    michael j. gradziel
anacapa island, cherry burl, sierra nevada, spacecraft parts, joinery, wyoming, california
A decade and a half long record of life as I know it.

     Mike, most recently:
In June, after the trip to Yosemite, we mostly stayed home and visited friends. In July and August, we did the same. I did a bunch of work on the house, like usual, sifting tons of dirt and gravel in the back yard to tame the wild space and make room for Norman to play, breaking and moving six yards of concrete rubble to the front yard to have it hauled away, putting in more french drains, bark mulch, and brick pavers, and re-routing the slow garage laundry drain through new pipe into the crawlspace. In time of drought, I am preparing for floods. I installed some windows and have started the tedious process of masking and painting all the interior decorative slats. Norman grew taller, learned new words, and is still as unpredictable as ever when mealtimes arrive. The only foods he will reliably consume fall into the dessert category, of course, or are green peas. He has acquired his first wheeled vehicle and no longer sleeps in a crib, having graduated to a twin bed. This is well timed because Norman's little brother arrives in December!

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Photos and Commentary . . . follow the links:

Mexico to Canada on the PCT, Dad's account from the trail in 1978.
New York to New Orleans by bicycle and riverboat, 1944. Grandma's story.

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Most photos are mine or Joy's (credits to others are in image captions); please credit us where appropriate.