All About That Spike (With apologies to Meghan Trainor)

My volleyball reminder emails were getting more terse.  Last week mine was a one liner.  This week I decided to ramp it up.  I had some of these lines come into my head while cleaning out the gutter last night.

All About That Spike (With apologies to Meghan Trainor) (Footnote #1)

Because you know
I am all about that spike,
‘bout that spike, no dinking.
I am all about that spike,
‘bout that spike, no dinking.
I am all about that spike,
‘bout that spike.

Yeah, it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no 30 years
But I can fake it, fake it.
Like I’m supposed to do
‘Cause I got that wingspan that all the players want
And the anticipation to be in right places.

We see other people sweating at the Y
We know they working hard
Looking envious as they walk by
If you want fun, fun then join our game
Cause everyone is mocked,
but no one is ever blamed

Yeah, my daddy he told me “make sure you are having fun”
‘cause that’s what you remember when the day is done.
No one remembers the lunchtime you sat at your desk
If that’s what you’re into then I think that  it’s grotesque(Footnote #2).

Because you know
I am all about that spike,
about that spike, no dinking.
I am all about that spike,
about that spike, no dinking.
I am all about that spike,
about that spike.

I am bringing the volleyball out
Go ahead and tell your bosses so
We are just playing and you gotta go
No one remembers the lunchtime you sat at your desk
If that’s what you’re into then I think that  it’s grotesque.

(Sorry Meghan)….

I know Brent Collins is out this week, what about you?  Will we see you at the Rome Y ?

#2 Surprisingly, not a lot of words rhyme with desk…..

Tug Hill Volleyball Tournament

For the 3rd year in a row we fielded a team in the South Lewis volleyball tournament.  This year Kathryn organized a team consisting of her, Liz, Brittany, Chris, Josh and Bill.  The recreational division played a round robin with the top four teams advancing into a single elimination finals. Teams were seeded based on win/loss record from pool play.  Team Fully Compliant went 16-1 and won the Recreational Division of the tournament.


Ed & Trevor Ski Gore Mtn with Temperatures in the Single Digits

Despite the bitter cold temperatures, Eric and his buddy Trevor had a great time skiing Gore Mountain on President’s Day and claimed they didn’t get cold at all. We made sure they had warm gear!) Kathryn served as ‘pit crew’ for the boys, and hung out visit with our friend Jane Moon. Thanks to Amy for the comp tickets and Jane for showing the boys how to ride the gondola!
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We were ‘flocked’ – a local fundraiser which requests a donation to remove the flamingos and have them deposited on a lawn of your choosing.  We don’t know who designated us, but we passed the favor onto to the Crane family.



Eric’s Career High Scoring Game

Eric scored 18 points and 8 defensive rebounds in a scrimmage vs. New Hartford.



Making Firestarters

Over the weekend I made wax/sawdust fire starters for use with the wood stove.  I had very little of my original sawdust left so I stopped at the Amish saw mill where he gave me a bucket full, but the sawdust was very fine and moist.  I mixed it with my remaining sawdust, set it near the wood stove to dry and stirred it occasionally.  I put the dried sawdust in empty egg carton containers; leaving room for the wax to pool.


I bought 6 large blocks of paraffin canning wax through Amazon and heated 3 of them to a liquid state on the wood stove.

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I poured the molten wax into the egg carton molds and stirred each egg holder to ensure the wax flowed to the bottom of the carton and all sawdust was exposed to the melted wax. Below you can see the liquid wax pooling in the cartons as it cools.  I made a total of 78 fire starters.  I have about a dozen of my older fire starters so the total should last the remainder of the year.



Eric’s Birthday Party

Eric celebrated his birthday on Saturday 10 January with a party featuring games with his friends.  He invited 11 friends to play fox & goose, capture the flag, sledding and spoons.




Gull Lake

Matt, Rick and his son Alex and I did an overnight camping trip to the Gull Lake lean-to after Christmas.  Skip and Mack the dog joined us for the short hike in, but left us to hike back out the same afternoon.

Gull Lake is a popular 3-season destination.  To get there take NY Route 28N to Woodgate, turn right (east) at linking light onto Bear Creek Road for 3.2 miles dead-ending at the parking area / trail head.  Recent roadwork by the DEC has leveled the road and added crushed stone to provide handicap access to the Gull Lake Trail resulting in a fast two mile hike to handicap parking lot.  At this point there are no further improvements.  Turning right, one ascends 200 feet along a .6 mile trail to an intersection with the Chubb Pond trail.  The sign said 0.4 miles but the many ups and downs made the distance seem longer.  The total hike in was about 3.3 miles.  The lean-to is on a peninsula along the north shore with a nice view of the lake.

We met at the Mapledale Stewart’s at 10:30 and were on the trail by noon.  We ate lunch once we reached the lean-to and then acquired our firewood.  We cut up a downed spruce log and had a great evening fire to hang out around.  Rick and Alex cooked over their alcohol stoves, Matt ate brats cooked over the fire and I ate a freeze-dried camp meal.  We were rewarded with a nice sunset across the frozen lake.  It rained overnight, but other than a little sleet encountered on the hike out the weather conditions were favorable.

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Holiday Decorations

Kathryn decorated our house….everywhere.  Outside decorations on our porch.  The main door has a wreath and bow.

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The door to the garage is guarded by a corncob pipe smoking snowman that my Dad made.  The door has a wreath with bows and there is a holiday penguin hanging in the maple tree.

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Inside are a Nativity Scene made by my Mom and snowmen.

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Every window is decorated with decals and garland.

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Above my computer desk is another Nativity Scene.



We had a great Thanksgiving weekend.  Eric got invited to play in the Barneveld “Turkey Bowl” with his buddies.  (Orange sweatshirt on the far side.)


Kathryn, the best cook, made a the best meal ever.



Kathryn and Jeanne discussing world events in kitchen prior to the meal.


Table 1: Dakota, Kathryn, Matt and Linda


Table 2: Robert, Joel, Chris, Linda, Jack and Steve


Table 3: Linda serving, Jeanne, Billie Jo, Eric and Stone