Gordon's Blog (09/03): A Bus!

We're on pins and needles a little this weekend. Karen went southwest, nearly to the Vermont border, and bought a bus. I still can't believe I'm writing that. Not the sort of thing I usually write. But there it is, Karen bought a bus. MORE

Karen cooks down some crabapples to use later for apple butter and apple sweetbreads.
Gordon and Danny, Danny equipped with mask and goggles to keep rust from getting in his mouth and eyes, worked together to remove the seat in the back of the bus.
Gordon tries to figure out the bracket under one of the seats that holds the bus's rear heater. He wants to remove the seat but keep the heater intact.
Gordon threw Danny under the bus, so that Danny could hold a wrench on a nut while Gordon loosened the bolt from inside the bus. Most of the seats have to come out for the camper conversion.
Gordon sits in the cockpit of the bus. He's been working to try to remove the things inside the bus, like extra seats and racks, that we won't need for the camper. Weather has been slowing that down a bit.
Karen fries battered apple rings made from crabapples. The apples softened during cooking and the result was almost like a very tangy apple-filled doughnut.
Danny slices some crabapples on our corer/slicer for Karen to use making fried apple rings.
Karen sits in the bus, contemplating possibilities for the interior. Most of the seats are getting taken out, as are the overhead racks.
Danny digs a hole for the grape vine, which we had to move to make room in the front yard for the bus.
Karen talks to the owners of a gypsy-wagon-style trailer about their wonderful canopy.
Gordon and Karen grab a quick selfie at the entrance to Marshfield Fairgrounds where they attended a tiny house festival.
Karen gets ready to go look at some skoolies at the Massachusetts Tiny House Festival.
Gordon taps a plank of Pergo flooring into place in the bedroom.
Karen showing off our closet, which may not look like much (yet), but with the floor in we can start putting the fixtures in and have a real closet for the first time since we moved into the house.
Gordon marks off the length of a stick of Pergo flooring for his and Karen's bedroom.
Our little bus looks a lot less intimidating next to a full-sized school bus. The soon-to-be skoolie is in for a few repairs to get it through state inspection. We'll have it home to start tearing out seat for the conversion soon.
Waiting for a table at the restaurant, 21-Century version. Karen, Tom, and Erin only look as though they are ignoring each other; they're actually finding things to share.
Karen threw what looked like a perfect strike ball, but two pins had other ideas. She was robbed!
Thomas, Erin, and Danny have a little fun on the bench at the bowling alley.
Danny sitting in the cockpit of the bus that Karen bought. Not old enough to drive it yet (whew!) but still interested.
Karen standing in front of the bus she just bought! This bus will be our new camper soon.
Danny decided that the wrapping paper from one of Karen's birthday presents would make a great hat.
Karen protects her precious See's chocolate from prying hands.
Karen and Daniel show off the now-painted bedroom where she and Gordon will soon be sleeping.
William starts the process of transforming his old room into Karen and Gordon's new room with a fresh coat of paint.
William goes after some cherries while Gordon hogs the fruits at our picnic at Lower Falls.
William toweling off after his swim in the Swift River.
Karen and Danny at the Swift River.
Danny and William hang out in the falls on the Swift River.
Karen takes the first plunge into the icy waters of the Swift River at Lower Falls in the White Mountains.
William sits and plays with his Nintendo Switch game system, which he drove to Walmart on his own (without getting lost) to buy.
Tom and Danny in the parking lot of Lowes, where they met up with Karen after going to a movie together.
Danny sits in the cockpit of a bus that he and Karen were looking at for a possible camper conversion. Beautiful bus, but outside our price range.
Karen was bored with our usual ground beef meals, and so she decided to whip up some Salisbury Steak for dinner.
William pulls out onto the road for his first solo drive to work.
William shows off his new temporary driver's license. He passed the test!
Daniel with one of the artillery guns on display at the Wright Museum, a local museum dedicated to the World War II period.
The view of Lake Winnipesaukee as we were leaving the annual hospital fair, a flea market to benefit hospital-related charities.
The blueberry french toast bake that Karen and Daniel made from fresh-picked blueberries.
Daniel and Karen using the blueberries they picked to make a blueberry french toast bake with cream cheese for breakfast.
Karen picking blueberries at a pick-your-own farm in Sanbornville.
Daniel picks blueberries at a pick-your-own farm in Sanbornville.
Daniel getting his summer haircut, a little late in the season.
William enjoys a treat at Dairy Queen during a break from driving practice. He put in more than two hours in one day.
Gordon joins Daniel and Karen for a round of miniature golf on one of the rare evenings that everyone (except William) had off during the summer.
Daniel takes his shot on one of the holes at our local miniature golf course, in the middle of town.