Thursday, April 18, 2019

Years of Planning

Ben has been designing a new irrigation system for my planters.  Years, he's been working on the design for years.  By last week he had all the parts, and he had two willing grandsons to implement the project.  Unfortunately, on the planned day, Ben attended his brother-in-law's funeral.  The next good-weather day was today, reading day for BYU students.  Will had to decline.  Matt was able to make today work.

Two weeks ago Ben borrowed this 30-foot ladder from a neighbor who has a construction business.  I've been climbing over that ladder every single time I needed to get to my car.

Ben actually has kind of a bad reputation when it comes to Matt and ladders.  Matt was always willing, but some of the rest of us were skittish.  Today, there were no worries, except man alive, was this ladder heavy.

With great effort they got it in place without breaking any bones or windows.

Matt spent the next hour at the top of that ladder.

At this point, Matt immediately knew what Ben had in mind.  First up, remove the old system.

Matt used a lot of these things.  He put glue in them.  Sometimes I helped with the glue.

Mostly my job was to hand stuff up to Matt and take it back down.  I only dropped something once.  No one was hurt.

After the first hour, Matt and Ben, with a little bit of help from me, honestly I wasn't much help, moved the ladder to the other side.  By this time, things were going well and everyone knew what they were doing, so this next part, with two sprinklers, went very fast, thirty minutes tops.

Ben was the man who put everything together.  Sometimes he had to take things apart so we could glue them together.  I wondered about that, but I chose to not offer any suggestions.

Matt needed the drill on both sides of the deck.

A couple times he got ahead of Papa.  This is technically not the first day of spring, but for all intents and purposes, it was the first nice day we've seen in months and months.  And months.

Matt was happy to be done and off the ladder.

Matt was interested in Brazilian barbeque.  We were happy to oblige.

I'll be honest.  I was surprised at how much fun I had.

These two had a blast.

There was no room at all for dessert, but they ate it anyway.

1965-1967 Pictures from Ben's Japanese Mission

Nineteen-year-old Ben received his mission call to the Northern Far East Mission in early 1965.  Included in the call were flight instruct...