Family, Food, and a Fogaroo
Trip Start Sep 26, 2010
44Trip End Jun 10, 2011
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Mom and Dad Emken
When one is traveling for extended periods you don't realize the creature comforts you miss until you have them again. After almost four weeks of constant travel, I think we only stayed two places for two consecutive nights; stopping by my parents for several days rest was in a word... wonderful. To start, our family centers around food and good food at that. We arrive to Dad making chocolate chip, oatmeal cookies - the kitchen was warm from the oven, the smell of brown sugar and toasted nuts in the air and before a hug, I had downed two, fresh from the oven - gooey and warm, yummy cookies. Good thing we came when we did as it started to rain and has been raining practically non-stop for the past several days. Of course it changes a bit: it rains, sprinkles, downpours, drizzles, but in general it is wet and cold outside which would make camping miserable, but sitting inside next to a fire eating warm cookies ...wonderful
Adar and I are here to visit and to make trains. Handmade hardwood toy trains to be specific. Sort of cartoon scale with the engine about a foot long and with gross features for easy handling with child sized hands. Dad has been refining the design of the different cars for 35 plus years and they get more detailed with each iteration. They are made from a variety of hardwoods: maple, cherry, hickory, walnut, oak and Adar and I added lacewood, purple heart, padauk (a paprika red-orange wood from Asia), and stripped zebrawood. With solid design and beautifully contrasting colors they are both a work of art and practically indestructible - good for the parents and good for the children who will play with them. This particular train is for Charlotte Brook Campbell, our niece, and the beautiful daughter of Adar's twin sister Abra.
The days here are spent designing, cutting, shaping, gluing, sanding, fine sanding, fine sanding some more, staining, polishing, and then repeating the last two a couple of times. The fun part is coming up with slightly altered designs, customizing each car so it is literally like no other
It was a great visit and wonderful to lay low for several days. Good food, good family, and very productive. As a special treat Mom, knowing that we would be away for the holidays, arranged to have Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner with all the fixings while we were there and Eryn, my brother who was in town, offered delicious bottles of wine to accompany the meals. Mom and Dad even had a little Christmas morning for us which was very much appreciated. For the road, Dad made us another batch of wonderful cookies which we are still enjoying. Thank You Mom and Dad!