A Visit to OMSI

February 26, 2024

OMSI – The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Fun place! It starts with a dinosaur…

Includes a submarine…

Launch torpedoes!

Chloe’s not ready to dive!

Many mysterious dials…

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Chicken With A Hot Dog

February 26, 2024

So, I started this for Chloe by drawing the first panel with the chicken with a hot dog…
The order of the panels is a little hard to figure out, but let the epic battle begin!

Chloe has one more year at her current school, and we’re planning on getting her into the Arts High School the year after! A few days earlier we did a comic jam with a friend of mine who is a professional illustrator and animator.

We haven’t figured out an end for our Cat and Snail story. If you’re wondering, the first cat is by S. W. Conser, the second by the 13 yr old, and the childish scrawl is mine.

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Fastnacht Day!

February 14, 2024

What’s this? Steve didn’t totally forget Fastnacht Day this year? Nope!

But he did forget until the day-of, so we went with this recipe which doesn’t need to raise overnight.

This year I was smart enough to halve the recipe so that we only have too many delicious donut-like pastries around instead of way, way too many.

And they sure are good!

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The Black and White Dance

February 12, 2024

For the second dance of the year, the theme was “Black and White” in hopes the kids would make an attempt at dressing more formally.

Chloe went with white dress shirt, black skirt, stompy-boots and of course, a black tie.
This is the “Before” shot.

Here’s the “during” shot…

…and pooped-out afterwards!

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Ice Sledding

January 17, 2024

Our cold snap is coming to an end, much to the relief of the people out there who lost power. Ice storm last night and today we went out in a light drizzle to see if we could sled.

Icicle nose!

Setting up the tube…

Introduction to ice on hills.

This time, for sure!

And another victory walk home.

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More Sledding!

January 17, 2024

Here in the Pacific Northwest, especially in the lower elevations, snow is pretty rare. It also often turns to rain quickly and opportunities for sledding here in the Willamette Valley are few and far between. When it does snow, it tends to be pretty wet but during this cold snap it’s been very dry and produced a very good sledding field around the corner and it stuck around a second day! So we went back for more!

Belly flop!


And here Chloe gets covered in snow…

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Snow and Sledding

January 15, 2024

Hey Joe, whaddaya know? A long cold snap brought several inches of snow.

Dry snow, like we never get!

Let’s go sledding Dad!

Another good run.

And a victorious walk home.

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Teens Go Shopping

January 10, 2024

When 13-yr-olds take their holiday gift cards shopping…

These boots are made for… ?

And below Chloe models her new baggie pants, stomp-y boots and T-shirt.

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Say “Hello” to Pho

January 3, 2024

Time for some Vietnamese food at (yes, this is the name) Pho King Good.

Back at home Chloe and Dad teach themselves how to make fresh bread from scratch. Yum!

Chloe’s first visit to The Japanese Gardens.

Followed by train sushi, a great way to snack.


Here Chloe and I collaborate on a comic called “Duck & Friend”.
I started by drawing the panels and the duck, Chloe added his friend.

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Happy New Year, 2024

January 1, 2024

Time for our traditional Pennsylvania Dutch New Year’s meal of Pork and Kraut!

All home-made! I even made hot bacon dressing from scratch!

Yes, it was delicious, and happy birthday to me!

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