Just some random postings that didn’t seem to fit anywhere else!

The Giant Pumpkin (Carved)

The giant pumpkin has been carved. Jackson opted for a traditional Jack-O-Lantern design from a greeting card we received.

After using a Saws All to remove the top we discovered a 3″ thick skin that was actually quite soft. I used 10″ serrated knife to do the carving.

The pumpkin was pretty sparse inside. I’ve seen more guts out of a pumpkin a third its size. The seeds are definitely giant. We plan to dry them and see if we can get them to germinate for next year.





Iron Chef Jackson

Halloween scones ready to go into the oven.

Fresh out of the oven.


The IPhone 4s

I’m writing this from my new IPhone 4s. I am a recent convert from Droid and am loving the Apple I devices.

So far I’m as impressed withy IPhone as I am with my IPad.

Setup was a breeze and syncing it with my iTunes resulted I’m ally IPad apps with me on phone.

Steve Jobs has passed away

AP just reported from Apple that Steve Jobs passed away. Very sad news.

The Concrete Table

Some of you know the story of the “Cement Table”. For those that don’t here is the short version. I wanted to make a table for our patio. At some point I landed on the idea of a cement table, I’d seen cement countertops and thought why not. Long story short… I was just about to rent the cement mixer and decided to “double check” my cement calculations. I was WAY OFF. My 120 lb table was actually going to need 450 lbs of cement.

So after running this problem by family and friends (and getting lots of laughs) My brother Tom suggested a tile table. Thanks Tom.

The table is almost done and looks awesome. It took a bit of reworking from the original cement table idea but it was well worth it.




Making Hula Hoops!

What a fun weekend project! Making Hula Hoops. At $20 to $40 for a hula hoop Daryl figured there must be a cheaper way! So, she went online and found a couple of websites on how to make Hula Hoops. Jackson and I headed to Home Depot and for about $30 in materials are close to finishing about 10 Hula Hoops! One for each of us and one as a birthday present for a friend of his and one for each of his buddies!

The project entailed the trip to the store, finding the blow dryer I used to use 2 decades ago and coming up with some cool decorations.

If you want to try this yourself check out these websites: Soulful Mothering with Elizabeth Mitchell was Daryl’s insporation and Jason Unbound was what I used for the instruction.

A new website coming soon

A new website is coming soon at www.mccool.com. This is a post to our blog which hopefully will publish to my Facebook profile as well!