Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hardee's in Savage MN Pictures?

Does ANYONE have some pictures of the interior of the old Hardee's in Savage MN? I'm particularly looking for a picture of the ball pit that kids could play in.

I just can't remember anything about it and my daughter tells me there was one...which I don't doubt, but I'd like to refresh my brain!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Some pictures from tonight...

The snowman is getting weighted down again.

Austin is taking a picture of Jerrie making the Christmas Pizza.
That kid loves that camera...and he knows how to use it.

Here's the pic he took...

As we wait for the Christmas Pizza to finish baking!

Notice my truck buried in back of the tree. There is plenty O' Snow.

I should go shovel it off and drive it out.

He wanted sausages.

So I made some on the George Foreman grill...which was quick and a lot less messy than a fry pan! Browned up well! Peanut butter and jelly toast was also found to be necessary.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

He likes these little hot dogs..

Austin Palmquist ...a little text there for the web crawlers

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Our baby is staying Gramma and Grampa Palmquist

He's there till Saturday. When we were leaving he was sad and said "I don't want to miss you!"

Gramma says he's doing fine today.

We miss him though!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Swedish Chili

This is called Swedish Chili because it's pretty tame in taste.
Too tame for many perhaps, but you can some crap to make it hot if that's what you want.
If you make it hot enough you can get by with rancid hamburger probably. In a lot of chili all you taste are the peppers...hmmmmmm...anyway...

Recipe by (in order of contribution to the idea):
Geo. A. Hormel
Gerald Palmquist
Brady Palmquist

1-1.5 lb. hamburger
12 oz can of tomato juice or V8
can of mushrooms...big (13 oz) or small can..up to you.
Hormel Chili (25 oz) - (I use the one with beef and beans)
Chopped Celery
Mrs. Dash
Chili Powder
Dried minced onions or fresh chopped onions
Chopped Celery


Brown the hamburger. While browning, toss in the mushrooms so they cook up a little.
While browning, I put in Season-all, Mrs. Dash and some chili powder...not a lot of any of those.
Toss in your onions and celery too.

Simmer that for a while till the hamburger is cooked and it's all cooked thoroughly.

Since we are using canned chili, this is your main cooking time. The canned chili is already cooked and only needs to be warmed up. Slowly simmer the beef, onions, mushrooms and spices so they all soak up flavor. This is quick-serve chili for the most part. No letting it cook overnight or anything like that.

Drain off excess water and fat from the beef (or not if you don't care about the calories). :)

Add in the Hormel chili and some tomato juice and warm it up to serving temp...stirring occasionally.

Add other seasoning to taste. Tonight when I made it, I had to give it extra shots of all the spices just about! It was too tame for me even. Not sure why! Maybe the chili powder is getting too old.

Serve with crackers/oyster crackers and with bread slathered with butter.

VERY delicious.

Even Austin likes it...especially the mushrooms. The kid could live on 'em.


Try it with Turkey Chili and ground turkey! ---could be a holiday tradition!
Add more beans!

Facebook broken?

I can't get to facebook at the moment...either directly or by a proxy. Weak!

Sunday, November 22, 2009


couple of recent the pic for a large version.
In the top picture he is holding a little plastic Curious George. At first I couldn't figure out what it was!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Closed circuit -radio repair

Anyone have a service manual for a Radio Shack TRC-212 40ch CB portable?


I'm looking for this manual. If you've ever even seen one, please let me know.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

power 88

The 'HITS JUST KEEP ON COMIN'" from power 88. It's been one great song after the other while I'm posting today. It's a very lucky mix. It's actually from Rhapsody this morning. The 70's channel. Excellent...just excellent hits. I don't always get this lucky...sometimes they play some stuff I don't really care for. But it's like a custom mix today.


This boy had plenty of bacon today. He is the "baconator." Or Bacon-eater as he calls it.
Here are a couple of pictures of yard work last weekend.

Crystal came up to help and Chester and Kim happened to be here, so Chester pitched in.

Austin just thought the leaves were fun. He'd been talking about jumping in the leaves for weeks.


Below is a picture of the board.

Listening to 88.1 this morning. "Power 88" is what I call it.

My little MPX96 transmitter pumping out music from the computer in the radio room.
You can buy the kit at
The audio quality is better than any little box you can buy at a department or electronics store.
But you'll have to build it! And it's not for first-time builders.
There are some mods for it out on the 'net to make it sound better, but I think it sounds great as it is if you feed it with good audio of the right impedance and level.
Only wish I had an audio processor to put in front of it. Like an Optimod! I think I'd have to modify the MPX96 to take in baseband audio/stereo mix to use an Optimod though.
I had a blast building the MPX96 a few years back.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A month and a half to Christmas?

That's crazy talk. In a month or so we'll be in Rochester for the annual trek in search of fun, food, relaxation and shopping. Usually it's VERY cold and snowy that weekend. That's frightening. Hope it's warm this year. I spose I should make hotel reservations soon or we could be staying at a boarding house......I spose they still have those down there? I stayed in one once in the 70s with my grandparents I think. I remember Punky was along too.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pics I took tonight

Here's the front of the house tonight

A pic of the Halloween moon tonight.

Happy Horsehockey day

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

king zebra david sam frank frank frank

We got H1N1. Woo hoo.

Is it spring yet?

Can we please just skip January?

In the meantime:

At the doc today

Saturday, October 10, 2009

This boy now enjoys playing in the sink.

The orange color on his face is from eating candy pumpkins.


This boy fell asleep playing with the computer. ...with his hand still on the mouse pad.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Austin Palmquist

Here he is with his birthday cake at Dee and Loren's place.

Austin going in to the State Fair

He was quite thrilled to be there.


FileZilla client rocks for large FTPs. Windows explorer FTP is OK for an occasional small transfer, but is useless for bulk transfers.

Thanks FileZilla project guys and gals.

It's a winner!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Red Wing MN!
110 mi

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

SIP trunks- Asterisk to Future-nine

Dude...if your inbound calls from your PSTN SIP provider are hit-or-miss, might want to try adding qualify=yes to your Asterisk SIP config for the trunk. Mine are solid now. My firewall must have been closing up the NAT association. My stupid firewall is not very conifgurable, so I can't set the timeout there.

With qualify=yes, traffic is ping-ponged every 60 seconds to keep the firewall happy during idle times.


9.77 @ 2.45

Sunday, September 06, 2009

We saw this house in St. Peter.

Jerrie and I agreed that it was a nice design (on the front anyway).

Monday, August 24, 2009

Nuk Fairy

Austin made this bag to put his Nuks in for the Nuk Fairy...

And put it in the tree with the Nuks. Since he is 3 more Nuks.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

what's cool....

You know what's cool? Emailing back and forth with ham radio operator/electronics enthusiasts all over the world. I just emailed a gent in the Netherlands about a project he had done that is similar to something I want to do.

A couple years back I corresponded with a gentleman in Germany about making some radio modifications. He tested the modification in his radio and gave me the results. I did the same thing to my radio (FT897) and had great results.

Neither of them I've ever talked to on the radio, but the fraternity of ham radio allows this to happen!

Fortunately, both of them had excellent English.

(picture is from I found it on some other site...) It's a Yaesu FT897 like mine.