Redneck Bootcamp Was All About the Food

If you know Ben, then you know he not only loves his food, he takes it very seriously. And every meal, he overindulges in his animated feasting. Take a look…

Here he is eating a fried pickle…


Here he’s eating a cowboy lollipop. It’s either hot, spicy or out of this world ‘good’ by the look in his eyes…


This next look I found a little disturbing. He is eating his much anticipated frog legs… but what’s scary is that it looks like some other kid took over his body… It doesn’t look anything like him!! Maybe it’s his new “lust for frog legs” look that I’ve never seen before!


This is his slow passionate devouring of Eric’s special grilled wings…

This is his look of “I ate way too much but I can’t seem to stop because I love meat so much…”
redneck-bootcamp-food-wingsBut when he’s all done eating and his belly is full, he’s back to happy Ben again.


Above is me, Eric and Ben at our favorite lunchtime restaurant, Collins River. He’s happy because his tummy is full of ribs, mac and cheese and sweet potato fries. Happy! Happy! Happy!

Redneck Bootcamp: The Box & Basket Completed

So we’re winding down at Mr. Basketmaker’s Redneck Bootcamp and Ben’s box project and Trinket Basket are completed.


Oh wait. He said I forgot something in the final project shot….


I forgot his new favorite hat that I got him at our local Goodwill. He announced that it was his favorite after one of the teenage waitresses told him “Nice hat!”


He did make the Trinket Basket and was looking forward to working with Mr. Basketmaker again this year. And I heard he showed much improvement since last year.

Now of course I’m impressed with anything he creates,  including his latest basket, but his burning wood design all over his box was amazing! Check this out…


At one point I almost thought he was leaving it here with us when he said that it looked really good on Eric’s wood table in the living room. My face must have quickly lit up because before I could say anything I heard “But there’s no way I’m leaving it here. I spent too much time on it!” (Drats.)


He even worked on the inside of the box. I love his perspective work and patterned lines.


Even burning lines on the inside feet on the bottom of the box. I didn’t dare ask which was more fun the box or the basket?


No matter the answer, I hope he had a great time at this year’s Mr. Basketmaker’s Redneck Bootcamp. I cannot wait until next year!

Redneck Bootcamp: Workday

Not all of Mr. Basketmaker’s Redneck Bootcamp is fun and games. One day was reserved for Ben to make some $$$.

Here he is stacking logs that Eric cut from the tree that fell in our yard a few weeks ago…


I’m thinking he didn’t find the work too hard because he would only fill the trailer with about twelve logs, drive to the stacked pile, unload and then go back and pick up a dozen more. After several trips, I realized he just wanted to drive that tractor back and forth! So a 30-minute job turned into almost two hours. And he wasn’t trying to take longer for more $$ since he made a flat rate per job.

After the logs, it was time to pick up all the brush and leaves and drive it out to the woods. He helped us a lot since this was a large tree and last week we were not able to finish it ourselves before leaving for the family reunion in Vermont. So the grass got awfully long.


He liked this job a lot more because he was able to drive the tractor for longer distance.



And here he is, with his pal Jaxson by his side, making his way inside the woods…


His workday couldn’t have been that bad — at the end of the day he was still smiling. Even had time to hangout with another critter friend…