Welcome back everyone. It sure looked like we had a few ambitious modelers last week. I hope you all had a great long weekend and spent some time with family. Let's get started. Saturday: Up at 5:00am and out the door by 7:15, Ang and I drove the Mustang to meet up with her Dad and his Mustang then off to the Hoopston Sweetcorn celebration. The threat of rain and much cooler temps kept a lot of cars and people away, but there was still a lot of nice cars. We enjoyed the corn as well as a fresh fried fish sandwich back at our "pit". By 1:00pm the car show had it's awards as the threat of rain was coming. We then hurried back to her Dad's, put the cars in the garage and and took the trusty ole F-150 back to the festival. In a way the rain was good because we didn't have to wait anywhere. After having a great BBQ dinner, some fried dough (Elephant Ears for you outside New England), we left and visited with Angela's Grand Ma. We got home late Saturday night. Sunday: I slept in and then got to work on the display layout. I purposely used a CSX/Wabash light gray ballast mix on "the main line" and dirt on the two industrial leads. I had forgotten how demanding ballast work is so it took me all day to carefully build the two Peco track bumpers (highly recommended BTW) and carefully ballast the entire lower half of the inglenook. By dinner, the first module was done. We took it easy the rest of the night. Labor Day: I got up at 6:00am, made breakfast then got started early on module two which is just a four foot long stretch of track. Thinking this would be easy and quick was only partly correct. It was easy, especially as I learned by accident that by using a credit card found in junk mail, is a great tool to to keep the ballast on the sides of the track, somewhat neat. After four hours, the track was completely ballasted and drying. We spent the rest of the day by enjoying a short ride on the motorcycles with Ang's Dad and cooking up some ribeye's and sweet potatoes on the grill. It was the perfect ending to the long holiday weekend. So how about you? How did you do? Did you get everything accomplished that you set out to do? Let us know. We'll assemble again on Friday the 10th to start the process all over again. Until then, have a great week, be safe, stay healthy and as always... High Greens!