Father’s Day Giveaway!

As you have seen time and time again on this blog, I sometimes need a little help and/or advice from Dad. From plumbing tips to fence post digging to putting up drywall in the garage (yes! We finally got the panel hung over the weekend! More on that to come in a future post), Dad has been my go-to guy for countless DIY conundrums.

So, in honor of Father’s Day, I thought it might be fun to do a little giveaway.  After reading this post from Duluth Trading’s blog, I knew that they’d be the perfect partner to help show a little appreciation for all the things Dad does.  Hell, there are a number of things from their site I wouldn’t mind scooping up for myself (but I won’t, because this is about the guy who not only puts aside his Sunday plans to get drywall dust in his eyes with me, but also brings along my favorite cookies “just because”).

And since this is my blog and I get to make the rules, I want to also use this giveaway to recognize the folks who aren’t necessarily “dads” in the traditional sense, but do a damn good job of filling that role. So if you want to recognize a stepdad, uncle, grandfather, or even a single mom who fills the role of “Dad” in your life, this giveaway is for them too!  Entry is pretty straightforward – I’m not a fan of complicated giveaways, so it’s a one-entry-per-person type of thing. :)


Prize: $50 gift card at Duluth Trading Co.
Number of winners: 2
Contest ends: Friday, June 13th
How to enter: Use the Rafflecopter widget below (if you don’t see the widget, you will need to click over to read this post on my site directly. Usually clicking on the title of the post from any reader will take you there too).
For funsies: Leave a comment about the funniest thing your Dad ever said to you.

Obviously, the gift card won’t get into your physical hands by Father’s Day, but you can still give the good news that it’s on its way in your card.  You did get him a card, right?  Hehe.  Good luck!

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  1. Kevin Hipple says

    Dad’s funny comment is only funny in context. And I am sure this comment will be way longer than you intended. The comment was “Turn it off. Turn it off now!” The context follows. I hope you enjoy the story. Dad is a riot and this is only one of his many misadventures.

    When I was a kid, Dad was making watermelon pickles. If you aren’t aware, that involves making pickles out of watermelon rinds and throwing away almost all the red part of the watermelon. He bought a bunch of slightly overripe watermelons and commenced to gut the middle part out in the middle of Mom’s clean kitchen. Mom was not home at the time. I was helping.

    Dad had about eight watermelons, so we had lots of guts to dispose of. We also had a garbage disposal. We fed all the guts down the garbage disposal. I am sure it will come as no surprise to anyone that we plugged up the pipes before we got rid of all the watermelon guts. Dad soon had a virtual lake of red watermelon water swirling around in Mom’s previously clean sink.

    Dad asked for the plunger, which I quickly fetched. All that did was further mix an already murky stew of water, watermelon meat and seed. This is the point the project takes a rather odd turn. Dad looked at me and said, “Get the garden hose. We can use that to get a bit more pressure and flush this all out.” So I got the garden hose.

    Dad stuck the hose down the drain and wedged a couple towels around the hose. Then he told me to turn on the hose. Which I did. Being a curious kid, I stuck my head back in the house to see how things were working. Dad is up to his elbows in the watermelon swamp, holding the towels around the hose. He says, “It appears to be working, the water is moving. Let’s just let it run a while and flush all this junk out.”

    I was standing in the back door to the house, with the outside door open and the hose running around my feet as I watched the progress. Then I heard the sound of rain from outside. When I stepped outside the house onto the back steps and looked at the roof, there was a huge geyser of red water shooting out of one of the roof vents!

    I hollered in to Dad, “There is water shooting onto the roof of the house!” He quickly replied, “Turn it off! Turn it off now!”

    By the time he got outside, we had watermelon goo all over the roof of the house, into the gutters and down the drains. Plus we still had a sink full of watermelon guts. And sticky watermelon gunk tracked all between the two.

    Defeated at this point, Dad started the cleanup by getting out the ladder and hauling the hose onto the roof. Which is about when Mom got home. I was standing outside watching the progress when she walked up.

    “What is your Dad doing,” Mom asked.

    “Washing off the roof,” I replied.

    “Why,” Mom asked.

    “Because it was dirty,” I replied.

    We cleaned up what we could but Dad had to hire a plumber to roto root the pipes to clear out all the watermelon seeds. Since this happened on Saturday, that meant a weekend without running water.

    Mom was not pleased.

    Have a great day. Hope you enjoyed the story.

  2. says

    A cancerous tumor took my dad’s life too early. At one point the Doctor pointed to my mom and asked who that was. My dad responded “We live together, and we are good at it.” It makes me smile every time I think of it. What a fantastic example that was set for me and my sisters.

  3. June Lisle says

    My father in-law called me the lady behind the beard on my wedding day. I am short and my husband is really tall. He had a long beard that covered my face during photos.

  4. Sheila F. says

    My Dad is gone now. But his ability to fix just about anythinghe passed to me and my sisters. His favorite saying? “I feel sorry for anyone who isn’t me.” I remind myself of this often.

  5. Kee says

    Well I don’t really remember, so I go with what one of my uncles said, to both my cousin (his daughter) & I somewhere around middle school: “you can’t date until you are married!”

  6. Ashley A. says

    My dad, on occasion, would tell my siblings and me, “Don’t tell your mother about this…”

  7. Celeste says

    Okay, he says a bunch of funny things! But, just the other day he revealed that he had always thought that Coca-Cola was made with chocolate. He assumed that’s where the brown color came from. LOL! We all had a laugh at his expense, and he even laughed at himself after realizing that wasn’t true.

  8. Andrea says

    I wish I had inherited my Dad’s sense of humor. He always has a fun way to turn a phrase or make you laugh. And his laugh is one that comes out of the belly and just makes you smile.

  9. Martha says

    When I first got a cell phone as a teenager I failed to set up my voicemail correctly. So for over a year you couldn’t leave me a message. This drove my dad insane!!!! Why? I can still see that you called so I just call back. Well, he got so irritated that he threatened to take my phone if I didn’t do it. Fast forward a few weeks and I call dad and leave him a voicemail. He then called me back to ask what I needed . . . “dad, didn’t you listen to my message? No, I just called you back.” HA! What a goof.

  10. Liz says

    My dad has all the classic dad jokes nailed down. “I’m so bright my dad calls me son.” “Are you tan from the sun? No, I’m D from the Earth.” All of the corny yet somehow hilarious things that stereotypical dads say.

  11. Nancy Black says

    My Dad taught me Baseball and he told me “To put it here!” I did and when I hit the ball I knocked him He said afterwards, That girl can hit!!

  12. Dawn Monroe says

    I remember my very strict dad telling me and my cousins that the only thing out after midnight is the devil! Its a running joke now.

  13. says

    My father recently married my husband and I. During the ceremony, he prayed for long life, health and grandchildren. I’m fairly certain I made a face because the whole church erupted in laughter. No kids for me anytime soon!!!

  14. Liz C says

    My step-dad and I always reference “We’re not blood related” whenever one of us does something that is embarrassing or weird…it’s always funny because I’ve always felt like he was my dad but we can blame the odd stuff not being inherited!

  15. Joylyn says

    I’m not sure of the funniest thing my Dad has ever said to me, but his most frequent saying when I was growing up had to be “Pull my finger.” :)

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