BLOG LISTOCTOBER 2011
|Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The first job of the new month was more ditch filling. I started a few minutes before eight and kept at it until a little after noon. I got a lot done, and it looks like another session like that will finish the outdoor part of the job. I want to get it out of the way while the dirt piles are still loose and soft. The part under the car port is less urgent because those piles don't get wet if it rains. This afternoon I went to town to use a library computer. Then I ordered a piece of window glass to replace a broken pane, and bought another can of day-glo paint. I finished the day using up that paint to mark more dead wood in the west hedge. Tomorrow: more ditch filling.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
There wasn't enough daylight for me to see the details, but I started shoveling a little after 7:30. Four hours later I had all the outside ditch filled. I covered the leftover dirt pile and the wheelbarrow with tarps to keep the weather off. After the ditch settles I'll use that dirt to fill the low places. With the ditch done for now I went to the roof. One of the tarps there had blown loose and I wrestled it back into place. Fortunately the wind was dying down just as a light sprinkle was beginning. I got the tarps in place and fastened down and if I'm lucky they'll survive the weather that's supposed to arrive tonight.
|Saturday, November 12, 2011
Another auction today took me off to Okieland in search of bargains. A sale in Lamont produced two cases of motor oil for $34 (less than half price) and an eight foot aluminum step ladder for $13. I dined on carnitas, tortillas de maíz, and frijoles refritos at La Fiesta, then went to see Immortals. This movie has about as much resemblance to actual Greek mythology as most Hollywood epics, but the acting is OK and there's lots of nicely done hacking and slaying and impressive special effects. On the way home I saw this, and was glad I had a camera with me.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
For the first time in over a month I felt healed up enough from my twisted foot/ankle/leg/hip to go out for a morning run. It was a pretty slow three miles, but it felt OK. In fact after running this morning I seem to have less of a hip twinge when I climb stairs. This afternoon I spent some more time in the shop cleaning, sorting and organizing. Then I tried out the log splitter I bought at an auction in June. I drove the truck around to the splitter, and in just a few minutes I split all the wood I cut Friday. Using that machine sure beats work. It looks like keeping up the wood supply this winter will be a lot easier. I need to rig up a hitch on the truck so I can take the splitter with me when I cut wood. I think splitting the stuff before I even put it in the truck will be the most efficient way to go.