Saturday, March 5, 2016
The day began with a trip to Winfield. I checked out a couple of auctions and found a few minor items that were interesting but not worth staying all day, then I went to the caucus and voted. I voted for The Adult, but I knew he wouldn't win. As I expected, Kansas Republicans picked The Crazy Guy over The Kid Robot and The Crass Blowhard. With my civic damage done, I came home and spent the rest of the day outside. I finished curing my truck's fuel line drip, then finished up most of my back yard tree work. That means cutting up the walnut and mulberry trees that were shading the elm I want to keep. Being in their shade was causing it to grow up crooked, leaning to the north. Today's part of the job was cutting off the stumps and tying the elm upright so it can grow straight. All that remains to do there is put away the chunks for next fall's firewood supply and haul the twigs and small branches to the brush pile. With my truck back in service, I loaded up the chain saw and clippers and spent the rest of the day working on my new road. The forecast shows an 80% chance of rain on Tuesday, so I'll use the next couple of days getting ready by doing some planting and transplanting, and plan to use the rainy day for working in the shop putting the roadster back together. We're still a couple of weeks away from spring, but a lot of the plants are getting busy. The daffodils are up and some of them are blooming, lilacs and some of the trees are budding out, and forsythias are starting to bloom. I'm looking forward to some nice days of driving in an open Model T.
March 14, 2016
Curses! Foiled again! In the morning I installed the oil pan and transmission cover on my roadster's engine, then left it to set. Tomorrow, after the sealant has set, I'll trim off the excess that squeezed out around the edges of the gaskets. In the afternoon I went back to work on my new road. Naturally, the truck got stuck because the tires are too slick to get any traction on wet ground. I have no idea why I bought those damn trailer tires for it. They're OK for a trailer, but no good for a truck. After a couple of hours wasted with the hi-lift jack, putting cedar branches under the wheels in a vain attempt to get traction, the truck remained stuck. So I'll let the thing sit for a few days until the ground dries out a bit, then try again.