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Took a couple of E-Bay shipments to the post office this morning then came back home. Went out back to see if I could seal up the porch roof edge and one side of the back room where there is a gap at the top below the roof. Started out with locating the half sheet of tin that I had planned on using to connect the porch roof to the building when I started the porch a couple of years ago. Finally found it and after locating some clamps and other bits and pieces managed to bend a right angle down the length of it. Got the extension ladder and put it in place. Dug out a piece of 3/4 inch plywood and got it on the porch roof and screwed in place enough to keep it from sliding with me on it. Got a piece of 1×4 about 7 feet long and put it in place and marked it where the roof supports came out. Cut the bits out and put it in place with rock screws. Trimmed one end off where it over hung the support then measured and marked the second piece. Cut the bits out of it and screwed it in place. Screwed the tin in place after cleaning the leaves and crap out of the way in the corner of the porch roof. Will try to get back up there tomorrow with some caulk and seal the corner and top edge.

Fueled the chain saw, then tried to crank the Toyota truck. Been a couple of weeks and the battery was dead. Got the charger out and hooked up then loaded the chain saw up in the wheelbarrow and hunted the cant hook. Found it and decided to add a piece to the back to raise the log off the ground once it is cammed over. Got a piece that I had sawed off the stair center support and screwed it in place on the end of the handle. Added a piece of old tire around the handle and into the sides of the piece of 2×6 to keep it from moving too much. Loaded it into the wheelbarrow and headed to the field. Dragged the first of several pieces of cedar out and after starting the saw cut it up except for the part with the fire ants on it. Will get that later after they are dead or have moved on. Same with the second piece, dragged out of the weeds and cut up. Third and last piece was a bit different as it was quite large. Cut it into 3 pieces and did them one at a time. Loaded the tools up and pushed the wheelbarrow back up the hill to the house. Truck cranked off first try, so disconnected the charger and loaded up. Made a detour to the barn where I started the air compressor and filled up the flat front tire. Really need to find and fix that leak one of these days. 😉 Went down and loaded the 3 trees up and back to the house and unloaded them and then split them into firewood. Bill came by and helped about 2/3rds of the way through. Cat did most of the unloading and then picking up and hauling and stacking. Finished it up, then Bill went for a walk and we came in. Decided to make a Wally World run which we did just before dark. Twas dark when we got back, so warmed some chili and cut up some cheese and summer sausage and had supper. Been browsing on the computer since. Am about done in. Don’t know if I will make it to see the added leap second or not. Either way hope everyone has a Happy and Safe New Year! See (type at) y’all next year… 😉

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At home Tuesday

Another nothing much kind of day. Did get out this afternoon and move an old woodburner, I built a couple of years ago, down from the hill to out back and am using it to get rid of a bunch of stuff. Spent a couple of hours this afternoon cleaning up and disposing of crap. Still got a lot more to go but at least got a start on it. Covered up the south west corner of the room the woodburner is in with some heavy plastic pallet sheeting and eliminated some drafts. And other than fighting spammers on the Nero Wolfe site and doing a post or two over at the old Technoprimitive.org site that’s been about it for the day. Gonna do a bit of reading and then call it an early night. Till tomorrow… 😉

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Felt like a Friday to me all day, and I don’t know why. Again not done much today. Put a new grinding wheel on one of my hand cranked grinders. Found it on the porch at Calcis the other day and Cat’s brother gave it to me. Center hole was too bit for the shaft but I found an old 12 mm socket and drilled the center hole out to fit the shaft and used electrical tape to shim it to the wheel. Tightened up it’s a lot closer to true than the one that was on it. We took a pile of E-Bay stuff to the post office this afternoon, then went to the Helping Hands thrift store where I found a few books and Cat found a tatting shuttle and some needles. Went next door to Food Outlet where we got some eggs and then down the road to Food Land and got some ground pork, milk, dried pinto beans, and assorted canned goods that they had on sale for less than we normally pay at Sav-A-Lots. Came home and put a pan on the woodburner with about 2 and a half pounds of pintos (old stock) and water in it to heat for quick soak. Gave them a couple of hours of boiling and then soaking time. Rinsed the beans and put them in fresh water and back on the woodburner, with 3 tablespoons of chili powder and 2 of cumin along with a couple of tablespoons salt, to cook and then browned a pound and a half of the ground pork and a like amount of ground deer meat along with some seasonings. Cooked an onion and some bell peppers and mixed with the meat and left it all to cool for a bit while the beans were cooking. When they had started to cook down a bit added the meat mix, a can of tomatoes and chilies, a can of diced tomatoes, and a can of tomato paste and am simmering it all now. Figure it has another hour to go so not sure that we’ll eat it tonight as 11 pm is a bit late for supper though we ate lunch so late I’m still not hungry.

Been working on getting the WordPress software updated on some of the websites again today. The latest version seems to be working much better at my host than the last few versions have. Or they have changed some of their settings or something. Not getting near as many timeouts as I have been. Still haven’t changed hosts as the blog here at WordPress.com is working out fine for me. Have thought about moving the Wolfe site over here too but there is a lot that needs to be done there that I don’t want to have to go through again just yet.

Hoping to get a bit more done tomorrow, but will just wait and see how I feel when it gets here. Till then… 😉

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Little done Sunday

With the rain last night and this morning we didn’t even try to go to the flea markets and slept in instead. Rest of the day has been about the same. I’ve played around with the look of the blog a bit and done a bit of updating on the Nero Wolfe site but that’s been about it other than doing a lot of reading here and there. Rain started again a few minutes ago so suspect that this will be an early night, since I’m having a hard time keeping my eyes open now, and it’s not even 8 pm yet. Here’s hoping that tomorrow will be a more productive day. Till then… 😉

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Loaded up and headed for Calcis this morning. Took the Old Coal City road again and it sure seems shorter than going by Wally World. Got to Calcis just before noon and ate lunch soon after. Talked and did gift exchange and such then Cat went to work on Martha’s (her mother) computer. Byron and I went outside and ended up taking down an old antenna mast that he and his dad had put up years ago. Installs got done and we loaded up and headed back this way. Stopped off at Food Land and picked up a Boston Butt roast. Got home, unloaded the truck and started the coals for the dutch oven. Seared the roast on all sides and put the lid on and let it cook for a while then added some potatoes, carrots, celery, and onions along with assorted seasonings and left it to cook for a while. Put the digital thermometer in it after about an hour and waited till it hit 175 before bringing it in. Carved and ate and am waiting for the oven to finish cooling off before putting the remainders in the fridge. May try to go to the flea markets on 431 in the morning. Will see when it gets here. Till tomorrow… 😉

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Friday bits and pieces

Had a friend from out of town drop by this morning for a quick visit. Spent some time after that continuing to clean nails and such out of old lumber. Took a Ebay shipment to the post office then came home and did lunch. Afterwards made a trip to Wally World where we got fuel at 1.49.9 then when we got out from getting a few things it was 1.47.9. Came home and went back to cleaning up wood. By dark thirty had almost finished that pile. Still got a small amount to go but am able to get to the radial arm saw now so am much closer than I was. Am going to head to Calcis in the am to do Christmas stuff with Cats family. Hope to be back here late afternoon. For now am gonna do a bit of reading then hit the sack. Till tomorrow… 😉

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Christmas day 2008

Got up, cooked and ate breakfast, showered, loaded food and stuff in the truck, and went to the folks house for lunch. Got there, unloaded, unpacked, ate too much, did gift exchange, talked most of the afternoon away, packed, and loaded stuff in truck. Came home, unloaded, unpacked, put food away, and poked up fire. Been reading stuff on the computer, munching leftovers, and decompressing since. Not sure what tomorrow will bring, guess we will find out when it gets here. Till then… 😉

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