Sunday, June 4, 2017

Becky's visit and lake visit

 Becky was here for a short visit and really enjoyed playing with Kimmie the lamb. Poppie plays a bit rough for the lamb so we have to keep an eye on them.
 Heather and I took the boat up to Cave Run Lake today. We had a beautiful day, sunny and warm.
 We caught a bunch of fish. They were all little, but still fun to catch.
 Heather drove the boat back to the other end of the lake. She had fun. It's been a long time since she drove the boat. She had to get used to the steering being less precise than a car's steering.
She did a fine job and we had a great time. I got to go for a swim, too. The water was 80 today.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

First lake trip of 2017

 Heather and I took the boat up to Cave Run Lake this morning. It was WAY busier than I thought it would be, with a lot of out of state boats out on the lake.
 We had warm and windy conditions today, with the water warmer than I had figured at 72. I was thinking upper 60's. It was still a nice day to be out. Willow went with us, too.
Here we have a spot for a "roadrunner tunnel" with a couple of channel marker bouys that broke loose and drifted over to the the rock face that makes up the shoreline in that spot. I wonder if it would work...

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hitch time

 After the mess I made of the boat coupler with the ball on the bumper, I ordered a receiver hitch. It came on Thursday.
I borrowed Lisa & Jim's garage today (it rained almost all day) and put it on. It is only a class 3, but that is still more than the truck is rated to pull, so it will be fine.

Friday, April 21, 2017


We have plants sprouting in each barrel along the two rows I put in.
The plants are looking good so far. I hope it stays like that.
Only one of them doesn't have the second row yet, but it has only been a week since we planted them.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Filled and planted

 I added a piece of landscape fabric over the drain holes in the bottom of the barrel, then Heather and I started filling it. We had plenty of "compost" laying around.
We filled up to about 3" from the top of the barrel and topped it off with bagged topsoil. All four are full and planted with spinach, two kinds of lettuce, and three kinds of onions & scallions. Now we wait and see how they do.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Experimental garden project

 It all started with an idea Lisa sent over and a couple extra plastic barrels she had.
 First, I cut the barrels in half lengthwise. There were 2 barrels, so it made 4 beds. I managed to cut them both a little crooked so they look authentic.
 We all got sent home from work early this morning due to last night's heavy rain. I went to the lumber yard for the supplies to build the framework and got started.
 I was going to put a third set of legs under it, but it didn't seem to need a full leg. Instead, I just put in the lower part of the leg in the center.
Both units are now ready to be filled with soil and have something planted in them. Lettuce and spinach for sure, and we'll figure out the rest.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring preparation

 I cleaned up the mower deck this morning. The buildup underneath was not bad, especially since I never cleaned the deck out last year.

 It looks good with the fresh coat of paint and the new blades. That also helps to keep the grass from sticking under the deck.
 I charged the battery, changed the oil and filter, and cleaned the air filter and aired up the tires. One of the back tires was a bit low.
I also sprayed a couple cans of red paint into the bed of the truck. All the shoveling this week had scraped a lot of the paint off the bed and I don't want it to rust out. It really is red, even though it looks kind of orange.