Monday, May 14, 2018
It is a lovely day today and one of those days when things just seem to go right. 😍 I took my cordless electric chainsaw into the woods and cut up four trees. They were 3-6inches in diameter. Most of their length was around the 3-4" size. When I pooped out after 3.5 hrs there was still half a battery left. Then to make it even better, the persnickety LP generator started up on the 3rd try. The battery recharged in just an hour. I'm having a lovely day! I'm currently sitting out in the shade looking over the meadow. In between loads of laundry, I mended my shoe.
This past weekend was pretty good too. When I drove down to the dump station I got to see just how much of a road improvement the contractor my neighbor hired to put in his driveway had made. It was lovely! He completely rocked, leveled and compressed both mudholes! My road is fixed! Oh there are a few other places that need improvement, but they're not bad like those two were. I called and left him a message that I appreciated his work.
Ron was supposed to arrive Friday, again, but couldn't get away until Saturday morning. We still got the NW corner jack in Saturday afternoon. Three 4x4 posts, 6 horizontal 2x6x8 boards and 2 2x6x10 diagonal braces. Sunday we set out for the peak on the 80 via that old skid road that runs along the east fence line in the Ute. We had one post, 3 horizontal boards and one diagonal brace, 60 lbs of concrete, 2.5 gal. of water, the shovel, postholer, level, cordless drill, bits, screws, tape measure, my "no trespassing" signs, nails and hammer, along with loppers, cordless electric chainsaw, polesaw, and cordless recip saw all loaded into the Ute. We only got the Ute up to the place I made it to on foot before. About 1/2 way. Then we hade to haul all that stuff (not the chainsaw, lopers, recip, and polesaw, those were for clearing a path for the Ute) up the steepest, brushiest part on foot. Ron did the lumber and concrete. I did most of the tools and water. There was an old jack up there already, so we only had to do one leg. It was hard climbing up that mountain so many times. The only one Ron had trouble with was the 60 lb bag of concrete. That was the first time I'd been up there. I now know where Raspberry Breath (the bear) is getting the raspberries. The whole top is covered with them. There were green ones already set on. The bushes came up to my shoulders.
Since I'd added geranium essential oil I hadn't picked up any new ticks. Though last night I discovered one had made its way into my bed and found its way up my pajama leg😡. I hadn't been spraying my jammies... It must have been in the RV for some time.
Anyway, after we finished with the jack we hauled all the tools back to the Ute and came back in for brunch. I made Ron and Rosie bacon and eggs. Ron is really enjoying his new camper. The kids were supposed to come for mother's day, but apparently got the dates mixed up and scheduled their nursery duty for church for this weekend. So they'll be coming next weekend.
After breakfast we went to the center, 1/4 monument on the S line and set one post. Thats all the concrete we had left. We picked it as we could drive to it and we were both still beat. Since we still had some time, be took the cordless chainsaw over to the west line and Ron showed me how to use it. I cut up a tree, then drove the Ute to the big meadow on that line,while he took the chainsaw and walked the line, clearing the few downed trees that were left. There were a couple of the T posts that he wanted to reset now that that corner jack was in.
We got back to camp and sat quietly for a bit. Ron fell asleep. I just let him. He works hard all week, then just as hard here. Eventually he woke himself up. He left to go home and mow, only Justin ( SIL) called him to say he had a tasty recipe in the bar-b-q and a place set for Ron. I missed my Mother's day call from our son, Ryan, because we were loading and unloading stuff for Ron to leave. My daughter hadn't called, so after the kid's bedtime I called her. Apparently it had been a wild day there. Justin had a go round with the auto repair guys over overcharging, and Joey and Toby decided to put a tube of sunscreen on all their toys and their bouncy house so they (the toys) wouldn't get sunburned. Ron came through the door at the moment that Justin discovered the deed. 😳 Poppa supervised the boys cleaning up their mess. Our daughter said she wasn't even going to look at it until today. LOL probably a good idea. I told her at least now she won't have to apply sunscreen, just send them to the bouncy house and roll them around a bit.😆
The whole week before the weekend was cold and rainy. Not much happened. I cut sticks into kindling and listened to the contractor working on the neighbor's road. When I could I took a load of fence sticks out and wove them into the fence. We had some coyotes lurking and howling out of sight in the shrubbery. They were worrying Rosie, but I smacked a few big sticks on the ground to break them off and they didn't come any closer. Once I determined it was coyotes I wasn't worried. I ran out of sticks before I finished that section, even with the scrounging the really long ones. Only 6-8 more needed. Once I find them I'll have to wait until the contractor isn't working. One of his drivers is female and wears a whole lot of fragrance! I was having respiratory issues and couldn't figure it out until I realized that it had got on my clothes when I went down the front fence line too soon after they quit for the day. Washed those yesterday afternoon.
That's about all there is to report from this past week.