Saturday, October 14, 2017
It was sunny today. Snow still in the shade but everything the sun touched melted off.
Rose and I started with stick sorting in the sheep meadows. Then took a walk to the back gate to see if the trespasser ripped out my sticks. They were still there. 😀 Our next chore was taking down the hot wire fence. I don't want to leave it over the winter. The wild critters will get caught in it. I wound up the polywire, pulled the clips and posts and tucked them under the guest trailer until Ron comes.
I'd found a great walking stick blank. I cleaned it up, cut off the twigs, knocked off the bark and filed the sharp protrusions off. I'm making it into a birthday gift for my sister if she comes next week. I'm yarn bombing the hand spot. She and another sister are moving to a wilderness piece of property, of their own, next year. She'll need a good stick. If I can figure out how to attach some of the cool turkey feathers I've found, I will.
I worked on laundry. I won't get many more days to do that. I moved my park benches over to the fire circle. The camp chair is too wet to use most days. When it dried out, I put it away. And we hiked down to the corral and removed the carabiners. That sums up the day.
Monday, October 16, 2017
Yesterday was Dump & Fill day. I got out early and got to work cutting dead limbs off the trees that line the drive. I focused on the ones that overhang the driveway, low enough to scrape the RV if I'm not perfectly centered. I'll be driving along the edges more as I avoid mud puddles. I didn't get the sticks picked up. Just cut. It was sunny, but still cold during the night. Working helped me stay warm.
Ron had planned to cut down big trees for firewood, but he didn't get to the dump station until 3:30 p.m. He'd brought over 2 large bales of grass hay for the deer, elk and that calf if its still alive. He was trailering them. The trailer had a flat on the freeway. He didn't get the trees cut. He did unload the 2 one ton bales. While he pulled the tires off the trailer, to get them repaired, I took on my supplies.
It was another cold night last night so right after my coffee and Rosie's breakfast I moved the RV out into the meadow where it gets the most sun. It was much warmer today, 60°F. It actually got to 70°F inside with a window and a vent open to air it out! Yay! We were warm!!!
So today I picked up the latest batch of cut off dead limbs along the drive. I've made a new pile by the wood cutting station. Its volkswagon bug sized. Then I moved my laundry station back to my favorite spot. I hung the fabric Ron brought for Rosie's new fuzzy blanket up to air out. I even threw a stick for Rosie for a while. She was bummed Ron didn't stay.
I did have to take apart the induction hotplate. It wasn't working very well. It had developed corrosion. I cleaned it off and put it back together. Worked better. Don't know how long it will last. Oh yeah, Ron brought me a new lantern. He can't get bulbs for the old one.
As you can see not much that is exciting has happened. Just plodding along... Warmly. 😄
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Buttoned up for the night. Its been a windy day. No rain though. I worked on breaking/cutting that pile for a couple of hours. The rest of the time I've been working on Rosie's blanket. I also cooked up more food for Rosie. Nothing exciting. I did smell bad smoke and large ashes rained down on us. The kind from burning cardboard. I called the silviculture forester, but he didn't respond. So I called the ODF dispatch to see if there was a scheduled burn. Just before sunset the silviculture guy returned my call. Thats it.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
The hot plate didn't last very long. I ordered a new one yesterday. I washed a load of clothes and hung it out to dry since rain is forcasred for several days. I cut more dead lower limbs and put them in the pile. Then worked on Rosie's blanket. That sums up Wednesday.
Today was pretty similar. I collected piles of 4'+ bleached limbs and logs and brought them down to my wood cutting station. I'll cut a bunch there then haul them to sections of fence. I collected my clean dried laundry, then started on sorting scrap wood in the house area: firewood, 4 footers, bonfire material. Then I came in and got back to work on Rosie's blanket.
I'm a bit stiff from sitting here working on it so long, but I'm hoping to be finished tomorrow.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Not finished. I did finish the tying. I decided I needed to stitch a 1" border. Its slow going because I want it to look good. Extra care must be taken.
Rosie and I went out twice today to collect sticks we were gathering 4'+ ones. It rained off and on so we got wet each time. Before breakfast we went up Huckleberry Hill. I collected some good rocks, too. And some garbage. Between meals we worked on the parking area. There was a bunch of rotted stuff there that needs to be burned, so I piled it up. I got several loads of fence sticks.