Soaking rain all day Saturday so we just stayed in the bungalow and watched Gunsmoke episodes from season 3, 4 & 5
But I did replace the water line into the Bungalow and the leaking galley faucet.
Sunday was so wet we didn't even try the roads into Hippie ridge.
Grandkids called complaining that Jessie had a fever, cough and lost his sense of taste. So we scooted home early to get him tested Sunday afternoon for COVID-19. This is the third time for him. He always tested negative before.
And he did so again.
Instead, it is a massive ear infection
Teddy is complaining of stomach cramps again. Most likely Ovarian cists again. So that means more time at the doctor for her as well.
I swear the work never stops. I hit the ground running this morning and by 7am had a picnic table loaded onto the trailer and on my way to camp for a quick pitstop to drop it off at a friend's site then continued on another 10 km to an abandoned gravel pit that still has a large pile of crushed gravel. I quickly loaded up about a half of trailer full and headed back home.
While I was gone (2hr drive to and from camp), a load of a gravel for the driveway by the garage was delivered and partially spread while it was dumped. So as soon as I got home, I shifted gears and used the side by side to move 13 loads from a pile to where I wanted it. Yes, all shoveled by hand. After I was done moving as much as I could, I grabbed the plow truck to spread it out evenly. That brought me to 1pm. Time for lunch and a hot tub then back to work offloading the crushed gravel we needed for a base for the planter boxes I built in the fall. At some point today I have to go to the dump.
Yes. I shoveled all that gravel by hand. My buddy down the road does have a smaller kubota front end loader with a backhoe attachment. I asked him to help but he was busy with it digging a 100ft trench to bury a water line out to his greenhouse. Eventually I plan on getting one with a mower attachment to replace the Jacobsen.
So yesterday was supposed to be a "I'm a hurting unit and need to recover" kind of day until my neighbor messaged me saying that he was done for the day with the tractor if I wanted to borrow it. A few minutes later I was bringing the kubota back to my place where I got to work. First, I filled each planter with a couple inches of crushed gravel then about 15" of premix soil. Then I tackled the ground level garden by first scraping down about 8" to remove grass in a 12x12' section then moved around 20" x 12x12' of the premix and spread it.
It's raining today so not much is getting done outside. We need the rain though as we had a 120 hectare forest fire only miles up the road just the other day.
Got the truck emptied out, grabbed some packing tape and ratchet straps, drinking my coffee now. Departing for Notre Dame shortly to pick up Dasha from campus to bring her back home. She will stay with us until Monday evening when she flies off to Kiev and her real home.
If I am smart I will also take a bottle of Aleve for my muscles and some ear plugs to block out the Russian music she plays, loudly. Typically she talks louder, so I can hear her, over the thumping of her Russian electro-punk music while she asks if i am enjoying the song. Fortunately she doesn't do that in the house.
Day 2 of much needed rain. Not much on the agenda today as everything I have to do is outside. One nice thing about winter....if it's snowing, I can still get things done outside without getting soaked.
It was still raining this morning until the sun came out and quickly dried up the lawn. So I headed to the city to get a few things and came back to do a quick oil change on the Jacobsen mower then mowed the lawn.
We had some extra dirt left in the pile so I borrowed the kubota again and widened the garden by almost double. The first section is already planted. Cucumbers peas carrots beans zucchini and a few other veggies. We'll also be doing tomatoes. I scraped down about 6" then brought up the dirt. The top layer I scraped off was reused to fill in between the drive to the garage and the tree line.
My Granddaughter Kasey graduates next Sunday.
Her original plan was to stick with being an EMT/Firefighter.
Now she's asking me about being a nurse.
Go for it kiddo.
You've already got the basics under your belt.
My Grandchild wants to follow in my footsteps!!
I gave her reference names and locations in Defiance to apply to start clinicals.
Spent the day moving deck lumber I bought two years ago. Glad I did because prices have gone through the roof. But it is in the way so I moved it today near the saw so I can cut and install in this week.
Meanwhile the area it occupied is to be sodded and cleanup. The chopping block is an old 40" diameter oak stump in the middle of a 15' circle. I'll leave it with bark chips but circle the area with sod.
After clearing and grading the area I laid 15 pieces of sod. I'm beat.
Wife and I sat on the back porch for hours with a fire going and the trickling water fall lulling us into sleep mode.
Just holding hands and cuddling close.
She is such a peach with which to live now. We are on a constant honeymoon.