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WEEK 26 2011

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Saturday 2 July 2011
Saturday - Got up, washed the outside of the car, bought bird and cat food, packed for the trip. Also picked up the new-to-me swamp cooler case. It'll have to wait a few weeks for me to have time to retrofit it to the house.

Probably no updates to the blog for a while - there is very little internet connectivity in Cayucos.

Friday 1 July 2011
Friday - Finishing up the  inventory spreadsheet, mapping of the repair points in Manifold, and going over what we can actually repair with the monies allocated (probably less than half the actual defect inventory). This took all day, 8am to 8pm, then I hit the road back to Lancaster. There was quite a bit of traffic on the interstate, even after 9pm.

Beautiful weather in Ventura/Camarillo. Almost a dead calm, just about 78F. Driving around you could breathe in the scent of strawberries in the air everywhere. In how many places is the air like a perfume?

Thursday 30 June 2011

Thursday - down in Ventura, generating up a repair document for a proposal to the county.

Wednesday 29 June 2011

Wednesday  - I did get the other drip system in, a temporary setup, until the paver's get installed. So...I'm pulling the 1/8" lines through some PVC pipe, and it hangs up on the other end. Not unexpected, the small lines came coiled up. But then...the line pulled into the big pipe, the other way! Turns out I had an 18 pound black shorthair named Phoebe as a "helper" at the other end of the line ;-)

I then "cleaned up" a bit in the side yard. Piled tools in one spot, dumped mystery fertilizer/weed killer that had clumped in the rain into the trash, along with a bunch of other small stuff.

I'm down to Ventura to work for a couple of days, then off to the beach for a week, then a couple days in Martinez, then back down to may be several weekends before I get out in the yard again.

Tuesday 28 June 2011

Tuesday - I picked up the rest of the paver's I'll probably need. About 40-50sf is my estimate. I already have most of the gravel and sand I need. I was able to pick up some of the polymer sand from Lowe's, so that should help things. I'm not sure how to do the edge restraint though - the plastic edgers seem rather flimsy to me.

I also installed a drip system for the west side raised planter. This is simply a cap with a bunch of 1/8" lines that fits onto a standard 1/2" sprinkler outlet. The problem was that the bed had no sprinkler outlet. There was one on the far side of the concrete walk, but attempts to burrow under the walk were foiled by heavy tree roots. Instead I had to run it over the walk, but since that particular section is raised and tilted by the roots already it doesn't look as bad as you'd think. Eventually that whole section needs removal and replacement, and at that time I'll just put the line under it, as it should be.

I'll do the other planter tomorrow. Like the west side unit it'll be temporary, because I'm digging there to install the paver's, after the vacation. But I need the drip system to keep things alive for a week or two, so...

The tomato plants are happy, I already have a few tomatoes.

I'll have to head down to Ventura for some (paying) work Thursday and Friday, then there is probably work right after the 4th of July week, so I'm not sure when I'll get to the paver installation.

Book #67 was not bad science fiction, it was, instead, excellent pop economy: The Undercover Economist, by Tim Harford. Essentially it talks about modern economic theory, margins, scarcity, auctions and a lot of other stuff. If Freakonomics was Economics Lite 101, then this would be Economics Lite 102. Entertaining and educational, recommended.

Monday 27 June 2011

Monday - Still not 100%, but trying to get things done before the 4th of July vacation. I picked up a couple of drip system attachments, for the back yard planters, and some bark and new spray nozzles for the front yard.

Sunday 26 June 2011

Sunday - Feeling better. I went out and picked up some paver's for the yard - that pretty much wiped me out for the day. Still on the (flu) sauce though. I also need to replace a couple of dead Vinca's in the little flower bed out front, and add some bark and check the sprinklers - it seems pretty dry there.

I finished Book #66, The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Dreadnaught, by Jack Campbell. I love the covers, they've almost nothing to do with the contents of the books, which take place inboard spaceships, not planetary surfaces. I'm not sure Black Jack, our erstwhile hero, ever uses or even holds a hand weapon in this series, yet the cover shows him in armor, blaster in hand, nobly gazing off into the distance.

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East Brothers Island Light House
Photo Notes: East Brothers Island, Benecia Ca., 2006.

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