WEEK 40 2018
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Saturday - Cool and blustery.
I could still have done some work outside, but it was past time to do some
cleaning and organizing inside.
In the evening I went over to the H's for dinner, and S showed up to do some
candy lessons, and we all had a good time (and butter brickle!). I
showed her the progress on the app, and she was pleased.
Books read, Week #40
I'm a bit behind on my reading, but so it goes...
I did a bit of calculation on Friday, and my propane tank should just about
be empty. I started using it on June 28, so it's been exactly 100 days as of
I talked to my neighbor and he was intending to refill his
tank on Tuesday, driving into town to get it filled at CostCo. It's
about half the cost of Suburban or Mountain Flame, so I'll tag along.
Friday 5 October
Friday - Cool
and windy still.
Not much to say, just working on the app. Settings looks good, things
are starting to come together.
No sign of the dogs.
Book #35 was Dr.
Dogsbody's Leg, by James N. Hall. This is a book of short
stories, nominally all centered on one question: How did Dr. Dogsbody lose
his leg? Dr. Dogsbody is a Napoleonic era naval surgeon, with a peg
leg. Each time the subject comes up he has a different, almost
plausible story. Each story is different and often introduces you to
someone famous in that era, very amusing.
The leg is the MacGuffin,
much like the "bag of bones" in Season 5 of Blacklist. I'm almost caught
up there, and although a few episodes have been a bit too "pc" for my taste,
some have been excellent.
Thursday 4 October
Cool and windy again.
No outside work, did some stuff on my taxes, and some app stuff.
The dogs escaped - I was out fiddling with ladders for a bit (before
deciding not to bother with the eaves until this weekend) and they slipped
through an open gate and were gone in a flash. This was serious speed,
in twenty seconds were at the edge of the property bounding along happily
and heading north. I think that is the direction they came from, so perhaps
they are heading home. I hope so. I kept an eye out for the entire day,
looking for them, but there was no sign of them.
I'm a bit sad and a bit relieved. Without any supporting documentation I
would either have to pay $$ per dog to license and give them shots and such,
or turn them into animal control and almost certain death.
Book #34 was Colours
in the Steel (Fencer #1), by K.J. Parker. I liked it, though
it's a bit gloomy, culminating in a sack of a major city (made up, but think
Constantinople). It was an inexpensive Kindle edition that I bought
for the 4th of July trip and didn't get around to reading until recently. It
seemed long - and was, with Amazon saying the paperback weighed in at 503
pages. Sheesh. And there are two sequels...
I enjoyed Parker's "Engineer Trilogy" (In 2008! Has it really been that
long?) which was also a bit on the gloomy "realist" side. This Fencer series
actually predates that by 10 years or so, but you can see some similarities
between them, the siege of a major city being one of them.
Byzantium (Constantinople) was never actually defeated until the advent of
powerful gunpowder weapons, the sea walls and land walls proving impregnable
before that. And the first sack of the city was actually from
Christians - Venetians - anchored within the harbor walls I seem to recall.
Treachery does in Perimadeia as well.
It looks like the FBI report is done, and the vote for Kavanaugh for Supreme
Court will take place soon. I've never seen anything handled in so
nakedly false and partisan a way in the Senate in my whole life.
Wednesday 3 October
Wednesday - Cool and windy, with
occasional specks of rain. Here and there in the valley it was clearly
raining, and you could smell it, but not really enough to even dampen the
ground at the house (during the day).
I wanted to continue prepping on the western eaves, but various chores and
errands kept me busy until the early afternoon, when it was just too windy
to work - just walking around outside left me with grit in my eyes,
definitely not painting weather.
I did some bills, and had to buy some stamps at the little local market for
the last one that still doesn't take some sort of e-pay. Stamps are a
half dollar now.
Also some paint and laundry soap, since I didn't get to WinCo on Sunday.
The dogs survived the night OK, in the yard. They have the kennels,
but I'm not sure they understood what they were for. I made a point of
putting the dog food in bowls, inside the kennels, so they know that they
exist, at least.
I also took the dogs by my vet, and they determined that there were no
chips. I also discovered that they are also totally unused to
leashes and collars, it was a chore getting them in and out of the Explorer.
Did you know that a non-leash trained shepherd can actually bend open an
I then took Jim to the vet, separately, for a rabies shot and a quick
checkup. He's gained about 1/2 pound in the last month, which is good
since he was less than 8lb and very skinny during the last visit.
Tuesday - Cool, with a light breeze and some
Perfect painting weather. I managed to apply about 100' of eave paint
- essentially half the house. This took about six hours...on ladders,
and I was beat by the time the wind came up and put a stop to things.
This is a Behr latex based primer - it's much thicker than I expected, and
seems to cover very well, despite the old, dry, sanded wood. Time will tell
if it will stick, but I prepped the best I could.
I want to sand the front eaves a bit more, and prep them, before applying
paint. West facing, they are pretty beat up. The boys did a
pretty good job on the rough sanding, but there is some really raised grain,
some dryrot spots, and some holes to fill.
Some stray dogs wandered into the yard, seeking water, so I closed the gate
and fed and watered them, and put up a sign down at E street, and had the
neighbor put something on the local internet community page. They seem
nice and clean, and well taken care of, but no collars or ID. I'll
have them checked for chips as well.
Monday - Still warm.
This would be Mom's 94th birthday, if she hadn't passed in 1998. Happy
I sanded some of the repairs I'd done, then painted about 30' of eaves on
the back of the garage with the primer. I had to knock off at noon because
it was 90F, and the paint was not applying properly...
Sunday - Warm, and windy in the
afternoon. Didn't do any shopping, I wanted to finish prepping the
eaves on the back of the house, and I did. By 2pm the wind was making it
difficult to maneuver the large ladder. Because the ground is so
treacherous I have to drag a couple of pieces of plywood along to set the
ladder legs on, and then some boards and bricks to level the plywood.
But it's an old double sided ladder so I can do about 6' before
moving. Call it twelve or thirteen moves per side of the house...
I did a little bit of stuff in the afternoon inside, chores and
whatnot. Did some reading.