WEEK 5 2016
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Saturday - I brought in some more firewood,
since they are still predicting rain and a storm. They are predicting wind
gusts to 60mph, which is pretty high, though not unheard of in the Antelope
Valley. We'll see I guess.
A friend found me a fireplace grate insert, the tube kind. It's a bit big
for my fireplace, but I'm thinking of ways to cut it down to fit.
Friday - The promised storm
is still promised, though the local radar says nothing is near. Hmmm. Maybe
just more hype.
Cold and grey most of the day.
Not feeling well, but working on things a bit.
Book #4 was A
Call To Arms, by David Weber (and Timothy Zahn and Thomas Pope). This
is sort of a 'prequel' to his Honor Harrington series. I read the first, was
unimpressed, and only picked up the library copy of the second in this
series (Manticore Ascendant) because there wasn't much else on the new books
shelf. It turned out to be reasonably well done.
Wednesday - Clear and moderate, though
they are now predicting a big storm for the weekend.
I went for a long walk in the morning, feeling rather claustrophobic around
Working away on things.
Tuesday - Still cool and hazy, though only
down to about freezing at night. I ran the sprinkler's, since ants scouts
have been making their appearance in the kitchen - it's been fairly dry and
the sprinklers haven't been on, they might just need moisture.
Got all the pictures in, and am assembling a set of folders with all pics
for all laterals. That takes a while. The other task is to assemble a punch
list for a few measurements and pictures that I need from the field.
My Documentation for the boat, from the Coast Guard, finally arrived. I had
to re-apply since I was more than 45 days late, but they gave themselves
six months to respond.
Monday - Kind of cool and hazy. There is
supposed to be a nice comet in Ursa Major, but the haze and a full moon make
it impossible to see.
Since I'm inserting pictures into the (Word) forms I wanted smaller versions
than the 10 megapixel originals. Gimp never installed properly on the
MacBook, so the batch scripting doesn't work. But, as I have the nice Win7
work laptop I just installed Gimp on it, installed the 'Dave's Batch Editor'
plug-in, and it did it easily enough. For some reason it had a max limit of
1300 items, so I had to make two passes for my 2200 items, but it went
Then I started dragging and dropping them in, and that went pretty quick, I
was probably 75% done by 5pm and time to knock off.
Sunday - Some chores and errands around the
house and yard.
S had borrowed my little utility trailer a while back, to move yard waste
from her office. I picked up her and we went over and got it.
Driving back to her house we had trouble, stuff falling off the trailer.
This is partially a problem with age - the "temporary" gate I put on the
back seven or eight years ago is failing, and partially that her handyman
had put light bags of leaves on top of the heavy bags of debris, and they
starting coming off. Even driving a sedate 25mph was almost too fast. I
should have brought a tarp, but I'd assumed that A. would have loaded the
trailer appropriately. Not so.
I'll keep the trailer at the house for a few days and fix it up.
Anyway, we dropped off a bunch of the leaves at S's house for use as
compost. The rest went to my house for greenwaste. There were also some cut
branches and logs, and I tossed them over the fence and will dry them for
We then took a few minutes to prune my peach tree. It was pretty well pruned
last year, so this year went quick, with us just getting rid of a bunch of
After this we undertook to sew the zippers on the sail cover, a fairly
involved bit of sewing. Fortunately the Sail Rite company had a nice video
on YouTube that made sense to S, and we got the zipper on.
We've been using her grandmother's sewing machine, which can sew sturdy
'Sunbrella' fabric, rather than a newer lighter duty machine. It works
pretty well, though sewing a zipper to a folded over hem was taxing.
I had an invite from some friends to go see the Bronco's play, and went over
in the afternoon. I was actually a few minutes late, since we'd thought it
started at 1:00pm, and actually it started at 12:00. The Bronco's won,
playing pretty well and we were all happy. Then we watched the Panther's
utterly demolish the
I'd been talking to Aaron about building a little house out in Antelope
Acres, and he mentioned that he'd talked to one of his neighbor's, who said
that it took $50k in fee's and permits before
he could even start building.
Sheesh. Someone else had told me that it took several dozen permits and
Idaho is looking good again, despite the weather.