Thursday, August 12, 2010
Last Sunday I cut off the large limb of a chinaberry tree that was hanging over our fence about 20 feet, and down to about four feet from the ground at the tip. It made it really hard to cut the grass. In the process of cutting it up, I got the saw chain caught in a kerf, and, in pulling it out, pulled the chain out of the guide. Trying to get it back, I had to take the saw apart, and even though I laid the chain out carefully so I would put it on running the right direction, when I looked at the raker teeth I thought it was backwards and reversed it. When I tried to cut with the chain saw again, it wouldn’t cut, and I knew I had screwed up. By then it was late and I was tired, so I just pruned enough stuff off to fill the 95 gallon trash can and quit until later.
Monday through Wednesday were busy days, and I didn’t do anything about the branch. Today I went for Mohs surgery, which I don’t like that much. First there is all the tugging and pushing while he cuts away some more to stain and examine, and then afterward there is a big hole, that he tugs and pushes on while he sews it up again. He sewed this one, which was close to the first, vertically instead of horizontally, I think because there wasn’t enough skin left to do two that close together. My wife said I should be grateful, because other people pay good money for face lifts, and I got one free. I just know I wasn’t completely numb, and it took a long time. I had a quick one, only one set of removals, and it still took nearly four hours.
Anyway, after a quick lunch of two cups of lentil stew, I took on the branch again, knowing that I had waited too long. I reversed the chain in the saw, took the hand pruners and the big lopper, and had at the mess. That took about 95 minutes, and when I was done I took the trash can out to the street for tomorrow’s pickup. It has been raining here every day, o.4 inches yesterday afternoon, and another 0.8 inches this morning, and when I hit sand the wheels sank about three inches into the sand. It was so heavy that I had a hard time pushing it across the grass, and even harder getting it through the one patch of sand.
After that I sprayed out the leftover neem oil spray on the fruit trees and flowers so I could mix up a batch of commercial real killer spray that is guaranteed to control both fungus and bacteria. I used that to treat the patch of dying grass in front and a similar patch in back, under the trees. Some rain is good, but too much is conductive to fungus growth that kills everything growing, from grass to hedge bushes. We had a great patch of Johnson grass that I managed to reduce last year because I planted St. Augustine plugs in bare sand and watered every day to keep them alive. They spread and look fine now, but the Johnson grass got sick and a big patch died after thriving for five years. It started as a small black spot, and I didn’t do anything about it. This year I have had the sprinklers off for weeks now, and the grass suddenly was unhappy in spots anyhow, so I’m trying to stop the disease this time.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The seminar was a success - when I passed out the certificates and told the 20 people that they were now graduates, they gave me a good round of applause, and several stayed afterward to tell me that they thought I did a good job. I finished a little early today, and we read every word on every page of the Florida Supplement.
I had four chocolate chip cookies today - we got a plate of donuts and Danishes, and another of chocolate cookies. I would have been OK, but the class didn't eat everything, and when they left there were six cookies and one muffin left. When I cleaned up I got too close, and when I left there were only two cookies and a muffin left. That was my lunch.
Then I had to mail off the paperwork to AARP, and deposit some dues checks before picking up a prescription that was ready, and I got bank statements and another check for Kiwanis at our post office box. I used one of the blank deposit slip at the bank to make deposits in the service savings account. Then I had to enter data in the check and savings registers, the profit and loss program, and the dues excel program. I did log on and check the bank's numbers against mine.
Now I'm ready for supper.
Tomorrow I go to the dermatologist at 9:30.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I started on time today, finished on time (it was four hours exactly because both start and stop were exactly on the minute) and we read every word on every page in the Florida Supplement that was covered in today's topics. I did get lost because pages J and K were written in on my book a few pages after I had inserted the pages, and couldn't tell that they had been covered for a while. As a result I went through my book again tonight after I finished the certificates for tomorrow, and was able to mark out all of the surplus markings from the prior scheme. If tomorrow works as well as today, I'll just stay with the current approach.
I did Safe Driving without a stop from 7:45 AM to 5:30 PM, with about 20 minutes out for lunch. With luck, I'll finish the paperwork sooner tomorrow. Then Thursday morning I need to take a book with me to the dermatologist again. Fortunately I have just started another long library book and don't have much free time to finish it before then.
Monday, August 09, 2010
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is The State Museum of Florida, bequeathed by the Ringlings. We drove down to Sarasota to visit the museum today because my wife wanted to see the Glasier exhibit - some of 1700 pictures of circus people, animals, posters, acts, exhibits, etc. She has a hard time walking, but they have wheel chairs available in every building, and she made it from a close parking spot to the first building, where a nice man fixed her up.
Then I pushed her into the building and got us wrist bands, and wanted to push her to the next, where the exhibit was, but she insisted on leaving the chair and riding the little shuttle. Then I pushed the second chair all the way through the front (old) part of the building to the new 32,000 square foot addition, which is half filled with photographs which were made on glass sheets, before the time of film. It was a great exhibit, but after a couple of rooms she started pushing herself and I sat down and rested a while.
After we made it through the exhibit we stopped at the museum store and bought a copy of the book which has many of the photographs. They digitize the negative, turn it into a positive, then make a new negative which they use to make the prints, and the book. I suppose digital representations aren't right for mass production - that part wasn't explained. They do have very large prints on display.
Then we stopped in the restaurant for lunch (at 1:00) and were near the last to leave. We left at 9 and were home just after three, which made the dogs' entire day - they were really glad to see us.
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Yesterday morning my feet hurt a little, so I just took the dogs for a mile and a half, and saved myself for today, when I had to cut the grass. I can't remember much about it, except I was going to make some sort of bean dish, and when I looked in the pantry I had half a pound of lentils left over (one cup) and decided to do something quick. I diced an onion and five cloves of garlic and fried them in a tablespoon of olive oil, defrosted a one cup bag of really rich turkey stock I had left from our Christmas turkey (only two more bags left) threw in a can of salt free chopped tomatoes and a 6 ounce can of tomato paste, some leftover broccoli slaw (about a cup and a half), along with two cups of water, and later another one, then simmered the mess for 30 minutes. I added some crushed red pepper and a tablespoon of curry powder and a beef bullion cube for seasoning, and the whole thing turned out fine. It made two quarts, so I divided the ingredients by 8 and made a food grouping I called Lentil Stew (One Cup). I had two cups for lunch, and even the BW likes it.
I do recall that we got a half inch of rain last evening, but not much else. I know we had supper but I can't remember what it was.
Today I was going to mow the lawn, but when I got up it was raining just a little. It was 87 degrees at 6:30, and raining, so I just read the paper and despaired because it was 80 per cent chance of rain today, then 60 per cent for several days, and then next Saturday it went down to 40 per cent. We're going to the Ringling Museum tomorrow to see a photo exhibit, I'm teaching Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, and I get another Mohs surgery Thursday morning. So It looked as if the very long grass was going to be hay by the time I cut it. Fortunately, after about four tenths of an inch it cleared, and the sun actually came out for a while a little after noon, and I did get the grass cut.
Then, to finish up the day I took down a four inch limb from a chinaberry tree that hung over the fence and was four feet from the ground 20 feet inside. It made it hard to cut the grass, and I finally got to it, and several other branches. Unfortunately after it was down and I was cutting things up the chain on the saw was trapped in a cut, and I pulled up pretty hard to get it out. After that it was out of the guide, and I wound up taking the saw apart to straighten things out again.
That's it for today - I have to go get Colonel Saunders grilled chicken now - the BW has told me what we are having for supper.
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