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Short Day

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I got up a little late this morning and did a few chores before starting on the fence again. each 8 foot sections has 32 pickets and 32 edges - the pickets overlap. With three two by fours holding the thing together you have four separate parts to each section, so you have to clean 256 vertical surfaces, plus the three two by fours and the top of the pickets. I could be more relaxed about the whole thing, and I'm not sure that I'm going to try to put sealer on the inside when I get done.

I finished the back side today and started down the east side of the fence in only two and a half hours, but moving everything from time to time and climbing up the ladder and kneeling convinced me that I'm too old to try to do everything in one day, so I quit for today and pulled a few weeds. I also removed an old composter that I had made for the BW because it was in the way and hadn't been used for several years.

I pooped out before I got to cutting the grass, but the fence looks good when you look out a back window now. The BW is out shopping for food, and I'm going to read another Grishem book and do laundry.

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MRDPOLING 3/20/2011 3:06PM

    You make me tired.... hehehehe

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THINRONNA 3/20/2011 3:39AM

    Sounds like a successful day to me! I miss books in English...sigh.

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TWOTIMESS 3/20/2011 3:12AM

    I bet your fence will look brand new once you're done. No need to rush, though.

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MS.ELENI 3/19/2011 6:52PM

    Glad you decided to stop and rest. Enjoy your book.

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Finally Opened the Box

Friday, March 18, 2011

I saw my cardiologist yesterday, and he said to just keep taking the Atenolol and I would live forever, which was a relief. I was afraid that he was going to want to do another catherization. Then I weighed in in leeway.

Today I finally got the pressure sprayer out of the box, and couldn't get the detergent tank out of the body of the sprayer, so I had to call the help line to see if brute force was needed. It was. After that all was well until I tried to spray without the detergent, and couldn't get any water through the thing. After reading the entire book all over again, and trying every possible problem fix, I called again. It turns out the quick disconnect has a backflow preventer, and I had installed it backwards. Then it worked.

I had started on a rocker, but the BW came out and before I could go on I had to do two white plastic chairs and the bird bath. She got in on the second chair, and was cutting away at the sidewalk when I told her to just let me know when she was done - at which point she told me to take it. I offered to set it up for her whenever she wanted to mess around out front.

Then I started on the fence. I used the detergent by spraying it over the dark patches, then hit the fence with clear water. I did about two thirds of the back fence in three hours, and finally realized that I had wasted eleven dollars when I bought the detergent. The way this thing cleans is to abrade the dirt away. If I get too close I can make groves in the wood, and have to be careful to keep the spray at a shallow angle, just as the book says. The manufacturer claims 30 degrees is good, but it's hard to keep it at that angle all the time. The net result is that it's sort of work, but the area I cleaned looks like a new fence. I would guess there's another six hours left if I do all the fence.

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TUBLADY 3/19/2011 4:47PM

    That sounds like some work. You must of burned up some calories doing all that power washing.
Take care.

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THINRONNA 3/19/2011 11:51AM

    OOOOHHHH! I LOVE power washers! And you have one at home! I have only used them at work. Fun!

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    I love power washing. It's tedious and time consuming, but you're right, the fence and concrete looks brand new when you're done.

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TWOTIMESS 3/18/2011 11:37PM

    I'd love to play with that pressure sprayer, but methinks perhaps not... How will it work on concrete walls, I wonder?

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MS.ELENI 3/18/2011 11:28PM

    Just lost what I said. Have a good weekend.Find some time to relax and do nothing

Oops looks like I didn't lose it

Comment edited on: 3/18/2011 11:29:06 PM

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MS.ELENI 3/18/2011 11:27PM

    You are one busy man as usual. Sounds like too much work to me. Congrats on doc's report.
have a good weekend and find some time to just do nothing and relax.

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Not Like Christmas in the Old Days

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Yesterday we did a lot of things, but the big one was to make three forays into Home Depot to buy mulch, plants fertilizer, weed N feed, and a pressure sprayer. The clerk convinced me that the cheap one was a bad choice, so I got the best one with electric power. It is supposed to be 1800 PSI but I don't know if it would cut the toe off of steel tipped shoes. It could hurt you though. I had seen one at Costco, but it turns out that the one at Home Depot cost less, generated higher pressure, and had the same features.

I didn't get to open the sprayer last night - getting ready for the Kiwanis banquet tonight, then going around with how much money to give the Historical Society for Murray took a lot of time, and I finally wrote another check today. Having a decision doesn't seem to make things easy because there never is a final decision.

Today I planted 36 Sapphire St. Augustine grass plugs, and did another bunch of chores. I started the day seeing a podiatrist, and finally paid him $270 for three laser treatments for toenail fungus. I hope it works. Anyhow, now it's time to get ready for the banquet (the BW has been working on that for some time) and I still haven't opened the box of the pressure sprayer. It's not like being a kid at Christmas. I guess I'm getting old.

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MS.ELENI 3/16/2011 8:17PM

    Another man toy. emoticon I am sure you will get to try it out soon

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TWOTIMESS 3/16/2011 4:28PM

    LOL, that sprayer would be out of its box and blasting in two minutes flat! Good luck with your toe nails - try to get them in the sun - I undersand sunlight also kills off the fungus, which is really hard to kill.

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MRDPOLING 3/16/2011 4:08PM

    Oh I am so itching to get to the landscaping too. I hope to get to play in the dirt within the next week or two.

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Bad Eyes

Monday, March 14, 2011

One of the joys of lasting a long time is that various body parts start to work erratically. My latest problem is with the eyes. I seem to be allergic to oak pollen, and it affects my eyes more than the rest of my head. I was never allergic to anything except poison ivy and honeysuckle sap until about 10 years ago. We were living underneath big live oak trees, and the BW was bothered a lot. I hadn't noticed it for the first few years except when she pointed out the yellow dust all over the van. Then one year it seemed as if I had a cold, and I finally realized that maybe it was the oak pollen.

Since then it had gotten worse, and I started being affected two or three months ago. At first I assumed it was dry eyes, and just being an old fart was the cause. When I looked them up on Sparks, it said that age was a big factor, so I just accepted it. But it kept getting worse, and now it drives me up the wall. I tried a number of the BW's suggestions, but the thing that finally helped a lot was to take an antihistamine. It was like magic. Unfortunately, as time goes on, the magic doesn't seem to work as well as it did before. There was a little article in the paper that this is an unusually bad year for tree pollen - possibly a record - so maybe it will slack off in a month or so, but I suspect there will be something else to irritate me then.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 3/15/2011 8:34PM

    Use local honey as a sweetener in your tea (or whatever). It contains minuscule amounts of the local pollens and acts rather like a homeopathic remedy. My husband swears by it. I don't suffer from allergies (yet) so I cannot offer my personal endorsement. (Another affective treatment he tried, but WOULD NOT recommend, was a small piece of jalapeņo up the nose.)

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TWOTIMESS 3/15/2011 3:27AM

    That must be what's ailing me right now - allergies. I've always had dry eyes, but the last few days I've been tilting my head this way and that just to read with my vari-focals and it's not working too well! Sneezing and siffling all morning long and fine in the afternoon.

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MRDPOLING 3/14/2011 11:06PM

    I know Oak is supposed to be like everyone's favorate wood but frankly it isn't mine. There is really nothing I like about it from the way they look in the yard, the snell of the raw wood or the way it looks when stained and finished.

As for your allergy... I have never heard of anyone being allergic to an oak tree but then again, until about 10 years ago, I didn't really have much experiance with allergies myself.

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MS.ELENI 3/14/2011 10:57PM

    The pollen started bothering Bill about a year ago.So far I am good.But I am not out and about a lot.I wonder if you wore one of those dust masks if it would help/

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CAROLJEAN64 3/14/2011 10:15PM

    Luckily for me my eyes weren't affected by pollen. The spots I was seeing were cataracts and boy can the medical profession ever do a great job on that problem. Out go the bad lenses (which were very near sighted) and in come new lenses with perfect vision. I am almost 66 years old and need no glasses.

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Quiet Sunday

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Today I reset a whole lot of clocks, read the Sunday paper (especially the comics and Comp USA ad), and washed the inside of the refrigerator while waiting for the BW, who was going to do it. I just started, and by the time she came back it was done.

Then we went to Sweetbay and bought a cart full of groceries. After they were all put away, I spent nearly two hours spraying where the bees weren't thick, but saved some for the Meyer lemon and avacado tree because the bees were swarming there. After that I spend nearly two hours digging out nutsedge and sand burrs, with a few odd weeds thrown in. I kept going until the grocery bag was too full to tie fully closed.

And I didn't overeat, at least so far. Sounds like a miserable Sunday, right?

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ALEXTHEHUNN 3/14/2011 8:26PM

    A colleague comments that most of his clocks reset themselves. It highlighted our age difference.

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MRDPOLING 3/13/2011 9:09PM

    Yeah I thought I had all of my clocks taken care of before I went to bed Saturday night but when I got in my truck today I realized I had missed too and they are the two that I always have to look up how to change them. The hard part was looking for the manuals and then looking up how to do it. The actual changing for both took like half a minute.

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MS.ELENI 3/13/2011 6:07PM

    That is not a quiet Sunday,That was another one of your busy busy days. emoticon

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TWOTIMESS 3/13/2011 5:43PM

    Sounds like a perfect Sunday!

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