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Saturday, September 4, 2021 10:53 PM

BRENDA


Still getting some rain where I am.

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Sunday, September 5, 2021 2:03 PM

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Just a Sunday. Hoping to get some more work done on my book.

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Sunday, September 5, 2021 5:41 PM

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Chapter 12 redone and Chapter 13 started.

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Sunday, September 5, 2021 7:16 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


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SIX, thanks for the tip on PPG "Ultra". I'll be sure to avoid it!



Yeah... Two days later and it doesn't look as though the problem is going to correct itself. I think I'm going to re-roll the entire wall now with a much shorter nap and get as close as I can to every edge. It should be fine then.

I used the Ultra P High-Gloss white on the cabinets and all of the baseboard and door/window casings, and they turned out great. But I did put a LOT of coats on there, and everything was brushed by hand so there weren't the random reflections of light that a roller puts down. Plus, the high-gloss paint in that same line comes out to more than double the price of the flat paint, so that might also have something to do with it.

If it were just the problem I'm having with the dark wall currently, I'd say go ahead and use the paint for lighter colors, but since you risk having to do three coats because of the lousy coverage even on light walls, I'd just say skip it entirely.



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Sunday, September 5, 2021 7:42 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Oh... P.S.

Including the bad outlet in the bathroom that I had to re-mud and get set proper, I'm now 4 for 4 with outlets that I've had to fix while putting in the shiny new stuff. I'm hoping that at least half of the rest of them go smoothly and I don't end up having to fix every outlet on the 1st floor.

I'm kind of surprised at my luck so far. I know it was a long time ago now, but when I did all of them in the 2nd floor I don't remember having to fix a single thing when swapping out the old for new.

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Sunday, September 5, 2021 7:43 PM

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Got some great looking mushrooms the other day from a local grocery store. Did them up with some chicken legs and a can of tomato paste on the stove top in a pan with a lid, so no splatter.

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Monday, September 6, 2021 2:22 AM

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Originally posted by Brenda:
Got some great looking mushrooms the other day from a local grocery store. Did them up with some chicken legs and a can of tomato paste on the stove top in a pan with a lid, so no splatter.

If I wasn't allergic to tomatoes, I'd make that myself!

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Monday, September 6, 2021 2:23 AM

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Oh... P.S.

Including the bad outlet in the bathroom that I had to re-mud and get set proper, I'm now 4 for 4 with outlets that I've had to fix while putting in the shiny new stuff. I'm hoping that at least half of the rest of them go smoothly and I don't end up having to fix every outlet on the 1st floor.

I'm kind of surprised at my luck so far. I know it was a long time ago now, but when I did all of them in the 2nd floor I don't remember having to fix a single thing when swapping out the old for new.

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I've been following your progress just not posting much. Sounds great, SIX!

eh... pictures????

I'll bet your place looks so much better than when you started!

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Monday, September 6, 2021 2:27 AM

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Well, I think I finally figured out how to keep the dog healthy.

Aside from vitamins and iron, I really keep track of her ... ah ... poop.

Loose or soft once in a while is to be expected, but when it happens more often than not it means she has worms, again.

I thought she was lively with the vitamins and iron, but she's a little terror once she's been dewormed (with fenbendazole). It's great to see her charging around and being all lively, with a puppy's energy!

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Monday, September 6, 2021 1:44 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Got some great looking mushrooms the other day from a local grocery store. Did them up with some chicken legs and a can of tomato paste on the stove top in a pan with a lid, so no splatter.

If I wasn't allergic to tomatoes, I'd make that myself!

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It came out really good. And these mushrooms were big and white. I have enough left overs for a couple of days along with anything else I have in my cupboards.

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Monday, September 6, 2021 1:46 PM

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Out for a walk in a bit. Just need a bit of fresh air after being in all day Sunday. Then when I get back. I must tackle the vaccuming.

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Monday, September 6, 2021 3:38 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


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I've been following your progress just not posting much. Sounds great, SIX!

eh... pictures????

I'll bet your place looks so much better than when you started!



It is looking pretty sweet.

It was SO bad before though that you'd have to really try hard to do anything on the first floor that made it look worse than it did before.




The 3rd roller coat fixed my "glare" problem. I used a 1/2" nap instead of my 3/4" nap and rolled parallel to the ceiling as tight as I was comfortable doing and you can't even tell anymore. Not a step I would ever have to normally take, but I guess that's the price you pay for going with a dark color and cheap paint.

Fortunately, I had JUST enough to finish that third coat without having to dip into the sealed gallon. I really cut it close though.



My 5th outlet was a breeze and gave me no problems. Finally!

The 6th was a cable outlet. The cover isn't as tight to the wall as I'd have liked it, but the faux junction box/plastic things they used to put holes with screw mounts on them "pinch" the wall to hold tight, and the lip above the surface is not playing well with the screwless plates. I may or may not hit the sides of them with caulk when I'm done (since it's extremely unlikely that I'd ever remove them before I'm out of this house). It's in tight... I'm just not a huge fan of how it kind of floats about 1/16" from the wall instead of being firmly on it like the outlets and switches.

I'm going to skip the two phone outlets for now and do those last. Hopefully they're not too big a problem. If all goes well I should have all my new outlets and plates up by the end of the day, as well as the grate for the cold air return.

Maybe I'll find the time to wrangle up a few before/after pics.

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Monday, September 6, 2021 5:13 PM

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Back from my walk and vacuuming done.

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Monday, September 6, 2021 8:37 PM

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Not trying to bug you about the pix, SIX. It just sounds so friigin' awesome my curiosity is itching!



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Monday, September 6, 2021 8:42 PM

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I think I mentioned that we had to cut down a ceanothus that died a sudden inglorious and unsightly death.

Dear daughter and I (mostly me, she was inside doing dishes) finally managed to snip up/bin up the remains.

KIKI, when you get that chipper/shredder let me know! I'd be happy to rent it from you!

Still have stump pulling to finish, but now there is a space to plant another, less finicky, shrub


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Monday, September 6, 2021 8:43 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Back from my walk and vacuuming done.



Sigh. Have not gotten to that part yet.

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Monday, September 6, 2021 10:35 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


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Not trying to bug you about the pix, SIX. It just sounds so friigin' awesome my curiosity is itching!




Okay... Here's a few...

This was the cold air return for the furnace with the old paint job. What a joke. Had to bust out a lot and clean up the edges with a file before priming and painting it.






Here's a before and after of the 3rd roll on the accent wall today. Depending on how your monitor shows it, you should be able to see the unsightly shine toward the ceiling that I made disappear. Not really a big deal around the opening though since I'm going to be framing that all out with door trim.




A before/after of what 3 outlets in one corner have looked like for the last 10 years before today...



The same thing with another corner, but this one shows off the accent wall... Unfortunately, that phone jack is a few millimeters higher than the plug outlet, but I'm not going to do anything about it now. I'll never see it because of the decorative piece I put there that has all of my network stuff and printer on.


And just a little taste of my finished kitchen cabinets now that I've got the soffit painted. See how I hit the soffit underneath up to the molding?





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Monday, September 6, 2021 10:48 PM

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Just saying hi all!

Hey Brenda, it sounds like your book is doing well. When you read about all the 'stuff' the homeowners here are doing instead of - say - writing - I hope it gives you a little extra satisfaction about being where you are.


Signy - I'm sorry to say the chipper/ shredder will be awhile. Unlike the rototiller, which had a feature that truly set it apart from all the others plus excellent reviews everywhere, the chipper/ shredder is far more problematic a selection. None are really outstanding in terms of features or functions. And all have middling to worse ratings, with reviews that highlight specific problems that, imo, should never occur if they were well-designed and well-built. For example, a model had a couple of reviews mentioning bolts shearing off the frame during use, another featured bits of metal pinging through the shredder from somewhere inside and being shot out at speed in a couple of reviews. (Ready. Aim. FIRE !) But ALL had some problem that seemed hinky. And since I started out basically knowing nothing about that kind of thing, and had to learn as I went along reading descriptions and reviews, I'm more comfortable letting that info marinade for a while before finally deciding. I THINK I have my choices narrowed down to one company, and one of 2 of their models, but I'm going to go back through by the end of this month, or early next month, to make sure what I thought then is still what I think afterward.

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Monday, September 6, 2021 11:16 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Back from my walk and vacuuming done.



Sigh. Have not gotten to that part yet.

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You will Sig. You will.

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Monday, September 6, 2021 11:18 PM

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Wow wow, that's nice work, SIX!!

And as I recall, you sanded and refinished the wood floors, right?

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Monday, September 6, 2021 11:18 PM

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That is great work 6Six.

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Monday, September 6, 2021 11:21 PM

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Originally posted by 1KIKI:

Just saying hi all!

Hey Brenda, it sounds like your book is doing well. When you read about all the 'stuff' the homeowners here are doing instead of - say - writing - I hope it gives you a little extra satisfaction about being where you are.







My book work is going well. I like reading about it and I am glad to be where I am for sure.

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Monday, September 6, 2021 11:21 PM

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Wow wow, that's nice work, SIX!!



Thanks.

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And as I recall, you sanded and refinished the wood floors, right?



Not that floor. I did that in the bedrooms/hallway upstairs and the stairs leading up to it. The living room floor wasn't nearly as terrible as the floors were upstairs under the carpet.

I think I'll probably do the living room floor at some point though. There are some fairly rough spots, and unfortunately they're toward the perimeter so they couldn't even be covered up with a nice area rug.



I haven't made up my mind about that shoe on the baseboard either. I still have to scuff sand, prime and re-paint the baseboard and I might take that all off the fronts of them first. It's kind of out of style these days and I don't have it on any of the baseboard upstairs.

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Monday, September 6, 2021 11:22 PM

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That is great work 6Six.



Thanks Brenda.

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Monday, September 6, 2021 11:29 PM

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Oh... BTW.. in that last pic, you can see just a bit of that vinyl privacy film I used on the windows when I took all the blinds down. (You can open the image much larger in another tab). I put that up about 14 months ago now and it's all sticking just as good as when I first put it up.

Seems to clean fairly easily too, so I know that there was some possible interest in that product and I'd figure I'd give an update.

Can't remember the full name of the brand, but I got it off Amazon and it had "Gorilla" in the name. That should be enough to get you where you're going if you wanted to look into it yourself.



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Monday, September 6, 2021 11:57 PM

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"Shoe" on the baseboard?
You mean "quarter round"?

Yes, I see the privacy film. It looks nice!

BTW I wanted to post that I do see the difference between the 2nd and 3rd ceiling coats, but I got interrupted. The past few days have been non-stop work on piddly chores.

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Monday, September 6, 2021 11:58 PM

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No rush on the chipper shredder, KIKI. There's always pruning to do!

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021 12:04 AM

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I think I want to replace the ceanothus with some not quite so persnickety. Because the oak tree has grown up so nicely, I'll probably put in a shorter shrub... 4ft instead of 8ft... so ppl can see the oak beyond.

Prolly a CA coffeeberry. It's called that bc it's berries look like coffee berries, but aren't. The birds like them, tho.

BTW I also am growing up some real coffee trees to plant under the avocados. Come the apocalypse, when coffee is impossible to come by, I'll have the market cornered.

Heh heh heh

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021 9:23 AM

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"Shoe" on the baseboard?
You mean "quarter round"?



Yup.

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Yes, I see the privacy film. It looks nice!


Yeah. I used a different pattern in the in the living room and the basement that I liked better, but they're both good. That one is in the kitchen and the bedrooms and puts off a really cool rainbow effect when the light is right.

Quote:

BTW I wanted to post that I do see the difference between the 2nd and 3rd ceiling coats, but I got interrupted. The past few days have been non-stop work on piddly chores.



It was the dark wall that got the 3rd coat, with the difference being up by the ceiling.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021 1:20 PM

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Out for a walk on a dry, sunny day.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021 3:21 PM

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Haven't been outside today, so I had no idea it was 89 degrees out right now.

Just checked the weather and not at all surprised to see severe thunderstorm warnings for the next 8 hours. It was bright and sunny and now it's dark and extremely windy. My poor front lawn getting everybody else's crap all over it again.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021 4:12 PM

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SIGNY BTW I wanted to post that I do see the difference between the 2nd and 3rd ceiling coats, but I got interrupted. The past few days have been non-stop work on piddly chores.

SIX: It was the dark wall that got the 3rd coat, with the difference being up by the ceiling.



Oh, I see. Maybe the lighting was more even in photo#2, but yes, I see a stripe of difference on the accent wall next to the ceiling.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021 9:01 PM

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SIGNY BTW I wanted to post that I do see the difference between the 2nd and 3rd ceiling coats, but I got interrupted. The past few days have been non-stop work on piddly chores.

SIX: It was the dark wall that got the 3rd coat, with the difference being up by the ceiling.



Oh, I see. Maybe the lighting was more even in photo#2, but yes, I see a stripe of difference on the accent wall next to the ceiling.



Yeah. It wouldn't surprise me. Now that I have no blinds in the house and privacy film up everywhere, my light levels are pretty much dependent on whatever the sun's up to during the day. Those two photos would have been taken a few hours apart.

The most striking difference was right above the opening, about a foot or so under where the wall meets the ceiling, but that also wasn't nearly as important since I'm going to be casing out the entire stairway opening as if it were a door and it would have been covered up anyway. I just didn't want to see it anymore and there wasn't any point not fixing it since I was already rolling out the entire wall one last time to fix it up by the ceiling.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021 9:10 PM

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Pretty much a relaxing day here, but I did two more pieces of electrical work... neither of them went smooth (of course).

A wall outlet that was up high in the corner of the kitchen, currently tucked away behind the curio cabinet that I have my tablet and mp3 player as well as one of my cordless phones always charging on was knackered. Uncle Bob just decided to glue that outlet in with liquid nails since the screws he had on the outlet he used weren't long enough to reach the junction box that was pretty deep in there. My screws were longer, so they reached... just barely. It's all good now.

The big project was the 4-banger switch panel behind the fridge. One switch for the ceiling fan, one for the ceiling fan light, one for the light over the sink and one for the light on the back porch (that would have been an outdoor light many moons ago before the 3 season room was built).

The old switches were pretty much standard light switches with two screws on each side, despite the fact they had two tiny switches on each of them instead of one. The new ones had 1 screw on one side and 3 on the other side. Serving to further confuse me, there was a tab in the center of the back you could pull out to create two separate circuits.

I almost didn't do it and was going to add it to the list of things my buddy's dad is going to do when he starts coming over to help me out with things, but I ended up going for it.

Super expensive though. Those switches were $15 each and the decorative plate for it was another $5. Since every light I've put up since I've been here has either been pulled from a rehab job, a hand-me-down or purchased for pennies at Goodwill, that's by far the most money I've spent on a single junction box in 10 years.

But it looks great.

And there's something extremely satisfying about hearing those tiny flapper switches click when you flip them instead of the dull nothing the old crap did.




Tomorrow I begin the process of moving all of my remaining trim and baseboard inside the house to begin the process of painting it.


It really is nice to start finally using up all of this stuff that I bought on sale up to 2 years ago and have been tripping over ever since.



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Tuesday, September 7, 2021 10:44 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



How does this happen? When I posted b4 my post was immediately after Signy's. Now I come back and ppl are posting about something I didn't see ... and Jack's post is now between mine and Signy's ...

I'm not ignoring your post Jack, it just wasn't there when mine went up!

NICE WORK.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021 10:47 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



Sigh. Africanized bees were in my yard this AM AND this evening. So their presence on my flowering tree this AM wasn't temporary.

Damn, there's always something.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021 10:54 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Thanks Kiki.

I'd like to think I spent the last year and a half a bit more productively than your average bear.



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Wednesday, September 8, 2021 1:06 PM

BRENDA


Out for a walk in what looks like rain today.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021 4:22 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



I got up really early today. I read that (regular) forager honeybees bees start the day early because they like their nectar and pollen with a high moisture content. So I went out at the 06:30 official daybreak, and sat and watched the flowering tree to see when the bees showed up, and which direction they came from/ went back to. (Before I sat down I dumped the birdbath since bees seemed to be attracted to the water as well.)

The answers for today were: around 07:00 (they may have been slow to gather because it was much cooler this AM than yesterday); and SSE.

Many years ago I had (regular) honeybees swarm a different crape myrtle tree; so much so that I heard the collective buzzing from inside the house and went to check it out. They didn't swarm the tree the day before, or the day after, or any other time that I noticed (but most of my daytime hours over the years were at work, so there's that ...). So the tree must have been putting off some powerful 'come hither' scents at that time!

I have similarly not noticed any bees or any insects at all swarming this other crape myrtle until yesterday, when the (killer) bees were aggressively all over it; and also getting up in my grill as I was quietly sitting 25' away. But today, while I saw a few, it wasn't like yesterday. So maybe it was a one-time event ... I'll need to keep an eye on that though.



Anyway, the only thing I can do is make sure they're not on my property.

None of the places I talked with do overall property inspection. They'll come if you point out a hive(nest), or they'll check structures, but not properties. So I guess it's up to me to **cautiously** poke and peer for any (killer) bee hives.



We need good rains and a good really cold winter to set the (killer) bee populations back. Like Jack's ants V my Argentinian ants, killer bee behavior is distinct from regular honeybees. Regular honeybees don't nest in the ground, killer bees do. Regular bees are super busy making honey and storing it to keep the hive going through winter, killer bees make 3X more honey, but it gets used up to fuel high population growth. Behavior-wise, regular honeybees are slow, low-flying, single-minded, and methodical as they work flowers; killer bees are fast, fly high, have erratic flights paths with quick, high-speed, random direction changes, and chase each other aggressively off of flowers, and are easily distracted by other things (like me sitting quietly). (They fly and react much more like hornets than like honeybees.) They wouldn't be well-buffered from a cold, wet winter.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021 4:38 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Hope your killer be problem gets fixed. Nasty little buggers.

How are your ants treating you? It's rare I see any near the house these days with how much poison I've been putting down, but that's probably a war I'll be fighting as long as I live here.

I'd like to think they're not inside the siding anywhere, but I think I'd see them at some point if they were. They're not going after any food inside, and I'm out doing enough stuff outside where I'd notice a procession of them foraging like I did when I had them inside.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021 4:43 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Started out the day sanding the coat closet and pantry door, but decided it was silly to be doing that in a more or less "finished" area while they'r on the hinges when I can bring them down into the basement. I was going to take the hinges off anyhow to work on the trim and jambs.

I'm NOT doing that on the two exterior doors though, since I don't want to be without exterior doors for any amount of time, so I'll have to work around everything on those and try not to make too much of a mess.

This got me to finally clean up my work area downstairs, clean up all of the trim that has been sitting in my back porch for nearly 2 years and stage it in the basement for painting. The porch had to be cleared out anyhow since we're going to be starting the work on putting proper windows and a proper door on it soon.

It's already kind of getting late in the day, but I may keep at it. I've already pulled one of the doors down and it's on the horses to be sanded. I'm not in a great hurry to do that though since I don't think there's any way I'll have all 4 doors I want to paint together ready by the end of the day to put a coat of primer on, and since I'm going to roll them this time I don't want to do it until they're all ready so I'm not wasting paint that needs to be washed out of the roller when I'm done for the day.

I would like to get that really nice mirror I've got sanded down though since I have to paint that with a brush. I'd love to at least have that thing back up soon. You don't realize how much you miss a mirror until it's not up anymore, and I've been without it for about 2 months now.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021 4:47 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



The ants are ... around. But I think the neighbors on one side of me have been spraying a lot, and it seems to be benefiting me.

I JUST got some ant bait with borax as the active ingredient, and I was honest-to-god JUST going to start setting some stations outside yesterday as I was doing yardwork. But I wasn't comfortable with the idea of being busy and moving around with killer bees so close by and so easily hacked-off by any little thing, so I did no yardwork and set out no ant bait.

Tomorrow I'm going to go out VERY early and do yardwork in one particular place in my yard where there could possibly bee (HA HA)* a hive, and make that a habit for the next while. Also, wear heavy clothes taped at wrists and ankles and tucked in at the waist, gloves, and an N95 mask, and hood, just in case, until proven otherwise.

* I just noticed your misspell. This was not about that! I just think it's a handy pun, that I may be using for a while.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021 5:06 PM

BRENDA


Back from my walk and had to get a sandwich at a local Subway shop to take with me for lunch tomorrow after mah jong. Also got a box of "Made Good" cookies that were on sale. Just needed something for a snack, and one of the pouches has about 6 mini cookies in it.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021 9:59 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:

The ants are ... around. But I think the neighbors on one side of me have been spraying a lot, and it seems to be benefiting me.

I JUST got some ant bait with borax as the active ingredient, and I was honest-to-god JUST going to start setting some stations outside yesterday as I was doing yardwork. But I wasn't comfortable with the idea of being busy and moving around with killer bees so close by and so easily hacked-off by any little thing, so I did no yardwork and set out no ant bait.

Tomorrow I'm going to go out VERY early and do yardwork in one particular place in my yard where there could possibly bee (HA HA)* a hive, and make that a habit for the next while. Also, wear heavy clothes taped at wrists and ankles and tucked in at the waist, gloves, and an N95 mask, and hood, just in case, until proven otherwise.

* I just noticed your misspell. This was not about that! I just think it's a handy pun, that I may be using for a while.



lol... I had to look to see what misspell you were talking about. "Killer be", lol. Take it. It's yours.



Be careful. I get the feeling that they're not nearly as dangerous as the Bee apocalypse they told us was heading our way in the Weekly Reader when I was a kid, but I can't imagine tangling with them would be pleasant.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021 10:02 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


I ended up getting both the coat closet and pantry door down and sanded on all sides, rounded down on the edges. The wood putty that's been in the holes now for months worked great.

I was in the middle of sanding down the frame on the mirror, but I ran out of daylight.

I ended up taking the horses outside and sanding everything out there. It was stupid to try in the basement. It seemed to be going well until my battery died, but when I switched in a fresh battery it took two seconds to realize that I'd have dust all the way up to the 2nd floor if I did it down there.


Oh well. I cleaned out the entire porch while I was at it and hit even the walls and the ceiling with the shop vac. It hasn't looked that clean in 2 years, and now all my baseboard and trim is ready to put on horses and paint when I need it.


Hopefully I can finish sanding that mirror, the jambs for all 4 doors, and the insides of the two exterior doors and at least start hitting everything with primer tomorrow.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021 11:22 PM

BRENDA


Off to mah jong in the morning. So I will see everyone tomorrow afternoon.

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Thursday, September 9, 2021 1:53 AM

SIGNYM

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I had a stereoatactic biopsy of my breast today, so no yardwork for me for a while. Aside from having my boob clamped in a vise ("paddles", they call them. HA!) it was literally painless.

This is the second biopsy of that breast. The first was was a suspicious mammogram leading to a stereotactic biopsy leading to an excisional (full anesthesia) biopsy where they took a chunk out the size of a big hamburger. But the pathology lab findings, altho extremely unusual (the pathologist shopped it around to two others) were not cancer, they were "abnormal apocrine glands" (sweat cells.)

So I've been this road before and have learned not to borrow trouble from the future - it'll come to me soon enough - and am not sweating the results. Whatever it is, I'll deal with it.

Anyway, don't expect to read about great progress from me for a while! But I'll be reading your posts with great interest and (maybe) just a little bit of jealousy.



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Thursday, September 9, 2021 10:13 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Good luck sigs.

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Thursday, September 9, 2021 10:27 AM

SIGNYM

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Thanks, SIX.
I've known four people with cancer. It killed my MIL, but hubby has had two kinds of cancer, eldest sis had cervical cancer and aunt had breast cancer, and hubby and sis are alive lo these many decades later, aand aunt lived for another 4 decades before dying of something else. So it's not the death sentence that everyone thinks. I prefer to be optimistic.

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Thursday, September 9, 2021 10:49 AM

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You've only known four? That's pretty lucky.

Most of the men on both sides of my family tree don't live long enough to retire and die of one form of cancer or another. My dad seems to be the only one shattering that mold.

Ironically, even though about half of them smoked, it wasn't ever lung cancer that did 'em in.


Few breast cancer cases with the women of the family as well on my mom's side. (no cancer with women on my dad's side, oddly).

My grandma fought that for decades, and if you weren't as close with her as I was, you probably had no idea.

If they find anything, they're finding it early since you go regularly. Glad you're keeping it positive because you should be in your situation.

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