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In the garden, and RAIN!!!!

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Friday, July 1, 2022 10:32 PM

SIGNYM

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Sunshine would be nice.

I was just cleaning out my gutters of other people's tree-crap during torrential rain. That was after almost getting stung by hornets that made a hive in an external electrical box I was trying to map where it would have been coming from outside the garage. When I finally killed them off and cleaned it out I got my multimeter out and turned the breaker back on, only to be suckerpunched by buckets of rain with zero forewarning and it's been raining ever since. None of this was in the forecast.

At least I didn't get stung or electrocuted.

Today sucks. I'm done working until tomorrow.

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Kinda like the lightning storm that blew up out of nowhere around here. Crazy weather!
I'm glad too, that you didn't get stung or electrocuted. That would have really put a cap on a bad day!

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Saturday, July 2, 2022 1:27 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Quote:

Originally posted by SignyM:
Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Sunshine would be nice.

I was just cleaning out my gutters of other people's tree-crap during torrential rain. That was after almost getting stung by hornets that made a hive in an external electrical box I was trying to map where it would have been coming from outside the garage. When I finally killed them off and cleaned it out I got my multimeter out and turned the breaker back on, only to be suckerpunched by buckets of rain with zero forewarning and it's been raining ever since. None of this was in the forecast.

At least I didn't get stung or electrocuted.

Today sucks. I'm done working until tomorrow.

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Kinda like the lightning storm that blew up out of nowhere around here. Crazy weather!
I'm glad too, that you didn't get stung or electrocuted. That would have really put a cap on a bad day!

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Yeah. It was just a really weird day all around with the timing of everything. I'm not overly superstitious or anything, but I took all of that that as a sign that maybe I should take a break from work.



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Saturday, July 2, 2022 1:20 PM

BRENDA


Out soon on another bright sunny day. Couple of things to do.

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Saturday, July 2, 2022 4:45 PM

BRENDA


Back from my walk and just having a sit down.

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Saturday, July 2, 2022 7:59 PM

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Glad your weather was nice, BRENDA!

*****

I FINALLY managed to clear out the other veggie patch. Tomorrow I should be able to weed whack a fair portion of the frontyrd in preparation for digging it up/out.

Oh, and I made the best roast beef, quite by accident. I had a 1.5 lb piece of tri tip in the freezer, and I was going to make a stuffed- mushroom flavored beef hash (cubed beef, potatoes, shrooms, onion, thyme, s&p, maybe a little parmesan) but in order to prep the beef I decided to roast it first. I've never roasted tri tip before, I always braised it. It came out SO GOOD I served it that way, and had the potatoes, shrooms, onions and thyme on the side. With a big salad and strawberries for dessert.

It's been a long time since I had roast beef, and it was yummy.

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Saturday, July 2, 2022 10:13 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


It looked like maybe I wasn't going to work today either, but I got my ass in gear around 1:00PM and got back to it.

I took that external outlet back apart so I could test the one coming up from the post and verified that yes, the old romex going down from the box outside of the garage does power that post that probably was used to power the filter on a pool at some point. I will likely be removing that, but I might now just cut it down below the surface and keep it buried rather than disturb my grass the whole length.

A few wasps had already come back and were trying to build a new hive. I had to take care of them again and clean that thing out before capping the box off so they couldn't get back in before I get around to removing all of that.

I ran all of the conduit, boxes and wires I'll need for everything else in the front of the garage and installed another box outside at the front. It's capped off overnight because I don't have the materials on hand to finish it. I think I might actually go with GFCI receptacles outside instead of standard ones. Probably overkill though because I decided to also add switches inside the garage that can turn those off when they're not in use. Did that to the front already, but I need to do it to the back one tomorrow after I get more supplies.

I was also able to power up the ANCIENT light that is over the garage door. I knew it was a massive bulb, but I've never seen anything like this in my life. I unscrewed it to see if I could put a small LED bulb in there temporarily until I get a LED motion sensor light, but the socket is twice the size of a standard bulb socket.

So after I got a box up there I attached the wires and wouldn't you know it fired up. Who knows how long it's been since that light had even been turned on. There hasn't been any power even remotely close to it for the 12 years that I've lived here.

It's LOUD... It buzzes. It's a greenish-blue color. It reminds me more of a bug zapper than a light bulb. When looking at it through my tablet you can see a weird "scanline" effect reminiscent of old CRT televisions. I wouldn't be surprised if it sucks up 800 watts.

I disconnected it and capped off those wires in the box for now. Should be fairly easy to modernize that and get some real light on that side of the property at night finally.


So except for those things I still need to do, all the electric is done in the garage besides whatever solution I'm going to come up with in the 1/2 garage part over my workbench. It's time to get those dusty old florescent lights out of there and get something much brighter that will use a fraction of the juice.



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Saturday, July 2, 2022 11:38 PM

BRENDA


Yeah, the weather has been good the last few days SIG. Suppose to be heading into a rain at some point tonight. Computer is reading temp at 18C which is about 66F. That is down from around 23C this afternoon.

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Sunday, July 3, 2022 1:38 PM

BRENDA


Rain here today on a quiet Sunday.

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Sunday, July 3, 2022 6:43 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


I ended up taking out the work I did on the outside outlets in the front and back and starting over on the wiring.

I decided after talking to my friend's dad that I should splurge for the GFCI outlets since I was doing the work right now. I could always do it later, but why not just do it now?

So now the final boxes inside that lead to the outside outlets have both a GFCI with a double outlet and a flapper switch with a new shiny 4"x4" box that accommodates the flapper style size.

I put the switch after the GFCI, because it doesn't make sense to turn off both the exterior and the final interior outlet with the switch off. This is now officially overkill, but damn if it ain't impressive. These are now the safest exterior outlets in a residential home in America.

I also bought brand new covers since I only had one and it was terribly beat up. The new ones are WAY better anyhow and have plenty of cushion seal action going on. Even though my old boxes are grey, I got white covers to match my aluminum. I'm actually going to clean off the old boxes, tape cardboard all around the siding around them and then spray them down with the rustoleum spray I got a month or two back on a huge sale at $2 per can.

I decided to buy EVERYTHING I needed to finish the electrical work in the garage instead of waiting on the rest. The only thing left to do now is the electric coming from the single switch that controls the 4 florescent lights. I just need to do a bit of minor construction work for my boxes, then I'm going to hard pipe everything in.

Maybe it will be finished tomorrow?



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Sunday, July 3, 2022 10:44 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
I ended up taking out the work I did on the outside outlets in the front and back and starting over on the wiring.

I decided after talking to my friend's dad that I should splurge for the GFCI outlets since I was doing the work right now. I could always do it later, but why not just do it now?

So now the final boxes inside that lead to the outside outlets have both a GFCI with a double outlet and a flapper switch with a new shiny 4"x4" box that accommodates the flapper style size.

I put the switch after the GFCI, because it doesn't make sense to turn off both the exterior and the final interior outlet with the switch off. This is now officially overkill, but damn if it ain't impressive. These are now the safest exterior outlets in a residential home in America.

I also bought brand new covers since I only had one and it was terribly beat up. The new ones are WAY better anyhow and have plenty of cushion seal action going on. Even though my old boxes are grey, I got white covers to match my aluminum. I'm actually going to clean off the old boxes, tape cardboard all around the siding around them and then spray them down with the rustoleum spray I got a month or two back on a huge sale at $2 per can.

I decided to buy EVERYTHING I needed to finish the electrical work in the garage instead of waiting on the rest. The only thing left to do now is the electric coming from the single switch that controls the 4 florescent lights. I just need to do a bit of minor construction work for my boxes, then I'm going to hard pipe everything in.

Maybe it will be finished tomorrow?



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And won't it be great when it's finally done?

To me, that's the difference between a chore and a project. Chores have to be done over and over..

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Sunday, July 3, 2022 10:52 PM

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Speaking of chores... I cut down some weeds with clippers and weed whacked the rest, raked up and binned up. Just on the larger part of the front yard. Then I ran out of bin space, energy, and trimmer string all at about the same time. But the largest part of the front yard looks significantly better.

Watering the property today for its monthly once-over (the vegetables need water nearly every day, some parts need water every two weeks, others parts get by on once a month... I have our property on a strict water budget) and at the end/beginning of each month I pick the coolest day to water, and water everything.

So tomorrow if I can recover from today I'll put in a new spool of trimmer string and finish the yard. That's just step#1: doing a quick cleanup to prep the yard for digging up/regrading.

Did a bunch of piddly stuff too. Now it's time to make dinner.

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Sunday, July 3, 2022 11:24 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Quote:

Originally posted by SignyM:
And won't it be great when it's finally done?

To me, that's the difference between a chore and a project. Chores have to be done over and over..




Yeah. But it's all about the journey too. I'm really enjoying working on this. I'm going to have to make sure I use the garage a lot to make it worth all the time, effort and money.

I do hate chores though. I REALLY need to spend some time cleaning the house again. I have a habit of letting that go pretty bad when I get this deep into a project.

Thankfully, I had a LOT of electrical stuff that my step-dad gave me years and years ago when we were going to work on this together but time got away from us. I can only imagine that the price of most of the stuff would have made this project prohibitively expensive.

Hell... After spending another $70 today, I wouldn't doubt that I've already put $300 out of my own pocket into the porch and garage electrical work, and as of yet I haven't had to buy any copper wire or conduit. And I already had all the tools. I've only had to buy boxes, plates porcelain fixtures, a 50ft length of flex conduit, some connectors, LED bulbs and GFCI outlets. This stuff is stupid expensive right now.

Most people would have just thrown romex up everywhere and called it a day.





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Sunday, July 3, 2022 11:26 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Quote:

Originally posted by SignyM:
Speaking of chores... I cut down some weeds with clippers and weed whacked the rest, raked up and binned up. Just on the larger part of the front yard. Then I ran out of bin space, energy, and trimmer string all at about the same time. But the largest part of the front yard looks significantly better.

Watering the property today for its monthly once-over (the vegetables need water nearly every day, some parts need water every two weeks, others parts get by on once a month... I have our property on a strict water budget) and at the end/beginning of each month I pick the coolest day to water, and water everything.

So tomorrow if I can recover from today I'll put in a new spool of trimmer string and finish the yard. That's just step#1: doing a quick cleanup to prep the yard for digging up/regrading.

Did a bunch of piddly stuff too. Now it's time to make dinner.

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Glad you're keeping up with the stuff that needs keeping up with.

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Monday, July 4, 2022 1:15 PM

BRENDA


Out for a walk soon on what could be a rainy Monday.

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Monday, July 4, 2022 2:20 PM

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Glad you're keeping up with the stuff that needs keeping up with.

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Me too!
One of the benefits of a six-month backlog is that things get so bad, it's easy to make a huge improvement.


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Monday, July 4, 2022 2:21 PM

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Originally posted by Brenda:
Out for a walk soon on what could be a rainy Monday.

I hope it stays dry for your walk.

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Monday, July 4, 2022 5:38 PM

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Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Out for a walk soon on what could be a rainy Monday.

I hope it stays dry for your walk.

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Nope. It rained then stopped then rained again. It stopped on my way home. I was down by the river and if it had been dry I would have taken a walk along the boardwalk. But part of the boardwalk is closed because even so close to the mouth, the Fraser is running too high and fast. Hence the closing.

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Monday, July 4, 2022 5:55 PM

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Originally posted by Brenda:
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Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Out for a walk soon on what could be a rainy Monday.

I hope it stays dry for your walk.

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Nope. It rained then stopped then rained again. It stopped on my way home. I was down by the river and if it had been dry I would have taken a walk along the boardwalk. But part of the boardwalk is closed because even so close to the mouth, the Fraser is running too high and fast. Hence the closing.

. Is that bc of snowmelt, rain, or a combination?

Fast-running rivers are scary. I don't even trust the bridges to withstand the ice chunkc and tree trunks roaring thru.

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Monday, July 4, 2022 6:02 PM

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Today was weedwhacking most of the star pine area, but I got a slow start and got too damn hot to finish. In any case, I filled a 33 gal bin instead
Whew!!!

Now that I did a quick cleanup I see how much thete is to go.
But I'm beat. Was kinda staggering around a bit towards the end. Got in to shower, toss my close in a hot water wash (still dealing with mysterious bug bites, maybe chiggers) and take a nap!

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Monday, July 4, 2022 7:09 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by SignyM:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
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Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Out for a walk soon on what could be a rainy Monday.

I hope it stays dry for your walk.

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Nope. It rained then stopped then rained again. It stopped on my way home. I was down by the river and if it had been dry I would have taken a walk along the boardwalk. But part of the boardwalk is closed because even so close to the mouth, the Fraser is running too high and fast. Hence the closing.

. Is that bc of snowmelt, rain, or a combination?

Fast-running rivers are scary. I don't even trust the bridges to withstand the ice chunkc and tree trunks roaring thru.

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It's a combination rain and snowmelt.

Rivers like the Thompson and others have been on high water watch for weeks because of the rain and snowmelt.

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Monday, July 4, 2022 10:27 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Garage electric ALMOST finished.

I ended up installing 3 more light sockets over the work bench instead of two in the 1/2 garage, so I needed to go back to the store in between working. They're all up and running now. 9 new overhead lights that leave a shadowless workshop from practically any angle. I've only got 3000 lumen light bulbs over the workbench now because I can't find the ones I bought before, but that's still 45,000 Lumens that weren't in there before. It will be 54,000 when I get those other bulbs.



All I have to do to wrap it up tomorrow is swap out the two light switches for some white flappers and put the new cover on that box, then I want to swap out two old brown outlets on the workbench side for new white ones and put metal covers on them instead of the plastic that were on them before.

I would have done it tonight, but I would have had to cut the circuit with all the lights.

Tomorrow I'll get that done and clean the garage up and probably work on chores for the rest of the day.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022 1:31 PM

BRENDA


Out for my walk on what looks to be a dry day. Sitting at around 66F.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022 4:22 PM

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Originally posted by Brenda:
Out for my walk on what looks to be a dry day. Sitting at around 66F.

I hope it's sunny. At least it's not raining!

You'll live to be 100, BRENDA. With your orderly life and regular exercise you should have a long life to look forward to.



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Tuesday, July 5, 2022 4:26 PM

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Got a late start again today. But since I weed whacked the front yard, I turned my attention to planting, and managed to walk the dog and plant the okra (10 plants grouped together in twos) and muskmelon (6 plants grouped together in threes).

I know it's time to quit when I start staggering around, tho. So now I check the weather forecast and the local sale papers and make up a menu for a week and a grocery list.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022 5:29 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by SignyM:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Out for my walk on what looks to be a dry day. Sitting at around 66F.

I hope it's sunny. At least it's not raining!

You'll live to be 100, BRENDA. With your orderly life and regular exercise you should have a long life to look forward to.



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It was sunny and dry. Reached 70F today and I, silly me put on a jacket. Regretted it on my way home. But there was also some cloud cover.

From your words to the Universe's eyes. Thanks SIG. I'd like to be the one in my family that makes it to 100.


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Tuesday, July 5, 2022 6:33 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Garage electric is done.

Also cleaned up everything, did a few minor fixes I still wanted to do here and there, pulled out the rest of the stray nails and screws in studs that I didn't need and got the low-voltage wires to the garage door opener put up a lot better than they used to be and out of the way of my big ladder.

Even mowed the front lawn, but in retrospect I probably shouldn't have done that at 4PM when it's 90 degrees out with a real feel of 110 degrees. I feel like I'm paying for that one right now.

I hadn't even cut a single blade and my pants and shirt were already soaked through with sweat from working in that hot garage all day.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022 11:42 PM

BRENDA


I am off to mah jong in the morning. I know I normally play on Thursday, but we are cancelled Thursday for the thrift sale that is being run at the local senior's centre on Saturday. Anyways, long story short got a call yesterday from the lady who runs the group saying that she managed to get us a room to play in. All the rooms are usually taken up with donations.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022 12:36 PM

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I slept in really late, but other than that there seem to be no ill effects from mowing the lawn in that heat yesterday.

I'm not going to mow the back yard. We've recently had a little bit of rain, but the back gets baked and is still quite brown.

I'm going to clean up the house today. I should have done that yesterday and mowed today since it's much cooler outside now. Oops.

Maybe I'll think about getting the contact paper on my new pantry shelves. They've had enough time to cure.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022 4:08 PM

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I slept in really late, but other than that there seem to be no ill effects from mowing the lawn in that heat yesterday.

I was worried about you, mowing in that heat and humidity!

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I'm not going to mow the back yard. We've recently had a little bit of rain, but the back gets baked and is still quite brown.
That short of rain???

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I'm going to clean up the house today. I should have done that yesterday and mowed today since it's much cooler outside now. Oops.

Maybe I'll think about getting the contact paper on my new pantry shelves. They've had enough time to cure.

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Sounds like a plan!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022 4:16 PM

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Yeah. I haven't heard the word drought bandied about yet, but where last year was a normal amount of rainfall compared to the 5 or 6 years of constant flood conditions before that, we've had very little here this year... even during the spring.

Not that we're "Chicago" here, but I just looked and last year was the 17th driest on record with 20.15". We've certainly come nowhere near that amount this year. I'm having a hard time finding any cumulative data on 2022 though.



I'm fine. That was a dumb thing to do yesterday but I figured since I was going to take a shower soon anyhow I might as well get that done while I was already supremely gross from working out in the garage all day. When I took a break I couldn't even sit in the front of the porch like I usually do because it was just god awful hot with the sun beating directly on me at that hour of day. I probably drank a gallon and a half of water yesterday.



Hopefully my friend can come through on the door today. No biggie if he can't though. It will probably take months before I can get my friend's dad to get over here and help me install it.



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Wednesday, July 6, 2022 4:25 PM

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Well, I've been pressing pretty hard to get the yardwork under control. Planting was kind of high up on the priority list bc it's already pretty late in the season. So this AM I planted the rest of the tomatoes and peppers, and a couple rows of beets. Planting is almost finished, except the chives and garlic. Cleaning up the front yard was also high up in the list, but now it's at least been weed whacked and raked so fire hazard is down. There is still a lot of weeding to do in the back, but that can wait. It's mostly tall grasses. I plan on putting down a lot of mulch after weeding to suppress future weed growth.

Did some laundry sanitizing today, still battling the mites (???) that are bugging me (ahem!). If they're chiggers they love tall grasses, so I'm going to have to be extra-diligent to shower and change my clothes after yardwork. I'll probably weed whack the backyard grasses down and rake them up first to reduce the mite population b4 I do any extensive weeding.

But for today I need to come up with another weekly menu and grocery list and walk the dog and clean up the kitchen.

Over the next few days, in between Dr visits and infusions, I'll dust, sweep and vacuum the house. Once that's done things can go back to a dull roar and I can chip away at a steady pace.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022 9:32 PM

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Sounds like we had surprisingly similar days Sigs. Mostly chores done on my end.

We did pick up that shed door though. My friend's dad knows it's here, so hopefully I'll finally get to use the shed again after years of going without it.



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Wednesday, July 6, 2022 11:19 PM

BRENDA


Got back today at almost 4pm. No luck at mah jong this morning or this afternoon. Got talked into playing after lunch today. We could have kept playing till around 5pm, but one of our small group, just 3 players couldn't do anything wrong. So, I and the other lady thought we should knock off at around 3:30.

Been a long time since I've played so long. *L* Made for a fun but frustrating day.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022 11:20 PM

BRENDA


Also some spotty rain on my way home and maybe some more tomorrow.

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Thursday, July 7, 2022 12:03 AM

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Rain here too, Brenda. At least it cooled off though. They say it was only 75 degrees today, but it was so humid it still felt like 90 until around 3PM. Really nice right now though.



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Thursday, July 7, 2022 12:17 AM

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Garage Pictures

Just six of them. I take a LOT of pictures... Unfortunately, I didn't have any pictures from 2019 before I began dehoarding the garage when I could barely fit my car in there though.



Here's my old broken down and beat up dressers and cabinets that were just a huge waste of space. I made the most of the wood though and was able to use the sides and tops for the tops of the shelves.



Here's the finished wall of shelves... All 18 of them.

Like I said, the tops were mostly from the dressers and cabinets. I also made a few tops out of leftover plywood from when my buddy and I jacked up my porch and fixed the busted floor 3 years ago. The fronts of the shelves are from old hardwood flooring I had on hand. I also used the hardwood flooring for the braces on the sides of the legs (which also doubled as convenient brackets to place the extra shelving I added last minute in the center of the top row of shelving. The backs which you can't see are made from pallets I took from one of my old overnight jobs. The faceplates that tied the shelving together and made them look nice were made from the sides and backs of the dresser drawers. On either sides of the ends I used 1/8" plywood that came from the backs of the dressers to box them in. The legs were mostly made of 2x4s. Some I had leftover from when we installed windows on my porch last year, some I got from neighbors and friends, others I ripped down from green 4x4's that my old neighbor threw out when they took out the pool.

I only had to buy one single broken 2x8 piece of "value wood" for $0.89 to rip down for the final 2x4 leg I was missing, and I went through 5 or 6 200pc wood screw sets, 4 of them were free after rebate, the others were like $2 or $3 bucks. Total cost well under $10, and I kept a lot of stuff out of the landfill.



If you can see the white cord coming from the ceiling toward the right of the picture, that was to my only real source of light while doing this work. It was a plug in 4' LED bulb. Pretty bright, but not ideal for all that marking and cutting.



Here's one of those GFCI protected outlets I was telling you about. It's one of two I installed to protect the external outlets. The switch after it is so I can manually turn it off when I'm not going to be using it.

Not pictured is the 20 new outlets all around the garage.



This was what the area over my workbench looked like 2 days ago before I took out the florescent fixtures. (In the morning during daylight)

Don't mind the drawers and the over the toilet storage cabinet that are blocking the light from the window. I'm going to be making my two missing kitchen drawers from the former and I will be sanding down and painting the latter white before I rehab my bathroom.



That's what it looked like after I put the porcelain sockets and new LED bulbs. (At night, after dark)



Finally, there's a pic of how bright the garage is now after dark.


And yes... That's about 30 quarts of Shell oil I've got stocked up on those shelves. Got an insane deal on them with no limit about 4 months back.



You can also see from the first pic how my 12' ladder hung so low I'd hit my head on it but I'd gotten it high and level. Now you need to be over 6'2" to hit your head on it.



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Thursday, July 7, 2022 1:58 AM

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Rain here too, Brenda. At least it cooled off though. They say it was only 75 degrees today, but it was so humid it still felt like 90 until around 3PM. Really nice right now though.



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If my area got lucky it cracked about 20C during the day. At almost 11pm it is 56F.

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Thursday, July 7, 2022 1:59 AM

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That is a fantastic amount of work SIX. You should feel really proud of yourself for all of it.

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Thursday, July 7, 2022 9:46 AM

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Thanks Brenda.

It was fun working on it too... except for when I was up on a ladder where it was over 100 degrees most days.



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Thursday, July 7, 2022 1:06 PM

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Thanks Brenda.

It was fun working on it too... except for when I was up on a ladder where it was over 100 degrees most days.



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That wouldn't have been fun. I can understand that.

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Thursday, July 7, 2022 1:07 PM

BRENDA


Anyways out for my walk soon and computer icon showing rain and cloud but through the curtains I can see sun. Crazy weather.

Things to do. Later peeps.

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Thursday, July 7, 2022 2:35 PM

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That was prodigious amount of work, SIX.
What an improvement!
And for so little $$!

You're an inspiration.


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Thursday, July 7, 2022 4:49 PM

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Back from my walk and all is done for today. Got some ground lamb from a Safeway store I go to on occasion and the meat was a reasonable price too. That will do for my supper over the weekend. Meds refilled and the hot dog/ hamburger place in the strip mall where the Safeway is was open today. I got lunch there and spoke to the people for a minute. They were very busy. But it was good to see them back and open.

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Friday, July 8, 2022 2:07 AM

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Yes, it's good that things are opening up again.
I'm going to start going out again too. No longer immune compromised.

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All I did today was walk the dog, water plants indoors and out, and kitchen-stuff. I needed a break. It was great!

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Friday, July 8, 2022 1:24 PM

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Quote:

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Yes, it's good that things are opening up again.
I'm going to start going out again too. No longer immune compromised.

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All I did today was walk the dog, water plants indoors and out, and kitchen-stuff. I needed a break. It was great!

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Good for you SIG.

This little place had been closed for months for an family emergency. They had to fly home to South Korea and help out.

Any breaks you can get take them. You will feel better for sure.

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Friday, July 8, 2022 1:25 PM

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Out for my walk in a bit. Just a couple of things to do then garbage and some recycling to get out when I get home.

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Friday, July 8, 2022 4:35 PM

BRENDA


Back from my walk and sunny now though computer icon showing clouds. Well, there are some clouds out. Crazy weather up here but the saving grace is with all the rain it has so fair helped with fire season but we have to see what the end of July and August bring.

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Saturday, July 9, 2022 1:12 PM

BRENDA


Laundry day then my walk. Got to return a couple of things to the library.

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Saturday, July 9, 2022 5:41 PM

BRENDA


Nice day out for my walk.

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Saturday, July 9, 2022 9:51 PM

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That was prodigious amount of work, SIX.
What an improvement!
And for so little $$!

You're an inspiration.







Been MIA for a few days. Went out with my dad and one of my brothers the other night then went to my grandma's to dehoard the entire 2nd floor except for my aunt's room.

She's got a full garage to throw away again. I couldn't believe there was more junk up there than there was in the basement.



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