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Tuesday, August 9, 2022 4:28 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Got a game plan on the sump today. I've already got the well, the pump and the pipe, so all I need is some connectors and some other cheap stuff. This will be a major improvement with very little cost.

Not going to start digging the well this late in the day though.


Had a scare with my A/C unit today. It must have stopped working last night sometime. Was stuck with the Filter LED on and all the other buttons were not responsive. Even after cleaning the filter which didn't seem that bad and vacuuming out the whatever I could from the front it still didn't work. Unplugging it and plugging it back in several minutes later would make the compressor work about 1 second before you could tell it was running a series of tests and finding some error codes I couldn't find any info for online.

Unplugged it for around 3 hours and it worked fine when I plugged it back in.


Leaving it off now though. Major change in forecast shows that only 1 day in the next 10 is going to be 80 degrees or higher, and it's going down to 57 degrees tonight!


But damn... I'm going to have to mow again. It's only been 5 days and for the middle of August it looks like I haven't mowed it in two weeks. What a strange summer with so many days in the 90's but so much rain at the same time.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022 8:01 PM

SIGNYM

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Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Back from my walk and all chores finished for today.

Good!


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Tuesday, August 9, 2022 8:03 PM

SIGNYM

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Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Got a game plan on the sump today. I've already got the well, the pump and the pipe, so all I need is some connectors and some other cheap stuff. This will be a major improvement with very little cost.

Not going to start digging the well this late in the day though.


Had a scare with my A/C unit today. It must have stopped working last night sometime. Was stuck with the Filter LED on and all the other buttons were not responsive. Even after cleaning the filter which didn't seem that bad and vacuuming out the whatever I could from the front it still didn't work. Unplugging it and plugging it back in several minutes later would make the compressor work about 1 second before you could tell it was running a series of tests and finding some error codes I couldn't find any info for online.

Unplugged it for around 3 hours and it worked fine when I plugged it back in.


Leaving it off now though. Major change in forecast shows that only 1 day in the next 10 is going to be 80 degrees or higher, and it's going down to 57 degrees tonight!


But damn... I'm going to have to mow again. It's only been 5 days and for the middle of August it looks like I haven't mowed it in two weeks. What a strange summer with so many days in the 90's but so much rain at the same time.

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We've had a problem with vapor lock. ACs aren't supposed to get it, but ours did, once. It happens.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:27 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


I just don't get it. My grandma still has a piece of junk A/C installed in her bedroom in the early summer that has to be 25 years old and it chugs right along.

I wish they had models of A/C units that you could buy today that didn't have the computer board and just had the manual dials like the old ones did. There's no reason that the computer board should keep it from running. So what if it detects a minor issue? People are more likely to just throw it out and buy a new one instead of taking it in to get fixed some place.

I wish I knew more about electric and electronics and could just mod the thing to bypass the computer altogether.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022 11:26 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by SignyM:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Back from my walk and all chores finished for today.

Good!


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Yup, nothing like getting everything done so I can have a nice sit down.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022 2:53 AM

SIGNYM

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
I just don't get it. My grandma still has a piece of junk A/C installed in her bedroom in the early summer that has to be 25 years old and it chugs right along.

I wish they had models of A/C units that you could buy today that didn't have the computer board and just had the manual dials like the old ones did. There's no reason that the computer board should keep it from running. So what if it detects a minor issue? People are more likely to just throw it out and buy a new one instead of taking it in to get fixed some place.

I wish I knew more about electric and electronics and could just mod the thing to bypass the computer altogether.

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It's called The Landfill Economy. Hubby might be able to jury-rig something for you. He'd prolly have to design and build a circuit-board tho... something has to translate those dial settings into voltages or currents to turn the compressor motor on/off and control the fan speed. But he used to do more complicated designs than that. Too bad he's not there, he might find it fun.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022 11:32 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


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Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
I just don't get it. My grandma still has a piece of junk A/C installed in her bedroom in the early summer that has to be 25 years old and it chugs right along.

I wish they had models of A/C units that you could buy today that didn't have the computer board and just had the manual dials like the old ones did. There's no reason that the computer board should keep it from running. So what if it detects a minor issue? People are more likely to just throw it out and buy a new one instead of taking it in to get fixed some place.

I wish I knew more about electric and electronics and could just mod the thing to bypass the computer altogether.

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It's called The Landfill Economy. Hubby might be able to jury-rig something for you. He'd prolly have to design and build a circuit-board tho... something has to translate those dial settings into voltages or currents to turn the compressor motor on/off and control the fan speed. But he used to do more complicated designs than that. Too bad he's not there, he might find it fun.



Yeah. That is something else I'd really like to get into. I watch a few YouTubers that do tear downs of new tech to show the inner workings and sometimes make new things out of them. I'm sure the A/C would need a new circuit board like you said. There's a lot of buttons on there. Not all of them would be needed... Maybe the simpler way would be to figure out how to bypass any codes that would keep the unit from turning on while still using the original board? Maybe it's as simple as adding/changing a wire or two? Maybe adding a simple extra chip in between. It's how somebody figured out a way to bypass the copyright protection on the Sony Playstation back in the late 90's and made a lot of money selling the chips online with instructions on where to solder it. I know the A/C is 20 years newer, but I'm still guessing that the circuit board on it wouldn't be nearly as advanced as a cutting-edge gaming console would have been even 25 years ago.

The Landfill economy sucks for sure, but this isn't a $25 coffee maker. It's a $600 A/C unit that would probably cost me $1,200 next year if it breaks down in the middle of summer next year, assuming I could even find one in the middle of a heat wave.





I think I forgot to mention my old man's reaction to the work when he came by. He's not much of a DIY guy himself, but he does keep a clean garage. He loves my garage and says it's going to be a great selling point now when I sell the house.

But it was those pantry shelves I think might possibly be the one thing I've done that impressed him more than anything else. He did a little step back and one of those "Wo-ho-ho-howwww's" before saying that's like something you'd see in the rich people's houses.





Even though I've got my 2nd sump game plan down, I think I'm going to have to take advantage of the weather right now and start digging my trench around the foundation so I can clean it and get the foundation tar on it. It looks as though we won't have any significant amount of rain until early to mid next week, and it's the coolest week we've had in quite a while.

I really don't want to have that huge pile of river rock stacked up all winter because I never got around to doing this, and there are some steps involved after the tar coat and before the rocks.


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Wednesday, August 10, 2022 1:17 PM

BRENDA


Out for my walk and I think the rain missed my area. Hope it went up the Interior without the lighting. Do not need any more fires starting that way. Still have over 50 burning in the province.

Going to pick up something else to put my laundry in to haul down to the laundry room. Shoulder is till mending but I have to stop stressing it out so much.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022 4:23 PM

BRENDA


Back from my walk and still no rain in my area. So we shall see. Maybe tonight?

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022 4:24 PM

BRENDA


Hey SIG. Saw a message on Twitter this morning from Doug Hershnall the actor who plays DI Perez. "Shetland" is back on.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:24 PM

SIGNYM

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Hey SIG. Saw a message on Twitter this morning from Doug Hershnall the actor who plays DI Perez. "Shetland" is back on.

Woo hoo!!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022 10:28 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Trenched out 1 side of the house, scrubbed it with Dawn and TSP with a rinse in between and then I had to mow the front lawn and do some random yardwork while I was waiting for it to dry.

Didn't finish tarring the foundation on that side before the sun went down, but that's what my cordless lamps are for.

2/5ths of the hasta bed area down.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022 11:20 PM

BRENDA


Well, still no rain by me or thunder storms. Though some folks have been allowed to go back home after being away for a week due to a fire up in the Interior. So that's good news.

Calling for rain around me again for tomorrow. Have no idea if I will be dry or wet on my way to mah jong in the morning. Have to see.

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Thursday, August 11, 2022 5:36 PM

BRENDA


Still no rain where I am. Have to see what the weather says tonight.

Another lousy morning at mah jong.

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Thursday, August 11, 2022 5:44 PM

SIGNYM

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Seems like the rain is avoiding you!

And decent tiles, too!

I hope you have better luck next week!

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Thursday, August 11, 2022 5:55 PM

SIGNYM

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It's toasty around here- around 90 deg, sunny and dry. Not unseasonable for this time of year, but my water bill will definitely go up.

NEWS FLASH! I see my first official tomato ripening. I have a few volunteer cherry tomatoes here and there but this is my first Early Girl. Looking forward to burgers with lettuce and tomato.

Made a couple of new recipes for pork tenderloin. When it's on sale it's a decent price for lean meat, but it's SOOO lean it's hard to cook properly, like chicken breast. I tried different versions of schnitzel but I have to say, not worth making again. It turned out like it's supposed to but so flavorless I don't see the attraction.

I just tried a pork tenderloin marsala and that wasn't worth making again either. Back to stir-fries until I figure something better.
On the upside, St Vincent de Paul did finally pick up items today. House and driveway look noticeably better.


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Thursday, August 11, 2022 10:02 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Got a huge compliment from a neighbor that lives a few blocks behind me on all the work I've done on my house while I was working and he was walking his dog. He said he remembered seeing me working on the driveway a few years back too.



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Thursday, August 11, 2022 11:42 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by SignyM:
Seems like the rain is avoiding you!

And decent tiles, too!

I hope you have better luck next week!

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It is. Weather people are now saying rain for Saturday. Just have to see.

That is so true. It was a struggle this morning. 2 half way decent hands and that was all. Like you said maybe next week.

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Friday, August 12, 2022 2:46 AM

SIGNYM

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Today I did a dozen little things, starting with a very early morning watering of the back wall pines and moving the van out of the driveway so St Vincent de Paul could get at the donation items. Then I brought in my office plant (and had to vacuum the mat where I spilled some dirt), watered the veggie garden, bucket-watered a spot where no hoses can reach... the bee guy showed up, said we were bee-free and he removed his bee box and hauled the bees away to his apiary, so I paid him ... vacuumed the kitchen mats, raked up the pine needles before I put the van back... did a bunch of dishes and made chicken and veggie stir-fry... then I sacked out on the love seat bc I was knackered!

Still have a metric crap-ton of little things to do, but yesterday I sorted out the big headache I was having with Medicare denying coverage. It was weighing on my mind terribly, but all is good now, so now I can focus on other stuff and feel free to do what I need to do.

Still have a TERRIBLE case of the itches. Most likely a late side effect of one of my infusions, but I scratched my neck open in my sleep, it's so bad. I've tried triamcinilone Rx and coconut oil and Cerave and sulfur cream and cool showers and even permethrin cream (on the idea it was some sort of garden mite) but the only thing that seems to help is Benadryl gel. I'm telling you, if you've got a bad itch somewhere...mosquito bite, spider bite, sun itch, hives ... try that stuff. It might work for you bc it works for me.

Well, on with a cool shower and slather myself with Benadryl gel and maybe take some oral benadryl and see if I can get better sleep tonight.

Nighty-night.

Tomorrow its onward thru the fog!

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Friday, August 12, 2022 2:47 AM

SIGNYM

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Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Got a huge compliment from a neighbor that lives a few blocks behind me on all the work I've done on my house while I was working and he was walking his dog. He said he remembered seeing me working on the driveway a few years back too.



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Isn't that great when someone notices?

It must mean you've made huge improvements bc most people only notice the bad stuff.

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Friday, August 12, 2022 6:13 AM

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Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Today I did a dozen little things, starting with a very early morning watering of the back wall pines and moving the van out of the driveway so St Vincent de Paul could get at the donation items. Then I brought in my office plant (and had to vacuum the mat where I spilled some dirt), watered the veggie garden, bucket-watered a spot where no hoses can reach... the bee guy showed up, said we were bee-free and he removed his bee box and hauled the bees away to his apiary, so I paid him ... vacuumed the kitchen mats, raked up the pine needles before I put the van back... did a bunch of dishes and made chicken and veggie stir-fry... then I sacked out on the love seat bc I was knackered!

Still have a metric crap-ton of little things to do, but yesterday I sorted out the big headache I was having with Medicare denying coverage. It was weighing on my mind terribly, but all is good now, so now I can focus on other stuff and feel free to do what I need to do.

Still have a TERRIBLE case of the itches. Most likely a late side effect of one of my infusions, but I scratched my neck open in my sleep, it's so bad. I've tried triamcinilone Rx and coconut oil and Cerave and sulfur cream and cool showers and even permethrin cream (on the idea it was some sort of garden mite) but the only thing that seems to help is Benadryl gel. I'm telling you, if you've got a bad itch somewhere...mosquito bite, spider bite, sun itch, hives ... try that stuff. It might work for you bc it works for me.

Well, on with a cool shower and slather myself with Benadryl gel and maybe take some oral benadryl and see if I can get better sleep tonight.

Nighty-night.

Tomorrow its onward thru the fog!

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Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE someone poor - William Blake




Itches must be unbearable. I hope your rememdies work. I find a bit of phenerghan helps and it also puts you to sleep - double whammy. The other thing we used to use when I was a kid was calamine location. I have no idea what it is and whether you can get it - it was probably made from DDT or something awful.

Still cold and wet here but the days are getting longer and the wattle is fully out. My bulbs are starting to peak their heads above the soil.

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Friday, August 12, 2022 9:46 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Got a huge compliment from a neighbor that lives a few blocks behind me on all the work I've done on my house while I was working and he was walking his dog. He said he remembered seeing me working on the driveway a few years back too.



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Isn't that great when someone notices?

It must mean you've made huge improvements bc most people only notice the bad stuff.

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Yeah. I'm surprised I don't see that guy more often with all the outside work I do. As he was walking the dog back to his house he said "you'll see me again, I've got to walk the other dog too". And I did.

But it was pretty late though. Maybe about 7:00 PM. Not that I'm an early riser, but if I'm doing yard work it's usually done by 4:00PM even if it's sweltering hot outside.

He was raving about the porch windows. He mentioned that it is the first thing he sees when he turns down the block and he doesn't have to look at how bad it used to be with those crappy louvers anymore. I told him I had one neighbor call me up and thank me for raising the value of everybody's property on the block by $5k.

I wish I could show you the difference, but with hostiles around here like Second who has a diary of everything I've ever written, and Nilbog still coming around with her Magons handle, I'm not going to be posting any pictures of the outside of my house.


I think for me though, the coolest time a neighbor said anything was as I was putting up the siding after the windows were installed and some kid I see zipping by on this weird skateboard thing with a giant wheel in the middle of it yelled out "That looks awesome". It's hard impressing kids.


Off to the store. Ran out of watertite last night before I could finish the job and the instructions say you can't put anything over it for 72 hours. I want to be tarring that wall first thing in Monday morning.


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Friday, August 12, 2022 12:59 PM

BRENDA


Out for my walk. Got a couple of things to do.

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Friday, August 12, 2022 2:24 PM

SIGNYM

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Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Today I did a dozen little things, starting with a very early morning watering of the back wall pines and moving the van out of the driveway so St Vincent de Paul could get at the donation items. Then I brought in my office plant (and had to vacuum the mat where I spilled some dirt), watered the veggie garden, bucket-watered a spot where no hoses can reach... the bee guy showed up, said we were bee-free and he removed his bee box and hauled the bees away to his apiary, so I paid him ... vacuumed the kitchen mats, raked up the pine needles before I put the van back... did a bunch of dishes and made chicken and veggie stir-fry... then I sacked out on the love seat bc I was knackered!

Still have a metric crap-ton of little things to do, but yesterday I sorted out the big headache I was having with Medicare denying coverage. It was weighing on my mind terribly, but all is good now, so now I can focus on other stuff and feel free to do what I need to do.

Still have a TERRIBLE case of the itches. Most likely a late side effect of one of my infusions, but I scratched my neck open in my sleep, it's so bad. I've tried triamcinilone Rx and coconut oil and Cerave and sulfur cream and cool showers and even permethrin cream (on the idea it was some sort of garden mite) but the only thing that seems to help is Benadryl gel. I'm telling you, if you've got a bad itch somewhere...mosquito bite, spider bite, sun itch, hives ... try that stuff. It might work for you bc it works for me.

Well, on with a cool shower and slather myself with Benadryl gel and maybe take some oral benadryl and see if I can get better sleep tonight.

Nighty-night.

Tomorrow its onward thru the fog!

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Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE someone poor - William Blake




Itches must be unbearable. I hope your rememdies work. I find a bit of phenerghan helps and it also puts you to sleep - double whammy. The other thing we used to use when I was a kid was calamine location. I have no idea what it is and whether you can get it - it was probably made from DDT or something awful.

Still cold and wet here but the days are getting longer and the wattle is fully out. My bulbs are starting to peak their heads above the soil.

Your weather sounds lovely. The winters there sound like winter in central CA, prolly cooler than here.

I'm learning more about Australia watching Dr Blake (altho disappointed to read that the actor was in Rocky Horror. Why the heck? He's a good enough actor not to be in that shlock.)

BULBS! What kind? Not that I expect to know; they're probably some Australian kind I'll have to look up.

Phenergan here is Rx not OTC, usually used for nausea and allergies. Curiously, another medication - here called Zantac, used for acid stomach - also works for allergies. There's a connection between stomach and histamine which I would know if I were a biochemist. I tried oral benadryl (diphenhydramine) too, but I had to take a whopping dose to get any effect. Triamcinilone layered over benadryl gel seems to work.

Good to hear from you, MAGONS.

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Friday, August 12, 2022 5:29 PM

BRENDA


Back from my walk and temp is higher now than it was this morning.

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Friday, August 12, 2022 7:37 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Finished all of the repairs and got the crud out of just over half of the gap between the foundation and the front porch slab. That turned out to be a massive job. No huge hurry on that now though since I can't tar the rest of the front until Monday morning when the watertite sets.

Got me a motion sensor LED spotlight for the garage. I'll be installing that next week too if I haven't done it over the weekend. That's the last thing I needed to do on the garage.

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Friday, August 12, 2022 11:40 PM

BRENDA


Well, the lady that I work for has made up here mind as I got a message on Thursday when I got back from mah jong. I gave her a call and so I am off to work tomorrow morning.

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Saturday, August 13, 2022 4:19 AM

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Itches must be unbearable. I hope your rememdies work. I find a bit of phenerghan helps and it also puts you to sleep - double whammy. The other thing we used to use when I was a kid was calamine location. I have no idea what it is and whether you can get it - it was probably made from DDT or something awful.

Still cold and wet here but the days are getting longer and the wattle is fully out. My bulbs are starting to peak their heads above the soil.

Your weather sounds lovely. The winters there sound like winter in central CA, prolly cooler than here.

I'm learning more about Australia watching Dr Blake (altho disappointed to read that the actor was in Rocky Horror. Why the heck? He's a good enough actor not to be in that shlock.)

BULBS! What kind? Not that I expect to know; they're probably some Australian kind I'll have to look up.

Phenergan here is Rx not OTC, usually used for nausea and allergies. Curiously, another medication - here called Zantac, used for acid stomach - also works for allergies. There's a connection between stomach and histamine which I would know if I were a biochemist. I tried oral benadryl (diphenhydramine) too, but I had to take a whopping dose to get any effect. Triamcinilone layered over benadryl gel seems to work.

Good to hear from you, MAGONS.

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Craig (Dr Blake) has been involved in some pretty dodgy stuff, sorry to say. Not sure how his career will be going. If you like crime drama, I can recommend Mystery Road, set at the other end of the country in the Kimberleys - amazing scenery, interesting story line, Aboriginal detective. I enjoyed it.

Ive planted exotic bulbs - not even sure whether Australian natives come with vulbs. Jonquils, bluebells and some tulips. I'm hoping the hungry possums don't eat them all, they've been pretty brutal this winter on the plants.

Everyone hates Melbourne weather - it's not an easy climate. Coldish winters (by Aus standards) but can be like a furnace in Summer. And lots of extremes - big winds, rains, gets very dangerous for bushfires in Summer. Unpredictable. The saying goes - if you don't like the weather, wait an hour.

It's funny how countries vary what you can and can't buy OTC. Im pissed off that codeine is now on prescription. It's the best for a cough. Bloody meth cookers.

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Saturday, August 13, 2022 10:06 AM

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Ugggggggghhhhhhh.....

Freakin weathermen.

Woke up to find there's now a coin flip today that we could get a stray thunder storm that drops a 1/4 of an inch of rain, when there was no rain in the prediciton until Wednesday.

Here's hoping it misses me. In any event, I probably won't be washing the walls and putting any tar up today. Tar needs 24 hours without any rain, and the splash from the mud is going to dirty up the walls anyhow.

I can still get the rest of the crud out of the porch slab, clean it up and get tar on that though. Maybe I'll still find some time to take down the old light and see if I can rig up the new one in between rain showers.

It would be cool to finish up the garage today. Hopefully, my aunt and grandma are coming over tomorrow. It's getting a lot harder for my aunt to get her around though, and she still works full time and work's been hard because of the hot weather.

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Saturday, August 13, 2022 5:06 PM

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MAGONSDAUGHTER
Craig (Dr Blake) has been involved in some pretty dodgy stuff, sorry to say. Not sure how his career will be going. If you like crime drama, I can recommend Mystery Road, set at the other end of the country in the Kimberleys - amazing scenery, interesting story line, Aboriginal detective. I enjoyed it.

Thanks! I'll look for it on our service.


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Ive planted exotic bulbs - not even sure whether Australian natives come with vulbs. Jonquils, bluebells and some tulips. I'm hoping the hungry possums don't eat them all, they've been pretty brutal this winter on the plants.
Australia has possums too?

Jonquils (native to Spain and Portugal), bluebells (originating various parts of the globe depending on variety) and tulips (originally from Turkey) ... exotic to many places of the world but would be very at-home in the USA wherever there is snow on the ground in winter. I love those flowers but the winters here are far too warm. The only bulbs that have naturalized in my garden are paperwhite narcissus and Sternbergia (yellow autumn crocus).

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Everyone hates Melbourne weather - it's not an easy climate. Coldish winters (by Aus standards) but can be like a furnace in Summer. And lots of extremes - big winds, rains, gets very dangerous for bushfires in Summer. Unpredictable. The saying goes - if you don't like the weather, wait an hour.
I didn't realize it was so extreme. I learn more every day.


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It's funny how countries vary what you can and can't buy OTC. Im pissed off that codeine is now on prescription. It's the best for a cough. Bloody meth cookers.
Here they're very careful about ANY of the opiates- codeine, morphine, oxycodone, tramadol etc. They all latch onto the opiate receptors in the brain and potential for addiction is high. That makes legitimate pain control difficult. How do meth cookers fit in?

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Saturday, August 13, 2022 5:30 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Well, the lady that I work for has made up here mind as I got a message on Thursday when I got back from mah jong. I gave her a call and so I am off to work tomorrow morning.

I don't know about you but I find random demands on my time to be very frustrating.

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Saturday, August 13, 2022 5:31 PM

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Ugggggggghhhhhhh.....

Freakin weathermen.

Woke up to find there's now a coin flip today that we could get a stray thunder storm that drops a 1/4 of an inch of rain, when there was no rain in the prediciton until Wednesday.

Here's hoping it misses me. In any event, I probably won't be washing the walls and putting any tar up today. Tar needs 24 hours without any rain, and the splash from the mud is going to dirty up the walls anyhow.

I can still get the rest of the crud out of the porch slab, clean it up and get tar on that though. Maybe I'll still find some time to take down the old light and see if I can rig up the new one in between rain showers.

It would be cool to finish up the garage today. Hopefully, my aunt and grandma are coming over tomorrow. It's getting a lot harder for my aunt to get her around though, and she still works full time and work's been hard because of the hot weather.

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I hope you get everything done that you're hoping to do, SIX!

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Saturday, August 13, 2022 5:40 PM

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Managed to rescue-water my potted plants, do some veggie-garden weeding, check the (former) beehive and walk the dog before it got too hot.
Didn't see any bees, but the yard - which had dozens of bees foraging on the matcheeed (lippia, turkey tanglefoot) - looks kind of lonely now.

Tomatoes are two days away from being ripe.

Well, need to do more stuff indoors. Catch you later.



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Saturday, August 13, 2022 9:56 PM

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I hope you get everything done that you're hoping to do, SIX!



Oh... It WILL get done.


Had an AWESOME day today. Finished cleaning out the crap behind the porch slab. All that's left to do is a TSP wash and we're ready to do the whole wall on Monday. I also found the crack in the foundation that I knew would be behind the slab to match the one I patched a few years ago in the back. If I really want to fix these things, I'm going to have to do some injection molding from inside the house, but once I'm done in the front there is no way any rain water is going to get in there. Just the ground water.

Now I know where 3 of the 4 cracks are. No way I can find the 4th one from outside since the cinder block wall of the porch is right on the other side of it. I'll have to guesstimate where it is from the opposite crack I fixed to find it. Chances are I'll have to take the visqueen down from two walls to get to both cracks anyhow though.

So, knowing that there is a VERY good chance of thundershowers tonight, I wasn't going to wash the walls or put any tar up.

So out to the garage I went to install the new garage security light.

First I had to take the old one down, and though it was bolted in with three heavy duty bolts under the siding, I was able to manage to get it off with my mechanics wrenches without damaging any siding.

I went in the garage and immediately before I opened the security light it dawned on me why it was only $22.88. Even though the store didn't advertise it as a return, it was obviously a return. There's no way a lamp made by GE wasn't going to be shrunk wrapped. I opened the box and everything seemed clean and good though.

But then I took the lamp out...

The bottom panel of the motion sensor where all the setting switches are that houses the computer board was broken off. There were two screws holding it in, but somehow some idiot must have either dropped the thing or tried prying off the bottom for god knows what reason. Then they returned it to the store, and either the store didn't check to see if it was good or they knew it wasn't and didn't mark it as damaged.

But I had an idea. First I took photographs of the damage, then I put the hot and neutral wires into an outlet and verified that the lights still turned on. Then I got out a 4pack of super glue that I got free after rebate and glued it up nice and tight, and got to running my electric to get it installed.

The best part about the whole process was how everything was lined up perfect that I didn't have to drill any new holes or marry some stray 2x4's to the sides of the existing ones to mount the outdoor-safe junction box. Not anything the idiots before me planned for, of course, but every once in a while things just work out better than you could have hoped.


Got the light up there and I'll tell you right now it's so much better than it has any damn right to be for only 23 bucks!

Right now I have it set in "Night" mode at 30% with a sensor distance of 60 feet for 15 seconds. That means that as soon as it senses that it's night time it turns on 30%, but if anything comes within 60 feet of the sensor it turns from 30% to 100% for 15 seconds. I'm not sure if I'll keep it at that setting, but I already verified that it works as I intended and I'm absolutely thrilled.

And it's so BRIGHT!

The electric in the garage is officially done now.

The only thing I intend to do out there still is to seal up any small gaps in the walls and get a better rubber seal for the bottom of the overhead door to keep any mice and insects out.

Right now there is a cricket somewhere inside behind my shelving units and it was driving me nuts while I was working today.





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Saturday, August 13, 2022 11:48 PM

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Itches must be unbearable. I hope your rememdies work. I find a bit of phenerghan helps and it also puts you to sleep - double whammy. The other thing we used to use when I was a kid was calamine location. I have no idea what it is and whether you can get it - it was probably made from DDT or something awful.

Still cold and wet here but the days are getting longer and the wattle is fully out. My bulbs are starting to peak their heads above the soil.

Your weather sounds lovely. The winters there sound like winter in central CA, prolly cooler than here.

I'm learning more about Australia watching Dr Blake (altho disappointed to read that the actor was in Rocky Horror. Why the heck? He's a good enough actor not to be in that shlock.)

BULBS! What kind? Not that I expect to know; they're probably some Australian kind I'll have to look up.

Phenergan here is Rx not OTC, usually used for nausea and allergies. Curiously, another medication - here called Zantac, used for acid stomach - also works for allergies. There's a connection between stomach and histamine which I would know if I were a biochemist. I tried oral benadryl (diphenhydramine) too, but I had to take a whopping dose to get any effect. Triamcinilone layered over benadryl gel seems to work.

Good to hear from you, MAGONS.

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Craig (Dr Blake) has been involved in some pretty dodgy stuff, sorry to say. Not sure how his career will be going. If you like crime drama, I can recommend Mystery Road, set at the other end of the country in the Kimberleys - amazing scenery, interesting story line, Aboriginal detective. I enjoyed it.

Ive planted exotic bulbs - not even sure whether Australian natives come with vulbs. Jonquils, bluebells and some tulips. I'm hoping the hungry possums don't eat them all, they've been pretty brutal this winter on the plants.

Everyone hates Melbourne weather - it's not an easy climate. Coldish winters (by Aus standards) but can be like a furnace in Summer. And lots of extremes - big winds, rains, gets very dangerous for bushfires in Summer. Unpredictable. The saying goes - if you don't like the weather, wait an hour.

It's funny how countries vary what you can and can't buy OTC. Im pissed off that codeine is now on prescription. It's the best for a cough. Bloody meth cookers.


I've been watching "Mystery Road". It's an interesting little show. Like the characters.

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Saturday, August 13, 2022 11:51 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by SignyM:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Well, the lady that I work for has made up here mind as I got a message on Thursday when I got back from mah jong. I gave her a call and so I am off to work tomorrow morning.

I don't know about you but I find random demands on my time to be very frustrating.

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I can use the extra money. So, I went and dealt with her for about 4 hours. Got attacked by a rose bush. She had me do some pruning on 3 different flowers for the winter or fall. The only plant I could identify was the rose.

Anyways they are off camping again on Monday, hence the call. And they've only been back 2 weeks from the Yukon.

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Saturday, August 13, 2022 11:53 PM

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Actually got a bit of rain in my area this morning on my way to work. Walked out of my apartment building and realized that I was getting wet. Had to come back in for my umbrella. Dry now and suppose to warm up again for next week.

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Sunday, August 14, 2022 1:55 PM

BRENDA


Just a lazy Sunday around me.

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Sunday, August 14, 2022 8:47 PM

SIGNYM

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We looked up Mystery Road and it's available but, alas, it's not free.

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Sunday, August 14, 2022 11:45 PM

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Originally posted by SignyM:
We looked up Mystery Road and it's available but, alas, it's not free.

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That's a bummer. I found it at my local library. That's where I get a lot of British and other shows. My library had series 1-5 of Shetland. They get Dr. Who in to.

I even found a stray Bruce Lee movie the other day. "Fists of Fury." I got it out and watched it over the weekend. It's going back tomorrow.

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Monday, August 15, 2022 12:21 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Lazy Sunday. Had my Grandma and Aunt over for lunch and a visit. Thought about mowing the back yard after they left but didn't feel like it. There should be plenty of down time in between foundation work this week to get that done.

Hopefully my friend's dad comes around in the next week or two to help me install the new shed door. I want to seal the crack in the slab before he does though, so not in too much of a hurry for that.

If I can' get the front of the house foundation finished, the rocks put down, the shed door installed and the new sump well finished, I'm going to call this a good summer with the huge garage upgrade and all the electric done in the porch as well, even if I don't actually finish remodeling the porch until next spring.

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Monday, August 15, 2022 1:09 PM

BRENDA


Out for my walk in a bit. Somethings to do.

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Monday, August 15, 2022 2:46 PM

SIGNYM

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well, we finished the last episode of Dr Blake Mysteries, and I liked the ending. Some series finales tie up everything in bows. Some series finales leave too much unanswered. But I thought the ending of Dr Blake was just about right

Select to view spoiler:


One mystery was solved (Who was killing cops in Ballarat?) One character was redeemed if only in death (William Munro). But one well-liked character (Lawson) is permanently maimed after being run down by a criminal who didn't even see him. And Lucien Blake and Jean can only marry after he files for divorce from his first wife by claiming to be a drunk (true) and inflicting emotional abuse (not true), and Jean decides to leave her beloved Catholic church which will ecommunicate her if she marries a divorced man. And Lucien shows up drunk once too often and punches out a civilian while on duty and is fired from his job as police surgeon, all of his cleverness at crime-solving can't save that job, altho he is still a country doctor. At the end of the series, our favorite characters are celebrating Christmas together, many of them with dents and dings, having made mistakes or facing a future difficulties but still able to gather together and enjoy the holidays. The younger characters relatively unscathed, the older ones knocked about by life more, but carrying on.
Imperfect, like real life



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Monday, August 15, 2022 5:08 PM

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Back from my walk and ran into one of the support workers who used to come in and help look after my mum. We had a nice chat for a half an hour or so.

Temp is sitting at over 80F.

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Monday, August 15, 2022 10:40 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Entire front of house TSP cleaned, rinsed and tarred. Got the 2nd coat of tar on the side too.

Waiting on drying time now, so I'll probably mow the lawn and spray for weeds tomorrow.

I have more I want to get done, but I don't want to expose any more of the foundation until I backfill what's already done.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022 1:13 PM

BRENDA


Out for my walk while the sun is still around.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022 2:36 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Lawn mowed and weeds sprayed. I decided to mow the front again too even though I'd just did it 4 or 5 days ago. Going to relax and get some paperwork done for the rest of the day. Going to start the backfill and my mole solution tomorrow.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022 2:50 PM

SIGNYM

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Well, you've been busy SIX! Congrats on getting a lot accomplished!

I hope the sun stayed out for you BRENDA! It's good to get some vitamin D and sunshine.


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Tuesday, August 16, 2022 4:25 PM

BRENDA


Sun has been out the last few days and not overly hot for me. Just right.

Had a good walk today. Now having a nice sit down.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022 10:20 PM

SIGNYM

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It's still blastedly hot and dry here. Not unseasonable but in the mid-90s most of the time. So most of my work has been indoors.

Still, I managed to brush - rinse our chariots today. They are no longer so icky that I don't even want to get near them. I had help and managed to lightly spray us with water while we were working. I also filled washer fluid reservoirs bc at this time of year we'll see a lot more dust and maybe even some ashfall.



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