Reminder to self #1 Do not leave 1/2 dozen blue bags stacked on the bed. #2 Do not bury cords for the power inverter under blue bags. #3 Do not leave home at night without a lantern or flashlight. #4 Consider being home before dark!
7/6/13...With paint onsite in Gardner's Green I spent a leisurely morning sanding and painting the mailbox with 2 coats of paint. I tweaked the design and added 2 support rails and then mounted it t the road to realize visually that the boxes were very small. This project was outside of the norm for me. I usually thoroughly research and this time I did not even check to see if there was a minimum mailbox size before launching this project. By mid afternoon I was ready for a hot solar heated shower. No special system just gallon plastic jugs on the porch and voila hot shower. I headed to Blackbird Coffee Shop and wi-fied up to realize hat there is a minimum box size so the new plan is o buy a standard box and get it up before Monday. I had a rain-free day until an hour before leaving the coffee shop and it poured. But my mission was accomplished. I downloaded a half dozen videos in preparation for my Sunday or rest (maybe). On the trip I was diligent to have brought my lantern just in case it was dark when I returned home. Another great day! P.S. I scheduled to take a college tour of GCSU on Monday! Yay!
7/7/13...I woke up needing the mailbox. I couldn't afford for mail to be returned because I had an undersized box up. So I started the morning early with a trip to the garbage spot to dump non recyclable, compostable or burnable trash then Walmart and the Dollar Tree. Mailbox success! I also realized my power outlet fuse in the car was blown so I replaced it with a spare fuse I keep on hand. Then I took a ride. I had no intended destination. I just drove towards Irwinton and Writesville. I found the Washington County Ac Center bud did not find the FSA office that was listed as being on Smith street in Tennille. It was a relaxing ride. I returned home after deciding not to stop at the Huddle House and lounged the day away watching movies. Lounge day ti was and a hot one. but the thrill of work finally called me. I finished nail removal and trimmed and permanently affixed 11 of the 17 boards needed for the right side of the deck. The small steps of progress is so rewarding. I didn't nail down the last because they were too short. I will pull replacement boards out of the pile tomorrow and finish that side of the deck. The last task will be to trim the outside edge straight. Soon...then I will pull boards for the left side. I can start to permanently decorate the porch. Yay! Lesson to self: small steps are easy and they lead to great rewards!
7/9/13...Today's mission was simple. I planned to move the remaining boards to the deck, go into town to send some work file and relax. And that was what I did. All of the bards are now moved and I have a 24' deck on the front of the cabin. Not all of it is yet nailed down but it is progress. After that task I got dressed and spent the morning in the GCSU library and then after grabbing lunch I spend the afternoon at Starbucks. I accepted an impromptu dinner date but first rushed to Lowe's for shower parts and then had a great dinner and chatted about solar panels and building tech before going home for the night. Lesson to self: Complete what you purpose to do and then sit back and celebrate the accomplishment.
7/10/13...It was an early start and departure from the farm. It was an intown work day as an historian. On my way out I checked my mailbox to find my first mail! And my first mail was a refund check from Georgia Power! Goodbye and thanks for the change (I mean refund)! I glided into a day of productive work at NSA. After work I pickup up Tin and the yellow truck and met up with Shemeah, a new friend, to gather reclaimed USB boards. The pickup was easy. The hard part is the unload at the end of a long day in the heat when you're tired. I started cutting boards down to car size but my cuts got more and more crooked so I gave up. I had a tantrum and then Tina and I loaded them into her non-working truck for storage. I was glad for the help and the suggested fix. The day was long and the hour was late so I stayed over the night in Atlanta. Reminder to self: Count the cost of the job of getting the free stuff. It's not free!
- Finished move to full time farm living
- New indoor 2 burner stove
- Window boxes mounted, plants planted, more mint clipped and rooting
- Boards laid out for all 24' of the front deck for Cabin #1
- Temporary deck moved so that new cabin can be placed in its planned site
- Cute but too small mailbox painted, installed and taken down
- Officially sized mailbox installed
- Rest, relaxation, fellowship with friends
- Rescued OSB from the landfill
- College tour of GCSU