7/11/13...I stayed in town so I did not have a long drive to work. I though I was only going in to print a few documents but I ended up staying 5 hours to upload some files. I didn't do much but it took that long for he files to upload. A perk was the firm bought the staff pizza and salad for lunch. Great pizza! After work I got the wood tarp-covered and lounged with a friend before heading home for bird feeding and rest. I did bring home the air mattress, yard stake, and cable box that were at a friend's house on his trip. Upon my arrival home the pecked rooster had died. I am burying to many of my birds. The cages must be reworked. On a positive note a cage buyer paid and picked up the breeder cage. Money just in time.
7/12/13...I seem to be making lots of trips to Atlanta. I made another early morning trip after morning chores. I returned my borrowed clothes and picked up cage money. I picked up m daughter and escorted her to her appointment. While she was at her appointment I was able to go across town in Cartersville and return the cable equipment. I dropped her off and had time to stop by my old residence and do a final walk through with the manager and check the mailbox. I was able to see there were newly germinated plants in planters I left behind. then i was home for an evening of relaxation after a stop at Kroger and tractor supply for pine shavings. I watched a movie and ate popcorn on the porch as lightening flickered in the sky. I was thankful ha he wind and storm waited until I was tucked into bed. Another thankful day.
7/13/13...I wok up with the intention of a slow paced weekend. this was the first weekend where I was not in the hustle and bustle of moving so the plan was to have a leisurely time and enjoy it. the on and off rain helps slow down the pace a lot. Even with a slow pace planned I was up early. I was anticipating he deliver of the second cabin by 10 am. So I started about 7 am with a pep talk about not waiting for the driver to call before getting up to finish the work. So I rolled out of bed and started work of marking the location corners for the building and removing stumps that were in the way. I was able to free 3 stumps from the ground. One stump survived and will be under the new cabin. I dug down 18" cutting all the roots along the way but was still not to the bottom of the stump. My chainsaw is disassembled, broken and buried under some move-in things so instead of cutting off the top portion of the stump I packed the dirt back around and over it and decided it will be... the cabin and Corey and Bo the deliver guys arrived at 9.30 am and I gave moral support and location guidance. the were great guys and again the amazed me at how quickly the could drop and level a building. I am glad I added the third window and the french doors! It makes such a visual difference. I decided o move into he new cabin. I set up the closet/toilet area using some curtains and an Ikea rod suspended from the ceiling. I moved over he water, battery and lighting. I also decided to do a full inside bug treatment so I ran to town for bug spray. I received a refund check in the mail from my former employer for my equipment deposit so I used that for bug spray and lunch in town. Huddle House is tasty but i gave me a migraine...
Mental note...reconsider another Huddle House stop over!
Sleeping in an uncluttered space...so valuable to my mental well being. I like organized spaces and the second cabin allows that. I also decided to turn the other cabin into the guest house - bunk style I think. I can comfortably put two sets of low bunk beds in and have room for visitors or woofers in the future. It was a good day with a leisurely spent afternoon and I finished my weekly stash of movies.
7/15/13...It was an offsite work day but I got up slowly. I finished watching a movie from last night so had to rush to get ready and leave on time for my late morning appointment. I only had to go into Macon today and I was done by mid afternoon. I stopped at GCSU library on the way home to upload a few files and then headed home. My afternoon chores included putting the last boards onto the deck. One board is not screwed down because I ran out of screws. Screws are a ridiculously expensive part of any deck project. I have the ends of the rest of the boards down but will need to go back and add screws to the middles. After my work was done I ran to Sandersville to make a bank deposit and grocery run. I went to Harvey's for the first time. I am not so impressed. I don't like grocery stores where the fresh produce is prepackaged. I didn't get much; just bread and cheese and a few vegetables. I came home and watched half a movie but was tired so I turned in extra early. Another day and small steps towards progress.
7/16/13...I was up working early not because I had to but because I wanted to be up -- which is a great feeling. I did more work on the stumps and then leveled the first half of the deck on the new cabin. The left 12' section was leveled then boards were pulled from the pile and nails pulled to prep the boards. I then blocked and leveled the 4x12' deck that will connect both cabin decks and form the 3rd side of the courtyard. I eyeballed the boards when I got them and I'm finding some just inches shy of 12' so I will cut boards to 8' for the cabin deck and 6' for the connector deck. It was good progress and with the decks in place the space is taking form. I went into town and stopped at the library to use the WiFi to disappointingly find out my laptop T and Y keys no longer work. So my fix for now is to copy and paste those two letters every time I need to use either the T or Y (it sucks and I guess it's time for a new laptop especially before going back to school). I went into Macon for the group historical interview in the evening with my boss. The event went well and I learned how they once washed clothes on rub boards and boiling pots. I came back home after a long and productive day. Part of a movie and bed topped it off.
7/17/13...Tree stumps is the mission of the week. It's hard work but one by one they are coming up. I worked hard and then lounged a bit and left home about noon to head to Macon to do work research. After work I came back to Milledgeville to fill up water containers and get more screws and shower parts. All missions accomplished effortlessly. My regular helper Merrill at the Lowe's was helpful as usual in helping me figure out just which $.57 parts I needed . While driving home I saw a hilarious site. In Milledgeville a very large tractor was for sale at the pawn shop. It was an "only in the country" sight. I went back to see how much it was but the shop was closed. Nail polish was my final mission and I made it home only minutes before a torrential storm that thundered the ground all around me. Movie and bed is becoming my regular routine and today it was accompanied by the glorious storm pounding rain on a tin roof.
Note to self: Figure out how to have the windows open during the rain but keep the water out.
- Cabin #2 delivered
- Full 24' deck on cabin #1 in place
- 1/2 of deck on cabin #2 and 12' connector deck leveled and partially covered
- Lots of tree stumps uprooted
- Laptop limping
- More movies watched
- Great experiences, great storms, great progress!