Still in the Hospital!
But, after a night in the ICU, the next night pushing through another code call and seeing my beloved fight through yet another episode of septic shock; she is finally on the mountain top! The hope is that after her IV antibiotics tomorrow that her labs will allow us to return home to continue the medications orally. She is doing so much better. Again, it is so difficult to describe the relief and gratitude the healing God has shown her. It has been a long, long, long, long week!
So this blog will be kind of a catch all for all the various little “octopus” arms of the project that I have left hanging out there. When you are working with a crew, these branch projects and loss ends are quickly dealt with simply by delegation. With the big crew of me, myself and I, the task of delegation part really gets in the way of the working part:).
So, when the weather was warm and I was feeling good, I loved working in the late evening and into the early night. During that time, I ran the lines to the three lamp posts. I used 12in concrete tubes as a base form. We get crazy winds, sometimes up to 100 miles an hour so is important that they have good roots.
Unfortunately I did not get photos of placing the other two! My phone died. But I did get a few shot of this, and I wanted to share them with you. I was walking back the shop to get some wire, and a sparkling caught my eye. When I went over to it, this is what I saw. I apologize for the poor quality.
The light from my headlamp was glinting off the spiders eyes, like diamonds.
It reminded me of Iraq. I was on an Airbase outside of Tal Afar. Light discipline was not in effect so I was using my headlamp without the red filter, white exposed!
It was getting late, (probably around 11PM) and I had just finished reporting to the Aid Station and was walking across the field at the head of the runway. I was getting lost in thought, my head was low, keeping the beam on the ground in front of me, when I realized there were all these sparkles in the periphery of my beam. I stopped and walked over to one, crouching down to get a better look. To my surprise, it was a spider, peering at me from under a small rock. Its eyes were glinting when the light hit them just right. As I stood up and looked around, consciously aware of the sparkles now, I saw that they literally surrounded me. They weren’t big spiders, they weren’t the popular “Camel Spider.” They were just small spiders.
When I was growing up in the high desert of California, I was always told there was one spider for one square foot of the desert. Now I could actually believe it…and actually I bet there are even more! This particular spider was about the size of a nickel.
Here is an update on the “New House Well.” I got pole up, the line run and the 50 Amp box up. Most of the wiring is done there but I still have to climb in the well and do that wiring. There is also a GFICircuit that comes down with an outlet that faces the barn.
I used my Dewalt demo drill with a Bosch 1-1/8 Carbide Tipped Drill Bit to drill through the well wall for the new wiring. The old wiring went through only 8in under ground. I found these cool flex fittings at the Hardware store to help the transition from pole to wall. I have to say I am very impressed.
Again, for something different. One of Theresa’s friends made her a US Flag out of a piece of tin roofing. T wanted me to hang it so that one could view it from the highway that passes in front of the property. I actually miss understood her and hung it facing the correct way, but by her glass shop, which has more visibility from the highway. She wanted it over the dog run. But once she saw it, she was very happy!
I am proud to be an American, and of the RED, WHITE and BLUE!
Finally, I forgot the last 50Amp circuit I had to run. This circuit was for a future barn. The plan was not to run the entire line, but to run it half way and set up a junction box, as I was not sure exactly where the new building was going to be! I cannot foresee that far ahead, even though I try my hardest! My father gave me a length of 6/3 Copper Direct Bury Cable. It was the perfect selection for this circuit.
I ran the wire from the House Generac 200 Amp Panel and down the trench with the same wire for the “Pool 50 Amp Panel.”
Here you can see the Medium Box holds a set of 6/3 wires for running power to a new barn (once it gets built) a set of 10/3 and accompanying 14/2 to control the lights, and another to control the light to either a round corral if we ever get horses or more outside lights? The small single gang box holds the line for driveway lights that will reside atop block pillars right around there. (One around that “Pool Panel” and the other on the other side of the driveway [out of the frame]) Once the block pillars are in, the rail road tie will disappear.
And finally, the lights that go to the laundry line. I still have to run the line in a conduit sweep, then into the pipe, then back out again and over to the other pole.
Thank you again for reading along. I am sorry that this particular posting jumped all over.
More to follow…
-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate