Power Upgrade #26: Sand

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 03-23-2014 03:19 PM 1536 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 25: An Hiatus (Getting back into the groove) Part 26 of Power Upgrade series Part 27: Buckets and Buckets of Sand »

If you look back at the last few blogs…I would say just remember, but I can’t remember so :) will see that I ran out of sand to cover up the lines. Thankfully there is a very good company that delivers to this area. For about $250 total, not extra, they brought out 8 yards of beautiful sand on the 7th of December. This is way better than using a dumb trailer. First of all, I don’t have to drive out there! Second, my fathers dump trailer only holds about 4 yards so it talks two trips. Second, the sand is wet so it is to heavy at 4 yards for the dump trailer to lift. So I ended up shoveling out half of it anyway. I really did not want to do that again! Thank God for Dump Trucks and the Hat Creek Construction Company!

It was so cold some of the sand stuck to the metal inside the bed. But all the driver had to do was take a shovel and lightly scrape it and it all came out. Definitely way better than having to throw it all out by hand!

Parting was such sweet sorrow!

And now I have something to work with!

But if I remember correctly:) that day I was not feeling well at all. The cold pressure was really giving me a headache. So I waited until the next day to get back to covering up the wire. Of course by then, it has snowed and it was all covered!

For some reason, in the snow, the walk seemed farther.

But I was slowly getting it done, bucket by bucket. I had finally made the turn to the Dust Collection Room.

The white pipes are old drain pipes to when that room used to be a live stock washing room.

I finally pushed to a spot that I could use the wheel barrow. That helped a lot. But moving sand is hard work, especially in the snow, so I quit just a after a short while.

That is it for this one! Definitely so much more to follow!....


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#1 posted 03-23-2014 03:40 PM

This is great Nate! A very good way for us to catch up while you heal … and a perfect way to help you get those creative juices flowing again!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#2 posted 03-23-2014 03:41 PM


Your fortitude and determination are an inspiration for us all to allude to.

God’s Speed my friend. – Len
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 03-23-2014 04:28 PM

It must have taken a lot of trips back and forth even with the wheelbarrow.

The view is great Nate you took some great pictures.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 03-23-2014 04:56 PM

Unless you have actually bought/moved sand, it is difficult to believe how much it weighs.

That was a lot of hard work!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 03-23-2014 06:42 PM

ugh…ugh…moving sand makes me feel like a slug, when you fill the barrow with sand, you end up walking slow through your land, so many ditches still to go, so many wheelbarrows go go go….you will do it, we know you can…you have dug ditches all over your land….just like a mole except these ditches you can see, and your much bigger, he he he….ho ho ho..get your wheelbarrow and go go go…get it done in a hurry and haste, there is woodworking to do and no time to waste…a wooden floor waits for you, and we want to see it, and wonder just what you will do, amaze us, tease us with your hidden treasure, so much to do , no time to measure…so no more sand , its time is done, onto the woodwork, you are the gifted one…:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 03-23-2014 10:24 PM

Hi Nate,
Thanks much for including me in your recovery/rehab blogs. Yes, it is fair to say “it is what it is”, but you have a lot of family and friends praying and wanting the best for you and your wife. Things can always improve, so never give up.
You were on the front lines for the freedom we all enjoy, but must never take for granted. Sincerest thanks from my heart for your heroism and service. Keep on truckin’! God Bless. Karl ~ Boerne, TX

-- Drilling holes in wood is a boring job

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#7 posted 03-24-2014 12:01 AM

Nate, Movin sand with a wheelbarrow and shovel sucks (even for a young man). That’s what they make skid steers and tractors with loaders for. I don’t have either but I’m gonna look into renting one the next time I have a load of gravel to move.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#8 posted 03-24-2014 01:20 AM

Good to see you back blogging again Nate. Was so glad to hear of you and your wife mending. Still praying for you both and hope you stay on the mend.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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Nate Meadows

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#9 posted 03-24-2014 09:32 AM

Elaine, Thank you for all your kind support! As I have mentioned, I am sorry I have not been good about my email response! You have been so very patient! Thank you!

Len, your confident faith is inspiring! It really does remind me of my mother! Simply put…AWESOME!

Abbas, you have been an every constant source of encouragement! Thank you so much! That means the world!

Lew, sounds like you know something about sand!!!!:) Its a great work out. I don’t mind to much as long as it stays out of the pants!!! Thank you to brother for your beacon of hope!!!

Grizz, You are quite the poet brother!:) I so do want to get into the shop. My mind is bent there. With your steady leading I will definitely get there! Thanks for your friendship brother! You already know how important it is to me!

Karl, thanks for your kind words! I am the one who is thankful! All of you LJs are like a family! You give such support and love at such dire times. It is a rare and beautiful thing!

gfadvm, like brother lew, sounds like you have a personal relationship with sand and wheelbarrow:). I hear you about a tractor. I personally dream all the time!!! I want to get a big loader so I lift heavy logs too, but hey it while come:).

Bob, thank you also for your emails. I am sorry I have not been better about responding! Thank you for being there! It really has encouraged me so much! Thank you for your prayers!!!!!

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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