Power Upgrade #30: Slow Going

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 06-09-2014 11:06 AM 2049 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 29: After They Left Part 30 of Power Upgrade series Part 31: Nearly There...I can almost taste it! »

Right, so who was I kidding when I thought it was going to get easier to get back into the routine of things after the year we have had!:). And with summer racing in it just gets worse! I am sure all of you feel the same way!!

So backing up all the way to March! I took a day to work over at my parents…at my dads. Since my mom has died my sister and her 9 children have been staying with him for the time being. (He has a very big house which he built for my mother and all of us children. Anyway, I wanted to do something for the kids as it has been a rough ride for them having there Grammi pass and there father move out on them. (that happened about a year before my mother passed away.) So I took the day to work with one of my nieces and together we built a tree swing. There were allot of granite boulders that needed to be removed first! It was a day of fun on the tractor.

I still had to finish the wiring to the cloths line. But first I had to raise the right side post as it was about 5in out of level with the left one, and being the perfectionist I am, I could not just let it be! I used the tractor I was borrowing from a friend to pull it up and reset it. Then I realized my line was to short so I had to put in a splice to correct the error.

Notice, yet again I forgot to put the shrink tube on!

Thankfully, the spliced line was short so I was saved the work of undoing all the work I just did!

Next I had to drill the hole through the pipe and get the male coupler connected. Since I had accomplished this on the other side I assumed it would be easier this time! Wrong! Never assume! Right? Well anyway, I ended up dropping one of my drivers down the hole and that started what turned out to be about an hours long battle to get the metal washer threaded onto the coupler! With some deep breathing and some praying. I finally got it…but I won’t lie. There were some frustrating moments too! That is why the pictures stopped! I got frustrated and focused!:).

And here is where the driver went down and the job started to get hard:). I know you have had one of those days!!!

Before and after I worked on the splice of the cloths line. I did some box scraping to level out the all the dirt from the ditch work.

This is the old Case tractor that a good brother from Church let me borrow!

And here is an old splice that I hit with the box scraper. It was only buried about 6-8in down. They used wire nuts and electricians tape and then put the thing in an old plastic radiator fluid bottle. Awesome!

Thats it for this particular update. As I said before, getting back into the groove hasn’t been easy, heck it hasn’t even happened yet!;). So thank you all for your patience! The good news is that things are moving. Theresa is getting better with her medication though it is going to be a life long battle. I feel really good considering, thank God! I still have days, but don’t we all? Thanks again and I love you guys! LJs are awesome people!

More to follow…..


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

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#1 posted 06-09-2014 11:59 AM

So glad everyone is doing better! Love that smile on the little girl, she looks like she is having a blast.

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

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#2 posted 06-09-2014 12:03 PM

‘couple songs come to mind nate

‘there’s a hole in the bucket … ‘

‘the hip bone is connected to the ... ‘

having somewhat the same here

we are still breathing
which is a daily blessing

in lew of supplies here to work on the shop
i went out yesterday
and started pulling goats heads
before they take over and dry to seed

glad you are both ok there

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Nate Meadows

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#3 posted 06-09-2014 12:13 PM

Thanks Lew! It was a great day to spend with her! Even though it was a little rainy, it really didn’t seem like it!

David, I hate goat heads! They are terrible and seem to get everywhere!!!!


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

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#4 posted 06-09-2014 01:39 PM

i have been thinking of you and came very close to sending you an email, as i was worried, but my own life happened and i forgot to write, so im so sorry nate, but im so glad to see you are getting along, it will happen at your pace and what ever you get done will be ok, no rush on things….it will all be there tomorrow…

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

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#5 posted 06-09-2014 03:48 PM

“With a little bit of faith, and some imagination”, you have redefined perseverance.
God bless your Family and restore everyone’s strength.

Best Regards. – 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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#6 posted 06-09-2014 04:06 PM

Nate, looks like fun. I spent Friday trying to pull out a bolt- broken off at the head of a refrigerator, then the drill bit snapped insided the hole! I got it out eventually. Good times, hope all is well.

-- I never finish anyth

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#7 posted 06-10-2014 12:40 AM

Nate, The box bladed area looks great! Now don’t be digging it up again! Good of you to take the time to do the swing. Bet it made you both happy.

Carry on….......

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

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#8 posted 06-10-2014 01:39 AM

nate, if i could ask God to bless one family that i know of, it would be yours, and i do ask him, so many trails have come to your family, i do hope that you’re all doing as well as you can be, i do hope teresa will find the right management for her disease and find some happiness in it all…..God bless you all..

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

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#9 posted 06-10-2014 04:36 AM

Brother Grizz, Thanks for your kind words of encouragement and for your prayers. I don’t feel like I deserve them! There are so many that are far worse off than I! God has had His hand on me for sure. It is reassuring knowing there are friends like you out there! Thanks!!!!

Brother Len, You are too kind! James defines perseverance, I just try to live it!:) He doesn’t say it is way harder in real life:). Thank you for your prayers!

Brother Philip, you know exactly what I am saying then! You had one of those days yourself! Glad it worked out for you!

Brother gfadvm, Thanks for the encouragement. I will do my best to not do anymore digging:)...for now:). We did indeed have a great day!

Thank you all! You are the best!


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

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#10 posted 06-11-2014 01:42 PM

A little at a time. Your helper looks like she’s having a ball. Work safe.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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