Not quite in the workshop... #11: Another step closer to freeing up shop space...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 06-02-2010 10:35 PM 1258 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last night, I took the rings off of where the stumps were, and 3 of the 5 stumps to be removed were nothing but holes in the ground filled with ash. 1 was a half burnt 4” tall stump, the other untouched (ran out of charcoal). I will grab a couple more bags of charcoal, and finish the task over the next couple of days…

This weekend is not promising for any shop or even fence time as LOML are signed up for a 5K fund raiser with our Weight Watchers group (yeah I am a middle aged balding fat guy…). Afternoon highs are supposed to be in the upper 90s, so not much chance of any outdoor work happening except in the mornings, which plans are made around that… Ugh…

We are at the point now where i need to get my posts, rails and pickets out to the back yard and out of the shop. If for no other reason than to be ready. The burn outs will be happening over the weekend (BIL watching the burn out for me). That will give me ready access to the wheel barrow, and the fence posts for setting fence posts, but I am less than thrilled with the idea of putting that much building material in my back yard, open to the bayou, for that long without a fence up in the first place… Ugh…

I have one more tree / bush I need to deal with. There is a really pretty Crepe Myrtle in my yard, that is simply in the wrong place. It is where I want to put my shed. It’s GOT to go… In all honesty, I have 4 trees that have GOT to go… A crepe myrtle, 2 pines, and a China berry that is too close to my foundation. The China Berry and the 2 pines will be hired out to professionals as I simply do NOT want to take the risk of taking these trees down. I can handle the crepe myrtle though.

I am getting a little anxious about getting this all done now. I am seeing things progressing in the right direction, and starting to see results. This is all a lot of fun actually. I guess that proves I am getting older huh?

Oh well, like I said, things are coming along. I have seen some excellent ideas for small garden sheds / storage boxes recently, and just need to decide on which one, get the plans approved and get my permits, and I should be good to get started on that project…

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#1 posted 06-02-2010 11:23 PM

One step at a time ,keep going you’ll get there.

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#2 posted 06-02-2010 11:26 PM

I’d get there faster with a fatter budget and some help. Anyone wanna donate either?

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#3 posted 06-03-2010 12:44 AM

Keep on plugging, kid. I am still in recovery mode. Home from work today. No energy whatsoever. Being old is the pits. I have some reasonably simple things to do in the shop, but can’t drag my a.. down there. The brain is refusing to do anything it does not have to do, and the only ‘have to’ is my job. Oh well.

Sounds like you have hit on a good method to remove those stumps. I think I told you before, I hire it done, for the obvious reasons. Now Sherie wants to drop a large boulder in the middle of an iris patch, the tree we had there failed. Sounds like someone with a very big front loader will need to do the job. I don’t know how much big rocks weigh, but I am sure it is too much, like in the tons.

So just hanging out. Last night Sherie made pizza, and for the first time, I rolled out the dough. It got a little thinner than normal due my advantage…........tonnage. Best pizza ever, and that is saying something since Sherie makes great pizza. We like it thin crust. She has streamlined the arduous process by letting a bread machine do the mixing, rising, etc. She uses her own dough recipe she has been mutating over time a little.

So now I am just indenting my chair…....not worth much else.


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