Rushing through the home repairs. #8: Working outside while it is cool enough...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 04-25-2012 02:19 AM 7106 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a couple of trees that after drought stress, I had die on me, only to find wood boring beetles living in them. (Now I get to check my home structure to make sure they aren’t there!). So I got to spend some serious quality time with my ladder, a rope, a chainsaw, and a friend. The rope and the friend were to pull the cutoffs toward the middle of the lawn to avoid smashing the house, the fence, or me in the process of felling these trees. I am about 75% done, and I guarantee the trash people won’t want to mess with this. The wood is dry enough, I am SERIOUSLY considering throwing it in my truck, going to the beach with a bunch of friends and a cooler of beer and having a bonfire…

Likewise, on Sunday I was bad, instead of resting as I should, I did some digging around in the front and dug out 2 non productive rose bushes, all the way down including excavating the root…

Now I am no in shape 20 year old, and my body is now complaining. The good thing is I have been losing weight, the bad thing is I am hauling around a LOT of extra weight doing this stuff. I am still head to toe, and have pains in places I forgot existed.. Thank God for Weight Watchers and my Wii. I would be in worse shape without them!

I have also spent a considerable amount of time, no less than 6 hours this weekend, just trying to find the floor in my shop. I got it, now I need to put things were they belong again. I am embarassed they got this bad… I need to get this done quick though. I need to get back on my trim work as the temps will be going back up soon, and when that is done, I don’t want to be chain sawing beetle infested oak any more!

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#1 posted 04-25-2012 04:43 AM

Sounds like your having more fun than is humanly possible!!! Lol.

Here in Vermont, I’m thankful when it warms up enough to work outside. It was 50’ish degrees today with scattered showers and for good measure, BB sized hail decided to fall from the heavens!!! BTW, I work outside doing property maintenance, by no means a perfect day at work.

I hope you are finding some joy in the accomplishments so far. In the end it will have all been worth it!!

Good luck & work safe!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 04-25-2012 11:20 AM

The great thing about saw dust is it won’t spoil. Ive had piles of saw dust on my floor I know are at least a year old or better. I do manage for the most part to sweep it up into a pile but then when I start to pick it up and put it in a trash can I start sweating and my vision gets blury….................I need to sit down….LOL…......................Schloemoe

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#3 posted 04-25-2012 11:53 AM

My late father-in-law had this expression, “If you’re over 50 and without any aches or pains, then you’re dead.”

-- John from Hampstead

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#4 posted 04-25-2012 01:33 PM

Not quite 50 yet… But yeah, I agree…

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#5 posted 04-25-2012 02:13 PM

That a way to go, David. I have been overworked, too much call lately, and doing a bunch of stuff for the electronic medical records. Basically we are about 80% converted over, only bringing the final step of coding and billing to the computer remains. Meaning, we still generate a piece of paper, the super bill, to put codes on and charges. We have been computerized with the practice management end since 1984, and we are using the EMR of the company that we get the practice management system from. I actually have picked up programming again, and have generated a point and click program for my keyboard challenged PA. But I may use it for myself some, we’ll see.

There is not enough time or space here to enumerate my aches and pains, so this soon to be 71 year old won’t even try….......(-:

Haven’t been in the shop for over a month, but I go on vacation next week, and when I get back, should be shop time.

Hang in there…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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