Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The usual preparation for winter

This last week couple of weeks the weather has cooperated so that Gerry and I have been able to do the last minute preparation for winter.  He has put antifreeze in all of the water pipes in the camper.  It was a bit of a project in that he had not done it before and was worried that he would miss one, it would freeze and he would have a burst pipe and another project next spring. Thank goodness for Youtube.

He then winterized all the mowers, the shredder, tillers and who knows what else.  Winterizing them means turning them upside down, scraping off all the accumulated grass and dirt, then washing it with the power washer. He also drained the oil and filled it with new so it is ready to go next spring.

I pushed myself to get the deck and railings stained.  It seems this needs to be done every 2-3 years. I did hire someone to help this year, but it still took several days.

All I need to do yet is plant spring flower bulbs.  But that can be done any time that you can still dig in the ground.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Projects and recollections

It is October when G and I start thinking about what projects need to be completed before it is too cold.  Mine was to stain the deck again.  I looked back on the calendar and it looks like I did it two years ago.  There must be a better way, but this deck is what was here when we bought the house.  It was a two person job (not G and I).  Doing projects like that definitely is not his favorite thing to do. So I power washed it, and applied a brightener which is supposed to open the pores in the wood so the stain goes in better.  Next I hired a 20 year old Amish young man.  He has been doing a lot of yard work this summer.  He spent two days applying the stain on the floor.  I stained the railings for two days and am not finished.  Rain is here so it will have to wait.

G project was to put a sealer on the cracks and joints on the concrete apron in from of the shop.  This took him several days too.  We are bleary eyed but are happy to have done so much.  I did not think to take any pictures.

For G's birthday party I made a board with pictures from his life.  I thought I would include some here. This is him riding a motorcycle to classes at the University of Minnesota.  I can't believe he is smiling.
Another motorcycle pic.  He raced motocross in Oklahoma.  I never could get the red dirt stains out of his clothes.

Ok, this is the last motorcycle picture.  This was a couple years ago when he rode the Continental Divide Route.  Just wanted to show there is a theme here.

Thursday, September 21, 2017


The other morning I was sitting on this swing having my morning coffee. The dew from the previous night had covered this spider web.  It made it much more visible.  How intricate and beautiful. I watched as a mosquitoes got caught in the web.  The spider was on it quickly and seemed to paralyze it. It sounds dreadful but that is nature.

Another view.  I so much enjoy nature, as you can tell.

The last photo is someone destroying nature!  It is Hubby trying to get rid of weeds in the ditch in front of our house.  He did such a good job that he even got a few branches on a tree!  As you can see he has a gas can in his hand.  He has his special way of getting the fire going.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Seeing stars!

This morning I awoke at 5:15 am.  Usually I try to get back to sleep but since that didn't seem to be working I got up and had my first cup of coffee.  I happened to look out the windows to the west and noticed a thick fog.  Then when looking out the east window I saw through the fog a bright star or as it turned out, Venus. Intrigued, I went out side and was amazed at the view.  The fog covered all the light pollution.  There was just a small waxing moon.  Because of this stars were bright. I lay on a foam mattress wrapped in a warm blanket and just gazed in awe.  What a gift.

Words fail me to describe how I felt.  I thought of A in A who requested a trip to a place where there was no light pollution and loved it. I plan to keep the location she went to as a future trip.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Better him than me

Hubby is dirt bike riding, or should I say rock riding in Colorado.  This is a picture he sent to me of his group manually turning a bike around because it was too difficult to keep going. I cannot imagine riding on those boulders. I think he told me that one day he fell down 10 times.  He still claims it is fun.

He is at 12,015 feet elevation and still smiling.  

After all that effort this is what they saw!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

One project completed

I think I have mentioned in previous posts that Hubby is actually paying people to help him with his many unfinished projects. This is one of the first, with many to follow I hope.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

What was I thinking?

On my KonMari mission I am now editing CDs and photos.  If you hear a scream from Homerville you will know why.  I would be embarrassed  to report the number of CDs that I have purchased (and kept) over the years.  I have come up with a method to edit the CDs.  I listen to the first couple songs on each one, then look on YouTube for the album. For the ones I love and can listen from my computer, they are going.  Also there many I just do not like anymore.

For the photos, I tried to Google how to edit them.  Mostly I was told to put them in albums.  No, I want to edit which means sorting and throwing.  These two projects may take weeks, but must be done eventually. The best part I am finding and listening to songs I really love.

Hubby has been at the air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the past week.  He is seriously thinking of flying an ultralight again.  Apparently the choice now is should he buy one or fix up the one he has. It needs a new engine and who knows what else.  Our daughter is lobbying for him to pay someone to fix it for him.  That is painful for him to do.  But I am happy to report that he has a mechanic working on two of his Triumph cars and a motorcycle.  So there is hope.

Well, one to the project!