WITH A FEW PIECES OF FURNITURE THE DECK IS STARTING TO COME INTO IT’S OWN
Found a few outside chairs and a wrought iron table to set on the new deck to give it a bit of hominess. Un-hooked the utility trailer from the Jeep and Pheebs and I headed off to Goderich to pick up a few things and wash the Jeep. No carrot muffin this morning. In fact no carrots, celery, lettuce, or apples in my morning shake either. Also, what I had for supper tonight will be the last solid food I’m allowed to have until sometime around noon Tuesday. Only certain fluids Monday. Tuesday morning I check into the Alexandra Marine Hospital in Goderich for a procedure I like many other folks have been avoiding for years. ‘Eeeee Gads and ‘Holy Garden Hose Batman’!!
A FEW REFLECTIONS IN THE GODERICH HARBOR THIS MORNING
A BIG OLD RUSTY ANCHOR ON THIS LAKE FREIGHTER TAKING ON A LOAD OF SALT AT THE SIFTO SALT MINE
AND HERE’S A RARE SITE IN OUR GODERICH-BAYFIELD AREA…..PEOPLE ON HORSEBACK
A short walk in the doggy area at the south end of Goderich’s Rotary Cove and Pheebs and I were on our way back to Bayfield. Bruce was already busy working on the deck’s gate. Other than holding a few boards here and there I kept myself moving with yard work. It’s when I stand still for any short length of time that my lower back and legs hurt the most. If I can get myself to sit down for 10 minutes it’s a big help. Frog pond pump is up and running and we have water tumbling down the rocks of our little waterfall. Raked up more pine needles and tried to keep myself moving despite the aches and pains. Moved the Motorhome ahead with the intention of washing it but ran out of energy so hope to get that done sometime Monday. I got it coated in salt again a couple weeks ago when I had to take it into Bayfield for propane.
DUE TO MORE COLD DAMP AND RAINY WEATHER HEADED OUR WAY I AM HOPING TO GET THE RIG CLEANED UP ‘AGAIN’ BEFORE THE CRAPPY WEATHER GETS HERE
OF COURSE WE ALL KNOW BY NOW WHO THAT HAPPY SMILING FACE BELONGS TO
SURE HELPS TO HAVE ALL THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB…..WHEN I BUILT THE ORIGINAL DECK TO THE LEFT ABOUT 14 YEARS AGO I THINK I DID IT WITH A HAMMER AND A SCREWDRIVER
THAT’S ME ‘PEDRO JUAN JOSE ESCONDIDO’ HANGING ONTO THAT RAILING TRYING NOT TO FALL OVER IN A HEAP
Bruce wrapped things up around 5 o’clock and will be back later this coming week to finish up the last of the lattice work. I was sure way out of whack a few days ago when I said the deck was already about 80% done at that time. I should have said it was 50% done. I had forgot about the gate installation and all the lattice work.
I SOMETIMES WONDER IF BRUCE AT ONE TIME WORKED AS A CLOWN FOR THE BARMUM AND BAILEY CIRCUS SOMEWHERE
NOT ONCE TODAY DID I HEAR HIM SAY ‘I’VE FALLEN AND I CAN’T GET UP’
SPOTTED THIS RED BELLIED WOODPECKER OUTSIDE OUR SUNROOM WINDOW EARLIER THIS EVENING
When Bruce’s work is done mine will begin. I have to figure out a new ground scheme for the area directly behind and to one side of the new deck. Flowerbeds will have to be relocated, rocks and patio stones moved and grass has to be dug up. Now all that is something I can do and do look forward to doing it:))
I PLAN TO CHANGE THAT WHOLE AREA SOMEHOW
IT WAS TIME FOR SOME BACKYARD CHANGES ANYWAY
STILL A BIT OF LATTICE WORK TO FINISH UP
OUR OLD GATE IS SECURELY IN PLACE AND WE MIGHT CONSIDER PAINTING IT IN SOME WILD SOUTHWEST COLORS
FLOWERING CLEMATIS VINES SHOULD SOON BE CLIMBING UP THAT LATTICE WORK AND I PLAN TO PLANT A FLOWER BOX OF MORNING GLORIES ALONG THERE AS WELL
<<< THIS OLD WEATHERED UMBBELLA MAY OR MAY NOT STAY
GROANER’S CORNER:(( The Redneck Oil Change Checklist::
1. Go to O'Reilly auto parts and write a check for $50 dollars for oil, filter, kitty litter, hand cleaner and scented tree.
2. Discover that the used oil container is full. Instead of taking it back to O'Reilly to recycle, dump in hole in back yard.
3. Open a beer and drink it.
4. Jack car up. Spend 30 minutes looking for jack stands.
5. Find jack stands under kid's pedal car.
6. In frustration, open another beer and drink it.
7. Place drain pan under engine.
8. Look for 9/16 box end wrench.
9. Give up and use crescent wrench.
10. Unscrew drain plug.
11. Drop drain plug in pan of hot oil; get hot oil on you in process.
12. Clean up.
13. Have another beer while oil is draining.
14. Look for oil filter wrench.
15. Give up; poke oil filter with screwdriver and twist it off.
17. Buddy shows up; finish case with him. Finish oil change tomorrow.
18. Next day, drag pan full of old oil out from underneath car.
19. Throw kitty litter on oil spilled during step 18.
20. Beer. No, drank it all yesterday.
21. Walk to 7-11; buy beer.
22. Install new oil filter making sure to apply thin coat of clean oil to gasket first.
23. Dump first quart of fresh oil into engine.
24. Remember drain plug from step 11.
25. Hurry to find drain plug in drain pan.
26. Hurry to replace drain plug before the whole quart of fresh oil drains onto floor.
27. Slip with wrench and bang knuckles on frame.
28. Bang head on floor board in reaction.
29. Begin cussing fit.
30. Throw wrench.
31. Cuss and complain.
32. Clean up; apply Band-Aid to knuckle.
35. Dump in additional 4 quarts of oil.
37. Lower car from jack stands
38. Accidentally crush one of the jack stands
39. Move car back to apply more kitty litter to fresh oil spilled during step 23.
40. Test drive car
41. Get pulled over; arrested for driving under the influence.
42. Car gets impounded.
43. Make bail; get car from impound yard.
$75 replacement set of jack stands; hey the colors have to match!
$200 Impound and towing fee