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Old 09-14-2020, 09:04 AM   #1641
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I'm pleased with how this 25 year old furniture looks painted, it had been stained for it prior life and in horrible condition. This rustolum furniture paint was a great find.
It's beautiful! I never would have thought to paint those chairs red like that, but that's a terrific color choice, best I have ever seen for that type of chairs.

As for what I am doing today, I awakened around 9 AM and I am finishing my preparations for Hurricane Sally's arrival tonight. Right now I am doing laundry (those in hurricane prone areas probably remember that last minute task before one hits!). Then, we will go over to Walgreens so I can pick up my routine prescriptions which I forgot to re-order until Saturday night. Oops. Anyway, they are ready.

Right now it is overcast here but not raining or windy yet. If the weather still looks reasonable we might go to our restaurant for lunch, but at some point early this afternoon we will come home and wait for Sally. We decided not to evacuate.
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Old 09-14-2020, 10:29 AM   #1642
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Right now it is overcast here but not raining or windy yet. If the weather still looks reasonable we might go to our restaurant for lunch, but at some point early this afternoon we will come home and wait for Sally. We decided not to evacuate.
Hoping that Sally behaves herself for your sake and everyone on the coast.

The mornings are now cool enough for yard work to be tolerable so I whacked at some overgrown bushes for an hour or so (two bags worth) after walking with the little dog. I think it will be 5 or 6 days of this to get them all back to size - should have done this two years ago .

Today I'll finish up some pages for our church's new website, write the report from the search committee I chaired, and continue with my non-partisan voter registration/voter information activities. On Saturday I decided to set up a table at the corner of our lot (it's a main street in our subdivision) with mail-in voter registration forms and other voter information (I'm a volunteer deputy registrar, which is needed in Texas because there is no online registration.) Surprisingly in two days I've had more than 10 applications picked up. So I'll be carrying it out each morning until the registration deadline in early October.
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Old 09-14-2020, 01:19 PM   #1643
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Trash can filling day!

Today is trash can filling day.

It's my ongoing goal to find enough "stuff" around here to completely fill the large can each week. I'm currently out of Amazon boxes to cut up. And my stash of old, used auto parts is down to a few useless things, but they are relatively heavy and big (why am I keeping this junk?) and should be taken to the recycle lot in town.

I did cut up into many pieces a damaged ABS plastic bumper cover I replaced on son-in-law's car (2016 Hyundai Accent) after he ran into/over some debris on the highway early one dark morning and cut it up pretty badly. I did the repair for way less than the deductible he would have had to pay. That's in the recycle can for future disposal.

I also went in the attic and low and behold, a dozen plastic crates full of Christmas decorations. With DW reluctantly giving me permission to get rid of a good 40% of it, the can is now full! Now if I could get her to agree throwing out whatever is in the other boxes in the attic...well, I'll save that for a rainy day.

I'm doing my part to "simplify" my life and not leave a pile of junk for the kids to deal with "when the time comes".

It's actually kind of fun decluttering. It's amazing how fast clutter accumulates.
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It's amazing how fast clutter accumulates.
I'd give you some tips but the UPS guy is at the door.
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DW requested we put gutters on one side of the house to keep the water away from the foundation. I dutifully did it, and discovered after our first heavy rain that the water was puddling near the downspout because of the bad drainage. Rather than regrading the yard, I had a better plane.
I ordered 4 10 foot sections of downspout, plus a right angle adapter from Lowes. It was cool, as they had a pickup place designated in the parking lot with a placard with the phone number on it. Believe it or not, I got the four
10 foot pieces in my Hyundai Accent!
So, tomorrow I will assemble them, using sheet metal screws and sealant between the joints.
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Took a spirited ride on some winding rural roads in my 19 yo Chevy, hiked at Starved Rock State Park, watched the bison at Buffalo Rock State Park, and now settling in for a nap.
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Ran across some interesting numbers from the year I was born:

1946
Average annual income was $2,600.
Average household income for nonfarm families was $3,000.
The federal minimum wage was 40˘ an hour.
The average house cost $5,150.
The average new car cost $1,125
A first class postage stamp cost 3˘.
A gallon of gasoline was 21˘.
A movie ticket was 55˘.
A gallon of milk was 67˘.
A dozen eggs was 59˘.
A loaf of white bread was 10˘.
One year tuition at Harvard was $420.
A computer cost $486,804 (ENIAC)
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Old 09-14-2020, 02:09 PM   #1648
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^ Wow gas was 21 cents a gallon in 1946. I wonder if that high of a price was due to WWII. I think gas was around 25 cents when I got my drivers license in 1971
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Here's hoping your wife's surgery went well. I had knee surgery as well thurs.
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Hope your recovery is going well too.

No complications with wife’s knee replacement on Friday. She was sent home with an ice machine many pages of instructions and a big bag of medicine. My job at this point is to make sure she has healthy light meals and snacks, takes all her meds on time and keep the frozen water bottles refreshed in the ice machine.
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DW requested we put gutters on one side of the house to keep the water away from the foundation. I dutifully did it, and discovered after our first heavy rain that the water was puddling near the downspout because of the bad drainage. Rather than regrading the yard, I had a better plane.
I ordered 4 10 foot sections of downspout, plus a right angle adapter from Lowes. It was cool, as they had a pickup place designated in the parking lot with a placard with the phone number on it. Believe it or not, I got the four
10 foot pieces in my Hyundai Accent!
So, tomorrow I will assemble them, using sheet metal screws and sealant between the joints.
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This requires you to post a photo of whatever the drainage solution contraption will look like!
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This requires you to post a photo of whatever the drainage solution contraption will look like!
And photos of what the 10' gutter sections look like in the Hyundai
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Took mom to the assisted living place she's moving back into to look at the apartment and put a deposit down. I'm wondering how she's gonna fit the stuff she has in her 2 BR place, plus the extra storage room, into the 1 BR place. The management at her current residence said they'd let her break her lease without penalty, so that should get her out of an extra months' rent. I've asked her doctor for a letter anyways, just to cover the bases.

The smoke here is a little worse today, 306, which is the highest it's been. The air is dead-calm, we're not even getting the afternoon north breeze that we usually get in the summer.
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Turned the A/C set point down and put a chair in front of the electric meter. Lucky for me, it ticked to the next kWh digit in about one minute. Flipped all breakers off except for the sauna, which I turned on.

All that was done just after DW left the house for an errand, so as not to have to explain my whacky actions.

If you haven't guessed, I wanted to find out how many kWh the sauna used. Over the next 100 minutes, 3 kWh were consumed. 2 in the first 30 minutes, and I waited and waited for that last tick. It really doesn't come on top much once it heats up. I entered and exited every 10 or 15 minutes to simulate actually using the sauna.

Yeah, so $0.30 to take a sauna. Blowing through some dough!
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Turned the A/C set point down and put a chair in front of the electric meter. Lucky for me, it ticked to the next kWh digit in about one minute. Flipped all breakers off except for the sauna, which I turned on.

All that was done just after DW left the house for an errand, so as not to have to explain my whacky actions.

If you haven't guessed, I wanted to find out how many kWh the sauna used. Over the next 100 minutes, 3 kWh were consumed. 2 in the first 30 minutes, and I waited and waited for that last tick. It really doesn't come on top much once it heats up. I entered and exited every 10 or 15 minutes to simulate actually using the sauna.

Yeah, so $0.30 to take a sauna. Blowing through some dough!
Nice! Our next home will have a sauna... doesn't need to be huge, big enough for 2 or 3. Along with a jaccuzzi hot tub + tv combo and outdoor shower.
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After stalling until a bit after 10:00 AM I spent most of the day outside with the jackhammer and the tiller breaking up what passes for "soil" around here. I suppose someplace in the country it is worse than here, but honestly I've never seen soil this hard and with so many rocks in it. I'm really surprised that plants grow around here as well as they do. But I spent most of my life in the Washington, D.C. area so I've had limited exposure. The weather is perfect for this, at least for me. High overcast most of the day, a light breeze constantly blowing, and the high temperature of around 78° F.

I'm done with most of it except for some much smaller bare spots here and there so I'll take on those as time and energy permit.
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Got in touch with a known competent person at a title company and then the agent who came up with a buyer for our oldest apartments. Allegedly the buyer will complete his property sale this week and we will all sign for his 1031 exchange into owning our apartments on Friday. We'll carry the contract for the next 10 years. Gonna be real strange not interacting with the shiny faced students who went to college a couple blocks from the apartments, but those old buildings were wanting more and more work. City Hall has a picture up from the 1800's showing tracks for the train that ran between Monmouth and Independence going right by one of our buildings. Nine of our remaining 36 units soon gone. We are going to sell 8 more units to a young guy we transferred 7 units to several years ago; and a real estate agent I've known since he was a kid with a bug and I was a VW mech is hot to get our tri-plex. That will leave the newest (relative term) 16 unit complex as our last remaining rentals. They are boring cookie cutter apartments, won't hurt when they go away.

A certain amount of sadness involved; plunking money into CDs and bank accounts doesn't have the same feel. Maybe we can do something weird like buy new view property that is freshly cleared/charred. Air Quality numbers here are in the 100 range - 12 miles closer to the fires in Salem it is around 435. Up near the trailer court we sold in Gates more like 500. Might be a buying opportunity. Yuck.
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An early morning run to Lowes, followed by hard work out in the yard all day. I put in a metal edging strip next to our pavered driveway to keep the mulch from around the azaleas from washing into the driveway after a hard rain. Put down some garden soil and grass seed in a spot where I'm trying to improve the grass; the soil there is mostly ground rock and has insufficient organic matter, so I'm hoping the garden soil helps Then I fertilized the entire lawn, fertilized the rhododendrons and watered everything. I also moved one of the rosemary bushes so it will properly fit under my winter greenhouse contraption.

After lunch, I spent several hours working to clear a pile of brush, leaves, dirt, old bricks, and pieces of pavement that my neighbor had piled under my pine trees in the back yard. I cleared and bagged (or used for mulch) everything to the property line and stacked the bricks on his side. I'm hoping he gets the message.
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Installed motion activated solar lights near my rear deck. Now when large or small critters scamper across the decks at 2:00 AM, the lights will go on. It will be interesting to see how often that happens.
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I've been working the last few (cooler days in the 70*s) on stacking my firewood supply for the season. This wood has been cut up, and drying all Summer, and will further dry under my barn awning in the wind.

I need to help my SIL secure his supply also by taking the log splitter down to their place.
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staying inside for the past week due to fire and air quality. AQI 375 right now.
You would think the house would be spotless! But, no.
Even with doors and windows shut tight, smokey smell still permeates some days. Cough, runny nose and watery eyes.

To those of you in the Hurricane Sally area, stay safe.
Wish you could send some rain this way.
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