Two steps forward, one step back!
It is a spectacular day here today: warm, calm, bright! It is trying to lull us into thinking Winter is still far off. It really isn't and I would not care except I am trying to get a number of things done before the cold weather set in. For the most part this includes improving insulation in part of the house, particularly the cold room in the basement and insulation in the shed for the livestock, more insulation in the ceiling of the hen house and in the ceiling of the space in the shed for the critters. There is also lots of structural improvement necessary and some impovement to the pens for the pigs, which will farrow in the middle of Winter. I hope to also replace the shingles on ther front verandah. I keep putting this lower on the list but it badly needs to be done.
Some days I feel I am making real progress. And then, there are the setbacks! Two step forwards and onestep back . . . or is it one step forward and two step back? Some days it feels like the latter.
Here is the list!
In spite of all the rain, the river level dropped and my water quit as the foot valve in the river ended up on the new shoreline. One could learn to hate rural plumbing! Luckily, the check falve held and all the water in the system , including the hot water tank didn't end up in the river. (If it had I would have burned out the elements in the tank.) I manage to restore the water in a couple of hours rather than days.
The septic tank was letting me know it needed to be pumped out. Sewage was showing up where one does not want it. (I will spare you the detains.) The truck came to pump it out and apparently my system is blocked somewhere beyond the tank preventing the liquid from draining out. I will have to dig part of it up and investigate. (And, I thought it was because I had a woman in the house;) They use lots of water!) This job awaits doing before everything freezes.
Then the cleaning lady, who comes and does some cleaning for Dave and June was prevented from coming until I repaired some damage to the bathroom floor. My response was an overwelming desire to tell the agency to F*** O**!. ( But that would ruin my reputation of never swearing.) The cleaning lady only ever came and drank coffee with June and then mop the floor and leave. When ever I suggest she might do something useful. ie. clean the oven or wash the windows inside the house, she is not allowed this is not light housecleaning!!! June likes her, she needs the money and is a relative of Dave, so I confronted the bathroom floor problem, biting my lip, keeping my opinions to myself. There was a spot of damage near the tub which required replacing the floor right down to the joists: two layers of 1 inch planking, underlay and new linoleum.
As I began the bathroom work the toilet drain proved to be plugged with something. I suspect Dave but something he shouldn't have down the toilet. Twice I have cleared this drain. I think it is finally fixed, I hope so for I am about to install the linoleum and reset the toilet.
Well this morning the pig Babe conspired against me. She began to root up the lawn. I have 366 acres of bush and fields she could have chosen but, . . . not she attacked the ground by the house. Does she hear bugs and grubs under the sod?
Don't keep a pig as a pet. The weather has been so moist and warm the lawn was looking very lush and green, better that in previous years. I almost began to fancy myself a gardener. The only good thing is now Dave has something outside to do. Ever since he helped with the wood he has wanted an outside chore. So he is out there with his little dogs and his walker replacing the sod ,"green side up". It is good for him to get out and get some exercise and fresh air.
I am back on track now as I am on a break from installing insulation in the hen house. After a short time the dust leaves you with breathing problems. Mercifully, I am almost done and will be installing an inner door to give the hen house an insulated double door against the cold.
Next the new top to the pump house and a new door on the opening I toss the manure out. I will be repairing the shed until the freeeze up.
Oh ya! that front veranda roof!!!
Perhaps, this will be a day of two steps forward and only one step back. So far I am not having visions of a new life in a nursing him!!!