Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Wind and Water Advisory

Plans changed overnight because of a Wind Advisory (winds over 40 miles an hour) and that oak tree in the middle of the photo. We also got an Advisory that our water was going to be shut off for maintenance.

Yesterday I hauled and stacked scrap wood under that tall scraggly old oak. The problem is that the tree has lots of dead limbs that fall and I don't want to be in harms way, so I didn't build planter boxes today. I wish the wind would knock all the dead stuff down. I don't hear or pay much attention to the branches hitting the house in the daytime, but Kristine says the noise the stuff makes has been making it hard for her to sleep.
Instead I worked in the green garden and pulled up bricks that I had laid a few years ago and made a place to build a planter box. Morgan came by every now and then to eat grass, for ear rubs and to check on me. She would stay for a while and then she would be off to check on the chickens and squirrels and other doggie stuff.

When we moved here my brother had grass on either side of a path of bricks. I didn't want to care for the grass and bricked most of it over. I also built the little deck area out of scrap wood. It's not pretty, but it works as an entrance to a storage building we call the spa house. My brother built it to house a hot tub so the family could use it in the winter. We use the building to hold stuff. Stuff that needs to be sorted through and got rid of. That's another project.
I got this far and quit to make dinner. Morgan is curious about what I'm doing and sniffs around when I pull up the bricks. I think she thinks I'm looking for something. I'm going to lay the bricks in the area behind where they are stacked. I'll do that before I start on the planters. The windy conditions are supposed to ease up for sure by Thursday. I lost most of the day to a migraine. All my fault because I ate a steak covered in all kinds of spices. Bad me.

The water is going to be turned off tomorrow so they can work on the lines. I filled two containers with water and put them in the refrigerator. I filled a pot with water for the chicken's waterer. I filled the tea kettle. And then I filled the bathtub with water to use to fill the toilet tank, so we can flush the toilet.

Happiness is being able to flush the toilet! I remember when we were building a house and finally got the water hooked up to the toilet. Wow! I could flush the toilet. Before, I would have to run up and down the stairs to turn the hose on and off to fill the tank. I remember flushing the toilet a bunch of times just for fun. Simple things. Such a joy!

[4 eggs today]
The chickens ate a little bit on the pumpkin.


Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Love what your doing!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

You are doing such a great job with Morgan's help..
Nope the sheep don't fly but Lori's has ducks that her dog Pirate is getting really good at herding.. Ducks don't follow their master so it is quite a feat..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

lisa said...

The bricks look great!

Becky's Barnyard said...

You have everything looking great. It's never ending; but you are doing a great job. Morgan thinks so, also.

diane said...

Wow you take on some big projects. It sounds like prison work , moving bricks from one place to another. But i can see its going to look good. Wind and no water sounds a bit inconvenient to say the least. The Flame Tree and Jacaranda Tree don't have a scent (that I can detect anyway).

DayPhoto said...

I remember getting running water from the city instead of hauling it.

You are right. Simple joys.