Thursday, May 13, 2010

Blast From the Past - Stihl Magnolia

Don't have much new and exciting to add, so I reached back into the archives from May 13, 2003. Let me just say that I'm glad to be living in The Closet and enjoying a maintenance-free lifestyle. I need to remember things like this when I start getting wistful for homeownership - although I will choose wisely, this time. Oh, and I was so excited for Raffy - I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

Yesterday didn't turn out as I planned. Pebbles was sick and came over to see her doc, so I met her for lunch. First she wanted soup, then she decided that her favorite college haunt for fish tacos was just the cure for what ailed her. So I got to face down my 10 chips again. No lunch workout, but I made sure I went last night to make up for it. Tonight is the musical and I'm still mulling my options for Sunday.

March 13, 2003

I'm getting so much better at this weed-eater thing. I know it seems silly to keep harping on this particular piece of equipment, but it just drives me nuts if I can't get the property properly trimmed. My place looks bad enough as it is without unsightly, tall weeds appearing around the edges, under the fences, in the bar ditch. So, this weekend I made further progress in my attempts to fully master the gasoline-powered straight bar Stihl FS 85. I've learned how to create the proper gas/oil mix to fuel the thing, I can add .8 line to the spindle, tap and go, and on Saturday, I managed to do all of those things in addition to starting the f*r about a million times!

In addition to my weed-eating prowess, I also managed to paint about twenty percent of the roof on my barn. It wasn't nearly as scary as I thought it would be. I am hopeful that I can get the remainder painted next weekend. After the barn, my wood fences are next on the painting agenda. Navajo Red - full coverage stain - the stain is already purchased and just waiting for me to get to it.

I'm still trying to figure out what to do and how to afford the new siding that I need for my home. Actually, I have decided that I am going to use vinyl siding. Yes, I know it can be boring, but I have to consider maintenance. It is the maintenance issue that is killing me now. Trying to keep up with everything around the place takes almost all my free time. Just the mowing and the weedeating takes me almost a whole day to complete. So, something as maintenance free as vinyl siding has some real plusses. Now, I just have to figure out how to afford it. And of course, I'm going to do it myself. I've decided that I'm going to start with putting up vinyl on the back of the shop. (Yet another of the projects that Bubba failed to complete - he resided the shop on 3 sides, but left the back undone.) It's a small area and should be an easier place to start than the side of my home.

In other news, I was at the Ballpark in Arlington when Raffy hit his 500th jack. Quite exciting.

Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Master a new skill every once in a while - it does wonders for your confidence.



  1. As much as I love my home, I am glad the Mr. takes care of that sort of stuff. If I was alone I'd be in a condo I think.

  2. Clever title ... love it!

    I love having my own little paradise outside but it's small and manageable.
    Having said that though ... when I get sick, it's never a priority and right now I'm dealing with weeds that I inherited from some compost I bought from the city. I like mowing the lawn and putzing around yardening. I think I'd miss it if I didn't have it even with all the work involved.

    I'd love to have a man around to do it with though.
    yardening I mean ... :D

    and will you look at that #! ... 141! Nice.

  3. It is a testament to keeping things low maintenance.

  4. Oh, I remember the weed-eater days. My, how far you've come!


We'll try this for a while.