September 16, 2017

New Family Member

Everyone, please welcome Ziva to her new home.

Ziva head on in old cage
Ziva head on in old cage

Ziva is a 3 year old cockatiel whom I got from my neighbor. Although my neighbor and I don't interact much, she had my phone number from when I thought I needed her to take care of the animals and pellet stoves while I was away at HOT training in April. She texted me Wednesday evening to see if I knew anyone who could take her. I replied that I could take her in, and Ziva was delivered shortly after 10 this morning.

Right now shwe is in a smaller cage; she came with 2 cages - 1 gigantic and the smaller one. The gigantic cage is just too big to place in the living room (where Birdie is, and is really for a mid-sized bird and could be dangerous for her with some of the bar spacings, so I've elected not to use it. She is fine, the small cage having been her home for a couple of years - the neighbor just got the big one not too long ago off of CL. Here is the large cage standing in front of the 36" wide front door :O

Ziva big cage front of door-trnd

ear not, she is not stuck forever in a small cage; I have ordered a cage about the size of Birdie's, nice and spacious for one bird but not over-sized and it should be in on Monday.

Birdie only had a spaz-attack for a couple of minutes until he realized that:

  • I wasn't putting her in his cage
  • she was staying "over there"

She called for a bit, but is settling down. I will give her a while in her new cage (when it comes in) before seeing if she wants out; the neighbor says shed likes to be on people - unlike Birdie who is only happy in his cage.

The cats have been outside most of the day. Fuzzy came in once, briefly, and I'm not sure he even noticed the new addition. I'll have to watch more closely when Rita comes in as she chases birds if they have the temerity to come into the pen. Fuzzy has left the wildlife chasing days long ago - one he started getting regular meals, so I don't worry about him too much (although I will still be cautious).

Welcome to the fold Rita!

Posted by Bogie on September 16, 2017 at 06:51 PM in Our Animals | Permalink | Comments (1)

September 09, 2017

I'm Just a Bit Slow

It has been over a year since Cop Car and her HH came up to NH and helped me move the new vanity into the bathroom. I kept thinking I would call a plumber after I obtained linoleum for the bathroom floor so s/he could plumb in the sink and remove the toilet (for the linoleum installation), then reseal it. However, last week I realize I was going to be another year at the rate I was moving, so I took the first step and bought a lenght of pipe along with the fitting and P-trap.

Last night I started putting it all together. I got the drain in and tested both the drain plug (you can see residual water in the drain in the picture). Then installed the p-trap.

Vanity drain attached and tested
Vanity drain attached and tested

 

At which point I realized I was short a reducer for between the P-trap and the waste drain going to the sewer line. Today I went to Aubuchons and found the reducer but never got back to the project until this evening (I was painting the foundation block while it wasn't raining). After managing to hook up the water lines backwards, then correcting them, I tested out the final product and found there were no leaks.

Vamity drain all hooked up

This is strange to start with; I used the restroom then headed for the kitchen sink to wash my hands - half way there I realized what I was doing, turned around and use the bathroom sink. And I'm sure tomorrow morning I will be bewildered when I start looking for my contacts and they aren't next to the kitchen sink, nor  my toothbrush and paste :D

Posted by Bogie on September 9, 2017 at 10:13 PM in House Work | Permalink | Comments (4)

September 04, 2017

A Lot of Short Projects

Even though the pellet stoves have been off since late in May, last Sunday I finally got around to cleaning the pellet stoves and their exhausts. In my defense, I have never had a last burn in May, so I kept waiting for that really cold snap in June (I've seriously burned as late as June 28). Then I ended up with having a massive amount of planned, and unplanned outdoor projects that HAD to get done, so the stove cleaning was not at the top of my list. The downstairs stove was relatively clean as it was apparent that I had cleaned it shortly before its last burn in the spring. However, since I shut of the big stove several weeks before I shut down the main floor stove, the other stove was pretty dirty so I spent a lot of time on the P43.

And, the cleaning was none too soon as on 8/31 the house was at 66* when I got home from work (the high outside had been 65* - and low that night was supposed to be in the low 40's). The main floor stove was also on most of the day on Friday, and again yesterday as the days have yo-yo'ed between summer and fall temperatures.

 

While I was cleaning out the stove exhausts with both a lint eater, then the LBT (Leaf Blower Trick), I noticed that the exterior paint on that side of the house was suffering. Since I was planning on painting the new porch overhang a second time, I power washed the siding so it would be ready for this weekend.

Saturday I painted and caulked the lower side of the house (the brown portion is still fine, just painted the cream portion), as well as all the way to, and around the front door. I painted the overhang last, and somehow forgot the caulking that needed to be done, so that part is still waiting for me.

Friday I had gone to a different H*me Dep*t than what I normally patronize and found a couple of trees (I was only looking for one - LOL). So, Saturday I got one of the trees planted - an Autumn Blaze Maple that should have orangish red leaves in the fall. This second mapleis an Acer Freemanii as opposed to Acer Rubrum that the October Glory is.

Acer Rubrums are in the general family of Red Maples, also known as "swamp maples". Red maples love wet areas so the October Glory is really happy in the lower portion that I planted it in and there is noticeable growth since I planted it two weeks ago.

The Acer Freemanii is a cross between Red Maples and (get this as an irony) Silver Maples, with the best characteristics of both. They have really nice color from the red maple side and faster growth from the silver maple side). They are very adaptable to soil conditions but are not good for wet areas, so it is perfect for where I planted it - just in front of the Willow stump.I was fortunate that the general area I wanted to plant the Autumn Blaze in was free of any huge willow roots. Previously I had stomped around to see if it might be possible (you can hear where the roots are if you stomp hard with a booted foot). The first picture is from the pen, the second from the living room window, and the third is of the growth of the October Glory (you may not be able to see the lighter green leaves at the tips of 3 of the branches - those are the new growth).

  Autumn Blaze Maple from fence
Autumn Blaze Maple from fence
Autumn Blaze Maple from fence

 

On poison ivy patrol I pulled some young shoots that had grown in the shrubs by the fence over on the other side of the house. Oh, and while I was painting, I found a vining poison ivy that had hidden itself in plain sight - in a rose beside the front door (which I never use, which is why I hadn't noticed before).

  Poison ivy in rose
Poison ivy in rose

And finally, the neighbor had gotten his truck moved so I mowed that area real quick since it was to rain on Sunday.

And that was my Saturday :)

Sunday was HOG meeting, reconcile checkbook (which hadn't been done since April), and some other indoor general projects. The remnants of Harvey were much kinder to us than to those in Texas, leaving 1.5" of badly needed rain.

Posted by Bogie on September 4, 2017 at 07:27 AM in At Home, House Work, Yard Work | Permalink | Comments (4)

August 27, 2017

Patriot Flag Escort

I have a bunch of vacation days I need to take before the end of the year (use or lose) and I specifically chose Friday, 8/25/17, as one of those to participate with other HOG members in escorting the flag during its Patriot Tour.

Patriot Flag Tour pg 1
Patriot Flag Tour pg 1
Patriot Flag Tour pg 1

We left the dealership at 10 that morning and I got back home about 4:30. We didn't take the flag very far, to a dealership at the VT/NH boarder, but we took the scenic route. On the way, we took two rest stops;

First Group Stop
First Group Stop

Blake, who had carried the flag on his bike officially presented the flag to the Granite State HOG group. That is the fairing of my bike in the second picture :)

Blake handing off flag to Granite State Chapter
Blake handing off flag to Granite State Chapter

The 4 LOH members who rode in the escort: Nancy, me, Michelle, and Sandy

Nancy-Michelle-Sandy-Cheryl-3

After the hand off, we found a place for a late lunch (as one of the member's kids put it "Linner"), then we split up to find our way home. I and another member (of whom I have no idea of his name although he helped work the BBQ a couple of weeks ago also), who lives in Weare - basically my area, rode together until my exit off of 202.

The weather was awesome, in the 60's and 70's and mostly sunny. Had a great time and ride!

UPDATE: Today the dealership posted this on their FB page - naturally all of those who escorted the flag also gave donations before the ride.

TY from Heritage for Nation of Patriots flag tour donations

Posted by Bogie on August 27, 2017 at 06:19 AM in Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (3)

Roof Repair and Other Work

As I had stated in an earlier post, the roof was finished last Saturday but I didn't get to take pictures until after the post. So, here they are.

The left side of the roof is where the repairs took place. Approximately half that side was damaged toward the edge.. You can also see the overhang.

Roof repair side

In this picture you can see the overhang much better and tell that it is a little wider than the porch part. I should have no issues with snow sliding off the roof and hemming in the storm door.


Roof repair side

From underneath. I painted it soft yellow yesterday so that it would match the siding and be protected from moisture.


Roof repair side

Since they were working on that side of the house, I had to find a new project to work on. I had several shrubs in my holding garden, along with some flag iris (siberian iris - whatever you want to call them), and I thought they would make a great addition to my sitting area.

From front to back; Flag iris, Variegated Weigala, two Ninebarks (I've lost their tags - they could be Coppertina, Centerglow, or one of each :) )

Ninebark-variagate wiegala and iris shrubs

The next day I went to Home Dep*t to pick up other things, whcih I didn't find there, but I did find other things to bring home. Mums were in, and I had been looking at the planters by the back door thinking how sad the summer flowers looked, so I figured I would bring some home. I got them planted the same day.

Mums in planters

The other prize I brought home was an October Glory maple, which also got planted that day. I placed it below the stump from the willow (a couple of feet lower), so it will take quite a few years before it can provide any shade to the house. However, unlike the silver maples in the back, which only turn a pale yellow and then directly to brown, this will provide some nice fall color. The first picture was taken from the yard, the second from the living room window so I can compare year-to-year growth.

October Glory maple tree from yard
October Glory maple tree from yard

I did manage to get some more pea gravel while I was at HD, so other than staining the landscape timbers, the fireproof area under the pellet stove and dryers exhausts is complete. Yes, I realize I made different patters. No, it wasn't intentional but these pavers were drops from cutom cutting for a pathway, so I had to work with the sizes/shapes I got (that's my story and I'm sticking to it ;D )

Pavers under pellet stove exhuast
Pavers under pellet stove exhuast

Posted by Bogie on August 27, 2017 at 05:29 AM in House Work, Yard Work | Permalink | Comments (2)

August 20, 2017

Big Rain

Friday the roofers were supposed to finish up but Mother Nature had other ideas. It rained all day, but even so by the time I got home from work at 5:15 the rain guage only showed 1/4".

At 7:38 I took this picture, which shows about 3" in the guage.

3 inches at 738pm-trnd

At 8:18 the rain guage showed close to 4"

4 inches at 815pm-trnd

Saturday morning the grand total

4+ inches final-trnd

Pretty much what happened when i had the metal roof put on 3 years ago. However, this time there were no leaks in the unfinished area.

Posted by Bogie on August 20, 2017 at 05:47 AM in At Home | Permalink | Comments (0)

Fireproof

Back in July, while preparing for the taking down of the willow, I started a project that I left incomplete because time and materials restrictions (very end of linked post). I knew I had to get back to it before fall, and last Sunday I started back up on it.

The project isn't complete but the intent was to get it far enough along that nothing was in the way of the roofers, and all divots from the tree service truck parking at the side of the house could be filled in. I didn't take any pictures since the project wasn't complete - and I expected to finsh yesterday. At least I accomplished my mission, which was a good thing as Tuesday afternoon I got a text that the roofers had dropped off equipment and would be starting on the job on Wednesday.

So I ran out to take a picture of what I had done :)

Below pellet stove pipes before roof

It's hard to see, but there are largish patio pavers below the lower stove exhaust and the exhaust for the dryer. That is a CL find I'm rather proud of - free, along with a bunch of other pavers and retaining wall block!

Long story short, they started the roof on Wednesday, and they finished last night, so I haven't had a chance to finish up that section yet.

Posted by Bogie on August 20, 2017 at 05:39 AM in Yard Work | Permalink | Comments (3)

August 12, 2017

HOG Ride

Last Sunday I finally got to take a break and joined a Concord HOG Chapter ride. There weren't many attending as a lot were on vacation, but I prefer small groups anyway. We met up a 10 at the dealership then took a circuitous route that eventually meandered past my place and over to Peterborough, where we stopped for lunch.

My bike is closest to the camera

Bikers in peterborough

I asked Darlene to take a picture to prove I was actually there. I stood behind her trike, so am a bit hard to see.


Bikers in peterborough

After lunch, many of us split off to find our way home, while others continued on for a couple more hours. I chose to ride home in the company of two other members; one of which stores her trike in my town (although she lives elsewhere) and another trike rider who was headed back to Concord. It was cloudy and cool so I decided to wash and shine the bike up a bit. As I finished, the sun shone a bit thru the clouds - she cleans up nice :)

 

Bike wash front fender
Bike wash front fender

Posted by Bogie on August 12, 2017 at 06:45 PM in Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (1)

August 05, 2017

Yard Art

After the doings from last Sunday morning (see previous post), I went to Tractor Supply to get cat food. I always have to wonder around and see what they have and have lusted after some yard art 6' tall metal windmills in the dark bronze color that I favor. I even knew exactly where one would go. However, I was not willing to shell out what they wanted, so I have always just looked.

Well, last Sunday they had a sale and although the windmill I really wanted was only $10 off, another was $25 off. The only difference between them was the motif (I wanted the horse, the cheaper had choice of doves/rooster). Ah well, not like I was going to be looking at the tail of the windmill much anyway. So, after much internal debate, I grabbed a cart and the windmill made its way to my car.

After getting groceries and putting them away, I started putting together the windmill. And in short order, I had it in place.

Windmill full picture-trnd
Windmill full picture-trnd

Blades are turning slowly in this pic - not that you can tell.
Windmill full picture-trnd
Windmill full picture-trnd

Naturally, we have had perfectly still days for the last week. So still that 80 degrees feels much hotter. So, I'm guessing we won't have any wind until I have to take it down for the winter.

Oh, and at the base of it is a whole bunch of the iris from Cop Car that I planted Saturday afternoon (use your imagination since they are just rhizomes right now).

Posted by Bogie on August 5, 2017 at 05:28 PM in Yard Work | Permalink | Comments (5)

Truck Housing

A couple of weekends ago I emptied out the shed, prepared a new, level rock base closer to the tree, and set up a sliding system to get it there.

Shed move set up front
Shed move set up front

Last Sunday, a crew of guys came in and moved it into place.

The reason I wanted it moved was because I had arranged to buy a couple of Concord Hog Chapter members' used tent garage (and she is in LOH too). The deal was I would pay them to deliver and set up - oh, and move the shed since it sat square in the middle of where the garage would go. The Hog members had used the tent garage for years, and ordered a new cover last fall, which arrived in January (it was special order for a discontinued frame so it took months). In the time it took for them to finally get the cover, they decided to install a real metal garage, so the tent garage was no longer needed. I had been looking at both tent garages and metal garages anyway and overheard a conversation at a meeting about how they were going to put it on CL after the metal garage was up. I expressed interest and went to look at it in April (I think - early spring anyway). I explained my needs and we agreed upon price, and the rest is history.

So, once the shed was in place, they proceeded to set up a tent garage.

Shed moved and garage frame started

Blake, a HOG member is next to the metal shed in this pic
Shed moved and garage frame started
Shed moved and garage frame started
Shed moved and garage frame started

In a couple of hours the garage was complete and the truck was safely ensconced in it. This 13 x 20 tent garage will save me so much time in clearing frost, sleet and snow off the truck. And added bonus, as a "temporary structure", no added taxation :)

Tent garage with truck complete

 

Posted by Bogie on August 5, 2017 at 05:14 PM in House Work | Permalink | Comments (2)