386. E-Mail Clean-out

I have 2,400 emails dating back to 2013 in one of my frequently used accounts and 3,700 emails dating back to 2008 in my other account. Most of the more recent items are junk mail of one sort or another.

As part of trying to resurrect my “online life,” I think I shall try to clean up and catch up with my email accounts.

While going through my earlier emails, I found a “note to self” about a blog that looked interesting to me… back in 2013: The Light and Wheels Blog. It’s kind of like my blog here, in that it’s about cycling and other things. Of course, cycling is pretty much only a title that I haven’t bothered to change here at my blog, but, yeah.

398. Last Day of Summer

Tomorrow is the astronomical midpoint between the Northern Hemisphere Summer Solstice and the Northern Hemisphere Autumn Equinox. Despite what the news media tries to tell us, that the Summer Solstice is “the first day of summer” and the winter solstice is “the first day of winter” and the spring equinox is “the first day of spring,” the seasons traditionally begin at the astronomical midpoints between the solstices and equinoxes.

And fall begins tomorrow.
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400. What Happened With the “100 Days of Awesome” Thing?

I wrapped up the “100 Days of Awesome” timeline back in April. What I didn’t wrap up were any of the projects I had intended to complete in that time. It took until mid-June to get the “Gallery Yurt” ready to rent.

Actually, it’s not done yet. There are several more things I need to complete: awnings over the windows; a loft area that includes a railing, flooring, carpeting, wiring, and a ladder; weather-resistant outdoor electrical outlets; and a few more tweaks to the drain system. But for the moment, it is “rentable” in a minimalistic sort of way.

You can see it at: Bryce Canyon Deluxe Private Yurt

As for the other things on that list, I didn’t finish any of them.

401. Four Hundred Days

Four-hundred one days remaining in my “1000 Days” Project.

My, how the first six-hundred days have flown!

My, how little I have accomplished!

My, how many times I have forgotten about this blog, which was intended to be a productivity tool.

I guess the only tool here is me.

Anyway, I did the math. Four-hundred one days remaining.

Unknown Number: Quick Update

Oh yeah, this blog!

Paid off an outstanding loan balance yesterday! Woo hoo!

Interesting post at Joel Runyon’s ImpossibleHQ.com blog yesterday. He’s willing to help you set up your blog… for free! Read It Here

I’ll get my “count” up to date and write more here later. Gotta get some vacay rental cleaning out of the way first. That’s what pays the bills these days.

604. 100 Days of Awesome

I’m starting a new “self-improvement” and “productivity” project.

Yesterday I wrapped up a “365” photo project on the Flickr photo sharing site, “365 Productive Days.” The results of those 365 days were not as impressive as I had intended. I have decided to carry on with a new version, with an intent to be more diligent in my effort and more effective with my time. Rather than focus on an entire year, or on the 1000 days that is the subject of this blog, I am starting a shorter, and I’m hoping more intense, project: 100 Days of Awesome. I’m numbering the days in reverse order, as sort of a countdown.

Since it’s a countdown, I suppose I should call this new project “100 Days To Awesome.”

But I’m impatient. I don’t want to wait 100 days. I want my awesome now!

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606. Slow Going

Retrofitting: Making It Up As I Go

I’m attempting to retro-fit what amounts to an external wall around the studio yurt bathroom extension. I will fill the wall cavity with insulation. I hope this will reduce or eliminate the problem we are having with frozen water lines.

I’ve learned a lot, through trial and error… with an emphasis on error… about cold weather winterization. Bottom line: even too much insulation is not enough when the temperatures drop to single digits or below zero (that is, -12˙C or below, if you’re so inclined). The vacation rental yurt bathroom extension was not constructed to endure extended sub-freezing temperatures, and it was definitely not designed to withstand single-digit or sub-zero temperatures.

That’s what we get for hiring a handyman from Hawaii to build it for us.

607. Cold Walls

Rainy and snowy today. Finally got outside to work on the insulated outer walls I’m trying to add to the studio yurt. Made progress, but didn’t get it done.

I have so many topics I would like to write about in more detail, but by the evening my energy and enthusiasm have waned.