Re-established email contact with Holly yesterday! She is on the cusp of becoming “Doctor Holly, PhD.” Holly and I have been exchanging emails, and sometimes actual mail, off and on, since perhaps 2012 or so, usually lengthy and copious missives full of intellectual banter, real news, and total nonsense.
I am usually the one who drops the ball on the communication front.
Also email related: I was able to finish cleaning up my two primary email accounts. Yay for that.
I am also resurrecting my presence on Plurk.com, a short-comment format social media platform.
Today I managed to finish… for now, at any rate, until I find another hidden junk pile… cutting up the scrap lumber that was lying about into fireplace-length pieces. Much of the debris was full of nails and staples and screws, so it was a task not without hazards.
I shall include the image I meant to feature yesterday:
Construction debris to use as firewood
Construction and yard cleanup debris to use as firewood
Still trying to clean up and organize my backlog of email. Only 1200 to go in one account and 1800 in the other.
I was gonna post a pic today. I snapped one specifically for this post, or for the post I was intending to post, to show how I’m working on cleaning up the “construction zone” around the house. It’s not all my rubbish and rubble. I’m still cleaning up debris left by the previous owner. It seems that acreage of any significant size becomes a dumping ground for old lumber and miscellaneous mechanical trash. I hauled some “mechanical trash” to the dump a few days ago, finally realizing that I was not likely to “repurpose” it, and I’m working on sawing up wood scraps to use as fireplace fuel.
Speaking of which, very soon, as in, already, I need to be gathering firewood for the winter. What the previous owner left lasted us through two winters, but now I don’t have any.
That was my weight today.
MY HEAVIEST WEIGHT EVER!
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.
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.
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.
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!
365 Productive Days
Or that was the idea, anyway.
365 Productive Days: An Anti-Climactic Finish
I just wrapped up a “365” photo project on the Flickr photo-sharing site that was based on being “productive.”
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.
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.