Friday, October 28, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
My sister with her kids, can over today to spend time with mom and me. Victor asked if he could rake the leaves so he could play in them. He and Julie played in the leaves the other day but the wind already blown the leaves away. Victor raked up the leaves in the back yard tonight.
Saturday evening, I took my mom down to visit our sister in Lenoir, North Carolina. It was my aunt's birthday Friday. We promise my aunt we would come visit her for her birthday, if I had off from work. I am glad to say I had tonight off.
Mom baked lasagna Friday night. We took a pan of it down with us for dinner for my aunt, my cousin and his wife and kids. Everyone enjoyed the lasagna. Mom made the lasagna with a mix of ricotta and cottage cheese without the egg as we normally do. The cheese layers were much creamer then with the egg. We all enjoyed dinner and talking. It was good to visit with my aunt and cousin since we do not get to see them. We sent our time talking and eating with a little goofing off. My aunt has been dealing with some health problems. My cousin had a flat tire this week and of course the spare tire was flat too. Fortunately, he had some people to stop and help him. Them are looking forward to joining us for Thanksgiving.
We left to head back home at 9. I do not like driving up the mountain at night because of the trucks. There was not many trucks on the interstate both down and back up. The traffic was lighter on the way back home.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016
This afternoon, I started working on sifting through my old compost pile. I will work a little bit at a time until it is done.
In the front is my old compost pile with the nice rich soil in the back in my new compost pile that I started a couple weeks ago. I got my soil sifter and wheelbarrow.
I put one shovel load in the soil sifter.
Shake the soil sifter picking out big clumps, rocks, and trash out as I shake.
The soil falls though the sifter into the wheelbarrow leaving the bigger piece in the sifter, which I put on the new compost pile. This is so it will continue breakdown and puts the microbes in the new compost pile to help with the breakdown process.
After about 45 minutes, I ended up with a wheelbarrow full of soil for my flower beds.
I picked out some trash most of switch comes from the trash that was in the spot before I moved into the house. The rest is the plastic left from the tape on the cardboard I shred and put on the compost pile.
In the end, I am left with nice rich soil to add to the flower beds around the yard. I was while worth the work.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
I was lucky enough to have another Saturday off from work. Today, I did some yard work which I have to say was much needed. It has been three weeks since I mowed the grass and the leaves are starting to fall off the trees. I am starting a new compost pile. I need to sift the old compost pile and put the soil from it in the flower beds and the stuff that need to compost some more on the new compost pile.
My neighbors in behind me had a tree come down in there yard a couple weeks ago. The guy their landlord sent to take care of the tree asked me if I wanted some of the wood. He left the wood in the ditch. This past week, I sent a couple days when I did not something else to do throwing the wood over the fence. At some point, I need to get it stacked up by the house to use in the fire pit.
Here is the backyard after I mowed the grass and got the leaves up. The lawnmower is a great way to take care of the leaves and put they on the compost pile.
Here is the front yard before I started my work.
It looks a lot better now I got the grass and leaves done.
The patio was a mess. There was a lot of leaves and acorns on the patio.
I picked up a two buckets of acorns before I started raking the leaves. I only got the one section done today. I hope to get the rest done tomorrow.
The walkway between the house and the garage gets full of leaves quickly.As you can see, Rayna was having fun running around.
The walkways looks very nice after I rake leaves and follow up by sweeping with a push broom.
The pile of leaves from the walk way. I ran the lawnmower down the walkway twice and still had a lot of leaves to rake.
My old compost pile in the front and the one I started a couple weeks ago in the back. I still need to sift the old compost pile. It did make some good dirt for my flower beds.
All the leaves and a small bag of paper I shredded in my shredder made a nice addition to the new compost pile. I will be adding more stuff over the next year before I start a new compost pile next fall.
I did a lot today out in the yard. I think Rayna enjoyed playing and watching me while I worked. I did get more then I was think I would done today. I hope to get some done tomorrow after church. Of course, as more leaves fall from the trees I will have more work to do each weekend I have off.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Saturday, October 08, 2016
Tonight my mother and I went shopping in Asheville. My mom wanted to check out so new store she heard opened up recently. Besides we needed to put some mileage on the van.
We headed out after mom got home from work. The weather was cloudy and rainy all day. It was a little windy too from Hurricane Matthew just off the coast. On our way to Asheville Outlets we did see some power lines down from tree coming down on them. The fire department was directing traffic around the wires. Other then that we head a good trip to the stores.
Mom and I walked around the outlet stores, mom was looking for the new stores. She could not find them so she said she must have got the location of the stores wrong. We looked in one store where I found an Angel Calendar for 2017 for mom. Mom collects angels and she gets a angel calendar each year.
After we got the calendar, we split up to go looking for things on our own. I looks around a couple store and found a soil sifter. I have been looking for soil sifter to use to sift my old compost pile. I have already start a new one. I found the soil sifter in the tool store. I need to go there again to get some other tools. I like the sifter but I do wish it was a little bigger.
We eat at the chinese buffet in the shopping center next to the outlet stores. We had a enjoyable dinner. Then you went to the Biltmore Park Town Square since I wanted to look for a couple books at the Barnes and Noble store. I sent an hour looking in different sections for books on the topics I was looking for and could not find one book. I did find some books that I met have ended up buying if I have a place to sit other then the coffee shop to look over the books. Barnes and Noble got stupid and took the chairs they had throughout their stores out. I do not know about other people but I have ended up buying less books from the stores. I have more money to spend on books. Maybe they will put the chairs back in or maybe not.
Friday, October 07, 2016
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Over the past two weeks, I have been working on getting the title for a van my sister, Mary gave my mother and me for my mom to use to drive to work. It took me two trips to the bank and three trips to the tag office to get the title squared away. I got a temporary tag so I can get the van inspected. Monday, I got the title work done. Tuesday, I managed to get the van from my sister's house over to my house. This morning, I took the van to the garage to get it fixed up to pass the inspection. It needs a tuneup, a new side light, and maybe a new battery. I am hoping a good charge will save the battery for now. I plan to replace it for mom before it gets too cold here. Mom should be able to drive the van tomorrow and over the weekend. We will get it inspected on Monday.
Mom will be happy to have her own transportation to and from work. Mom has always wanted a van too. I will be happy to be able to sleep in a little and not have to get up early to take her to work. I hope I can adjust things once she is driving herself to work to work on the blog and my online store.
Sunday, October 02, 2016
I had the full weekend off this weekend. Work has been going good. We are starting to get caught up with the orders. We have been getting more time off on the weekends.
Friday I got a new paper shredder from the store. I have been getting paper shredder from thrift stores but the price of the shredders have got up and the last one did not even work. The last few I gotten and found in the thrift stores were ones that just did the long cuts. I decided, I be better off getting a new shredder from the store in of a used one from the thrift store. The got one that cuts the paper down to a two-inch stripe. The smaller pieces work better for my compost pile and the recycling. Saturday, I worked on shredding my pile of paper and cardboard. It took my all afternoon to shred it. I ended up with two full bags of shredded paper. one for recycling and one for the compost pile. The new shredder works great shreds the cardboard with ease. The bag of white paper and cardboard will go on the compost and the colored paper goes to the recycling center.
I ended up napping Saturday night and Sunday afternoon after church and shopping. I had planned to work on my books for my online store this weekend but I have not gotten to it yet. Maybe later tonight I will. I wanted to do a blog post. I need to work on getting back to posting on the blog regularly. This year, I have been working so much, I have been ending up sleeping during the little time off I have. I miss doing my blog and hearing found my readers. I hope with work getting back to normal, I will back into blogging. I have been thinking of some ideas for myself to enjoy and make the blog interesting.
I have some work projects to do around the house. I hope to get a little hiking in if I can get my schedule to match up with my friends so I have someone to go with me. My mother and I are planning a couple trips in the coming year that I will share my adventure with you here on the blog. I know this year, has not been all that good up the blog with my focus on other things and I thank those of you who stayed and continue to follow the blog.
As I get back into Blogging, things should be interesting and fun. I hope you enjoy following my adventures and reading my post.