Saturday, December 5, 2009

Winter arrives, and projects move indoors...

Today saw mostly mid to low-20's here in central Ohio, which meant that my father and I were working on stuff inside where it was warmer.

We had aims to tackle the structural support of the white (animal) barn, which is leaning pretty badly on one corner due to soil erosion caused by lack of a gutter along one side (grrrr), but in the end we decided that it was a bigger can of worms than we were ready to open. At this point, I'm hoping it stays stable throughout the winter so I can come back to it with some custom-formed concrete blocks, a few bottle jacks, and the proper tools to get it stabilized semi-permanently. That said, if it falls down once the first heavy snow settles on the roof, I'm gonna be pissed.

My garage, which theoretically can hold two vehicles but has of late been mostly a dumping ground for all the last-minute movings out of my old apartment and storage building desperately needed a cleaning out. Every morning that I end up scraping ice off my truck windshield before leaving for work makes me feel that much sillier when I have a perfectly good garage sitting mere feet away.

So the majority of today was spent cleaning out and organizing that space. We put a 4'x'8' piece of pegboard on the inside wall, and built a nifty workbench out of an old door and some scrap two by fours. Can't quite park the truck in there yet, but there's always tomorrow.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Seed in the mail...

got two of my handful of seed orders in the mail today, from and Bountiful Gardens.

such small packages contain such large potential!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

First mortgage payment...

Dropped off my first mortgage check this evening on my way home from work.

Felt a lot like paying rent, but better.