Tag Archives: manual labor

Update on the retaining wall: Fin!

I finally got back to work on the backfill for the retaining wall this week, and completed it yesterday. I expended a lot of calories, worked hard enough to get 22 minutes of credit for exercise, and completed 8,001 steps … Continue reading

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Things are just peachy here…

Yesterday was a lovely day–not quite as hot as earlier in the week, with a light breeze and by afternoon, the parking pad and dirt pile were in the shade. It seemed like a good day to haul dirt. I … Continue reading

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Just do the next thing and cross it off the list

Lately life on the hillside has been a mite fractious. Sometimes, I do not know with certainty if I am coming or going…or standing still. I have likened it of late to being stuck in Groundhog Day. I suppose the … Continue reading

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Suzassippi’s hauling transport: State of the Art equipment

After the completion of the water treatment installation, there was a bit of dirt left over, and the destination was behind the retaining wall to fill in the space between the yard and the wall. The dirt pile is at … Continue reading

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Freaky Friday

Yesterday was another beautiful day on the Taylor hillside. I spent the afternoon clearing away mud from the dog ramp to the grass in the back yard. The trench work for the plumbing created a mud pit right at the … Continue reading

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And the Winter Games begin…

I was preparing my oatmeal this morning when I heard a noise outside that sounded like a heavy truck. I thought it was the well service since he is due to put in the water filtration system today. I stepped … Continue reading

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The path takes a break for winter solstice

Yesterday turned out sunny and mostly clear, but cooler than it has been. Nonetheless, I donned a sweatshirt and laid 4 more rocks in the path. Remember those “can you find the differences between the two pictures?” puzzles in our … Continue reading

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How about a dose of Vitamin D?

You know, the kind you get from the sun. Wednesday and Thursday were incredibly beautiful, with highs in the upper 60s and sunshine and blue skies. It was perfect for working in the yard, and I took advantage of it. … Continue reading

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Base: Check!

I actually finished this part on Thursday and planned to lay the rebar and concrete it Friday…but then, my body reminded me that I am not as young and strong as I used to be. As I shared with my … Continue reading

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Sub-base: In process

It is kind of hard to think about naming a post that is moving so slowly toward the intended project outcome. This may turn out to be one of those “what was I thinking?” moments. A friend used to say … Continue reading

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