Tag Archives: manual labor

Saturday night in Mississippi: Cold, raining, dark.

It is a rather dreary and damp evening here, with rain falling all day. It feels colder than it is, so R and I are bundled in our hoodies because the thermostat has not indicated it is time for heat. … Continue reading

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Grandma got her hammer out: Porch railing repair

Yesterday was calm and clear and sunny, and at only 48, nice enough to work outside. When J rebuilt the stairs in his studio (another episode in the now 17-month saga of the building of the studio which has been … Continue reading

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Friday Fun and Games

I got the second coat of paint on the light post and the handrail. It was clear and sunny and slightly windy, so it had a chance to dry before the rain came in last night. I am pleased with … Continue reading

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I got a new coat…of paint!

Yesterday I started on the porch railing. First, I had to saw the beveled edge off the old post so I could mount one of the new solar lights. I scrubbed the post and opposite handrail with soap and vinegar, … Continue reading

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Another ‘at last’: Retaining wall backfill complete

Yesterday I woke early, it was cool and crisp out, and I had vowed to finish that backfill on the retaining wall. My little green gorilla cart and I hauled buckets full of dirt over and up. Yesterday, I exceeded … Continue reading

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Grandma’s Table: Current Project

In talking with my sis a few days ago, I told her about working on the backfill for the retaining wall: loading 3 5-gallon buckets of dirt half full and carting them over in the wagon. She laughed, and said, … Continue reading

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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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