We hit about 76 degrees F. here at Casa de Chaos today and this weekend we might see the low 60’s for a daytime high along with some rain. So we got out a tarp to cover the mill ends/kindling. The mill end wood area is well protected from wind and with the wood up on pallets I think the wood should stay dry. I will be giving the “mill end guy” a call for another load. I hope that wood will be all the small stuff I need to start the wood stove for a quick hot fire and kindling for the winter. One very nice thing is the guy gets a heck of a lot of mill ends in small Ranger pickup because he stacks it neatly. What I have now is 2 full pallets of dry wood about 18-24 inches high. IIRC a cord of wood is about 4 feet tall, 4 feet wide and 8 feet long stacked so 2 pallets should be close to the dimensions of 4 feet wide and about 8 feet long. Now all I have to do is see how tall of a stack I can build up at $70.00 a delivery. I have about a cord of dry wood left over from last winter but my wood guy is not returning my calls so I’m a little bit nervous about having enough wood for this winter. Last but not least Mom is going to give me a hand cutting up the big chunks of wood with the chain saw and test out the new chains. I don’t have a lot of wood to cut up and I hope the new chains will make the job go faster, safer and more easily.
I got stocked up on coffee this week. Coffee has been on sale locally but I’m afraid it is because the stores are clearing out older stock and will offer smaller cans at a higher price. Just a few years ago coffee got very expensive and even the smaller cans of coffee hit around $9.00- $10.00 per can. Thankfully I had coffee stored up and with buying the sales (loss leaders) I did not pay that much for a can of coffee. I have to add a few more cans to make sure I have a good stockpile on hand but that is easy this week as I have coupons!
I finally replaced the old blade on my lawn mower. It was a bit difficult breaking the nut loose, nothing the rubber mallet applied to the wrench could not handle. The blade worked out great on the lawn. No problems with vibration/ blade unbalanced and the grass was cut cleanly compared to the older blade. That gives me 2 blades once I practice sharpening up the old blade. I want to be more pro-active about stocking up on parts and learning to sharpen all my cutting tools. I can sharpen a knife and I’m learning how to sharpen an ax. Now I just have to learn how to sharpen other tools and build an inventory of stones and files for those jobs. Thank goodness for Youtube vids and the internet. If you want to learn something there are hundreds of instructional vids to learn how to do a thing. Remember there is always difference between theory and practice. Watching a you tube video is Theory! Doing it your self is practice and you will need lots of practice, or at least I need lots of practice learning a new skill.
I did not buy a TV or the retro Nintendo game system as the Nintendo sold out and I’m having a heck of a time finding a “dumb TV”. I am a bit of a geek but I hate the idea of being spied upon even if it is passively via a corporation/government. I have worked very hard to keep my PC/ wifi secure and I don’t want to add anything to my home that must “phone home” simply to work properly.
While it torks me I think many people that bought the NES system did so to resell on Ebay. I’m not going to pay a premium price just to get a game console early. I’m a gamer, not a fool when it comes to money. With any luck most people will be like me and won’t spend $300.00 to buy the console on Ebay when it sold for $80.00 and Nintendo says they will be shipping out more for the Holiday Season!