Yay

Jun. 26th, 2011 08:02 pm
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Accomplished a lot this weekend.

First, the tree in the previous post was cut up and pulled to the road. Once it was removed, the damage to the fence was not nearly as bad as it had appeared. So I'm going to put off actually repairing it for awhile until it cools off outside. We also removed one of the dead trees in the backyard as well. I need to call a tree service to grind the stump, though,and remove the rest of the junk in the backyard.

Sunday, we decided to clean the carpets and sofas in the house. So we rented two of the rug steamers from the grocery store and went to work. It ended up taking 5 hours with the both of us working on it to cover our house and clean the sofas. Oh my God. The water coming out of the machine was black. I didn't realize we had let the carpets get that bad.
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The daytime highs have been at or near 100° for the last few days. I'm not insane - I'm not about to go out in that in the blazing hot sun just to cut the lawn. So I waited until 8:30 tonight - after dark, when it was just 95° - to cut the lawn.

Yesterday

Jul. 25th, 2010 05:21 pm
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Yesterday, I headed out to look for concentrated barley straw extract. Was looking for it to use to clean up the algae bloom currently going on in the pond. After trying three places in Madison, none of them had it but all told me to go to this place way the hell up on North Parkway. So I resigned myself to going up there and took a shortcut (Jeff Rd -> Blake Bottom Rd -> Highway 53 -> Springfield Rd -> Pulaski Pike -> Winchester Rd) that put me out right next to where I needed to be. And wouldn't you know it, they had exactly what I needed. Now I know where to go for pond supplies.

Being that I was on that end of town anyways, bored with nothing to do, I stopped by [livejournal.com profile] koakako's house to see what he was up to. He was working on his wife's car rotating the tires, doing an alignment, and fixing the fan relay. I wasn't actually planning on this, but we ended up looking at my truck as well.

It had been having a vibration at highway speed and pulling to the right. I took it to NTB in Madison before I left on vacation and they told me they fixed the alignment, but it was still pulling to the right and vibrating. So I had KO take a look at it. I had kind of figured it was a tire imbalance, so we ended up rotating those to the back, and fixed the alignment as well. So now it drives smooth up front and doesn't pull to the right anymore. There's a noticeable vibration from the rear, but I'll get those tires re-balanced at some point in the future. For now, at least it's drivable at highway speeds again.

Afterward, to thank him for fixing my truck, I took him out for sushi!

We also stopped at Great Spirits. It's amusing when I think how much, in some ways, I've changed since college. When I went to the alphabet shop in Auburn, I'd usually come out with some Jim Beam, maybe some Kahlua and Seagrams Seven. I walked out of Great Spirits yesterday with an excellent Port wine, a bottle of Honey mead, and a Three Philosophers Belgian-style Quadrupel. I guess I'm growing as an alcoholic drinker.

HOT

Jun. 14th, 2010 11:48 am
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I put off mowing the lawn all weekend, mostly because it was so fucking hot I thought I might burst into flames if I went outside. Ended up waiting until 7:30pm last night just to get started ... and it was still in the upper 80s.

Picked up a Saitek Yoke and Pedal set over the weekend so I can practice landings in the sim.
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So the idiots who owned the house before us put rocks in the front bed and generally neglected the flower beds in every way possible. It's been a long project rehabbing these beds to the point where we might actually be able to plant flowers in them. To add to that, there was a fairly serious water drainage issue caused by the main downspout for the front of the house coming down in that bed. So every time we had a rain storm, it would flood the entire front bed and sidewalk.

To fix that, we rerouted the downspout along the front slab and out the side. We did that a few weeks ago, and it mostly held up to the 4 inches of rain we got out of the same storm that drowned Nashville. But the front bed was still flooding. Not nearly as badly, but still flooding due to it being a low lying area.

So we raised the beds up between six and nine inches depending on where in the bed you are. This involved hauling 1.5 tons - yes, literally - of topsoil and applying it. Then we hauled a half-ton of mulch to apply on top. It was a hell of a lot of work, but the results speak for themselves...

Pics behind the cut... )

We were going to try for flowers on Sunday, but we were both way too sore, so we may do those this weekend. After that, the next project is to remove those overgrown bushes on the right in picture #1 to make way for a small pond and water fountain. Either way, I wanna have all this shit done by the end of May, before it gets too hot to work outside.

Ahh, the joys of homeownership.
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So I guess I was due for a bad lesson.

On takeoff, we had a 10kt crosswind. It was my first time taking off with a crosswind; I knew to kinda crab the plane into the wind, but I wasn't expecting the wind to get up under the wing and try to flip the plane.

Later, on landing, my CFI told me to turn off a little early at E6, but we still had to lose some speed. I started my turn a little soon and almost flipped the plane again....

So, almost two crashes. :(

I guess it's a positive that I learned from it; I now know how to handle crosswind takeoffs a little bit better, and next time to continue to E5 instead of trying to make a turn that I'm not comfortable with.

On the plus side, my altitude handling was a lot better, ground reference manuevers when well, and got some touch-and-go practice at KDCU, which was my first time flying into a field other than KHSV.

Today, I got the chainsaw out and hacked the huge hydrangea bush back as well as clearing out the brush along the property line. It's nice to be able to look out my back window knowing the line is clear and that it's not growing into the fence anymore.

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