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Hazy, Hot, Humid & Happy

August 26, 2014

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The dwarf citrus trees seem to be quite content at their new home.

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The oldest, biggest Meyer Lemon Tree is blooming like it hasn’t bloomed in 2 years. The question is – will the blooms hold & set fruit? No way to know until it happens.

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I’m still seeing a few webs & some creepy-crawly critters on all the trees, including Myrtle, my Live Oak.

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Happiest of all seems to be the spearmint. Just the right amount of sun & shade with plenty of rain.

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Mute Monday: Visitors!

August 25, 2014

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We Have A Mailbox!

August 22, 2014

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Once I filed the house plan with the county building department, I was given a phone number to call to receive our 911 address. One simple phone call to a very nice lady at the 911 office (no I did not dial “911”) & an address was issued.

DH immediately drove to the department of safety office for his new drivers license, conceal-carry permit & he registered to vote. I’m waiting for the forms to come in the mail to do the same.

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Then a visit to our local post office to make sure we were allowed to install a mailbox since the house wasn’t built. Yep. No problem at all. Even ran into our mailman, whom DH & I had met the day we walked the perimeter of the property a few months ago. “Where’s your gun?” he asked with a smile on his face. He remembered me!

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DH & I set the post in concrete on Saturday & gave it a few days to harden. So on a very humid, but not too hot day, Lucy & I installed the mailbox.

I didn’t realize that DH’s toolbox does not include a Phillips-head screwdriver. My toolbox is in the apartment. There is a reason I always keep my multi-plier in my car!

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With the sound of constant barking – nope, not Lucy, I placed the oversize mailbox on the post. Yappy Dog was making sure I knew she was supervising my work.

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Woo Hoo! We now have an official mailing address in our new county & a mailbox to collect all our correspondence…bills mostly, but that’s okay!

Raspberries!

August 21, 2014

In the southern US, raspberries ripen in late summer.

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My dear friend, Joni, gave me these canes from her mother’s farm.

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Poor things, they are in a old, large plastic pot that is falling apart. They need to be transplanted to the good dirt, but unfortunately that won’t be happening until I get a better idea of where exactly I want my berry patch to be.

The Chalice Window

August 20, 2014
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Last week during choir practice, we noticed the newest window in the western transept catching our attention…

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The setting sun was reflecting through the Chalice Window creating quite a stir in the loft.

Dale the Digger Done…For Now

August 15, 2014

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Road to the top of the hill built. Septic system installed & buried. Water lines run from the road to the home site & buried. Brush pile cut down to size, bulldozed & burned. Propane tank buried. Trench for the electrical line to the barn dug. Dale’s work here is done until the home is built & almost ready for us to move in.

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The next time I come up the driveway, the bulldozer & backhoe will be gone. But Dale is only a phone call away!

Propane Tank Installation

August 14, 2014

Out in the country, the gas company in town doesn’t provide gas lines, so to have a gas cooktop or gas heat for one’s home, one must have a gas tank.

I ordered ours from Southern Propane, the local provider & it has taken almost a month for it to arrive. After my phone call from the company scheduling delivery I immediately called Dale the Digger to make sure he was available.

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When I arrived, Dale, having dug the hole for the tank a week ago, was at work smoothing the driveway with the extra load of rock we had. I opened the barn then climbed on the tractor to start bush-hogging while waiting for the delivery. I was very important in this process – I had the checkbook!

Just after 9am the big truck climbed our hill, stopping where Dale directed the driver. “That’s good chert,” the delivery man commented to Dale & they launched into a discussion about the various types of dirt encountered in this area.

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The tank looked like a mini-submarine to me, even a periscope coming out of the top. Far too heavy to be placed without machinery, Dale moved his backhoe into place.

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His new assistant, Jay the delivery man, attached the chain then stood back.

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No wasted motion by Dale, the tank stayed level with little swaying.

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Jay climbed on top once it was set down so he could release the chain…

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…& make sure the tank was level.

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“Just off “half a bubble.” “Do you have any 4-inch blocks left from the barn installation?” “No, we used them all.” “I have some in my truck. Let me get them.”

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Before Jay climbed back into the hole Dale asked,” Don’t you want to take the anodizers with you so you don’t have to climbed out again?” “That’s a good idea,” Jay replied then headed back to his truck for 2 large boxes. “One romp, two rabbits, I always say. No reason to waste the trip up if you don’t have to.”

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The anodizers are magnesium to keep the tank from rusting out.
Jay worked to connect 2 insulated wires from the anodizers to the tank periscope but seemed to be having some difficulty. “You need another pair of pliers? I got one right here in my pocket. I don’t leave the house without my pliers,” said Dale.

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Plastic hood placed, though the regulators & copper wire must still be attached.

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Then Dale the Digger began covering it lest a “tornado blow up & carry this thing all the way to Nashville.”

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Result: Enough showing to make it functional once we have started house construction but deep enough to keep it from blowing away.

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After writing the check I was back on the bush-hog hoping the promised cold front was coming soon.

Note: I took these photos with my phone since I forgot to bring my camera. None of the photos were enhanced, lightened or darkened. It was a beautiful day! The cold front did arrive just before I finished mowing.

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