Monday, July 23 2012
I'm Alive!!! Well at least that's how I feel after doing a intense hike, like the dogs and I did on Saturday morning, although the immediate after effect was the dogs laid out on the carpet with legs sticking straight out as if rigor mortis had set in. Me? Nah, it weren't nothing. Hehe.
Anyway, I just wanted to get close to the rock face to shoot some pictures. The rocks in the early morning light had a eerie green and pink aura.
Sapello-Vertical-Rock-Wall-7-21-12. Beautiful rocks, but then I really really like rocks, soo…
Lichen-Sapello-7-21-12 That is where the pink and green aura comes from
El-Hermeto-From-Sapello-7-21-12 Turn around and pop off a couple of pictures of the Peak. Everyone ought to have one of these in their backyard.
On the way back down, even though we only hiked halfway up the Crestone, I kept telling the dogs as if they understood, "Go on ahead and find us a game trail," because damn, the going was far more difficult that I remember. We never did find a game trail, so instead of traversing across the ridge like I hoped, we had to go down through thick oak, pines and huge loose rocks. Yeah my knees were talking to me, and it wasn't pillow talk.
Dog-scull-7-21-12 Hey, I found your dog, man.
I've got a bunch of pics from this hike, far too many for a newsletter. These are my favorites, minus the pics I put on Facebook Saturday morning when we returned home.
Check out the marbling on the teeth. Isn't that incredible?
Marbled-Molars-scull-7-21-12 I set the scull back o the ground but with the other side facing the sun. Perhaps the sun will finish bleaching the scull.
(Compost-tea-barrel-7-22-12) This is something I've been reading about and finally got around to making for our gardens. Basically the compost is soaked in water for a few days while helpful bacteria grows and breaks down the compost further. What comes out is bucket fulls of liquid organic fertilizer.
Peppers-7-22-2012 I've been working hard in our gardens. Yesterday I hauled a dozen wheel-barrows of horse manure into various places, and soaked it in with a garden hose. I've also been doing the gardener's bane, weeding. There were so many plants growing around these little peppers I hadn't seen them. that's not to say I didn't know the pepper plants were under the weeds, I did. I had observed that the pepper plants which were covered in indigenous plants were doing better than peppers planted at the same time,but in the open, so I left them like that, until yesterday when I pulled some more weeds.
Reddening-tomatoes-7-22-12 The green house is doing much better this year with the glass roof. The plants look thicker and greener, plus there are already tomatoes turning red, yippee
TheShell-Tub-trap-July22-2012 At some point between resting and hiking I busted out enough rock to get the 2" drain trap installed so that it can be unscrewed in place and opened. Y'all know that a trap is to collect items accidentally dropped down the drain, but it also creates a liquid barrier so that fumes from the septic tank do not come up the tub and shower drains.
I'm here to tell you cutting that limestone down like this was no easy task. Now I don't know what the designers of these traps were thinking, plus, I am not a plumber, but it seems to me there should be two screw rings not one. If you look under a sink the trap has two, so the trap can be pulled completely loose. I'll leave the second side unglued, so in the event that I need to open it, it'll wiggle free.
TheShell-Drainage-sketch-List-7-22-12. My list, one of the cool things about smart phones is the camera. If for example I forget my little list today I can look on my phone.
Nell and I spent a couple hours in the Shell yesterday laying out little sticks for walls, and doors, trying to see what different configurations might feel like. One thing we came out realizing is the space between the toilet room and the bathroom is a bottleneck we want to avoid as that hallway will be the main entrance to our new ad most important room.
We figured out that the claw foot tub needs to fit lengthwise east to west, and if I can sink the 32" square shower stall into the wall toward the laundry room by ten inches we can open up the space between the existing living space and the new kitchen and bath by 12".
Looking at it with sticks on the ground is crude I know. It is what it is, and the neat thing is it worked. We spotted an ugly bottleneck in my first design, which would have ruined the possibility of a natural flow through from one space to the other.
we talked about the kitchen layout as well, but left most of that until after we get the floor in and the walls and roof on. Essentially we can figure out the kitchen later, after we see what the space looks like after the lavatory and bathroom walls are up. My sketch of the drain system ought to be good enough for the CID and a permit from the county.
Welp today I got a full plate: I need to load up the WVO collection equipment and tank in the Jeep so that after the dentist in Mora this morning I can get oil to make another batch of biodiesel. Also I've got to go pay a traffic ticket, grrr. Then it is back to the hardware store for the items on my little list.
Y'all have a great day too
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