Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Ryan came by at 8:30 and we headed over to hook up the trailer I found for him. Chuck came by to lend a hand and Ryan was on his way to Alpine by 9;30 to pick up the bobcat - before he hit the road, he checked the trailer lighting, bearing grease, and tire pressure...I stopped at the GrubShack for breakfast with Chk&Kthy.
Came back to the Field Lab and got all prepped to finish priming the containers then ended up spending a couple of hours peeling the last EVERGREEN letters off the south side of the SW container. Stopped back at the GrubShack for late afternoon ice tea. Betty sells ice now - $1.50 / bag...best price south of Alpine!
Took a go kart ride over to check on Ryan. He just finished up all the digging including his newly leveled spot for his trailer, a rough cut road to the top of his hill, and some Terlingua Ranch Road repair he needed to do. Then he offered to come over for some dam digging for me. I obliged. He trailered the rig over to my place and spent an hour and a half digging out more dirt for the lower reservoir. He ran back and forth with the bobcat effortlessly. Now all I need is one more good rain to flush the area out and I will be ready for the new lower pond. Looks like we are near the end of evening thunderstorm threats. I predict we are in for the traditional 6 weeks super hot'n'sunny dry spell for June and part of July.
Worked a loaf of solar oven bread into the schedule today. This one is pretty spicy...with chipolte peppers. Ryan got a big chunk to take home for his efforts. That's the barter system at its ' finest....I hook him up with a trailer and get two weeks worth of what would be hand labor finished in less than 2 hours. My friend the trailer owner will be handsomely rewarded as well. This is the diesel generator that Ryan uses for his trailer which gets winched up to this pickup when he is on the road. Diego waited in the full on AC cooled trailer while Ryan was digging for me.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Made all the usual stops: Johnson Feed for cow snacks, McCoys for more container paint and solar panel mount parts, Bennett Jones for a visit, the Food Basket for grub and refrigerant, and finally the gas station. In and out in about 3 hours. Stopped by Chuck's to drop off a gallon of paint I owed him and sat'n'chatted for awhile. Home safe and sound by 5PM to unload. On the way down the HWY, I spotted a fine looking Yucca bloom and snatched it for Benita. She was laying down when I pulled in but got right up to chow on the flowers.
Lots of sun all day that bumped my battery banks back full - which was agood thing as the sump pump was quite a drain on them. Topped off the tank that I had withdrawn 100 gallons from to mix concrete for the container footings. Now the pool is just two tiny puddles. (50% chance of more rain tomorrow) Unpacked and put away all the goods from the shopping spree and sat in the shade to drink a beer while Benita munched away.Around 7 PM I happened to notice a red truck pulling a long travel trailer going west on the road just north of me. It was my friend Ryan on his way to his newly purchased land to set up camp. Knowing how and where he was going I shot out on the go kart to catch up to him....he was headed for a swamp. I met up with him at an intersection and suggested he ride just a little down the road with me to see what was around the corner. He was not to be deterred since he had come this far so he decided to go for it with the rig.....and was stopped dead in the middle of the muck. This kid knows all the tricks and has the right tools and pulled his big truck and trailer right out of the mud with the huge winch on the front of the bumper. He got the monster rig to his plot in no time. I really enjoy helping someone who knows what he's doing.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Half day off chasing longhorns and checking on some homes of absentee friends of mine...Ben - check. Trevor - check (the markers are at his driveway entrance). BM -check. This is his place made from recycled metal roofing. No undies on the clothesline this time...
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
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