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Jul. 20th, 2017 09:54 pm
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I think we ought to rename our place, call it "Gravel Bar," because there sure is a lot of gravel.  Expensive gravel, gravel trucked in from elsewhere in five yard increments, and gravel that's got to be most boring gray color ever.  Shovel, rake, and tractor moving said gravel from its various piles to other, smaller piles, which require the shovel and rake.  There is a good possibility that we're done with this particular phase of gravel-moving, but there's still a small possibility that we might have to buy one more load of path fines. 

Projects, they're what we're all about. 

Landscaping continues, maybe this is the year that the garden garage gets its doors and battens, and then there are the projects 2.0 that get spun out of the current ones.  The goal is to get this place to a state where it doesn't demand so much of our time, backs, and knees.  It's a good goal, a noble goal, but it's a moving target kinda goal. 

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Jul. 13th, 2017 03:28 pm
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Remember Edward Scissorshands?  I think I can now be tagged as "Weed-Eater Hands."  Or maybe something a little bit classier.  (Don't google "weed whacker," unless you want your eyes burned.)

It's fire season.  California's seasons are: fire, earthquake, and drought, except for last year, which was glorious rain.  The rain is part of my current problem, as with the lovely rain's arrival, so did all the weeds of our area burst forth and the grasses did grow and grow.  I live in a very rural area.  If there's a fire, there's a good chance everything we have will burn up.  '08 was a very bad fire year.  The summer's perfume was heavily smoke infused.  Neighbors up the main road were burned out.  So, every year, me and my pal the weed eater go forth and do battle.  This is after weeks of clearing around all the 100+ apple trees, so me and my buddy are well acquainted by this time.  We've got twenty acres of fence to clear.  ("We" being my Husqvarna and me)  There is also the drive.  It's a long private drive, a long and very grassy drive, a long and very grassy drive that is hilly and ditched and has to be done using the weed eater.  It's jolly fun.  Yeah.  Right. 

Fortunately or unfortunately, I'm not entirely sure which, my hands can only cope with two tanks of gas per session.  Unfortunately (definitely unfortunately) I can take a long beak and go back to work.  They buzz for about an hour or so after a session.  Feel the buzz?  It's really quite weird.

And there's still a lot of drive to do.  But not today.  Today, I've already run through four tanks of gas, three large glasses of water, and a "Slammin' Salmon" beer.

Obligatory Anniversary Sonnet :-)

Jul. 13th, 2017 06:40 am
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.....On this date, a decade ago, Tammie Dupuis and I stood in the Living Room of her beloved South Seattle home and said our wedding vows. Every year since just gets better and better. My only regret? Not having married her ten years before that. smile emoticon:-)

.....You are my sun, my moon, my glitter, guiding northern star that brightens my very soul. Love you forever! Happy Tenth Wedding Anniversary!

.....With obligatory wedding anniversary sonnet ... :-)

My early journies lacked a purpose clear
An aimless wandering through many lands.
Then Love took pity and leaned close to hear
My cries to fill the space my heart demands.

Glass wings a window to another world
A prism freeing light in many hues.
Seen in exstatic light as she is hurled
In sudden motion to release her muse.

This dragonfly forever draws me near
A guide whose beauty in a spell binds me.
Her flights of passion drive away all fear
New wonders revealed she leads me to see.

Love's wisdom sent me a soul searing fate
Forever to be with this perfect mate.

.....All My Love, Aaron.

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Jul. 9th, 2017 07:43 pm
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Spent Saturday pouring beer and wine for our local Volunteer Fire Department's fundraiser BBQ.  It was a very long day, starting around 8:30AM and ending after 6:30PM.  My feet have not forgiven me yet.  The precious princess, Trouble, has glued herself to the WBH and me all day long.  We made money (lots of money), people were very happy, the crowd drank most of four kegs of beer from two local breweries, drained three of the four homebrews my guy brewed, and one of the two kegs of cider we pressed last year.  Out of about 600 people, only three or so really pissed me off, so, overall, it was a very good day, and my back was placated by three Ibuprofens.  Yay.

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