I said that I'd report back on the Power Wagon. It was delivered last evening. Even though the driver got lost getting here (what's wrong with following directions?), he made it, unloaded it out at the road and off he went back to the shop. It was too late for Bill to do more than park it in the shed, but after running some errands this morning, he was ready to go out and give it a go...
It can be bought with either a big "Rubbermaid-type" wheelbarrow bed, or the wooden bed, which you can see is what Bill chose.
Off he goes.... walking it up the driveway to the hillside that he has been steadily cutting back. He uses a shovel, digging and piling the dirt into his wheelbarrow... load after load. He still uses the shovel, but this trip he piled in into the bed of his new toy.
That's a lot of dirt... especially heavy since that hillside is always damp. After loading it he just walked the wagon right down the driveway.
And... look here! The dump bed just lifts up and deposits the load where he wants it.
I took this photo from a window in our rig.... those papers in the right corner were on the back of the couch. It's basically a motorized wheel-barrow... you walk behind it.
Bill is very pleased with the Power Wagon's performance. It has 4 speeds and he said he hasn't even got it up to the highest yet. It also has reverse, which is quite handy, too.
You may remember that I got a comment from Emjay, who bought one a couple of years ago and it just didn't have enough power to do what she needed done. I don't have the answer to why this one is so different, but it looks like a real labor-saver for Bill and I think he'll be happy with it.
The Man-Lift will be picked up tomorrow...
Bill finished painting the barn house, and even replaced some boards along the edge that were deteriorating. He's painted this building several times in the past... always using a series of ladders and such. Renting the Man-Lift made this job so much easier... and safer.
While he has it, he also did some tree trimming over the driveway and around the site where we park our motorhome.
The new renter moved into the barn house on Monday... I finally got around to taking some photos of the finished apartment... but Steve had already moved in a lot of his stuff...
We painted all the cabinets, some walls, put in a new sink and counter-top in the bathroom, replaced several blinds, took out the old sliding door and put in one that has blinds between the panes, repaired a lot of stuff... bought a new refrigerator, washer, dryer and microwave. The kitchen range was bought a year or so ago and just needed cleaning. In the upper right photo you can see the skylight. Steve is a musician who works nights... Bill figured out how to put a covering over the skylight that will block out daylight, but can be retracted when he wants light. All in all the place came out looking very good. I had a hummingbird feeder right outside the kitchen window... told Steve I'd take it down... but he said no, he'd never had a hummingbird feeder and enjoyed seeing the little guys. I will continue to clean and fill it... it's kind of nice having someone else enjoy the birds, too.
One more photo... remember a couple of months ago when we had 5 black snakes appear within 24 hours? Well, we hadn't seen any since. We were sitting in the motorhome having lunch a couple of days ago... I looked out and...
This big guy had climbed up the side of the shed and when I first saw him, he was laying across the top white board. Yes, that is a bluebird box on the post, but it hasn't been used this year... I wonder what attracted him to the box? I waited until he was on his way down, grabbed him and we hauled him down the road to some new territory. Got to thinking later... it's said that black snakes keep away copperheads..... maybe I shouldn't be so hasty in relocating these guys.
I do like my birds though... maybe Bill will just make better predator guards on the houses he puts up. Not going to worry about it this summer.
I was asked if I'm getting itchy feet. Well, we have been here 4 months and that's a long time. But the way my mind works... if I go into something expecting it to last "x" time, then I'm okay. That could be 2 weeks, 2 months or whatever. It's like I'm psyched for that time. But whatever time that might be, I start getting antsy a few days or a week before we leave. When I'm ready, I'm ready!
I know, not a particularly exciting post... but Bill sure has done remarkable things here this summer and believe me, his work is appreciated. And my blog is also my journal.
That's All For Today!