Sunday, April 8, 2018


A friend and neighbor has started his spring and summer projects. A fresh order of fresh split oak already delivered and he is itching to get project #1, a wood shed, framed and finished. 

We laid out basics Friday just as a small snow storm set in. Site chosen, rough 10' x 16' rectangle laid out and squared. The orange tape gives a good visual reference of location, alignment to property and buildings and size. 

Research from the web is done and a basic design has been chosen. Now to draw up and add specific dimensions. Pier blocks and initial framing materials will be picked up soon. When the ground thaws, official construction will begin. 

This has been their first winter in their new home and they have a good barometer now of wanted/needed wood for a New England winter. Will keep posting progress as the shed is built.


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Ryobi 18-Volt Hybrid Transfer Pump
Ryobi has come out with a 12V battery operated water pump and I picked one up a month ago. I gave it to son to set up. 

We both got to testing it this past week and found that it worked as expected with a good water flow. We each have a good assortment of other Ryobi tools and battery packs. The addition of the water pump to our collection(s) was in order. 

Suffice it to say, the pump is worth the money but I have yet to see an exact use in the after. Maybe moving stored water from large containers to smaller. Also for emptying larger storage barrels quicker than siphoning. Basic moving of water from point A to point B. Not sure yet of max distance nor how high it will adequately pump.   

The only negative I have noticed is how loud the pump is when it is running. A very high pitched noise. Annoying but not a reason to forego purchase. In the after, the high pitched noise would be an issue. 

Other reviews available on the titled link above. 


Fifteen degrees outside and a foot of snow on the ground. The way to winter in!



If you do not already have a few multi-tools and small screwdriver sets, then put these on your shopping list. Multi tools are great for little fixes and one for EDC (every day carry) is helpful as is a small pocket knife. Screwdrivers in all sizes.  Two is one and one is none better said as too many is one and anything less is none. They get used, set down, forgotten and lost easily. 

You do not have to have top of the line and picking up multiples of often used screw drivers at garage sales or discount stores is money well spent. The little set above saved the morning replacing batteries in the small inside/outside home temperature displays this morning. 

Not having the right tool for the right job can be as frustrating from fixing a pair of glasses as it is changing a flat tire.

Multi-tools are great gifts for no reason at all. And NO, it does not have to be the expensive multi tool of all multi tools. Mid-price range and fits comfortably in a pocket. Be careful though, they can become like shoes. I have a very hard time passing up a good display of pocket knives and multi tools. 



Grandfather has long ago passed on. I have written about him from the very first blog and go to him and grandma often for stories and memories. I do not think he would be upset if I use this photo of him from 1961. 

It must have been taken at Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter. Charles was in his cleaned-up clothes, indicative of an official family gathering. I am also guessing this is after the large family meal. 

A quick glance shows an older man asleep. Dead drop off the end of the world asleep. A full tummy with a small glass of wine gone and my bet is grandpa dropped off like this in a heartbeat. 

This photo of him is about as peaceful as life can get. 

A normal day for him and grandma were two 8-hour work days in one. Week after week. It was rare when we could get them both together for a day's outing or gathering. The animals and work on a small farm never took holidays nor rested. First eight-hour day started at daybreak, the second eight-hour day started after lunch and maybe an hour's nap like the picture above. 

I cannot remember the name of his dog, but it was HIS dog. I think shepards are one of the best dogs in the world, especially when they are running and moving across a field. Grandpa's dog was no exception.  

The dog was always close at his heels. Not a dog that took to others and a dog we all gave a wide birth to. The dog wanted it that way. We could be in the vicinity of any outdoor activity with out worry or issue. But the dog preferred its own space with in those activities. 

One of my fondest memories is feeding the dog while we visited on the weekends. After late afternoon dinners, grandma would have me deliver the dog's dinner out the back door. Her instructions were to just open the door, deliver the dinner on the cement steps and then come back into the house. She would scoop up leftover scraps from the dinner table and then top off the dogs dish with a large scoop of farm lard from a gallon can under the sink. The dog was always there waiting as it was his only meal of the day. Probably a good thing if nutrition value was an issue. But it was not. It was a farm meal made from all natural ingredients. Probably a heart stopper, but the dog above does not look fat nor undernourished by any stretch of the imagination. 

Those were the days!!


Snow all but gone. Temperatures still a little brisk at night but next 10 day forecast has temperatures touching 50 degrees. Winter tried one last snow dump this past week, but Spring took care of the that over night.

Thanks for the visit, heads up, looking out and about this week. Thanks for the visit.

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