My wife and I watched a movie yesterday on television, then we went to town for pizza. We haven't done that in a long time. It's about 32 miles round trip from here to the pizza place. When we had the kids home, we used to make that trip a lot. You could get two large pizzas for $10.00 on Saturday night. But this time, we got only one large pizza for $12.00. I won't be doing that again any time soon.
We looked over the retaining wall that has to be replaced and have decided on a sloped wall built with fill dirt. That will be the most durable type, but it means a lot of shoveling for me, because I will have to haul the dirt up here in the truck, and it will have to be unloaded with a shovel even if I can load with a machine at the other end. No way a dump truck can make it up here, so that's that. It'll be a long project.
|The old Tomcat behind Miriam is making sure we are "in code."|
When we put the new roof on the porch, my wife was right up there with me, helping me work. But this is not the kind of work she can do. So I will work on it a little every day and it will get done. At least it is on the ground and not up on the top of a building. When we put the new porch roof on, I bought a good, heavy duty hand drill. After all these years, I am still acquiring tools. Like firearms, you can never have enough tools.
I suppose I complain a lot about all the work keeping up this place constitutes. But there is something inherently satisfying in doing your own work , on your own home. When you finish, there's great satisfaction in seeing something you built or repaired with your own hands. It gives you confidence in your own abilities, and makes you feel less dependent on others.