I don't have any security lights on tonight. Don't need them, because the moon is so bright.
I sat out on the porch for a bit at twilight, but the mosquitos are out. It's early for that, and I'd have thought this past winter would have killed them off anyway, but not so. There is supposed to be some new kind of disease you can get from the mosquitos this year, but I can't remember what it's called. I do remember a few years back, when encephalitis first appeared in North Georgia as something carried by the mosquitos. Seems to be more and more of that kind of thing happening these days.
The Walther is so much lighter than an M1911A1 or a Beretta or Sig. I carry a spare magazine in the vest as there's no magazine holder on the rig like there is with Galco. Sometimes, when it's hot, I'm tempted to just go on where I have to go and not carry a gun at all. But that's getting careless and every time I get careless or slack, something bad always happens. So I compromise. The Walther is more comfortable, but holds half the rounds of a Beretta or Sig, and doesn't have the stopping power of an M1911A1. It's a trade off.
I always keep a full bundle in the tool room, because I constantly have to repair the old cedar shake roof. Having pre-cut shakes makes the job a lot less difficult, although you can make your own with a special kind of hatchet. I did that for awhile a long time ago, but that was when you could still get cedar at the lumber yard. Those days are long gone. I'm told there is plenty of cedar in Canada but they must not be importing it anymore.
Spent a good while working on the retaining wall this afternoon. I am constantly amazed at how much easier a job is if you have the right tools. When I was younger, I wouldn't spend money on things like electric screwdrivers, drills, etc. I used all hand tools. Partly because I felt it was more appropriate to the life style I wanted to lead, and partly because it was so much cheaper. Now I buy good tools for the job and save a lot of wear and tear on myself. Especially the wear and tear that comes from getting frustrated and angry because you can't quite get something to work out like you want it too. In a pinch I can charge these off the generator, so it isn't a complete capitulation to convenience over survivability.
I standardized on Ryobi when I started buying good tools. I can get parts for them easily, they sell you gear with a complete kit and all the accessories.
I keep the charger set up on a desk in the shop. It takes about 45 minutes to recharge one of the batteries, but since you have two with each tool, you can just keep on working.
The flood light is great. I can light the whole meadow up with this thing from the porch, and it's strong enough to penetrate some distance into the forest even when the leaves are on the trees. True, it's heavy and cumbersome, but I keep it on a stand near the door where it's always handy. I don't lug it around in a pack, so being heavy and bulky is not detrimental.
I have a backup chain saw, but when my Stahl finally wore out, I bought a new Ryobi to replace it. I liked the case it came in, and they gave me two spare chains, and some other ancillary equipment. It may not amount to much in terms of cost, but the items showed attention to detail on their part and I like that.
The case holds the saw, spare oil for the chain, and some other spare gear. I never had a case with a saw before and was much taken with the idea. Beats letting your saw bounce around in the back of the truck. These are good quality tools, and if you take care of them you can pass them on when you get too aged to use them yourself. Besides, I have discovered that tools share one aspect with guns. There's a lot of pride in having good ones, and much satisfaction in caring for them.