I went out this morning and worked on the porch. The hardest part is getting the old boards up. They were nailed on with massive nails, but when I try to pull them out with a crow bar, half the time the nail head tears off. These deck planks are 29 years old, so this should come as no surprise. It does make replacing the older planks a lot harder though. Even with a crow bar getting the old boards up is exhausting.
I had a list of things I meant to get done. As the day got hotter, working out in the heat and humidity became more difficult. I was determined not to quit til the list was finished. I ran into trouble with my Ryobi power screwdriver/drill. For some reason, the new boards I am using are so dense, I can't get the deck screws to go through them. I wound up having to drill a small hole through the deck plank , and a small hole in the underlying structure, to get the deck screws through. This took a lot of time.
After I finished the part of the deck I'd planned on doing, I went down the Jeep trail to cut back the tree limbs and the undergrowth.
It was hotter than Hades under there. The trees have closed in over the trail so that you can't see the sky at all. The air is heavy and thick, and never a breath of breeze gets in there.
In some places, I had to use a hand saw because the mountain laurel was so thick and tangled I was afraid to try to use the chain saw.
Still, I went all the way down on one side, and all the way back up on the other, and got it finished.
Unfortunately, I got sick after doing this. Too much heat, I guess. So after cleaning up I'm staying inside in the cool for the rest of the day, at least until twilight cools the mountains off some. I know I overdid it today, but I get so aggravated when I have a list of things I planned to do and then can't finish it.
I can never remember whether or not I've taken all my pills. So my wife got me a pill box exactly like this one. Last night I was refilling it. I take 7 pills a day, so that's 49 pills for a week. I had it all loaded up and my hand slipped. The whole thing fell on the floor and emptied out. I tried to put all the pills back in the right place but a lot of them look alike, same size and color.
I did the best I could. I'm not throwing them away, they cost too much.
Time for me to go nap on the couch. I'm used up for today.