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new canopy and a greenhouse

Remember when I wrote about inadvertently leaving the awning out in a hail storm? I could have sworn it was rolled in. Anyway, 4-5’ feet of the canopy at the top was trashed. Yes, it took quite a while but I finally ordered a new canopy. I asked Deb to shelp me with the replacement. Here’s Deb pulling out the roller from the old canopy. Here’s the new canopy nearing completion. I’m holding the most useful tool, well, other than our two ladders, a can of silicon lubricant. We lubed the full length of the three 11.5’ slots that the beads of the new canopy had to slide into. Priceless stuff. Might be able to see some of the T-posts we set in the background. Thanks, Deb, for helping me with this. Should be good until the next hail storm. Here’s a photo of how Deb’s greenhouse is coming along. Awesome. Soon she'll be constructing a cold frame garden similar to my friends’ in Moab. Another shot from the galley window. Still a tad nippy in the mornings, 30s and a couple in t

wringer, post driver, and back in Timberon

Deb does all her laundry by hand. So while I was there, so did I. The Calliger hand wringer was awesome. The first time, I thought it was a lot of work. But while doing my second batch a few days later, I was enjoying it, really. Did a number of batches during the four weeks I was there. Although one morning, I had to wear warm gloves under some heavy rubber gloves. Deb says the only time she minds it is during the winter. The life of a homesteader. It’s open range so occasionally horses or cows come through. Sometimes causing damage. I helped Deb start on some fencing. We set 44 6.5’ T-posts. I picked up a 2nd “14 lb. post driver with handles,” so the work went quicker. The first day I was getting a headache, all that pounding of steel on steel close to my ears. IBU and earplugs were not enough. The next day I dug out my shooting muffs and all was well. Many spots proved to be a bear getting the posts in. A couple days we were totally maxed. But as I staggered back to the Nash,

one last warm day, the estate, a mishap and no more PO

So, after driving 670 miles north to Utah, this is what I got for it. Heading north in February, kinda expected it. And yes, we were both up ladders sweeping off our solar panels. I set up out in the canyon rims area south of Moab for a day before continuing on the the Mason Martini Estate. A week later, I took the previous photo. Deb has 80 acres of range/grazing property, three miles from a boat launch on the Colorado. She has quite a setup. Hauls in water, power comes from solar panels, constructing a geothermal greenhouse, has a compost pile going, burns paper and cardboard, will soon be constructing a cold frame garden, takes care of her immediate acres and practices no harm. She is extremely handy and self-sufficient. Deb researches all aspects of her off-the-grid homestead before incorporating what she learns. Very smart lady. Ya done good, girl. I’m enjoying our day to day interactions, laughs, conversations. Looking forward to warmer temps so we can sit outside as we

bob&brad, good morning and mondays

This winter I came across ‘Bob and Brad’ on youtube. They are two physical therapists whose 10 minute videos are geared towards seniors (can be a bit quirky). Plenty of exercises, how to deal with shoulders and hips stiffness and weakness, and they are big on posture and balance exercises. They go into how to do each movement correctly, using proper form. Their idea of a perfect workout includes strengthening, endurance, flexibility, balance and posture. These are not my kind of exercises but I have adopted a number of them, as well as some of their ideas. They recommend doing some movements throughout the day. Worth checking out. Didn’t realize how stiff my ankles were until I started doing some ankle exercises. Didn’t register how it was restricting some of my exercises and day to day movements. I try to be aware but at times I’m just not tuned in. Guano. Brad mentioned fire feet on a video and I looked it up on youtube. I started to think I couldn’t do that. Whoa! I’m starting