December

Key Tasks

Mid-day shadows are long this month. Great time to drop a plumb bob at solar noon on a clear day wherever we need to find true south. Make sure you go into January with most humanure buckets empty. No fun messing with them in January. Plant wheat. Great time to plant fruit and nut trees. Ready for seed starting? Check for grow lights, pans, starting mix, covers, and heat mat.

December 1

2014

This morning I unloaded all the containers of stew in the deep freeze and reloaded them with the Thanksgiving stew on the bottom. We now have about three gallons of stew put by. Also placed two containers of dressing in the deep freeze. I had a session scheduled for which I traveled to the church, but client failed to show. Ran some errands in town and then returned home. Quiet work this afternoon. Our killing cone and de-featherer have arrived. I think I have a nice spot for the cone picked out at the end of row 7, close to Sad Longleaf. There’s plenty of room for Scamp, the hose will reach there, and it’s out of the way so the feathers on the ground won’t be too much of an eyesore.

2013

Good morning at church. The Sunday School lesson today was the first in an Advent series entitled “Scripture on the Cutting Room Floor.” Then Morning Prayer. Mama spent the night with us, so she attended Sunday School and church with us, and then she and I enjoyed lunch at 1220. This afternoon I started feeling a cold settle in, so I babied myself.

December 2

2014

Started the day by opening up the flourescent fixture in the storage room and replacing the ballast. After lunch I wired it up and replaced the bulbs, and it seems to work fine now. In the process, however, I burned out one of the halogen bulbs of the work light. Can’t get confirmation that I am choosing the correct bulb, so I’m doing nothing right now to replace it. I installed the killing cone today at the end of Row 7, close to Sad Longleaf. I also rigged up my Dewalt drill so I can use it hands free to spin the Power Plucker.

2013

Got a good night’s sleep despite the cold. Amanda traveled to Montgomery. I took it very easy, but I did get out long enough to change out firewood pallets. I removed the now-empty pallet #5 under the barn roof and stacked it up the hill, so now our stack of empty pallets consists of pallets #2-5. I placed #6 in position in the barn, and then moved #1 from the lawn between the lodge and the barn down under cover in the barn. So now we have all of #6 under the barn roof, most of #7 outside the lodge, and #8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 1 protected under the barn roof. Still feeling poorly, so I took it easy the rest of the day. Worked on Morse Code and church business.

December 3

2014

Big, long, hard day. Started with some general cleanup, then to town for a session (aborted), then some shopping, then Lunch with the Boys, then to the church to ignite a burn pile, then to the farm to prepare to slaughter the chickens. The podcast is all about this, so I’ll stop there. We finally ate stew from the chickens at about 9:30 and collapsed.

2013

Today was mostly about the big pot of stew we cooked up beginning in the morning when I put the turkey carcass on to boil and continuing through the time after we normally would eat supper when we got to enjoy a bowl of it, and continuing until way past normal bedtime when we finally pulled it off into individual one-quart containers. Biggest mess of stew yet by far. We used the low country boil pot and filled it up well more than half with stew. We finished with about 3.5 gallons of stew after the big bowls each of us enjoyed for supper.

December 4

2014

To Montgomery for my six month checkup with Maddox, then to the farm to clean out the chicken coop with Amanda and put it and the run up on blocks to disinfect in preparation for the pullets. Then we recorded and I edited and published the podcast. Then a Casemaker webinar. Then we met with Adrian to plan Mama’s 90th birthday party. Then Amahl rehearsal.

2013

A quiet day, during which neither of us left the farm. I love days like this! We spent the morning researching the effect of cold on fall vegetables, specifically brassicas. Then we recorded the podcast and then I edited it. Next I moved all the stew from the lodge back down the hill to the deep freeze, discovering in the process that we have several quarts of older soups and stews that we really should be eating. So I cleaned them out and placed last night’s stew on the bottom so we’ll have the older stew first.

December 5

2014

I marked the pepper jelly and deposited it in the root cellar this morning. Then I completely emptied the deep freeze and repacked it with the BA stew on the bottom. We clearly have our work cut out for us to eat stew and fruit from the freezer rather than to keep buying more at the store. We had a nagging issue with the fence-cloth pulling loose from the Veg Hill gate. Today I repaired it with zip ties. I’m still looking for the meat thermometer, which I was using to test the temp of the scalding water.

2013

Published the podcast in the wee hours of the morning. That freed me up to study for EfM during the morning. Ended up with some extra time, so Oddie and I took a long walk before we left for the church. After EfM I printed the bulletin, and then came home to work on CW a little and do some quiet work. It’s still so muggy; everything is remaining wet. It will be such a relief to see things dry out, which may not happen until the middle of next week.

December 6

2014

This morning we organized a Christmas playlist on Amanda’s iTunes and then synced it to her iPod. I feel a great sense of accomplishment! Later in the morning. we had a really light drizzle, so I walked out to check the flow from the harvesting pipe. Even with a crazy light drizzle, we were getting 15 gallons/minute. This afternoon we surrendered to a full-scale, all-out assault of college football, highlighted, of course, by the Tide victory in the SEC Championship. Sweet victory, followed by a quiet, restful night watching other games that were not nearly so tense for us.

2013

Drove to Birmingham this morning. First a visit with Phil and Ann Friend and several of our old friends from the Serendipity Sunday School and the chance to pick up eight cases of green beans. Then to Regency Suites to check in. I worked on Messiah in the room while Amanda shopped. We learned during the afternoon that Michelle and the boys were stranded in Dallas because of the ice storm. Michelle ended up spending the night in Dallas. We decided to take it easy Friday night with a pizza from DeVinci’s, and it was just wonderful.

December 7

2015

We are nearing the end of the fresh persimmons we picked a few days ago. We won’t make it to Christmas, but it’s good to know we can enjoy fresh persimmons well into December. The frozen muscadines stand at the ready whenever the persimmons peter out and should see us well into March, when we hope to begin seeing fresh strawberries. Our “long fruit season strategy” seems to be doing fairly well notwithstanding the problems with pear, apple, blackberry, and fig production.

2014

Fun but exhausting day. Up and out early to hear Adrian sing at the 8:45 am service at FUMC Mgmy, then back to Epiphany for Worship, then refreshments, then rehearsal and performance of the Community Messiah, and then closing up the buildings and going home. We both took a nap when we got home. Gearing up to move the pullets into their coop tomorrow!

2013

Nice visit Saturday morning with all the Veales before we headed back to the farm. I mixed up ingredients for beer bread and assembled the ingredients for spaghetti sauce. Amanda finished getting the lodge dressed up for Christmas while we watched the SEC Championship Game and then the Ohio State – Michigan State game. So now we know Auburn and Florida State will play each other for the National Championship. Don’t know yet where Alabama will play.

December 8

2014

The morning was more or less consumed with preparing the coop for the pullets. First I loaded it on Tractor’s pallet forks and brought it into the shop, along with the four concrete blocks on which we had it sitting. Then I turned on all the lights in the grow light complex and raised it up so that it’s shining into the coop. Then I robbed the bin of its watering bottle and mounted it on the side of the coop. Then I installed a baffle to block off the brooding boxes (not needed until the ladies start laying, and I want them to get accustomed to using their roost). A session this afternoon, then I changed the sign at the church, then home. We transferred the pullets to their coop late this afternoon. They had a little trouble settling down.

2013

Dreary morning at church. We were the only ones who were there for Sunday School until Jimmy and Betty drove up, so we didn’t have a lesson this morning. Low turnout for Morning Prayer too. Nice dinner with Mama in Montgomery, and then we helped her move her Christmas tree into position before returning to the farm to prepare for book club. We had a delightful book club meeting, and we have a couple of nights’ worth of spaghetti dinners ready to go too.

December 9

2014

The pullets had a good night, their first in the coop, but they never made it to the roost. During the day today, they began exploring the roost, so I’m hopeful they’ll make it to the roost tonight. Good drying day, so it was a great to be able to wash and hang out clothes again. I was finally able to get the speakers on the front porch to sound good this morning. What a sense of accomplishment! I’ve been struggling with this since we installed the home entertainment equipment in 2012. Lunch with the Boys today. Then I worked during the afternoon on the back porch speakers. All the outdoor speakers work with analog signals now but not digital signals. I think I’m going to need to install ride-along RCA cables to carry an analog signal from the DVD and the DVR for Zone 2 use. Onkyo Zone 2 requires an analog signal.

2013

This morning after drafting the bulletin and revising the church web site I drove to town for several errands. Then I pulled the letters off the sign. Just as I was finishing up Jere Van Etten drove up, so he and I worked together to assemble all the new and old letters and calculate the storage space required. I can now summarize this for Tom Bray so he can design us a divided storage box for the letters.

December 10

2014

The pullets still haven’t found their way to the roost, but the old hands say stop worrying about them; they’ll use it when it’s time. So that’s what I’m going to do. We had a flurry of people helping us today, first Tim Ledbetter to pull the dishwasher and provide us a shutoff to empty the outdoor sink of water during cold snaps. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get the dishwasher back in place afterward because the fitting for the hose stripped out. Then Scott Ruppert to talk through closing up the vents to prevent the wasps and beetles from plaguing us. Then Eric Cagle to work on the washing machine, which had developed a rubbing sound when the drum spinned (turned out to be a nail that had dropped out of one of my pockets). Now we’re waiting for Eric to take delivery on a replacement part for the dishwasher and bring it to install on the dishwasher. This evening we had cookies and coffee in the governor’s mansion, and Amanda showed me many of the places where she had been working. We got to meet the governor and first lady, both of whom were gracious and welcoming. The evening was surprisingly pleasant.

2013

Strong rain during the wee hours this morning, but it had largely subsided by daybreak. Amanda headed out to work at the Learning Garden. I felt my cold returning, so I stayed quiet and drank plenty of fluids all morning. Wind from the NNW at 18-20 mph, so I was glad to be indoors. Hung clothes on the line at mid-morning, and the sun came out as predicted, so they dried nicely by about 3:00 pm. Wrapped Christmas presents and fixed a problem with Amanda’s iPod.

December 11

2014

This morning I retrieved the ladder from the lodge. Then we recorded and I edited and published the podcast on using vinegar on the farm. Delightful visit in the afternoon with Amanda’s cousin Scott, during which we enjoyed a long walk together over to the West Side. Then I reconnected the center channel speaker in the lodge, which had become disconnected during all my previous adjustments to the equipment.

2013

We recorded the podcast this morning, about the season of gardeners’ porn, and then I edited it. Then I ran to town for several errands, including the printing of the bulletin so I wouldn’t have to take time for it while Michelle and the kids are with us beginning tomorrow. I also stopped by True Value to pick up some chain and quick links for Wallace’s swing. This afternoon when I got back I put the swing up on a tree limb outside the lodge, and it looks nice. Then I did some research about the movie Cloud Atlas. This afternoon Amanda met in the lodge with John O’Rourke and with Caleb about Messiah. It’s getting exciting!

December 12

2014

Two of the chickens made it to the roost last night and two stayed down. Today was all about birthday cakes for Mama’s 90th. I was baking, mixing, or spreading from 7:00 this morning until about 8:00 tonight, but it’s all done. The products a one large cake and 27 cupcakes, chocolate cake with butter icing, plus a batch of red velvet cupcakes that Adrian baked for testing plus the icing I mixed up for her to use for that. In the process, I made six batches of butter icing and made two separate trips to town to pick up more ingredients.

2013

Published podcast in the wee hours of the morning so I could leave the rest of the day free to visit with Michelle and the boys. EfM in town, including a fun visit from Michelle, Amanda, and the boys.

December 13

2014

Up early to set up tables and chairs for the big soiree. Then a few light chores in the barn to get it ready. Then Amanda told me the toilet was stopped up in the lodge. Then we learned the tub was backing up too, and I knew we were in trouble. I could see fluid on the ground near the septic tank. I removed the top from the septic tank and saw fluid right up to the top of the tank. I grabbed the pump that had been sitting on the pallet rack for three years and – surprise! – it worked great. I placed it in the pool of effluent and let it pump it down the hill. By the time we said goodbye (the party went well even though the toilets were sluggish), the pump had removed enough effluent to take the level down about 18 inches. By that time, I had talked to Dale Mask, who coached me on how to remove the blockage between the intake and the septic tank. When I stuck my hand down in the “T,” I could feel it freeing up immediately. One more touch, and a flood of effluent came bursting out. Can’t figure out where it was coming from. There was just so much of it. Then I put the lid back on and washed up. Dale says that was the problem and that it should flow freely now.

2013

Michelle and I drove to town this morning for a grocery trip, and then she ran back to the farm while I finished running several other errands. Then Smith and I went fishing in the pond. We didn’t catch anything, but we got several nibbles. I’ve got to figure out something to do with the boat. It’s quite difficult to dock it on the shore without someone on shore to grab it. Then we had lunch with Tom, Martha Lynn, Dave Gray, and Skye. Then a nap, and then Charles and Nancy brought supper from a barbeque place in Auburn. Delicious!

December 14

2014

Hung out a big load of rags and darks before church, then to Sunday School and church, then home to meet Mavis and Wesley Abrams to orient Wesley on caring for the chickens. Then to FUMC Montgomery for one of the most beautiful choral programs I have ever heard. Simply glorious.

2013

Smith and I enjoyed building with the Lincoln logs this morning until he pulled his blanket around him and wanted to lie down. He had an attack of fever while Michelle was gone that was downright scary. Then when she returned and got him calmed down, I ran to the drug store to get some medicine. By the time I returned, he was resting, and he felt much better when he woke up. We rode bikes for a while and he felt like walking outside. By nightfall, though, his fever had returned. Amanda, bless her heart, slept in the lodge until midnight helping to care for both boys.

December 15

2013

In the wee hours I built a program to use for Handel’s Messiah this afternoon and had a chance to polish my notes for the singing. The day was lots of fun, beginning with worship at 10:30, then pizza for lunch, then the practice session at 1:00, and then the actual Messiah at 2:00. Then I stuck around to change out the sign. By the time I got home I was on impulse power and took a 45-minute nap. Tonight Mama joined us to celebrate Christmas. Just delightful.

December 16

2013

Our last morning with Michelle and the boys today, before Amanda took them to the airport for their return. It was sad to say goodbye, but we could tell Smith was eager to get home and see his Daddy. After they left I spent the rest of the morning “reclaiming the farm,” cleaning up the playroom, loading the dishwasher, and transporting equipment from the lodge back down to the barn. We still have a long way to go, but we’re making progress!

December 17

2013

Up and out early for the CAMGA Christmas party at Mulder Memorial UMC. We didn’t get back until 1:30 or so. After a nap, I spent the rest of the day doing quiet work.

December 18

2013

The morning and part of the afternoon was devoted almost exclusively to preparing for the Christmas Eve service, building the bulletin and then correspondence about it. The rest of the afternoon I struggled to get my browser back to normal after having all its settings hijacked by some software I inadvertently downloaded. Bummer. Tonight I traveled to Tom Bray’s house to help him convert his site over to WordPress. Fun visit.

December 19

2013

The first order of the day was to prepare the lodge for our EfM group this afternoon. Blew off pavilion and porch, built fire in the stove. Then we recorded the podcast. Then I was able to edit and convert the podcast file before it was time to head up the hill for the meeting. This afternoon I finished publishing. I had intended to make a run to town, but that never happened, so I will need to go tomorrow morning.

December 20

2013

Spent the early morning doing quiet work. Then Amanda left for Lafayette to play with the dulcimer group. I moved pallet #8 into position on the pavilion so Tom can steal some wood from it tomorrow. Then I ran some errands in town. Then I checked on the compost tumbler, which is coming along nicely. I continued to struggle to get the Atahualpa theme to work correctly on the Epiphany site, knowing that once I get it working there it will work on Longleaf Breeze and the divorce blog as well. I can get everything working except I can’t get the Admin bar to show up, which is a pretty big deal.

December 21

2014

Returned tonight after an absence of six days to find the pullets with no food and no water. Poor things. They gobbled and guzzled and seem to have finally gotten their fill. Two bags – Adrian’s and Amanda’s – still missing.

2013

Good morning at church with Beans & Rice. We were down a little from last month, but that’s not a bad thing, because it got a little out of control last month. Freaky warm. High temp today was in the high 70s; it just feels downright weird. We tried to walk several times this afternoon but kept getting blocked by rain. Toward the end of the day I decided to go ahead and deal with the firewood pallets on the pavilion floor. I transferred all the wood from 8 onto 7, which was in position for burning. Then I stacked empty 8 with the other empty pallets down east of the lodge.

December 22

2014

Started the day slowly by writing our Christmas letter. Then to town to change the sign, do a little shopping, and print the letter. This afternoon I had planned to move the pullets to the orchard floor, but the rain set in before I could get it done. So I’ll do it after the rain subsides Wednesday morning. Today I moved firewood pallet #2 into position for the barn. That’s our first pallet down for the season here during the waning weeks of December.

2013

Good morning at church. Stimulating discussion in Sunday School about the history of the Revised Common Lectionary and our use of it in worship. Then worship. REALLY looking forward to singing Christmas songs on Tuesday! After church we drove to Montgomery and has a pleasant lunch with Mama. At her house, after a wonderful nap in which I slept deeply, we ran her TV through its paces and decided that it is indeed giving up the ghost. So now we’re shopping for a new TV to fit in the same space as the old one. Amanda says she wants to clean off Mama’s bookcases and rearrange them in the room to free up more space in the room. Mama and I both cringe at that but are willing to allow it.

December 23

2014

Calculated all the ingredients needed for the toffee this morning. Then I made a quick trip to town – six stops. Then back to farm to move the run for the pullets. It’s now ready for me to move the coop out there tomorrow after the rain subsides. Then I reattached the auger to Scamp; it had come loose.

2013

Filed a couple of cases in the morning and did paperwork. This afternoon we visited with Jean Kerr and watched her make a batch of English toffee, which we’re planning to make as our Christmas gift this year. She has loaned us her candy thermometer, and we bought the modern version of it online. It’s due for delivery on Friday so we won’t be using it for this batch. but we’ll have it for anything else we make later. This afternoon I cleaned up around the barn and transferred some of the gifts to the lodge so they will be there for Christmas Eve.

December 24

2014

Started the day with an ambitious, intimidating agenda, and then was able to check off every item! Started by recording and editing a very brief podcast for Christmas Day. Then I moved the chickens from the shop to the orchard floor, which was traumatic for them, but ended up okay. Then I made a batch of toffee. Then I wrapped a couple of Christmas packages. Then I headed up to the lodge to figure out the problem with our watching TV from last night’s lightening strike. The bad news is that the receiver appears to be damaged. The good news is that we can at least watch TV, listen to music, and watch DVDs while we’re restoring it. We decided late this afternoon to skip church and try to improve our health. Good choice.

2013

Milled some flour this morning and used it to mix up a batch of bread, which I decided to bake ahead of time so we won’t have such a long wait for supper tonight after worship. Mama arrived this afternoon. We sat and listened to Amanda play her new dulcimer for an hour or so, and then it was time to head to church. The Christmas Eve service was beautiful. then home for a late supper and opening gifts. We were up absurdly late.

December 25

2014

Quiet, gentle Christmas. First I milled some flour for Amanda to use for bran muffins. Then I boxed up yesterday’s toffee. Then breakfast in the lodge. Then I took advantage of the pullets’ willingness to hang out in the run to clean out the coop. Then we drove to Montgomery to see Into the Woods. Then back home for a quiet supper with Adrian.

2013

Began the day slowly with breakfast in the lodge with Mama. I drove to town, printed the bulletin and changed the sign, and then drove to Montgomery to meet Amanda and Mama at the theater to watch “Saving Mr Banks.” Then back to the farm for a nap, a video conference with Joe and Michelle, and a quiet supper in the barn. A good day.

December 26

2014

A good day for mapping out the day and ticking off the items from the to-do list. Started by putting out the garbage. Then I boxed up the second batch of toffee; we now have 12 boxes filled, so we’re in great shape. Then I opened up the septic tank and checking for a blockage where we found the blockage two weeks ago. Ne blockage there this time. Then I set the pump to reduce the fluid level in the tank and called Dale Mask. He came later this morning; we do have a blockage, but it’s not in the tank. It’s between the tank and the field lines. He’ll need to come back with a tractor and dig it up to find the problem, which he’s planning to do Monday. Then I blew off the pavilion and porches. Then I set up the Berkey water filter and filled it with water so we can see how fast the water flows through it. The nozzle leaked, so I had to abort.

2013

We began the day comparing my Master Gardener hours to Amanda’s to make sure she was claiming all the credit due her. She was not. The bottom line is that, merely by virtue of reporting the hours she had already spent, she now has 1006 hours and will receive her gold badge. Yea! While she incurred some additional hours preparing for today’s podcast on options for growing grains, I mixed up a batch of English toffee. Then we recorded the podcast, and I edited and published it. Then I made a second batch of toffee late this afternoon.

December 27

2014

Today was all about the Johns coming here for Christmas brunch. Had another to-do list from Amanda, which I finished by 9:00. Finished up by building a fire in the outdoor fireplace and stirring the bread pudding. Then I helped with odd jobs and just waited for folks to arrive. The actual gathering was a big success, and long. Folks started arriving at 10:00, and we didn’t say goodbye to the last guest until 4:30 pm. It was a lot of fun, though. The highlight for me was watching all the G4 little ones playing on the rock pile.

2013

This morning we took the brown dog that took up with us Christmas Eve to the Elmore County Humane Shelter. Good to have that done. He was really sweet but getting to be a real bother. When we returned, we pulled the insect barrier from bed #11, and the brassicas under it look beautiful. We may use a lot more insect barrier for our brassicas next fall. This afternoon I fetched a load of old wood for the outdoor fireplace (trying to avoid burning up all the good firewood like we did last year) and then blew off the pavilion and porch. Then I popped the toffee out of its pans and broke it up into 10 roughly equal piles so we could put it in bags. It is delicious, but too thick. So we think next batch we do we will use a baking sheet instead of the 9 x 12 pans. But let me reiterate: it is indeed delicious. At the end of the day we let the oven self-clean, which stank up the lodge. We’ve learned our lesson that this need to be done several days before the lodge is going to be used to give the smell time to dissipate. This year, we left the lodge open all night. I’ll go up tomorrow morning, close up the lodge, and get it back up to a comfortable temperature in time for the family’s arrival.

December 28

2014

Church this morning, then I changed the sign because I knew I wouldn’t be able to tomorrow. Then quiet the rest of the day for colonoscopy prep. I brought my master gardener hours up to date this afternoon. Prep was smooth and uneventful. Just dreary.

2013

Up at 5:15 this morning to close all the windows in the lodge, turn off the fans, build a fire, and turn on the heat pump. I also turned on the music and a lamp so it will be cheery when Amanda walks in. Then back down the hill to build a fire in our little home and to get Amanda’s coffee started. After she was up, I returned to the lodge with her and started the mulled cider and a fire in the outdoor fireplace. The lodge was by then nice and toasty and comfortable. The gathering was wonderful even though it was raining the whole time. We were able to park everyone under the pavilion roof, which made a huge difference because it allowed everyone to get access to their cars during the gathering, AND it kept the lodge interior relatively clean (no wet feet tracking in dirt). By the time it was over we were exhausted. Both Amanda and I crashed tonight.

December 29

2014

This morning was my colonoscopy at Jackson Surgery Center. When we came home, I was feeling fine, but I allowed myself to be deliciously lazy and watch football games on TV for most of the afternoon and evening. So pleasant.

2013

Great morning at church: our last lesson on Scripture on the Cutting Room Floor and then Holy Eucharist for the last Sunday of the year. Then to Montgomery where we had a nice lunch with Mama before deciding that the 32-inch TV I had picked out for Mama is just too small. Soooo glad we actually went to Costco and shopped before ordering it. Mama will be paying more money for a 40-inch TV, but I think she’ll be much happier with it. Then to her house to talk strategy about getting the old TV out of there before returning here. It was just a little after dark when we returned, but the tablecloths Amanda had hung out this morning were already getting damp. We’re learning that you just can’t leave anything hanging on the line after sundown; never works, not even when the humidity is low.

December 30

2014

I tried using the rotating brush and the electric drill on the Dutch oven today, but it was wholly ineffective. The high-speed grinder, however. did the trick nicely and had the additional effect of smoothing the bottom of the Dutch oven beyond what I had ever accomplished by seasoning. So I used it on the entire bottom of the pot. Now I need to see whether the pot will take a good seasoning again. The Berkey water filter seems to work well as long as you don’t get in a hurry. I have it draining now and will put it up tomorrow so that it’s ready to use whenever and if ever needed.

2013

A day spent completely on family responsibilities and (of course) football. Watched at least a part of all four games that came on today. Also drafted the bulletin for January 5, reprogrammed the remote for the lodge, changed the sign at the church, and paid some bills. Late this afternoon Chris Sewell and I drove to Montgomery, picked up Mama’s TV, and delivered it to Goodwill.

December 31

2014

We focused today on washing lots of laundry ahead of the football games this afternoon and tonight. This morning I installed the horseshoe pole that I purchased yesterday. The upper corner cabinet in the barn kitchen has lost its screws again. I’ll take it off tomorrow and see about a more fundamental repair.

2013

Began the day with a session, then I drove to Montgomery to the memorial service for Chuck Till’s Dad. Then to Costco to buy Mama’s TV, then lunch with Mama and Amanda, then I drove to Pine Level to pick up longleaf pines. Then Amanda and I set up Mama’s new TV, which took far longer than either of us had expected. Then finally home for the evening to ring in the new year watching a couple of football games.

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