Where Are We Today
Six weeks have passed since we returned home from our winter in
the south , and life is anything but normal, more about that later.
It was five days ago since I wrote that first line, I guess I got
distracted, so I had better stick to it and get this post done before Ken posts that they have returned home.
Since we have been home, we have busied ourselves with getting
"The Ridge" all set up, which I am sure you all know about by
reading Patsy's posts. In my last post, I mentioned that I started building an RC kit. To update my progress, the wing structure is framed, the leading and
trailing edges have been shaped and I am now getting ready to put the skin on
So, what else have I been up to you may ask, well let me tell you.
A couple of weeks ago now, while driving back from getting water, I saw on the
side of the road a couple of cupboards, chairs and work tables that someone had put out
for free, so I scooped them up real quick and brought them home for a use to be
Finally, I decided to put the two cupboards up in the utility
shed to help organize better then it was.
|Cupboards installed in the utility shed|
The two work tables are sitting just outside "The
Hangar" where they can be used for any project. I used to have two of
these in my hobby room at our sticks and bricks house with my band saw and
drill press on, they were sold along with other items when we sold the house.
|The two tables|
One other major repair that I have done since returning here, is
to replace the black tank dump valve, a smelly job to say the least. The valve
is located just after the tank, and opened and closed by a pull/push cable,
located inside a small compartment on the outside of the trailer.
|Here is the valve, just below the tank. The tank is located right underneath the bathroom floor.|
|The black handle is the remote pull to open the valve.|
We have had a
problem with this valve operation before and it seems to stem from the cable binding
and making it almost impossible to operate.
So I decided to replace it with a standard operating valve, where I will
just have to reach in through the basement storage area to operate the valve.
The replacement process is no easy feat, as to the confined
working space, but with some grunting, groaning and a little blue air from an old
man, I and a little help from Patsy got the job done.
|Not an easy feat.|
|Here is the new one installed.|
Now back to life, it is anything but normal. By now we are all getting
tired of the physical distancing, the constant news stories, who's right, wrong
or indifferent. In the beginning, we came home, did our isolation and practiced the physical distancing. I have to admit that I was at first upset by people that ignored the whole thing and said they were going to
live their lives. I wanted to give them my two cents worth, but old age has
calmed those impulses. I realize that
they are entitled to their opinions and I have to respect that, so I do.
We all have to decide what to believe from articles published by
so called experts and news agencies. I for one , do not believe all the
stories from the news , as stories have been proven false.
Our two countries were built on freedom through democracy, we say
freedom came from the wars fought and the lives lost, and we should not forget
that. Freedom also came with responsibility, to live by the laws made by those
we elected to govern us, along with the right to march, protest and demonstrate
peacefully to try and change those laws. I hope we all can remember that.
|Home on the Ridge|
Both our countries, each state /province, county, townships within
counties, towns and cities are handling
this in degrees of difference, hard to fathom or make sense of.
Normal cannot come soon
enough. For my friends and family, from
now on, the next time we meet, if you are open to shaking hands or giving hugs,
I am too. If not, I respect that as well. Remember, as with any cold, flu or sickness be sensible, wash your hands,
cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and if you are sick, stay home, protect those who are at risk, especially the elderly.
That's my rant, no more said.
Thanks for tuning in, until the next time stay safe, healthy and