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My thoughts released; a mind set free
These pages contain my thoughts, from meandering ideas and persuasions to deep cerebrations and serious mentations.

Why, for what purpose? To release my mind and set creativity free. Somewhere inside the constraints of my mind dwells a writer, a poet, an artist who paints with words. In here I release those constraints and set the artist free.

Perhaps, lost somewhere in the depths of thought, is a story or a poem, waiting to be written.

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September 24, 2017 at 4:05pm
September 24, 2017 at 4:05pm
#920833
Almost time to leave for work so another short entry. It's another cold and wet day, but sources tell me it's a lot slower at work, so it should be a pretty good night. It feels kind of strange leaving this late for work on a Sunday, since I normally would have been there by eleven. But, the double coverage hours have ended and now I'll have a little more time on the weekends.

I would have gotten in here sooner, but ended up visiting with a childhood friend in Facebook Messenger. Seems we always have nice conversations, makes me wonder why they are so few and far between. I reckon I may just have to do something about that.

I found in my mail a wonderful surprise, someone read and reviewed, by chapter, a novel I wrote a few years ago for NaNoWriMo. It's just the rough draft, as it flowed from my mind through my fingers onto the computer, so likely it was a difficult read. Still, she read the entire novel and commented/reviewed each chapter with some very positive feedback. Maybe this year for NaNoWriMo, I'll go through and edit that thing and see about getting it out there for some more feedback.

Now, it's time to head out, maybe if it stays slow enough, I can work on a couple of items while I wait to return home.
September 24, 2017 at 12:14am
September 24, 2017 at 12:14am
#920807
It's Saturday night here, just a few minutes after eleven at night. I knew I wouldn't have much time to get into WdC today, since I worked a long shift, but I at least wanted to get an entry in before midnight my time. Since I worked all day, I don't have much to talk about except work and the things that happened at work; boring, I know.

Another choice would be the weather, since we all have some. Yesterday was in the lower nineties and very humid with a stiff wind blowing; a very muggy day. It cooled down nice last night right before the thunderstorms arrived and it was nice to have the fans in the windows.

By the time we turned in for the night, it was raining, thundering, and lightning. Of course, this meant closing the windows and once again, it was hot and humid in the house, very uncomfortable for sleeping. The power went out around one-thirty this morning, shortly after we had gone to bed; so much for the fans circulating the muggy air. Luckily the power was back on by two this morning and I managed to get a decent nights sleep, even if it was a short night.

Today was cold, barely climbing into the lower sixties before dropping back into the lower fifties. We had high humidity, lots of rain, and several thunderstorms. From hot and humid to cold and damp, it will be a wonder if we don't both end up sick, especially since we never got a chance to really dry off at work. Tomorrow will be more of the same, in fact, it's sounding like it will stay like this until mid week.

On the upside, I did get my wipers fixed and driving to work and home was no problems. Well except for the heavy rain, it meant a slow drive home, but hey, better safe than in the ditch.

Anyway, that's an entry for the day, now off to check out a few other things around the site before retiring.



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"Reading soothes the soul, writing sets it free." T.J.

September 22, 2017 at 7:16pm
September 22, 2017 at 7:16pm
#920756
Yesterday I set off to work with intentions of working on a couple of writing items, but that got blasted straight to hell. It was just too damn busy at work to do anything. Not only busy, but one of those days where you wonder if these people are in reality zombies out meandering about. It was also very warm and excessively humid, making it all uncomfortable, on top of being busy and dealing with mindless zombies.

Today would have been a good day to try getting some work done on the said items, but again, my plans were foiled. Of course, I knew I had other things to do, so it was no surprise. I had lost my wipers on the car driving home a few nights past and needed to get them fixed. I had the parts, but no time until today, my only day off before the weekend; one forecasting lots of rain and thunderstorms. So, the wipers are now fixed and I'm ready to go, rain or shine.

I also know I won't get any much, if any time to work on these items over the weekend. Weekends are always busy, and tomorrow is the last day of the "big" sale, unless they extend it again, like they have for the last seven weeks. Also, tomorrow is our last day of double coverage, so I have a long day, going in at 10:30 and likely not getting home until 11:00 or later.

I am hoping to at least get an entry in here tomorrow and Sunday, if not, I will return on Monday and resume the Battle of the Mojo.
September 21, 2017 at 4:33pm
September 21, 2017 at 4:33pm
#920714
OK, enough of this sitting here looking at a blank page trying to think of something to write. Ideas come and go, I start typing then clear the feeble start to a subject. Even as I start again, distractions and wondering thoughts fight to interfere and halt the process... It's the Battle of Mojo I tell you.

I'm talking of my Inspirational Mojo, of course. I had lost it for quite some time but found it while out camping. It just showed up one evening while talking around a fire. Now, I find it's trying to escape me once again and I'm fighting a battle to hold fast to the mojo high-grounds.

I explained about the missing mojo five entries back and then how I found it two entries ago. In summary, it returned while talking around a campfire with my wife and a couple of friends. One minute I was telling of an experience toasting marshmallows and the next, a humorous story began to just flow; that, my friends, is my Inspirational Mojo.

I've been wanting to develop the story I shared that evening ever since we returned, but it's just not happening. Normally, I can't stop the mojo from flowing, it's just there and thoughts and ideas flow from it like an artesian spring, but now it's like trying to pump water from an unprimed pump; I know the story is there but I can't get it out.

I do have a plan, however, to prime the pump and get the mojo flowing. I was invited by a person who had reviewed one of my stories to do a fill-in-the-blank story he has in his port. With no mojo, I have no idea what to write, but I'm going to accomplish this task. It's a battle, one I plan to win.

I've already gained some ground in this Battle of Mojo. While thinking on some idea for the story, a simple little rhyme surfaced from within. Yes, a trickle of mojo flowed in the form of a limerick. Of course, until the mojo flows freely again, the limerick is also undeveloped; that is another task I plan on completing to win this battle.

I will retake Mojo!
September 20, 2017 at 2:13pm
September 20, 2017 at 2:13pm
#920656
My plans from yesterday were to spend a bit more time in WdC today, but last nights weather forced a change in plans.

I knew we were supposed to get rain and possibly a thunderstorm yesterday, with the chances increasing as the day passed. the worst wasn't suppose to hit until about midnight, which would have seen me safely home before the worst of the weather arrived.

But, the rain didn't come when it was suppose to, it waited until later in the evening; the storms, however, decided to arrive earlier than scheduled. The last couple hours of my shift were filled with rain, some light, some heavy. There was a lot of lightning and some gusting winds, but nothing severe. By the time I got done with work and started my drive home, it was light rain and a bit of lightning, nothing severe.

Shortly after, however, some heavy rain arrived, stronger winds, and a lot of lightning ripping through the dark skies. With wipers on high, I proceeded on my way, enjoying the beauty of the storm as it passed over. Half way home, the enjoyment came to an abrupt end when extremely heavy rain and powerful gusts of wind made it impossible to see much, even with the wipers swishing back and forth at their highest speed.

I of course reduced speed, and since there was very little traffic, focused my attention on staying on my side of the road and continued towards the turn off that would point me towards home. As I climbed the hill right before this turn, the storm hit with vengeful force. My little car was being buffeted relentlessly by the winds, the amount of rain, driven by powerful winds made it impossible to travel at speeds over twenty miles per hour, and I slowed even more as I forced my ride to hold the proper lane of the highway.

As I peaked the top of the hill, the sound of the storm was deafening. Visibility dropped to a point were I could barely see past the hood, the beams from my headlights drowning in the downpour. I managed to get to the shoulder of the road with plans to sit there until the worst passed over. But even as I pulled onto the shoulder, the force of the wind began sliding the car back onto the highway. It also was tipping the car as if it desired to roll me across the highway and down into the opposite ditch. It's difficult to know, but it seemed as if there were a few times the passenger side tires left the road and the tilt of the vehicle was enough to send items sliding to the drivers side.

I couldn't come to a complete stop, for fear of getting blown right off the road my only option was to creep along and attempt to force my way against the wind and hold to my shoulder of the road. It was at this point that the drivers side windshield wiper blew right off the windshield, hanging at a useless position on my side mirror. The passenger side wiper was still functioning, but the drivers side was done for. As another blast of wind again tried to roll me over, the passenger side wiper gave way to the force of the wind and stopped halfway down the drivers side of the car.

Without them, I could see nothing but a river of water flowing from the force of the wind across my windshield and had to come to a full stop and hope for the best. It wasn't the best, but it was enough of a drop in the ferocity of the storm for me to see again; very limited, but enough to crawl along to my turn and continue towards home.

It's at this point that there are two slews, one on each side of the road, that I had to pass. No shoulders, just a drop on either side to the murky waters. The rain had let up substantially, and I proceeded at a safe speed. As I passed between these two bodies of water, the wind again struck with gale force and waves of water from the slew to my left washed over my car. It may have been safest to stop right there and wait it out, but I was concerned that the force of the wind, along with the amount of water pounding the driver's side of the car, could and would, push me over the embankment. I crossed at a snails pace.

Once safely across, I felt my way to the side of the road, since the rain had intensified again and I couldn't see anything. Here I stopped and called Rhonda to let her know I wasn't moving until the storm let up and I could see to drive again. As the storm let up, I got out and put the wipers back to their home position, then proceeded at a very reduced speed with my flashers on, even though I had not seen another motorist out.

The storm continued to diminish and eventually I was able to increase speed to about forty miles per hour and made it home. Of course, it was much later than normal, and I was a bit wound up from the stressful drive, so I wasn't at all ready to go to bed anytime soon. It also means that when I finish this entry, I need to go out and look at the wipers and find out what broke as well as how to fix them.

Luckily, the forecast has changed and it's looking like nice dry weather for the next few days, so if needed, I can still drive the car to work this afternoon and tomorrow. I have Friday off and can, if needed, spend it working on my wipers.
September 19, 2017 at 2:10pm
September 19, 2017 at 2:10pm
#920607
We had a very wonderful time camping for the past five days despite the first few days being wet and cold. We did find out the old tent isn't waterproof anymore, but we were prepared and stretched a tarp over the tent to keep the rain from seeping through. A few things got wet, but nothing major. Lots of mud around the campsite, but it did not interfere with us having fun; the rain let up both Friday and Saturday by early afternoon and we enjoyed all five days.

We started our adventure on Thursday, a bit later than we had hoped, but still got set up and enjoyed a fire before turning in. Our friends arrived Friday just after the rain stopped and we shared our evening meal and spent the evening around the campfire catching up on things.

Saturday we took the kayaks out and explored the shoreline to the east for a while, but had to turn around and return when dark clouds and strong winds picked up. Of course, the wind was from the west, so we had to fight heavy waves and gusting winds to get back to the landing site. Most of the shoreline we had traveled was rocky and there was no way we could pull up on shore to wait it out; it would have been a few hours wait anyway.

Despite the heavy waves and difficult task of paddling against the wind, all five of us made it safely back to the landing. We were tired and plenty wet from waves breaking over the kayaks, but it was a fun experience. I should add that there were four kayaks and four people, the fifth was our dog Hannah taking turns riding with me or with Rhonda.

After returning to the campsite, we changed into dry cloths, enjoyed a nice lunch and then set out hiking. It was a difficult hike climbing up the hills, but we all had a great time. We returned to camp for a nice supper and another night around the fire.

Sunday was a beautiful day and we spent a few hours out in the kayaks exploring the opposite side of the lake and then back to explore along the west side of the campground. After, we had another wonderful lunch, then went out with our friends to play some disc golf. Rhonda and I had never tried it, so it was a learning experience, and like kayaking, our friends now have us hooked.

Sunday evening we all enjoyed another wonderful meal together, then pulled our chairs around the campfire and talked, roasted marshmallows, and had a wonderful night. Some time into the night my mojo returned. We had been reminiscing on days-gone-by when I found it.

I had been sharing an experience from my youth, roasting marshmallows with some other kids when one of them set his tasty tidbit alight. He waved his stick back and forth to put out the flaming treat when it launched off his stick and landing on the seat of the picnic table just as his grandpa sat down. Of course he sat right on the thing and had some colorful exclamations; us children had some good laughs.

That's all it took to get my mojo to return. Rhonda happened to set her toasted treat afire and it just popped in my mind and flowed from my mouth. A little story of a flaming marshmallow and then on to setting half the campground alight. Next came fictitious creature that lived in the lake and soon everyone was laughing so hard their sides hurt.

I'll have to work on a short story now, based on this tall tale from the campfire, and will be sharing it with everyone soon.

For now, it's our first day back home, and also our return to work, so the tale will have to wait a bit, but I do plan on working a little on it through the week, as work permits.
September 14, 2017 at 1:07pm
September 14, 2017 at 1:07pm
#920334
I should be packing and loading up for our camping trip, but instead I find I've made a slight detour. I was packing and getting things ready, and as I passed by my laptop, I seen it was still on. Since it will be nearly a week before I return, I stopped by to shut it off. So far, right on task.

But, instead of shutting down, I find myself sitting down and logging into WdC for one last blog entry before I shut down and head out. This is number four and the last entry before I head out camping. With no internet at the campground, it may likely be my last entry until I get back. However, since I will have my cell phone with, I may just log in on that and possibly make a short entry.

Nothing certain, we will just go with the flow and see what happens. I tend to think I will be preoccupied with other activities, but there will be times when I may be inactive and checking the site.

Now, off I go. Have a fantastic weekend -- see you next week.
September 13, 2017 at 4:44pm
September 13, 2017 at 4:44pm
#920286
Yes, the end has come. One last night at work and then five days of camping and relaxing. Also, since I won't have internet, this will be my last blog entry. Finally, I will only have one last ten hour shift on Saturday after we return, then no more double coverage and shorter work days. As you can see, a few ends are here.

Along with the ends, there will be new beginnings, and I'm hoping one of them will be getting in here more often and becoming more active in here as well. I'm also hoping that five days of no work and lots of relaxing and fun will help me find my missing inspirational mojo and I will be back to writing again.

Now, with time running out, I need to get ready for work and bid you all farewell... Have a terrific weekend.
September 12, 2017 at 3:38pm
September 12, 2017 at 3:38pm
#920223
Day three, I really am on a roll. It will be a short one, since I'll be heading out Thursday for five days of camping and won't have internet, but I'm hoping to really get back into the site after we return; blogging, reading and reviewing, and hopefully some writing. I really do need to get some reviews written, especially for the fine folks who have been reviewing my items.

It has been a very long time since I've done any writing, which is not normal for me. Sure, I have my periods of inactivity and even some writer's block from time to time, but never for this long. For me, writing isn't a hobby, it's a part of who I am and how I think. I am an introvert and writing is my main outlet.

It's difficult to explain. We all need our down time and find it in different ways. For me, to get away means I lose myself within myself and my writing. I'm one of those people who's mind is always active, thinking about all sorts of stuff all the time. things that need to be done, problems, solutions, etc... I enjoy many different activities, but even while doing them, my mind continues to be bombarded with all these thoughts. But, when I write I turn inward and for a while there is nothing but the story running in my mind.

This has always been the case, even as a young child, I could weave the most fantastic stories. Fictional stories told so well, some of my teachers had to consult my parents to find out if it was just a story or reality.

No writing for this long goes beyond having a rough spot, it goes beyond writer's block...I've lost my Inspirational Mojo!
September 11, 2017 at 3:45pm
September 11, 2017 at 3:45pm
#920156
Entries here two days in a row... Wow! It may not be much more than some meandering ruminations, but it feels good to write something. It also feels good to have made it in to WdC twice already this week.

Three more days of work this week and then a five day vacation. In fact, three fairly short days, then pack up and head out to the campground for five days of relaxing and having fun. I'm really looking forward to getting away from everything for a while. And, next week also is the end of our double coverage and shorter work days for both Rhonda and I. Next week is supposed to be the end of the so-called sale they have been running for the last six weeks, which should make the weekends a little less hectic.

Speaking of this big sale they run at least once a month, how can people be so gullible to think they are actually saving money? I know, many times a person can get a great deal with sales promotions, but the sale we have is nothing about customers saving money, it's all about the store making more money.

Because we don't have much money, we watch prices closely and do our best to get the best deals we can. Knowing this big sale was coming up, we put off making a big purchase thinking it would be cheaper during the sale. But, instead of being marked down, the price had been increased enough that it was still more expensive during the sale than it was before!

After noticing this, we began to watch prices before and during this big sale event, and just about everything is marked up enough that the sale price is actually higher than if the item was purchased before or after the sale. In fact, some items don't even go back down after the sale, but are marked up even higher when the next big sale hits. Yes, you get a nice big rebate back, but even with this rebate, your paying more during the sales.

Even so, people drive crazy distances to shop during these bit sales, and they buy a lot of merchandise, thinking they are saving money. One would think, after a time, customers would begin to figure this out. Yet each time one of these sales is on, people swarm the store to take advantage of being taken advantage of. The old saying, "A fool and his money are soon parted" holds true...
September 10, 2017 at 1:23pm
September 10, 2017 at 1:23pm
#920087
It's been almost two weeks since I wrote anything here, so a quick update on what's happening.

We are still doing double coverage on weekends, and they are still super busy. By Monday I'm feeling exhausted and ready for a couple of shorter shifts and then some time off on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Three days off, sounds great, right?

It is great, and Rhonda get's the same three days off with me. So, we should have lots of time to enjoy together, as well as to spend in places like here. But, after the long hours this summer, it's also time to get caught up on things around the house. Also, I had to give the Jimmy a tune-up, replace the front brakes, and change the oil and oil filter. I should add, there is very little room and even the simplest job on that thing is difficult and time consuming.

Then, the grass needed to be cut, and even working together, it's about four hours of work. We also trimmed up a few trees, cut a few down, and burnt a bunch of dead-wood piled on a huge willow stump. We got it all done, but now it's back to work and yesterday was another typical Saturday; busy and crazy. On top of the normal busy and crazy, there seemed to be an additional amount of nuts, cooks, and confused people coming through. In short, it was a very trying, very tiring, and very long day.

Today has been a bit better, so I haven't had to go in to work quite yet. As soon as I finish this entry, I will. Rhonda is keeping me posted on how busy it is there. Even though it's a little slower so far, she has informed me it's still super crazy and to expect just about anything.

This week we both have to work an extra day, but then we have our week long camping vacation and our first weekend off since last winter. We will be going to a state campground with some friends from Minnesota. We leave Thursday afternoon and won't return until Monday evening. Since there isn't any WiFi, I wanted to write in here now, just in case I don't get another chance until we return.

I would also like to add, Happy Birthday, WdC!
August 29, 2017 at 2:09pm
August 29, 2017 at 2:09pm
#919059
It's been some time since I made an entry, again. Time is the biggest issue right now, along with motivation; I seem to be running short on both. But, on the bright side, I seem to have an over-abundance of procrastination...

Summer is our busy season at work, more hours and longer days to cover the schedule. This year it started earlier than most. Normally we see the change right before Memorial Day and it continues through to Labor Day. This year we started picking up more hours in April. Similarly, we are continuing our extended hours past Labor day. At the current time it's looking like mid September before we end the double coverage at work.

This has resulted in me putting in some long days, so even on my days off, I'm feeling very burned out and unmotivated. To counter the effects of work, I have been trying to get more fun time in on my days off. We did get in a few camping trips and have spent some time kayaking, which gets me out of the house and away from anything work related. It also keeps me from getting into WDC and makes it difficult to write.

I find the biggest set-back is just plain motivation, I'm tired and burned out and just can't seem to get my imaginative mojo going.

But, another few weeks and things should settle back down a bit at work. Less hours needed to cover the schedule and shorter days at work. We also have a nice vacation coming up; a full week off camping with friends.

Hopefully, after we return from vacation and start our fall schedule, I can fall back into a nice routine of writing and spending time here, in WDC...
August 17, 2017 at 5:11pm
August 17, 2017 at 5:11pm
#917765
My last entry was back in March; way to long of a time span. Now, September is just around the corner and soon things will slow down a bit again. Even so, it's going to be a rough transition, since everyone is planning on taking a vacation.

I suppose, since it was a rough transition into spring, this is kind of fitting. We started our extended hours earlier this spring, as well as double coverage, and to be truthful, I'm beginning to feel a bit burned out.

I know the long shifts and busy days have contributed a lot to this, but even more is the reality that I don't really get any down time. Yes, there have been days off, and yes we did get in a few camping trips and some kayaking, but it's not the same as the time I need to unwind and relax.

I am an introvert and need my alone time. This is the time I spend reflecting and writing, as well as staying in touch with myself. This spring and summer have not provided me with much time for anything, and even less time to myself, and I'm really feeling it. It is also evident in the time I have spent in WdC and in the fact that I have not done any writing for months.

A couple more weeks and I should be reaching that light at the end of the tunnel, more time for everything, and most important, more time for myself.
March 31, 2017 at 2:31pm
March 31, 2017 at 2:31pm
#908043
It's Friday already and my last entry was on Monday; kind of indicates what kind of week I had. Last Monday I was enjoying a somewhat peaceful day, but had to work that evening. I was, however, looking forward to having the next three days off, getting my car back on the road, and spending a bit more time in WDC. However, things seldom go according to plan. I will say, as of Tuesday morning, things were still looking pretty good.

I spent most of the day working on the car and had just finished removing the damaged parts when the new parts were delivered. It was quite a job and I was ready to stop working for the day, so I put cleaned up my tools and put everything away, thinking it would be a short job to put it all back together on Wednesday.

Wednesday's job proved to be much more difficult and I was just finishing up When Rhonda got home form work. She was suppose to have the day off, but one of the guards called in Tuesday, his grandmother had passed away, so she worked Wednesday for him. She had just gotten home when I was finishing up on the car, so we took it for a test drive, then made dinner and enjoyed a quiet evening. Again, I had little time for anything other than my temporary job as a mechanic.

I had to retire early Wednesday night since I had to cover the opening shift on Thursday. That meant getting up at three-thirty and not getting home until about noon. Once home, it was a quick lunch and then nap time. I was pretty tired since I usually work the closing shift and I'm not used to getting to bed much before midnight. Of course, I hadn't slept very well, had a long morning, and even after a nap, was feeling pretty exhausted from the morning shift and the two days of working on the car.

I woke today feeling better, more rested, and managed to get caught up on faxes and paperwork. Then it was a little time in here and soon, off to work again. It will be another long weekend at work, and I'm sure hoping next week, when I finally get a few days off, will be better than this past week was.
March 27, 2017 at 2:17pm
March 27, 2017 at 2:17pm
#907722
Ah, Monday; a bit more peaceful day finally, and a very beautiful day on top of it. I worked some long hours over the weekend and will likely be doing so for the rest of the summer. Being down to one vehicle made it even more hectic and tiring, but hopefully I will get the repairs finished on my car tomorrow if the parts come in and I can get the damaged parts removed.

I did manage to squeeze in here for a short time yesterday before having to leave for work, and to my surprise I found one of my items listed in Newsfeed Highlights. Maybe it's just me, but I found this to be quite an honor; it really made me feel good. I also received some wonderful reviews on the item as well as one on a poem I had written recently. It made my day and was quite a pleasant way to exit WDC and head in to work.

Not much else to write about today, and Hannah, my dog, is talking to me from the living room. She just seen the neighbor go past walking her dog and is telling me, "Hey, look, he gets to go for a walk; it's sunny and nice out, take me for a walk too." So, knowing she isn't going to give me any peace until I take her outside to enjoy the beautiful day, I will take a break and go outside and throw her Frisbee for a while. I hope to get back in to WDC yet this afternoon.
March 24, 2017 at 3:08pm
March 24, 2017 at 3:08pm
#907502
Wow, five days since I wrote anything; my last I was thinking about kayaking. Well, the weather has turned colder, but still getting above freezing and the ice is still melting off the lakes, slowly. Still looks like I may be able to get the kayaks out in the water in a couple weeks.

In the meantime, what's the deal with no entry in the last five days? Well, I worked Sunday and Monday, so not much time. I was off Tuesday but had a busy day. I drove my wife to work in the Jimmy, then returned home and pulled my car into the driveway. It had gotten very muddy out by the road and almost impassable, but my wonderful wife dug a trench so the water could drain. I needed to get the car up by the garage so I could investigate a noise it's been making.

The garage is barely big enough to park the car in when it's empty, and since it's packed full, no room at all. So, I had to get the car close to the garage so I could work on it. I was hoping for the best, but it was more towards the worst of my expectations. I jacked it up and removed the left front wheel and rotor and these pretty silver balls fell out. Yes, the front bearing had gone to pieces. So, it's looking like kind of a bigger job than I was expecting.

I did find replacement parts on Amazon for a good price and should have them by Tuesday. So, now it's time to remove the busted part, but that's looking like a difficult job. Before I can tackle it, I need to clean the garage out, since it's become a handy place to just stuff things without taking time to put them away. I'll be working on that this afternoon and hopefully will also have time to work on the car some.

The bad part is, we are now down to one vehicle and it's going to make working this weekend a pain and even more time consuming. I likely will have little time to get back in here to make another entry until Tuesday, if things work well. If not, then maybe Wednesday.
March 19, 2017 at 1:32pm
March 19, 2017 at 1:32pm
#907156
Another beautiful day, sunny and almost fifty degrees, we should hit the lower sixties this afternoon. It's windy out, but that's fine with me, it will dry up some of the mud and melt the rest of the snow. Again, the only down side is having to go into work in a couple hours and not being able to enjoy the nice day.

On my way to work yesterday I seen a bit of open water on the lake. Not much, but it's a start; the warm weather, sunshine, and wind should thaw the ice quite a bit today. You likely figured out that I'm eager for the ice to melt off the lakes. "Why?"

My wife, Rhonda, and I tried kayaking last summer and loved it. Last fall we purchased a couple of kayaks and had a couple of opportunities to try them out before we had to stow them for the winter. We have been patently waiting through winter to take them out again. It would be ideal to wait until all the ice is off the lakes and the water temperature is warmer, but that could be another two or three months, depending on how nice of a spring we have.

Like me, Rhonda is eager to get the kayaks out of storage and back in the water. She even suggested taking them out as soon as there is enough open water along the shoreline. We could also launch them in the Sioux river close by, which is now fully open. It's a pretty slow flowing river unless there's flooding, so it wouldn't be terribly difficult to keep the kayaks upright. But, the biggest concern is our inexperience and the possibility of flipping them over and landing in the frigid water. It wouldn't be terribly bad id we were close to the landing and the vehicle, so we could get out of the water and into dry cloths. But, if we are any distance away, it's going to be a very cold walk back to the truck.

I suspect that our eagerness will win out over common sense and we will be out in the kayaks soon. But, I do know we will prepare for the worst just in case we end up going for a frigid dip in the icy waters. If we take them out on a lake, we will have to remain close to the landing, and if we venture out on the river, we will need to pack dry cloths, towels, and a portable heater along with us.

I've almost got myself convinced, now it's just a matter of waiting for the ice to melt a bit more.
March 18, 2017 at 3:25pm
March 18, 2017 at 3:25pm
#907094
What a beautiful spring like day! We have sunshine with just a few clouds, very little wind, and it's almost forty degrees already. The dumping of snow we received on Sunday is melting fast, the spring birds are back, and I seen a little bit of open water on the lake. The only down side to all this is work, which I have to get ready for shortly. But, even that isn't much of a down side since I work outside and it's beautiful out. A light jacket and sweatshirt should do just fine, especially since it's going to stay above freezing tonight.

I had Hannah, our dog out for a while earlier and looked to see what's wrong with my car. I hit a couple of huge snowdrifts Sunday and packed the entire engine compartment full of snow. I was surprised there wasn't any serious damage done after I thawed it out. The only two things I fond wrong are squeaking brakes and my speedometer quit working.

The brakes look fine and have plenty of wear left, so no idea why the squeak sometimes. Next week when I have more time I'll have to pull the tires off and look them over to see if something is caught up in the mechanism. As for the speedometer, it's kind of baffling. It's an older car and has a cable assembly to run the speedometer. The cable itself looks fine and it is secured properly to the transmission. I have noticed it quit working a few time over the winter, when we had extreme cold. The needle on the dash would climb and fall until things warmed up, then it would work fine.

I can't get at it without removing other items, so it will also have to wait until next week. It is either not engaging properly in the transmission or in the speedometer itself. With the cold making it malfunction, as well as the snow being packed around the transmission makes me think it's the transmission end that's messed up. I'm hoping for an easy fix, but may have to replace the cable itself. Being an older car, parts can be a bit difficult to find and I may have to order it online.

March 17, 2017 at 12:51pm
March 17, 2017 at 12:51pm
#907020
Last entry was on the 13th and I haven't been very active on the site most of the week. It all started with this past weekend...

My normal work week is Friday through Monday for the winter and business tends to be a bit slow until May. But, the last few weeks have been kind of busy. Friday, for some reason, was even busier and I was tired and looking forward to getting home. But right at closing time a couple of people showed up at the yard and I was running late getting things locked up and into the store. Once inside, I discovered that they were putting up sales, and would have to stay later, until they finished.

A quick side note about my job, I'm a security guard for a home improvement center and work in the yard. Once the store closes, I wait inside until everyone is out of the store, ensure everything is locked up, then exit with management, ensure they set the alarm and lock the door, then I'm done and can go home.

So, back to Friday. I should have been out of the store and home by about 10:00, but because of the sales being posted, it was pushing 11:00. In looking at the bright side, I figured they wouldn't be posting any sales on Saturday now, so I should be home by 10:00, which, with the time change, would be nice.

Saturday was another busy night, but I was able to close up the yard on time and after doing a security walk of the yard was inside on time, only to find the store was taking down the current sale and putting up another sale for the upcoming week. Tonight went even slower and instead of getting home by 10:00, it was after 11:00 by the time I got home. With the clocks advanced for Daylight Savings Time, it was after midnight when I went to bed.

Sunday I woke at my usually time, but with the time change, it was now almost 9:00 and I had to rush a bit to get my time in WdC, get my stuff ready for work and get to work on time. Sunday's my shift starts earlier, but the store closes at 8:00 so I'm usually out of there by quarter after. Last Sunday, however, a snow storm had moved in and I wanted to get to work earlier so my wife could get home before the roads got bad. I clocked in around noon and had an extremely slow day because of the storm. Three people ventured back to the yard in the storm over an eight hour period.

By 7:00 o'clock that evening it was looking like I would be locking up the yard a little early and be out of the store shortly after 8:00. But, with just twenty minutes left to go, a semi shows up and the store manager decides to unload him before we leave. It usually takes about an hour to unload one of these deliveries since they are pulling both an enclosed trailer and a flat trailer. This night was no different and it was pushing 8:30 by the time he was unloaded and exiting the yard.

With the winter storm raging on, snow was drifting in the yard and what snow plowing was done was just enough to keep the main lanes open, with a couple of huge piles at both ends of the yard. For some unknown reason, the trucker decides it would be better to try and run through one of these instead of backing up and avoiding it. You guessed it, he got stuck. It took over a half an hour of shoveling and throwing sand to get him moving again, so it was now after 9:00 by the time I was able to lock up the yard.

By quarter past 9:00, I was on my way home. It was still snowing, the wind had picked up even more so it was drifting and difficult to see, and I had twenty five miles to drive. I seemed to be the last person out on the roads and had to dodge snowdrifts all the way home. Of course, I couldn't dodge all of them, but most I did have to push through were smaller drifts and things were going pretty well, just slow. It took another hour to drive home.

The last mile and a half things got even worse. There was no way to avoid the bigger drifts, so I had to drive in the center of the road and get up enough speed to bust through them. Consider I'm driving an older model Dodge Aries, front wheel drive and close to the ground. Some of the drifts were high enough that in pushing through them, snow would pile up onto the hood and my headlights were packed full of the sticky stuff. But, I managed to get to town only to find a humongous drift on the railroad tracks.

I live just past these tracks, so I stepped on the gas and hit the drift with enough force to push through it. I almost got hung up in it, but the tires grabbed enough to half pull, half spin as I came out the other side. I had snow everywhere, but I was home. I pulled into th drive, parked, and carried my gear inside.

I was exhausted from the long weekend, and now after driving through the storm, I was ready to just get into bed and pass out. Monday morning I woke to sunshine and cold temperatures, but the storm had passed and the plows were out. My wife left for work and I spent a quiet day relaxing and just taking it easy. One last night of work and then three days off.

But, when it came time to leave for work, the car started very hard. Once it was running, it was misfiring and making all sorts of strange noises. It was froze up so much it didn't want to move. I let it run a few minutes more and then tried to back up again. It moved but it was reluctant, the steering was difficult and the brakes didn't work. I pulled back into the drive and shut it off, then opened the hood and looked inside. Snow, nothing but snow packed everywhere.

Well, I didn't make it in to work Monday, and spent the time trying to dig the snow out from under the hood. Tuesday I put a heater in front of the car to melt some more of it out. I don't have a garage, so it wasn't the most efficient way to melt the snow. The last few days were above thawing, so the weather helped, but yesterday I ended up putting the heater back in front of the car and blasting heat under the front while I used a blow-dryer to melt snow from on top of the engine.

The good news is, once I had the snow all melted, the engine dried, and most of the ice busted loose from things, it started right up and ran fine. I looked everything over good and could find no damage done from the drive home. Just in time to return to work today; I hope this week goes better.
March 13, 2017 at 3:41pm
March 13, 2017 at 3:41pm
#906725
Well then! I had an entry just about done and the power flickered out. So much for my entry, and not enough time to even begin to re-write it. So, it's get ready for work, grab a bite to eat, and off I go. I likely won't have time to write after work since they start staying open later tonight, but tomorrow I hope to spend a bit more time here with everyone.

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