After our day in town on Friday, we stayed busy at home yesterday. After a light breakfast of mixed berries and a half bagel each, I spent an hour or so answering emails. One was from an old friend who lives in Minnesota, telling me that she was not ready for their long, cold winter to begin. Our winters here in Alabama are not nearly as severe, but I’m not ready for it to begin either.
It was actually pretty nice during the day yesterday, and I spent some time out in the barn unboxing and setting up the Forklift Safety Cage Work Platform I recently purchased from Vevor products. Then I did some measuring and thinking about some renovations I plan to do out in the barn this winter.
One of the first steps will be to get electric power hooked up again back there. There is power to the building, but the meter was taken out at some point in the past. Before I can get it connected again, I have to update the main breaker box.
I also want to pull off the old warped and weathered wood lap siding on the front side and replace it, then cover the other three sides that are pretty much bare. There are also two freestanding rooms in the barn that I’m going to tear out with the help of our son Travis. I also want to enlarge the door on one end of the barn so I can drive in one end and out the other if I want to. I probably won’t get around to any of that until sometime after Christmas.
But for now, I’m busy playing author. In the last few days I’ve written another three chapters in my new John Lee Quarrels book. Today I will proofread them and then print them out for Terry to edit before sending them on to my other proofreaders.
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And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
Thought For The Day – Look at all the things you own but never use and think, “This used to be money.”