Saturday, July 14, 2007

Too Much Like Work

Whew! I don't know how folks work a regular 9 to 5 job all the time--that's too much like work! For this past week Denny and I have been leaving the house at 8AM and not returning until late afternoon. The bad part is--we're not getting paid for this!

Since Monday I have been working side by side with my mother and my uncle at the estate sale. Denny and my aunt have helped two of the last four days and that has made the set up go much faster. I think we can finish getting all the rooms ready today and we'll have the sale next Tuesday and Wednesday with the clean up and charity pick up set for either Thursday or the following Monday. Then Denny and I should have a breather for a while.

In between trips to Kettering, we're still going down to Cinci for garden maintenance. The deer have destroyed one tomato plant so our next move is to place mothballs in nylon net bags on each tomato stake in an effort to save the remaining eleven plants. The plants that are left are heavy with fruit so we should have a good crop if we can ward off the deer. Denny's sister Connie volunteered to handle the moth ball chore to save us an additional 100 mile round trip this week, which we appreciated. Gas prices jumped 30 cents in one day this week, although diesel prices are still hovering around $2.79.

Life had been chugging along pretty smoothly this week until we discovered a big pool of radiator coolant under the truck Thursday night after we finished eating dinner at the Der Dutchman in Waynesville. We're hoping the leak is simply a bad hose and not a bad radiator, but in the meantime, we've taken the truck to a Ford dealer and have rented a little Ford Focus for the duration. We were due to have the fluid in the rear differential changed anyway, so this unexpected repair means we'll have some regular maintenance work done also. You have to look at these things positively, right?

And the beat goes on...

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