[Homestead] I'm baaaack!
don.bowen at earthlink.net
Wed Jul 14 19:34:00 EDT 2010
After a four week absence I finally have high speed Internet again. It
has been an eventful four weeks, I moved from Southern California to a
home in the Missouri Ozarks. The move was a lot more expensive than I
had budgeted but it is done. All of my junk, all of her junk required
my overloaded pickup pulling the biggest trailer U-Haul had, me driving
the biggest truck they had with two cats and pulling my way overloaded
16 foot tandem trailer, my wife driving a 17' truck with two dogs and
the grandson and towing her overloaded car.
The truck was a gutless wonder, there were a few hills that I was not at
all sure it would get up so the trip took a day longer than I
scheduled. The tandem trailer shredded two tires, the last late on a
Saturday afternoon and I could not find anyone to mount the extra tire I
had and my tire tools were buried deep in the trailer. I spent the last
day and a half in a constant worry about blowing another tire but we
made it all the way.
We got here and unloaded the trucks then started unpacking. The
previous owner had left a lot of stuff around, I have hauled off two big
pickup loads of trash and have burned a huge pile of junk wood. There
is still a pile of metal, two piles of stuff to donate, and a huge pile
of xmas junk. I have had to clean out places to put stuff before I
could unload my stuff, the tandem trailer was unloaded today, just over
three weeks after we arrived.
I have cleared out the garage so I can put up a temporary shop and am in
the process of putting the table saw, drill press, and joiner back
together. I have to build a couple of cabinets and some book shelves.
Meanwhile my pickup had an engine fire, I caught it in time but I need
to rebuild the wiring loom and fuel lines. My tractor also broke, I
think the torque limiting clutch has failed. I spent money I do not
have and bought another tractor so I could unload the trailer. I am
getting a friend to help me get my dead tractor and and the travel
It has been a month of get up in the morning and start working, continue
until I can no longer move, take a nap, go agaon until collapse time,
sleep and do it all over again
Don Bowen KI6DIU
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