Life Goes On

Mary is on my mind all the time and I miss the heck out of her. She asked me to start dating when she passed and I have been. Her name is Debbie and we are really getting along well. Been staying busy working on many many things. Almost have a brand new engine in the suburban straight from GM, Sorting though a couple years of receipts and unopened mail I had just filled up boxes with cause I had reached the point I had too much on my plate and couldn't keep up, finishing all the odds and ends I never got around to on the house. Almost finished remodeling the cabin on the farm except for the soffit and fascia, a few tiles around the kitchen sink and a door to hide the hot water heater and some touch up painting. Redoing the sprinkler system with the help of some friends, even made a big dent cleaning and organizing the garages! Finding out who my real friends are. Have a lot of helping hands and for that I am grateful. Hopefully in a few months when I am close to being caught up I'll be working at a friend's FFL / SOT!
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Things change

My wife of twenty plus years passed in September after a very long illness.

Mary is the smartest woman I've ever met and we were married after four weeks of dating.

It worked. I miss her.

Always a Silver Lining!

Woke up this morning tired from three steady weeks of making some repairs to the exterior of the house, got the yard all established and planted rye grass in case we get some strong rains cause all the water from the street runs down the lot lines of the house. Fertilized the yard and my neighbors, made a huge step in getting the garages cleaned up and clear walkways to get to stuff, had the deep well pump replaced and found out the water in my casing rises 14 feet from the top so am adding a hand pump to it.

Need to upload more pictures of these activities to Flickr, cause if there's no photo it didn't happen, but I'm still worn out and that will have to wait till tomorrow BUT.....

I got a phone call from my best Friend's Jim's Widow's Son this morning saying he needed to sell the Suburban and wanted me to tell people and told me what he was asking.

It's a 1985 G20 4WD Silverado eighty percent restored. Jim got it mechanical restored then stripped it and redid it in two stage with a catalyst paint, in the Classic black and silver two tone. Interior needs finished, three power door locks need replaced, needs the little bits of over spray on the window molding here and there and the rubber for the wiring harness in each door but he had put a lot of time into the truck.

He also saved my life after the wreck showing up to change the various dressing I couldn't do myself twice a day, drove me to work the first week until they could get a replacement cause I was worried people would get their internet cut off since most paid in cash.

When I got gangrene and septic he drove me to P'Cola and read the surgeon that did the second half of my hospital stay over there what must have been a serious conversations cause she had me on IV antibiotics for a week to stabilize me and made arrangements for me to have a long stay at UAB.

Three hundred miles away.

Jim Drove me there, stayed with me until I was actually in a room and made sure they had his contact number and all the other information they needed about me.

Came back five and a half weeks later and picked me up.


Antique in 2015!

Best Friend Jim's 1985 3/4 ton Suburban!

1995 G20 Silverado Suburban!


New Treads and lock out hubs!

Just an observation....

Not wanting to fuel the Ebola situation since I don't have any actual facts to throw out, but the s news dejoure seems to be focused how to get in an out of a HazMat suit properly.

I admit to being a complete novice at this but I have watched demonstration after demonstration today cause the news is on when we have hurricanes and such, and everyone starts with them taking their gloves off first, which makes sense cause typically that would be the most contaminated spot, but then I see BARE SKIN!!!!

What happened to double gloving?????

CDC Please Splurge for a second pair of gloves to be put on first and taken off last while using this gear?

But what do I know?

Simple change, pre-step one, put on sterile gloves.
Step One, follow previous memo.
Step Last, (addendum), remove sterile gloves and continue as directed.

Caption This!


Yes Honestly I have been doing many many many things at the same time and of course not completely finishing them...

Have an experienced helper that can work three months so The goal is to finish the odds and ends on the house, fix the cabin up one last time and finish the turn the roughed in office downstairs below grade into an emergency bedroom so we can relocate my wife when a hurricane gets near cause evacuating in a major system is a nightmare and once I got to wherever we were headed I could not care for her as well as we can here, so I have an exemption from the County.

I'll be making a concerted effort to document all the STUFF that I have been doing since I accidently abandoned this place hahhaha!

dern amnesia....

Finishing up the yard first cause the lot slopes so much and Florida is a pile of sand. Seems petty maybe but if I don't have a good lawn it can wash out over night in a heavy rain. It became infested with crabgrass cause I over seeded it a few years ago then foolishly used hay cause I couldn't find actual straw, to cover the new seed.

Had to kill the entire thing off in the spring to get rid of it and still have the accursed weed popping up in places but the yard is stabilized for the winter now and the centipede will fill in all the gaps next summer.

Sprinkler keeps getting run over


Get the Point?

Potted Cat!

Wuff helping out.

Manual Labor