Weekend Projects (Sunday)

Ben, Tyler, and Will at Holmberg Orchard in Gales Ferry

Okay, I have to admit.  I didn’t get everything done that I had planned.  No real surprise to anyone that knows me. But I had a productive weekend even if I didn’t finish all my projects.

In the morning I helped Ben in the workshop. I hadn’t planned on doing any woodworking, but I would never turn down an opportunity to work with either of the boys. The two boys are working on building a gift, and there isn’t much time before it needs to be done.  I cut the big boards up to size and helped Ben on the bandsaw (he is still a little timid with the bandsaw – rightfully so).  Next, all three boys took turns using the hand saws to cut out notches needed in the project.  Will and Ben even sanded for a bit (something no one likes doing -so good luck getting an 8 year old to do a good job sanding).

I didn’t skip apple picking. Will had a friend sleep over on Saturday night. He lives pretty close to the apple orchard, so when we all went apple picking on the way to dropping him off. After a quick stop by home to drop Ben off, Will and I headed up to Home Depot and Target. Will had to get a present for his brother’s birthday, and I needed to rent a jackhammer to smash up some ledge that was in the way of running power to the garage.

I didn’t get power to the garage. I did get the ledge out of the way. The next step is to run the wiring and cover the trench. I also got  the big trench filled in. I will probably need another 1/2 yard of topsoil to level out the area, but otherwise it is done. I almost finished tying in the gutter downspout to the drain – but I needed another trip to Home Depot to get the right parts, and I wasn’t about to do a third trip today.

Ben checking his saw cut depth. The boys both use Japanese pull saws for hand work - they find them easier than western style saws.

And to finish off the busy day, Ben and I went for a short bike ride. Will decided to stay home and read.

Susanna split the day between doing homework and painting the house. The house is starting to look nice – our neighbors have been stopping by to tell us how much they like the new color scheme.

My house goals for the week are to finish the gutter downspout (tomorrow) and run power to the garage (maybe tomorrow and Tuesday). Tomorrow should also be the next step in the first batch of drunken cutting boards. Maybe I’ll be able to get the sailboat out of the garage this weekend – nothing like wishful thinking.

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