We finished the closet, finally, and cleaned up the rubble. That’s it for indoor major projects for this year. Normally we celebrate Deborah’s birthday early in September, but with her away on Saskatoon for her preceptorship for much of the month and working when she was back home the opportunity slipped away as far as formal celebrations.
We and the Meadow Lake clan travelled to Edmonton for Ansel’s birthday celebration. The celebration included a trip to the Alberta Aviation Museum as well as the usual cake, ice cream and gifts.
Other September Stuff
There were several dead trees either near the house or leaning in such a way as I was too nervous to try to fall them myself. It only takes one letter to change fall into fail. Ernie mentioned a tree service that would come in and do the job for a price. The price seemed reasonable to the cost of my doing it wrong or doing nothing and having a tree take out the house or the fifth wheel. The tree guy (let me know of a better word if you have one. Arborist seems too classy.) climbs almost to the top of each tree trimming off branches on his way up. On his way down he chain saws the tree into six or eight foot chunks which fall close to the base of the tree. Some of these trees have been dead for a couple of years. I wouldn’t climb a ladder leaning against them, but up he goes with a belt, spurs and a chain saw. Down comes the tree.
I went for my annual eye test locally and ordered new glasses online. The prescription has stabilized. My new improved eyes are really good for distance but need readers. Progressives are handy. I am habituated to wearing glasses. This avoids random eye pokes and avoids having to locate readers all the time.
Meadow Lake held a street fair with local crafts people and vendors setting up tables and bouncy castles. That was a pleasant way to spend less than an hour on a fall Saturday.
We travelled to Lloydminster for Juanita to have a root canal. Stayed overnight to be there for an early morning appointment. Looked for recommended diner but closed that day of week. Went to A&W for lunch. Teen Burger special ended the day before. Tried something else than a Teen Burger. Yech! Went to donair place for dinner. Even better than our fav place in Edmonton. Morning of root canal we sat outside the wrong door until dentist’s office texted “where are you?” from behind the right door.
Weather was clear and calm the day I picked to clean the chimney. Recording the date on the access door I realized it was within one day of same date the last couple of years. The chimney pretty clean, with little build up in the last year. We get the chimney hot each burn before cutting back on combustion air. We’re away a lot. Doesn’t take much to heat a tiny house with foot thick walls.