Friday, September 19, 2014

When I'm 64

Today was my birthday.  It was a beautiful day, made better by being with family and friends.

When this album came out, I was in high school.  I never thought it would one day be me.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Thursday was a nice day here in Bleecker.  I brought my camera, of course, and decided to snap pics of whatever caught my fancy.

I plowed rocks, for the second time, using my tractor's back blade set at an angle.  It's like plowing snow, except I'm pushing rocks off to one side to make it easier to gather.

Fall is definitely on the way.

Bessie the Tractor...

and attachments.  That's a gravel scoop on the left, and back blade in the middle.

And this is an auger.  I break a lot of shear pins because of all the rocks here, but it saves a lot of back breaking labor.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

More Star Trails

Yep, I do enjoy night photography.  If you look in the bottom right corner, you'll see a small meteor trail.

It looks like a clear night tonight too.  Maybe I'll go out and try a few more.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hand Pump for the Deep Well

Last year, we had a 145 foot well drilled on our Bleecker property.  We were going great guns to get a small house built, and then I had my tree induced neck breaking accident.  Since that time, things have slowed to a crawl.

We still need a bit of water on the property, even though we don't have a house there.  We have dogs that need drinking water, and a small (but productive!) vegetable garden.  Even though the well is 145 feet deep, the water rose to within four or five feet of the top of the well casing.  For much of the summer, we were able to simply siphon off what we needed.  But as the summer progressed and the rains got less, the level dropped a couple of feet and we were no longer able to siphon anything off.

We hied ourselves to the new Runnings store in Fulton County, which is like a Tractor Supply but much larger and with a better selection.  I thought about buying a shallow well pump for a couple of hundred dollars and powering it with solar cells and an inverter, but it seems like a waste of money.  So we drove across the street to Tractor Supply and bought a hand pump and some bendable PVC pipe, about 15 feet worth.  I glued it all together, cut some excess from some pressure treated 1x6 decking for a platform, and assembled it all.   Oh, the coat hanger?  I just had this irrational fear of the pipe coming lose from the pump and dropping 145 feet down into the well, never to be retrieved again.

After a few beers, it was no problem to recruit Earl and our friend Bill to stuff it down the well casing.

Did it work?  Yup.

So whenever we actually build something and install a deep well pump, the $45 hand pump will become a garden decoration.  Or maybe I'll drive a point somewhere and use it.  Or make a lamp out of it.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Day In Photos

One of my favorite things to do on my boating Drift Away blog was to simply record the day in photos.  Sunrise, birds, manatees, friggin' pelicans, dolphins... it was all quite fascinating.  What about a day in photos in Bleecker?  Well, quite honestly, I didn't expect much.  And I didn't get much.  But this is a typical day in our life on Bleecker Mountain.

It was cold here on Sunday morning, down in the 30s, so we had a fire going.  Outside the Unabomber Cabin, the "T" had rusted away, so  I replaced it with a 90 degree elbow.  While doing so, I discovered that the entire outside stove pipe is rusted away.  Smoke leaks from everywhere.  The whole thing need to be replaced.

Not only is it rusted, but the stove pipe was installed upside down.  Leaking creosote leaks through the joints and runs down the pipe, as seen here already on the new elbow I installed,

We went to our property and I tackled fixing our diesel generator.  It produces AC power for a few minutes before cutting out. Earl thought it might be the relay, so I ordered a new one from China.  A few days ago, they sent a second.  I don't know why.  No matter.  I replaced the relay and fired up the generator.  After about five minutes, it stopped producing AC power even though the generator kept running fine.  I think it must be temperature related.  If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

Later, Pam came by riding on  Jeremiah the Horse.  They both seem to really enjoy riding.

Then Earl came over with his tractor and chain saws.  My tractor has a dead battery so Earl used his.  There was a small tree overhanging our storage trailer and we decided to cut it down.

And like all good plans, this one had a glitch.  Earl's saw got jammed in the tree.

No matter.  Earl has three of everything, and soon the tree was down.

Next came two more small trees hindering the growth of the one good one, so down they came.  One required the persuasion of Earl's backhoe attachment.

Then it was time for beer and a bonfire.  Nothing says Adirondacks like a bonfire.

Back home, we had clear skies and I thought I'd give the northern lights a shot.  Nope.  No go.

Still a nice night sky, but northern lights would have been awesome.

No, I don't get "A Day In Photos" like I did on Drift Away.  But this ain't all bad.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Rabbit In The Cabin

Pam got home from work and I told her that we had a rabbit in the cabin. I don't know if the cat chased it in, or brought it in, or if it just wandered in, but Sassy the Cat and Chevy the Pitbull were chasing all over the place until it found refuge behind the stove. When it had a chance, it ran between the refrigerator and the wall.
I had been formulating a plan for a couple of hours. I was going to tell Pamela my ideas. Maybe we could build a wall of boxes using the cardboard box burn pile... or chase it out and drop a box on it... or... but then I saw Pamela by the refrigerator. She reached in, scruffed Eddie (his name is Eddie Rabbit), and there he was.

She dropped him in the stew pot. No, not really. 

She hung onto him while I drove them to the nearby hunting camp, and she released him.

He made a beeline back towards the direction of our Unabomber Cabin.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Barn Spider Season!

It is barn spider season in Bleecker!

Barn spiders are nocturnal (nope, don't know why) and are orb weavers who take down their webs during the day (nope, don't know why) and rebuild them in the evening (this I know, to catch bugs).  They're found in late summer to early autumn (nope, I don't know where they go in the winter, spring, and early to mid-summer).

All I know is that Jeremiah the Horse loves barn spiders, because he hates bugs.  Especially horse flies.

Jeremiah loves it when barn spiders eat horse flies.