Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Whoo, a Part-Time Summer Job!

I am starting next week working 3-days a week for the summer at High Plains Camping in Oakley Kansas. I'll be working in the gardens and yards, cleaning restrooms/showers and laundry room, some office work when Mary, the owner, needs to tend to other business outside the office.

I met Mary through Twitter around a year ago, stayed at her place for a couple of nights on my last trip and we both hit it off as friends. I like the hot tubs at her place.

She is a single woman running this multiple award winning Park. Mary has earned a well deserved fantastic reputation among her peers across the State and across the country. She's very energetic and I just hope I can keep up with her. An almost year of retirement has mellowed me.

I'll be taking Eggie out there as my living quarters, so have been getting him ready. He needs a wash and wax job, which I hope to start (I said start) tomorrow. The winds are suppose to be blowing 30-40-50 mph so don't know how far I'll get. Anyway, will be replacing the tint on the windows and getting new tire covers to protect them against the sun, my neighbor drilled a couple of drain holes in my spare tire holder I had made last year, stocking up with duplicate food and toiletry items so I don't have to haul back and forth and getting the bugs chased out.

I had a trial run last week, when Mary participated in some "professional experiencing" and I stayed there at the Park. She has it running pretty much by itself, but I was to be around to answer questions or help the guests, do garden work but didn't get much done as the weather wasn't very cooperative, keep the restrooms/showers and laundry room cleaned. I enjoyed it; but, found out how mellow I really have become!

As a special treat this week, Joy and Les of Wichita KS, fellow Casita owners, are stopping by on Thursday and spending the night at the City's little campground on the lake. They will be attending Th'Gatherin' at Cedar Bluff State Park, near WaKeeney KS.

Then the following weekend, I head to Dodge City to see friends Sarah and Sherry. I get to meet Sarah's daughter's fiance. As one of the "hens" I have to give my approval to that little chick Courtney's rooster-to-be. That's the rule. I will also be attending a play written by friend Chris Pyle, called "Spirit Gum" and put on by the Depot Theater Company players.

I had better remember to take my camera to get pictures of everything I have been writing about.

I haven't finished the porch painting yet, but almost have the 4 front window trim project completed - this week I hope. I painted a couple of planters a blue to match the blue in the house numbers and planted a lantana in each one. The flowers in the flower boxes are starting to fill in the gaps, the other garden flowers are looooooking good. Brandon mowed the grass for the first time a couple of weeks ago and he'll be back anytime now. I bought a rain barrel but it's going to be awhile before I get the guttering put up around the back door that will feed into the barrel.

If you happen to be traveling on I-70 in western Kansas and are near Exit 70 and it's Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday stop by High Plains Camp and say "hi". I'll be around somewhere.

Well that's it for now. I just have to end with the following picture. I have a good chuckle every time I drive by it.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Puzzles, Surgery and, Oh Yes A Birthday

Update on puzzle project. Guess what? Here is the last piece!


And No hip surgery for housemate for awhile. He's doing pretty good, though still uses the cane or his walker. He still will have surgery at some time. He'll return in August and have a current X-ray of the hip to see what additional deterioration, if any, has taken place since last November.

Spring is here and I continue to find lots of projects to do outside. I haven't started working on the trim for the two side windows yet; but, I have put two coats of primer on the porch ceiling,painted supports for the window boxes that will be at the front windows and sprayed some yellow paint on the flower boxes themselves to match the yellow found in the house numbers. I had some left over vinyl paint from my trailer's spare tire cover project last year. The clay color brown shows thru to tone down the bright yellow. Speaking of left over vinyl paint, I just found a use for the blue vinyl paint from the above mentioned project - my two planters that I place along the porch each year. Pictures later.

The back yard is slowly getting raked up and have cleaned up the iris gardens. I am going to plant some flowers on the alley side of the garage to, I don't know, dress the area up? A neighbor across the street did that with the alley side of their garage and I like it, so....... I am building a raised flowerbed with left over cedar poles from another yard project several years ago.

And I have been busy making my ribbon windsocks. Mary, a friend in Oakley KS, owns a RV Camp (see High Plains Camping link in sidebar under "My Favorite. . . .) and she has a gift shop there. She said to "make a bunch of windsocks and bring them out", so I have been busy adding more colors to my stock to take out in a week or so. I plan on getting the trailer cleaned up this week, the water storage and lines sanitized and head out to Oakley for a couple of nights. Ole Eggie probably has been wondering if he was going to be used for other things besides being my "craft room".

And, I had my 68th birthday. I bought myself some flowers. . . .

Aren't they the most awesome colors?

The sump pump continues to make it's contributions to the sewer line. Feel like the cellar is a pass through for the creek nearby. At least it's cycling every 3 min 10 seconds now whereas last week it was cycling every 2 min and 20 seconds. Ah, hurry up trees and start drinking up that water. So the water table around this house is at the 7 or 8 foot level.

Chris, our next door neighbor, hooked up his slow charger to Old Blue's battery and after 24 hours that old car was ready to run. It's been sitting in the garage since last November. So it has air in the tires and a re-charged battery. I should be getting my truck back later this week when daughter's car should be ready. Now will have to remember to take it out on the road, to keep the battery charged up, much more frequently than I did last Fall.

Oh, I started another puzzle: