Construction Journal Entry Week of 4/18/21

4/19-23/21 I went up to Camp Serendipity for five days: Monday through Friday.

I had an appointment with the doctor in the morning, so I left late. I arrived at Camp Serendipity at 1:35. The snow had melted enough so that I could park in the hairpin turn for the first time this year. I brought my gear up in one trip, hoisted the flag and it was warm enough that I didn't start a fire. The temperature was 60 degrees outside.

After lunch and a nap, I went outside and thought about some possibilities for surveying. Then John called and we had a long, interesting conversation.

On Tuesday, on my birthday, after practicing the piano, Bill called, and we had a delightful, long conversation. We no sooner hung up than Dave called, and we had another long, interesting conversation. Then I made one small bullnose piece for the baseboards and one short baseboard leg. Then I had my lunch and a nap

I went into the woods and measured and graded all of the giant sequoia trees as I do each year on or about my birthday. I also checked on the transplanted cedar trees.

Back at the cabin I noticed that the aluminum post cap for the top newel post in the concrete stair rail was missing. I can't imagine how it disappeared, but it was gone. I got a piece of aluminum and made a new cap and installed it. Finally, before I went to bed, Paula called, and we had a long, interesting conversation.

On Wednesday after practicing the piano I took the chainsaw into the woods and used up two tanks of gas harvesting maple firewood. I didn't haul any of it but just let it pile up on the ground.

After lunch and a nap, I spent some time organizing some things, and then I made and installed a bullnose corner in the baseboard.

When I was sitting on the toilet, unbeknownst to me, a wasp got into my shorts. When I went into the bedroom to sit down on the floor to do a stretching exercise, the wasp stung me in the butt. That got my attention. I smashed the wasp and flushed it down the toilet. Normally I put wasps outside without hurting them, but this guy was too aggressive.

On Thursday after practicing the piano, I took the wheelbarrow into the woods and wheeled and stacked most of the firewood I had cut. After lunch and a nap, I started working on another bullnose baseboard in the bathroom. I had applied silicone caulk all along the joint so I used a sharp chisel to trim the silicone to a square corner so the baseboard would fit. Then I got a start on making the bullnose and cutting and coping a small piece between the tub and the bullnose corner.

When I went to take my shower, I noticed a big black dot on my shoulder. Looking at it closely I could see it was a tick starting to bite me. I got the tick tweezers out of the first aid kit and it worked super well to remove the tick. I had a pill bottle with about 1/2 inch of olive oil in it and I put the tick into the bottle. It immediately sank to the bottom of the oil and that is where I left it.

On Friday morning after practicing the piano I spent the rest of the morning writing. I left for home at 12:30 after another fun week.

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