COVID-19 Hunker-down Log. Stardate 43973.58

Combating boredom. Still knee deep in refinishing the deck. More scraping and sanding yesterday and this morning. Almost done with zone 1, which is the busiest part of the deck. I’ll tackle zone 2 near the hot-tub, once I’ve finished zone 1. The body is complaining. The arms feel like rubber. The back feels like I’ve been run over by a bus. The mind is drifting towards the shade with a glass of iced tea. Old age is not for wimps.

Happy thought inventory. Dreaming of my deck being finished, imagining not having to scrape and sand and sit in the hot sun. The happiest thought is that this has been good exercise for a fuzzy old man who is overweight. Oh, to be 30 years old again.

Received the new computer keyboard. It’s spiffy. I can change the back-light between blue, red and green. The primary colors. I’m using blue. Easy to see and not obnoxious.

I’ve finally got the lawn sprinklers behaving properly. Ran like a champ this morning while having my coffee. Doobie doesn’t like them, he won’t come outside while they are running. I now have a new trick. If I don’t want him underfoot while I’m working out back, I just fire off the sprinklers.

I’ve given up haircuts and shaving while hunkering down. I would have done that anyway, unless I have a funeral or wedding to attend. I like the fact that I don’t need to impress anyone, particularly those who don’t impress me. Quid pro quo.

Supply status. Excellent condition.

Weed inventory. Excellent condition

Laundry status. Excellent condition.

No first-responder activity to report.

The hunkering down continues.

Still alive and well here in Denver.

COVID-19 Hunker-down Log. Stardate 43972.68

Combating boredom. Work continues on resurfacing the back deck. I’ve been starting early in the day to keep out of the heat. About half way done with preparing the wood. We went to Home Depot to buy additional necessary supplies and with any luck I’ll have the deck refinished by the end of the month, weather permitting.

My lawn watering programmable controller is all out of whack. Today wasn’t supposed to be a watering day but when I got up at dawn this morning, it was running. Well, stupid me. I left an unused program active and it was defaulted to turn on for 10 minutes per zone. Did a hard reset on everything and reprogrammed the darn thing.

I did get the backyard mowed yesterday.

Happy thought inventory. We still have a little cake left in the kitchen, think I’ll gobble up a piece tonight while I’m watching car shows.

No television today. I like leaving the television off, it’s much more peaceful. The only time I turn it on is to catch a car show, and we are about down to nothing but reruns now, so I expect to have even less tv time moving forward.

Enjoying the early evenings on the porch now that the weather is warmer and the plants are greening up.

Supply status. Excellent condition.

Weed inventory. Excellent condition

Laundry status. Excellent condition.

No first-responder activity to report.

The hunkering down continues.

Still alive and well here in Denver.

COVID-19 Hunker-down Log. Stardate 43971.64

Combating boredom. I have started work on resurfacing the back yard deck. Not a minor task. I did this about 6 years ago but time and the elements have worn it down substantially, so it’s time to get’r done.

The redwood has held up remarkably well considering the house is about 40 years old. The deck was installed about 30 years ago and it, like me, is showing the cracks, wrinkles and overall wear that living in Colorado can do to something. Not finding any rot, not seeing much in the way of loose timber, so mostly, I’ll just scrape and sand until it’s paintable.

Happy thought inventory. Glad to get this latest job started. The old saying, you can’t get finished unless you get started.

Received my new computer keyboard today. I’m typing this on it now, so it’s working fine. Gotta keep the computer at least half way up to date. The new keyboard is backlit, so I can see it when the lights are low. Now me on the other hand, I’m not backlit and not seeing me when the lights are low may be a blessing.

No television news today, well, as a matter of fact, no television at all today. I do much better when I don’t have to see or hear Donald Trump yacking at me from the big-screen.

Supply status. Excellent condition.

Weed inventory. Excellent condition

Laundry status. Excellent condition.

No first-responder activity to report.

The hunkering down continues.

Still alive and well here in Denver.

COVID-19 Hunker-down Log. Stardate 43970.69

Combating boredom. We went to Creekside nursery yesterday and purchased a butt-load of flowers to transplant into the garden pots. Same thing every year. We have the decorative flowers, which are the ones we get at the nursery for the planters and to fill in spots in the bee garden. Now the bee garden is mostly perennials that have been growing for years and all we do is weed and feed. By mid-summer, the bumble bees will have taken it over and it’s quite the sight.

Finished up 5 of these big honker planters (today’s photograph) and have them spaced around the deck. They are already attracting bees. The nursery we buy from doesn’t use pesticides on their home grown greenhouse plants, so we aren’t contributing to the demise of the honey bee species, or any other species for that matter.

We are making progress and it has been keeping us occupired.

Happy thought inventory. Been hanging out on the deck, taking naps, grilling on the grill, but one thing I haven’t done today and didn’t do for most of yesterday, is turn the television on. I try to listen to music when I’m in the office working on images or business stuff, but I haven’t even been listening to much music lately either. Most of my music collection is old stuff, I think the last new album I bought was Roger Waters (Old guy from Pink Floyd) and that was a while back. Mom likes to watch America’s Got Talent and from time to time, I catch a few minutes of that as I’m walking around the house. Most of the singers sound pretty much the same, but every now and again I’ll hear something worth stopping and listening too.

I like music. That’s today’s happy thought. I like music, but I don’t like just any music.

Supply status. Excellent condition.

Weed inventory. Excellent condition

Laundry status. Excellent condition.

No first-responder activity to report.

The hunkering down continues.

Still alive and well here in Denver.