Well, I have had our nightstand since I was a child..it was bumped, bruised, scratched and drawn on ( mostly from me in childhood tantrums ( which could have been last week))..so we decided to tidy it up a little and give it a fresh finish..mahogany does clean up nice:
With fall in the early stages and A* and I with grass seed (from 2 years ago) we needed to double down. We were not even sure if the seed was still good..the land is not perfectly flat, free from (all) rocks ( but most of the fist sized and larger were removed) or truly finalized as far as planning was concerned…but we have an area cleared and so we decided to make an attempt and see if the seed was still good and would grow.
We did not seed a 10-15 ft tractor path near the woods/areas we are still going to be working on as we knew the tractor will be back and forth over the area so there was no sense in doing anything..but most of the rest got a liberal dousing of grass seed..And yes, we took a look at the weather to make sure that both cooler weather and rain were forecast..yep..fall is on the way we should have both in spades!
..the old truck cap is our tractor ‘bits’ cover..when the backhoe is not in use it is always in the way..hopefully the grass grows around it..but then again when we need the backhoe again it is going to be torn up..but nothing ventured nothing gained.
..if it does take mowing is not going to be fun..but it beats dirt!
..we have been wanting to rockhound since we went on a trip a couple of years ago..so today we went to a place we were interested in finding..Amethyst Cove.
A steep 70 degree rope assisted desent leads to a rocky Beach..which after a 3km hike leads to Amethyst Cove..beware of the high Bay of Fundy tides and time your arrival on the beach for when the tide goes out…and save energy for the punishing ascent..the picture with me and the walking stick has the point where I forgot my walking stick so I got to go back and get it..punishing.
Not a bad haul all things considered..including a highly magnetic meteorite(ish) find..I think it is magnetite but still investigating.
…the post title is a poor mans version of a play on words to ‘Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind’…great movie, had a many a mealtime motivation to make mountains out of mashed potatoes. Anyway, with some other recent improvements we also decided upon getting some actual countertops cut..we had been using our ‘templates’ for years and while the wood we used worked….it left much to be desired..putting anything hot on it meant the ‘wrap’ would shrink…so we pulled the trigger and bought some new counters for the kitchen area
..now we just need to fix up the cupboards and make it all match..both with door alignment, actual doors ( one over the stove is not attached) and eventually refinishing/adding handles and knobs.
A nice task to cross off the summer list of things to do before winter..with the strapping down ( directly on top of old shingles) and attached to the roof the next step was to attach the roof panels..besides the finish work and the unbearable heat the work was less complicated than our shed rebuild last year…ongoing finishing now that we have scraps from the roof. Finally raining/drizzling too..been a dry summer.
And processing wood firewood..We are getting smart, setting up the processing area in a well shaded spot..huge difference for summer work..duh.