Monday, August 15, 2022

Today's Adventure

 Today, we started construction on the steps leading down the bank to the shore of the creek for our tenants. Jim asked for it, but the woman who lives in the other half of the house is beside herself with excitement. 

We worked and laughed together under the cloudy skies. It looked like rain...but as usual, nothing happened. Still, the clouds gave us a nice break from the heat, so there's that. 

Anyways, there were the obligatory trips to Lowes. (Tim needed a new circular saw.) We needed to pick up 2 boards, 2 x 10 x 12. $100. I gulped a little. Luckily we have everything we need for the railings and the tread. 

A bald eagle sat in the tree supervising our work. 

We finished up the work we meant to do today, and I got a bright idea to have an adventure. Yesterday, Tim had noticed a brand new mountain bike thrown off the 5th Street bridge. It had landed on a graveled 'island' of sorts, exposed because we've had so little rain. 

I decided to wade down river to that little place and retrieve the bike.  My thinking was that if we. by some miracle, got rain, the bike would be washed away. So, I climbed down the bank and made my way down river, sticking to the shallows. When I got to the bike, I had a bit of a dilemma because the back wheel was damaged and bent and would not turn, but there came a shout from over head. Tim had dropped some cord and I tied the bike handle bars securely. Hand over hand, he pulled it up. He had the hard part of the job, to be sure. 

By the time that I'd waded back up river and gotten out and walked home, Tim had the back wheel unbent enough that the wheel would turn, He reattached the chain and fixed the kick stand. I've placed advertisement on line. 

For a quiet town, we've had a group of kids who seem to think they are a gang prowling around and night, leaving graffiti and just being ignorant. I am curious to see where this bike came from. 

Tomorrow, we'll go back and finish the steps. 



13 comments:

  1. You two are energetic. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't wade through even a shallow river for a bike:)

    I'm sure your tenants will enjoy their new steps. It's easy to see you care about the people you rent to.

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  2. That's one less bike destined to become scrap. Such mindless actions, throwing things into the river.
    Our little island has recently seen a big increase in youth vandalism. Whatever happened to the talk of the pandemic bringing communities closer together?

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    1. I think the thing that pissed me off the most is that the middle school had created a mural. It was vandalized.

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  3. I wanted a new circular saw for many years but my then 20+ year old Craftsman (the first tool I ever bought myself) worked perfectly and I could never justify the expense. Until one day when I had it sitting on a board on top of my tablesaw and it fell to the ground and bent the baseplate on it. I bought a replacement one (Bosch) and while nice, I still think about my old Craftsman. Soon after that, I bought a tracksaw (Kreg) and now I rarely use even the Bosch.

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  4. Tim was looking at a Bosch, but in the end went with a SKIL brand worm drive saw like he'd seen at work. He has a battery driven one, but it did not seem to have what we needed to get this particular job done.

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  5. You are such a fix-it sort of couple.

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  6. What a handy two-some you are! I am always amazed at the many projects you complete on your own.
    My ex husband thought he was pretty handy but his projects always turned out looking half-finished or messy. I still find paint drips around the house from some project he had been working on! It sounds terrible but I am so happy he is my EX! :)

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    1. Let me say that Mr. Fix-it's last projects are mine.

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  7. The steps down to the creek are a nice addition for tenants who want them. It's a lot of lumber, even if you have most of it on hand. It still cost money, and will cost more to replace. So, good of you.

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    1. If you have good tenants, it would behoove you to try to keep them.

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