Bit by bit

By , March 17, 2008 7:24 pm

I do seem to be getting better. Haven’t slept at all today, which is more than I can say for any day in the last few. Thinking back I think this started last Tuesday but the sleeping most of the day didn’t start till Saturday. Back still hurts, and with that and the pinched nerves the gut is quite painful if I move except when the back is in a certain position, then all is ok. I think the fever is gone and I seem to be doing better with the bug so hopefully all is on the mend.

Hoping to get over to the yard sale trailer tomorrow and start working on things in there again.

Got out this afternoon and cooked a couple of shoulder roasts (beef) in the dutch oven (12″) Turned them several times about a half hour apart and cooked them for almost 2 hours. Quite tasty and tender though a bit dry. Will soak them at least overnight if not for 24 hours next time and see if that takes care of it.

Am going to look for a book to read for a while and then hit the sack. Till tomorrow…

Some better

By , March 16, 2008 8:21 pm

Still not moving or doing much but seem to be gaining on it. Was upright the morning for a while and got some of the backlog of stuff posted. Hitting the sack and will try again tomorrow. Till then.

Joe Pogan Sculptures

By , March 16, 2008 8:42 am

:: Joe Pogan Sculptures ::

This dude does some seriously cool work with found materials. I love the concept! Gonna have to play with some of the crap in the piles at the barn (as soon as I get the welding tanks filled).

Build Your Own Self-Watering Container Garden

By , March 16, 2008 8:32 am

Build Your Own Self-Watering Container Garden : Planet Green

I’ve seen the mailorder units and they work great, especially for tomatoes. The only problem I see with the one pictured in the linked article is the use of a nearly transparent tub which might result in algae growth in the water and cause the roots to keep away from the sides. Going to try one or more this year instead of fighting with the ground. Will try to get pix and post about it when I do.

The Secret Museum of Mankind

By , March 16, 2008 8:25 am

The Secret Museum of Mankind

Probably not safe for work as “here there be tits”, but please note that we are talking “National Geographic” type tits, and not “girl’s gone wild” tits, so whatever/whichever you have been warned.

Weird stuff. Lots of pics that I have never seen before, and some that I didn’t want to see at all 😯 but overall an interesting site from a historical (hysterical???) prospective.

Steampunk Remake: Dave Veloz’s Keyboard and Monitor

By , March 16, 2008 7:36 am

Steampunk Remake: Dave Veloz’s Keyboard and Monitor

Seriously steampunk! Only thing this project needs to be perfect is construction pics. Thanks to Steve for the link.

Another day on the couch

By , March 15, 2008 7:18 pm

Back is still giving me fits. Just up long enough to eat and type this, then gonna go and lie back down. Hoping for a better day tomorrow, and less nasty weather for tonight and tomorrow. Till then.

Better but not much

By , March 14, 2008 7:19 pm

Just a quick post to say that I am still among the living. Had to get out and do a bit today but still not doing too good and am taking it easy. Am going to make another early night though it will probably get interrupted by storms if this popcorn stuff keeps popping up. Till the morrow.

Overdone Thursday

By , March 13, 2008 6:27 pm

And I am really paying for it in my back. Going to bed and hoping for something to shift. Till I can stand to be upright again.

Wednesday moving books

By , March 12, 2008 8:57 pm

Spent most of the day just moving books. From here to there and from one self to another. Did a little more to stabilize the flue. Love the erector set angle. All it takes is bolts. πŸ˜€ And that’s about it for the day. Will try to be more articulate tomorrow. Till then.

Tuesday at the yard sale trailer

By , March 11, 2008 9:26 pm

Spend quite a bit of the day at the yard sale trailer, clearing things out, moving stuff, fixing stuff, and putting the stovepipe back on the woodburner and building a support framework around it. Cat came over and has boxed quite a few of the romance books as well as cleared the stuff out of the library room so we can get to the books again. We are going to remove the benches from the back of the van and are planning on putting them in the library back to back for seating/storage. Getting the stuff other than books and certain pieces ready to move to Flamingo Trade Day. Figure 2 days a week there and 2 or 3 open here with the books and better stuff should keep us going. Just got to get things ready to go. Woodburner works fine with the flue reinstalled. Need to find a bunch of old carpet to use on the ramp to the front entry. Got some at the barn. Just got to see what is there that is usable. If we use all the shelves in the main room and halls looks like 6500 books. Adding the old bathroom and back hall should take it to between 8000 and 9000. Add in the existing library with 2500 or so and 10000 is doable and still room for lots of other stuff in the two end rooms. Gonna hit the sack and start chipping at it again tomorrow. Till then…

Monday here and there

By , March 10, 2008 6:21 pm

Went out this am to get the bills paid for another month. Did so with a stop at the Salvation Army thrift store where many books were examined and far too many purchased. Quite a few first editions in good condition there today. After a couple of additional stops to hand over money for insurance and another month of electricity we turned south and were shortly in Munford. Saw a small antique store that was open and stopped. Picked up a couple of pieces of cast iron at rather low prices and as we were leaving asked about a flat earth/rock tamper that I think she had been using as a door prop. She said it was for sale and at the price it too came with us. We then proceeded to Talladega and managed to get completely lost for quite some time. Saw a lot of the wrong side of town that I had no idea existed. Finally extracted ourselves, located the highway and returned by a roundabout way. The remainder of the day has been spent mostly asleep as by the time we got back I was not feeling well at all. Still not doing too good but better I think. Getting this done early as I am going to lay back down and read for a bit and most likely doze back off for the evening. Till the morrow…

Sunday and done

By , March 9, 2008 7:03 pm

Been out and about most of the day. Wandered around at Flamingo and Bill’s Trade Days. Got a few books and some odds and ends that Cat picked up. I found an old glass decanter that looked lonely so gave the guy a buck for it. Back home and lunch then to the folks to put in a battery backup for mom and while I was sitting in front of the computer anyway got to update some stuff and run the spyware/adware detection and removal programs. Then to Tractor Supply and Walmart looking for small folding tables. Not willing to pay Wallyworld’s prices so came home. Ate supper and then writing this crap… Not sure what the morrow will bring. Gonna have to sleep on it. Till then.

Saturday after the final game

By , March 8, 2008 7:39 pm

Had a pretty good group show up today snow and all. I think they fielded 30 for the first game. They have found another field fairly close by (about 8 to 10 miles from here) and are planning on having the next game in about 6 weeks from what I have heard.

Got a dutch oven full of country style ribs cooking. Should be ready to eat in another 15 to 20 minutes. Hope they are as good as they smell. Another night of driving the cats crazy cooking outside.

And they were as good as they smelled. 😎 And I ate too much but just couldn’t help myself.

The day is done and so am I. Fire going in the Ashley woodburner and everyone gone from the camp. Thinking about going to the flea markets on 431 in the morning. Just not up to the trip to Mountain Top so gonna keep it a bit more local. Gonna read for a bit then hit the sack. Till tomorrow… 😎

Another Friday hitting the thrift stores

By , March 7, 2008 8:32 pm

Hunting books. Started out at Goodwill and had pretty good luck. Got 18 hard backs and 21 paperbacks there. Mostly stuff to resell.

Next hit America’s Thrift store and didn’t do much there. Screaming kids bouncing off my legs tend to make me leave anywhere prior to stomping on the little darlings. 😈 Only picked up 7 books there mostly paperbacks.

Next stop was Eagle Rock and didn’t do as well as we have in the past, but still got 23 paperbacks and one hardback. Again mostly titles for resale. Did find one Agatha Christie that we didn’t have. 😎

From there we hit 77 to 144 and crossed the dam to check out a weekly yard sale held in an old bar building a mile or so from the Ragland end of the dam. They have piles of glass ware and other stuff but today we struck out. Had a couple of things I would have liked to get but were a tad more than I would pay.

And home. I started the charcoal while Cat washed some veggies and skinned the chicken thighs. I cut up the cabbage, celery, carrots, and potatoes, seasoned and added oil and mixed well then put the chicken on top and seasoned it then cooked in the 12 inch dutch oven for an hour. Drove the cats crazy. 😈 And was quite tasty. Should get two more meals out of it.

Tomorrow is supposed to be the last game over here, so I am hitting the sack early. Not that I am planning on doing anything special for it. Just need to be there for whatever comes up and I am sure there will be something. Anyway, that’s all till tomorrow…

Thursday finished

By , March 6, 2008 10:33 pm

Another nothing day. Sorted and shifted some books. Made notes on which books we have in some of the collections and posted some lists to the blog. Got to do some searching for software to handle this stuff. Have looked in the past to no avail, but hope there is something out there now, if nothing else some thing that is done in perl or php that I can modify as needed for both collections and book sales. Anyway, did some reading and a lot of sitting and not much else. Hope tomorrow will be better. Till then.

Books by Alan Dean Foster

By , March 6, 2008 7:56 pm

A very prolific Sci-Fi Author. Haven’t counted the total number of books he has written but we have 57 of them. Now that I have started with the lists looks like I am gonna have to start looking for quite a few more to fill in gaps I didn’t know were there. List of books taken from his page at wikipeoda and below the fold as usual…

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Books by Lawrence Block

By , March 6, 2008 10:43 am

This list of books (below the fold) by Lawrence Block is taken from his Wikipedia page, doesn’t list all of his short story collections (of which I have 3), but seems to be up to date on the series that he writes. At present it looks like we have 37 of these, though I would have sworn that we had more of the Scudder novels. Got to get into the front of the Q-hut and see what has gotten shuffled in there that shouldn’t have.

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The Cat Who Series by Lilian Jackson Braun

By , March 5, 2008 10:46 pm

At present there are 30 titles in the series along with several books of short stories. At present it looks like we have 26 of the books and a couple of the collections. Just finishing up the last one we have – #27 now. Gives me something to look for… πŸ˜‰

1. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (1966)
2. The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern (1967)
3. The Cat Who Turned on and Off (1968)
4. The Cat Who Saw Red (1986)
5. The Cat Who Played Brahms (1987)
6. The Cat Who Played Post Office (1987)
The Cat Who Had 14 Tales (1988)
7. The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare (1988)
8. The Cat Who Sniffed Glue (1988)
9. The Cat Who Went Underground (1989)
10. The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts (1990)
11. The Cat Who Lived High (1990)
12. The Cat Who Knew A Cardinal (1991)
13. The Cat Who Moved A Mountain (1992)
14. The Cat Who Wasn’t There (1992)
15. The Cat Who Went Into the Closet (1993)
16. The Cat Who Came to Breakfast (1994)
17. The Cat Who Blew the Whistle (1995)
18. The Cat Who Said Cheese (1996)
19. The Cat Who Tailed A Thief (1997)
20. The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (1998)
The Cat Who Put Four in a Box (1999)
21. The Cat Who Saw Stars (1999)
22. The Cat Who Robbed A Bank (2000)
23. The Cat Who Smelled A Rat (2001)
24. The Cat Who Went Up The Creek (2002)
Quilleran’s Short and Tall Tales (2002)
25. The Cat Who Brought Down The House (2003)
The Private Life of the Cat Who…: Tales of Koko and Yum Yum from the Journals of James MacKintosh Qwilleran (2003)
26. The Cat Who Talked Turkey (2004)
27. The Cat Who Went Bananas (2004)
28. The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (2006)
Two Cats, Three Tales (omnibus) (2006)
29. The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers (2007)
30. The Cat Who Smelled Smoke (2008)

Wednesday with the books

By , March 5, 2008 10:32 pm

Been moving room from one end of 42 4 foot shelves to the other most of the day. Still got a few to go to finish the transfer from end to end but getting close to having all of the current stuff on the shelves. Now I just gotta figure out where to build another 291 shelves. That will house the projected 20,000 books we have stuffed here and there. Actually a few less than that but say 250 or so. At 6 shelves per rack that gives 42 racks of shelves. Each rack is 4 feet so I gotta find 168 liner feet of wall space. Got to get the dozer going so I can clear the area south of here and move the other two trailers into a U. That gets me the space in connected structures about 180 feet from end to end and the yard sale trailer already has shelves in it. Think I will put it parallel to the one here now and move the 10×60 between them. Will draw it up and scan it if there is any interest. Gonna hit the sack and start it again tomorrow.

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