Shoulder Cat

I was outside working on this fucking roof, then the kitty came up to me so I went to pet her, next thing I knew she was on my shoulder.

This fucking roof has so much heat loss, I’m weekly, if not sooner, having to chip and salt ice along the eves. I can only work for short periods of time due to my leg issues. To add to this crap, this time I’m up on the roof and I don’t like that at all.

Fixit Parts

Yesterday I got my parts to fix the Subie and the snow blower. While looking at UPS tracking, I noticed that the shipment that had my car part was out for delivery is Lansing, MI… WTF? It turned out that it was just late leaving Lansing for up here. UPS came around 11:00 AM with the snow blower part, but that was all, no Subie part. I checked the tracking again and it said out for delivery here and will arrive by 9:00 PM. I thought, Okay, that’s good, as I do know they come by here twice, once late morning and then in the evening. Well, I was letting Eli out and noticed a big U-haul truck stuck and sideways at the end of my driveway in the road. I went out there and it was UPS, but this driver had never been down here before and didn’t know that the road isn’t plowed often and also didn’t know he could have pulled right into my driveway. I gave him a shovel to use and after about an hour he was on his way again. At least I got my package. Knowing putting on the part for the Subie would be quick, I went ahead and did it. Now I can drive again.
Today I’ll get the snow blower fixed. That will take a little more time, as I have to take more apart and back together. I plan to go grocery shopping to, I’ll out of coffee.

Update: Well, the cable I ordered for the snowblower was too long. Crap! I called Pelkie Outdoor Power Equipment and sure enough, they had the right cable. I saw in their window that they are a Troy-Built dealer. Not sure if it’s an old sign or not, buy at least they had the part.
Now the snowblower is up and working again. If only I could walk without major pain, I would enjoy snowblowing again.


It’s nice sunny and warm out today, so I went out and just stood in the sun for a bit. While I was out there, I saw the cat out by the shop, so I started walking over to it. I couldn’t get close at all, but I did see it peeking out from under the shop meowing at me. I went back and got some food to put in it’s bowl that I have been filling every other day. When I get back out to the shop I shook the container of food calling the kitty. Sure enough, she, yes I think it’s a female, came right out. Now that she has met me, she’s really friendly. She’s a small kitten, I think she just a kitten.

Rough Day

The snow storm brought only 6″ here, but it was still enough that I needed to clear the driveway. That’s where the issues began. First of all, my leg, it fucking hurts like a motherfucker when I get walking back and forth. I have to come back into the house to rest my leg and by the time I sit down, I’m almost in tears from the pain. Then more bullshit. The damn cable that engages the drive wheels on the snow blower broke. After multiple jerry-rigging attempts, I got it to work long enough to get the driveway cleared. It took me close to 5 hours to do the drive, with all the stops I have to take for pain, and to do the rigging up the cable. I’ve order a new cable from Amazon and it will be here Wednesday. It’s time like these, among others, where I really wish I had someone to talk to.

Also, I’ve been off from work on PTO and holiday time for 6 days, and not once have I been out to enjoy myself and relieve some of the funk that’s in my head most days.

More Outages

Lost cell service and cable internet/TV around 8:00 PM last night. I just got cell service back, but still waiting for cable.
I heard from the mail lady that both services are area wide.

So what does one due while all communication is down?
Rake the snow off the roof.

I also worked on the Subie a for a while. I got the exhaust partly back together.

Update: Cable TV and internet are back up. I called and they said that a fiber cable was damaged, and that’s why the whole area was out.


Since Wednesday during the snowstorm, I have talked with Spectrum internet and cable no less than 5 times about their lines. Two of the talks I called them, and the other three were them calling me. Every time we talked they said there had been an outage and it has been restored, and every time I tell them it’s not an outage, it’s their line that is hanging almost to the ground. Behind the quonset in the woods, the line is just as bad. A tech is coming out today at around 1:00 PM, but he is just a tech and not a linemen, I know this because I’ve had him out many times about my service going in and out. Oddly enough, I do have service now. The tech has told me that the line needs replacing and he has put in a service call to do such, but it never happen. I lose service if the wind blows, if it gets warm out, or if it gets cold.
We shall see if anything gets done today.

Other news… I got the snowblower working again. It was a rock that was jamming the impeller and stopping it from rotating.
I can’t do anything about my car due to everyone is still closed for the holiday. :/

One Day Work Week

I originally wasn’t going to take any days off this week, we’re closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving anyway. Then I changed my mind and marked myself off for Wednesday. Then, with the coming snow storm hitting Tuesday night, I’ve decided to take off Tuesday also. I need to go into Houghton and get some salt for my water conditioner, and with the coming storm, I thought it’s best to go Tuesday, early Tuesday. After that, everything is up in the air with no plans at all, just being home alone for the holiday.


For the past couple weeks I’ve had this visitor around. I think she/he might be living under my quonset/shop. The cat isn’t afraid of Eli at all, but won’t let me come near.