Last Day of Work

Today is the last day of work until next year. I have the next two weeks off. The weather forecast for the next few days into next week looks quite nice with temps reaching into the 40’s. After that, who knows. What plans do I have for the next couple weeks? Nothing much. I do need to work on getting more snow and ice off the roof, but other than that, no plans at all. I wont be celebrating Christmas or the new year, why should I, it’s just myself and Eli.

Worth It?

If this pain in my hip and leg can’t be resolved soon…   I don’t know.
I’ve had injuries before, quite a few very painful ones, but I have never had anything like this. It’s truly unbearable. I just finished shoveling my deck of about 2 inches of very light and fluffy snow, but by the time I was done (about 15 minutes) I could barely walk back into the house. I have two appointments with the chiropractor next week, but if I don’t feel there is progress, I’m not sure what to do. Also, because I can’t hardly walk more than about 25 feet at a time, I’m not getting any exercise, so I’m gaining weight, and that doesn’t help anything. I really can not go on like this.
Today I need to snowblow the drive again and bring in a couple bag of pellets for the stove. I should do some more work on the roof, but I highly doubt I’ll be able to. Clearing the drive will take a good number of hours because of all the stops I have to take.

Update – I got the drive cleared, a couple bags of pellets in, and a couple other small things, but I didn’t get to the roof. I just could not do it.
I will say though, I was able to do the drive with only two stops for pain. That is an improvement. I still had one hell of a lot of pain, but it was less.

Water, Pain, Money and Other Things

Aarrgghh! That’s the best way I can say it, just aarrgghh.
The other day my water pipes froze, and froze up solid. It didn’t get down all that cold, only down to -5°F, but still, my pipes froze up. I did what I’ve done before, turn up the heat, close all the heat vents  and wait for the heat to build up under the house and thaw the pipes. Well, I did that, and had the kitchen faucet on so I would know when they were thawed out. I took a nap thinking the sound of water coming out of the faucet would wake me up, that never happened. So after close to 8 hours of the heat blasting under the house and still no water flowing, I had to think of something else to do. I didn’t have a heater that is safe to place under the house, so I went to the hardware store to get one. I ended up getting a Dura Heat GFA60A that can pump out 60,000 BTUs. The heater cost much much more than what I wanted to spend, but I can also use it to heat up my shop in the winter, so I guess it really wasn’t too bad, and less than a plumber. With the cost of the heater and a propane tank, it came to just under $200. The heater sure did the trick though, within 15 minutes I had water again.
Now on to the pain in my leg. I have been to the chiropractor twice now. The first time it seemed to help quite a bit. This second time, not sure it did anything at all, in fact I might be feeling worse. I have two appointments next week on Tuesday and Friday. They had better help, because it’s getting to the point where I’m unable to do a damn thing, as in I get the leg pain just walking from one end of the house to the other. At least my insurance seems to be covering some of the cost. I hope all this extra pain is part of the process of getting better.
Other things, mainly snow. The snow keeps coming down and I’m having a hard time dealing with it due to the pain I’m in. I’ve always enjoyed, for the most part anyway, snow blowing the driveway, but that joy is gone right now. I’ve also been trying to keep my roof cleaned off of all the snow for two reasons. One is due to it being fucked up and prone to leaking in one area, and the second is because of the weight of the snow.
Oh yeah, and to top all this shit off, I ripped my snowpants the other day. Now I have to hunt for and buy a new pair.
Anyway, I’ve lost all the thoughts I had to write, so…

Update… I just fed the birds, that’s all I can do for today. Just that little bit has put me into agonizing pain.

The new heater.

A Little Drive About

Yesterday, Saturday, I had plans to check out the snow along one of my favorite rivers, well, it didn’t happen. We, Eli and I, headed out to the Slate River to hike up the river and get some photos of all the snow. Once we got there, Eli decided he didn’t want to go into the snow, though I can’t really blame him, it was quite deep and he’s getting up there in age. Also I’m not sure how I would have done in the snow with my leg issues. So it was probably for the best.
So, from the Slate River I headed up to Big Erik’s Bridge and the Huron River. Too much snow there to be able to hike back along the river.
With it still being early in the day, I thought a drive out to Herman and the Herman Nestoria Road, the usually get pounded with snow and is really pretty. Well, that wasn’t the case. They did have quite a bit of snow, but I think the winds had knocked all the snow off the trees, so the drive was just that, a drive through the woods. I didn’t even take a single photo through there.
After getting back to about half way between Herman and L’Anse, I thought, what the hell, I’ll take the loop from Indian Rd then loop back to where we started, the Slate River. I missed the turn, or just didn’t see it, off of Sliver Rd that I had taken before, so continued. Oddly enough, the road I was on ended up looping back to Arvon Rd, then back down to the Slate River. Roads change in the winter, you can never tell which ones will be plowed, and as it turns out, I took the correct one.
After that, we headed back home.
I was still good to get out of the house, I needed it.

Today will be a day of some ice and snow cleanup before it gets colder this afternoon and turns everything into concrete. Then comes the snow again, they’re calling for 6-8 inches for my location. After that’s done, nothing. I’ll be relaxing and maybe watch a movie if I can find one I might like.

Eli on the two-track near Slate River

Slate River

Huron River from Big Erik’s Brdge

Silver River from Silver Rd

Sun Burst Through Snow Layded Pine

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.

Kitty

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.