Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Summer's Finally Here!
I was busy today. Yesterday I fitted irrigation zone D out with its drip lines and micro sprinkler heads, only to find out that the elbows and tees where the funny pipe is connected leak pretty dramatically. So I hauled around a hose this morning, which I'll have to do tomorrow morning as well. I need to get out to the Big Box Store and ask the guys in plumbing what went wrong. This is the second one of these I've installed, so I'm not sure what the difference is.
Then I installed the second of the shades and rigged it. More on that later, as mentioned.
Then I retrieved the three and a half quarts of macerating raspberries out of the fridge and made and canned fourteen half-pints of raspberry jam. We were supposed to go berry picking with the neighbors on Monday, but all I could think of was how hot it was going to get and how I had several heat-fighting projects to make and build (two exterior shades, the AC box, and the rest of the irrigation), so we begged off. Bless their hearts, Larry and Kathy picked raspberries for me! So I gave them a jar of jam when I returned their bowl, which was the least I could do. Come to think of it, it was the most I could do, too.
Then it was time to get dinner together, which we try to eat at three. I won't say what it was because it will make me hungry all over again.
Then at long last, I also managed to get the platform built for Steve's office air conditioner at the end of the day. The manufacturer hadn't counted on our windows being so high, consequently the hose is too short, so the only thing to do to make the hose fit the window is raise the unit. The box I built sure isn't pretty, but the idea was to get it sturdy enough not to fall apart with the vibration of the unit and use whatever I had to hand in the construction. Bricolage, as the French say. The glue is drying on it now and tomorrow morning I'll sand the edges and we'll get his AC installed and working.