Saturday, September 19, 2015

Each day brings us something new

Yesterday we became the new owners of an 8 foot drainage pipe and 2 yards of gravel... how is that for excitement?! The drainage pipe at the end of our driveway is completely plugged up. The DOT is doing drainage work in the area and they are going to clean it out. Since the end of our drive is quite narrow, they agreed to extend the pipe and cover it with gravel, if we bought the materials. We had to jump on this opportunity quickly and our new lawn guy delivered everything in time for the work to be completed. Of course the DOT let us know yesterday that they were coming on Monday... it was a scramble to organize it all while trying to finish loading the gas kiln. In the end we held off firing until today so that it wouldn't be an all nighter.

What is really exciting is that our lawn guy bush hogged behind the house and we now have a sweet spot cleared for a nice big garden. Our plan is to clear a few more trees and brush, which will give us a nice view of the neighboring pasture. We've also discovered that we have quite a few pecan trees and more blackberry bushes!

And now for something completely different...
Last week we were a little disappointed that we would not be able to watch Steven Colbert host the late show. None of the streaming services that we have were going to carry it. There was no way we were going to pay for another service to watch one show. So what was our low tech solution?

We bought an old fashioned antenna! It was cheap ($40) and arrived yesterday. Last night Jeff took it out of the box, placed it on top of our empty CD rack (still haven't unpacked those) and, VOILA! Crystal clear picture and lots of channels. Imagine how much better it will be when it's on the roof.
Our home sits on top of a small hill, overlooking Seagrove. We figured we were in a good spot for an antenna...
Now if  DISH network and Time Warner would stop sending me junk mail, every other day, with all those fabulous "deals".


  1. wow, we are going to try that antenna idea, dish is so expensive and we are thinking of cancelling in January after our two year contract, seems if you don't tell them they re - up you for another two years and we may want to move to a flatter piece of land with a house instead of stairs. When you own a home you have to be ready to snatch up the good deals on a moment's notice, we have had many of those, once we had to hand grade seven yards of gravel before our driveway was paved the next day in the mountains of CA in Shingletown, We almost fell dead after that.

    1. Linda, last year my brother had an antenna company install a super-duper big and fancy one. He gets gazillions of channels. He figures he will recoup his cost in a year. We figured for $40 dollars it was worth a try. There is an old dish on the roof. One of the reviewers online said that he mounted the antenna to the dish bracket and used the existing cable to plug it into the tv. That is what we are planning to do too. I must admit, it will be nice to watch the local news in the morning.

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    1. one of the many joys of homeownership... but we are loving it.

  3. Sometimes low tech is best. Hooray for pecans and blackberries!!


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