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September 6th, 2005

slow progress [Sep. 6th, 2005|04:41 pm]
Doug Ayen
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Well, last weekend I was floored by being stung many times by a previously undiscovered yellowjacket nest. This weekend was different! I only got stung about 5 times by a previously undiscovered yellowjacket nest! WooT!

On the "actally getting things done" list, I did make some progress. The failed katana was successfully cut down to wakizashi length and reground (do need to re-etch it to make sure I'm still in harmony with the hamon). I won on EBAY an oil-burner off a furnace that I'm going to use to fire up the casting furnace. I put another coat of Satanite on the new forge, and got the mounting bracket for the burner welded on. I mowed the lawn.

Friday didn't start off badly, but by evening I wasn't feeling very well, and took the evening off and went to bed early. Slept in Saturday, still wasn't feeling great, so spent the day enjoying the beautiful day outside. Early night, got up Sunday and went to work.

On Monday, a new acquaintance who is into rock carving dropped by to see whether he could use some of the tons of limestone kicking around the property. His first analysis was "this isn't limestone, it's marble." So, cool, I have many tons of large dark-grey marble kicking around the property. If you're interested in picking some up, let me know. I'll point out the yellowjacket nest upon request.

Monday was the productive day, spent time in the workshop, blew and replaced a tire on the car, picked out and loaded the rock for the sculptor, walked the fences (and found some barbed wire I need to replace soon), and got some house cleaning done.

And, aside from the right hand being swollen and sore from the yellowjackets, I got out of the weekend fairly unhurt. yay.

--doug
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