01: still warm enough to sleep in the greenhouse
- Trying to be lazy and watch YouTube videos, I decide I cannot deal with the needs of Oscar the Cat.
02: new firewood-hauling backpack
- 67 pounds of dry white ash and trying to use a decorative sextant.
03: whereabouts of a second splitting maul
04: contributions were as futile as prayers
- Ending a day in ArcGIS hell with some satisfying Wonderboard work at the cabin.
05: anti-erosion jihad
- After filling in the trench I'd dug to install insulation, I go a bit crazy at preventing erosion.
06: glue stuck to the sides of my fingers
- A spray-foam mishap and Chinese food in Stone Ridge.
07: wood-carrying exhaustion
- It feels like a hangover, but at least I get something done in the remote workplace.
08: sounds promising a warmer future
- Fixing a boiler on Wall Street and supplies that may allow me to leave more of the dock in the lake.
09: the sugar high that good news gives
- The midterms weren't as bad as I'd feared.
10: fat bear on the Esopus plain
- He or she caused a mild traffic jam on Hurley Mountain Road. Meanwhile, another power outage.
- Gretchen and I attend a Baltimore performance of Randy Rainbow with Gretchen's parents.
12: visionary art
- Visiting a fun museum while on cannabis. Also: do bees know to attack invading armies?
13: Ford F-150 Lightning in the wild
- The drive back from Baltimore.
14: halve the power of the ratchet
- Modification of a cheap come-along to lessen its power while extending its range.
15: too early with the cannabis
- It kinda screws up my workday. Also, a beautiful fallen skeletonized oak.
16: handtruck, not the propane tank
- A white ash tree falls on things near the cabin while I am away.
17: dock winterization, day 1
- Dragging the floating dock onto shore with a come-along
18: dock winterization, day 2
- The limits of raising heavy objects using blocks and a lever.
19: dock winterization, day 3
- With Gretchen's help, I jack the hinged part of the dock up out of the lake.
20: dock winterization, day 4
- Using a jack, I finally get the floating part of the dock out of the lake.
21: paving scammer on Dug Hill Road
- It has all the traits of a well-known scam.
22: every day where bad things don't happen
- Actually feeling good about my job as we approach the long Thanksgiving weekend.
23: recreational-percocet vomiting
- Maybe I didn't pick a perfect day for this, despite it being Thanksgiving eve.
24: Thanksgiving on Overlook Mountain
- The wacky nurse who got us our first covid shots hosts a vegan Thanksgiving.
25: small number would haunt me
- Further securing the dock on the shore with a too-small turnbuckle.
26: another sketchy slab drain hole
- Nobody ever suggests building them, but they work.
27: sleeping in the laboratory
- I can't handle Oscar the cat given a cold I've suddenly developed.
28: remember the effects of the very small number drugs
- The ridiculous insistence on day and night branding for cocktails of OTCs that should really not be sold in mixed form at all.
29: dog turds instead of firewood
- Due to lingering illness, I still lack sufficient energy to go into forest to get free fuel.
30: South African driving etiquette in the Hudson Valley
- Nearly twenty years ago I began modeling a behavior at an intersection, and it has spread to strangers.