It’s been so long since my last post most people must imagine I have abandoned my blog. My last post was back in February so this is a long time coming.
Aside from the world-wide craziness of COVID-19, not much has changed here. Living in a trailer in a forest makes it easy to stay separated, not to mention the forest air is great for your health.
There are a few things that have happened in the last three months worth mentioning so why don’t we get started.
Here is something completely random. It’s a slice of bread that totally looks like a bunny.
That bread became known as the Easter bread.
Moving on, here we have a picture of the metal storage cabinet I built over at the metal shop.
It didn’t turn out perfect, but it does serve its purpose. Actually I haven’t been out to the metal shop in several weeks. We don’t exactly have a plethora of clients lined up with tasks for us to complete at the moment so I am concentrating my work efforts in other areas, which I will get to in a moment.
Back in April we had a number of wind storms blow through and there are always casualties of the tree kind. This was a big maple tree that got blown over. I think it may have been hit by another big tree that was blown over a few years ago and that may have weakened the roots.
As you can see, it didn’t snap. The whole root ball came undone. This was a fully live tree as well, so cutting it up and hauling out the pieces was quite the job. The base of the tree was around 46cm (18″).
Another casualty was this balsam fir. Unfortunately, it fell right on top of our vehicle tent. It didn’t crush the structure, but one of the cross poles was severely bent.
I don’t recommend working with a chainsaw at 11pm at night in high winds. It’s not a very pleasurable experience. We still have the metal skeleton from our previous vehicle tent so we can easily replace the bent pole, but we will need to order a new skin for it as it now sports several holes in it.
I am currently working on a programming job. In payment for this job, I got a new laptop, because without that I would have had a really difficult time working on my old one that only runs on its battery. I got this sexy new one from MSI.
If you ever wanted to see what the inside looks like, here you go.
If you’re wondering why I opened the case it’s because I upgraded the memory in the computer. It shipped with 16GB but I bought 32GB and replace what was in there. Yes, you do need to break the factory seal to do that, but so would any technician doing the same job.
Here is a picture of it all up and running for the first time.
I will say I am not a fan of Windows 10, to put it mildly. In fact, I would go so far as to say it is the worst OS Microsoft has released yet, and that saying a lot. Unfortunately, I need it for my job, so I spent the entire first weekend after receiving the laptop, turning off and disabling as many apps and bogus features as possible.
Another bonus to getting the new laptop is that the packaging provides an ideal cat bed.
The other job I have is working at the blueberry farm down the road from us. I started back there around the end of April. It’s pretty easy to stay separated from others when there are only three of us on the property and 81 hectares (200 acres) to lose yourself in.
Here is a picture from my “office”.
It’s a big office, so I took another one from another perspective.
There is quite a bit to do so I’m kept busy there on the farm. Then I come home in the evening and work on my programming job. My days are pretty full and it makes it difficult to find the time to do things like post on your blog 😛
Spring is in full swing here. The leaves are starting to come out, the birds are all singing, the spring peepers are loud and clear during the evening, the black flies have arrived and the mosquitoes will be joining them soon, I’m sure. Kat’s flower garden is ripe with colours as well.
Here are some daffodils.
And we have these little purple guys too. They’re grape hyacinths.
Soon the irises and tulips will be opening as well.
Here are some poplar trees along our road leafing out in glorious sunshine.
We’re also working on our firewood stash for next winter. We have quite the pile of wood in our driveway now that needs to be processed.
Fortunately, once we get it all ready to split, my blueberry farm employer said he would bring the tractor over with the splitter on it. This will save quite a bit of work splitting it by hand, especially that fresh maple.
Well, I think that is all for now. Hopefully it won’t be another three months before I post again. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.