Today the nearly month long dalliance with Summer-in-Winter that we’ve been enjoying got frosty. The Pacific high pressure zone parked overhead got nudged aside a bit, as an arctic blast swung down from Alaska to dust the Sierras with snow and the Western Slope with cold air.
At the Army-Navy surplus store I got a Carhartt furry-lined vest to stay warm while working outside — not that I am very inclined to work outside much when it is bitter cold, but sometimes these things can’t be avoided so it’s best to accommodate them in some degree of comfort.

Yesterday the weather was fine and digging went well, and as a means of avoiding the black mud sticking to the dumper-wagon I put down a layer of pine-needles in the bottom.

It worked! The loads slid out of the wagon easily, and I made four runs until I got the John Deere’s tires all loaded-up with muck and stuck under the pine tree. After a bit of digging out I got free and decided to call it a day and go hose the machine off. My back was also not too stressed and only required one ibuprofen.

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6 thoughts on “Chill

  1. We have had sunshine and brutal North Winds here in the flatlands at my granddaughter’s. We need rain and a whole lot less wind. The almonds are budding out, hard for the bees to work their magic with the horrible North Wind.
    Love my Carhartt’s. Good idea about the pine straw. I use 303 UV Protectant Spray for Vinyl, Plastic, Rubber, Fiberglass, Leather & More – Dust and Dirt Repellent – Non-Toxic, on my pickup liner and the muck just slides out. Don’t know if it would work on the bed of your trailer though.

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    • The chill wind has not been too bad up here but we have the hills to break it up a bit. Rain would help, and all my daffodils are popping up out off the ground, and the stinky narcissus too!
      I’ll have to check-out the 303, but the wagon is just steel (and getting rusty) and I figure I’m killing two birds with one stone by picking up the pine needles, mixing ’em with the mud, and filling the hole – wait, that’s three birds…


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