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January 16, 2009 6:50 AM 1/16/09

So I’m stuck taking a snow day today because neither vehicle will start. Waiting on the minivan to charge at least. I’ll work on the truck later.

This pretty much means a snow day for the entire family and another vacation day taken unfortunately. Can’t take too many of them because I need two weeks free for the trip to Montana this summer.

I’m beginning to hate winter even more than I have in the past...

Revised my plans for the raised beds in the garden yesterday. I think I’m only going to use three layers of bricks to start and build that up over time. That’ll make them only 6“ high to start but a raised bed is a raised bed. And I should be able to pour enough bricks to do that this spring then pour more next fall and winter.

Part of me is playing with the idea of eventually putting evergreen bushes on either side of my garden. It would provide some protection and privacy to the space so I could meditate out there. But bushes are expensive and I’m not sure it would make sense to put up a garden fence like I’m going to do then hide that behind bushes.

I think I’m going to use the plain 6”x9“ pavers for the bed walls with alternating ”green man“ pavers of the same size on top. Then for the pathways between the beds I found this mold that is a wonderful butterfly mold 11” in diameter that contains a large butterfly in a circle surrounded by four stars.

Also showed my wife a paver mold that she likes for the walkway so I think we’re all set. The big thing will be to buy more than one of the same type of mold to allow us to create multiple batches at once. Not a big thing because the molds aren’t that expensive.

I’d like to figure out how to mix water pervious pavers but I don’t think that will happen due to expense and difficulty.

My gas bill is going to be high this month because of the garage. The electronic thermostat out there is set for 55 but when I went out there it was only 43 degrees and the heater was running constantly. I’m not worried due to the credit with the gas company and the fact that we’re on the budget plan so it won’t go above a certain amount anyway. But I can tell you this - insulation will occur in that garage this spring/summer. Count on it.

Unfortunately at 43 degrees I can’t even work out there because I can’t take a chance in turning on the computers out there. That sucks because all my neighbor’s parts are in and I can’t even touch it yet. Once we get a vehicle started I’ll go out there and see if turning on the supplemental fan helps a bit.

In yet another piece of proof that I’m not insane I saw something I’d originally thought of for the garage ceiling on a decorating show. It’s stuff that is effectively flooring but installed on ceilings. Go figure. My original plan was to put just straight boards up there but this might look considerably better. Not cheaper of course but still an interesting idea.

Screw this I’m going back to bed...

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Jan. 16th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
If you were a real environmentalist, you would live in an apartment building in an allocated zone in the city. This way you wouldn't have to need a personal vehicle since you could always take government provided public transportation to your job.

Since your garage is so airy, you could always get a kerosene heater and run it near the computer section. This would be supplemental and allow enough environmental heat to allow you to work glove-free. Of course, once you start them up, just start running fractal computations to get those processors nice and toasty.
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Whiner
Listen you! Not all of us live in a giant heat-generator powered by hot air, a million TVs, and the methane generated from street vendor food! ;-)
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Wish I could share some warmth (or better yet, go into the future and siphon off some of the summer-blast I'll be getting in a few months.)
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :-)

I've kind of resigned myself to family bonding today.
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
central heat - soviet style
It has come to our attention that you are living in greater than the space needed for a family of 3. Current computations for space in Neo-Tokyo allow for 30square meters per person, which is about 900 square feet for you yanks. It is much easier and cheaper to heat 900 square feet, than a large house and then, greedy you are, also a garage!
If you actually did what you said you would inside, you can move your lab to that basement of yours and would no longer need to heat the garage.
As an alternative, you could convert the rack and the vax into a wood burning unit....
Jan. 16th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Re: central heat - soviet style
Careful my pseudo-Russian friend I do have at least one Russian viewer. ;-)

As for converting my basement - I'll happily charge you for the cost of digging out my crawl-space and pouring new footings so the house doesn't sink four feet into the ground.

Besides - the house is non-smoking. If my lab were in the basement where would you and I smoke cigars and drink Guinness?

As for the Vax...I _could_ heat the garage by turning it on.

Well at least the beer in the garage is keeping cold...
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