Sunday, January 15, 2012

Mistake Remedied

I made a mistake about four years ago. Julie was off work for the summer and I had many enjoyable plans but not enough time. I decided to work eight hours straight so I could get home as soon as possible. I had been going to the weight room at the University for about five years and felt good. The summer progressed and I didn't take time to lift weights so I decided to cancel the membership at the recreation center. That was a bad mistake.

Lately I've watched myself decline and decided I had to do something. Last week I started another membership and lifted weights three days. It felt unbelievably fantastic the first day. The second day was better and the third was even better. I was surprised to learn I hadn't lost as much strength as I suspected.

For the last few years Julie and I have discussed building an exercise room as part of a work building that I hope to construct next year. Until that happens I plan on keeping the recreation center membership.


Geraniums in the sun room. I took this photo last week. I think we started with two or three. Julie likes to prune and I enjoy rooting what she prunes. This photo has nothing to do with the subject of this post. I simply like the geraniums and wanted to use the photo.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Behind Schedule

January is one-third history and the greenhouse is unfinished. As is normal, I'm behind my optimistic schedule. Next weekend I'll finish some small details on the exterior, move in a few water barrels, fill them and let then begin collecting heat while I work on final details.

The addition is beside the utility room. The original cat door now exits into the greenhouse. Last weekend I installed the lower vent before Julie and I made a trip to town. The cats had been using the vent opening. When we got home we found one cat outside unable to get in and one in unable to get out. I knew I had to install another cat door so Maggie and Macy could get from the utility room to the greenhouse and then outside. Fortunately I had about an hour before dark to remedy my forgetfulness. I was able to install the new door in a few minutes.

Two Cats

Maggie, on the left, and Macy.

I've begun perusing seed catalogs for greenhouse varieties. By the end of the month I should have some seed planted. As soon as I have seed started in the greenhouse I'm going to construct two large cold frames using the ends of two polycarbonate panels saved from the greenhouse construction.

Solar Openers

Solar vent openers warmed and opened. I'm testing the openers prior to installing them.