Archive for May, 2009

Down Goes the Chimney

May 25, 2009

We decided to put our cabin on a heat pump and get rid of the inefficient baseboards and the fire hazard oil stove. Christopher helped me get the oil tank down and oil stove out last weekend. This weekend Susan and I were alone to take down the chimney. That job turned out to be a sooty mess and physically demanding. But, I think Susan had the tougher job – cleaning up the soot that managed to get on everything, while I was demolishing. In this first picture I am contemplating the start of the job, which occurred on the roof.

Start of the chimey demolition

 This is where the job wound up at floor level. At this point I had one more chimey block to remove along with a huge pile of soot.
 
A sooty mess
A couple of old posted signs worked nicely for scooping the soot.
 

A sooty mess

Susan’s cousin David helped me load the oil heater and oil tank into the truck for delivery to the landfill dumping station.
 Truck loading
The gentleman working the dump station decided he could use the oil tank at his farm to hold diesel fuel for his tractor. Susan was sitting in the truck and took his picture in the rearview mirror while he was directing me where to dump the tank.

Oil tank delivery

 
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Tractor Driving Wife

May 25, 2009
I discovered that Susan could manage the lawn tractor at the cabin. I took this picture while she was mowing and I was nursing a Yuengling while relaxing in a lawn chair. The Good Wife (er, Life)!

Tractor Driving Woman

Let Me Out of Here

May 13, 2009
We were outside doing yard work and Etcetera decided that watching from behind the screen door was not good enough. I could hear her meowing from the other side of the house. Poor Kitty!!

Cat behind screen door