The Drainage Trough Is Gone

I had a busy day today.  I did a short appointment, patched the greenhouse, and worked more on the drainage problem.  I decided that the trough was too much of a problem to patch.  I looked at the situation again and decided to remove the trough and tie together the rear drain, rear gutter, and the front gutter drain with pipe. The trough was bricks laid into a V shape and cemented over to form a sort of drainage trench.  One side of it met the house.  (It was cracking away from the house, however.)  That redirected the water down the side of the house and into the front gutter pipe.  That’s the way it was supposed to be working, that is.  I decided that it wasn’t too much work to remove it and that pipe would be better.  The fact that the bricks were there already made it a bit below ground level; so it wouldn’t be too much digging.  I broke up and removed it (about 40 feet) today.

So, I need to go buy some pipe tomorrow.  I am deciding what I want to use.  I have a pretty good idea of how I want it.

However…. I am increasingly feeling a need to get on the motorcycle, point it a direction, and ride. Just ride.  No plans to stop anywhere. No plans to be anywhere. End up where I do and arrive back when I do. And tomorrow is going to be around 90 degrees.

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Another reason for my slow posting of late is that I have been so busy. I am trying to do my job and also take care of lots of things that need done around the house.

Over the last few days, my daylight “free” hours have been spent digging to stop the water from coming in the basement.  I got the old water line dug up and the section removed from the wall.  So, that won’t be directing the water into the house.  That’s when I discovered that the trough and drain were plugged up.  Over the last few days, my daylight “free” hours have been spent digging the drain up so that I could replace it.  I replaced the pipe and fixed it with a pop-up cap that drains water at the front hill near the road.  The pop-up cap also can be removed to clean out the pipe.  That has been back-filled over top of now.  And I need to repair the trough leading down the side of the house. I would have preferred digging up everything and sealing the wall again and replacing all of the drains with new. But, that requires time and money I don’t have. So…. that will have to wait until next summer.  Or whenever.

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Pet Peeve of the Day

Pet Peeve Rant of the Day is:

I’ve Got
You’ve Got
We’ve Got
They’ve Got

The word is HAVE, people!! “I HAVE a car.” Even, “I’ve a car.”  Never, “I’ve got a car.”  It is, “I have to go to the store.”  It is not, “I’ve got to go to the store.”   Better yet, “I will go to the store.”  Or even, “I must go to the store.” 

But…. NEVER “I’ve got.” Got it??? Oh, geeze……

It’s so prevalent that people even have me doing it! I HATE it!  It’s not proper grammar. So, STOP IT!

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Number 1,345

Number 1,345 of the things that I think of and want to post but then forget again to post until I’m away from the computer is:

I got my Guitar Hero II a few nights ago and started playing it.  I liked what I got to play. After a few songs, the system came up with an error of “disc unreadable”. So…… I can’t play now and have to see about getting a replacement.

Which leads to Number 1,095 of TTITOAWTPBTFATPUIAFTC:

Over the last couple of weeks or more, I constantly am getting setbacks in one form or another.  I have had multiple parts ordered that were bad.  I have had things breaking all around me.  I think something is fixed and it’s not.  Things get delayed. I forget to do things that need done. Small jobs are becoming big jobs.  Big jobs are becoming even bigger jobs.   Add to that my nightly lack of sleep and my daily sense of exhaustion…. as well as my physical and emotional state…… and it might explain more of the mood I mentioned in my previous post.

Ok…. that sounds slightly like a whine.  It’s more of a statement of explanation.  I normally take things in stride and just roll with the punches. So… it’s less whine and more description.

Oh…. speaking of forgetting….(Number 795)  And….I got called for jury duty for Tuesday.  But, needed to call the jury line after 5 p.m. Friday to see if the trial is still on.  I forgot to call until Midnight last night.  But, I did call.  And the trial is off. So, I can now work on Tuesday.

Well… that’s a few of the number out of the way.  I’ll get to the other 10,000 in the future, I am sure.

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I’m Getting In A Mood

I’m getting in a mood.  It’s a bit complex and hard to describe.  But, one aspect of it is that my tolerance is low.  My interaction with people over the last few days has been…. uhm…… short.  Coinciding with that, ironically, is an increase in my mailing list postings/emails/I.M..  So, I have succeeded in ticking a few people off.  That’s nothing particularly new, however.

And sometimes, people need a little ticking off to wake them up. The young woman that I went to the hospital with…. the mother of my great-nephew…. for one. I just finished a conversation over I.M. with her, which she initiated, about her health and about taking her responsibility to raise her kids seriously.  I’m sure she’s ticked off right now. But, maybe it will be the impetus she needs to take her motherhood seriously. The same for my nephew. So, if that requires that I get to be the Ogre…. that’s fine with me.  Being seen as the big bad Ogre is little sacrifice if it results in the kids getting the best parents they can.

Fall is coming…. but it is unseasonably warm here.  So, sometime this weekend I would like to get out on the motorcycle for awhile.

G.G. told me this evening that she was disappointed in not seeing any posts from me. She said she came to read for entertainment…. and I said I wonder exactly how I’m supposed to interpret the word “entertainment”. I wonder…. is that “entertainment” like, “He writes well and paints good scenes and word pictures,” or is it “Ha! Ha!  He’s such doofus!” Or maybe something like, “He’s such a loser.  I didn’t realize studying freaks could be so much fun.” I’m sure she’ll tell me now 

One reason I haven’t posted much lately is because I get busy and forget what it is I want to post.  That… and I get so tired that I forget. I have thought of probably 20 things over the last few days that I wanted to journal about…. but right now I can’t think of them.  I probably should set up my PDA to make email postings and try to write them in it at the time I think about them.

Oh… one thing was about a scene in a show I watched.  It was……… “Ghost Whisperer” where she sees and talks to ghosts to help them cross over. The one I watched was about a couple that were in love. The man died young and the woman was left.  She said that she didn’t know how to go on without him and, “I don’t want to be here without you.”  The romantic in me says, “I want to have that kind of love.” I have loved that much… but it was one sided.  It wasn’t reciprocated. But, I don’t think it’s in my future. That’s a sad thing.

Well… I just fell asleep typing.

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