May 13, 2005


Well, okay--if you insist. It's going to be another one of those soreness-inducing ones, I can tell already. Putting out plants. Nandinas, roses, the Mother's Day hydrangea, azaleas. Then trimming the wisteria so it doesn't clamber on up the maple tree. Obviously, all of this digging will require the full use of my PhD. (Posthole Digger.)

I would also kinda like to take a more indepth look at the Volvo and see what all needs to be fixed. I saw already a repair that looks too jackleg even for me. There's a piece of flexible metal piping that runs from the exhaust manifold to the air cleaner (called a preheat hose), and for some reason the former owner's mechanic cobbled together a fix for the hose to keep the middle part together. The hose is kinda flimsy and eventually falls apart (and sometimes off), but it's also cheap. But the fix on this one involved a Rube Goldbergian piece of thin flat aluminum. with the two ends bent over slightly to hold underneath two plastic zip-ties that circled the pipe on either side of the break. Seems like an awful lot of effort to hold the thing together. Not that it was really working as "designed." Still big gaping gaps in the hose. That little detail could use some fixing with an actual length of the proper hose. And there's other stuff, too; I'd still like to clean it a bit more inside, and clean the trunk out.

But I don't know if that's going to get done this weekend. And then there's church on Sunday, and a trip across town, and a meeting Sunday afternoon before evening worship, and I imagine all sorts of other stuff that will come up. (And hopefully not come up on the carpet.)

ANYWAY, all of you have a great weekend, and we'll see you around here Monday morning sometime!

Posted by Terry Oglesby at May 13, 2005 03:43 PM